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Tiki-Taka

Rookie
Finally. For the first time in six seasons, Barcelona defeat Celta in Vigo.

Bad conditions with heavy rain and wind, and an ugly match with over 30 fouls and nine yellow cards. Looked like a soft second yellow for Lenglet but he can be reckless and there was possibly intent to elbow so it's not like he didn't have it coming.

Given how tough the venue has been in recent years, and the fact that Barca played with ten men for over 50 minutes, I am satisfied. Celta barely had any clear chances even with the extra man, with Baeza's effort deflected by Roberto on to the crossbar being the only major threat.

Fati continues to amaze. He opened the scoring with a great first touch to get away from the defender and an outside of the foot finish that was just as impressive. Early in the second half Leo had one of his trademark runs that was rewarded with a goal as his pass into the middle was deflected by Olaza into Celta's net, and in injury time another magnificent run resulted in Roberto scoring the rebound first time.

Hopefully our opening two games are just a start of Coutinho getting his Barcelona career back on track. Looks a lot more comfortable now being played in his preferred position as he delivered possibly man of the match performance tonight. Glad that his move to Bayern wasn't permanent as the guy is world class. Almost feels like a new signing now, but it's early days.

Tough opening schedule continues, as Sevilla are coming to Camp Nou in three days. After that, Barca will travel to Madrid to face Getafe, while Real Madrid will come here at the end of the month. Getting good results and performances in these three games could give a much needed lift after an unsettling summer.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Live At Leeds was a great album by The Who. The first 10 minutes of live at Leeds by MC has been dominant but no score. KdB had a laser free kick from 25 yards or so that hooked into the post to punctuate the offence on the rainy evening.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sterling makes it 1-nil for MC in the 17th minute with a dribble and strike from the right crease about 10 yards out. He had been denied an assist a bit earlier when a Leeds defender kicked away a drive by Torres near the goal line after the Sterling pass.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Ederson bails out Mendy with a great save after the defender got played badly by Ayling at the corner of the box and moved in for a point blank strike kicked away by the goalkeeper on the last play of the half. Still 1-nil.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
It’s been much more evenly played in the second half with Leeds making offensive subs Provera and Rodrigo and taking it to MC. Ederson made a key mistake on a missed punch out on a corner that Rodrigo converted. The MC tender made up for it minutes later when he stretched high to deflect a Rodrigo strike onto the crossbar and over for the Leeds corner kick. 1-1 with 10 minutes left.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
The draw in Leeds was well earned by the promoted side. They will avoid relegation for a good while with this type of competitive level.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Manchester United looking to sign Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.

Won't mask the failure of signing Sancho in this transfer window. But if he contributes on the pitch and help the youngsters around him it can turn out to be a decent deal. Like Ibrahimovic to a lesser extent.
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
United getting a penalty 30 seconds in but concedes due to comedic defending.

Good luck against PSG in the Champions League with this defence. :censored:
 
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Feña14

Legend
Can't decide which I enjoyed more..

Gary Neville squirming whilst Man Utd got hammered 6-1

or..

Jamie Carragher whining for 90 minutes whilst Liverpool got taken down 7-2

:unsure:
 
F

FRV3

Guest
I don't understand why Messi can't get involved more. He was in the shadows until the match was almost over.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
I don't understand why Messi can't get involved more. He was in the shadows until the match was almost over.
He has no motivation anymore, the club sapped all his drive and passion. He clearly doesn’t wanna be there.

As for United and Liverpool - Key difference is that this can be seen as a write off for Liverpool. They did just beat Chelsea and Arsenal in the league not long ago. This feels like a long time coming for United, years of neglecting the squad and manager and its led to a former manager (who shouldn’t have even been sacked) spanking his former employers by 6. It’s the ultimate embarrassment.
 

Feña14

Legend
Yikes, CR7 caught Covid as well who's next. o_O
Imagine sending the best players in the World to the four corners of the globe
in the middle of a global pandemic... to play a couple of friendlies and games in a tournament nobody cares about..

