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The 8 match winning streak in La Liga has ended. 2-2 draw with Valencia at Camp Nou.

Point earned to be fair, as Valencia were very well organized, had a great first half and led by two goals. There was some great pressure from Barcelona when behind, and Messi has rescued the team again, scoring both goals and for an eighth game running. However, the team's performance after his equalizer was appalling. Not putting any pressure on Valencia, who threatened several times to retake the lead. I could have excused the team a bit if that happened after taking the lead but it was really sad to see our tempo drop after an equalizing goal, especially at Camp Nou. I thought the refereeing was abysmal but without being able to see any replays myself I don't want to dish it out even further.

Atletico Madrid will have a chance to close the gap to three points tomorrow, when they travel to Andalusia to face Real Betis.

Crucial month and a half ahead. Champions League tie with Lyon, away games against Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Real Betis in La Liga, and Copa semifinal tie with Real Madrid in this period. Doing well in these games would be a big boost.

El Clasico next Wednesday in Copa del Rey. Time to rise to the occasion again...
 
After a 3-1 win at St Mirren last week, Hibs, under caretaker managers Eddie May and Grant Murray following Neil Lennon's departure, faced a much tougher test in third-placed Aberdeen, who have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last four seasons and have been in good form for a while now, winning 10 of their last 14 league games. We have a notoriously bad record against them, with just one Hibs victory in the last 14 league games between the two sides, and that run extended at Easter Road this afternoon.

Despite not fielding any of our three deadline day signings (Marc McNulty, Gael Bigirimana or Darnell Johnson), we made a great start, with Oli Shaw surging forwards and firing in a beautiful shot from long range. The lead didn't last long, however, as Aberdeen drew level within three minutes through Andrew Considine after Mark Milligan and David Gray had cleared efforts from Dons attackers off the line. Aberdeen kept their momentum going by taking the lead 10 minutes later, as Greg Stewart's tame effort was spilled by Ofir Marciano, who blocked Stevie May on the rebound only for Gary Mackay-Steven to poke the ball in at the second time of asking.

Aberdeen did what you'd expect of them after this - defend deep and shut the game down. I don't remember us creating another good chance for the remainder of the first half - Stevie Mallan came close with a free-kick and a few dangerous balls were swung into the box but nobody was able to get on the end of them. At the start of the second half, the visitors were awarded a penalty - in my opinion, extremely soft - but Marciano redeemed himself for his earlier mistake by saving Mackay-Steven's poor effort from the spot. We had chances to get an equaliser - Flo Kamberi directed two free headers wide, and McNulty, having come off the bench for Shaw, had his effort from inside the box blocked. However, our attempts to level things up petered out and Aberdeen could have won more comfortably, with James Wilson shooting wide when one on one with Marciano at the end.

I thought our performance today was an improved one - it was nice seeing us keep the ball on the ground after the poor, direct football that we have served up over the past couple of months. We looked considerably better than in Lennon's last match, an anaemic display in a defeat against a dire Motherwell side, so that was a positive. I'm hoping we can get a new coach in before long and kick on from there.

A couple of other notes:
The refereeing performance was especially dreadful this week. Aberdeen players milked it every time there was contact, and Don Robertson was fooled an alarming amount of times by their dramatic tumbling. I'd say at least half of the 16 "fouls" committed by Hibs should not have been given, and Aberdeen definitely committed more than seven. Robertson's refusal to book the persistently-dirty Graeme Shinnie, who seems to share an "above-the-law" status with the likes of Scott Brown and Steven Naismith, was particularly baffling.

As much as I dislike Shinnie for his antics, we could use a player like him, a leader on the park who's going to actually stand up for us. Even with all the poor decisions that went against us today, there was still no-one on our team who was getting in the ref's ear and trying to influence him, which is what Shinnie does whenever a decision goes against Aberdeen, even if the decision was clearly the correct one. Shinnie's the kind of guy who opposition supporters hate but who you want to have on your side. We need somebody like that.

I like the look of Bigirimana. Nice and tidy in possession, and helped to move the team forwards. Reminds me of Dylan McGeouch. Mark Milligan was probably my man of the match, though. One of his best performances in a Hibs shirt.

