2021/2022 Champions League: Not the Super League

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Started from a Neymar pass that got intercepted, followed by Modric slicing thru over half of PSG's squad for a 30-yard sprint, Vini passing up a shot he probably shouldn't have, followed by Modric playing in Benz for the go ahead goal. Jeez.
 

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This is the worst defending I've literally ever seen in a big game.
 

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Started from a Neymar pass that got intercepted, followed by Modric slicing thru over half of PSG's squad for a 30-yard sprint, Vini passing up a shot he probably shouldn't have, followed by Modric playing in Benz for the go ahead goal. Jeez.
What Neymar pass hasn't been intercepted in this game?
 

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Real Madrid seem so mediocre this year -- for their standards -- but keep finding ways to pressure their opponents into making mistakes and taking advantage of these moments. That, or PSG is garbage.
 

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Real Madrid seem so mediocre this year -- for their standards -- but keep finding ways to pressure their opponents into making mistakes and taking advantage of these moments. That, or PSG is garbage.
In this second half at least, Benzema and Modric are the only people who feel competent.
 

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PSG completely fell apart when Paredes came off. Seems to me like their best chance to see this one out was possession, but that's not what Poch thought (or Paredes was just gassed). Regardless, the danger right before the goal came off a turnover from Mbappe, the goal came from an intercepted Neymar pass, and the third goal, just lol sad.
 
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It's too easy to just talk about "mentality", but Madrid in the CL are simply the equivalent of the horror movie killer who gets back up when they definitely died a few times already, while PSG are the exact opposite thing.
 

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I’ve been told many times that Nike is delivering Mbappe to Liverpool.
 

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Neymar plays like (a) he doesn't have the extra gear anymore and/or (b) he just doesn't care. I can't decide if it's A, B, or both.
 

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I'd still bet that Mbappe ends up at Real Madrid.
Mbappe just watched the team of his dreams live up to its reputation in the Champion’s League.

Why would this do anything other than galvanize his belief that Madrid is where he should be and not PSG?
 

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Neymar plays like (a) he doesn't have the extra gear anymore and/or (b) he just doesn't care. I can't decide if it's A, B, or both.
It's going to be funny in a few years when he goes to Inter Miami and does not improve them at all.
 

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Neymar plays like (a) he doesn't have the extra gear anymore and/or (b) he just doesn't care. I can't decide if it's A, B, or both.
He's hurt all the time and is 30. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were both pretty much done at that age.

Messi still has all the skills but his lack of extra gear is really apparent when you watch him. He can pass and dribble and shoot like Messi, but he isn't that horrifying threat when he's on the ball because he can't motor around defenders the way he used too.
 

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Atleti have controlled this match really well. Utd have struggled to lay a glove on them. Thursday night football beckons for Utd.
 

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Atleti! This team looked cooked about a month ago, but Simeone has found a way to get them playing better, tougher, and smarter football. From my somewhat uninformed viewpoint, I thought Atleti outplayed ManU over the course of the two matches -- and was able to keep the lead with a fantastic Oblak.

The most notable change was Simeone moving from a 5-3-2 to a 5-4-1, using Griezmann in a more defensive position and Griezmann was outstanding. As talented as he is, I'm constantly impressed by how smart he is on the pitch and how willing he is to contribute on both sides of the ball.
 

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Jorginho man 2 very different assists. Pulisic great finish though. 2-1 will do.
 

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Quarter finals draw is Friday, here’s the final eight:

Atlético Madrid
Bayern Munich
Benfica
Chelsea
Liverpool
Manchester City
Real Madrid
Villarreal

Six out of eight are from the EPL or La Liga.
 

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The draw is set

Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Man City vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Benfica vs Liverpool

Semi-final:

Man City/Atletico vs Chelsea/Real Madrid

Benfica/Liverpool vs Villarreal/Bayern Munich
 
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Drawing ManCity is clearly a very tough draw, but I'm also excited -- why not play the best and have a chance to beat the best?
 

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Today is the day!

For the match against Man City, Atletico is without Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez (injured) and Carrasco (red card suspension). Herrera's absence puts Kondobgia as the defensive midfielder the starting XI, while Lodi plays instead of Carrasco as the attacking left bank. The real question mark is what Simeone chooses to do to replace Gimenez -- we could see Vrsaljko or Felipe, which are two options that cause some concern.

The non-defense is certainly strong with Joao Feliz, Griezmann, Koke, and De Paul -- so the hope is that these guys are at the top of their game.
 

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It seems like Atleti have been on a solid run of form for almost 2 months now. In your opinion are they starting to hit their stride, or just clawing out results?
 

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It seems like Atleti have been on a solid run of form for almost 2 months now. In your opinion are they starting to hit their stride, or just clawing out results?
Both. With Reinildo, the defense is back to being stronger and more reliable. Because Reinildo allows Simeone to play Lodi (or Carrasco) and because Simeone has decided to start Luis Suarez on the bench, the team has found an improved offensive rhythm. Unfortunately, in this line-up, Griezmann now starts ahead of Correa, but I really like seeing Joao Feliz, Griezmann, Koke, Lodi, Llorente, and De Paul all play together.
 

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Today is the day!

For the match against Man City, Atletico is without Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez (injured) and Carrasco (red card suspension). Herrera's absence puts Kondobgia as the defensive midfielder the starting XI, while Lodi plays instead of Carrasco as the attacking left bank. The real question mark is what Simeone chooses to do to replace Gimenez -- we could see Vrsaljko or Felipe, which are two options that cause some concern.

The non-defense is certainly strong with Joao Feliz, Griezmann, Koke, and De Paul -- so the hope is that these guys are at the top of their game.
We get both Vrsaljko and Felipe, with Felipe playing in the middle of the three CBs and Vrsaljko on the right wing. The benefit of this formation is that it allows Marcos Llorente to play in his stronger position, which is more up the pitch rather than defensive. The other consequence of this move is that it puts De Paul on the bench -- which is now quite strong with Correa, Lemar, Suarez, De Paul, and Cunha.