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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 02 Jul 2015, 2:46 am

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Post by Fernando on Wed 26 Aug 2015, 11:37 pm

You don't need to worry about worse case scenario's for United. They always get the easy draw angel Arsenal on the other hand will probably end up with Barca/Shaktar & Tel-Aviv.

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Post by GSC on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 4:56 pm

Why have we Frak around with seeding to get PSV in pot 1 and Real in pot 2?
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Post by Fernando on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 4:57 pm

Because UEFA wanted to make it easier for league winners

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Post by GSC on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 5:12 pm

Thatd be lovely if there weren't several teams in the top 3 leagues better than the winners of the Dutch league. Which is the point of seeding
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Post by GSC on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 5:15 pm

This is where City draw Barca, Roma and Wolfsburg
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Post by Guest on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 5:28 pm

United' easy draw is happening with a depleted PSV & CSKA, although Wolfsburg will be a test

City having a mare with Juventus, Sevilla & Moechengladbach

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 5:58 pm

Chelsea got it easiest. United still have to deal with playing in Moscow which no one enjoys. Do Chelsea ever get hard groups?

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Post by CFCNick on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 6:23 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Chelsea got it easiest. United still have to deal with playing in Moscow which no one enjoys. Do Chelsea ever get hard groups?

Games after UCL games

Sept 19th Arsenal (h) 12:45, week before Everton (a)

Oct 3rd Southampton (h)

Oct 24th West Ham (a)

Nov 7th Stoke (a)

Nov 28th Spurs (a)

Dec 12th Leicester (a)

Don't fancy going to Israel and Ukraine and then having to play those fixtures. Easiest one is Stoke because West Ham always try to give us a hard time. Porto also isn't an easy trip.

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 6:37 pm

United, Arsenal and Chelsea should all get through, though there are some awkward trips contained within. City might get through, but I think Sevilla will edge them out.

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Post by Hero on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 6:47 pm

Utd's group isn't as easy as it looks.
Sure they lucked out on Pot A, but it's not the matches against the other 'big gun' that usually matters but instead the ones v the third and fourth side, an away day in Moscow is never easy and Wolfsburg showed last year they're a quality side in the Bundesliga.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 7:19 pm

CFCNick wrote:
Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Chelsea got it easiest. United still have to deal with playing in Moscow which no one enjoys. Do Chelsea ever get hard groups?

Games after UCL games

Sept 19th Arsenal (h) 12:45, week before Everton (a)

Oct 3rd Southampton (h)

Oct 24th West Ham (a)

Nov 7th Stoke (a)

Nov 28th Spurs (a)

Dec 12th Leicester (a)

Don't fancy going to Israel and Ukraine and then having to play those fixtures. Easiest one is Stoke because West Ham always try to give us a hard time. Porto also isn't an easy trip.

Id sympathise but the teams in those more distant places are so bad I'd expect Falcao to start.

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Post by CFCNick on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 7:27 pm

We don't have a great history of getting good results in far away lands.

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Post by Guest on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 9:58 pm

Southampton join West Ham in going out of Europe to embarrassingly poor opposition.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:02 pm

Least we went out without trying!

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Post by Hammersmith harrier on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:44 pm

Couldn't have asked for a much easier group, we could have had Chelsea's but that would just be greedy, should get through to the knockout phase without any real alarm.

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Post by Hero on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:45 pm

We got the easiest Pot A team but certainly not the easiest Pot C & D.

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Post by Hammersmith harrier on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 10:49 pm

It's CSKA and Wolfsburg, we don't deserve to be in the competition anyway but if you're worried about them then we doubly shouldn't be in it.

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Post by Fernando on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 11:16 pm

You should always be worried about Wolfsburg just purely for Lord Bendtner. Very Happy Laugh


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Post by Hero on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 11:20 pm

I think Utd will get through but I certainly don't think it's the walk in the park that a lot are expecting.

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Post by Fernando on Thu 27 Aug 2015, 11:28 pm

United should get of that group comfortably. Apart from Wolfsburg i wouldn't even be slightly worried. CSKA have Doumbia back but their defense sucks & PSV have lost a lot of players over the summer.

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Post by Soldier_Of_Fortune on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 12:33 pm

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Watch us draw another 2 eastern block clubs.

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Post by President Trump on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 12:52 pm

Group A: Ajax, Celtic, Fenerbahce, Molde

Group B: Rubin Kazan, Liverpool, Bordeaux, Sion

Group J: Tottenham, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 1:20 pm


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Post by kingraf on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 1:35 pm

Regarding the Pot system, I seem to have misunderstood it, so can someone clarify it for me?

With reference to Pot one, I thought it was Champions from the seven top leagues plus the previous edition's champion. This being the case, I thought RealMa would get Pot One due to the fact Barca won both league and CL (RM getting the La Liga "Champs" slot). SO is it instead Top seven plus Champs, with the next best league getting Pot one if there is a League Europe double?
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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 1:45 pm

Qarabag? Typical UEFA, I'm a bag for life guy myself.

