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The Patriots' praises are being sung from the Antipodes to Fleet Street, where the Times describes the three-time Super Bowl champs' prowess in soccer parlance:
If the obvious comparison in European terms would be to teams who have won a cluster of European Cups, then the Patriots are Ajax, but without a Johann Cruyff, or Real Madrid without Alfredo Di Stefano. They are a functional outfit, more reminiscent of the Bayern Munich of the 1970s, with Tom Brady, the quarterback, as Franz Beckenbauer.
Without a bunch of superstars, putting team first and foremost, the Pats unfailingly rise to the occasion, and are gracious in victory. You listened to Tom Brady and Deion Branch after the game and thought, they've got class.