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...::[The Footy Desk]::... (Part 2)

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The Wolf Man

"Gre-Nal Derby" - Copa Libertadores (12/03/2020)

 

 

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Lonely-Martin

^ Can always rely on the South Americans for a heated derby now and then, blimey.

 

Had to laugh at the ref at the end trying to work out who, I'd have just left that ine to VAR. 🤣

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Jason

Feelsbadman. United finally playing some decent stuff and the season is canned. :(

 

Hopefully this break doesn't ruin our form, the silver lining may be that we'll be able to get Pogba and Rashford back for our next game whenever that is, or at least have them both play a bigger part in the latter part of the season than expected.

 

Really hope that the season isn't void either, I know some clubs are apparently pushing for it and while it would be amusing to see Liverpool denied, I'd feel bad for the teams fighting for promotion. I want Leeds back in the Premier League more than any other team, the PL will be a much better place with them in it.

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TheSantader25

Yep. Now officially everything is canceled. If they pick out the current leaders as champions sh*ts gonna really get ugly for teams like Lazio. 

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Eutyphro

Well at least Pool didn't go unbeaten right? lol But yeah, it sucks a whole lot, but as Klopp said, the safety of people is more important than a game. I really hope this virus magically goes away and they can play all these events at a later date, and do the Euros in 2021, but I feel as though that isn't going to happen.

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Jason

If we have to get drastic, IMO, we should bin the cups. Finish the leagues to ensure promotion/relegation happens. It's much easier to write off a cup than it is a league.

 

Relegation and promotion is the absolute biggest part of football for any club that's not in the top 1% of clubs. There are clubs right now that are fighting for promotion that could end up royally f*cked if the season is void.

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Lonely-Martin

I just can't see it restart in 3 weeks. By then, if our plan (UK) is to delay the peak of the outbreak, that peak won't be until further in. Plus many players are yet to get it, by then more will which will see more delays. I can see this rumble on for a while as until there's vaccines or an upsurge in immunity, people will remain at risk until.

 

I mean, if we give Liverpool the title now, it'll always be questioned (which I know I'll enjoy watching Carragher squirm over every time Neville takes a shot, lol), same if we promote/relegate the teams in those zones. Aside the odd case like Liverpool, maybe, the others would be right in saying 'we had a chance of winning/surviving/making play offs' etc. The amount of teams certain of their futures next season is far outweighed by teams looking to survive or qualify for play offs etc. If it goes to a vote, I see Liverpool lose out as clubs start thinking of themselves.

 

Anyway @Jason, you make a good point about form, lol. My Spurs needed a break as we were gonna get whooped by your lot had it remained, lol. Though I naturally wouldn't have wanted this scenario of course. Just gotta take that silver lining you mention. Having Kane and some fit for more games to finish the season with, if we do finish this season, should help us well.

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Eutyphro

I agree with Jason that they should prioritize finishing the leagues. Even if it would mean sacrificing some of next seasons cups as well. They're going to have to be creative and sensible. But I'm realistic enough to know that this virus can hang around long enough for it to keep next season from being played as well. Supposedly it's very possible. Games and sports are secondary when you can kill elderly and physically vulnerable people by coughing in their vicinity. This sh*t is no joke.

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This is just too much of a mindf*ck.

For one, each country is in a different stage of the outbreak. Italy is 3 weeks ahead of the other countries and the eastern European countries are in a different stage as well. So this means each league may have its own situation. Also it's not like canceling the cups is gonna help much for leagues like Laliga who only have a cup final remaining and have more league fixtures to go. 

 

If they continue the leagues in the summer god knows what's gonna happen to the players that have a contract until june. So they are not gonna play in the end of the season? That is if the virus ever goes away on time. 

 

If they decide on keeping the same positions some serious legal lawsuits might go down because of the teams that aren't in good positions. On top of that this cancelation can have a huge financial impact on smaller teams and can nearly send them towards bankruptcy. 

 

Last but not least if they completely consider the season void, all the hard work of some teams will completely be pointless. 

 

One things clear. Regardless of the decision, someone's gonna get screwed. 

 

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Lonely-Martin

Bloody shame to see Jan Vertonghen's family held at knifepoint when we played in Germany last week. Glad there was no harm to his family though aside the fear of the moment. Shocking to see this happen again.

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Jason

The idea that's being floated around by fans and the media of promotion and relegation being void but Liverpool winning the title would be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in football to be honest. You can't cherry pick who the season is and isn't void for cause wahwah Liverpool first title in 30 years.

 

There's 9-10 games left in the season league season for the PL and it's about the same in other leagues, play them when it's safe. It's going to be weird no matter how we do it but these are weird times.

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dante財閥

I agree really, you can't null and void the season. Just take the opportunity to rearrange the schedule, we've got a Winter World Cup coming up anyway!

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TheSantader25

Euro and Copa America postponed to 2021. The right move I'd say. 

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Jason

It's strange times in general but it's such a bizarre period for the footy isn't it?

 

Usually when there's no games going on it means there's a transfer window to keep us going, but football right now is just.... dead. Feels very weird.

