- Oct 5, 2018
Like FIlthyBloke said, we've done it before ourselves and probably so has every other team. It's not really sporting, that's true.Racehorse owners and jockeys receive fines for not trying. Football teams should as well. Teams are allowed to rest players, it is a squad game. But leaving 3 best players on the bench for a game against a much lower team is much more ethically correct than what Everton did tonight. They believed the media narrative that they would lose, so they lost. Newcastle didnt believe it, so they tried to win. Their lack of effort may have a consequence on the title.
I hope Watford hammer them on Saturday, they deserve it.
I can't believe that Everton would actually fall for the "media narrative" that they would lose. Whilst they did start some of their best players on the bench, they did try to win the game and City were actually quite poor despite their advantages. They did eventually bring two of their best three on, which suggests that, at 1-0, they felt they had a chance of getting something out of the game.