Take it or leave it, people just won’t seem to stop talking about the Champions League.
If you’re not quite up to speed, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you, well… blag it.
What to say
“They need a Libero* here, bring a bit of elegance back into things…”
The Libero is a position from Italian football – a player who is typically part of a conventional back five, sitting slightly deeper than the two central defenders. It’s not as common anymore and Italian football is cool, so you’ll sound pretty clever.
“Bayern Munich be like ‘Where Arsenal at?’”
A sure way of getting serious banter points here. Since 2000, Bayern Munich has played Arsenal in the Champions League draw five times. After Arsenal’s failure to qualify, this is the first year in a long-time where the two teams won’t be facing off.
What NOT to say
“Qarabağ*? I got a 5p Bag For Life from Tesco, so no thanks.”
*An Azerbaijani football team.
“I fancy Celtic to go all the way this year*.”
“I can’t wait for the final in Kiev – named after the famous chicken dish, of course…*”
What came first, the chicken or the Kiev?