JOSE MOURINHO has many qualities – boring the pants of supporters is one. The Chelsea boss will no doubt be happy to have held Atletico 0-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but games like that would get football banned.
I'll be watching Neilston v Clydebank tonight and I know it will be 100 times more enjoyable. That means I'll miss the first half of Real Madrid v Bayern Munich and I just hope it's a better tie than last night's fare.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti didn't risk Cristiano Ronaldo for last week's Spanish Cup Final against Barcelona because being crowned European champions for a 10th time is the priority – the big dream.
Gareth Bale stepped up to the plate to win Copa del Rey but both are now doubts tonight. Picking a winner isn't easy but after three semi-final defeats running I reckon Real will edge it – but not if Ronaldo and Bale are missing.
I wasn't impressed with Bayern against Man Utd in the semis but maybe they were holding something back and in the end qualified fairly comfortably. But the holders conceded in both legs and at times looked fragile and won't get away with it against the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema.
To have any chance of going through Real – whose record in Germany is shocking – will have to win the home leg and are 7-5 at Ladbrokes and McBookie to do so and 11-8 at Betfred and bet365 to qualify.
Bayern are 4-6 at McBookie to reach the Final and 21-20 at McBookie to triumph in the Bernabeu.
Twenty-goal Bale missed Monday's training with flu and is a doubtful starter. However, the news points me towards Ronaldo to score first at 7-2 with McBookie and others – if he starts. The Portuguese has 48 for the season and 14 in the Champions League – one behind Lionel Messi's record.
Bale is 13-2 at McBookie to break the deadlock with French hitman Benzema 6-1 at Paddy Power.
Pep Guardiola knows all about Real of course and wants his troops to rally after some poor shows in the Bundesliga since being crowned champions.
Franck Ribery has been off the boil and and Mario Mandzukic's netted three goals in 10 games so while Real usually concede Bayern will have to work hard for their away goals. Both sides to score pays 4-7 at Ladbrokes and over 2.5 goals is 4-6 at Ladbrokes.
If Ronaldo and Bale both miss out Real could struggle and I'd be looking to back Bayern to at least draw on the night. My recommendations will have to be put on hold until the teams are announced – and of course I'll be at Neilston by then.