Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ross K, Aug 10, 2008.
Still trying to figure out how Suarez wasn't even in the top 3...
Congratulations Ronny boy.
CL group C is insane. Leicester isn't playing very good football yet so hopefully their form will improve by the time their matches start in that softer group.
Yep that was odd. I think that Euro results boosted all the three candidates, plus they all played a Champions League final.
Pity he wasn't available for Uruguay in the Copa America this year. He only has himself to blame for the biting incident though.
Meanwhile, Zlatan is looking to become only the 2nd player in Manchester United history to score a goal in each of his first four games. Only Jimmy Hanson achieved that, in 1925. To tie that record he'll need to score against Hull assuming he plays tomorrow.
Europa League draw today. Man United who are in pot 1 can't draw Schalke, Zenit St Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, Olympiakos, Villarreal, Ajax, Inter, Fiorentina, Anderlecht and Viktoria Plzen in their group.
1st time in history I am looking forward to the EL?
UEFA have announced that the top 4 leagues, which are currently La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A, will have guaranteed 4 spots in the Champions League spots from 2018-19 season. 4th placed teams will not have to go through qualifications. Leagues that are ranked 5th and 6th will have two automatic CL spots while the 3rd placed teams will have to go through qualifications. UEFA are also planning to increase financial distribution both in the Champions League and the Europa League.
Nice draw for Manchester United. Not so nice for Southampton!
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
PS: Luhansk is in Eastern Ukraine so I am counting on this being played somewhere else.
So RvP is coming back to visit Old Trafford.
Hopefully some youngsters will get a chance to play.
Was hoping Dundallk would get United. Would have been cool to go see United play in Dublin. Sell out 50,000 in no time. Dundalk's normal stadium holds 3000.
And we have the Europa League draw completed.
Group A: Manchester United, Fenerbahce, Feyenoord, Zorya Luhansk
Group B: Olympiakos, APOEL, Young Boys, Astana
Group C: Anderlecht, Saint-Etienne, Mainz 05, Gabala
Group D: Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dundalk
Group E: Viktoria Plzen, Roma, Austria Wien, Astra Giurgiu
Group F: Athletic Bilbao, Genk, Rapid Wien, Sassuolo
Group G: Ajax, Standard Liege, Celta Vigo, Panathinaikos
Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga, Gent, Konyaspor
Group I: Schalke 04, Red Bull Salzburg, Krasnodar, Nice
Group J: Fiorentina, PAOK, Slovan Liberec, Qarabag
Group K: Internazionale, Sparta Prague, Southampton, Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Group L: Villarreal, Steaua Bucuresti, Zürich, Osmanlispor
Eight 3rd placed teams from the CL groups will be joining the top two teams from these groups in the knockout stages. The main question is will Sevilla be one of them.
Man United got some ok opponents that might warm them up and test them nicely.
Think that ban had finished, believe he was just injured. So not to blame this time.
Mourinho would make himself look like a complete hypocrite if he did anything other than play the reserves considering the way he's spoken about it before and I do doubt he's going to take it very seriously.
Can't believe you still can't bet on Sevilla to win the Europa League. Just won't be able to resist coming third and going and winning it. Quite a thirdable group as well I think if they don't do great, plus the allure of the Europa League will probably be too great. Maybe next time they'll request not to have the Champions League place so they can keep winning their pet competition. Don't want to risk qualifying. Wish they'd done this last time, just gave the Champs League place to the last one. Ah well.
Either way it'll probably be won by someone coming third in their Champions League group, does seem to happen more often than not these days.
Well if he wants United to challenge for the title he really should mix things up in the Thursday Europa League matches, his stars will need to be fresh.
Though I am happy with them doing so well in the previous 3 seasons, Sevilla's run has to end at some point. They were also well pushed at least once in all of those seasons. In 2013-14 they needed a penalty shootout to beat Betis, one of the biggest injury time away goals ever in the competition to knock out Valencia and another penalty shootout to beat Benfica in the final. Think Juve would have defeated them easily especially considering that final was at their ground. In 2014-15 they had a tough one against Zenit, in 2015-16 they needed penalties at home to beat Bilbao. It's not total domination of the opposition and next time someone pushes them hard, and there are some quality teams in this Europa League, I think they won't manage to come through yet again. We'll see.
Yes you are right. He missed 2015 Copa through suspension, but 2016 absence was because he got injured in the last game of Barca's 2015-16 season, the cup final.
Last seasons Europa League was much stronger without a doubt, quite a few CL level ties R16 onwards.
Back to being a mickey mouse cup this year I'm afraid!
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