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OT: Winter Soccer Thread

November 4 Borussia Dortmund v. Bayern Munich
November 5 Chelsea v. ManU
November 9 & 12 - Northern Ireland v. Switzerland/Croatia v. Greece
November 10 &  13 - Sweden v. Italy
November 11 & 14 - Denmark v. Ireland
November 10 & 15 - Honduras v. Australia
November 11 & 15 - New Zealand v. Peru
November 14 - Portugal v. USA (friendly #&!^#&)
December 1 - Napoli v. Juventus
December 10 - ManU v. ManCity
December 11 - Champions League Round of 16 draw
December 20 - Real Madrid v. Barcelona (how contentious will this be given the political climate?)

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   1901. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:31 PM (#5672088)
Wow, Carson just denied Mitrovic from about 4 yards on a header. Derby clinging on.
   1902. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5672129)
Header off a corner and Fulham lead. About 25 minutes to go, 2-1 on aggregate to Fulham.
   1903. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 14, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5672154)
Fulham are headed to Wembley!
   1904. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 15, 2018 at 01:39 PM (#5672708)
Barcelona have finally done it!

They've made me sympathetic to Real Madrid! I wonder, as part of the 100% Barcelona experience, if you get to sell your soul completely at the park entrance or if you get to sell pieces of your soul at various points scattered across the park?
   1905. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 15, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5672931)
It's like a college game at Villa Park. Fans storm the field!
   1906. J. Sosa Posted: May 15, 2018 at 04:53 PM (#5672934)
Welcome to the team shooty. I’ve always viewed Real as the lesser evil. They at least know what they are and embrace it. Barcelona and all the mes que un club BS irritates me.
   1907. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:05 PM (#5672946)
That second leg between Middlesborough and Villa was painfully dull.
   1908. jmurph Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5672951)
Wow, the internet says Jonny Evans has a 3 million pound relegation release clause. If that's true that's pretty devastating for West Brom, given the interest in him from the rich teams back in January.
   1909. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:34 PM (#5672960)

I wonder, as part of the 100% Barcelona experience, if you get to sell your soul completely at the park entrance or if you get to sell pieces of your soul at various points scattered across the park?


Hey, if they've got a "Bort" Barcelona-themed license plate, I'm there!
   1910. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:42 PM (#5672962)
Pulling for Fulham in the final, would be nice to have them back in the PL*.

Craven Cottage just seems like one of those magically quintessential football grounds that are quickly vanishing and will never exist again once gone.

*Even though that probably means Sessegnon probably isn't going anywhere this offseason and he's been mentioned as a Spurs target.
   1911. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:43 PM (#5672964)
Barcelona have finally done it!


I'm going to be disappointed if Real Madrid don't open competing parks using that statue of Ronaldo as the mascot.
   1912. J. Sosa Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:42 PM (#5673088)
Not sure if any of you have been following what has been going on at Sporting this season but this latest episode takes the cake. Ultras attacked the team and evidently injured Bas Dost enough to keep him out of the cup final. It has been crazy there for a good while, but I would have to assume every player on that team must be looking at legal options for getting out.
   1913. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5673097)
Not sure if any of you have been following what has been going on at Sporting


All I know is they failed Spurs.
   1914. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 08:57 AM (#5673298)
Manager news! Moyes and Fat Sam are out, Mikel Arteta close to being in at Arsenal.

There was a tenuous connection between Spurs and Pulisic last night. I still don't see the fit but maybe Pulisic's cost has come down after a relatively poor season. Commercially, I guess it makes sense for Spurs to dig deep with him now that they're a Nike team and with the NFL partnership possibly raising the club's profile in the States. I still don't see how they wouldn't be blown out of the water by Man U or Chelsea on the fee and wages, though. I'm torn because I'm not sure how objective I am about Pulisic and fear I may be overrating him. With Son set for military duty Pulisic would be a nice replacement as a wide forward to compete with Lamela and Moura for minutes. He'd be the 5th Yank to suit up for Spurs if it happens--Keller, Dempsey, Friedel and Yedlin being the others. Tottenhamerica!

Welcome to the team shooty. I’ve always viewed Real as the lesser evil. They at least know what they are and embrace it. Barcelona and all the mes que un club BS irritates me.

