I revalued Europa League. This year it doesn't seems at all the "poor" sister of the Champions.
It never is. It is a wonderful competition. Even the new music for it is great. Sadly, in England it has an image problem.
Not enough money
It doesn't matter what competition it is. If you want to play in Europe, you have to travel. Our club goes to USA and Australia for pre-season, yet bizarrely doesn't want to play important games in Eastern Europe. Well you know what, in the other competition, teams must go to Russia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and a few have to go to Astana in -℃ fridge in autumn and play on astroturf. What are they going to do, say no? So if it's alright for them, it's alright for us.
The cash on offer in the UEFA Cup is not a lot for a club like us. So what, we're not playing it for the money. But we need to improve our rankings in the early rounds, and you can't buy experiences like beating the mancs and Dortmund at home for all the cash in UEFA.
The Thursday night thing. I read another piece about it in the press today, with the usual myths and conspiracy theories. All it was short of was saying the "best players in the world don't play on Thursday night". True, Mascherano, Messi, Suarez, Sanchez, Costa, Buffon, Di Maria, and Ibrahimovic to name a few won't play on Thursday night this year. Instead they will watch us and a few other clubs on tv, wondering why we are still playing for big prizes, and they are sitting there at home all week with nothing to play for. We've already heard the manc reaction, "sick with envy" they are. Sod them.
Of course, we all want to play in the other competition with it's three language music, and that is fine. But if anyone still tells you the UEFA Cup is to avoid at all costs, just show them a video of the Dortmund game, I'm sure there are many available, it is as good as anything you see in the other competition. So if they haven't changed their opinion after that, well they are simply not telling the truth.