I WAS at the Champions League final and fantastically privileged to witness such an amazing game.
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in football, something turns up to shock, surprise and thrill you.
It was an incredible occasion and the one abiding memory I will have will be the penalties.
I noticed, and I’m not sure it was picked up on TV, that when Bayern Munich got their penalty in extra-time, three players started pointing at each other.
There was definitely no designated taker and, of course, Arjan Robben had his kick saved. That shocked me, because taking penalties is a technique and a skill.
It also got me thinking about the Bayern keeper, Manuel Neuer, taking their third penalty in the shoot-out.
That was a complete disgrace, in my opinion, and reflected badly on the rest of the Bayern squad.
It said a lot about the weakness of their mindset.
I am a great believer in what I’m about to say next, and this would be my advice to Simon Grayson if Town end up in a penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United at Wembley tomorrow.
I don’t think a player should ever be asked if he wants to take a penalty.
The coaches and manager know the players, they see them in training every day and they should know who has the ability and the technique.