2018/19 Soccer Thread

Pundits keep saying no one wants to finish fourth, but that's clearly not true. Spurs are trying really hard to come fourth.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

Pundits keep saying no one wants to finish fourth, but that's clearly not true. Spurs are trying really hard to come fourth.

It's true.

(and when that gets taken down by Youtube for copyright, the creator put it on Vimeo: https://twitter.com/Wouva10/status/1... )

Mo Salah looks really hurt - dazed, barely moved.. Head collided with Dubravka's hip as Dubravka came to punch the ball again. Stretchered off using the backboard.

Really dampens what's been an incredible match so far.

While I'm happy that Sol Campbell kept Macclesfield up, sad to see Notts Co. go down and become a non-league team. First time in 131 years it's happened.

Anyway, guess I gotta drag my ass out of bed to follow the final day of the season next Sunday. (He says about waking up at 9:30 in the morning, like that's not completely normal for most of the rest of the population.)

Roke wrote:

Mo Salah looks really hurt - dazed, barely moved.. Head collided with Dubravka's hip as Dubravka came to punch the ball again. Stretchered off using the backboard.

Really dampens what's been an incredible match so far.

I think he’ll be fine, looks like he was more dazed than really hurt, and taking him off was totally the right thing to do - especially what happened with Vertongen the other night. Klopp has said he was sat up watching the end of the game in the dressing room when he got back there.

It was an odd if exciting game and I got some proper stick for ‘accidentally’ cheering on Origi’s winner (I watched the game with my future Brother in Law down my local in Newcastle!) but Newcastle’s defending for all the Liverpool goals was Sunday league level at best. And it was a foul on Fabinho, Ritchie had about 6 or 7 nibbles at him before he went down. The linesman was waiting to see if there was an advantage I think.

Top 4 update:

ManU OUT!

Chelsea IN!

Arsenal three points and eight goal differentials (shrug) behind Tottenham, so likely out!

Spurs: Successfully sucking just a bit too little to fail!

I hope Spurs have money to invest in the squad this summer (and they spend it smartly). Would be fun to see what Poch can to with a squad of good players AND good depth.

Roke wrote:

I hope Spurs have money to invest in the squad this summer (and they spend it smartly). Would be fun to see what Poch can to with a squad of good players AND good depth.

Can't see that happening.

There's no clear numbers on what the stadium debt is going to do. You would assume they are entering the same situation as Arsenal circa 2006.

New players? Eriksen is on the last year of his contract. They better tie him up if anything.

Not sure who to give the award of ineptitude to. Arsenal and United not even being in contention on the last day is just pathetic.

The race for the top 4 has been some truly Wacky Races-level ineptitude.

Salah and Firmino are out of Liverpool's second leg against Barca. It was hard enough to consider Liverpool getting through with them, but without them it's considerably harder.

So it boils down to Man City v Leicester tonight. If City win the title is theirs, as I really don't think Brighton will have anything to offer next weekend. Going to be a hell of a season to get 97 points and win nothing. Ho Hum.

How can you talk about Brighton like that after they just denied Arsenal yesterday? No doubt Arsenal is miles from the quality of City, but still, give them their due.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

How can you talk about Brighton like that after they just denied Arsenal yesterday? No doubt Arsenal is miles from the quality of City, but still, give them their due.

Brighton are also up after Cardiff were none existent against Palace, so they have nothing much to play for.

Also, it's Arsenal. If anyone would lose to Brighton, Arsenal would. City should annihilate them.

Urgh. I was going to listen to the Man City v Leicester match tonight but it's making feel physically ill just thinking about it now, so I'll do something else instead. I've chewed all my nails to stubs.

0-0 so far, 53 minutes gone!

Vincent Kompany. Man for the moment.

And on a 25-yard shot no less.

Also, allegedly, the first goal he's ever scored from outside the box.

EDIT: I am totally rooting for Liverpool, but when a goal like that goes in.... it feels like fate.

Prederick wrote:

Vincent Kompany. Man for the moment.

And on a 25-yard shot no less.

Also, allegedly, the first goal he's ever scored from outside the box.

