Former Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson believes Real Madrid and Barcelona’s dominance in the UEFA Champions League will soon come to end.
Over the past three seasons, Real have picked up two Champions League titles and the Blaugrana one, while Sevilla marched on to three consecutive Europa League trophies.
FBL-ENG-PR-MAN CITY-MAN UTD Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals How Man Utd Failed to Sign AC Milan Legend 20 k Tom Power 22 MAR 2017 Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he attempted to sign AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini during his managerial career at Manchester United – but was rebuffed by the player's father. The Red Devils legend was speaking at an engagement at the recently announced International Champions Cup launch in New York – a pre-season tournament that will pit United against city rivals Manchester City and a number of MLS sides next summer. Ferguson was quizzed on the stage about the time he reportedly tried to sign Maldini, who was also present at the event, and he told the event's host (via ESPN) just why he was given short shrift by the former defender's father. FBL-EUR-C3-MAN UTD-ROSTOV He said: "I did try [to sign Maldini] but when I met his father he was quite formidable, I got a shake of the head. "He said, 'My grandfather is Milan, my father is, I am Milan, my sons are Milan. Forget it'." Ferguson called time on his lengthy career in charge of United at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after winning a multitude of titles, medals and honours for the work he conducted at Old Trafford. Asked if he ever missed the day-to-day involvement of taking training, preparing matches and jostling with a whole host of managerial counterparts, the Scot revealed that he did sometimes wonder whether he should have packed it all in when he decided to do so. He continued: "I must admit, I miss the big games – the cup finals. They are fantastic. The year after I retired, I went to the Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid final and I said to [his wife] Cathy, 'these are the games'. "It turns inside your stomach for an hour before the game. When the players are out for their warm-up, you're on your own. FBL-ENG-MAN UTD-PARADE "You're looking for someone to talk to, you just can't wait for the game to start. The excitement is boiling up in you and I really miss that." ♦️for more follow @manchesterunited__news__ ♦️ #manchesterutd #mufcnews #mufc #ggmu #siralexferguson #manchesterunited #manchesterunitedfc #ggmu? #ggmufc #oldtrafford #reddevil #reddevils #
Ferguson feels it's a matter of success being cyclical, and when the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer as effective as they currently are, at the highest level – football will see another shift in who will reign supreme.
"I think success is cyclical," he told ESPN FC. "If you think about the 90s, it was AC Milan. In the 70s, Ajax; and Bayern Munich in the 80s; Liverpool, in the 90s; Italy, AC Milan; then England had a great spell with three teams about six years ago all in the semifinal. We [Man United] were in three finals in four years.
"[Now] the domain is in Spain. There's no question about that. The same question could be asked about why are the German teams, why are Bayern Munich not winning the Champions League?
"Why are the Italians not winning it? Why are the French not winning it? And why are the English not winning it?
"I think the moment, the cycle is with the Spanish teams. They're the best, and that's why they're winning it. But that will change, that can change," he added.
"You know, [Cristiano] Ronaldo will get older, [Lionel] Messi will get older. Can they replace these players? And I think the cycle will change."