How a Man United fan can enjoy the Champions League final

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As a die-hard Man United fan, it will be hard to see Liverpool lift the Uefa Champions League trophy. So here’s what to do…

How a Man United fan can enjoy the Champions League final

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How a Man United fan will enjoy the UCL Final
As a die-hard Man United fan, it will be hard to see Liverpool lift the Uefa Champions League trophy. So here’s what to do…

Stake my house on Liverpool to win the damn thing…
If they win I get a big payday to dry away the tears
Or laugh my arse off when they inevitably fail…
I’ll be homeless, but the joy in my heart will make me feel like I’m living in a mansion…

How’s everyone else planning to enjoy the spectacle?
Keg Breezy (Soon to be living it rough) Somewhere, haha

 

Planes and Automobiles
About 5months ago, My wife (bless her) booked our holiday

Its half term so its the only time we can go away

We fly Saturday evening! We hire a car from the airport to drive 1.5hours to our destination

Yes.. Thats correct. I will be travelling for the whole bloody match!

I understand the the BT Sport app wont work abroad

I am going to have to record it.. gutted. Truly gutted

I have never looked forward to going on holiday less, despite working for myself and only having had 3 holidays in the last 18yrs..

Hoping  to watch it all when I get home without the nerves and a smile on my face (I know its not the same but what are ya gonna do)
Al LFC. Miserable but excited in a weird way, Its a funny feeling…

 

Hurrah for Unai
I am delighted that Arsenal have confirmed today that Unai Emery is our new Head Coach.  Though I would have happily stood behind any new appointee, this seems like an intelligent and measured decision (despite the media’s desperate attempts to convince us otherwise).

He is young but has experience across multiple countries, has worked in different leagues and, crucially, has actually won meaningful trophies.  By all accounts he will take a completely different approach to Arsene (actually employing something called “tactics”) and that will be hugely refreshing for those of us who have had to watch the same scenarios being played out time after time after time over the last few years.

I am ridiculously excited that we are at the start of a whole new era for my beloved Gunners.   All that we need now is for the halfwits who inhabit what has become laughingly known as “Arsenal Twitter” to try and get in touch with their inner football club supporter, and put their considerable weight behind the new man.  Welcome Unai, I for one look forward hugely to watching you transform our club.
Carolyn, (for the first time in about eight years, optimistic) South London Gooner.

 

What are people smoking?
Bloody hell some of my fellow Gunners are pessimistic, aren’t they?

“won the odd cup”. That’s the Europa League…3 years in a row. Winning the odd cup gets you into the Champions league, and a big difference between Sevilla and Arsenal is that we have the name and budget to attract bigger players (quiet down at the back) rather than being a stepping stone a club like Sevilla seems.

Having a manager for Arsenal described as “a cost effective option with good pedigree and all the right credentials” makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, certainly not underwhelmed. He’s a manager, not a striker!

Emery lost out to an incredible Monaco side in his first year at the club, and responded exactly as required by winning the league the following year. His track record in the Champions League is not great, but Arsene’s record for the last decade isn’t exactly glowing either. Get us back into the CL and Unai would already have done something Wenger couldn’t.

Emery has managerial experience in different leagues, a history of winning, and has shown he can work under a tight budget. You know who doesn’t have any of that? Mikel Arteta.

I cannot understand how anyone thinks the club has got this appointment wrong.
Matt Wright, Gunner in Aus.

 

All Emery has to do is make us better than Wenger did
These idiots running down Emery before he even begins…Adonis Stevenson ‘I’d have rathered Arteta and his Bastardosity…’ Arteta was a mediocre soft touch for us, nothing of a Simeone/Barton about him, and as a manager he is an unknown quantity in the dugout.

When Wenger left I saw 6 names repeatedly linked and I ranked them as my preference to be Ancellotti, Allegri, Emery, Jardim, Benitez (I started getting desperate) and then Rodgers.

I’ll happily take Emery.  He’s won trophies, and seems to have a game plan other than ‘Give it to Ozil/Sanchez’.

