On that day

"Tinkerman" has his day in the sun

April 2, 2009
By John Brewin
(Archive)
The sight of English clubs meeting in the knock-out stages of the Champions League now seems uncomfortably common with Chelsea's imminent meeting with Liverpool bringing back memories of some torpid footballing occasions. Yet as recently as 2004 a meeting between a pair of Premier League clubs was a thrilling novelty.

When Chelsea and Arsenal were paired in the last eight of the competition that year, not since Liverpool and Nottingham Forest had met in the old European Cup in September ...

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