CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPECIAL
MOST LIKELY TO…
Teenage crack shots, cursing club chiefs, sub-zero leg wear – you can always count on ‘Old Big Ears’ to provide magic and madness in equal measure. Here’s what to look out for this season...
Fabio Coentrao “Impossible!” you cry, but the 23-year-old’s Rod Stewart haircut alone will give Madrid’s opponents “nothing but a heartache” (sorry). He’s transformed from a one-dimensional pacy winger with benchwarming splinters and no football brain into one of the best attacking left-backs in the world. Coentrao can tackle, dribble, create and score, and will offer Madrid versatility and more energy than a Duracell bunny on e-numbers. He was better than Ron in the 2010 World Cup too. WordsSheridan
PLAY IN GLOVES, LEGGINGS & HEADBANDS
CSKA Moscow It’s a Champions League fact that no one likes playing CSKA – not because of Leonid Slutsky’s brand of functional but effective football, but due to the unforgiving Russian winter. That the whole team, including the natives, often play decked out in neckwear, headbands, gloves and leggings tells you all you need to know: visiting CSKA is as close as it gets to playing football in a meat locker.
64 October 2011 FourFourTwo.com