EDIT: I am totally rooting for Liverpool, but when a goal like that goes in.... it feels like fate.

Wow, that was a crazy good shot. Didn't see that coming at all.

I wouldn't give up on things yet. Football is a crazy game. And Brighton didn't look half bad against Arsenal. Yes, Arsenal, but still, stranger things have happened. Is it likely, no, but it's certainly not impossible to imagine. One stupid red card and the whole thing shifts.

Gah. Two matches where the opposition were showing just enough for me to get my hopes up only to have them dashed away. Mightily good goal by Kompany too, if anyone in that team deserved a winner there it was him.

I can't see Man City slipping up against Brighton at all, and Liverpool will have a tough game against Wolves. I just hope the fight is still there until the end and whatever happens tomorrow night doesn't get them down if, as expected they don't make it past Barca.

It's been a remarkable season played out by two of the best sides there has ever been in the Premier League era I'd say - even Ferguson's 1998-1999 squad and Wenger's Invincibles would have been stretched to match these two sides I think. Chelsea are 23 points behind Liverpool in 3rd. No other team has got even close.

Oh, I think calling these two the best teams to ever compete for the PL title is dead-on. This has been a nuts campaign, and I know it's no consolation but jeeze, it's insane that Liverpool could finish on ninety-seven points and finish this season with zero trophies.

It's amazing to look at previous league tables and see the title winners finishing in the mid-high 80s. And now, you need to be seriously targeting close to 100 points.

Prederick wrote:

Oh, I think calling these two the best teams to ever compete for the PL title is dead-on. This has been a nuts campaign, and I know it's no consolation but jeeze, it's insane that Liverpool could finish on ninety-seven points and finish this season with zero trophies.

It's amazing to look at previous league tables and see the title winners finishing in the mid-high 80s. And now, you need to be seriously targeting close to 100 points.

If I have one slight - and I do mean very slight - criticism of Klopp, it's his willingness to completely disregard the League and FA cups out of hand. I totally understand why (and mostly agree if I'm honest) but next season I think it wouldn't harm him or the team the experience of getting to a final and winning it.

Yeah, it's been an incredibly fun season to watch. Just riveting stuff.

One of the announcers mentioned today that 1st place has changed hands 30 times this season? Part of that is due to the flip flop nature of the schedule, but still, that's crazy! It's not a stretch to argue that the only difference between the two teams is the 11 millimeters that Liverpool's attempt against City missed by. You couldn't write fiction this good.

And that's why part of me wonders—with how amazing this season has been—if the soccer gods have saved something truly memorable for the last day.

I mean, the last time a title race came down to the last day and City was involved, we got a pretty dramatic ending.

Oh, and we should definitely congratulate Wolves, who locked up a European place today!

Prederick wrote:

Oh, and we should definitely congratulate Wolves, who locked up a European place today!

Hell of a year they've had. All of the wondering whether City will slip up and give Liverpool an opening has kind of overlooked that Liverpool have to play Wolves on the final day. They barely beat Newcastle this past weekend, so take nothing for granted.

Daily Mail EXCLUSIVE: Solskjaer ready to build new-look Man Utd around Scott McTominay

McTominay's a relegation-calibre central midfielder so I hope it's true.

Roke wrote:

Daily Mail EXCLUSIVE: Solskjaer ready to build new-look Man Utd around Scott McTominay

McTominay's a relegation-calibre central midfielder so I hope it's true.

Ha!

So, if Man U hadn't given Solskjaer a long-term contract already, do you think he gets one now?

Another Pulsating European night at Anfield this - Liverpool 1-0 at half time. Barcelona rattled, not one of their players is staying on their feet if a Liverpool player gets within a foot of them, and Suarez has had at least one pop at Robertson.

Still a long way to go, but an early Liverpool goal in the second half?

Edit: Robertson off in the second half - too injured to carry on.

Edit 2: GINI!!!!!!! 2-0 Liverpool!! GAME. ON

EDIT 3: GINI AGAIN!!!!! 3-0 Liverpool!!!! f*cking get in!!!!!!