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Coming Second?

We may well have remained unbeaten in the Champions League this season but our spluttering form means that we still have it all to play for as we head towards the final group game against FC Basel.

In fact it is fair to say that although we need a point to ensure qualification, when we go to Switzerland, there`s more than a fair chance that we will end up finishing second in the group, with all its inherent potential problems.

Following the somewhat disappointing draw against Benfica, last night, this is something Sir Alex Ferguson touched on when he remarked to a very attentive media,

"It makes it a bit harder, of course. But maybe the bigger game will suit us anyway."

"The opportunity to play Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, you have to judge that this way if you played them in a semi-final or the final you`d be only too delighted, knowing the possibility is to win the trophy. The clubs we will face will know that as well."

"It will be hard in Basel, but when the chips are down I have every confidence in my players."

And as for a few comments on the result last night, Sir Alex added,

"We did not deserve what happened. We played terrific football. I have no fault with my players. It is a cruel game at times and it was cruel for us here."

Would it be churlish to infer that these things have a habit of evening themselves out?

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 23 2011

Time: 4:34PM

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A little presumptuous that Basel winning is completely out of the question and thus knocking you down to 3rd and out of the competition? Banana skin anyone....
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23/11/2011 18:11:00

Finishing second is just not good enough, we had an easy group, and should have won it. I understand why SAF had wanted to win with the least amount of effort, and the gamble didnt pay off. Now we will finish second, and possible run into one of the bigger teams, but thats CL, and we have shown over and over again, that poor group performance is followed up by some serious spanking, Roma - Milan anyone. I say bring on Real.
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25/11/2011 09:00:00

Yeah we had an easy group and even the 2nd string squad that was being played should've won it easily. You won't catch me losing too much sleep or being overly annoyed at coming 2nd though just as long as we qualify.
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