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The big question: Who DON’T you want to win




CandH blogger and Saturday night ‘neutral’Allen Cummings has made his mind up


So this Saturday it’s the Champions League Final -an aspiration for all West Ham fans surely. But a reality in the present football climate? It’s very doubtful.

That really would be us reaching the ‘next level’…and more! Having said that, in the mysterious world of European football, you don’t actually have to be champions of your national league to make the competition in the first place – never mind the final.

Liverpool and Tottenham are the living proof of that!  Finishing second, third or fourth will be enough to guarantee you an entry ticket to the competition. Bizarre as that may be. So we should never say never!

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We have, of course, previously graced a European final ourselves – the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final. Not only graced it, but actually won it back on that glorious night in May 1965.

Sadly the Champions League is a whole different ball game in the football world we now live in. West Ham fans like myself will have to content ourselves with being ‘neutrals’ on Saturday evening.

But in football can there ever be a true neutral? Half scarf owners apart, of course. Surely there always has to be a preference, one team you want to see win more than the other, even if it’s just down to the colour of their kit. Or put another way, one team you would ‘hate’ to win more than the other.

I suspect this Saturday will test the preference of more than a few West Ham supporters, given what was said on this forum a few weeks ago.

Personally there is no doubt who I don’t want to win. The arrogance of so many Spuds’ supporters has always infuriated me. They look down their noses and sneer at us as being insignificant – yet clearly we’re not judging by the way we continue to occupy their minds. I’m not exactly a lover of Liverpool either but I enjoy Klopp’s sheer enthusiasm and love the attacking and adventurous way he sets his team up to play.

The Reds came out second best to Manchester City in the Premier League, but in Europe I really hope they finish top of the tree.

So the question is: Who DON’T you want to win the final? This is one occasion when I’m more than happy to cast my vote for Tottenham Hotspur!

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7 comments on “The big question: Who DON’T you want to win

  1. Has to be Rondon. Not aggressive enough and misses far too many chanced. Just watch his games for West Brom.

  2. It should go without saying, but I have extra reason to be cheering on Liverpool, as I have them in an accumulator!!

  3. If Spurs win, it’ll totally ruin our win at their place. Every time we bring it up, they’ll just be able to say ‘Oh yeah, that was the season we won the Champions League’

    Sickening, and judging by the way they’ve sneaked through the latter rounds. I’ve got a nasty feeling they’ll win it.

    Nobody much likes Liverpool but like Allen, I too rather admire Klopp and to be fair, 97 points and no title, they really deserve something from the season.

  4. West Ham are closer to the top four thAn many people appreciate. We’re on the cusp of greatness. Liverpool should win tomorrow but they should worry about us next season.

  5. Cant stand liverpool or klopp have a few spuds as mates good banter but seriously I shall take them everytime and all London clubs over a cheating liverpool who stole many points from not just us during season and want nothing to do with a club who cost lives and English clubs five years banned from Europe and wipe that losing smug face of klopp once again in his career of finishing second at best or relegation .

  6. Got a be a scouse win for me …I. have mates on both sides but it’s gotta be the Reds!! Never live it down from the spuds!!

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