2019/20 Soccer Thread

Ah, that new season smell.

So the new season's fixtures are out.

For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.

The break will be staggered over a two-week period. There will be only five matches on one weekend, with the other five games from that round taking place the following weekend, ensuring that each team gets one week off.

Oh, and Real Madrid is spending big-big-BIG this offseason. Hazard, Jovic, and now left-back Ferland Mendy from Lyon, which takes their summer spending close to £300m.

Sarri out, Lampard in?

Chelsea’s options for the role appear to be dwindling. Massimiliano Allegri, whom Sarri is to replace at Juve, has indicated he will take a sabbatical “to recharge the batteries and take my personal life back in hand”. Erik ten Hag is apparently committed to Ajax, and Nuno Espírito Santo and Javi Gracia would cost considerably more in compensation to extract from Wolves and Watford respectively.

Laurent Blanc is available but may be considered an uninspiring choice, not least by a fans who, at times, made their frustration at life under Sarri all too obvious. The Italian, who was moved to Chelsea from Napoli, was close to being sacked after results deteriorated dramatically following a promising start.

Chelsea were surprised and dismayed at the breakdown in the relationship with a vocal section of supporters disenchanted with the lack of drive and urgency in much of the team’s football.

An upturn in results, which culminated in a third-place finish and success in the Europa League, left Chelsea reluctant to dismiss Sarri, only for him to make clear his desire to return to Italy, citing family reasons. Juve are expected to confirm his arrival on a three-year deal.

Yo. Let's do this.

Well Madrid are clearly acting like a team that need an influx in talent.

Over in the EPL it's mostly crickets and their window end earlier on top of that.

Liverpool and City arguably don't need to do much.

Arsenal need to do but the transfer funds available are suspect.

Spurs? Apparently Poch handed in his shopping list to Levy and is in vacation.

Chelsea are banned unless that got turned over.

United is interesting. They arguably need to do the most. Lukaku is apparently out the door. Pogba maybe. That would leave them with more money than players available and a manager no one thinks will be there next year? Honestly not sure what they do and it's not a money problem.

jowner wrote:

Well Madrid are clearly acting like a team that need an influx in talent.

Over in the EPL it's mostly crickets and their window end earlier on top of that.

Liverpool and City arguably don't need to do much.

Arsenal need to do but the transfer funds available are suspect.

Spurs? Apparently Poch handed in his shopping list to Levy and is in vacation.

Chelsea are banned unless that got turned over.

United is interesting. They arguably need to do the most. Lukaku is apparently out the door. Pogba maybe. That would leave them with more money than players available and a manager no one thinks will be there next year? Honestly not sure what they do and it's not a money problem.

Do you think City might need help? Kompany is gone, and I wonder if his leadership loss might change things. David Silva struck me this year as a player whose peak is passing. Mahrez seems to have drifted to the side. I mean, they'll clearly be a fantastic side, but I wonder if they might lose just a bit of their edge. With Liverpool being equal, I wonder if that might be enough for City to drop to second.

I haven't read much about United the past couple of weeks, but it certainly seems like they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. No Champions League or a big name manager to attract top players. Players leaving or wanting to leave. A manager who has lost whatever shine he brought to the team initially. It's going to be interesting to watch how this unfolds, but I'm not sure I see a quick way up, and signs point to things potentially getting worse. The bold move would have been to fire Solskjaer at the end of the season and gone for a big name manager, but I'm not sure who they could have gotten, and firing a guy a month after you gave him a new contract would have been a bit heartless.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
jowner wrote:

Well Madrid are clearly acting like a team that need an influx in talent.

Over in the EPL it's mostly crickets and their window end earlier on top of that.

Liverpool and City arguably don't need to do much.

Arsenal need to do but the transfer funds available are suspect.

Spurs? Apparently Poch handed in his shopping list to Levy and is in vacation.

Chelsea are banned unless that got turned over.

United is interesting. They arguably need to do the most. Lukaku is apparently out the door. Pogba maybe. That would leave them with more money than players available and a manager no one thinks will be there next year? Honestly not sure what they do and it's not a money problem.

Do you think City might need help? Kompany is gone, and I wonder if his leadership loss might change things. David Silva struck me this year as a player whose peak is passing. Mahrez seems to have drifted to the side. I mean, they'll clearly be a fantastic side, but I wonder if they might lose just a bit of their edge. With Liverpool being equal, I wonder if that might be enough for City to drop to second.

I haven't read much about United the past couple of weeks, but it certainly seems like they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. No Champions League or a big name manager to attract top players. Players leaving or wanting to leave. A manager who has lost whatever shine he brought to the team initially. It's going to be interesting to watch how this unfolds, but I'm not sure I see a quick way up, and signs point to things potentially getting worse. The bold move would have been to fire Solskjaer at the end of the season and gone for a big name manager, but I'm not sure who they could have gotten, and firing a guy a month after you gave him a new contract would have been a bit heartless.

United extended Ole before they needed to. Then Arsenal messed up and didn't finish in the top 4 knocking Spurs out.

We essentially delayed the Poch to United move for one more year at least.

I honestly don't know what United do either. They could unload the malcontents for top dollar and bring in a slew of top younger prospects.

That would essentially arm them in 2020 to lure the manager they want. Clean slate of a squad with top prospects and endless cash.

As for City I meant more they don't need a massive rebuild or splash. They could sign 1-2 players and pretty much keep on ticking.

Contrast that to Arsenal who need to sign 4+ new starters and the only credible rumor is a 33 year old CB leaving to Dortmund.

jowner wrote:

United extended Ole before they needed to.

Minor quibble, I think they were basically stuck between a rock and a hard place, and up until that point, it really seemed like Ole wasn't just a dead-cat bounce.

Well, I'm sure we all had Ukraine winning the U20 World Cup, right?

Of course, I will say this result is emblematic of how youth inconsistency and single-elimination formats are proof that we can't take much away from this, whereas if the US U20s had won, I would have pre-emptively declared us 2026 World Cup champions.

Prederick wrote:

Well, I'm sure we all had Ukraine winning the U20 World Cup, right?

I thought you were joking. I looked it up. And they beat South Korea even.

So Argentina is now what Spain was before they actually started winning things, right?

Sarri out is official now, heading to Juventus.

jowner wrote:

United extended Ole before they needed to. Then Arsenal messed up and didn't finish in the top 4 knocking Spurs out.

We essentially delayed the Poch to United move for one more year at least.

You actually think Arsenal is the reason Mauricio is still at Spurs? That's cute.

slazev wrote:
jowner wrote:

United extended Ole before they needed to. Then Arsenal messed up and didn't finish in the top 4 knocking Spurs out.

We essentially delayed the Poch to United move for one more year at least.

You actually think Arsenal is the reason Mauricio is still at Spurs? That's cute. :D

If he wasn't in the CL and United needed a manager....?

We'll see how Levy does with his shopping list.