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

Since losing to Burnley at the start of April, Everton have won four and drawn two of their eight Premier League games.
Leeds (away to Brentford) need to get a better result than Burnley (home to Newcastle) or they will go down.

They both could very easily lose, in which case I have no idea where we go next.

Leeds’s goal difference is significantly worse than Burnley’s. Burnley would need to lose about 20-0 I think

Yup, you're right.

Well, Sunday is going to be a blast.

Sidenote, looking at that video of Calvert-Lewin's winner, can I simultaneously not begrudge fans running on the pitch (even if they shouldn't have) but also want to see every person who ran on while videoing themselves with a phone get poleaxed?

Prederick wrote:

The problem with on-the-pitch celebrations, is that there's always one asshole.

Again, always one guy.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

We have a very tough run-in, and I think if we do stay up, it'll only be because there are three worse teams than us.

I did think we were going to hit peak Everton and go down because of the point dropped in the Man City game due to officiating so egregious that PGMOL had to issue an apology, but greatly relieved that we are safe without having to rely on a result against Arsenal in the final game.

Lots of work to do in the summer, but today is a day for celebrating.

Man, it can be so exhausting having to support the current narrative. Now I have to switch from "Everton will be fighting for their lives!" to "Everton, safe from relegation, will be in top spirits, relaxed, and playing their purest, most confident football of the season."

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

The problem with on-the-pitch celebrations, is that there's always one asshole.

Again, always one guy.

Alright, it's way more than one guy now. What the f*ck is wrong with people?

Points deductions for pitch invasions would stop most of this nonsense.

Dimmerswitch wrote:

I did think we were going to hit peak Everton and go down because of the point dropped in the Man City game due to officiating so egregious that PGMOL had to issue an apology, but greatly relieved that we are safe without having to rely on a result against Arsenal in the final game.

Lots of work to do in the summer, but today is a day for celebrating.

Look on the bright side. That decision is probably going to deny Liverpool the title.

Sorbicol wrote:
Dimmerswitch wrote:

I did think we were going to hit peak Everton and go down because of the point dropped in the Man City game due to officiating so egregious that PGMOL had to issue an apology, but greatly relieved that we are safe without having to rely on a result against Arsenal in the final game.

Lots of work to do in the summer, but today is a day for celebrating.

Look on the bright side. That decision is probably going to deny Liverpool the title.

I will say, I've historically had no issue with Liverpool (at least, once Suarez left). Klopp is really personable, and his teams play beautiful footy that's fun to watch.

Liverpool's fans*, and the gleeful gloating I've seen about our struggles, and the very real prospect of our relegation, have been making it increasingly difficult to maintain that equanimity, this season.

* Not all of them, obviously, but even folks I know socially have been far more focused on the prospect of Everton going down than celebrating the absurd levels of success Liverpool is having again this season.

Hateration, holleration, in this dancery, etc.

Everton insist they are "confident" they have complied with Premier League Financial Fair Play rules amid threats of legal action from Burnley and Leeds.

Leeds and Burnley wrote to the Premier League last week to question whether they had broken Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after they recorded losses of £371.8m over the last three years.

In an exclusive in The Times newspaper on Friday afternoon, it was reported that both clubs also indicated their right to make legal claims against the league and Everton.

Premier League rules allow clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over three years.

Clubs have been allowed to write off losses caused by the pandemic; in their latest accounts Everton said £170m of their losses were caused by the pandemic.

Burnley and Leeds want Everton's finances thoroughly investigated and have asked for an independent commission to be set up to decide whether Everton have broken Premier League rules and whether they have a case to answer.

They have asked for the commission to be set up within six weeks of the date of their letter (May 13).

This is some NCAA sh*t where Man City buys a great team, flaunting FFP, and then the powers that be hammer Everton.

Kinda like LSU boosters stealing from a children's hospital to pay players and then some small school going on probation for a "bump" (running into a recruit in a high school hallway).

