When the two most attractive teams in club football come together in the final of a hopelessly romantic competition, in a city that was built on drama, with the best two players in the world on either side and the masses in rapturous anticipation, surely only one thing can happen.
Get ready planet football, you're in for a luxuriant treat - providing you consider a scrappy, disjointed, blink-and-you-missed-it 1-0 win for Manchester United a luxuriant treat that is. Because that's what is going to happen.
Early Doors is not one to get sucked into the hypertron when it comes to games like these, because regardless of the players on the park and the impossibly grand sense of occasion, finals very rarely live up to their billing.
People forget that football teams are not are altruistic entities. Manchester United and Barcelona will not be concerned in the least about entertaining the people in Rome. They care only of winning the football match in front of them, at any cost, by any means necessary.
All the talk is of Messi and Ronaldo, but tonight's final it is just as likely to be won by John O'Shea, with a deflected close-range shot that squeezes over the line after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
If Ronaldo scores a 40-yard free-kick ED will eat its laptop. If Messi nutmegs Rio Ferdinand, jinks past Nemanja Vidic, then curls one in from the edge of the box, ED will happily buy a Stoke City season ticket next year.
Cup finals generally work on a simple inverse equation. The more important they are, the less likely you are to be entertained by glorious, flowing, extravagant football. And that rule has been proved time and again in the Champions League.
Naturally there have been exceptions. The miracle of Instanbul was epic, and the 1999 edition produced arguably the most dramatic conclusion to a major final in the history of round balls. But they are few and far between.
That's not to say tonight's match in Rome is best avoided.
After all, football fandom, very much like Rome, was built on hope. The hope that maybe, just maybe, the gods will conspire to produce the final we've been told to expect - an impossibly epic 5-5 draw in which Ronaldo and Messi both score perfect hat-tricks.
It could happen. But it won't.
Manchester United 1-0 Barcelona
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