The BBC have reported the possession as 69-31 in favour of Aberdeen. I'm going to assume someone somewhere hit the wrong button because there was absolutely no chance that this was the case.

Celtic at Parkhead are up next in midweek, followed by Raith Rovers at home in the Scottish Cup next weekend.
 
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I hope Chelsea is ready for City.Arsenal will be destroyed tomorrow and Everton will probably have the same fate given how they played today.So Chelsea is the only who can pull of something against them - they did somehow in December so why not now.
Hopefully Chelsea is not ready , City is the only one who can prevent Pool from winning the league
 
Looking at the news, Bayern lost away to Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. They were on a winning streak of seven matches but that's over now. Dortmund didn't take full advantage as they drew away to Frankfurt, though that was a tough trip. 7 points between these two teams, same as it was after their first derby, and it's been a while since that match. Are Borussia Dortmund ready...
 
Looking at the news, Bayern lost away to Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. They were on a winning streak of seven matches but that's over now. Dortmund didn't take full advantage as they drew away to Frankfurt, though that was a tough trip. 7 points between these two teams, same as it was after their first derby, and it's been a while since that match. Are Borussia Dortmund ready...
Dortmund is winning Bundesliga this year.Our season is in shambles right now.Hopefully we will be able to win at least the DFB Cup because this is our only chance for trophy.We are not winning CL and there is big possibility we wont make it to the last stages (SF) like the previous years.
 
Dortmund is winning Bundesliga this year.Our season is in shambles right now.Hopefully we will be able to win at least the DFB Cup because this is our only chance for trophy.We are not winning CL and there is big possibility we wont make it to the last stages (SF) like the previous years.
You sure 7 points is too far already? I haven't seen much of Bayern or Dortmund to be fair, but there is still a lot of football left. Have Bayern regressed that much compared to last season?
 
You sure 7 points is too far already? I haven't seen much of Bayern or Dortmund to be fair, but there is still a lot of football left. Have Bayern regressed that much compared to last season?
We got lucky the last season because of Heynckes coming plus Dortmund completely crashed after October - they dropped so many points.This season is different.Dortmund are not dropping many points and our level of play have regressed.Today we had chance to close the gap and we failed.There are still 14 games but unless our level improves we are not winning the title
 
I hope Chelsea is ready for City.Arsenal will be destroyed tomorrow and Everton will probably have the same fate given how they played today.So Chelsea is the only who can pull of something against them - they did somehow in December so why not now.
I think we have a chance in the League Cup final. I don’t have high hopes for the Premier League game at the Etihad though. I think they’re in the mood for revenge after the game earlier this season :oops:
 
Aguero has been class throughout his whole time in England. What a beast. :)

As I said before, if Manchester United are not far behind in mid March, I would fancy them finishing 4th. Though I would still prefer them appointing some already proven manager in the summer, as much as I like the Camp Nou hero.
 
Real Madrid have won a fourth La Liga game in a row and have closed the gap from ten to eight points. Fortunately, Atletico Madrid lost to Real Betis 1-0 thanks to Canales' penalty, which means Barcelona actually gained something with yesterday's draw. Six points ahead of the nearest chasers now. And while we have a tough trip against resurgent Athletic Bilbao coming up, next weekend will also feature the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real, at least one of them will drop points. Another reason to go out there and do a good job against the Basque side.

But before that, there is El Clasico next Wednesday in Copa del Rey semifinal. Last one was perfect from Barcelona's perspective, a 5-1 domination. However Real are looking better now, while you should never write them off when the stakes are high. Looking forward to the clash.
 
I was listening to Off the Ball on the radio yesterday and they had a guy on talking about American football. They asked the listeners why the sport was called "football" and an interesting response was that it was called football because the Ball measures a foot in length. I've no idea if this is true but it would make sense, certainly more so than the Google response that they call it football simply because it is played on foot (which, I assume, makes tennis "tennis football" now).
 
