2023/24 Soccer Thread

Salah missed a chance to make it 3-2, and after that, Atalanta really have just strangled the life out of the game.

Prederick wrote:

Salah missed a chance to make it 3-2, and after that, Atalanta really have just strangled the life out of the game.

Thought Liverpool looked tired in that second half. A long season with many injuries caught up with too many of the team, and I don't think Salah is quite the force he once was.

Whoever is replacing Klopp has a lot of thinking to do.

I don't think you guys need a full squad turnover, but it's clear there needs to be a significant round of reinforcement and releases.

(I still think you should see how much Saudi Arabia is willing to give you for Salah this summer. If it's a King's Ransom, take it.)

I wanna just note:

I've only done what Bayer Leverkusen is currently doing in FM when I was rampantly cheating.

And even THEN it got dicey at several points.

So the FA has scrapped FA Cup replays, and the response online broadly appears to be anger. Any of our UK friends want to chime in?

Prederick wrote:

So the FA has scrapped FA Cup replays, and the response online broadly appears to be anger. Any of our UK friends want to chime in?

So, there are a number of factors at play here. the Primary one is the shear volume of matches that the clubs are being asked to complete these days, and - to put it simply, something has to give. FA Cup replays are relatively low hanging fruit in that regard, and, if you can view this all dispassionately, it's not the worst idea.

However:

The decision was taken by the FA and the Premier League (the Premier League pushing very hard to remove the replays). It appears that there was absolutely no consultation with the rest of the English Leagues and - understandably, give the FA cup can be a cash lifeline to them - they are very very cross about it.

It's really difficult I believe most nations these days don't have replays for their primary domestic competitions, and to some extent I don't see why the FA Cup should be immune to it either. On the other hand it looks like the Premier League have attempted to buy this concession from the FA with what is an extremely paltry offer to the other leagues in terms of compensation (less that half the average Chelsea player costs to buy these days).

So yeah, probably inevitable, but once again the FA and Premier League are making themselves look absolute dicks by forcing it through without asking anyone else first.

Yeah, that all sounds about right.

We still have replays around here but I think it's only on the semis. No one really understands why.

Can't deny that Pep's methods work but... lord, what he's done to Grealish. Talisman to cog in the machine.

LOL, Okay, I know they have to sell this, and specifically sell it to Americans who don't know anything about soccer.

But everyone agreed Wrexham was a good League Two team (at a minimum) when they were in the National League, and my memory is of most season previews agreeing that a double promotion was a realistic goal. It wasn't an underdog story.

It's an underdog story for the town maybe. And where the team was for the last 15 years before they bought it. But yeah they basically put a League Two roster on it and still lost the playoff the first season.

With apologies for linking to Twitter, but Nottingham Forest have gone in both feet off the ground on the VAR officials following their loss against Everton this afternoon.

I listened to that game, I wouldn’t have told you 3 significantly incorrect penalty calls were made.

They were all very marginal.

Also, pretty classless to Tweet that immediately after a game in which an opponent was stretchered off with a serious head injury just minutes earlier.

Very much hoping Forest go down this season. Everything from their treatment of Steve Cooper to their FFP cheating to their whining about VAR.

If you stopped watching the FA Cup semi-final early because it was 3-0, then you're in a good company, because the United defence also switched off.

Football is amazing.

FA Cup semifinal. I can't believe what I'm watching here.

If Coventry win United will fire Ten Hag right there and just take Mark Robins back.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

If Coventry win United will fire Ten Hag right there and just take Mark Robins back.

Even before this game I was thinking how does he still have the job unless they actually think it could get worse sacking him mid season.

Between them and Chelsea I'm not sure which is having the more comical season.

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Good God I hate VAR.

I no longer like football.

Boo

f*ck

Well - I was too busy watching the Liverpool v Fulham game (in the end a worthy Liverpool win, although they should have made things a little easier for themselves) and so missed the Coventry come back.

Appears I missed something of a classic. I can't help thinking City are going to pulverise United in the final though.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

They were all very marginal.

Also, pretty classless to Tweet that immediately after a game in which an opponent was stretchered off with a serious head injury just minutes earlier.

Very much hoping Forest go down this season. Everything from their treatment of Steve Cooper to their FFP cheating to their whining about VAR.

Having watched Match of the Day 2, two of them were definitely marginal, one of them I’d have been pretty upset by if it were my team.

Not sure it entirely justifies accusing the VAR official of being a Luton fan though.

Sorbicol wrote:

Well - I was too busy watching the Liverpool v Fulham game (in the end a worthy Liverpool win, although they should have made things a little easier for themselves)

HARRUMPH

Also, I'll bet $10 Forest's owner personally dictated that statement. The man's "Controversy" section on Wikipedia involves a match-fixing scandal and "Alleged drug trafficking."

Wow. I was out all day, so I just saw the highlights.

It is insane that ManU went 3-0 up and then crumbled and nearly lost. It is also exactly what I'd expect out of this current ManU team.

Prederick wrote:

Wow. I was out all day, so I just saw the highlights.

It is insane that ManU went 3-0 up and then crumbled and nearly lost. It is also exactly what I'd expect out of this current ManU team.

I will also say that VAR making that millimetre decision over the offside for Coventry City’s 4th goal is the very worst thing it has done since it came into use. Denying those fans in the stadium that level of joy is completely criminal.

I feel like Forest were harshly done - for me, there was definitely one PK that should have been given, and I think the other two would have been soft, but those calls regularly go against us, so I understand why Forest feel aggrieved. (Relatedly, Ashley Young continues to be a massive danger to us - feels like he is at risk of conceding a PK or a red card almost every game he plays).

I do think making that statement, while they're still waiting the results of their PSR appeal, might not be doing them any favors on that front, but I agree with Pred that their owner probably demanded that go out exactly as he'd written it.

That is title #20 for Inter, one more than Milan.

I know this doesn't represent real change at the top, but at least it hasn't literally been a near-decade of Juve.

I didn't know that they won the double four seasons in a row at one point (14/15 to 17/18).

Mauricio Pochettino urges Chelsea to show they are not just ‘Cole Palmer FC’

Results currently are... uh... mixed.

EDIT: FFS they let Havertz score twice.