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Originally Posted by Henk Westbroek
Now they're mostly caused by weakened/indifferent Premiership teams.
Don't watch enough Italian football to comment on Juve, they've been good any time I've seen them in the last year but that's usually against lower Serie A sides.
edit: also, when it comes to knockout cup football, I think how good a side can be on their day becomes far more important when ranking the teams. On the evidence of this season, Bayern Munich are a lot better than Dortmund; on their day, Dortmund are better than Bayern.
Yeah Dortmund have definitely been better in the 'big' games this year. Spread very thin though.
Of those six United could quite possibly have the weakest first XI but the most depth. It probably lends itself more to the league format but it does give us good tactical flexibility for CL away games.
Last edited by Uppercut; 21-02-2013 at 12:03 PM.
Re the lower leagues. It's harder for the Lower league clubs now to raise talent, and more pertinently keep it. Anyone who looks very good in the youth teams is likely to get enticed to a bigger club before they get to any age to play in the first team - think guys like Micah Richards, and anyone who slips through the net and has a decent start to their first team career will then get snapped up pretty quickly as well.
On the other hand, in the past there was nowhere near the level of loans there are these days, there aren't many teams in the lower leagues without 2/3 players on loan from a higher division so they get more quality that way, but there is less continuity. The bulk of the players in the lower leagues are journeymen these days as well (in the past you'd see someone score on soccer saturday who used to play for Oldham it would make you notice, nowadays half the league seems to have played for us in the past). The combination of the loans and the journeymen also probably contributes to the level of performance/attitude in cup competitions compared to the league.
I don't think Brumby will ever click off this page.
Some of those can't be genuine, surely.
Shouldn't really laugh...but...At least Pistorious and Spurs have one thing in common, times running out on bail..
Oscar Pistorious he shoots who he wants
Van Persie injured.
Utd's season over
Looks like Reading are done, too.
That was some ping by Rafael
Originally Posted by Axl Rose
RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.
****ing hell Arsenal.
Wheels bolted back on. SWA.
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