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Liverpool are in serious danger. After drawing with Brighton 3-3, their next two games are against Arsenal and Man City. They'll be lucky to get a single point.

Man Utd, on the other hand, despite just losing 6-3 to Man City, have Everton next in the league, and in the Europa League they face Omonia twice. This is a golden opportunity to bounce back from a heavy defeat. The 6-3 loss isn't even that serious, in my opinion. The players just need to frame it as "well, we grabbed three goals against the best team in Europe". They showed fight, which is more than they did against Brentford at the start of the season. So there are lots of positives. Martial came back from injury and scored two goals (superb penalty, too). Antony got his second for the season.

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Did we really once have a 35 page soccer thread?

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I know, lol. I was surprised to find it. I'm glad, though, as I like to get my thoughts out on football.

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Glad to see Arsenal having a good start to the year.


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Ajax are such a Europa League team. Napoli are good but you cannot lose 6-1 at home. It's weird because I thought they were excellent last season.

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Liverpool (and in particular, Trent Alexander-Arnold) are somehow using their win against Rangers as a flex. Rangers would be a Championship team if in English football. And it still stands that Trent Alexander-Arnold cannot defend. He just doesn't know what he's doing. They should change his position. Right wingers can still take free-kicks. Bale changed and his career blossomed.

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I'm glad Juventus won last night against Maccabi Haifa, and PSG drew with Benfica in Portugal. In the reverse fixtures next week I expect PSG to be the winners, though I hope they slip up.

Nothing much happened last night, though. Haaland is still a fucking wizard in front of goal, and Real Madrid keep winning. I can't see a way that Manchester City doesn't get to the final this year.

Anyway, Man Utd tonight against Cypriot champions Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League. Hopefully they score a shedload of goals after that heavy Man City defeat. It would be nice for Ronaldo to bag a few, too, to get his season up and running.

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I don't care how they did it, but Man Utd won in Cyprus. Phew. Squads are there to be used, and they brought on the subs that mattered. Erik ten Hag is such a great manager, imo. His ability to start well or spot frailties and change it up early for the win is impressive. It's what we lacked under Solskjaer and Rangnick, who mostly sat there not knowing what to do when it got bad. Anyway, still will need to beat Nicosia at home, then we'll need to beat Sociedad if we want to avoid playing a Champions League reject to progress. But the win was needed. It's an important bounce-back from the derby defeat.

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So the Premier League is more open after that Liverpool win over Man City. I really hope Arsenal win the league, but it's still a tall order given how dominant Man City are. Liverpool won't contend. This win might give them a boost of confidence but I don't see them automatically playing like last year because of one win.

Frustratingly, Man Utd could only draw against Newcastle. They had so many chances but couldn't put one away. It's a shame because next up is Tottenham then Chelsea in the space of four days. I know that Rashford was apparently "under the weather" but he should have started (he came on in the second half and was the best player). Ronaldo doesn't have the legs anymore to start.

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Football is funny game. On the only weekend that Haaland doesn't play, Tottenham score three goals and not one is scored by Kane!

And Liverpool got beaten by Leeds, lol

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I see that Qatar banned alcohol sales at their stadiums. :funny:

Well I hope the check that Fifa got from them is worth all the shit they've got in return ... What am I'm saying - of course it was worth it! And that's really all that matters right?


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It's going to be a very odd World Cup. It doesn't feel like a World Cup in the slightest.

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Can they stop holding these international events in such countries already? If violating human rights is a part of one's "culture", then it doesn't deserve respect, much less given recognition and awarding them. FIFA is just as bad here.

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I think the world has woken up to this already. It's just that planning for big sporting events takes place a decade in advance. In the last few years Russia, China, and now Qatar have held big sporting events. But this won't happen again, I believe.

This World Cup has received such negative attention that I think an event will never be held in such a location again. The 2026 World Cup will be in the U.S./Canada/Mexico, the 2024 Summer Olympics will be in France, and the 2026 Winter Olympics will be in Italy. So, let the good times roll. And I can't see bids by authoritarian countries being accepted for future global sporting events. The press is just too bad for them, and the sponsors don't need the hassle either.

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The pick was obviously really weird and screams bribery

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Japan beats Germany
Costa Rica loses to Spain 7-0
Costa Rica beats Japan

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Big time tie by Germany today to stay alive, but it is looking pretty bad for them

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