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    Utd winging it again in the Europa

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    Milan were amazingly shit considering their league position. Even when behind they played like a team defending a lead.

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    Indeed.

    And talking of amazingly shit, Jose really threw his players under the bus they failed to park last night.

    How much longer can he get away with it before it's finally realised he's become a specialist in failure.

    His next stop on his inexorable journey downwards is Wolverhampton, hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    the bus they failed to park
    He needs to hire Dill.

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    CL Quarter Finals:

    Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
    Porto v Chelsea
    Bayern v PSG
    Real Madrid v Liverpool


    Battle of Britain on there I fancy.

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    The quad is on

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    Yerpa League Quarter Finals

    Granada vs Merchandise United
    Arsenal vs Slavia Prague
    Ajax vs Roma
    Dinamo Zagreb vs Villareal

    QFs

    Granada or Merchandise vs Ajax or Roma
    Dinamo Zagreb or Villareal vs Arsenal or Slavia Prague

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    The quad is on
    I stand corrected, you're going out in the Semi if you make it that far.

    Manchester City were drawn to play Borussia Dortmund in the last eight and the winners will meet Bayern Munich or Paris St-Germain

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    Looks like a Bayern v Real Madrid final then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Granada or Merchandise vs Ajax or Roma
    Merchandise have a good chance.

    Ajax aren't the team they were 2-3 seasons ago. Oddly enough the players that left for bigger and better things aren't the same players either.

    50/50 on knocked out in the semis or through to the final.

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    Lewandowski out for a month. Perfect timing for England and PSG.

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    A decision on a planned new Champions League format, with a 10-match first phase from 2024, has been delayed.

    The proposal, which has been under discussion for almost two years, had been expected to be signed off by Uefa's executive committee on Wednesday but has been pushed back to 19 April.

    Under the new format, the current group phase would be scrapped.

    In its place, the number of qualifiers will be expanded from 32 to 36, with space for two 'wild card' entries.

    The wild cards will be reserved for clubs with the highest Uefa co-efficient - points used to rank clubs based on past European success - who have not qualified for the competition through their league position.

    If the format was being used now, based on the current table it would mean Liverpool would gain a Champions League spot despite being seventh in the Premier League.

    Reformed tournament would be 'devastating' for English clubs
    Sources say there are no major stumbling blocks that cannot be overcome, and rumoured arguments over commercial deals are incorrect.

    However, it is known that within the major clubs there is disquiet over the corporate governance of the European competitions.

    In addition, clubs are aware of the external opposition to the new format, specifically the two wild cards that are planned to be given to the highest ranking clubs who do not qualify for the Champions League.

    There has been opposition to the plans, in particular from the European Leagues organisation, who said it would create a "de facto closed shop".

    However, Uefa officials and representatives from the European Club Association have backed the new arrangement, which former Manchester United keeper and current Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar is credited with suggesting.

    Under the new format, each team will play 10 matches against opponents varying in strength, with the results forming an overall league table.

    Those in the highest eight positions will move on to the knockout phase, with those from ninth to 24th going into a play-off round.

    The new format will cause a problem for the English game and in particular the EFL Cup as the additional fixtures will need the mid-week slots usually allocated to the secondary cup competition.

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish previously said the 36-team Champions League would have "a devastating effect" on the English game.

    What could it mean for English football? - analysis
    It is 99% certain these proposals will be ratified, which will give those responsible for running English football a problem.

    Firstly, the new format will require 19 match rounds, rather than the current 13, although as the current last-16 schedule has games spread across four weeks, only four additional midweeks may be required.

    In a non-coronavirus affected English calendar, the only way of achieving that between the beginning of September and Christmas is to use the dates reserved for the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the EFL Cup, and the midweek slot the Premier League claims around the end of November and beginning of December.

    If the EFL Cup is to be preserved, one option would be to follow the example of this season, when the first four rounds were played before the group stage of European competition began - in a 'normal' year, that would be August.

    However, at least one English club will be involved in European qualifiers, which this season led to Tottenham having to play on Tuesday and Thursday in the same week, which Jose Mourinho was furious about.

    Another option would be to scrap FA Cup replays and reduce the EFL Cup semi-finals to one game for each of the two ties to create space in the calendar.

    A third would be to allow Premier League teams also in Europe to select under-23 teams for the EFL Cup, although even that could be met with opposition from Uefa, who claim primacy over midweeks for television purposes - and have 55 countries to fund with their broadcast contracts - and would not want any overlap.

    The nuclear option would be to abandon the EFL Cup completely, an argument which has been made by some for a while now.

    But that would rob the Football League of its greatest money maker, generating cash which is distributed across all three of its leagues.

    EFL chairman Rick Parry has been aware of this looming problem for a while now, which is why he was so keen to embrace the controversial Project Big Picture proposals last year.

    The Premier League are working on their own strategic review now - but Uefa's impending decision will frame the conclusions and how they are implemented.
    Shalom

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    I see Pep is being very 'complimentary' to Dortmund about the huge amounts of money they are supposedly able to spend on players and their agents.

    He's really been spreading it on thick over the last few days about how he'll have to manage on a shoestring.

    I reckon they have Haaland lined up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    I see Pep is being very 'complimentary' to Dortmund about the huge amounts of money they are supposedly able to spend on players and their agents.

    He's really been spreading it on thick over the last few days about how he'll have to manage on a shoestring.

    I reckon they have Haaland lined up.
    Fucking hell the little joker.

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    If Arse don't hang on to Saka, Martinelli and Smith-Rowe this yeer they will have seriously fook'd up. They have been the best to come up in years and it will be sad if Arteta cannot advance them.

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    I see Utd are breaking records tonight.
    Only club to have a streaker with an empty stadium.

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    You only have one home grown Joe, your terrorists C13th devote owners won't sanction more

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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    You only have one home grown Joe, your terrorists C13th devote owners won't sanction more
    More drunken dribble.


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    Quote Originally Posted by strigils View Post
    If Arse don't hang on to Saka, Martinelli and Smith-Rowe this yeer they will have seriously fook'd up. They have been the best to come up in years and it will be sad if Arteta cannot advance them.
    If they don't get rid of Arteta they will have fucked up even more.

    He needs to go and cut his teeth in a Championship job - that's if he cuts the mustard. I don't see why a CV of being number two to the biggest spending, flat track pony in the league somehow makes him a good manager.

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    ^ sadly i agree, the best thing he's done is give the youth players more first team outings, but the defence, which was pitiful under Wenger toward the end has become farcical.

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    ^^ Who would be good instead?

    I reckon Eddie Howe if he doesn't take the Celtic job.

    Or Sean Dyche to bang some heads together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Who would be good instead?
    Olegend

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    If only we could find another underachieving retired french footballer

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    Did Ozil get his badges in his spare time?

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    ^ he's a Turk, Kraut, erm like Creepy hat ...confused.

    Anyway, Ski tonight 2-0 up can they mess this up?

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