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Old 09-15-2022, 10:41 AM   #151
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This has brought me way too much joy this morning. This is what I would like to hear more of if the broadcasters are going to keep mic'ing up the players.

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Old 09-17-2022, 12:56 PM   #152
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At some point, the programmers are going to fix the Leicester City set piece exploit.
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Old 09-17-2022, 02:14 PM   #153
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That will do it for Brenden
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Old 10-02-2022, 09:40 AM   #154
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Haaland beast mode

Haaland has as many hat tricks as Jamie Vardy and Frank Lampaard

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Old 10-02-2022, 10:31 AM   #155
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Foden >>> Sancho

Just like I said years ago
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Old 10-02-2022, 12:45 PM   #156
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That is a hilarious way to get sent off by the Leeds player. I don't know about the first yellow but the second yellow was well deserved.
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Old 10-02-2022, 04:13 PM   #157
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63105945

125 dead after fans storm the field to celebrate and are beaten and teargassed repeatedly by cops, then are crushed trying to flee.
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Old 10-02-2022, 04:18 PM   #158
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125 dead after fans storm the field to celebrate and are beaten and teargassed repeatedly by cops, then are crushed trying to flee.

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Old 10-03-2022, 03:39 AM   #159
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Haaland beast mode

Haaland has as many hat tricks as Jamie Vardy and Frank Lampaard

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Old 10-03-2022, 08:11 AM   #160
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I knew Haaland would be pretty devastating when hooked up to Man City's fully functional chance-creation machine, but this is ridiculous.

Haaland leads the EPL scoring chart with 14 goals. Harry Kane is second with 7. And, knock-on effect, de Bruyne leads the assist chart with 8. Second is Bernardo Silva with 4. Tied for 5th is... Erling Haaland with 3.

Kudos to Arsenal for their bright start, and current lead in the table, but unless Haaland gets injured, the rest of the league will be playing Alderaan to Man City's Death Star.
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Old 10-03-2022, 05:47 PM   #161
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Any one who is mentioned for abuse in this report needs to be blackballed from the industry.

U.S. Soccer investigation into women's game finds systemic abuse, misconduct

Including this bit that needs CRIMINAL referral. (spoilering for Sexual assault, from the article)

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The player agreed to be identified for this report, btw
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:34 PM   #162
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Any one who is mentioned for abuse in this report needs to be blackballed from the industry.

U.S. Soccer investigation into women's game finds systemic abuse, misconduct

Including this bit that needs CRIMINAL referral. (spoilering for Sexual assault, from the article)

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The player agreed to be identified for this report, btw

This is absolutely awful. Holly should face criminal charges. I believe there were rumblings of his behavior at Sky Blue from what I've read but Racing Louisville opted to hire him anyway (he at least was in a relationship with one of his players for sure which is bad).

I lived in Louisville for about 9 years until I moved closer to family last August. Racing Louisville and USWNT are the two soccer teams I follow/watch regularly.

I am still rooting for the NWSL and Racing Louisville to succeed and thrive. Women's sports don't have nearly the viewership that they deserve.

However, anyone who enabled this kind behavior among the NWSL office, U.S. Soccer, and clubs around the league need to be terminated if they are still around as well those who were responsible slowing or inhibiting the investigation.
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Old 10-03-2022, 09:18 PM   #163
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This is absolutely awful. Holly should face criminal charges. I believe there were rumblings of his behavior at Sky Blue from what I've read but Racing Louisville opted to hire him anyway (he at least was in a relationship with one of his players for sure which is bad).

I lived in Louisville for about 9 years until I moved closer to family last August. Racing Louisville and USWNT are the two soccer teams I follow/watch regularly.

I am still rooting for the NWSL and Racing Louisville to succeed and thrive. Women's sports don't have nearly the viewership that they deserve.

However, anyone who enabled this kind behavior among the NWSL office, U.S. Soccer, and clubs around the league need to be terminated if they are still around as well those who were responsible slowing or inhibiting the investigation.