They've become a very strange club. They want to be Catalonia's team and a beacon for freedom at the same time they are crawling up the asses of despotic regimes for commercial income and completely erasing their regional identity for the sake of global branding. It's like when a band that goes supernova thinks they went supernova because of image and attitude instead of their music. It's kind of a bummer seeing what they've become the last decade. When I first got into European soccer they seemed very cool. I was never a fan but my inclination was they were the good guys in the Classico and I wished them well in Europe. Ah well. Live and learn.
   1915. SPICEY WITH A SIDE OF BEER ON A BABYYYYYYY Posted: May 16, 2018 at 09:23 AM (#5673304)
Speaking of Son and military service... he's going to have a long summer. The World Cup, followed by the Asian Games (assuming they don't reach the semis in the WC, which seems pretty safe). He's gonna need more rotation early in the year than he otherwise would.

Pulisic is a good prospect but by most accounts wasn't great this year. He wasn't great when I watched him. I think he led the major leagues in times taking on a defender and losing the ball. Don't get me wrong, he's still a good prospect and I'd like to see him on Tottenham but he'll have to fight for minutes on any of the teams he's being linked to. I view him, at this point in his career, a clear step below Mane and Son, for instance. I don't see his fee being stupid high, as a result, though I could be off there. I often am.

Sosa, for the Sporting thing, what's going on there? Did the fans attack the team because they lost the game that would have gotten them in CL? Or is it general thuggery dressed up as soccer fandom? What other events have occurred?
   1916. J. Sosa Posted: May 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM (#5673422)
I'm not sure I can do the whole saga justice, but it has been wild at Sporting for a long time. The club president, Carvalho, is a nutter. He has gone off on rival clubs, officials, and his own team on social media for years. This season he posted an extended rant against the players after the first leg against Atleti which caused the players to pen a response. He then threatened to suspend 19 players. The suspension didn't happen for obvious reasons, and Sporting somehow managed to be competitive against Atleti despite everything. They also advanced to the league cup final, but crashed out of CL qualification. In response 50 or more ultras attacked the training facility and physically beat up some of the players and staff. Carvalho has close ties to fan groups (which is part of how he was elected), and some of the players even suspect he was behind the assault (I don't know if I buy that, but he is crazy). The situation has become so untenable that many of the players may attempt to get out of their contracts.

Oh, and the club is also being investigated for match fixing. Originally the probe was for the handball team, but has now expanded to include the football club. Again, I haven't fully done the entire situation justice, but that might give an inkling.
   1917. J. Sosa Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:06 PM (#5673434)
re: 1914

If I had to point to a single reason Pulisic wouldn't come to Liverpool the Nike issue would be it. I alluded to Pulisic not going to Liverpool"for whatever reason" previously and the Nike issue is the primary one I had in mind. Nike was the mover of the Coutinho deal. I'm not sure when I turned into such a cynical bastard, but there it is.
   1918. PepTech Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:16 PM (#5673445)
Europa Final tonight! Anyone remember which two teams are playing? I didn't.
   1919. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5673533)
Europa Final tonight! Anyone remember which two teams are playing? I didn't.

Red Star Belgrade and Celtic?

Naw, I kid. Of course I remembered whose playing. I think Marseilles will be more into this than Atleti and expect them to win, especially with Griezmann already having bought his ticket to Barcelona Land.
   1920. Sean Forman Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5673542)
I actually think Arsenal should be in on Pulisic. I don't see many attacking wingers on their roster (Iwobi?) and they are a big club with an American connection. Previous experience with Aubameyang.
   1921. Mefisto Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:13 PM (#5673558)
I agree about Arsenal, subject to the caveat that I'd like to see their coach first.
   1922. The Marksist Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5673569)
With the PL season wrapped, I looked back at my predictions. Didn't do too bad at the top, but got the bottom totally wrong. Definitely did not expect the Dyche magic to be this powerful. Nor did I think the Fighting Pullises or the Mark Hughes Handshake Club would crater so hard.


OK. Two caveats: first, and most importantly, I know nothing; second, I think at least one major deal goes down before the transfer window closes.

1. City
2. Liverpool
3. United
4. Spurs
5. Chelsea
6. Arsenal

7. Everton
8. Southampton

9. Leicester
10. West Brom
11. West Ham
12. Newcastle
13. Stoke
14. Bournemouth
15. Swansea
16. Palace
17. Watford

18. Brighton
19. Burnley
20. Huddersfield
   1923. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:44 PM (#5673587)
This Europa League Final pre-game show is ... something
   1924. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5673592)
Wouldn't Pulisic be basically playing the same/similar position to Ozil? Aren't both probably best as a no. 10? Arsene very rarely played Ozil as a no. 10 and usually had three central midfielders. If the Arteta rumors are true and he brings something like City's system then it will be 4-3-3. I guess you could play Ozil on the right and Pulisic on the left.

