I am trying to figure out the logic in this and I....just....can't.
I get it and for me the timing suits the south americans.
Which is a better team the Ajax which lost to spurs or the Ajax in December this year?
Which is the better team the Real Madrid team that beat us in the final or the team last December without Ronaldo and Zidane? Yes they won and comfortably but which was a better team?
The point is that firstly after a summer transfer window there can be drastic changes like with Ajax and Real Madrid. And secondly the peak of a season is when the major trophies are picked up around that time.
Are you suggesting we are worse now than we were against Spurs in the final???
I think if we played the Barca team that had played 80% of the season in the second leg against the team we have now it wouldn't beat that team 4-0 right now because our team hasn't peaked yet. But the Barca team would be very close to their peak at that moment. The point is about TIMING. When does a team peak is subjective yes but winners of major competitions usually peak in the semi's and final or even quarter final. Our best came in the 2nd leg of the semi final around that time. The final was another issue about TIMING giving us a 3 week break.