Here is an interview with Racing Louisville's goalkeeper and captain from the 2021 season, Michelle Betos. She played for Gotham (formerly Sky Blue) this year.

https://twitter.com/Tyler_Greever/st...89722047832065

Audio seems to cut in and out some. "James" who she refers to some in the interview is James O'Connor who is the current team president of both Racing Louisville and Louisville City FC.
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Old 10-06-2022, 12:17 PM   #164
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Any one who is mentioned for abuse in this report needs to be blackballed from the industry.

U.S. Soccer investigation into women's game finds systemic abuse, misconduct

Including this bit that needs CRIMINAL referral. (spoilering for Sexual assault, from the article)

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The player agreed to be identified for this report, btw

They probably need to go ahead and transition to the investigation of abuse in the youth soccer ranks. I doubt the people with power are waiting until the players turn eighteen before abusing them.
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Old 10-08-2022, 11:30 AM   #165
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Fire Rodgers now. So predictable, another collapse.
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Old 10-09-2022, 01:31 PM   #166
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Top of the table once again!
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Old 10-09-2022, 01:57 PM   #167
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Don't do it to yourself.
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Old 10-09-2022, 04:25 PM   #168
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so no one was concerned about this?
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Old 10-09-2022, 06:30 PM   #169
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If you are concerned about the above, here's a documentary from Al Jazeera about Indonesian football violence:

Indonesia’s Football Fever

Who knew there was such a thing before last week?
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Old 10-11-2022, 11:55 AM   #170
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Kinda interesting, Clint Dempsey is advising a group to create something like a Soccer version of "The Basketball Tournament", which is a 1 million winner take all 64 team basketball tournament. The Soccer Tournament would be run by the same folks as the Basketball tournament and feature a 32 team tournament played over four days, World Cup style (32 team group stage, Knockouts starting at the round of 16, etcetera)


Rules:

7 on 7 (normally), small field

2 20 Minute Halves of Regulation

Modified version of the Elam Ending. At the end of regulation, a winning score is set (Winning team's current score +1, so if it's 7-5, the winning score is 8). During the Ending phase, every five minutes, each team loses a player. (becomes 6v6, 5v5, etcetera)
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Old 10-12-2022, 05:04 PM   #171
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Rangers go up 1-0 on Liverpool, and all the pundits start dreaming of their "Liverpool is gone" speeches.



Rangers fans: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve"

Liverpool Angry. Liverpool SMASH!

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Old 10-16-2022, 12:43 PM   #172
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This is fun. Nice appetizer before a day of NFL.
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Old 10-16-2022, 01:24 PM   #173
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The state of refereeing in British football if this is the best ref they can put out for the biggest game of the weekend (season?). You could tell me Anthony Taylor is eight beers in and I’d believe you, with how just utterly bizarre and inconsistent he’s been.

Oh and if I was Salah I’d be putting a hit out on Nunez. What a selfish shit of a player.
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Old 10-16-2022, 02:19 PM   #174
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I remember a time before VAR when you could celebrate goals. It was awesome.
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Old 10-16-2022, 04:44 PM   #175
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Old 10-16-2022, 05:09 PM   #176
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The state of refereeing in British football if this is the best ref they can put out for the biggest game of the weekend (season?).

IIRC, a number of experienced refs retired somewhat unexpectedly over the past few years, variously citing unrelenting abuse and also phoned/mailed death threats.

In addition the UK, like the US, has seen a decimation of numbers of refs at the grassroots. The EPL (like MLS) will always have referees, but the standard is going to continue to go down as there's just less and less competition.
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Old 10-16-2022, 05:27 PM   #177
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That was certainly strange, I thought they were reviewing whether it was knocked out of Alison's hands, not whether there was a random foul 5 passes before the goal. How far back can they review?
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Old 10-16-2022, 06:36 PM   #178
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That was certainly strange, I thought they were reviewing whether it was knocked out of Alison's hands, not whether there was a random foul 5 passes before the goal. How far back can they review?

They'll let you know as soon as they're done making up the rules, ie never
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Old 10-16-2022, 08:05 PM   #179
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That was certainly strange, I thought they were reviewing whether it was knocked out of Alison's hands, not whether there was a random foul 5 passes before the goal. How far back can they review?

