Blame AAU basketball, blame the one-and-done generation, blame whatever you want, but what cannot be argued is that there is an international wave taking over the NBA. Increasingly it seems like the best and most influential players in the NBA are from countries and regions outside of the U.S.
Far Fetched Friday: Manchester United Win the Champions League
Welcome to Far Fetched Friday where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we think will come to fruition. This time around we predict Manchester United will win this year's Champions League trophy.
Wednesday night, Manchester United did the impossible or what was considered impossible. After losing the first leg 2-0 at home, United faced a daunting task of overcoming their deficit at the Parc des Princes . . . and they did it thanks to some help from VAR.
Side-note, this marks the second time in three years that PSG have managed to throw away a huge aggregate lead. Last time, the manager lost his job but at what point do we stop blaming the manager and look elsewhere?
But the subject of this article is Manchester United and more specifically our prediction that Manchester United will win the champions league trophy. United are arguably the most in form team in Europe and their improbable comeback Tuesday night is the kind of luck a team needs to win a big trophy.
Pogba, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Herrera, and Sanchez were all unavailable and yet United pulled out the victory.
This is starting to feel like Chelsea's 2011-12 Champions League winning season. That season saw Chelsea fire their head coach and bring in a caretaker manager that once played for the club in Roberto Di Matteo. That season saw Chelsea overturn a 3-1 aggregate deficit by defeating Napoli 4-1 in the second leg of the Round of 16. The season Manchester United are having is very similar to that Chelsea season.
Fire your head coach, check.
Bring in a caretaker manager, check.
Caretaker manager played over 100 games for the club, check.
Stunning Round of 16 turnaround, check.
And for good measure, both teams had Romelu Lukaku on the roster, check.
That same season also saw Chelsea entrenched in a battle for fourth in the premier league much like United are now. Although that season saw Chelsea finish sixth, four points behind 5th placed Newcastle United??? Yeah I know.
If Manchester United end up winning this year's trophy, we told you so.
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