- Aug 25, 2009
He shaved the beard again. Make a decision, Christian.
Can you tell me why? Has Tuchel designed a system to neutralize Atletico? Do Chelsea have much more talent than Atletico? Has Simeone put forward a plan that is just bad?Good grief. This is far too easy for Chelsea.
At the time of writing your team just got plain sloppy. When they need to step it up, which i am sure they are more than capable of, they dropped off in terms of quality. Some poor passes at the wrong time. Tuchel is happy to sit on the lead. I was disapointed in Atletico's play it's that simple mate. I want them to trouble Chelsea, and i want them to score.Can you tell me why? Has Tuchel designed a system to neutralize Atletico? Do Chelsea have much more talent than Atletico? Has Simeone put forward a plan that is just bad?
I know you've just explained to me why I need to listen to more Spacemen3, so thanks for adding these comments.
NGL, this is where my mind went as well. I think this helps Atleti immensely in the Liga campaign, as Simeone will ride his best XI (or 12-14) to the finish line. Conversely, Chelsea's eyes will come off the Prem race a bit as UCL takes on more importance. Yes, I'm grasping at straws #COYSsighSo that's a potential DOGSO red not called on one side and a dodgy red called on the other. Atletico have looked like crap anyways, but if they need to recharge the grievance battery to get La Liga over the line they could do worse than stew on this game.
Thanks. I wish the explanation was more satisfying than the team simply had a poor match. Simeone really relies on Koke and Saul, and when they play their best for Atletico, they really anchor the team. I don't have any statistics to show if they were good or shit today, but my eyes told me that Atletico couldn't more the ball or create chances, which starts with the two guys linking the backline to the frontline.At the time of writing your team just got plain sloppy. When they need to step it up, which i am sure they are more than capable of, they dropped off in terms of quality. Some poor passes at the wrong time. Tuchel is happy to sit on the lead. I was disapointed in Atletico's play it's that simple mate. I want them to trouble Chelsea, and i want them to score.
I know your feeling it. Imagine bringing up Spacemen3, that's fuckin hilarious mate.
The other major effect of COVID on world football was less movement/investment in the transfer window. The window may have also been shorter than usual, but I don't recall. From 2010-2019, there was a steady and significant trending increase in spending by the big 5 leagues in each summer transfer window, with 2019 setting the record. As you might imagine, spending came crashing down last "summer", to 2016 levels. That may not sound that long ago, but 2017-2019 saw major increases from 2016, so this really was a significant pullback. Without running the numbers, it appears that the EPL spent less than the previous 3 summer windows, but by a smaller percentage than the other big leagues. So I'm not surprised to see the EPL have 3 sides in the QFs.So...in eight Round of 16 matchups, six of them were decided by an aggregate margin of three or more. And of the other two, one (Dortmund-Sevilla) was 5-2 on aggregate with 21 minutes of normal time to go in the second leg, and only looks close on paper because of a meaningless goal in the 96th minute. Only Juventus-Porto had any drama at all.
Is this a fluke, or - particularly with the new Swiss system on the horizon and lots of drama-free European football potentially in prospect - is this something to worry about? I'm inclined to say the former: this has of course been a weird season, with COVID and no fans in the stands. But it's not a great look for UEFA at a time when its marquee competition is already in a state of flux.
Well, I wasn't nervous! Arsenal hasn't allowed more than two goals since Man City in December. They weren't allowing three today.Nope. If Olympiacos scores, they will be one play from going through. Arsenal have shown that they can concede to any team at any time.
The red card probably sews it up, and would for most other teams, but there's still time for an implosion.
Auba with another great chance, great save, rebound pops into the air, he side-volleys from about 10 yards and hits it over.
It's too bad the Kop won't be full for Ramos. I'm sure that would have been fun.three best teams at the top of the bracket! Holy shit, we've waited a long time for City v Bayern. I hope that's what we get
Meanwhile, LFC fans quietly give out a fist-pump. Maybe Thiago can break Ramos' leg on a reckless tackle and redeem his rep at Merseyside...
I really hate that wild card idea. Giving teams a pass for bad play based on past successes, which presumably helps them continue to keep their coefficients high. That's some bullshit right there. And I'll be very interested to see how those first ten games are scheduled.The new Champions League format will be signed off tomorrow, and become effective from 2024:
I don't know if this will be the moment that future historians will define as the tipping point when the top European clubs went too far. But that tipping point moment is definitely coming in the next few decades, and I really look forward to seeing what football will be like after they do go too far and the game is dramatically restructured.
Well, I think this is already pretty much what they want. The only thing they would prefer is a closed system (a la MLS), but I think even they realize they need some fluidity to include clubs that are competitive and big draws. If the 'Super League' formed today, would it include RBL? Who makes it from Spain? Sevilla, Villareal, Valencia?
This drives me nuts as well. With many working from home around the world, it makes even less sense than ever. Give us a 2pm and 4pm game or at least make one start an hour early (2:30p and 3:30p) so you can switch over to the second half of the other game.2 games I really really want to watch. WHY DONT THEY STAGGER THESE ANYMORE?!
I'll respond to myself. That bump on Mane was certainly something and it was seconds before the goal. Still no excuse for turning off completely afterward.Not sure what they are complaining about to the referee there. That's all on Trent.