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  1. I doubt anything worse than a fine will come of the investigation against City. Should be clear by now that the only clubs bearing the brunt of FFP violations are ones that cannot afford to throw tens of millions at an army of lawyers. I wouldn't be surprised if government officials intervene on behalf of the UAE just like what happened when Saudi Arabia bought Newcastle. The Premier League has also well and truly sold out (they did so years ago).

     

  2. A closer game than I expected it to be.

    I still maintain that De Gea is almost as much of a liability as Maguire these days.

    The biggest issue, and one which has plagued us all season, was up front. We created some decent opportunities but that final pass/shot was severely lacking as usual.

    Overall, Ten Hag's first season has been a decent one especially considering the shit show he walked into and Ronaldo trying his best to undermine him during the first half of the season.

  3. 1 minute ago, Spockydog said:

    So it's Kane to Madrid then. 

    If Levy even agrees to open negotiations that is. If Kane isn't extending and agrees to leave England then Levy might consider it palatable to sell Kane abroad though. From Real's perspective, Kane would make the most sense as he is the most like-for-like player to Benzema that they could get i.e. Someone who is capable of playing both as a traditional CF and dropping deeper to act as a playmaker. It would also allow Real time to slowly integrate Endrick into the squad.

  4. 14 minutes ago, ljkeane said:

    I think that’s part of Sevilla’s success in the Europa League. You’d expect a team good enough to win it this many times would be good enough to move up and consistently play in the Champions League, and as a result not be in the Europa League enough to win it 7 times, but Sevilla have very much accepted this is their level and really committed to it.

    The difficulty that Sevilla have with consistently qualifying for the CL via league position is that:

    1) 3 out of the 4 CL spots in Spain are locked down. Barca, Real and Atleti have by far the strongest squads in La Liga so even if one (or more) of them have a sub par season, they still end up in the top 4.

    2) Sevilla operates on a modest budget and are a selling club so their squad depth isn't that great.

    3) They are usually a good cup side, consistently getting to at least the QF stage of the Copa del Rey (each round of the CdR is played over two legs except for the final). Combined with the games they play in the CL and/or EL, this strains their squad which often negatively impacts their league form.

  5. 3 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

    is there any other sport/tournament where one side does freakishly well in?  its so random that they dominate.  Its not even like they were particularly good those years, league positions of 5th, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 7th, 4th and currently 11th. 

    It's a weird one for sure and tough to explain. Over the past 15 years, regardless of manager or personnel, Sevilla just seem able to consistently up their game to another level in the Europa League. It's a fantastic achievement for them especially given their resources and the fact that they're usually a selling club.

  6. Reports that Al-Ittihad have made Benzema an offer of €100m/year plus bonuses. The reports say that he will communicate his decision to Real Madrid soon. If he ends up leaving then I could see Real making a move for Kane. The Spurs journos have reported that Levy would rather risk Kane leaving on a free at the end of next season than selling him to a PL side.

  7. United rejecting several loan offers from Turkish clubs in January was a red flag to me. That screamed that the higher ups have little to no intention of giving Greenwood the boot. If United's brass give Greenwood the all clear then I can see Ten Hag being quite happy to make use of him. Given his stance when it came to Promes and his defence of Overmars, I don't see Ten Hag taking the high road here. If he believes that Greenwood will be useful to him, I expect he’d have no issues integrating him into the squad.

     

  8. We were quite poor in the first half again. Much, much better in the second half. These last two games don't bode well for the cup final. If we have a first half against City like we did against Chelsea and Fulham, they will wreck us.

  9. 40 minutes ago, Winterfell is Burning said:

    True, but in the last years, they seemingly forgot how to win, and anytime they face Bayern they enter the pitch defeated already, and are lucky to get a tie

    True. Bayern gave Dortmund so many openings this season and they proceeded to bottle every one of them. Disappointing.

     

    12 minutes ago, Darryk said:

    So if Mourinho wins the Europa League final is he suddenly a serial winner again? As far as I'm concerned he's still past it.

    He's done a pretty good job at Roma - last seasons Conference League win was Roma's first trophy in 14 years and now he's got them to another European final. If he manages to win the EL then he'd have gone a long way to rehabilitating his reputation and bigger clubs will probably start to consider him again.

  10. 57 minutes ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

    Dortmund are the Tottenham of German league, complete bottlejobs. Still incredible how Klopp took them to 2 titles.

    It's very unfair to liken Dortmund to Spurs. Afterall, Dortmund have won 5 league titles since 1990, a couple of German Cups and a Champion's League.

  11. 13 hours ago, polishgenius said:

    Sancho had a good game today. Admittedly, it's hard to read too much into that against a semi-professional outfit, but the more we play acknowledging that he's much more of a playmaker than he is a driving winger/forward, the more success he has. Whether we can viably play that way long-term without exposing other weaknesses, who knows, but it's nice to see. 

    I've mentioned this before and last night provided further evidence: Sancho plays better for us on the right wing. He was having another one of his anonymous outings until Antony had to be subbed off. He's turned into a one-trick pony when he plays on the left wing - all he wants to do is cut inside, slow down play and make backwards and sideways passes which kills the speed of any attack and he rarely looks to take on his fullback.

  12. 9 hours ago, Spockydog said:

    Speaking of rumours, what's to be made of the Neymar stories?

    Was talking to a United supporting mate, and he doesn't want Neymar anywhere near Manchester, unless he's wearing light blue.

    Not sure he'd appeal to Ten Hag...

    I don't want him either. I don't think there's anything to those rumours though and I seriously doubt that he's part of EtH's plans. United also have FFP concerns so I expect that the budget will be spent on a midfielder and CF. Any other business we do will depend on outgoings or if we pick up a free transfer like Rabiot.

  13. I don't get these rumours about United signing another RB - Pavard and Frimpong. AWB has improved this season and reports are that Dalot is close to signing a new contract. Makes zero sense to sign a third RB. Midfield, CB and CF should be the priorities along with offloading players.

  14. 23 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

    Isn't he also a supporter of the far right Vox party? 

    He is. He was also a student member of the Fuerza Nueva party that wanted to preserve Francoism during Spain's transition to democracy.

    Unsurprisingly, he's being doubling down insisting that there's no racism in La Liga.

  15. Tebas is fucking useless. As usual, the only thing he's good for is getting into Twitter beefs and crying about the Premier League being the Super League.

     

     

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    Tebas:

    Since those who should not explain to you what is and what @LaLiga can do in cases of racism, we have tried to explain it to you, but you have not shown up to either of the two agreed dates that you yourself requested. Before criticizing and insulting @LaLiga you need to inform yourself properly @Vinijr. Don't let yourself be manipulated and make sure you understand each other's competences and the work we have been doing together.

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    Vini Jr's response:

    Once again, instead of criticizing racists, the president of LaLiga appears on social networks to attack me.

    No matter how much you talk and pretend not to read, the image of your league is shaken. Look at the responses to his posts and get a surprise....

    Omitting yourself only makes you equal to racists. I am not your friend to talk about racism. I want action and punishment. Hashtags does not move me.

     

  16. Did not bother watching that. No interest in seeing the biggest cheaters in the history of English football being rewarded.

    A lot of journos are busy wanking themselves to death over this shithole club though. Wish they would show the same energy towards Man City as they did towards the Super League. City Football Group is a cancer to football.

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