And if it does, so what? Football's about dreams, not the temporary loan of silver baubles. If trophies were all that mattered, then we'd disband the other eighty-eight clubs today and leave the game to the Big Four. Chelsea or Man United would win the league in alternate years, Arsenal and Liverpool would push them in the cups. And none of them would ever - freak results like Istanbul excepted - be good enough in Europe. Football without dreams is a kind of eternal Bolton Wanderers - an uneventful ninety minutes in front of mute spectators and half-empty grounds. Football without dreams is clubs bought and sold like stock market shares, and not a whimper of protest from the people who foot the bill.
I'll take the dreams - and the tears too.