Anyone who said they thought it was going to be Arteta when Wenger announced his departure is full of s**t, and just guilty of following a bunch of media ITK’s.

Whilst he’ll probably excel when Guardiola leaves Man City, Arteta at Arsenal would have been very much like Wenger, and would he have retired/sold some of his mates….i doubt it.  Critiscism of Wenger was his loyalty to players, and lack of defensive qualities…employing an assistant who is currently coaching a side that attacks loads, but not so much the defending, and is mates with the current Arsenal players isn’t going to fix things.

All Emery has to do is make us better than Wenger did, and he will have achieved.  Sad but true.  We are just building towards something better.

F365 said it best, “Arsenal never changed their mind, the media did” – You need to find yourself an opinion that isn’t from the Daily Mirror or The Sun.
Thom, Newport

 

World Cup predictions…
Let’s get some World Cup prediction correspondence going

Qualifiers from the Groups, and then round of 16 onwards

Group A

Winners – Uruguay

R-Up – Egypt

Group B

Winners – Portugal

R-Up – Spain

Group C

Winners – France

R-Up – Denmark

Group D

Winners – Argentina
R-Up – Croatia

Group E

Winners – Brazil

R-Up – Switzerland

Group F

Winners – Germany

R-Up – Mexico

Group G

Winners – Belgium

R-Up – England

Group H

Winners – Poland

R-Up – Colombia

Round of 16

France v Croatia – France

Uruguay v Spain – Spain

Portugal v Egypt – Portugal

Argentina v Denmark – Argentina

Brazil v Mexico – Brazil

Belgium v Colombia – Belgium

Germany v Switzerland – Germany

Poland v England – England

QF

Spain v France – France

Brazil v Belgium – Belgium

Germany v England – Germany

Portugal v Argentina – Argentina

SF

France v Belgium – France

Germany v Argentina – Germany

3rd Place

Argentina

Final

France v Germany – France

Top Scorer – Messi

What does everyone else think?
Ross Hunter

 

Has the Champions League vs the Premier League become a thing?
I’ve noticed when talking to some opposing fans that they’ve started to talk down the potential achievement of winning the Champions League. That because it’s a cup competition it’s somehow easier for teams to win it.

Adeel’s email in the mailbox seems to hint towards this too and states that City’s league win is a bigger achievement.

Has this always been the view or is it a newly held opinion in an attempt to down play Liverpool’s progress?

I mean, as a Liverpool fan who really wants to see my team win a league title for the first time since I was six years old, I would not swap a premier league title for a Champions League title. I know this is subjective to a certain extent but let me spell out why.

IT’S REALLY BLOODY DIFFICULT TO WIN A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE!

It’s quite a rare occasion. You just need to look at all the teams to have won it to see that.

Now, I know comparing the number of Champions League titles to league titles is somewhat flawed as the competitions have been running for different lengths of time and have changed slightly, but a quick glance shows you just how rare it is. Of the 22 different European winners, only Nottingham Forest has won more Champions League titles than league titles. The difference is stark.

The notion that it’s a cup competition and so it’s easier to achieve falls flat on its face when looking at the domestic league to European cup comparison. Even counting for the difference in how far each competition goes back, there is no indication at all that it’s easier to do.

Does it require a different skill set to achieve a league success? Yes, obviously. Is it more difficult to do? Well, it seems, no.

There are also plenty of teams to have won league titles but have no European titles to their name, yet no one to has won a European title without any league titles.

Cup competition or not, it is competing against the absolute cream of the crop and you have to beat them on the way through, with very little space for error. You can’t grind out draws against the bigger teams and punish the weaker teams, you have to beat big teams consistently.

With all this in mind, I’m not saying that one team is better or worse than the other. It’s just a case of debunking that myth that the Champions League is easier to win because it’s a cup competition.
Sam(inho)

 

Lies, damned lies and FACTS
I suspect that Pep Guardiola (and possibly Zidane, and probably the Barca Manager) might want a word with Liv_Red regarding his fact based hypothesis that Liverpool have the best attack in world football right now!

