Manchester United defender and part-time television prankster Rio Ferdinand claims that although winning the Champions League can cement a team’s reputation, it isn’t the ultimate litmus test of a team’s success. The Daily Mail reports that Rio said:
‘Winning the Champions League has to have bearing on whether you are considered a great side or not.
‘Teams who are considered great have normally won the Champions League. But I don’t think it is the be-all and end-all.
‘Some sides who have won the Champions League in recent times are not considered great teams. But if you do well domestically, then go on and win the European Cup, it has to add to the fact that you are a good side.
‘Before I came to United I watched them in Europe many times and expected them to go on and win the competition. And it has been the same way since I’ve been here. Last season we had a great opportunity to go on and at least be in the final but, for whatever reasons, that just didn’t happen and we would really like to change that.
‘We’ve got a great history domestically and in Europe but we’d like it to have been more fruitful in this competition.’
So is Liverpool’s Champions League victory any less impressive because they weren’t flying high domestically?