With the world celebrating Christmas, Goal.com has a look at what Santa Claus would likely be asked for, by owners, managers, players and fans of some of the European clubs
The Red Devils have had a good start to the season and currently sit well on top in the league, though a draw against Real Madrid in the round of 16 in the Champions League is definitely a worry.
The one aspect of Manchester United that has really been a issue with the fans is that their defense has been hit with crippling injuries all campaign. Especially their captain Nemanja Vidic’s solidity has been missed, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded early in way too many games.
Hence it will not be a surprise that everyone with Manchester United’s best interest in their heart will hope that Santa blesses their team with a clean bill of health for the rest of the season.
Some common sense please?...
The defending league champions are full of an array of egos, all of whom will be hoping for their wishes to come true. While the owners hope that the club shall now start fulfilling the Financial Fair Play (FFP) norms and they won’t need to spend even more out of their pockets, Roberto Mancini shall be hoping for another marquee signing to be financed in January. The fans of course, hope that the good times continue and a few more cups decorate their trophy cabinet.
However there is one thing that all of them shall pray for – May Santa Claus bestow some common sense on their prodigal son – Mario Balotelli!
As always, the wishes of Roman Abramovich reign supreme with the Blues. The Russian shall definitely hope, like the club's fans, that the team regain the league title, though the exit from the Champions League must hurt.
Rafael Benitez too will be hoping for the same, in the hope he could cut the “interim” infront of manager from his tag by winning some silverware.
However the key to all these hopes lies with Fernando Torres. So those concerned with the fate of the Stamford Bridge-based side will hope and pray that El Nino’s current form doesn’t prove to be a temporary illusion.
A trophy for this lot, Father Christmas?...
After years of disappointment, there is nothing that everyone favourably inclined towards the Gunners would like than seeing their team lift a trophy at the end of the year!
Arsene Wenger finally shedding his inhibitions and signing a couple of high-profile players in January will certainly be a sweetner.
The prayers for a striker that the Reds fans have been hoping for seem to have been answered, with Daniel Sturridge on the cusp of completing a move to the Merseyside-based club.
However new needs always arise. The recent form of the club has made the fans dream of a return to Champions League football this season. If only Santa would oblige!
The pursuit of their tenth Champions League title – La Decima – has been at the forefront of the thoughts of the Los Blancos.
After suffering for several seasons, and almost out of the league title race, Real Madrid fans will hope this is the campaign they finally make their date with destiny. Their Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho will also hope for the same, as he looks to become the first coach to win the top European title with three different teams.
Get well soon, Tito!...
Not only the Nou Camp faithful, but every football fan shall have only one wish for this Christmas – The speedy recovery and return to the pitch sidelines of Tito Vilanova.
The Old Lady sits on top of the league table comfortably. However like most of last season, they still lack a focal point upfront.
With targets like Didier Drogba and Fernando Llorente in their sights, Juventus’ fans will hope the club eventually manages to sign one of them. Arsenal re-calling Nicklas Bendtner would indeed make it a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for the Italian side.
The days of huge spending are long gone at the San Siro. However what has further infuriated the Rossoneri faithful is that players like the oft-injured Alexandre Pato, who could be sold to fund signings are kept at the club for reasons other than football!
So they shall hope that some club comes up with a bid for the Brazilian this January and Barbara Berlusconi does not mind accepting it!
The Nerazzurri have bounced back well after a poor last season. Sitting fourth, just a point behind second placed Lazio, the side will be hopeful of bouncing back into the Champions League this season, for which the top 3 sides from Serie A qualify.
Hence their wishes seem set to come true. Therefore, perhaps both, the club and Wesley Sneijder in particular, won’t mind if the Dutchman’s hopes of finally completing a switch away from San Siro is fulfilled.
Hopefully the Bavarians will be celebrating at the end of the season...
The German outfit are well clear at the top of the table in the Bundesliga, and made it to the round of 16 with ease, where they will fancy their chances against a faltering Arsenal.
However their staunch followers shall remember that the club made a promising beginning to last season before ending up losing out on the Bundesliga as well as the Champions League. Therefore it will be prudent if they pray to Dear Santa to prevent a similar collapse this time round.
12 points off Bundesliga table toppers Bayern Munich, the league seems a distant dream for the Borussen.
The fans of the two time defending Bundesliga champions though, will not really be complaining, as they have began their Champions League season on a stellar note. And there will be no complaints made to Santa Claus, if it continues.
Top of the Ligue 1 standings and with a favourable draw in the Champions League against Valencia, life is good for the Paris-based club.
While the PSG faithful shall hope the club’s league and European adventure continues, they shall also wish that a couple of more marquee signings are made to augment those of players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
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