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Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:08 pm
Have the German press taken to calling Marsch "Ted Lasso"? I hope that stupid show doesnt undermine him however subtly.
this series is not a thing over here at all. haven't seen it, but judging from the usually awful us soccer commentary i'd suspect it would be a hard sell.

i have to say, though, that marsch does not look a natural on the sidelines, so it's hard to be very optimistic for that reason alone.

some interesting results and great matches lately (pool vs. city, obv).

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That Salah goal was one of the best individual goals ive ever seen in the PL.

Spurs look a little better, maybe settling around Skipp / Hojbjerg, with Romero / Dier in central defense and Royal / Reguillon on the wings. Getting Kane to hang around and IN the box more is clearly helping. the CAMs remains an issue. I still think they should try a back three.

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Well, Spurs played a decent 88 minutes of football bracketed by two woeful defensive lapses. but the 3 points takes them 5th, astonishingly. Newcastle are the talk of football, but their current squad is woeful, and the players have little motivation to play for lame duck Steve Bruce, or any other manager really. I for one hope they get relegated. I find the actions of Newcastle fans dressing in costume sheikh attire and waving Saudi flags and giving the owners a standing ovation are abhorrent, sorry.

Glimmer of light is that ManUnited appear to be in a downward trajectory, so the fourth CL spot seems up for grabs, and none of the contenders seem convincing. Leicester has huge problems, Arsenal were extremely lucky to grab a point today, Brighton and Brentford are punching way above their weight, and West Ham and others are regressing.

The only other match I watched was Brentford Chelsea, and Brentford were incredibly enterprising in the second half, had Chelsea completely under siege for most of the half. Mendy's performance, including the save on the bicycle kick at the end, was one of the great performances by a keeper I've ever seen in the PL. Lukaku was completely anonymous and had 18 touches in 76 minutes. And that back line does not impress: Chalobah Christensen Sarr Azpilicueta

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wow go Rats, theyve looked quite incisive since after 10 minute mark. Theyve definitely had the better chances and have done a great job containing Messi and Mbappe

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couldn't watch but again the soft belly. i guess a little charisma would help marsch right now. players are better than the results (not necessarily in the back, but still a little more clearness would go a long way there), so this is on the manager. the manager may also be better than the results, but it feels counterevolutionary that he wants to return to the style of play of three seasons ago. (also sadly we can't visit the return game as i have a rare gig that night.)

newcastle would be totally stupid not to get lucien favre for two years or so. fonseca has an edgelord haircut and no doubt the more glamorous instagram, but favre could keep them up and going with the available human resources.

even as a fanboy i'd be surprised if tüchel won more titles with this team, it doesn't seem to build into something ... apart from the basic imbalance, too many fair weather players and too many already overperforming?

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Jose Mourinho and his Roma side travelled 3700 kilometers directly north to inside the Arctic Circle to play in 2 degree C and lose 6-1 while witnessing the world record largest ever sushi mosaic:

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but again the soft belly.
more or less the same for Atalanta, although they were a bit fortunate in the first half to not have conceded, poor finishing plus Musso was pretty excellent all night. Atalanta were missing a few of their first and second choice center backs. But the Italians came up for it, and controlled midfield for most of the first half. Illicic was the conductor, but when he is off, and his waylaid pass led directly to the second united goal, he can have a whiff of blase Berbatov to him: walking around, complete lack of tracking back, no pace. Once United started to pin Atalanta back, they couldnt get a foothold until about the 60 min. Truth is, United's pace kind of caught up with them and Atalanta got a bit leggy chasing the ball in the second after the effort they gave in the first half. Shame, really.