This clash of European titans will come down to battle of half-backs

Antoine Dupont of Toulouse is tackled by Jeremy Loughman (left) and Jason Jenkins of Munster during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Tony Ward

As one reared in football-daft south Dublin in the ’fifties and ’sixties, the beautiful game was our passion and Real Madrid the standard-bearers. They still are. The Spanish Galacticos have stood the test of time. Even my own beloved Leeds in their absolute pomp changed the official club garb to all white under Don Revie in honour of the champion club every other in Europe and beyond sought to emulate.