2020/21 Soccer Thread: Messxit?

The biggest surprise here for me is how City haven't had any attacking threat.

I mean, Chelsea barely have, but they scored.

EDIT: 85 minutes gone, 3 shots for City, 1 on target. Wow.

City are just keeping it tight so they can win the second leg.

F*ckin' Kante dude. Jesus.

So, next Manchester City manager?

Wow. Chelsea completely nullified City, and should've won 2-0.

Kai Havertz on national TV after being asked if he feels he’s now justified his transfer fee

‘To be honest, I don’t give a f*ck about that, we’ve won the f*cking champions league!’

Top work.

Mateo Kovacic has won 4 Champions League winner's medals having played 34 minutes in finals.

King sh*t.

Don't like either team, but I'm pleased for Pulisic.

I am too, but CBS' coverage is borderline unhinged.

Like, I get that they're showing this to and for a U.S. audience, but you'd think Pulisic won the damn game, not that Havertz scored the winner and that Kante was (deservedly) MotM.

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Can't help but feel very happy for Kanté.

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WHAT A JOURNEY FOR N'GOLO KANTE

https://twitter.com/ESPNFC/status/13...

Can a player pretty much universally praised as one of the world's best for the last five years still be underrated?

Pulisic? He missed the chance to go up 2-0. Hurray.

City were toothless but Chelsea + Tuchel probably realize how lucky they were to eek this out.

Really feel bad for De Bruyne if anything. Get KO'd out of a final. He probably had the keys to unlock that defense.

Good for Kante but I would of loved to see Aguero win it.

jowner wrote:

Pulisic? He missed the chance to go up 2-0. Hurray.

City were toothless but Chelsea + Tuchel probably realize how lucky they were to eek this out.

Really feel bad for De Bruyne if anything. Get KO'd out of a final. He probably had the keys to unlock that defense.

Good for Kante but I would of loved to see Aguero win it.

If you’re beating Pep and City 3 times in a row (no matter what team Pep puts out) then really, it’s not luck.

Don’t forget City spanked Chelsea earlier in the season when Fat Frank was still in charge.

De Bruyne broke his nose and eye socket in that collision yesterday.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/5...

Sorbicol wrote:
jowner wrote:

Pulisic? He missed the chance to go up 2-0. Hurray.

City were toothless but Chelsea + Tuchel probably realize how lucky they were to eek this out.

Really feel bad for De Bruyne if anything. Get KO'd out of a final. He probably had the keys to unlock that defense.

Good for Kante but I would of loved to see Aguero win it.

If you’re beating Pep and City 3 times in a row (no matter what team Pep puts out) then really, it’s not luck.

Don’t forget City spanked Chelsea earlier in the season when Fat Frank was still in charge.

Right but what about this part.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

De Bruyne broke his nose and eye socket in that collision yesterday.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/5...

Just felt like De Bruyne going off was really downplayed as a major factor.

Also not like he went off because he pulled up with a hamstring injury. An opposing player wearing a protective mask stood him up and broke his face.

No way that would ever be a red under current rules as it doesn't really fall into what is considered malicious but ya. I feel like Rudiger knew what he was doing just not it would have that level of damage.

jowner wrote:

Right but what about this part.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

De Bruyne broke his nose and eye socket in that collision yesterday.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/5...

Just felt like De Bruyne going off was really downplayed as a major factor.

Also not like he went off because he pulled up with a hamstring injury. An opposing player wearing a protective mask stood him up and broke his face.

No way that would ever be a red under current rules as it doesn't really fall into what is considered malicious but ya. I feel like Rudiger knew what he was doing just not it would have that level of damage.

Liverpool didn’t lose in 2018 after Ramos manhandled Salah to the ground and damn near dislocated his shoulder. It was a factor yes, but losing one player - no matter how important - is not the sole reason Liverpool lost to Real.

Pep managed to pick a formation that City had never played before, in a final they’ve never been in before, as absolutely nailed on favourites. Chelsea had very little pressure going into the game, had beaten City twice previously, once in a elimination game, and Tuchel has shown himself to be tactically on par with Pep and how his teams play the game.

Pep’s history of over thinking things, plus the pressure, plus the fact Chelsea would not have feared playing them (as Liverpool didnt in 2018 when they got to that final) were as important - or more important - as the lose of De Bruyne in that game. You also have to remember Chelsea shut City out. Kante was outstanding and had the midfield locked down. City just couldn’t get through.