Here’s a few facts (that’ I’ve tried to get in to the mailbox a couple of time recently to no avail – F365 bias much?!*):

1) Liverpool have 1 less point in the league than they did last year. Objectively (the difference between objective and subjective should be reviewed by some of your esteemed readers), they are worse than last year.

2) Liverpool scored 10 more goals than Arsenal this year. That’s 1 more goal every, roughly, 4 games. Let’s not get carried away.

3) So far, Liverpool have not won anything. Maybe we should wait till Saturday evening to crown their glorious season.
Alex, (*before everyone sends that mail, this is a joke), Ayr

 

Jonny Nic
Hi everyone.

Last time I wrote in was in response to Johnny Nic’s excellent piece on gambling addiction and how utterly destructive it can be. I have just read the ‘Men, don’t be hard’ article and have again been moved by Mr N’s writing ability as he has absolutely nailed it. Again.

I am working through my own issues brought on by a series of events that have crept on me over the past few years. You don’t see it coming and you think you can cope and to show any sort of weakness is just that – a weakness. Rather than describing it as a weakness though I would suggest embracing it as ‘vulnerability.’ In my work as a leadership coach vulnerability is positioned as a very strong quality and something that is embraced, not frowned upon.

My advice is simple, predictable and prevails in the F365 article – talk to someone. Probably not your close family but talk to someone who is able to listen and able to provide advice, some structure and some real hope for you. Get in from of a psychologist. It doesn’t mean you are going mad it just shows you care enough about the people around you to do something about it and become as Johnny Nic describes it, ‘a nicer, more thoughtful, more gentle and open man.’ Oh, and those who love you will love you even more for it.

Thank you JN and much love to you all who are struggling right now.
James (Sydney, Oz. OTBC)

 

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Teetotal father Harry Kane gets up at 6.30am; knight him

Citizen Kane
The back pages of Wednesday’s newspapers are dominated by the news that the new England captain says they can win the World Cup. This is described as a ‘WORLD CUP STUNNER’ (The Sun) and a ‘WORLD CUP WAR CRY’ (Daily Mail). Now Mediawatch has seen Harry Kane speak many times and he has never ‘roared’ (The Sun) anything in his life.

Teetotal father Harry Kane gets up at 6.30am; knight him

Citizen Kane
The back pages of Wednesday’s newspapers are dominated by the news that the new England captain says they can win the World Cup. This is described as a ‘WORLD CUP STUNNER’ (The Sun) and a ‘WORLD CUP WAR CRY’ (Daily Mail). Now Mediawatch has seen Harry Kane speak many times and he has never ‘roared’ (The Sun) anything in his life.

As we have said many times before: If the exact opposite is more interesting, it is not a story, never mind a back-page story. What the hell did you expect him to say? That England have nary a chance because, well, have you seen their midfield options?

Kudos, though, to the Daily Express, who have almost the full house in English tabloid bingo: The Royal Wedding, patriotism and football. All they’re missing is a weather update, somebody blaming the immigrants and a doctor claiming that broccoli causes/prevents cancer.

EXPRESS SPORT: Prince Harry #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/HE6nKgtzCt

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) May 22, 2018

 

Blessed
He truly is a prince though. And how do we know that? Because he was on holiday in the Bahamas and yet still watched the Royal Wedding.

Matt Lawton writes in the Daily Mail: ‘Bless him, he gets up with his fiancee at 6.30 in the morning (they were on a break in the Bahamas) to watch the Royal Wedding, declaring it ‘a special day’ and himself unashamedly ‘patriotic’.’

And Andy Dunn writes in the Daily Mirror: ‘The new skipper even got up at the crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday.’

‘Bless him’? He ‘even got up’? It was 6.30am, not three in the bloody morning. This is a man who drinks no alcohol and has a 16-month-old child; it’s basically 11am.

 

Pretzel logic
While some journalists are falling over themselves to laud Captain Kane (‘Half an hour in the company of Harry Kane on Tuesday evening and one could see why Gareth Southgate chose to make him England’s youngest World Cup captain; younger even than Bobby Moore’ – Matt Lawton, Daily Mail), a bizarre dissenting voice comes from Dave Kidd in The Sun.

