2020/21 UEFA Champions League: The Road to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

67YAZ

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Pool looks absolutely electric so far. Milner set the tone by putting Benzema on his ass.

Need to net one early & set the tone before the inevitable lull.
 

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Solid tackle there - Milner with a little fist bump as though to acknowledge the gamesmanship so to speak with the tackle.
 
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This is the best half Liverpool has played in a long while. But it's also looking like a Jota-for-Firmino switch might be necessary to put the ball in the net.
 

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Real primed to hit on the counter now. The idea of Phillips chasing Vini through space is - terrifying and laughable all at once?
 

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Wow, Foden just scored with a peach of a strike. Keeper might have saved it, but it was a sweet strike. Looking good for Citeh now.
 

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Had a sinking feeling with the early Courtois save on Salah, hasn't been the same attack since then.

I really, really hate Klopp's Kabak / Jota change that dropped Fabinho to CB; Firmino had contributed nothing to that point, and Fabinho had snuffed out most of the Madrid counter chances to that point in the match; I get Klopp wanting to throw attackers on, but Firmino had been a net negative to that point in the game. Clearly Klopp thought similarly by the dying moments, as Firmino was brought off along with Mane for Shaqiri/Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Since that change, Liverpool have regressed to their attacking strategy against West Brom / Burnley: hump the ball into the box from each flank, recycle possession, rinse and repeat. Salah / Jota ain't beating Militao / Nacho in the air.
 

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Times like this i remember Mark E Smith was/is a City fan. I hope they win the whole thing.
 

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We appreciate your support. But you’re doing it wrong, I believe you’re supposed to grumble about oil money and murderous ownership
 

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It’s impossible to respond to this in a non V&N way except to say “my owner is not as much of dirtbag as your owner” is a boring hill to die on.
I remain deeply troubled by FSG's role in the Yemeni Civil War.
 

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Such a great cartoon. Messi's character has always had a ton of promise, but he was best in small doses. They finally nailed it with this.

As for the matches, I'm very curious to see if viewership for the semis is significantly different between today and tomorrow. Like, I'm interested today because it's a UCL semi, but tomorrow is can't-miss as a fan of the sport. Not sure if that matters with a global audience, and Madrid and Chelski have insanely large fanbases too, certainly larger than PSG and Citeh.
 

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Beautifully-timed run, excellent first touch, terrific composure to dribble around Courtois and then a confident finish.

Chelsea are all over Real Madrid right now.
 

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He should have a goal and assist already but that goal was great. Aided of course by shambolic defending by RM
 

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He should have a goal and assist already but that goal was great. Aided of course by shambolic defending by RM
He definitely saw Werner calling for the ball, remembered what happened last time, and decided to go it alone.