Horse of Kent

Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

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Just now, Horse of Kent said:

That is quite possibly the craziest thing I have ever seen.

Those 15 minutes in Brazil vs Germany were crazier.

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2 minutes ago, Horse of Kent said:

That is quite possibly the craziest thing I have ever seen.

amazing match

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PSG really shot themselves in the foot, dropping far too deep too early. Not to mention both Cavani and Di Maria producing weak finishes when one on one with the keeper. I guess that's Emery sacked at the end of the season then.

 

ETA. Stoke/Man City finishes 0-0. Not that anyone cares.

Edited by Consigliere

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How about Enrique taking over from Wenger?

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Cavani got the away goal with a brilliant finish, that should have been easily enough. Only the defence and Emery's management to blame.

On a more positive note, a performance for the ages from Neymar. Always easy to draw too much from a single moment or match, but is this the moment that he takes over from Messi as the key player?

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1 minute ago, Consigliere said:

How about Enrique taking over from Wenger?

Wenger back home to France at PSG, and Emery to Barca as he knows how to get them winning at Camp Nou.

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I think Klopp would be a great choice for Barca. His style of play with a much better squad is a scary prospect.

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13 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

How about Enrique taking over from Wenger?

Only if he comes with Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Otherwise, no thanks.

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Emery taking over for Wenger is a much more fitting prospect on that evidence.

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With the caveat that I've only seen the highlights, I think calling this the greatest comeback of all time (or similar) is premature.

From what I can tell, two of the goals were scrappy defensive errors and two were very cheap penalties.

Maybe watching the game in its entirety would have given a different impression, and I get that scoring three goals after the 87th minute is crazy, but still. 

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It's no Liverpool vs. Dortmund, but it's pretty stunning. 

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I'm legitimately outraged by this and I'm not quite sure why, I don't support or care about PSG and I have no stake in the UCL this season. But...it fucking grates.

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39 minutes ago, Mmerek Hamšzulíe said:

With the caveat that I've only seen the highlights, I think calling this the greatest comeback of all time (or similar) is premature.

From what I can tell, two of the goals were scrappy defensive errors and two were very cheap penalties.

Maybe watching the game in its entirety would have given a different impression, and I get that scoring three goals after the 87th minute is crazy, but still. 

Any comeback of this magnitude is going to need culpability to some degree from the opposition defence. A top level just won't give away six goals to anyone without a mental collapse. What made this special was that even within the comeback there was the extra twist with Cavani's killer seemingly ending the tie. Barca were then worse off than square one, needing three in half an hour instead of four in ninety minutes, just when the comeback seemed possible. Only then for Neymar to restart it with a brilliant free-kick late even in that 30 mins.

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That was some tough shit for PSG today. I said to myself last night that they would win on agg, but thought if there's a team that could pull this off, it's Barca. That was some serious dramatics at the end. I got to take a late lunch at work and see the last ten minutes. Good timing. I think Barca, Real, and Bayern are the only teams that could pull off such a comeback. The better and more entertaining squad moves on but can't help but feel bad for Paris. 

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watching my El Salvadoran fish cook who named his son Messi running around our kitchen twirling his chef coat over his head was the highlight of my day. 

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Seems Xabi Alonso is retiring at the end of the season. One of my favorite players. Wouldnt mind seeing him go out with another CL. 

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14 hours ago, Mmerek Hamšzulíe said:

With the caveat that I've only seen the highlights, I think calling this the greatest comeback of all time (or similar) is premature.

From what I can tell, two of the goals were scrappy defensive errors and two were very cheap penalties.

Maybe watching the game in its entirety would have given a different impression, and I get that scoring three goals after the 87th minute is crazy, but still. 

What was great about it is that coming into the game, PSG knows they should not conceed 4, and come armed to the teeth.

Several of the goals came about due to relentless pressure and dominating from Barca. Even PSG getting out through a counter when under siege was rare, because of Barca's pressure.

So the 2-0 happens because Iniesta does something unexpected and the defender panicks and scores an own goal. The first penalty was deserved I felt. The second on Suarez, alright, schwalbe, but the other side of it is, why does the defender make contact? There was contact, and you know Suarez is a diver. And it's given.

Also, Neymar completely turned this game around single-handedly. It seemed all over at 3-1 which only came to due Barca defenders suddenly falling asleep. Weird goal that. Neymar's free kick was just superb and suddenly there is hope again. Then he takes the penalty for 5-1. And then he gives a beautiful lob pass with his left foot ( not his best) that drops perfectly for Sergi roberto, in the final minute of the game.

All in all Barca just deserved it, thoroughly.

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Emery just got his tactics completely wrong. PSG were sitting far too deep from the first minute and were struggling to string more than a handful of passes together. The counter-attacking game they used to such great effect was virtually non-existent until they went 3-0 down. After that they actually started to play a bit, Cavani pulls a goal back and then two one-on-ones with the keeper are squandered. Thereafter they dropped way too deep yet again. Granted, their defence wasn't as solid as the first leg but I don't think the defending was that bad. PSG would have gotten away with sitting so deep against most teams but it was shooting themselves in the foot doing it against a world class front three.

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