It’s over a year since Kidd wrote that the ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘middle-aged’ Kane was an England captain in waiting, predicting: ‘While no hard and fast decision has been made, there is every chance Kane will be captain of England for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.’

And now – with that prophecy realised – Kidd claims the decision ‘no longer looks the logical one’. And why? Because Jordan Henderson could win the Champions League as Liverpool captain.

‘IF Jordan Henderson ends up lifting the European Cup in Kiev on Saturday night, it is going to start looking like a strange decision from Gareth Southgate.’

Short answer: No it’s not.

Slightly longer answer: No it’s not, for the following reasons:

1) Jordan Henderson is not guaranteed a starting place for England; for example, he did not start their last game against Italy.

2) The result of one match in Kiev makes absolutely no difference to the England captaincy. If Liverpool lose, is it no longer a ‘strange decision’? Is it then a bullet dodged for England?

3) Steven Gerrard was not handed the England captaincy after his Liverpool side won the Champions League in 2005 and nobody thought that was odd.

4) Gareth Southgate probably knows more about the machinations of this England squad and its responses to both Kane and Henderson as captains than the Chief Sports Writer of The Sun.

 

Night time fool
The Guardian’s
Jamie Jackson is not a man for details. The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson is a man for blue Hawaiian shirts and bright yellow shorts. The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson is man with an alter-ego (Jamie Paradise) who has written a novel that will apparently result in you needing rehab. The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson is a man who claims that his as-yet-unpublished novel is the ‘debut novel of the year’.

So Mediawatch was not surprised to read this paragraph in a story from The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson about Manchester City’s pursuit of Riyad Mahrez…

‘The Algerian is in his nation’s World Cup squad so whether any transfer can be done before the tournament begins in Russia next month is in the balance.’

…but we were surprised that nobody else at The Guardian thought ‘wait a minute, they’re not even in the sodding World Cup’.

 

Emery and ivory
From Sun Online: ‘THOROUGH GUNNERS Unai Emery: Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis reveals the club had ‘personal meetings’ with every candidate shortlisted to replace Arsene Wenger’

How very ‘thorough’ to interview all the candidates for the job; Mediawatch would have just put all the names into a hat and then announced Sol Campbell.

 

Unai Emery: The inside track
For all the in-depth latest on Unai Emery’s appointment we must of course go to the Daily Mirror website, where John Cross tells us that ‘it is believed that Emery was put in touch with Arsenal ten days ago as an experienced alternative to Manchester City’s Arteta’. So right about the time when Cross was telling us the Spaniard was ‘born to be Arsenal manager’.

Other headlines in their coverage include ‘The details of Emery’s contract revealed’ and – and this really is the biggie – ‘Arsenal fans joke they know why Emery was hired – and it’s because of Wenger’.

The story? That some Arsenal fans on Twitter have spotted that Emery sounds a bit like Emirates, just as Arsene sounds rather a lot like Arsenal.

And that really is literally that.

 

Contract talks
‘Unai Emery has signed a £6million-a-year deal to become the next Arsenal manager…Emery will pocket £24m if he stays put for the duration of his deal in north London’ – Daily Mirror.

‘Unai Emery said he is ‘thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game’ after he was announced as the new Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger on a three-year deal worth £15million’ – Daily Mail.

 

Minute by minute
From The Sun online: ‘COLEEN Rooney almost flashed her boobs to a beach full of sunbathers as she struggled to limit her tan lines during her family holiday with Wayne and the kids.’

Tell us how…

‘Coleen looked determined to get as much of an all-over tan as she could, while maintaining her modesty.

‘She untied the straps of her bikini top to avoid awkward tan lines running up her chest.

‘And she quickly held on to the material as her bikini top threatened to roll down and expose her chest to all the other beach-goers.’

Phew.

Perverts.

 

Tweet of the day

My new favourite niche genre of tweets is @ncustisTheSun not being invited to things. pic.twitter.com/Bx02IXNb3Q

— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 23, 2018

 

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Richard Jolly on Unai Emery

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