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Khalis Rifhan ruminates on the Champions League story so far this season using alcoholic beverages as stand-ins

By Khalis Rifhan

When the draw for Uefa Champions League semi-final took place a month ago, many were predicting that it will be an all-Spanish final between Barcelona and Real Madrid, discarding German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as if they were amateur sides. 

Many have been amazed by the slick and spotless performances from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Spanish clubs but one man does not bring success to a club.

Messi and Ronaldo are like wine, best on its own and turns bad if mixed with other low quality batch of grapes. That was what happened. They were let down by their peers who were clueless and uninspiring during the semi-finals. 

What differentiates the Germans from the Spanish clubs is their ability to play as a unit, keeping things simple and compact amongst themselves, just like the ladies serving your beers during the Oktoberfest.

Holding up as much as eight mugs of beers tightly to herself, walking past the crowded tent, sidestepping the party goers and presenting you the rich and heavenly pint, examplifies the same atmosphere when Robert Lewandowski zipped four past Madrid in the first leg. 

That is what you saw during the Champions League semi-finals, a performance that converted the wine loving fans to embraceing the free flowing beer from the land of Bavarians. 

That transition also took place in Singapore when many, according to my Facebook timeline, were condemning the Spanish before suddenly praising the Germans and declaring themselves loyal fans of Dortmund and Bayern.

But it’s not a surprise to see these fickle-minded fans as many in Singapore had supported Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal during their ‘Invincible’ years from 2001 to 2004, after which many decided to part ways and support the other Premiership winning teams, including Manchester United, who won the title this year solely because of Robin Van Persie, who was made into a world class player during his time at Emirates. 

Speaking of Arsenal, the Gunners had done what Barcelona could not achieve, that is to clinch victory over Bayern Munich, and the English club did just that during the second leg in the Round of 16, a triumph that resembles an age old whiskey, prepped from Professer Wenger's concoction.