2018/19 Soccer Thread

Prederick wrote:

THANK. F***KING. GOD.

Yeah, that came out of nowhere! Four second half goals?!? Amazing!

Hope, long extinguished, flickers to life.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

He's also got them competing for a Champions League berth. I'd think his long term situation hinges more on that than anything else. If he gets them a top four finish there will be a lot of voices clamoring for him as the answer. I think Pochettino is a better choice, on the whole, but yeah.

In either case, if Solskjaer keeps this up, I'm sure someone will take a chance on him as a manager candidate for a strong club. He's made the best of this opportunity, for sure.

Well, that and how they do in the CL. At this rate, with Neymar out and their midfield appearing threadbare, I might actually shade it to United to go through, which is absolutely not what I'd have said back when the draw was announced.

Prederick wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

He's also got them competing for a Champions League berth. I'd think his long term situation hinges more on that than anything else. If he gets them a top four finish there will be a lot of voices clamoring for him as the answer. I think Pochettino is a better choice, on the whole, but yeah.

In either case, if Solskjaer keeps this up, I'm sure someone will take a chance on him as a manager candidate for a strong club. He's made the best of this opportunity, for sure.

Well, that and how they do in the CL. At this rate, with Neymar out and their midfield appearing threadbare, I might actually shade it to United to go through, which is absolutely not what I'd have said back when the draw was announced.

That'll be an interesting match, for sure. Even with Neymar out, PSG will still have Imbappe and Cavani and a talented team. I could see them shredding Man U's still shaky defense, and I could see Man U's offense putting up a few goals on PSG. I have no idea who will win. I'd still tilt towards PSG, but De Gea is a wild card in Man U's pocket that could tilt it back in their favor. Yeah, who knows.

United are not 'back'. They just leveled off.

They beat Spurs 1-0 and Arsenal in the FA Cup and almost lost today to Burnley.

2 points behind Arsenal and 2 behind Chelsea who have a game in hand. Seems pretty accurate considering Chelsea and Arsenal are also flawed and have had wobbles.

Arsenal look like they are getting Dennis Suarez on loan with an option to buy. Slowly but surely Emery will turn the squad over. Time will tell if that's a good thing but at least something is happening.

Wow, Bournemouth.

Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Higuain only plays well with Messi, or his idol, Christian Pulisic. Wait until the Fall!

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Higuain only plays well with Messi, or his idol, Christian Pulisic. Wait until the Fall!

Even if he plays well, making Higuain's move permanent after this season would be a mistake. Dude's already 31.

Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Most fun Chelsea game since Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat trick against them back in 2015.

Hmmm. Having watched the game Liverppol underestimated Leicester, really miss having a proper right back (the decision to allow Clyne to leave looks increasingly foolish to put it mildly) and they also really didn't get to grip with the conditions at all. To be sure I though Maguire was lucky to be on the pitch after his "last defender" foul on Mane, and while it wasn't exactly a clear cut penalty for Keita, you do see them given for less.

Mind you City lost and we didn't. In the end it might be all it takes. We shall see.

I'm trying to be level headed by all of this, but I'm starting to burst apart at the seams.

Roke wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Higuain only plays well with Messi, or his idol, Christian Pulisic. Wait until the Fall!

Even if he plays well, making Higuain's move permanent after this season would be a mistake. Dude's already 31.

That's nothing - the Houston Dynamo just signed a 35 year-old with our last international slot. Positionally he overlaps with a 36 year-old.

Sorbicol wrote:

I'm trying to be level headed by all of this, but I'm starting to burst apart at the seams.

I mean, we're 24 games in. You kinda gotta start talking about it now, although, still in hushed tones. Personally, I'd wait to get too excited until after the Spurs game to end March, but I am very much a "hope for the best, plan for the worst" kind of person.

Also, Llorente finally scoring (the winner, no less) for Spurs is hilarious, but not as hilarious as Barcelona going into their Copa del Rey game with Sevilla down 2-0 and dumptrucking them to the tune of 6-1.

In other news:

@barneyronay wrote:

New UEFA executive and PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi seems like the ideal man to help with UEFA's investigation into the dealings of new UEFA executive and PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Well done all involved.

Oh, and remember that dumbass idea to play a La Liga game in Miami? Well, it didn't happen, which is nice, although there's no chance it stops the guys who tried to do this from trying again.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Roke wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Higuain only plays well with Messi, or his idol, Christian Pulisic. Wait until the Fall!

Even if he plays well, making Higuain's move permanent after this season would be a mistake. Dude's already 31.

That's nothing - the Houston Dynamo just signed a 35 year-old with our last international slot. Positionally he overlaps with a 36 year-old.