Can't believe our undefeated streak is over so early , We loss today in our 21th match to Lyon 2-1 , 2nd year in a row that we lose to them at their home. It was a high quality match , high intensity and one of the best matches this season , We were missing our two most important players Neymar and Verrati , We created many chances but we weren't able to score more , Both of the keepers did amazing saves today , Lopes has been saving Lyon the whole season he's like Spiderman , He's Top 10 best keepers in the world imo , He's very underrated and doesn't get the same attention cause he plays in Ligue 1.Anyway it wasn't our best performance but it wasn't so bad , Our midfield is a big weakness so hopefully Verrati can be back soon and ready for United , New signing Paredes should start getting playtime to be ready too , Ole was there watching the game , Good for Lyon tbh I really hope such a great club like them keep growing , They're the only team in Ligue 1 that owns their stadium which is a big advantage financially , Next year they will be finish the payment and they will start reinforcing to challenge for L1 and CL more seriously

 
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I was listening to Off the Ball on the radio yesterday and they had a guy on talking about American football. They asked the listeners why the sport was called "football" and an interesting response was that it was called football because the Ball measures a foot in length. I've no idea if this is true but it would make sense, certainly more so than the Google response that they call it football simply because it is played on foot (which, I assume, makes tennis "tennis football" now).
It’s close, 11 inches instead of 12.

The name comes from it being based on an old version of football. Rugby is the same (hence the Rugby Football Union). They’re basically all offshoots from the game that was around centuries ago.

As for the game itself, it went as I expected (had the Patriots covering the spread and the under in the official thread on here). Still gutted the Chiefs didn’t make it, and that they won’t be playing in London next year. Luckily I got to see them the only time they’ve played here, back in ‘15. They were pretty bad back then, not sure I’d be able to get tickets with them being one of the more exciting teams these days.

On a positive note, after 5 months of not having more than 2 hours sleep on Sunday nights, I’ll be glad to fix that.. till September anyway.
 
Terry Silver is hyped. :p


Now the real fun begins, Ole boy. Have you got it? Have you really got what it takes? Remember, this is PSG, not that Bournemouth crap or Leicester rubbish.


You might have slayed through Jamie Vardy or the other headless horsemen. Last time you were not dealing with this!
 
Manchester evening news not holding back on some Sanchez bashing. Bret Hart even thinks this is harsh.

''Alexis Sanchez

There is no need for a Sanchez-Martial debate, for Sanchez did not vindicate his recall. A liability on the ball who never harmed Leicester. Substituted. 2''

Ouch.

Lindelof got 8. Having that extra weight in his pocket didn't hold him back.
 
Can't believe our undefeated streak is over so early , We loss today in our 21th match to Lyon 2-1 , 2nd year in a row that we lose to them at their home. It was a high quality match , high intensity and one of the best matches this season , We were missing our two most important players Neymar and Verrati , We created many chances but we weren't able to score more , Both of the keepers did amazing saves today , Lopes has been saving Lyon the whole season he's like Spiderman , He's Top 10 best keepers in the world imo , He's very underrated and doesn't get the same attention cause he plays in Ligue 1.Anyway it wasn't our best performance but it wasn't so bad , Our midfield is a big weakness so hopefully Verrati can be back soon and ready for United , New signing Paredes should start getting playtime to be ready too , Ole was there watching the game , Good for Lyon tbh I really hope such a great club like them keep growing , They're the only team in Ligue 1 that owns their stadium which is a big advantage financially , Next year they will be finish the payment and they will start reinforcing to challenge for L1 and CL more seriously

A PSG fan ?!

Please tell me you're French.
 
City have dropped a lot of points after scoring first, all of those games happening after Liverpool took the lead in the table. They must do better and put pressure now that Liverpool have slowed down a bit.
 
73% possession. I really need that football manager press conference quote about doing more with the ball with my 19% on it.

A win for City against Everton puts them top on goal difference.

And Liverpool's next away game is at Old Trafford. Shall we complicate things for them a bit more? ;)
I'd like to think so. One of those games that could show how far we've come. Wouldn't be hard to top the last performance against Liverpool. More worried about the other games at the minute. The new Man Utd excitement continues. I'm hyped.
 
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