I only posted 1-7 and relegated teams:
City
United
Spurs
Chelsea
Liverpool
Everton
Arsenal

Relegated:
Newcastle, Brighton and Hove Albion and Bournemouth

Not particularly good especially since I chickened out of the hard parts and didn't get a single relegated team correct.
   1925. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:58 PM (#5673604)
Holy Toledo is Costa a piece of crap.
   1926. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:03 PM (#5673606)
Holy Toledo is Costa a piece of crap.


Diego Costa is the villain in a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western ...
   1927. Textbook Editor Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:03 PM (#5673607)
Speaking of Son and military service... he's going to have a long summer. The World Cup, followed by the Asian Games (assuming they don't reach the semis in the WC, which seems pretty safe). He's gonna need more rotation early in the year than he otherwise would.


So, I know this has been covered somewhere, but TE Jr. found all sorts of conflicting info online... Does Son get out of the military duty if they make the QF or SF of the World Cup? (I've seen both). He'd have to *win* the Asian Games to get out of duty, right?
   1928. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:05 PM (#5673611)
He'd have to *win* the Asian Games to get out of duty, right?

That seems his most likely path.
   1929. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5673615)
Consider this my public apology to Griezmann. Marseille are screwed now. Good luck scoring against an Atleti that can just park the bus.
   1930. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5673616)
he's going to have a long summer


And supposedly he's been taking painkillers to play with an ankle knock since April.

“I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience,” Son said in Seoul. “I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren’t footballers who are free from injury. I’ll take some rest this week, and I’ll be fine.”


CFC
   1931. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:11 PM (#5673617)
Athleti really are clinically ruthless.
   1932. The Marksist Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:14 PM (#5673619)
Athleti really are clinically ruthless.


This is great phrasing. Makes it sound like they're pathologically ruthless, like it's a mental illness or something, which is pretty accurate IMO.
   1933. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5673622)
And now Payet is gone, don't see this ending in anything but more tears for OM ...
   1934. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5673672)
Shooty, any ideas on who might be the least likely player to score in the FA Cup final on Saturday?
   1935. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:57 PM (#5673680)
Well, that's that.
   1936. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 16, 2018 at 04:35 PM (#5673718)
I totally forgot Fernando was still playing there. How is he not in China or MLS by now?
   1937. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 16, 2018 at 04:35 PM (#5673719)
Shooty, any ideas on who might be the least likely player to score in the FA Cup final on Saturday?

Morata?

Wokka wokka!

Really, your guess is as good as mine. If Carrick plays I'd say Carrick since he doesn't look to get in scoring positions.
   1938. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 16, 2018 at 04:38 PM (#5673725)
Fernando Torres; Champions League, Europa League twice, Euros twice, World Cup, FA Cup, that's not bad for a guy who has never won a top flight title.
   1939. manchestermets Posted: May 16, 2018 at 05:48 PM (#5673794)
Carrick retired after the last league game. Least likely United player to score is McTominay if he plays, if not then Matic.

For Chelsea, probably Kante?
   1940. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 17, 2018 at 12:08 PM (#5674180)
If Jones plays, I'd say him. He doesn't go up on set pieces, McTominay would be a good idea too.
   1941. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 17, 2018 at 01:44 PM (#5674301)
West Ham are making a push for Rafa. I know Rafa doesn't like Ashley but why would you quit Ashley to go work for West Ham's idiot leadership?
   1942. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 17, 2018 at 01:56 PM (#5674311)
Idiot+Moneytospend>Idiot+NoMoneytoSpend
   1943. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 17, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5674328)
Idiot+Moneytospend>Idiot+NoMoneytoSpend

I think he'd be better off just not having a job and waiting for something better to come along. Of course the other candidates for West Ham are Pellegrini and Unai Emery because West Ham have delusions of grandeur. I can see Pellegrini taking their cash but Emery should stay a million miles away. Pellegrin's rep is strong enough that failure at West Ham would be blamed on the club, but Emery might find himself in Ukraine if it went poorly at West Ham. I don't know why a guy like Gary Rowett is too good for West Ham. A young manager who can build something there instead of a marquee name the Davids can trot out at a press conference like a new trophy wife.
   1944. manchestermets Posted: May 17, 2018 at 05:45 PM (#5674573)
Have West Ham shown any particular evidence of having money to spend?
   1945. J. Sosa Posted: May 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM (#5674743)
IIRC Rafa’s family still live on the Wirral. He prefers to manage in England accordingly, to generate any leverage with Ashley other than the anguish of Toon fans (which doesn’t bother Ashley in the slightest) he has to drum up interest from another PL team. I don’t think he would do it, but if pushed he might. If at all possible he will try to manage a PL team rather than elsewhere.
   1946. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:20 AM (#5674981)
Delusion, thy name is Klinsmann:


The United States national team will be watching the World Cup from their living rooms after disastrously failing to qualify for next month’s tournament in Russia, but in the eyes of former manager Jürgen Klinsmann it’s not for lack of talent.