My understanding is that COVID losses and capital expenditures (like building a stadium) aren't part of FFP calculations and that we should be in compliance, but I would not be at all surprised if we got punished, regardless of the merits.

I don't get to see them too much, but it feels like the first thing Everton should do now that they're safe is fire Lampard.

I suspect they can't, because he has two years left on his deal and he just (emphasis on just) kept them up, but it seems like he hasn't resolved a lot of his earlier problems, (especially defensive set pieces) and his grand tactical plan at Everton has been "show some intensity, lads."

Without the looming threat of relegation that constant intensity is hard to generate, so if he has them loitering in mid-table next season, somewhere between 9th and 15th, what are his other ideas?

Does anyone see Everton doing anything other than treading water under Lampard?

I mean, it's mean, but it's funny:

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@ODDSbible wrote:

When you've taken Everton from 16th in the table when you joined, to 16th in the table with one game to go

Amandine Henry with the textbook definition of an audacious strike in the women's Champions League Final

https://streamja.com/n36bz

I many have said this before, but the EFL or whoever does a terrible job of promoting the promotion playoffs. I think tons of people would love to see such momentous clashes.

Anyway, I was entertained by the game this morning. Congratulations, Sunderland. They were in the EPL when I started watching. Maybe I'll go watch that Amazon doc now.

They really should for the lower leagues. Broadly, if they do, it's for the Championship playoffs, for obvious reasons.

Also, uh, Lyon is currently on pace for one HELL of a shocker.

Prederick wrote:

Also, uh, Lyon is currently on pace for one HELL of a shocker.

Holy sh*t.

Anyone have an excellent channel for/way of monitoring everything that's happening tomorrow? I'll have the Tottenham game on my main screen, naturally, but I'd love to get updates on the races for first and 17th, among others.

I've been told that in the US there's a Goal Zone channel or something on Peacock, which I don't have, but I'll bet a free trial is available.

I mean I think my tactic will be pretending tomorrow isn't happening and turn on the scores assuming Leeds have gone down so I can be nicely suprised if we havn't. Drove past the Bielsa art work on my way home from the rugby last night, what a man who allowed us to dream again, oh well back to reality.

I have more recently read that there WAS a channel on Peacock that did what I wanted, but there is no longer. I may have to just tune into the Man City or Leeds games and see how those are going.

Prederick wrote:

They really should for the lower leagues. Broadly, if they do, it's for the Championship playoffs, for obvious reasons.

Also, uh, Lyon is currently on pace for one HELL of a shocker.

Lyon are the only Women's team who have been able to beat the Barcelona Women's team with any sort of consistency. It's a bit like Liverpool v Man City currently in the Premier League. It's not that shocking.

I still see on Peacock the redzone like channel. It shows as "Goal Rush: Champ Sunday" starts right at 7:59am PST right before the kick-offs.

Medmey wrote:

I still see on Peacock the redzone like channel. It shows as "Goal Rush: Champ Sunday" starts right at 7:59am PST right before the kick-offs.

Ah, good info! Thanks.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

I don't get to see them too much, but it feels like the first thing Everton should do now that they're safe is fire Lampard.

I suspect they can't, because he has two years left on his deal and he just (emphasis on just) kept them up, but it seems like he hasn't resolved a lot of his earlier problems, (especially defensive set pieces) and his grand tactical plan at Everton has been "show some intensity, lads."

In fairness, Everton's struggles on set pieces predate Lampard (defending set pieces has been a massive liability since Moyes left).

I think Frank could do well with us - certainly his experience with Chelsea when they had a transfer ban will serve him well, since we will have no real budget for transfers for at least a season, I expect).

Who really needs to be sacked is the board, who has rubber stamped every whim Moshiri has had, and is a huge part of why we're in the position we are in.

Villa opting to make it interesting!

I know Man City will just step up a few gears and win 3-1 or something, but I'm glad they have to work for it.

This is going to be fun. City is losing, and Wolves are giving as good as they're getting vs. Liverpool.