2019/20 Soccer Thread

That quote makes me feel better about that Astros press conference.

Meanwhile, enjoy this penalty shootout.

Not-very-sudden death.

*Warning : Thomas Vermaelen sighting.

Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next 2 seasons over breach of FFP rules.

Certainly wasn’t expecting that. A season suspended maybe? There are going to be a lot of lawyers rubbing their hands with glee at this I’d imagine.

I am genuinely surprised.

About the ban, not the violation of FFP.

Here's the full shoot out with English commentary.

Just in case you want to watch nine consecutive missed penalties in real time.

Sorbicol wrote:

Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next 2 seasons over breach of FFP rules.

Certainly wasn’t expecting that. A season suspended maybe? There are going to be a lot of lawyers rubbing their hands with glee at this I’d imagine.

As someone who has only been watching the Prem since 2016, I feel like these penalties never stick. But I hope this one does!

Also read a rumor about an EPL points deduction for this season.

Erling Braut Haaland won the Bundesliga Player of the Month award for January despite only playing for 59 minutes.

And the crazy world of the championship continues, as Leeds get back to winning ways while Barnsley smash Fulham 3-0. What ever happens happens but at least we have decided to fight again.

Man City's ban opens a new route to the Champions League for United.

Sheffield United.

onewild wrote:

And the crazy world of the championship continues, as Leeds get back to winning ways while Barnsley smash Fulham 3-0. What ever happens happens but at least we have decided to fight again.

Blast and tarnation!

Meanwhile, Liverpool need five wins from their next TWELVE to win the title.

Five. From twelve.

I repeat, if they f*ck this up, we all have the right to bag on them until the end of time (they won't though, congratulations Liverpool.)

Amazing last-minute win for Tottenham! Son with a brace! Toby with a brace! Facing Chelsea next week to determine 4th place*!

Now, come on, Newcastle!

*maybe, depends what happens Monday.

Prederick wrote:

Still finding this "Sheffield are in the European places" thing massively confusing.

EDIT: A surprising factoid on Jose at Tottenham:

The figures alone speak of a transformative impact: 26 points later, 14th position has become fifth, which could now carry the carrot of Champions League football. The performances paint a murkier picture. Spurs rode their luck so often when beating City it could scarcely be called a Mourinho masterclass. This was anything but classic Mourinho; yet a game of 41 shots provided the fourth 3-2 of his embryonic reign. Strange as it sounds, it is the most common scoreline of his tenure. Lacking the spine of a traditional Mourinho side, Spurs were altogether different.

I was always very pleased with the Jose hire, and I'm full on the train. I thought he was an arrogant jerk spending big and failing hard at United, but listening to his analysis during the interim was totally redeeming for him in my eyes. I hated to see Poch go, but it seemed to be time.

I like where things are headed right now, but to be fair, today we were a Son goal at the death away from me feeling very pessimistic.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I thought he was an arrogant jerk

Unsure of how you got to the past tense on that one.

Prederick wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

I thought he was an arrogant jerk

Unsure of how you got to the past tense on that one. :lol:

Funny, probably fair, but I did answer this question immediately after the bit you quoted.

Also: Thank you, ManU!

...I feel dirty.

Someone wrote in to the BBC today to say that Liverpool are playing "a world class '09 Stoke" and I laughed for a solid 30 seconds.

Erling Halaand is absurd. Congrats on young Mr. Reyna for clocking up the "assist" on that thunderbolt though.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

Man City's ban opens a new route to the Champions League for United.

Sheffield United.

Getting back to the forum after a hell week. This made me really f*cking laugh.

Thanks Bis!

Outside of Liverpool, it's them or Wolves for Team of the Season, right?

Prederick wrote:

Outside of Liverpool, it's them or Wolves for Team of the Season, right?

Wolves <3 great Europa result today.

Very curious to see how their Portuguese contingent translates to the National team.

Braga... What a waste. They played so well, too. At least they scored away.

I'll take a point from Derby, but I'm more happy that the hashtag for today's game was #DERFUL. If we'd signed someone like Jung Won-jin and he'd scored the winner, it would have been perfect.

Also, I did not know that Tottenham literally haven't won a match since 2014 without a least Kane or Son in the lineup.

(Also, say it quietly, but in retrospect, that 2nd-place finish in 2017-18 with ManU is quite impressive. If he pulls off 4th place with this Spurs team right now....)

Prederick wrote:

(Also, say it quietly, but in retrospect, that 2nd-place finish in 2017-18 with ManU is quite impressive. If he pulls off 4th place with this Spurs team right now....)

Mou was actually asked in the pre-Chelsea presser which would be more impressive, and he said 4th this year.

Var is mind boggling.

How Lo Celso stays on the pitch on a replay where he bends the opposing players leg while stamping down on it is ridiculous.

They also insisted on showing it about 25 times. For whatever reason also it was red card or nothing? Not even a yellow?

I've never seen a league make 1 change that altered how you view the sport so drastically.

jowner wrote:

Var is mind boggling.

How Lo Celso stays on the pitch on a replay where he bends the opposing players leg while stamping down on it is ridiculous.

They also insisted on showing it about 25 times. For whatever reason also it was red card or nothing? Not even a yellow?

I've never seen a league make 1 change that altered how you view the sport so drastically.

Tottenham fan but I agree. Same call was made a couple weeks ago when Sterling did the same to Dele Alli. I was shocked then and now.

I will continue to say, however, that the problem is not VAR itself but the EPL's hideous use of it.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I will continue to say, however, that the problem is not VAR itself but the EPL's hideous use of it.

Yeah, I'm a VAR fan, but I don't like the way it's been implemented in the Premier League this year.

I mean no offense to the rest of the Championship but before the last 2 games, Leeds took a whole 5 points from 21, West Brom lost like 3 or 4 in a row and yet both are not only in the top 2 still but also pulled slightly away this weekend.
Does anyone atucally want premier league football?