Klinsmann, who has resurfaced in a series of interviews this week after an extended period of radio silence following his removal as USA manager in November 2016, believes the Americans could have reached the semi-finals in Russia.

“I realistically saw a group growing into the World Cup 2018 that could go into a semi-final,” Klinsmann told Yahoo Sports in an interview published Thursday.


Graun
   1947. ckash Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:23 AM (#5674984)
Would Rafa's connections to Liverpool dissuade him from the Everton job? Seems like that would be a perfect fit for him. Has anyone managed both Merseyside squads? I'm too lazy to look it up.
   1948. jmurph Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:34 AM (#5674992)
Would Rafa's connections to Liverpool dissuade him from the Everton job? Seems like that would be a perfect fit for him. Has anyone managed both Merseyside squads? I'm too lazy to look it up.

Sounds like a job for Alex McLeish!
   1949. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:53 AM (#5675015)
Would Rafa's connections to Liverpool dissuade him from the Everton job? Seems like that would be a perfect fit for him. Has anyone managed both Merseyside squads? I'm too lazy to look it up.

Yeah, I think it's a non-starter because of the Liverpool connection. Also, Moshiri is proving himself to be a real dope so he'd be wise to stay away. (It's not hard to envisage Rafa managing Liverpool again. If Klopp were to get hit by a bus wouldn't Rafa be a prime candidate?)

Yeah, Klinsmann is just tooting his own horn. No one thinks England will do anything at the WC and how many Americans could even make that squad? Maybe 2 or 3? And I just mean the squad, not the starting 11.
   1950. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 18, 2018 at 12:11 PM (#5675038)
how many Americans could even make that squad? Maybe 2 or 3?


Pulisic, Yedlin (over Trippier) ... and?
   1951. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5675199)
Yeah, Klinsmann is just tooting his own horn.


The thing is he's doing it badly. If the ousted coach says "this was a team that could make the semi-finals" isn't the automatic follow up "then why did you get vaporized by Costa Rica?"
   1952. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 18, 2018 at 02:31 PM (#5675210)
No one thinks England will do anything at the WC...


If everything falls right, I think we're perfectly capable of making it into the last 16 and losing on penalty kicks... :-)
   1953. J. Sosa Posted: May 18, 2018 at 02:57 PM (#5675241)
2 or 3 is probably generous. Not qualifying was richly deserved. They earned that non qualification.

Looks like Arteta is going to be the guy. I don’t know. That seems really risky to me. If going the young guy route I would have gone for Naglesmann. Seems a lot to ask players to respect a guy who was on the roster a couple years ago.

Maybe it will be a brilliant hire but I don’t see it. He also won’t have much power. That is a big ask.
   1954. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 18, 2018 at 03:17 PM (#5675268)

If everything falls right, I think we're perfectly capable of making it into the last 16 and losing on penalty kicks... :-)

I think the squad is really strong actually, but I just assume the sum of the parts won't add up, as usual. My theory is that playing for England is just a miserable experience because of the media and fan expectations and the players feel the weight of it like a piano on their backs.
   1955. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 18, 2018 at 03:37 PM (#5675282)
On Arteta...obviously it's tough to evaluate him. Pep likes him, Arsene like him and those are good recommendations. I think this is a good indicator that the real decision makers at Arsenal now are in the executive box. Arteta seems more like a head coach than a manager. To draw the conversation back to Rafa, I actually think he would have been a perfect bridge manager for Arsenal. A old, respected pro to stabilize the squad and get it ready for the next young-ish genius to take over.
   1956. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 18, 2018 at 05:15 PM (#5675360)
Would you give Rafa 100M to spend? His signings at the end of his Liverpool stint were not great. He wanted Gareth Barry to replace Xabi Alonso. Granted that was the Hicks & Gillette fiasco years and he did sign Fernando Torres.

I agree on Arteta, it's very difficult to have a former team mate become your boss.
   1957. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:09 PM (#5675602)
FA Cup Final time!

