Discussion in 'European Football' started by Nikola, Jul 8, 2016.
Thread for the new season.
If you're lucky enough to have BT Sport 2, you can watch Brendan Rodgers' Celtic play the Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in a Champions' League qualifier.
Currently we're just over an hour in and the mighty Red Imps are 1-0 up.
This would be terrible... I couldn't be arsed charging my ipad to watch it how are they playing?
Finished 1-0. Unbelievable scenes.
How are who playing? Lincoln are shit mate. Blue Square level. They defended well, to be fair to them, but Celtic were totally impotent.
I meant Celtic....Rangers must be hopeful now.
Surely that's unfair of them fielding so many full timers against Bodgers?
A 1-0 away loss in a champions league game is a quality result. I think we showed great character. I don't see much wrong we did, yes we did not score but it was important that the team displayed character.
Casilla, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kovacic, Lucas, Isco, Asensio, Morata
Rico, Mariano, Pareja, Carrico, Kolodziejczak, N'Zonzi, Iborra, Vitolo, Vazquez, Kiyotake, Vietto
Seems like from the 18/19 season onwards, England,Italy, Spain, Germany will all permanently have 4 teams in the CL with all those teams automatically going to the group stages.
Disgusting. Hope there's nothing in it, can't believe it if there is (even if I don't know the details).
@Zoran, @Kanonkop, if true, that would be the backlash from the Platini days. Platini wanted to give a fair chance to clubs from smaller countries and changed the rules a bit in order to get more clubs from minnow countries into the competition (ie. Croatia, Switzerland), trying to level out things a bit.
If this is true, it's disgusting indeed, as it would not only be a step backwards, but initiate a wholly new privilege for the big clubs from the big countries. I really hope that the smaller countries will fight tooth and nails against this if it comes up.
Well you never know - it might mean that we qualify automatically every season based on our European pedigree.
I think the main aim is to stop the big European clubs from forming a breakaway Super League from what I have seen.
I didnt like the "champions vs league route" distinction they implemented in the last round of changes. I understood the intention, but to play such difficult, important and largely season defining ties, like Leverkusen vs Lazio last season, in the middle of August is fundamentally wrong.
It also had a knock on effect to the transfer market as many of these Spanish, Italian and German sides who have to play in this round are the ones having to deal with interest in their better players. Under this format the incentive to keep the player in question until qualification is secured is greater than in previous iterations because they know there is a high probability of landing a really tough draw.
Yeah, but on the flipside, sides like Basel for instance, who currently qualify automatically when finishing champions, would likely have to contest a tough qualifying match again, just like before the last round of changes. So, the uncertainty you speak about would be put down on smaller sides, which isn't fair either. Unless they enhance the number of participants, that is...
We'd probably need to know the full details in order to go further with this discussion.
Marcotti on the changes to the CL coming in from the 18/19 season onwards.
4 teams guaranteed into the play off stage from the big 4 leagues basically.
Wow, Aguero scored 3, missed 2 penalties and could have scored 7-8+ tonight. The good news is Man City will play in the CL groups and play more games. The bad news is they looked very very impressive. I know it's Steaua and the Romanians played terrible in defense, but City dismantled them.
Two more assists by Sterling I see. What happened to Aguero's penalties? Reminds me of Suarez missing two in a short space at Ajax when they also played somewhere in Eastern Europe in the EL.
Yeah, Sterling played great, won one of the penalties as well.
Aguero's penalties - first one in the corner, keeper saved it well. Second one strong shot centrally but a bit high, touched the bar. He was quite mad then
Joe Hart getting a leaving gift from pep in city's champions league qualifying victory over Steaua Bucharest by being made captain for the game,he didn't have anything to do so he played really well
Did the man that fixes the draw confuse Chelsea for Leicester this year?
Dortmund and Real Madrid in the same group.
Tuchel will teach Real a lesson!
Group G probably the most boring one in ages.
I don't think so. Real have nearly the same squad but Dortmund are building a new one.
The game comes too early, in the group stage already.
Leicester have luck, an easy group.
Europe's top four league's are to be guaranteed four teams for the group stages of the champions league from 2018-19,they are Spain,Italy,Germany and England,Italy get extra place with forth not having to play qualifying,should be enough to stop breakaway super duper league which was being discussed by the top clubs
Barça 1-0 Celtic
Sorry, had to post this!!!
Visca El Barça!!!!!
40 seconds and PSG have done the Arsenal defence
Flatmate who is a diehard Wenger fan is readying the noose already as he can't imagine them without Wenger
Listening to radio and it sounds like they're "hanging" on already
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