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Pre-match: Aston Villa vs Liverpool (ELC Q/F 17/12/2019 19:45)

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Jul 19, 2016
If it is to survive it needs serious reform. It should become a competition for the leagues below the Prem, or perhaps an U21 competition as there is a need to beef up competitive fixtures for younger players trying to make their way through.

Back in the day it was something. I remember winning the Milk Cup year after year. But it feels like it is losing its shine and has been that way for more than a few years.
I'd like to at least see teams with European commitments taken out of the competition.

It would prevent some of the ridiculous fixture congestion we see in December/January and more importantly, it'd give lower-mid table sides a much more realistic shot at a trophy.


Yours for £1m. Need to make room for Dean Saunders
May 24, 2007
im the opposite, let the burn set in, it might be tough to watch and take, but in the long term....

i remember years ago our experienced tough as nails centre forward gave a young centre back a lesson in hard, fair, and sometimes not so fair play.

the sidelines and coaches on the opposite bench were going mental....'hes just a kid'....was the general theme - relating to the more aggressive stuff......

half time comes and the coach had one thing to say (on that subject).....'fuck them, he wants to step on a mans pitch, he can play with the men, if hes not ready, its their fault, not ours'

it might seem merciless, but from a learning experience its doing them the world of good, and mentally, whilst i understand the train of thought that AV could act a bit more classy, i think it sends a better message out to our kids that they are equals, if they back off through 'pity' then whats that message?
Normally I would agree with that but on this occasion we haven’t chosen to put out a team of 16 year olds. That’s down to the football league being bellends about the schedule.

A lot of these kids should not be out there. They’ve done amazingly well, and not let anyone down, but it’s clearly a level above them. They should not have been it in this position.

I would expect Villa to bear in mind they’ve have been essentially given a bye into the semi final, and behave with a bit of humility.
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