Euro: Champions League Semifinals

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  1. Ajacied

    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Gini was a very talented AM during his youth days, but I like him much better in the neutral role at midfield. He doesn't have the pace or quick thinking to disturb Barca's experienced backline.
     
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  2. Savant

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    It is very likely we are getting Wijnaldum at the 6
     
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    Gini is faster than Firmino, and he makes some very quick decisions at times in transition; I think he's one of the best midfielders at facilitating counter-attacks once the space opens up. I was just thinking more to his engine, intelligence and strength on the ball as well as unselfishness would be a better fit for that role if Firmino is indeed out, since Keita does a good job moving the ball forward from the midfield and I think is better in the middle than on the wing by a lot. Origi and Sturridge are just not smart players, and Sturridge especially seems to get in the way of the wide forwards too much.

    Though I agree that Wijnaldum at the 6 is his best position, and it shows. Liverpool's record with him there, and their defensive stats are pretty awesome.
     
  4. Live in the Now

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    Firmino is going to wind up starting, but again, failing that, Keita or Shaq will play up front.
     
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    I disagree. It will be Firmino or Origi
     
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    Nah Barca's best route is winning both games. Or at least drawing at Anfield, which isn't a miracle of any sort.
    And even if they lose by 1, they can still win (see PSG).
    Based on the evidence, is Barca weaker than that PSG that was not even prepared in the first game?
     
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    They're definitely not weaker than the PSG that went out to United, based on the evidence. So they'll probably roll Liverpool.
     
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    Besides, don't forget they'll get the reffing United got, Liverpool being the weaker team name wise.
     
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    Obviously winning both games would be ideal, but for Leg 1 if I am Barca, I am going for the kill.

    Of course they can lose by one and go out, but what I mean to say is Liverpool have only lost by 2 or more goals once this season. They are a very good defensive side. This is going to be tight. I don't think Barca rolls them, and I think a closer tie benefits the team with leg 2 at home
     
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    And since Pool couldn't beat an injured United because of injuries (or was it wind?), I hope they don't suffer too much from tons of Barca injuries or that wicked wind in Barcelona.
    That'd be unfair.
     
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    I haven't watched enough Barca this season to really get a good feel on how this one will play out.

    Messi's obviously still playing at Goat level, but I'll need to see some of the 1st leg first.
     
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    Liverpool beat Tottenham twice this season, and Barcelona only beat Tottenham once we should be in the clear....come on man
     
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    Liverpool also beat United.
     
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    And these guys are human so prior matches mean very little.
     
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    I don't know that I share your optimism. Either way I'll be lucky if I see the match before the Thursday night...
     
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    That's true, but hey, no wind, no injuries !
     
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    No, you beat Mourinho's United.
    That was another club.
     
  18. Ajacied

    Ajacied Stay strong Appie! ❤

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    Stoked, though somehow not all that optimistic. I feel the underdog roll and underestimating is done with.

    Ajax will likely play with Mazraoui and are pretty healthy aside from two long term injuries in Eiting and Bandé.

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    When did Pochettino say this?

    If it is taken from the press conference only a journalist can interpret Pochettino's answer in that way. He said he wanted teams to have the same amount of days since the last game, but he emphasized that was a general point and would be equally true if Spurs had more days of rest. He never complained.
     
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    Firmino is in the squad for Leg 1. Probably healthy enough to start.
     
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    I don't know; I was quoting ten Hag. I didn't see what Poch said.

    A little digging brings up this:

    I think Erik ten Hag's response about the financial gap is perfectly fine.
     
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    spintheblackcircle Hello, Jose!

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    Champions League semis
    Blue Jackets game live
    Sharks game

    ....this may be the highest stakes day in my 50 years of fandom given that multiple teams are involved.
     
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    So he says he wants, ideally, both teams to have the same amount of days of rest before the game. How could anyone disagree with that? It was a typical Pochettino sequence where he rambled along a bit in his quasi philosophical way. He wasn’t complaining. Which I guess ten Hag is assuming he did the way he responded (which also might not be as “harsh” as it seems reading the quotes).

    I’m 99% certain if ten Hag had seen how Pochettino said it he wouldn’t have responded that way.
     
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    I mean, ten Hag's response is basically saying ideally they'd have the same amount of money to spend also. I see where Erik is coming from, because Poch did flat out say that he thinks it's unfair that his team is in the situation where they have less rest. I don't think there was much malice or whining on either side.
     
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    I love how you tell me what Pochettino said without having seen the press conference. That is flat out lovely.

    Anyway. Not important. It is a non story.
     
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