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  1. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    Hay Liga? All Things España 2024-25

    With Bayern, Flick played a 4-2-3-1 almost exclusively and generally utilized one destroyer (Goretzka) and one connector/ deep lying playmaker (Kimmich or Thiago), with a player ahead that was close to a second striker (Muller). It'll be interesting to watch because the Barcelona squad as...
  2. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    Hay Liga? All Things España 2024-25

    Real and Barca had pretty similar XG differential numbers last season, but Real outperformed by a massive amount (+61 GD on an XGD of +33). I think Barca could run Real pretty close this year if things break right. Lamine should keep developing, they'll have Cubarsi for a full season, and if...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    That's really how he should be handled. Saliba was bought at similar age and went on loan for three years. Varane also bought at similar age and in his first three years at Madrid he started 7, 12, and 12 league matches. It looks like United will pay 62m euro initially with another 8m in...
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    IMO, you can see all those traits and that kind of player eventually developing but right now he looks pretty raw (as one would expect of any 18-year-old). I wonder if United still buy another CB this summer because I wouldn’t want to throw this kind of player right into the starting eleven.
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    Yeah, I’m certainly no United fan but I think it’s good for the game for Real’s “take this lowball offer or the player joins us for free next summer” strategy to get knocked back a bit.. This looked a lot like the Camavinga deal.
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    No Offense, But.... (The 2024 Summer Transfer Window Thread)

    The two big tournaments have obviously been a major factor but I can't remember a transfer window this slow in recent memory, even in other years with summer tournaments. I think its a perfect storm of the tournaments, new PSR regulations domestically in England and at the European level, and...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Kane was genuinely shocking all tournament, made every game a breeze for opposing center backs, a false nine who never actually got on the ball. Yes, he scored three goals (one a penalty) but other than those moments he was the worst England player on the pitch at pretty much all times. The...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Congratulations to Spain. They were the best team all tournament and totally outclassed England yesterday. England could learn a thing or two from them. First, the value of fresh eyes in a manager at international level. This why the "well who would replace Southgate?" rhetoric is completely...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    England has lots of talented players so with easy draws they’re going to have some good XG numbers in aggregate. The knock against Southgate is that he has a low ceiling. England will largely beat teams they should, but they’ll stumble as soon as they face another top side as they get...
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    I don’t think the team flagged in the second half so much as the Dutch put on an extra midfielder, so that England no longer had an easy overload there, and England reverted to being a side with no clue how to progress the ball past a mid block defense. That’s on Southgate. It’s very hard to...
  11. Morgan's Magic Snowplow

    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    Kane makes zero runs. Its shocking to watch.
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    2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

    And England back to having zero clue how to progress the ball when they don't have a free overload in midfield.
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    Copa ‘24: Should Have Been a Yellow

    Mind blowing stat. How is that even possible?
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    Arsenal 24-25: Third Time Lucky?

    A lot of noise about Riccardo Calafiori. I've been burnt so many times in this situation that I'm still somewhat skeptical about players like this actually leaving Italy rather than using us as leverage in negotiations over a transfer to Juventus. But we've been rumored for a while to be in...
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    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    Very reasonable rejoinder TB. Thanks for your insight as always. As an Arsenal fan, I may be too impacted by the Matt Turner experience, which continues to leave our fanbase befuddled. But its probably not that wise to draw big conclusions from decision making around backup keepers.
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    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    Honestly, I wonder how much of the recruitment of some of these players was driven by marketing concerns, with every big club eyeing the American market as this untapped commercial goldmine and thinking that adding an American player might help raise their profile/boost their commercial appeal...
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    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    So many things wrong in this sequence! -Once you whip out the card, there obviously can't be a quick restart. Any other ruling is straight up crazy. And as you point out the restart wasn't in the right place either. -But once Uruguay restart he then signals advantage as if the whistle was...
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    USMNT Summer 2024: Beauty is in the Eye of the Berhalter

    I think that's probably right. And the strategic implication is that you shouldn't try to be a possession-dominant side unless you really have superior talent (and even then it might not be a good idea). Accept who you are and think up a different idea. Austria and Romania are other good...