Champions & Europa Leagues knockout stage begins!!

Discussion in 'Soccer' started by SAMCRO, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. SAMCRO

    SAMCRO

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    This is where the fun begins.... some big time games this week...
    TUESDAY
    PSG v Barca
    Benfica v Dortmund

    WEDNESDAY
    Bayern v Arsenal
    Real v Napoli

    THURSDAY (Europa - some, not all the games)
    Gent v Spurs
    M'gladbach v Fiorentina
    Man U v Saint-Ettenne
    Villarreal v Roma

    Some big decisions for the likes of Man U, Sours, Roma, Villarreal... Do you rest your top players for league play and trying to qualify for UCL next season that way, or go for broke and try to win Europa to qualify for UCL next season. Same could be said for Arsenal, Dortmund but my bet is they go all out since it is CL.
     
  2. Waquoit

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    Who I am rooting for (in reverse order):
    3. Barcelona
    2. Any EPL team (LC, Arsenal,City)
    1. Juventus - I have a future book bet (10-1) on them. I have a shot, Higuain can carry a team the way he's playing.
     
  3. shizzle787

    shizzle787 King Shizzle DCCLXXXVII of the Cesspool

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    As Juve is my favorite team, I hope they win.
    As far as my predictions for tomorrow.
    Barcelona 2 PSG 1 in France
    Dortmund 1 Benfica 1 in Portugal
     
  4. shizzle787

    shizzle787 King Shizzle DCCLXXXVII of the Cesspool

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    Holy smokes. Barca gets destroyed at PSG 4-0 today. (You read that correctly.) Benfica wins 1-0 on the back of their goalie who saved a penalty. Somehow, Barca and Dortmund will still go through, but wow.
     
  5. SAMCRO

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    Ya, that was an incredible score line in Paris, and should set up for a wide open, full court press type replay in Spain. I just don't know how Barcelona overcomes that g.d. with zero away goals.

    Dortmund will get thru back in Germany, but they are really missing Gotze. Pulisic came on in the 82nd minute and was pretty involved, almost scoring twice and collecting a yellow.
     
  6. Butch

    Butch truthaboutislam.org

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    Barcelona has a better chance of a comeback than the Patriots. That's insane.
     
  7. ZooCougar

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    They need Gotze to actually start playing well. He hasn't had much of an impact yet this season.

    I think Dortmund is in real trouble. I've watched nearly every game this season and they simply can't keep the ball out of the net. Without a shutout they probably need at least 3 goals to go through.
     
  8. SAMCRO

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    Fiorentina, Roma, and United all had impressive wins. Spurs, not so much.

    Spurs are not playing great right now, losing at Gent (and they started half the regulars too). The upside is Rose is due back soon, and Vertonghen is not far behind. Rose is a difference maker. I'd like to see Poch rest Lloris, Kane, Alli, Walker, Wanyama, and Alderweireld @ Fulham Sunday in the FA Cup. Go with Vorm, Davies, Dier, CCV or Wimmer, Trippier, Winks, Dembele, Sissoko, Ericksen, Son, and Jannsen, Bring the likes of Wimmer or CCV, N'Koudou, and Onomah off the bench.

    Kane got a knock late v Gent, and the rest just need a mental and physical break to snap out of it. Get fresh legs for Gent next Thursday at Wembley, then host Stoke on Sunday. That's a lot of games in 2 weeks, and I'd prioritize League, Europa, then the FA Cup
     
  9. businesslawyer

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    Spurs haven't played a good game since coming back against Man City. That was four weeks ago. They miss Vertonghem, but the guy they really miss is Rose. The delta from him to Ben Davies just changes everything they do. The good news is that, with 13 league games left, they have the next 9 without playing any Big 6 teams, and the only 2 games they have left against Big 6 teams are home. So when they come out of their melancholy, they are in good shape for a top 3 finish.

    With Fulham and home to Gent making 3 straight non-league games, it will be very interesting to see if the play a B team against Fulham and the A team against Gent, or mix it up and give some folks a rest Sunday and others on Thursday. I have no idea how to predict how Pooch will play it.
     
  10. SAMCRO

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    Yup. Rose has developed a ton under Pochetino, and he is a natural fit for the high press Poch likes to bring. He used to be a high risk/high reward player who was inconsistent and seemed to be on the verge of being sent off at any moment, or scoring a goal. When he was good, he was great; when he was bad, he was terrible. He's turned in to a world class back/wing who is pretty consistent, and provides stability across the back. as well as on the wing going forward.

    Give me a 3-4-2-1 with Dier, Alderweireld, and Vertonghen across the back - Walker, Wayama, Dembele, Rose as defensive midfielders where your wings can make overlapping runs forward and still get back to defend - Eriksen, Alli as attacking mids supporting 'arry Kane up top. You sub in Son and Sissoko, and either Trippier, Winks, or Davies depending on the state of the game and health of the 10 field players.

    Spurs schedule does set up nicely, as you mentioned, with Chelsea, City, and Liverpool out of the way... and then Arsenal and United at WHL in April. If they can stay healthy I like them to finish top 4.