Corrosive effect of big money on Champions League is clear to see
Everyone from Wayne Rooney to Iker Casillas has admitted it. When you hear the distinctive piece of Handel music that has become the Champions League theme, it "gives goosebumps", as the Spanish goalkeeper said - or "a tingle down your spine", as the Manchester United captain enthused. It does still have the power to conjure a sense of magic . . . until the music stops, the group games actually start, and that magic evaporates.