Jesus. Somebody needs to show them an age curve.

Goodison did not sound like a particularly happy place today (except for the black cat running around on the field).

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Roke wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:
Roke wrote:

Wow, Bournemouth.

Wow, Chelsea?

Higuain only plays well with Messi, or his idol, Christian Pulisic. Wait until the Fall!

Even if he plays well, making Higuain's move permanent after this season would be a mistake. Dude's already 31.

That's nothing - the Houston Dynamo just signed a 35 year-old with our last international slot. Positionally he overlaps with a 36 year-old.

Burnley: Hold my beer.

Well, Burnley will probably miss the playoffs, just like we did.

In other news, Son netted for the tenth time in twelve Spurs games and now they hold the (worthless) Premier League record for most games in a row without a draw.

With 13 games to play, Fulham are seven points adrift.

To have a genuine shot at staying up, I think they need to win at least 5 of those 13 games. Problem is, Fulham literally haven't won an away game all season long and their home fixtures through the end of March are against Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and City (they're away to West Ham, Southampton and Leicester City in the same time-frame).

Basically, each of those away games is a must-win but there's nothing to indicate this team can win on the road.

I am increasingly resigned to the fact that, unless a miracle happens, Fulham are down.

Yeah, things are looking increasingly tough for Fulham now. Their schedule looks challenging, as you mention. Their next four home games are against top 5 teams, and they haven't picked up points on the road. Based on performance to date, it's not until the mid-April match against Everton that they have a winnable match.

The teams above them are picking up points, too, and putting more distance in the way.

Certainly not over yet, but unless Fulham levels up in the next couple of weeks, it's looking dire.

juv3nal wrote:

Burnley: Hold my beer.

Well sh*t. Got them one point at least.

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Heh.

You did ask Dave's permission before posting his mug, I hope?

Above: The music currently playing at Anfield.

Seems like just yesterday Liverpool was waaaaay ahead in the title race, clearly their year, etc.

Prederick wrote:
Sorbicol wrote:

I'm trying to be level headed by all of this, but I'm starting to burst apart at the seams.

I mean, we're 24 games in. You kinda gotta start talking about it now, although, still in hushed tones. Personally, I'd wait to get too excited until after the Spurs game to end March, but I am very much a "hope for the best, plan for the worst" kind of person.

It just always seems like this is the part of the year that makes or breaks title challenges.

The plot thickens!

And the battle for the last Champions League spot between Arsenal, Man U, and Chelsea could go to the wire.

And the battle for the last couple of Europa League slots look interesting as well. There are five teams within two points for 8th place.

These next few months could be SUPER EXCITING!

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Seems like just yesterday Liverpool was waaaaay ahead in the title race, clearly their year, etc.

Despite the wobbles I feel I should point out we've still only lost once this season, have an injury ravaged back line (the decision to let Clyne go to Bournemouth is looking a bit wrong at the moment) and Leicester are the one team outside the top 6 right that look capable of beating someone in the top 6.

Last night it got to us. It's not great and it's been a little disappointing but neither is it a complete collapse. It might help in that it might make the team realise what's required to win now and get it back together, or it might be the beginning of the end. We'll see.

When all is said and done I look at Man City and think they are team that are susceptible to occasional lapses of complacency, and could still lose to anyone.

Still quite a long way to go etc etc

I'm choosing to look on the bright side and focus on fact that we will either win the Joleon Lescott memorial derby tomorrow or put Liverpool under huge pressure as we head towards the conclusion of this season.

Sorbicol wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Seems like just yesterday Liverpool was waaaaay ahead in the title race, clearly their year, etc.

Despite the wobbles I feel I should point out we've still only lost once this season, have an injury ravaged back line (the decision to let Clyne go to Bournemouth is looking a bit wrong at the moment) and Leicester are the one team outside the top 6 right that look capable of beating someone in the top 6.

Last night it got to us. It's not great and it's been a little disappointing but neither is it a complete collapse. It might help in that it might make the team realise what's required to win now and get it back together, or it might be the beginning of the end. We'll see.

When all is said and done I look at Man City and think they are team that are susceptible to occasional lapses of complacency, and could still lose to anyone.

Still quite a long way to go etc etc

*cough* Wolves *cough*

Sorbicol wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Seems like just yesterday Liverpool was waaaaay ahead in the title race, clearly their year, etc.

Despite the wobbles I feel I should point out we've still only lost once this season, have an injury ravaged back line (the decision to let Clyne go to Bournemouth is looking a bit wrong at the moment)...

Yeah, this ESPN article, Liverpool's Lack of Depth Beginning to Wreak Havoc... would agree with you.

In addition to being bad with what day it is, I apparently cannot tell quote and edit apart.