Silva got a lot of stick from the fans for not playing a good side when we went out in the second round last year at home against Southampton. Yesterday he played a relatively strong side.How strong will the Everton side be? I'd guess Wednesday field a fairly full strength side- we've got a decent amount of depth, so while there may be X amount of changes, I think they'll be in it to win it, given the opponent and the fact that it's at Hillsborough. I'm really hoping this is one of the TV games, but they'll probably pick Arsenal or Liverpool. Although if I was going to watch another it's clearly the Portsmouth/Southampton game.
Edit: Wednesday got here fielding a wonderfully described "Frankenstein Squad" at Rotherham...Big Dave scored in the 97th minute to win an ugly and scrappy affair. Marks the 4th late win Wednesday have had against Toy Town in the last couple of years. The 3-2 from 2015 was the best, but they're all satisfying.
It's Happened Again
It's Happened Agaaaaaaain
Fuck Off United
It's Happened Again
As mortifying as losing to Colchester is (with a pretty full-strength squad), does anybody care about this? “Wake me for the finals” is the perfect title, whoever thought of that.Second round results:
Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester (4-5 on pens)
PL sides getting bounced indicated above. Sorry, jk and SJH. Surprised by the Burnley-Sunderland result. Burnley have looked good. Good for Sunderland though.
Hey, we won a cup game and scored 4 goals. Let me have my binkyAs mortifying as losing to Colchester is (with a pretty full-strength squad), does anybody care about this? “Wake me for the finals” is the perfect title, whoever thought of that.
Beat Man U at Old Trafford, lose to a League 2 side. Typical Palace.
Well that was entertaining.
How often does a shootout happen and fewer pens are converted than there were goals in the game?
The Miracle of Istanbul finished 3-3, with Liverpool winning 3-2 on penalties.
Given how relatively poor City had looked in the autumn in a 4-3-3 that had suddenly become predictable, and how comfortable they have been in that 3-4-3 of late — a set-up Guardiola has never fully let go during his four years in England — it was surely going to be more of the same.
Instead, it was like nothing we had seen before.
In the 16th minute, De Bruyne was up on the front line, with Bernardo Silva hovering somewhere around the No 10 role. Fifteen seconds later, De Bruyne was much deeper, Gundogan and Bernardo had advanced up the pitch and the latter curled in a sublime effort from the right corner of the penalty box.
At one point, Bernardo came deeper than Gundogan and Rodri to get the ball off Claudio Bravo, then disappeared up front again.
Riyad Mahrez was in on goal to score City’s second because, moments before Bernardo found him with a perfect pass, he was pressing the United backline as the left-sided striker.
In fact, Mahrez, Bernardo, De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all took turns playing up front as the two false nines. They took their turns as wingers, too.
Tom Pope might have let his asshole overload his mouth.I enjoyed that they benched John Stones after Tom Pope took him to the woodshed. At least, that's the narrative I'm going with.
Pope had been asked on Twitter to "predict the WWIII result," a reference to American tensions with Iran.
"We invade Iran then Cuba then North Korea then the Rothchilds (sic) are crowned champions of every bank on the planet," the striker replied.
The Rothschilds, a French Jewish family whose banking connections date to the 18th century, are a frequent target of offensive global conspiracy theories.