Can't say I'm expecting a great match, but it's on!
   1958. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5675603)
It’s funny the teams came on with banners unfurled that had photos of the respective managers. Watching that I was thinking that both sets of supporters would gladly swap managers with the other team.
   1959. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:17 PM (#5675604)
Lee Mason was pulling a full Buffon during the anthem.
   1960. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5675605)
I can't decide which of these teams I'd rather see lose more ... as the tie breaker, I'm going to have to go with the Mourinho factor.
   1961. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5675606)
Spent too much time watching the royal wedding before this. I keep waiting for Martin Tyoer to say “and Jose is wearing a sweater from the Mr. Rogers collection.”
   1962. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM (#5675610)
I feel that should be a red. I also think bakayoko should have Yellow for a dive and Alexis should have gotten apenalty.
   1963. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 01:31 PM (#5675623)
Under the rules change I think yellow was the right call. Jones made a fair if hopeless effort on the ball.

United haven’t had a good corner yet. They seem to have a scouting report that the front post is the place to beat Chelsea but they haven’t come close with one yet.
   1964. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 19, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5675627)
I don’t think it was a good challenge on the ball. I can’t believe jones made the World Cup and Smalling didn’t. I don’t think either one of them is good enough.
   1965. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5675632)
It was a terrible challenge but he was going for the ball.

It was a better game than I expected it to be. I think Chelsea getting the early goal helped because if United had gotten the early goal Mourinho would have locked it down. The last ten minutes Chelsea did a masterful job of shutting it down.
   1966. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5675633)
Ray Wilkins’ widow presenting the trophy today. Guess the royal family had something else going on.
   1967. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5675636)
Yeah, not to "doubly" punish the defending team is exactly why they changed the DOGSO rule. A yellow was the right call.

Not only was it a terrible challenge though--Jones played the whole sequence against Hazard very badly all the way down the field. It looked like he made at least three mistakes, the bad challenge being the last of them.
   1968. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5675639)
Oh yeah, he botched it from the moment the ball was kicked in his direction. It was a master class on how not to defend.
   1969. J. Sosa Posted: May 19, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5675651)
ESPN is airing the Pokal. Much more entertaining than the FA cup thus far.

Re: Jones

It amuses me to no end that Mou has had to play Jones and Smalling. It must drive him crazy.
   1970. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 19, 2018 at 03:34 PM (#5675669)
That cross from Marcelo was outrageous.
   1971. J. Sosa Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5675681)
VAR is the worst.
   1972. J. Sosa Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:03 PM (#5675683)
Woot!!!

Hahaha Bayern.
   1973. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:03 PM (#5675684)
Empty-net goal! I think that's the second one I've seen in the last month or two. Frankfurt upsets Bayern to win the German cup!
   1974. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5675689)
Yay, Frankfurt!

Lovely game.
   1975. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:24 PM (#5675700)
Memphis Depay with an absolutely perfect under-the-wall strike to put Lyon back on track for the CL. Marseille back on the outside looking in.
   1976. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 19, 2018 at 04:43 PM (#5675709)
And a third by Depay for the hat trick, sealing Lyon's CL spot.
   1977. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 20, 2018 at 03:35 PM (#5676005)
Plenty of action in Lazio/Inter, but with Laztio leading 2-1 at the half it's now going to take at least 2 goals by Inter in the second half if they are going to pass Lazio for the 4th CL spot.
   1978. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 20, 2018 at 04:26 PM (#5676028)
Madness in Rome. Inter draws level with a penalty, and a minute later Lazio go down to 10 men.
   1979. AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther Posted: May 20, 2018 at 04:27 PM (#5676030)
And 2 minutes later a goal off a corner. 3-2 Inter.
   1980. Textbook Editor Posted: May 21, 2018 at 05:40 AM (#5676252)
It amuses me to no end that Mou has had to play Jones and Smalling. It must drive him crazy.


It's a bit of a mystery to me why he's not been crazy active in the transfer market looking for replacements. Heck, if he had thrown 40-50 million at Spurs last summer he might have gotten Toby, which solves a lot of their problem.

Jones starting a WC game seems a recipe for disaster. I don't really understand this notion that Dier's best position on the national team is DM, when clearly they need as much CB help as they can get and, well, he can play CB pretty well.
   1981. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 21, 2018 at 07:24 AM (#5676266)
Heck, if he had thrown 40-50 million at Spurs last summer he might have gotten Toby, which solves a lot of their problem.


Supposedly, that's his plan this summer, we'll see. I'd much rather Spurs found Toby a home abroad, PSG sounds like a nice destination ...
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