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2017 Champions League Knockout stage

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Domer, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. SocrManiac

    SocrManiac Member SoSH Member

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    I never, ever expected that the Madrids would be allowed to draw each other.

    There's no easy draw here, but I'll be shocked if Monaco can beat Juventus. It doesn't matter how explosive they are offensively against Juve's organization and they're suspect defensively. I think Juventus go through.

    Let the Madrids beat each other up- I really don't care.
     
  2. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Arrest made in the BVB bus bombing case. It looks like the guy was trying to short stock. Bizarre.

    http://www.espnfc.com/borussia-dort...ver-bomb-attack-on-borussia-dortmund-team-bus
     
  3. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Hey guys, this year is the year, right? I mean, this year is the year Atletico finally beats Real Madrid in the Champions League, yes? Atletico can't lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League four years in a row?
     
  4. Zososoxfan

    Zososoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    Certainly pulling for you, but I've been really impressed by this Madrid team. Modric, Kroos, Asensio, and Isco has to be the deepest MF of any squad ever. James is an afterthought, think about that! Atleti are well equipped to defend Real though, and that's what makes this real interesting IMO. Felipe and Juanfran are top notch defensive FBs and Godin is a general back there, so Real's effective crossing game should be neutralized a bit. Gabi, Koke, Saul, and the CBs will have their hands full defending in the middle (Benz will have a lot of opportunities), but Simeone will obviously have them ready. Atleti should certainly try to get under Casemiro's skin and get him at least a yellow - I know he had one against Bayern, so that would mean he's suspended for the 2nd leg, correct? Without Casemiro, Real can become unbalanced, with either Kroos dropping in or Danilo I guess, either of which would be a huge downgrade. Felipe Luis should have a few opportunities to get behind Carvajal, but Dani is more of the stay at home FB while Marcelo gets forward. The Griezmann will get knocked around by Ramos, but should be OK. The key will be the performance of the forward MF-striker, whether it's Gameiro (is he fit?), Carrasco, Torres, or the combo of all 3. The space Madrid leaves is in behind Marcelo, but Ramos is excellent at covering this quickly. Nevertheless, that has to be a big part of Atleti's strategy on offense.

    Monaco-Juve should be a very fun matchup, with Monaco's high pace attack going against an incredibly stout Juve defense. I really think the world of Juve though, and think they can keep it fairly clean at the back and break against a leaky Monaco team. Cuadrado, Dybala, Pjanic, and Mandzukic are just lethal on the break and despite Higuain's best efforts, can usually score.
     
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  5. bosox4283

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    Does anyone have any info on buying tickets to the second leg of Atleti/Real Madrid? I'm sure Atleti gives almost all tickets to season ticket holders, but can individuals try to buy tickets? I'm seriously trying to go.
     
  6. bosox4283

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    Atleti has a bit of a problem at RB: Juanfran is likely out for three weeks, so the best case scenario is that he makes it for the second leg. Sime Vrsaljko, the 25-year-old right back who actually won the starting position over Juanfran about half-way through the year, is still recovering from a ligament injury suffered about a month ago. He could be back for the first leg.

    Gameiro hasn't played in a while, but Atletico has three matches between now and the first leg for Gameiro to get back into match-day rhythm. Gameiro, if he can get back on track, is better than Torres.
     
  7. bosox4283

    bosox4283 Member SoSH Member

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    Simeone will basically end up with the decision to strengthen the middle or go more offensive:

    Defensive: It would be Tiago or Augusto instead of Gimenez, but Tiago is just back after a four-month injury and Augusto is still out.
    Koke-Gabi-Gimenez-Saul
    Griezmann-Carrasco

    or

    Offensive
    Koke-Gabi-Saul
    Carrasco-Gameiro-Griezmann
     
  8. Zomp

    Zomp Turkey Virgin Dope

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    Does Griezmann play on the wing normally?
     

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