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A better first half today, but still moments of sloppy play and Bazunu's made a few errors that thankfully haven't been punished. More promising is that on the occasions Ireland have worked the ball forward, they're getting people in and around the box to try and create something. 

 

Qatar are hard to rate. They're reigning Asian champions, but then they've also drawn at home to India in qualification for the 2023 tournament. They've had a few chances and could well bring themselves level at some point in the second half - they're probably the more likely team to score. 

 

Edit: and there it is.

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Another nope then - a bad start to the second half, took control for a bit in the middle of the half but then the game kinda fell apart for both sides. Could have snatched it at the end, but not deservedly so.

 

On this evidence you don't see Qatar doing much at the World Cup either, and could follow South Africa as the second hosts to exit at the group stage. Any European qualifier ought to be able to turn them over.

 

The next games are unfinalised friendlies against Andorra and Hungary in June. Twelve games without a result means I wouldn't even place a bet on beating the former.

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9 hours ago, Gotters said:

 

 

plus they are all squabbling over details regarding future broadcast rights so the meeting to ratify the format is now not happening tomorrow.

 

 

That's one way to put it. 

A collection of clubs (apparently the Spanish teams and those with American owners) are demanding a majority say in the handling and decision making on the Champions League commercial rights.

UEFA had offered a 50/50 split on this, but those mentioned are once again threatening to form their super League if they don't get their way.

 

The German clubs and PSG find the 50/50 split agreeable.

 

So, to summarise, Spanish and British teams are currently on an undertaking that PSG deem to be too greedy.

 

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8 hours ago, Pants McSkill said:

 

 

That's one way to put it. 

A collection of clubs (apparently the Spanish teams and those with American owners) are demanding a majority say in the handling and decision making on the Champions League commercial rights.

UEFA had offered a 50/50 split on this, but those mentioned are once again threatening to form their super League if they don't get their way.

 

The German clubs and PSG find the 50/50 split agreeable.

 

So, to summarise, Spanish and British teams are currently on an undertaking that PSG deem to be too greedy.

 

You mean clubs owned by states sportswashing have finally found something they can take the moral high ground on? ;)

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18 hours ago, Naysonymous said:

 

No, the wildcard slots are fucking bullshit and they are also the only reason these reforms were pushed through.  Once sides like Milan, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd & Chelsea started to miss out on Champions League football this has freaked a lot of those old G14 clubs out, hence this insurance policy.  

 

I'm not claiming they aren't, but they clearly didn't get the full protection they were after as Liverpool (for example) would not a CL wildcard this season on their current league placing.

 

That said there is far too much shite in the supposed premier European competition in the early stages, when Arsenal used to get to the CL you'd get 1 OK home game in the group stages you could be bothered to watch and 2 games against euro-tat it was hard to be excited about, especially for what you were charged as a season ticket holder. Still compared to the Europa league it was great.

 

This seems a bigger problem to me with the new format than wildcards, lack of jeopardy initially

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Gotters said:

I'm not claiming they aren't, but they clearly didn't get the full protection they were after as Liverpool (for example) would not a CL wildcard this season on their current league placing.

 

Where have you seen that?

 

The BBC article claims Liverpool would get a place.

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1 minute ago, Fry Crayola said:

 

Where have you seen that?

 

The BBC article claims Liverpool would get a place.

 

he's normally well up on this stuff

 

 

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Poland have doubled up on Sterling and solidifies their right hand side.
We bizarrely have no penetration on their left (our right), Foden drifts inside, Phillips sits deep and Walker is not overlapping which is very unlike him.
I'm baffled as to why we haven't changed it yet.

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Our bench is full of defenders and defensive midfielders.  The only options to try to get a goal are strikers Watkins and Calvert-Lewin, but that would put someone in Kane's space, Bellingham, who is more of a metronomic midfielder than someone who could produce the moment we need, or Lingard.

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Just now, Pants McSkill said:

Poland have doubled up on Sterling and solidifies their right hand side.
We bizarrely have no penetration on their left (our right), Foden drifts inside, Phillips sits deep and Walker is not overlapping which is very unlike him.
I'm baffled as to why we haven't changed it yet.

 

Walker will be under instructions not to overlap.  You're right, we need someone to start going further forward. All we've had this half is moments when Kane or Foden have tried to wriggle through on their own.

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Just now, Pants McSkill said:

THHHRRRRIIIIKER!
 

Why try and build a 3-2-5 shape in attack when you just score off corners every game?

 

We've immediately reverted to a back three, having scored a penalty and a goal from a corner. It's a 2018 revival!

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