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  1. Philokles

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Modric was the most deserving of the shortlisted three, though as ever Messi has been the best player over the last year. More surprising was Salah winning the Puskas award, I thought Bale had it sewn up. Other than it being in a Merseyside derby (hardly a Champions League final), I don’t see what is that special about it. Also Dani Alves still being in the team of the year over Kimmich and Walker for starters is pretty funny.
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    Football: Remain in Europe

    Frankfurt got lucky (even if their fans were not) that they were the ones to visit the Velodrome for the game behind closed doors. Can't imagine that would have happened had the Marseille supporters been there. Leipzig playing like they've been ordered to let Salzburg win in the Red Bull derby at the moment.
  3. Philokles

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Haven’t seen it but it sounds a little like the one given against Naldo yesterday. Maybe there is some directive that any contact with the hand is a handball regardless of exonerating factors. Very funny that Juventus get two penalties after Ronaldo has been sent off. Brilliant work from Sanches in the build up and to score Bayern’s second. Hopefully it and the reception he has got from the home fans will give him a lift.
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    Football: Remain in Europe

    Shakhtar vs Hoffenheim was a tremendous game. End to end to the last minute. Hoffenheim were the better side for the most part, but had to weather an onslaught after the hosts equalised with ten minutes remaining.
  5. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    Poor from Mbappe to lose the ball like that deep in his own half.
  6. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    The impact Choupo-Moting makes to a side.
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    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    Not great keeping from Vorm for the goal. He didn’t get down very quickly for the disallowed Firmino one either. Hopefully they will bring Gazzaniga in if Lloris isn’t back for the next game.
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    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    It would be nice if UEFA’s new competition was a revived and expanded Anglo-Italian cup. Not that it would ever happen. Somewhat. It makes for more interesting football than friendlies, but the stakes are too low for it to be that engaging. League D is probably the most interesting part, to see which of the minnows are half decent. Luxembourg and Kosovo look like they are continuing their upwards trajectories at the moment.
  9. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    It is a foul if you challenge the keeper when he is in control of the ball, not the other way round. He certainly does not back into De Gea either - he jumps towards the ball past Busquets, then pulls out the way when he sees the keeper coming. It is only because De Gea doesn’t bring the ball in correctly, that he veers way off course to land right on top of Wellbeck. Anyway, today showed why England need a controller in midfield instead of Lingard against the best sides. Though there is no outstanding candidate, hopefully Cook, Winks, Maddison or someone similar gets a go in the next three matches.
  10. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    That referee has had an absolute nightmare all game, topped off with ruling out Welbeck’s goal because De Gea jumped on him. Much more enjoyable than a friendly would have been, though.
  11. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    It was originally intended as a convoluted way of trying to get more European sides seeded at the World Cup. The way FIFAs ranking system worked, if you played international friendlies your ranking points would fall regardless of the result. This tournament now classifies all those matches as competitive so UEFAs teams get more points relative to the rest of the world who still play friendlies. But FIFA changed the system so that loophole has closed yet UEFA can’t back down now.
  12. Philokles

    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    Looks like the Nations League will get off to a fittingly shambolic start as Denmark have picked a squad of third and fourth tier and futsal players for their game against Wales. The first team are in a dispute over pay and they have already been given a suspended ban after a women’s match was cancelled for the same reason.
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    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    Modric has had the most successful year of any player in world football and deserves it on that basis. If it went solely on who is the best player, then Messi would easily win and this would be his eleventh straight balon d’or. I am quite suprised that Ronaldo made the final three over Messi. His impact at key moments in big games is what has defined his last few seasons, but since the Juventus Champions League quarter final he has been anonymous in both legs of the semis, the final and the World Cup match vs Uruguay.
  14. Madness to ever leave Moeen Ali out at home. As the series has been won, I would like to see Cook ‘rested’ for Burns at the Oval and Bairstow allowed to recuperate from his broken finger with an actual number 3 coming in.
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    Football: Sarri state of affairs

    RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg drawn in the same Europa League group. I'm sure there will be no collusion in the final game if it comes to that.
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