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Post by President Trump on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 2:01 pm

Tough groups for Spurs and Celtic but both doable, Liverpools is handy enough

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 2:05 pm

kingraf wrote:Regarding the Pot system, I seem to have  misunderstood it, so can someone clarify it for me?

With reference to Pot one, I thought it was Champions from the seven top leagues plus the previous edition's champion. This being the case, I thought RealMa would get Pot One due to the fact Barca won both league and CL (RM getting the La Liga "Champs" slot). SO is it instead Top seven plus Champs, with the next best league getting Pot one if there is a League Europe double?
http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2273303.html
- Unlike in previous years, following a change in the regulations, pot 1 for the draw will now be formed by the holders and the champions of the top seven associations: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Russia.
- As Barcelona are also Spanish champions, the eighth-ranked Netherlands receive the vacant seeding place.

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Post by kingraf on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 2:34 pm

Cheers so 7+Champions, in the case of Champions being league champions in the top seven leagues, it's top eight league champions
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Post by Lowlandbrit on Fri 28 Aug 2015, 2:43 pm

kingraf wrote:Cheers so 7+Champions, in the case of Champions being league champions in the top seven leagues, it's top eight league champions
Or if you prefer, champions + next best 7 league champions.

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Post by Liam on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 6:54 pm

Bold line up from Van Gaal tonight which is good to see. Time to build on the second half performance against Liverpool in what is a difficult game tonight. Great to see Mata in the 10 position, and also martial starting. Didn't see it coming but he's played already in the CL and his confidence will be sky high after his debut so why not give him a go. Herrera and Schweinstiger looks a good partnership and one that will look to control possession, expect a difficult game but fancy us to win 2-1.

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Post by Holymiky on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 7:51 pm

Well PSG didn't take long to start tonight's scoring.

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Post by Hero on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:01 pm

Luke Shaw looks like has a broken leg

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Post by Guest on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:21 pm

Definite broken leg, such a shame

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:24 pm

Looked like the thing was disconnected from the rest of his body. Not nice. Could well cost England their Euros left back, and Daley Blind his chance to be one of United's centre backs.

Just gotta hope it is not gonna be one of those that do long term damage even when "healed."

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Post by Hammersmith harrier on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:27 pm

That was a lovely bit of footwork.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:27 pm

Lovely goal Memphis. He only plays midweek

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Post by Hero on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:30 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Looked like the thing was disconnected from the rest of his body. Not nice. Could well cost England their Euros left back, and Daley Blind his chance to be one of United's centre backs.

Just gotta hope it is not gonna be one of those that do long term damage even when "healed."

It looked possibly career ending/changing but I hope not.

I'd keep Blind centrally based on how he's played so far this season and but Rojo on the left being as he plays there for Argentina.

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Post by Fernando on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:32 pm

PSV 1-1 United - Moreno via Blind

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Post by Hero on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:33 pm

Say that and then a minute later he heads into his own goal.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:35 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Could well cost England their Euros left back, and Daley Blind his chance to be one of United's centre backs.
Left back is his best position though. Bigger problem will be who covers in the middle for United.

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Post by Hammersmith harrier on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:38 pm

I'd forgotten he existed.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:48 pm

Lowlandbrit wrote:
Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Could well cost England their Euros left back, and Daley Blind his chance to be one of United's centre backs.
Left back is his best position though. Bigger problem will be who covers in the middle for United.

Arguably, but he was obviously not favoured to play there so now he shifts again. The punishment for being a fantastically smart footballer but not a specialist.

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Post by Fernando on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 8:59 pm

Citeh 1-0 Juventus - Kompany

Blind like Jones is adequate at some & master of nothing.

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Post by Lowlandbrit on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:02 pm

Dolphin Ziggler wrote:Arguably, but he was obviously not favoured to play there so now he shifts again. The punishment for being a fantastically smart footballer but not a specialist.
The problem Blind has always had is that he's versatile enough that he often gets put where the team is weakest instead of where he's strongest.

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Post by Guest on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:03 pm

Why why why are so many of the few English young promising talent so brittle. Luke Shaw and Jack Wiltshire both have broken legs.

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Post by Fernando on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:05 pm

PSV 2-1 United - Narsingh

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Post by Hero on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:07 pm

Nore Staat wrote:Why why why are so many of the few English young promising talent so brittle.  Luke Shaw and Jack Wiltshire both have broken legs.

There's brittle and there's someone hitting the middle of your leg with their entire force. That tackle would have snapped an elephant's leg in two.

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Post by kingraf on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:08 pm

So what happens if it emerges that LvG can't play the European game as well?
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Post by Hero on Tue 15 Sep 2015, 9:09 pm

Fernando wrote:PSV 2-1 United - Narsingh

Poor defending across the board for that goal. First time I've seen Darmian make a mistake but then Rojo and Blind totally lose the striker.

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