The teams that went into the pot for last Friday’s Champions League semifinal draw included the reigning Spanish and German title winners, last season’s Bundesliga victor and this campaign’s Primera Division champions-elect.
Quite the cast. And it begged the question: Has the 2012-13 installment of Europe’s most prestigious club competition been the best one yet?
A query where being objective is difficult, no doubt. Because fans of Arsenal or Manchester United or Juventus would surely balk at the suggestion. That is unless they looked at the last few months and coming weeks without their partisan spectacles, evaluating the level of play as a whole, separate from their passions.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to do over the next few slides.
The quality of a competition—any competition—is largely seen through the lens of expectations. What do you want in a competition? What elements boost it from the run-of-the-mill to memorable?
The components we’ll be examining include variety, goals, drama, individual performances and the champion.
Let’s get to it.