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there was a good game of football last night and there should be a really good game of football tonight
or at least most important to them.
like if Ronaldo left Benzema, Bale, Isco, James etc. would still get enough goals for them to be ok, but without Modric they never look like they have any control over a game.
Really been surprised with how good he actually is - I thought his world cup wasn't representative of his actual quality and the price paid for him was ludicrous and replacing Di Maria with him was a massive mistake / vanity signing, but on this season's evidence he's better - possibly than Di Maria was last season.
That Madrid side - binning off Bale and Casillas, and adding Pogba/De Gea (+Danilo) would be close to perfection (at a net profit?) - with Ancelloti in charge. Won't happen though cos Perez is a lunatic.
but i think modric is more important in terms of directing a team.
kroos is an absolutely incredible piece to add to an already incredible team, modric is a genuine playmaker who lifts everybody around him imo (see:time at spurs).
Yes - Ronaldo
As good as - Benzema, Ramos, Jam-Ez
Maybe one day - Isco, Kroos
Nope - Bale, Marcelo
Come off it, pal - Khedira
You're all mental.
They're just not as good as Modric
Fortune favours the brave
Juventus have the right combination of ageing maestros, tenacious and skillfull South Americans, young foreign talent, homegrown talent, defenders who look like extras from a Centurion film plus one defender who doesn't look like a footballer and they've got a nice kit.
Also not too much diving and play acting. Hope tonight is the same.
that wasn't a dive. good work lads.
Tonight we get the joy of Busquets really irking all of sky's commentary team & pundits
Although there seemed to be a fair bit of attempted diving that got waved away - Hernandez' entire game-plan appeared to be to try and get free kicks/a penalty.
Vidal seemed to be everywhere?! Also, Rodriguez definitely looks more evil these days.
as if the club or fans show any of that kind of solidarity with players, past or current.
They're still picking Casillas somehow
in the last week or so, but I really fancy barcelona to go through convincingly.
Goes without saying but that front three is just looking ridiculous lately and fancy them to score a few against a back three (!?) / boeteng. Would really be impressive if Pep can come through tonight with a decent result - be interesting to see how their midfield does; if they don't lose I can't see anyone but Thiago being MOTM.
3-0 tonight, 2-2 next week.
not that that's stopped them or Pep before
Tricky winger that's kind of a cross between Ribery and Robben.
They've got some bad injuries but their starting XI is far from threadbare
had heard he was out, Robben is though right?
At full strength, I don't think there's a lot in it but Bayern really miss the pace and width of Robben and Ribery. Playing without them leaves them a bit one-dimensional.
aka the Bestest Player In The World
recently. I'm judging them from that.
I didn't watch them against Porto.
the fact that they won the league so comfortably won't help. If they're anywhere near as bad as they were in the 1st leg against Porto this will be over tonight.
but I don't think they will be/if they're as good as they were in the second leg/both legs of the barca semis a couple years ago with roughly the same team, they can do it
and their front 3 is stupid, and Pep's Bayern will suit them a lot more than Heynckes'. Still wouldn't put money on either to go through, reckon Barca will win narrowly on the night
apparently I have to wear shirt & tie. I feel like UnicornPorn. Gunna schmooze so hard
is that some sort of sheff utd slang I should know. does the B stand for blades? shit, I've been rumbled for the southern fairweather I am!
mon the blades, yes, your actual team is so beige you can't even latch on to others' right ;)
but I'm a big, non-fairweather fan of free alcohol
I am hoping they get to Wembley because one of my best pals' is a blade, naturally wanting a very messy whole weekend of play off finals
the messiest of messy weekends. upgraded to the penthouse at the top of the Wembley Hilton. Everything went so wrong.
and he came with me to your mob's place the day before, our weekend was equally caused ;)
The bloke's a massive pillock, but he does seem like he's had a pretty rough time of it off the pitch
to answer the question about ospina:
he's dodgy in terms of coming for crosses etc. and a lot of the shot stopping stuff he does is punched and parried when a better keeper would handle it. he's by no means a bad goalkeeper (would be a great second choice) but he's also nowhere near the level of the best keepers in the leage. he's one of the obvious spots to upgrade in this arsenal side.
what's happening at the moment in football?
Hull vs. Burnley is on Saturday
are they playing off against each other yet?
we're currently just experiencing the echo of football's ghost bouncing off the moons and planets. Dunno what's happening next season
if each competition followed the previous one. like the league cup can happen in August as a warm up for the League. any teams that fail can play a few mates on the green for a few weeks as practice. then the league happens. usual qualification applies. after that you get the FA Cup and Euro ones. with the one exception that the euro qualifiers don't need to play the FA Cup or you could switch the FA and League Cups actually. but basically April and May become like mega Competition months like WORLD CUP. International football shall be played during school holidays. Annual home nations tournament at Christmas.
or space echos are good too
this bit made me laugh:
When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.
does he mean his brother stole 21 other players' phones?? all from the same squad? :D
Remember when C.Ronaldo sang along to the champions league song?
Did he do it again yesterday?
Neuer's going to nutmeg someone
p.s. Sky are doing some good defending tonight, if you know what I mean…
(suspended after some sort of dispute over $$$$)
AND cuts his own hair.
what a man
in a game between the two best teams in the world?
against Jerome Boateng, really.
shame about the second leg, but still
unless bayern just go at them and win it 3-0. then we can have some extra time.
what. a. game.
have almost made it worth watching football all season