The League's have only played 3-4 games and they've already had two international breaks. It's madness.
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
Pickford is a lucky one, avoided conceding a penalty and getting sent off from an offside and a howler ruled out by a minimal offside by VAR.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Clinical late in the game, 3 goals in the last 9 minutes. Fernandes missed his first penalty in forever but made up for it with two involvements.

Milan the only Italian team with a perfect 4/4 at the start of Serie A. Nice to see..

Real and Barca competing who is worse between them by the looks of things. Both lost today with El Clasico next week.
 

Feña14

Legend
Utd are gonna get sucked into a relegation battle soon enough.
Good result/performance for both teams, I think.

Chelsea starting to look better at the back with the new additions settling in and two clean sheets against two of the top 10-12 sides in Europe (Sevilla and Man Utd). Man Utd not losing their momentum and stopping the rot of poor results at Old Trafford.

Everyone keeps saying Chelsea need to find the balance, can't understand why it's not there etc.. It's pretty simple.. it's Kante. How long is it going to to take for people to realise? I've been saying it on here for years. He's a liability in possession, we miss out on 5-8 attacks a game by his inability on the ball - which in turn leaves us over committed and susceptible on the break (we've conceded the 16th most goals in the League over the past 18 months, whilst facing the 2nd fewest shots.. this is one of the main reasons for that bizarre stat). His lack of ability on the ball means we can't keep hold of it against good sides, which is a big issue.

The game changed 17 years ago with that Barcelona side, the carousel (as Fergie called it), where their midfielders could all operate with quick feet, quick passes in the smallest of spaces. Every good side since then has the same qualities. Love Kante the man, not a fan of the player at all.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Another pleasant surprise, 5-0 win over Bundesliga leaders and last season's semifinalists Leipzig. Doing well against Basaksehir in the next two games will pretty much seal early progress from a tough group.

If I only followed CL, I would have thought it's a joke if you told me Man United are 15th in the league now. :laughing:
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
Suprised by the Man Utd result, shame Telles is down with Covid after his good first performance last week.
 

FRV4

Rookie
Another pleasant surprise, 5-0 win over Bundesliga leaders and last season's semifinalists Leipzig. Doing well against Basaksehir in the next two games will pretty much seal early progress from a tough group.

If I only followed CL, I would have thought it's a joke if you told me Man United are 15th in the league now. :laughing:
Same with Barcelona
 

Tiki-Taka

Rookie
If you were impressed by the great start with several unexpected results in the Premier League, check out our table going into the international break as well.



Atlético haven't had a better chance for the title than this in a long time, while it's also nice to see Sociedad and Villarreal showing glimpses of their glory days too. Only thing missing is Deportivo La Coruña competing at the top as well, but sadly they now play not one but couple of tiers below La Liga.

Not expecting us to come out victorious this season at all but from a neutral's perspective it's shaping up quite nicely. If the officiating can be decent like today when three penalties were given against Real Madrid :p (although it's sad that VAR was still needed for all of them) then there is a chance of someone else winning this season.
 

Feña14

Legend
If you were impressed by the great start with several unexpected results in the Premier League, check out our table going into the international break as well.



Atlético haven't had a better chance for the title than this in a long time, while it's also nice to see Sociedad and Villarreal showing glimpses of their glory days too. Only thing missing is Deportivo La Coruña competing at the top as well, but sadly they now play not one but couple of tiers below La Liga.

Not expecting us to come out victorious this season at all but from a neutral's perspective it's shaping up quite nicely. If the officiating can be decent like today when three penalties were given against Real Madrid :p (although it's sad that VAR was still needed for all of them) then there is a chance of someone else winning this season.
I was surprised to see Real Madrid so high! Every time I hear about them, they seem to be losing.

It feels to me like this season hasn't really got going yet, I think this is the 3rd International break of the season? Most sides have only played around 7 league games! Hard to get in the rhythm of things when you're having a two week International break every couple of games.

