Ancelotti has certainly won his fair share of trophies. And we'll see how much Arteta learned from Pep. It will be interesting to see if either manager is aggressive in the January transfer window. Top 4 is still possible for either team with how young Chelsea is IMO.everton hires ancelotti and arsenal hires arteta. neither one will be managing the match between the clubs tomorrow.
i think the FA should drop the league cup for premier league sides so that the league fixtures can be more spread out.I'd be curious to get other's take on here of the comments by Klopp and Mourinho regarding how packed the fixture schedule is this time of year: https://www.espn.com/soccer/liverpo...klopp-premier-league-fixture-schedule-a-crime
As a not particularly knowledgeable fan I like the greater exposure (more matches!) but it does seem over done. LFC had an average age of 19 playing reserves against AVL in the cup game and has had a total of 10 games in 30 days. And that's with one game postponed. At one point they were down to only one healthy CB. All in all a bit much since there's still half of the season ahead. I don't personally have a proposed solution but the league would probably be well served with a reevaluation of the year-end scheduling.I'd be curious to get other's take on here of the comments by Klopp and Mourinho regarding how packed the fixture schedule is this time of year: https://www.espn.com/soccer/liverpo...klopp-premier-league-fixture-schedule-a-crime
U-23 option seems like a good idea. if only CL participants are excluded, i would argue why not all PL members?I read a piece on impending Champions League expansion adding an additional four games, either with larger group participation (6 teams) or quarterfinals played as a group stage. The article posited that CL participants might be excluded from the League Cup or the League Cup could become an under-23 competition. At first blush, the U-23 option seems like fun, as a fan.
It's just too many tournaments going on at the same time (FA Cup, League Cup, CL/EL). I would think if Champions League were excluded, they would also exclude Europa League.U-23 option seems like a good idea. if only CL participants are excluded, i would argue why not all PL members?
Actually if both Man City and Liverpool win out those next 4, then the team in red would have a chance to clinch the title in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison. Either way Liverpool is still likely to break Manchester United's record for earliest clinch date, which was April 14, set during the 2000-01 season.If Man City drops one and LFC wins all 4, the Merseyside Derby at Goodison on 3/16 could be even more intense within the trophy on the line.
they submitted their appeal pretty quickly because they knew it was coming. the appeal is on grounds of bias against manchester city.Manchester City banned for next 2 UEFA competitions due to breaches of the Financial Fair Play regulations. However, Manchester City is appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If the appeal is denied, based on the current standings, Sheffield United would be in the final Champions League spot with Spurs in the Europa League spot and Wolves, Everton, and Manchester United close behind.
The decision is likely going to be fast-tracked before the first round of next season's Champions League begins in July. What I'm going to be interested to see is how this City decision would affect what potentially what would happen as to who gets the additional European football spots. Manchester City is set to face Aston Villa in the EFL Cup final in two weeks and are still alive in the FA Cup tournament. If City were to win either one or both of those, would those spots potentially go to the teams in the 7 and 8 spots in the Premier League table?they submitted their appeal pretty quickly because they knew it was coming. the appeal is on grounds of bias against manchester city.