The view from England

Europe's battle with the bottle

May 12, 2012
By Alexander Netherton
"When it goes, it goes quickly, and there is nothing you can do about it."

When Sir Alex Ferguson described the irresistible force of a collapse in form, he failed to mention that it might not happen to more than just one side in a season. While a team bottling a title challenge should open up space for the team below to challenge, Ferguson probably hadn't considered that once his team overtook Manchester City, floundering to hold their nerve, his team would experience the same guts-on-the-pitch ...

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