2021/22 Soccer Thread: It's Euro 2020 until it becomes 2021

Prederick wrote:

His shadow does loom quite large.

I was shocked to realize, while watching the Premier League Season Review shows on YouTube, that ManU's last title was 2012/13 and they haven't been anywhere close since.

They did get 2nd place. Isn't that close enough?

Not when you were 19 points off winning the title, I'd say.

There really is some fantastic sh*thousery to be found on club's official social media these days.

Also, can we give a shoutout to The Special One for continuing to be a total pillock wherever he goes?

A crestfallen Mourinho sought to portray the defeat afterwards as further evidence of the limitations of the squad he had inherited. “My heart hurts because I am not used to this profile of team,” he was quoted as saying in La Repubblica. “I am here to give the lads a way to improve. But I want the team to follow me in going above their limits, not that they should take me to their level.”

Jose can never fail, Jose can only be failed.

If you need me, I will be watching this repeatedly and doing absolutely sinful things to myself.

I had to click through to see the full title and understand what I had just watched. That's amazing.

They just fan so much better than we do.

Like, to be fair, if you do this, the players on your team are well within their rights to run into the stands and start swinging, but it'd be worth it.

I like the off the cuff crowd moments, like that time Jason Puncheon had to pop off the field for a moment.

Alphonso Davies has (mild) myocarditis from COVID and is going to be out for a while, including Canada's next round of World Cup Qualifiers.

This sucks.

Right, so can we just GIVE it to City now?

Prederick wrote:

Right, so can we just GIVE it to City now?

Yes

Arsena have had their game against Spurs called off due to ‘lack of available first team players’. This is mostly down to injuries and ACON, not Covid which only impacts one or two.

Spurs are livid. And I don’t blame them. It should really only be covid that’s a factor.

Obviously, I agree!

What I'm reading is they literally have one COVID case. They have some injuries, some AFCON attendees, and one Xhaka with his straight red this week.

Wolves v. Soton has been a LOT of fun, at least.

Prederick wrote:

If you need me, I will be watching this repeatedly and doing absolutely sinful things to myself.

Just an insane amount of self-abuse.

Based on the evidence thus far, there's a whole lot more wrong at ManU than any manager.

EDIT:

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

Coutinho to Villa?


Welp!

Early days, but working out well!

There are rumours starting on Merseyside that Everton are going to sack Benitez. Should be an announcement on Monday

Oh man, Villa drew ManU? I watched part of the second half at the Texas Hamburger Palace today. I saw ManU's second goal while I was eating, and missed Villa's goal while I was cleaning up. Great result!

Sorbicol wrote:

There are rumours starting on Merseyside that Everton are going to sack Benitez. Should be an announcement on Monday

And he’s Gone

Potentially bad news for Brighton fans.

Sorbicol wrote:
Sorbicol wrote:

There are rumours starting on Merseyside that Everton are going to sack Benitez. Should be an announcement on Monday

And he’s Gone

Rafa's far from the only problem with Everton, but seems like the right move to me.

I feel the game's kind of passed Rafa by for clubs like Everton, trying to move up and compete with the big 6. The quality of coaching in the Premier League is a lot higher than back in his heydey, especially further down the table, and I don't think his attacking plans have kept up with the competition.

Plus there's the whole wanting total control problem. That's fine for a team trying to avoid relegation or, like Newcastle, a club without any footballing infrastructure but in this day and age it's too much for a person to oversee.

Plus there's the whole misaligned incentives and goals that leads to your manager deciding to sell one fullback and buy two others just weeks before sacking the manager. Granted, it's the right move from an age perspective given where Everton is this season.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

I think Rafa is a good manager and have said more than once here that I'd be happy with him but that the locals would never put up with it.

Definitely a bold decision by Moshiri - time will tell if it's a good one.

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Mr Bismarck wrote:

Potentially bad news for Brighton fans.

Potter would be completely mad to go to Everton the state they are in.

Finding it a bit funny that people are using Leeds to beat Arsenal with after they cancelled their game today given that we had to drop out of 2 games over Christmas.
On the plus side great win away at West Ham today just a week after they knocked us out of the FA Cup.

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

If you need me, I will be watching this repeatedly and doing absolutely sinful things to myself.

Just an insane amount of self-abuse.

I am going to need to be hospitalized.

EDIT: Fulham have scored nineteen in their last three league games.

In normal times, I don't wear Tottenham gear for weekday games because my workplace isn't remotely that casual (although I have occasionally worn a scarf, pin, or vest). In pandemic times, I often don't bother wearing jerseys for weekday games because I probably won't see anyone anyway.

However, today I decided to go all out and wore my blue 17/18 away kit, retrofitted with Son nameset, and even put on a beanie for good measure. Hey, there's a ton of soccer fans at my beloved local Mexican dive, even if none of them are EPL fans.

I was rewarded with an end-game sequence so shocking and pleasing that I can only compare it to the Lucas Moura "Miracle of Amsterdam", even though the significance is obviously much, much less. For anyone who hasn't heard yet, Steven Bergwijn (who didn't start the game) scored two goals, both after the announced stoppage time of five minutes had already expired. This flipped the score from a rather harsh 1-2 to 3-2 and secured both the win and our unbeaten EPL streak under Conte.

Naturally, we intend to sell Bergwijn any moment now - to Ajax, coincidentally* the team on the wrong side of the aforementioned Miracle.

*some people would have used "ironically" there - those people should be forced to remove that word from their vocabularies, as literally everything they've ever considered irony was merely coincidence.

I was about to ask if you'd peeled yourself off the ceiling yet Fed.

Prederick wrote:

I was about to ask if you'd peeled yourself off the ceiling yet Fed. :D

My son (not my Son) did ask what all the screaming was about. Again, to compare to the Ajax win, I yelled then, too, right there in my office at work.

Apparently we had the highest xG of any EPL game this season, so this was a "deserved" result. It felt like we were hammering them but were somehow losing. Leicester had two goals saved by players other than the keeper!

Wish I was still in touch with my former coworker who was from Leicester. He has no idea that I ended up a Tottenham fan, despite starting watching EPL during Leicester's dream season, which was a nightmare for Tottenham. He even suggested I support Leicester. I believe he moved to Hawaii. We never did get that BBQ lunch.