They lost to a team that played better on the night than they did. There’s no shame in that - it happens. The lose of De Bruyne is only a small of that story, it’s not everything.

I'm not saying it's the only factor but it's hardly small and neither was Salah going off for Liverpool.

In both situations we are talking about each teams best player.

Watch Tuchels reaction to Pulisic missing the goal to go up 2-0. It was as if they lost the game.

Any game 1-0 is pretty much broken down on the margins. For me De Bruyne was a big one because I rate him highly enough that just one instance of brilliance and it's 1-1.

If you didn't watch the u21 euros today catch the highlights.

3/4 games went to extra time. Germany Denmark going to PKs now.

Justin Kluivert (yes that Kluivert) sets up a goal for Netherlands to oust France in added time for the only game that didn't go to ET.

Everybody Hates Florentino

Zinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid because the club and its president, Florentino Pérez, systematically undermined him, according to an extraordinary open letter from the Frenchman to supporters.

In the letter, published in the sports daily AS four days after his resignation was made official, Zidane made it clear that he intends to continue coaching and offers his reasons for departing. He paints a damning portrait of the club, describing a culture in which coaches are not backed by the hierarchy and are subjected to distrust and strategic leaks that weaken their position.

“I am not abandoning ship and I am not tired of coaching,” Zidane wrote. “I am going because I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need and doesn’t offer me the support needed to build something in the mid and long term. Over the last few months, I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president to have been a bit different to that of other managers.”

Prederick wrote:

Everybody Hates Florentino

Zinedine Zidane walked out on Real Madrid because the club and its president, Florentino Pérez, systematically undermined him, according to an extraordinary open letter from the Frenchman to supporters.

In the letter, published in the sports daily AS four days after his resignation was made official, Zidane made it clear that he intends to continue coaching and offers his reasons for departing. He paints a damning portrait of the club, describing a culture in which coaches are not backed by the hierarchy and are subjected to distrust and strategic leaks that weaken their position.

“I am not abandoning ship and I am not tired of coaching,” Zidane wrote. “I am going because I feel that the club no longer gives me the trust I need and doesn’t offer me the support needed to build something in the mid and long term. Over the last few months, I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president to have been a bit different to that of other managers.”

Hmm seems like an abridged version tbh. I saw one where he directly thanks Perez especially for bringing him in originally in as a player. Specifically mentions when others were against that transfer.

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'"Spending 20 years at Madrid has been the most beautiful thing that has happened to me in my life," he said. "I know that I owe it exclusively to Florentino Perez who took a gamble on me in 2001, who fought for me, to make me come when there were certain people who were against it. I will always be grateful to the president for that. Always."'

I was also surprised.

Carlo Ancelotti has left Everton for Real Madrid.

I mean, you would really wouldn’t you?

As soon as I saw the rumors I figured it was a done deal.

The only silver lining here is that it's early enough for us to hire someone and still have a transfer window to work with.

No idea who is available that we'd want to bring on, but I'm sure there is already midnight oil being burned to fuel that project.

Well, Poch just told PSG he's out. It's all a bit silly.

So James Rodriguez never really makes it at RM, tries Bayern but never stars there... Transfers to Everton and his manager ends up leaving for RM? What a funny old world.

Also, love that CONMEBOL took the Copa America out of Argentina due to COVID, only to send it over to....

......Brazil.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

As soon as I saw the rumors I figured it was a done deal.

The only silver lining here is that it's early enough for us to hire someone and still have a transfer window to work with.

No idea who is available that we'd want to bring on, but I'm sure there is already midnight oil being burned to fuel that project.

I’d thank your lucky stars that Mourwhino has gone to Roma.

Maybe Eddie Howe? I think he’d fit Everton quite well.

Prederick wrote:

Conte out at Inter? They just won the title! I wonder what....

Conte concluded his ambitions were at odds with Inter’s plans, with the club preparing to sell about €80m of players this summer because of the state of their finances. Conte wanted backing for signings and a greater chance to build on his success.

....welp!

I mean, there's a difference, I'm sure, but I feel like if you just left Inter for this reason, perhaps Tottenham isn't the smartest next move?

Sounds like there was a whole lot of CONCACAF in the USA-Mexico Nations League match tonight.

CONCACAF is like the Premier League if the Premier League added ketamine to their morning coffee.