Same "phase of play". So go back til the ball has been out of play, or Liverpool had control of the ball. Just check the period Man City had the ball before the goal. Hard to argue it wasnt a foul, so VAR got it right this time.

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Old 10-16-2022, 08:10 PM   #180
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I guess the point is they had more than enough time to blow the whistle and call the foul, it was not bang bang. They were not playing any advantage, it was just odd officiating and odd that they can go back as far as the entire possession.
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Old 10-17-2022, 01:33 PM   #181
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Oh and if I was Salah I’d be putting a hit out on Nunez. What a selfish shit of a player.


Amen! Wow. After the first time, he should have thought "maybe I made the wrong decision". Second time was inexcusable.
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Old 10-20-2022, 08:11 PM   #182
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Old 10-23-2022, 09:23 AM   #183
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Brendan is turning things around I see.
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Old 10-23-2022, 09:41 AM   #184
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Eh. Half a game to go. Two weeks ago they gave up a lead and lost. This is a must win after Nottingham upset Liverpool yesterday but it ends a run against beatable teams. He's a good manager and I doubt they fire him u less things get untenable. But they are still teetering.
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Old 10-23-2022, 10:37 AM   #185
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Well, maybe turning a corner of sorts. Even if just to make a run to safety.
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Old 10-23-2022, 11:20 AM   #186
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Brendan is turning things around I see.

Forest, Leeds, & Wolves may have been the right teams at the right time. Losing to any one of those and you'd have to be truly concerned.

Of course the next three are Man City, Everton, & West Ham. Probably can't take anything away from the City game, but you probably want to see them be competitive with the other two, otherwise you'd have to think ownership would be ready to pull the trigger.

To me, Leicester need to resolve two things:

1. Your play for regular UCL money failed, you need to recalibrate to either a) EURO Cup money or b) just regular revenue with anything else being a bonus. What does that recruitment strategy look like and how long will it take to implement?

2. Someone needs to have a sit down with Rodgers and explain the above and determine a) if he's OK being in this competitive position and b) does he have a tactical plan to win with a team constructed that way.


Arguably, there's no reason why this can't work, as Rodgers had success in the EPL with Swansea on a similarly limited budget. But I wonder if stints with Liverpool (eventually unsuccessful) and Celtic (inevitably successful), and thus functionally unlimited budgets, have changed his mindset too much.

He's human too, and leaving Celtic for Leicester was clearly part of a plan to get back to a Big 6 post. But he's probably going to have to show he can do it without Big 6 money, like Potter just did.


I'm not a huge fan of Rodgers the man, but he's clearly talented and can likely succeed at a Big 6 club. I feel he probably just needs to stop getting in his own way in order to achieve that success.
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Old 10-23-2022, 11:32 AM   #187
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That was certainly strange, I thought they were reviewing whether it was knocked out of Alison's hands, not whether there was a random foul 5 passes before the goal. How far back can they review?

If we're talking the Haaland disallowed goal (sorry, I'm two weeks behind), there are 3 touches (including Haaland's shot, the rebound of which is scored by Foden) after the foul, and about 8 elapsed seconds. It's a clear foul by Haaland that creates a clear advantage for City. Good call, IMO.

In addition, Allison didn't appear to have control of the ball.
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Old 10-23-2022, 12:05 PM   #188
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That looked like the right call on the Wilson goal. Mainly because I feel like Lloris flopped - there was contact, he was standing upright at contact but then immediately threw his legs out, knowing he was completely out of position.
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Old 10-23-2022, 02:51 PM   #189
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Yeah, flop by Lloris. Good no-call. I wouldn't have argued a yellow for simulation, to be honest. If the internet is to be believed, Lloris has 30 pounds on Wilson.
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Old 10-23-2022, 03:00 PM   #190
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Leeds into the relegation zone and the next 5 league games have away games at Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle and home to Man City in there.

We could be getting to the end of Jesse Marsch's time in the EPL.
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Old 10-26-2022, 05:31 PM   #191
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Interesting. MLS Wants to revamp the playoffs. # of games would go from 13 up to possibly 30.