I imagine things will start to fall into place for the bigger sides either side of Christmas.
 

Tiki-Taka

Rookie
I was surprised to see Real Madrid so high! Every time I hear about them, they seem to be losing.

It feels to me like this season hasn't really got going yet, I think this is the 3rd International break of the season? Most sides have only played around 7 league games! Hard to get in the rhythm of things when you're having a two week International break every couple of games.

I imagine things will start to fall into place for the bigger sides either side of Christmas.
We both know how it goes, all hell breaks loose whenever they enter bad form even for a moment. :p

International breaks, while teams that participated in the Champions League and Europa League back in August started this season a week later than others. Occasional positive coronavirus tests haven't helped either...
 

Feña14

Legend
We both know how it goes, all hell breaks loose whenever they enter bad form even for a moment. :p

International breaks, while teams that participated in the Champions League and Europa League back in August started this season a week later than others. Occasional positive coronavirus tests haven't helped either...
That's true! You'd like it here in the UK, we only hear about Madrid when bad things are happening :p another loss, Hazard has turned up 10kg overweight, Zidane facing the sack, sold Reguilon because Zidane's son had an argument with him etc..

Yeah when you think there's usually 5-6 pre-season games, we're only just past that mark in the league. It's not surprising that many teams haven't quite got things going yet. As for the International breaks, who in their right mind thought it was sensible to have all these players flying off to the 4 corners of the globe during a global pandemic? It's madness.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Looks like I really was carrying this thread. :p Just wanted to say hello. Much going on out in the big bad world. Man Utd is the same as always. Some great highs but always rubbish round the corner. One day you're thinking the no winger diamond is the second coming and then the next game it is like they never played with each other before. It's just the United way. Very exciting. And at the end of everything, Sancho doesn't come. So comical.

A wee Carragher and Nevile convo

''Tottenham are contenders.''

''If Tottenham are then Chelsea are.''

Yes, I'd agree with both. lol

I was a Northern Ireland fan again on Thursday night. Felt sad for the guys I was with that support Northern Ireland through everything. I was really just there because I am from Northern Ireland. Awk well. Fair play to Scotland. (y)
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Jack Grealish is the latest player to prove that I don't know **** about football. He;s been amazing so far this season. I think back to when we were linked with him and Ole desperately wanted him but I just wasn't seeing it. I thought he was just another one of those over hyped jobs. Paul Merson made a comment about him probably being the closest talent wise to Gazza. High praise and doesn't really feel overboard at the minute. Now he is supposedly the top of Man City shopping list.
 

Feña14

Legend
Looks like I really was carrying this thread. :p Just wanted to say hello. Much going on out in the big bad world. Man Utd is the same as always. Some great highs but always rubbish round the corner. One day you're thinking the no winger diamond is the second coming and then the next game it is like they never played with each other before. It's just the United way. Very exciting. And at the end of everything, Sancho doesn't come. So comical.

A wee Carragher and Nevile convo

''Tottenham are contenders.''

''If Tottenham are then Chelsea are.''

Yes, I'd agree with both. lol

I was a Northern Ireland fan again on Thursday night. Felt sad for the guys I was with that support Northern Ireland through everything. I was really just there because I am from Northern Ireland. Awk well. Fair play to Scotland. (y)
Welcome back!

I'm starting to think Man Utd might of got lucky with Sancho. Great talent, but I get the impression he believes in his own hype, more interested in the celebrity side of the game etc..

As for Chelsea being title contenders, they've had the best defensive record in the league over the last 6 weeks. If they can keep that going? It's hard to imagine them not pushing City or Liverpool all the way. If the silly mental errors creep back in? No chance.
 

Tiki-Taka

Rookie
Enjoy seeing Germans lose, like many people? Then I suggest you check out highlights or even a replay of our Nations League game against them from this evening. :p
 

Feña14

Legend
Enjoy seeing Germans lose, like many people? Then I suggest you check out highlights or even a replay of our Nations League game against them from this evening. :p
I did enjoy it!