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On 3/14/2020 at 12:04 PM, Lonely-Martin said:

Anyway @Jason, you make a good point about form, lol. My Spurs needed a break as we were gonna get whooped by your lot had it remained, lol. Though I naturally wouldn't have wanted this scenario of course. Just gotta take that silver lining you mention. Having Kane and some fit for more games to finish the season with, if we do finish this season, should help us well.

Was just reading over some of these older posts, and yeah, Mourinho lucked out with Corona. It came at a good time for him. His most important players had been injured and that utter asswhooping by RB Leipzig was crushing the morale I think.

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TheSantader25

Goddammit I miss football so much and this sh*t is gonna be around for a long time. 

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Eutyphro

When they start playing again we'll appreciate it even more though, but yeah, could take long, and it definitely sucks.

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Tchuck

So the French league has announced PSG as this season's champions, and the remaining games are to be cancelled.

 

I expect other leagues to follow suit soon.

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Jason

Going to feel bloody awful for teams fighting for promotion if they bin the season and declare Liverpool champions and everything else void.

 

Those teams being robbed of promotion, or a potential PL spot, is no less important to some of these clubs than Liverpool's first title in 30 years.

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TheSantader25
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Well I'm not sure if they can pick a champion in Spain, Italy and Germany. The title race was closer there and picking champions causes serious conflicts. 

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Tchuck

Liverpool's first Premier League title being won like this, boy must it suck.

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TheSantader25

Never thought I'd ever say this but can't wait to watch Bundesliga today. 

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Lonely-Martin

A few musings...

 

Too early IMHO to consider a restart if players are testing positive and some refusing to train because of risks. Watford not having their captain if things go ahead because he doesn't want to take the risk seems harsh.

 

Get Aurier out of my club. What a knobhead. sh*te player, sh*te person it seems too.

 

Sad to hear Alli getting robbed at home. That's twice in 2 months or so a Spurs player got robbed, I just hope it doesn't push good players away.

 

Man Utd taking the makers of Football Manager to court, dang! I hope it doesn't lead to the game getting butchered. To see 'Manchester Red' instead would be so crap, and it opens the door to other teams doing something similar. I do get why, but uugh.

 

I really miss my footie! :(

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Jason

We're doing what Juventus did basically, which is no surprise as both clubs are now ran by suits who don't give a sh*t about the clubs as an institution and instead see the clubs as nothing more as a brand to make money from.

 

Supposedly FM using the name "Manchester United" is losing them money. Cry me a river, Woodward. It's even more of a laughing stock when you realise that they've been using the name for almost twenty years and all of a sudden now it's a problem, and also the fact that the players all play it and the club like many others has asked SI for the FM database for scouting reasons. They're apparently going after FM modding too as SI according to the United lawyers "promote" custom databases and whatnot, which is f*cking terrifying for the games future as modding is such a huge part of it.

 

Hopefully it gets thrown out or the clubs suits realise their stupidity one way another.

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Tchuck

Lucky that there's always a ridiculously easy fix for it. The makers are smart enough that the blocked names are kept on a separate file. If you delete the file, the game defaults to the proper names.

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Lonely-Martin

So, if all goes well, the Prem starts up in 2 weeks. Looking forward to some footie, although I have some reservations on starting too early, but we'll see.

 

Gotta beat United in our first game to get our UCL chase up and running. Hopefully with a fit Kane and Son, that'll help. #COYS. :)

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Jason

We, I believe, as I've not kept super up to date with football at all these past few months, are pretty much full strength. We should have for the first time Pogba and Bruno available, Rashford should be fit too.

 

Excited to see how they all fit in the team together... even though I've suspected for a few months now that we probably won't fight to keep Pogba if someone comes knocking with a good bid, but that was before all the corona stuff.

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Lonely-Martin
22 minutes ago, Jason said:

We, I believe, as I've not kept super up to date with football at all these past few months, are pretty much full strength. We should have for the first time Pogba and Bruno available, Rashford should be fit too.

 

Excited to see how they all fit in the team together... even though I've suspected for a few months now that we probably won't fight to keep Pogba if someone comes knocking with a good bid, but that was before all the corona stuff.

Yeah, I'm reading both Spurs and United are fully fit so it should be a good one. Although the break/fitness could be an early issue to start. I'm really hoping with my Spurs that Mourinho has had good time to get his ideas across and we play more together as a whole too with a real plan of attack going into this 'mini-season' spell. I imagine similarly for you with Ole and your lads. 

 

Really looking forward to just watching and probably shouting at the TV, lol. From what I read too, Sky is offering a good few matches free on Pick TV along with many games so for a footie fan, it should just be a nice spell to watch some games.

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Jason

There's going to be some games on free to air TV for the first time ever as well which is kinda cool. The Prem on BBC, I want to watch just for the spectacle of it more than anything lol.

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Lonely-Martin
7 minutes ago, Jason said:

There's going to be some games on free to air TV for the first time ever as well which is kinda cool. The Prem on BBC, I want to watch just for the spectacle of it more than anything lol.

The Mrs is dreading it. 🤣

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