MLS considering significant overhaul of playoff format: Sources - The Athletic

Two options mentioned in the article are:

A) A playoff group stage (Break down 16 playoff qualifiers into four groups of four (keeping within conferences, so there would be two western conference groups, and two eastern conference groups, play each other once (the two higher seed teams in each group would get two home playoff games, the two lower seeds only get one) top two from each playoff group qualify for quarterfinals, then single legged knock out from there

and

B) Two-legged matches (home and away) throughout the playoffs.


My thought: If they're going with option A, make it so all post season games are at the higher seed throughout the group stage (so the top team in each playoff group would get all three games at home, 2nd seed would get two games at home (the third at the top seed on the road), so on and so forth.
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Old 10-26-2022, 06:12 PM   #192
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A seems a bit silly since the regular season already creates the seeding. Two legged matches is much more in line with a lot of competitions.
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Old 10-26-2022, 08:33 PM   #193
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Option B is the only one that makes any sense to me. The article does say that the goal is to increase its overall inventory of postseason matches for its new media partner Apple. Option B gets you to 25 postseason games with a single game MLS Cup as opposed to the 30 with Option A. I see no need for those dead rubber matches. I would much rather MLS add 6 more games to the regular season so every team will get a chance to face each other at least once every year.
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Old 10-30-2022, 04:00 PM   #195
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I would much rather MLS add 6 more games to the regular season so every team will get a chance to face each other at least once every year.

But how marketable are those hypothetical games?

Regular season MLS averaged around 334,000 TV audience per game this year (a noticeable improvement, and the best in 15 years).

That's 60% of the audience that AEW gets for Rampage on Friday nights. And it's -with- games on ABC proper included in the average.
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Old 10-30-2022, 08:36 PM   #196
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But how marketable are those hypothetical games?

Regular season MLS averaged around 334,000 TV audience per game this year (a noticeable improvement, and the best in 15 years).

That's 60% of the audience that AEW gets for Rampage on Friday nights. And it's -with- games on ABC proper included in the average.

I honestly don't know. I know I would be much more likely to watch Inter Miami travel to Portland to play the Timbers in that atmosphere or to L.A. play the Galaxy than I am to watch a dead rubber third group stage match where they face FC Cincinnati for at least the third time that season.

This is what frustrates me with MLS. They make a big deal about being a North America sports league and how the way we do things here involve playoffs. no relegation, etc. Cool, I may not like it but I can support what they are saying. All of a sudden we are introducing a group stage? A group stage grouped by conference? When did we start doing group stages in North America professional sports? Hell, if you just want to have more games, make each playoff series two out of three until MLS Cup. I am not a big fan of that either but at least that is something that is normal for North American sports.
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Old 10-30-2022, 09:59 PM   #197
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This is what frustrates me with MLS. They make a big deal about being a North America sports league and how the way we do things here involve playoffs. no relegation, etc. Cool, I may not like it but I can support what they are saying. All of a sudden we are introducing a group stage? A group stage grouped by conference? When did we start doing group stages in North America professional sports? Hell, if you just want to have more games, make each playoff series two out of three until MLS Cup. I am not a big fan of that either but at least that is something that is normal for North American sports.

Considering that the Univision audience for the MLS playoffs is usually larger than the U.S. network(s) audience, I'm not sure that normal for the U.S. matters as much.

As for "where is adding games more attractive", I can guarantee you that Apple looks at the average playoff game audience and looks at the average regular season game audience and quickly decides which type of game they want more of.
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Old 11-02-2022, 04:18 PM   #198
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Old 11-03-2022, 11:50 AM   #199
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I feel like we need to do a poll: "Manchester City appear to be a juggernaut in the early season. Will they roll through and easily win their first UCL or what comedy late-round collapse do we see for them this time?"

I'm laughing, but inside I'm crying, fyi.
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Originally Posted by flere-imsaho View Post
I feel like we need to do a poll: "Manchester City appear to be a juggernaut in the early season. Will they roll through and easily win their first UCL or what comedy late-round collapse do we see for them this time?"

I'm laughing, but inside I'm crying, fyi.

Should be favorites again, but anything can happen. I think they would have gotten past Madrid if Kyle Walker was available. The good news keeps rolling in. Pep should be extending again shortly.
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