Spain got a bit lucky though. If covid didn't strike, you could of put Havertz down for 7.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Welcome back!

I'm starting to think Man Utd might of got lucky with Sancho. Great talent, but I get the impression he believes in his own hype, more interested in the celebrity side of the game etc..

As for Chelsea being title contenders, they've had the best defensive record in the league over the last 6 weeks. If they can keep that going? It's hard to imagine them not pushing City or Liverpool all the way. If the silly mental errors creep back in? No chance.
Thank you, Sir. Yeah, we kept hearing the crticism about all the goals Chelsea conceded, now they are not conceding any. Like Daniel says on Cobra Kai, all about finding that balance. :p

I'm not really sure about Sancho. Maybe he did have his heart set on United for some reason. He will have to get over that. Then we saw the diamond at United. It looked like the second coming for one match and then next match we are rotten against Arsenal.
 

Feña14

Legend
Thank you, Sir. Yeah, we kept hearing the crticism about all the goals Chelsea conceded, now they are not conceding any. Like Daniel says on Cobra Kai, all about finding that balance. :p

I'm not really sure about Sancho. Maybe he did have his heart set on United for some reason. He will have to get over that. Then we saw the diamond at United. It looked like the second coming for one match and then next match we are rotten against Arsenal.
Lampard got a load of stick when they were conceding goals for fun, now he's getting praise for fixing it.. It's not rocket science, it's just a case of signing better players who don't make multiple dumb errors every game :laughing:

I think the role of the modern manager is just that.. managing players. Creating the right atmosphere, broad game plan etc.. the biggest impact they have is team selection and having a hunch on who to bring on, and when.. in order to turn a game. Most of the game is down to the players, being switched on mentally, getting an understanding and chemistry together etc.. If they take the responsibility and have a bit of pride about themselves, any manager is going to look good.

Solskjaer gets grief, but i'm not really sure what he can do at this point. That Europa League game was shocking how bad it was, but i'm pretty sure the shocking defending wasn't his game plan. The problem he has is that the players hold the power and if they keep switching off and not holding themselves accountable, it's going to be the manager who gets the chop.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Lampard got a load of stick when they were conceding goals for fun, now he's getting praise for fixing it.. It's not rocket science, it's just a case of signing better players who don't make multiple dumb errors every game :laughing:

I think the role of the modern manager is just that.. managing players. Creating the right atmosphere, broad game plan etc.. the biggest impact they have is team selection and having a hunch on who to bring on, and when.. in order to turn a game. Most of the game is down to the players, being switched on mentally, getting an understanding and chemistry together etc.. If they take the responsibility and have a bit of pride about themselves, any manager is going to look good.

Solskjaer gets grief, but i'm not really sure what he can do at this point. That Europa League game was shocking how bad it was, but i'm pretty sure the shocking defending wasn't his game plan. The problem he has is that the players hold the power and if they keep switching off and not holding themselves accountable, it's going to be the manager who gets the chop.
Frank has realised that defending comes first.

Thiago Silva is making the old boss question the decision to let him go on a free one. Of course, if they did actually let him go. Maybe he wanted the new challenge. I see he has looked great for the most part. He was the signing that impressed me most at the time. You talk about mistakes. It looks like Mendy has sorted you out as well. He doesn't look to be making any mistakes. De Gea has upped his game this season. For what that is worth.

I'm watching the game against Newcastle now. Looks like a bit of a walk in the park. Yeah, more than just a bit. haha. Another piece of excellence from Werner. I knew he would be a hit on the greatest league. Another win.

United are unpredictable as ever. Or maybe that is me using a cover up word for inconsistent as ever. In one game they look like world beaters then the next they look like Dover. Or Ben Dover. :p Roy Keane going on about their faces telling him they don't care.
 
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