- Soccerball Goooaaaaal! 2018/19 season
Great result for Chelsea. Shame the Europa league final was held in Asia but it’s all about the money.
Apparently the Chelsea fans were chanting “F%ck you UEFA, Is this what you want?”.
Onto this weekend and I hear that the Spanish police are worried about Sp*rs fans smuggling flares into the ground.
Cos that’s what they were wearing the last time they were in a European final…Posted 8 months ago
Should be a belter of a game tomorrow. Two teams who play great attacking football. Its going to be tight, I reckon. I doubt it’ll be a scoreline like Chelski Arsenal the other night.
With regards to the other night, one of the commentators who worked on it said this morning that it was the weirdest match he’s ever been too because it was a European final that had the atmosphere of a pre-season friendly.
Well done UEFAPosted 8 months ago
While I expect the reason EUFA held it there was more to do with back handers than fairness, I do think that all countries who are eligible to compete in the tournament should also be eligible to hold the final. It can’t be just be a stitch up for western europe to always hold the finals and treat everyone else like second class citizens.
And onto other news, with the proposed takeover of Newcastle, there is becoming a lot of competition in the market for players who won’t insist on champions league football , but who are good enough to get you there. Some clubs could be slipping down the table after failing to realise history is constantly being written and past glories don’t give them a right to current and future glories. ManU and the gunners need to get their acts together, and realise they are in a fight to stay where they are, and not just assume they are in a fight for the top 4.Posted 8 months ago
Couldn’t agree more. I was only saying the other day how we’re the new Arsenal. Aiming for fourth-will-do but falling short. If Wolves, Leicester and Everton carry on improving we’re far more likely to be scrapping with them than City, Liverpool and Spurs
Anyway … tonight? Any predictions? We’re in Mallorca and heading out to watch it hopefully in a bar 50/50 full of scousers and Spurs fans.
If the form of the bonkers CL games so far continues then someone to be 3 up by half time, before a mental comeback in the second half. A final score of 5-4 with the keeper coming up to head in the winner in the 97th minute!
Don’t ask me who’ll win it though. Could go either way. It’s certainly not going to be dullPosted 8 months ago
I think Liverpool will be favourites to win in most peoples minds, iirc Liverpool have won both the premiership meet ups this season (the last one needing a bit of luck), but I think spurs are good enough to get one over on Liverpool once in three games, so maybe this is their turn.
I wouldn’t put money on it though, just hope its a good game 3-4 to either team will do.Posted 8 months ago
I have sympathy, as he wasn’t particularly ‘widening his body’ by holding his arms out, he was actually gesturing for someone to cover inside him – but as soon as you hold your arms out for any reason you invite being penalised for ball to hand.
Interestingly (ok for retired referee rules geeks) the laws actually changed today – but this game’s played under existing laws – but it’ll still be a matter of interpretation.
The law remains that deliberate handball is an offence. But accidental handball will also be a free-kick if…
- the ball goes into the goal off an attacker
- a player gets the ball using his arm or hand and then scores, or creates a goalscoring opportunity
- a player’s hand or arm has made their body “unnaturally bigger”
- the player’s arm or hand is above their shoulder (unless the player has controlled the ball onto his own arm or hand)
But a handball will not be a free-kick if…
the ball is knocked on to a hand by the player in question or a nearby player
the arm or hand is close to their body and “has not made their body unnaturally bigger”
if a player is falling and the ball touches their hand or arm when it is between their body and the ground to support the body – but not extended to make the body bigger
But I’m reading that as it would not have been given next year, because it went onto his (raised / unnaturally positioned) arm from his chest, not directly.Posted 8 months agohandybarMember
Finals often disappoint. The heat was a big factor, both teams weren’t thinking clearly especially in the final third. Pochettino should have started Moura.Posted 8 months ago
But I’m amazed at how Spurs just didn’t go for it, they waited too long, perhaps confident they could get a late goal. Liverpool were there for the taking…something of a Tottenham bottle job.
Spurs didn’t look like they believed they could win it; all through they’ve been underdogs and I think that suited them. To be equals, albeit slightly second favourites in this game they didn’t seem to have the attitude to gamble it all for the win. They passed the ball better, they had more possession and territory, but Son aside no-one seemed to ever really run at them and threaten, and when they did get shots Allison had the ability to make it look easy (and there were a couple of decent saves in there as well as doing the routine with no fuss)
Difficult to know how the early goal affected it – if anything I thought that should have played into the ‘up against it’ position that seems to have galvanised them previously – but was largely unimpressed. Liverpool never really got into top gear but in my mind easily did enough in the areas where it mattered, I thought Allison and V-D were excellent again, Henderson does alright for a not top top player, and they took chances when they came.
And on the basis of the season, they deserve it.
( I also noted – according to BBC only 11 fouls all game, and not a booking)Posted 8 months agohandybarMember
Yep agree with all the above.Posted 8 months ago
Not a single yellow card is indicative of what a strange game it was – almost like a friendly.
Surreal. No quality from either side, Kane unfortunately went missing for another big game as he did with England in the World Cup.
I think there is a lot to be said that Spurs don’t have the fundamental self-belief, and suffered paralysis/stage fright.neilnevillMember
We sung it in France, we sung it in Spain,
We sung in the sun, we SUNG IN MADRID! They tried to stop it, but look what it did! the best hin in life is BEING Y**! Being a Y**, Being Y**, the best thing there is is being a Y**!
Watched the game with Scouser red BIL. pround of the Spurs. not the nest game but we are building and I’m smiling and so proud to wear the shirt
being a Y**,being a y**, the best thing in life is being a y**!Posted 8 months ago
Definitely a let down as a game, given the madness that led up to it. Can’t understand why he didn’t start with Moura, given his present form, and Kane didn’t look match fit
I had a fiver on Origi to come on and score the final goal at 10/1 to in some way compensate for all the overjoyed scousers I was surrounded by 😉Posted 8 months ago
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