This is my concern too. Fernandes has been fantastic but I wonder if teams will be able to shut him, and with him United's creativity, down by marking him out of the game. This is what happened a lot with Pogba. United relied so much on their game going through him that teams focused on neutralising him and it left United toothless. Fernandes could be even more susceptible to this as he doesn't have the physical element Pogba does.
I actually like Fernandes over Pogba for dealing with being marked. Its just my opinion of course but I think Bruno plays better in tight areas and brings more creativity in those spaces. I’m never a fan if a manager saying he wants to build the team around one player tho, like Ole did with Pogba. I think we have proven we aren’t dead without Pogba by this point. Still the same wildly inconsistent team. At this exact moment tho, I think we would be dead without Bruno! I do hope we get to see Bruno play with Pogba and Rashford before Pogba departs.
The coronavirus crisis could see Premier League stars join those in Spain and Italy in calling for football to be suspended after the deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association warned:
Proud of this Reds squad, that Adrian error killed the game but they went out like gangsters and left it all in the field. I'm sad because they deserved better, but nights like this happen in football. Credit to Atletico for having balls of steel.
Yeah, Liverpool had their chances, but a top-notch performance by Oblak and some profligate finishing by Liverpool came back to bite them.
Next year, I hope United can gain maintain some consistency and the verve they've found since signing Bruno Fernandes, as well as getting back a healthy Rashford. On the plus side, Fred and McTominay have grown right before our very eyes.
Liverpool is a very solid and a top team this season (even better than last season)
The BPL title is in the bag for a long while though and Liverpool for sure was aiming to do a UCL repeat and you can see that from the fans and especially the club players and staff. Yes Liverpool have been desperate to win the BPL to end their 30 years drought and to finally shut down the memes about not winning it BUT the BPL is already in the bag for a while so at the moment Liverpool eyes were set on the UCL having secured the BPL. Of course winning the BPL will heal so much wounds for Liverpool fans that will be more than enough if it was the only trophy Liverpool get this season but make no mistake about it Liverpool fans thought their team is the best in the world at the moment (which I disagree with) and the players and staff did too and wanted the UCL badly so pretending it was not a top priority for the players, staff and the fans in general at the time they got knocked out is just a mask.
Atlético were simply the better team, they won both games 4-2 on aggregate scoring 3 goals in Anfield. I know many think the way they played is not a dominating performance but I think that is down to people having the mind frame that only attacking football can be a dominating performance which I disagree with. Defensive football can also be a dominating way to play if the defensive team showed on the field that their opponents can attack for the next year and still not be able to best them and I think Atlético have succinctly demonstrated that in Anfield (which Liverpool fans, players and staff touted as a fortress of hell that Atlético need to be scared of) on top of actually winning both games home and away.
Winning the UCL back to back to back is out of reach for this Liverpool team for sure
Lets hope everyone come back healthy. I think the biggest problem will be the players being out of shape and off their game after this.
My question for everyone is: how do you think each competition will be decided?
The most popular options are canceling them, awarding honours as things stand now, doing play offs when applicable and lastly just continuing where it all left off.
Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year UEFA ban is up in the air as the CAS in Switzerland deals with the impact of the coronavirus. The court has already postponed three hearings and has 16 cases scheduled until May 18th, with the City case not yet listed.
Manchester City's appeal against their two-year UEFA ban from European foot...
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Emergency PL meeting on Thursday to discuss what happens next. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says in The Sun: “The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. A huge blow to Liverpool who might be robbed of their first title for 30 years”
in other funny news:
Leganés simulating their postponed match vs. Real Valladolid on Twitter, including fictional lineups and match events and declared they defeated Real Valladolid by 2-1
Watford resort to simulating their fixture with Leicester using Football Manager
Priority given to completing domestic competitions in an unprecedented solidarity move by UEFA. Working group set up to examine possibilities for this season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions.
Atlético started it all when they beat Liverpool in the first leg. That being said imho it is totally unfair to Liverpool to be denied the domestic BPL title this season. Ideally the league should resume sometime in the future but if it doesn't then they should get the trophy anyway. The fact that the Euro got postponed help a lot timing wise. And yes they got knocked out of the champions league by Atlético and it was completely down to Atlético being simply better than Liverpool during those matching, it has nothing to do with the universe being cruel or anything.
European Leagues commit to complete all domestic competitions by 30 June if the situation improves.
On stupid acts news: Luka Jovic has been reported by Serbian police He broke his quarantine to travel to Belgrade for his girlfriend's birthday
And as a consequence: Serbia hits out at Jovic: "Unfortunately, we have negative examples being set by our football stars.They earn millions and ignore mandatory self-isolation orders upon returning home. If he leaves his apartment he'll be arrested"
In fun news: La Liga teams play a FIFA tournament. Each team elect a player to represent them.
Real Madrid (represented by Marco Asensio) are #LaLigaSantanderChallenge champions!
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And yes they got knocked out of the champions league by Atlético and it was completely down to Atlético being simply better than Liverpool during those matching, it has nothing to do with the universe being cruel or anything.
In no universe Atletico were better in the second leg. If you play that match like 100 times in the way it was played, Liverpool win it 98 times. Football is an awesome sport because that 2% thing could always happen, but let's not make shit up.