I had the great, good fortune to watch and analyze Barcelona’s penultimate La Liga match with the man who was responsible for giving the Blaugrana their first aggregate victory over Juventus.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is taking charge of a fourth club in the Champions League after Olympiakos, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao but has never gone further than the round of 16.
That will not be acceptable at Barcelona who will demand they challenge for a trophy they have won five times.
He is coming up against Allegri, who has reached the knockout stages in each of his seven campaigns as a manager in the Champions League.
His name is Steve Archibald: He won the League, the League Cup and so very nearly the European Cup with Barca. His was the goal in Turin against the Juventus of Michel Platini, Michael Laudrup and Gaetano Scirea and coached by Giovanni Trapattoni, which meant Terry Venables’ Spanish champions advanced to the 1986 European Cup semifinal.