Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ross K, Aug 10, 2008.
Over to you, Spurs
Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester derby.
Amazing tribute to Leo tonight before our game against Osasuna. He scored nice two goals in a 7-1 win. Gomes and Alcacer got two as well while Mascherano will definitely remember this game. Playing for Barcelona since 2010, he couldn't score a single goal, until tonight. Nice gesture from the teammates to allow him to take the penalty.
Eriksen keeps the challenge alive.
Great win for them. There's so much resting on Sunday now. Chelsea go to Everton, Spurs have Arsenal at home. If the gap is 4 points or greater still, it's pretty much over with Chelsea having a very easy final 4 games. Down to 3 or 1 points though? Squeaky bum time.
I see Chelsea won their 4th FA Youth Cup in a row tonight too, using the same formation as the first team. I've always thought that was so important and surprised more teams don't do it. Barcelona have their way that's taught through all age groups, it's one of the reasons Germany rose from the bottom after 2000.. Who knows if it'll work for Chelsea, but it's surely got to help.
It had all the makings of 0-0 or Palace sneaking it, but not tonight. The neutrals want Chelsea to continue to suck away to Everton. Their record is not that great, right? Everton are getting the results at home as well. Might be time for Chelsea to put things right and a thumping win. I'm hoping for Spurs and Everton, obviously.
That is interesting to me. We see how far England are behind in terms of the national team and teams in the champions league later stage. I have this mate from France and he was telling me how people in France don't see England as a force anymore. He was kind of shocked at how far you're fallen. Not that you were winning tournaments, but we've talked before about euro 96 and so on. England were a force.
Meanwhile, a fun semifinal in the DFB Pokal (German cup) between Bayern and Dortmund.
Two lead changes in the match and Dortmund knocked out Bayern, very fun. The Bavarians could have finished them off while leading 2-1, Bender's incredible clearance standing out, check out around 7 minutes.
The black and yellow are now the first team to reach four DFB Pokal finals in a row. Unfortunately they lost the previous three (two to Bayern and one to Wolfsburg), they will play Eintracht Frankfurt this time. Come on BVB!
In France, PSG crushed Monaco 5-0 in their cup semifinal. That means Juventus are now the only remaining team who have a shot at the Treble this season. What a turnaround that would be for them after playing Serie B like a decade ago. Almost want to root for them, mostly for Buffon's sake.
Yeah Spurs and Everton will definitely be the neutrals pick, understandably so. It wouldn't be a huge shock if Everton won, Goodison is one of the toughest places to go and they're having a wonderful season. Likewise Arsenal probably have half an eye on the FA Cup final (although seeing Spurs win the title is pretty good incentive for them not to bottle it). I think things will look a lot different after Sunday, one way or another.
Oh yeah England are essentially irrelevant on the international stage, the Premier League is probably the most entertaining league and still a massive draw for players, but the national team still plays like its 1994 when they get together.
As I mentioned, Germany had that around 2000 when they were at a cross roads. The things they put in place then lead to them winning the World Cup in 2014 (a way of playing and a system throughout all age groups being one of the ways). After their first young group to come through took the World Cup in 2010 by storm (destroying England along the way), all the newspapers looked at how they achieved it and hoped England would do something similar, but 7 years later, not much has changed. I'm not sure it ever will, but still, I'm glad to see Chelsea have taken the route. If we're going to get young players to come through, being able to play the system with your eyes closed certainly makes things easier!
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