Still Not the Super League: Champions League 23/24

HowBoutDemSox

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How did Dortmund not score on either of those!

Edit: Ok that last one was probably offside anyways.
 

SoxFanInCali

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California. Duh.
Real seem like they're just going through the motions, like they know it will somehow wind up working out for them in the end.
 

sdiaz1

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And Mbappe arrives next year … I wouldn’t mind RM winning championships but it never seems on merit
They litterally did not lose a single match in the UCL this season and just won their 6th trophy in 10 tries. The Madid is lucky angle is really more an object of faith and narrative rather than anything based is reality.
 

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They litterally did not lose a single match in the UCL this season and just won their 6th trophy in 10 tries. The Madid is lucky angle is really more an object of faith and narrative rather than anything based is reality.
And yet Union Berlin, that barely survived the Bundesliga this year, took them twice to the 94th minute.

I’m grasping here - let me be :)
 

wonderland

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They litterally did not lose a single match in the UCL this season and just won their 6th trophy in 10 tries. The Madid is lucky angle is really more an object of faith and narrative rather than anything based is reality.
Yep. They beat the defending champs and Bayern en route. They had a great league season.

Besides being very smart with their transfer business, I think two other keys to their success is they sacrifice their egos and play for each other and they play a style that’s different from most top clubs. They will absorb pressure and not chase with the press then they have the energy for the late winners.
 

rguilmar

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They litterally did not lose a single match in the UCL this season and just won their 6th trophy in 10 tries. The Madid is lucky angle is really more an object of faith and narrative rather than anything based is reality.
I think so much of watching soccer is interpreted through how we view players and teams. Most of us either dislike or loathe Real Madrid, so we see calls for them as weak and lucky, and vice versa. Goals they score are against the run of play, shots they concede much more dangerous than they really are and so on. I think someone mentioned Bellingham up thread, noting that the poster didn’t remember Jude as being such a complainer now, or some other criticism of him, but the likely reality is that it’s just because he switched for a team most of us root for in Dortmund (the USMNT connection, their uphill battles to unseat Bayern and so on) to a team we don’t like. I do this all the time myself. I know we share an admiration, or dare I say love, for Iago Aspas, and I almost always root for him, but I will go to my grave thinking he took a dive against Betis that resulted in a red card for a defender. I was cursing his name that day, but by the next week I was rooting for the Galician again.

Yep. They beat the defending champs and Bayern en route. They had a great league season.

Besides being very smart with their transfer business, I think two other keys to their success is they sacrifice their egos and play for each other and they play a style that’s different from most top clubs. They will absorb pressure and not chase with the press then they have the energy for the late winners.
If it weren’t for the crest, they’d be a likable team. Adding Mbappe will make them less likable. Not anything against the player, but the bulk of their recent acquisitions have been young players that they’ve allowed to make mistakes and grow (are you paying attention, Barca???). I also really appreciate how Carlo has them playing. In the Pep world of joysticking managers who demand strict adherence to a way of playing, Ancelotti allows his players so much more freedom. It’s refreshing to see honestly. I think that it was the Stadio podcast about Athletic Club’s victory over Barca in the Copa del Rey, but they said something along the lines of Athletic Club dominated the game without the ball. That’s what Real Madrid does. They are just always dictating the game out of possession. It’s remarkable.

I’m hopeful that the Mbappe signing will destabilize the entire thing.
 

wonderland

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If it weren’t for the crest, they’d be a likable team. Adding Mbappe will make them less likable. Not anything against the player, but the bulk of their recent acquisitions have been young players that they’ve allowed to make mistakes and grow (are you paying attention, Barca???). I also really appreciate how Carlo has them playing. In the Pep world of joysticking managers who demand strict adherence to a way of playing, Ancelotti allows his players so much more freedom. It’s refreshing to see honestly. I think that it was the Stadio podcast about Athletic Club’s victory over Barca in the Copa del Rey, but they said something along the lines of Athletic Club dominated the game without the ball. That’s what Real Madrid does. They are just always dictating the game out of possession. It’s remarkable.

I’m hopeful that the Mbappe signing will destabilize the entire thing.
Totally agree on the Carlo vs Pep. I also think the freedom he gives players is a big driver to their late game success. The game starts to become wide open and players are just playing more. Nobody has more experience with figuring things out by themselves.

I actually think they will take a step back next year. losing Kroos is going to have a big impact. I don’t see anybody on their roster with his game and he was huge for them this year.