Euro: Champions League Semifinals

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  1. Evilo

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    To be fair, the Cup games are home and away in the Copa del Rey. Which is like two Cups.
    And no winter break means more time during the season. Other leagues have to compress their schedules.
     
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    I'd be interested to see if there's some kind of scientific data on the effects of having say a couple weeks break between intense training/games and continuous play. As much as the gametime ends up being about the same I'm inclined to believe giving your body that rest period is better for the player to reset and recharge.
     
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    First and foremost, returning to the Champions League final would be tremendously satisfying. Doing so at Coutinho's expense would be a bonus.
     
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    I think Liverpool v Ajax is the final, unless Liverpool get blown out at Camp Nou
     
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    Ehhhh even with Firmino I wasn't confident in beating Barcelona. I think it's a pretty even tie, but if Firmino is out, or playing injured, I think Barcelona should be favourites.
     
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    Barca are certainly the favorites but I don't think they are thrilled to be playing Liverpool either. This is the real final. Firmino has a shot to play, fitness test tomorrow
     
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    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Let Ajax remain the underdog, please. I'm quite worried now that some view Tottenham as the lesser one.
     
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    No insult to Tottenham but with their injuries and tired legs, the last kind of team they should want to see is a bunch of energetic 20 year olds who are going to press them hard. This is potentially a very rough match up for them. Of course they can take a 0 0 to the 75th minute (or later) and get a cheap goal like they usually do, but that might be their best way to advance.
     
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    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Tottenham have 10 times the budget Ajax has. They will field a strong team, regardless. They won't underestimate Ajax like Real and Juve did.
     
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    I see Barca through. Ajax/Spurs might be tighter.
     
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    Liverpool can beat Barca for sure. However this Barca team is focused and determined. A Roma repeat won’t happen so, I think it will be a nail bitter with one team slithering by.
     
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    I'd say Liverpool is pretty focused and determined as well. And they are certainly better than that Roma team. This is a very even match up. Need to be close after Leg 1 though. If Anfield is a factor, Liverpool kn good shape. For Anfield not to be a factor, they will need to have literally the worst loss of their season at Camp Nou. Which could happen but I think it's going to be tight
     
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    I meant Barca slipping when they all but locked up the tie. Liverpool are leaps and bounds better than Roma and at a similar level to this barca team.
     
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    spintheblackcircle Hello, Jose!

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    Next year then. Last chance for Winks. Lamela mk2.
     
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    So you mean that if Pool wins 3-2 with the "Anfield factor" like against PSG, they need to have their "worst loss of the season" by a whopping 0-1 at Camp Nou?
     
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    I'm saying if I was Valverde, tactically I would want to blow them out in Leg 1, but also Liverpool have only lost one game by more goal this season. Barca's best route to advance is to win by two or more goals at Camp Nou, but that may be easier said than done based on the evidence.
     
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    Get 'em Erik.
     
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    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Ten Hag is a boss.
     
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    We're almost unbeatable at home in these ties, I'm expecting a win tomorrow... that may not be enough in the end, though.
     
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    I just really don't want to see Sturridge up front again. I know it's an off the wall idea, and it won't happen, but I wouldn't mind seeing Klopp try Wijnaldum in the Firmino role. He can play there, and would be a better fit between Mane/Salah than any of our other strikers, or playing one of those two up front.

    Mane - Gini - Salah
    Keita - Henderson
    Fabinho
    Robertson - van Dijk - Gomez* - TAA
    Alisson

    *obviously more liked Matip/Lovren​
     
  22. Live in the Now

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    Keita will just play on the left if Firmino can't play. I don't think it would be all that bad.
     
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    I dont think there is anyway the midfield on Wednesday is anything but Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson
     
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    If Barca keep a clean sheet and win the tie should be theirs. Just not as confident they will not concede as I was against united lol
     
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    I think LFC could survive 1 0, but not much more that than
     
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