You made me learn something:Moldovan club Sheriff shocked Shakhtar Donetsk earlier today, 2-0. Sheriff's first goal scorer is named Adama Traore.
This is very diplomatic. Citys matches with Porto last year were park the bus dive fests that were nearly unwatchable. I am Portuguese so my views on Porto are as unbiased as my views on United but they were a miserable opponentI'd like to know why Simeone decided to leave Trippier on the bench. The team is so much better offensively with him on the right, which pushes Llorente up the pitch. That said, Porto is a really well coached team and very tough -- hats off to Porto for playing such a tactically sound match.
I'm writing this post with 1:30 left on my TV. I hope I'm wrong in the right way.
Reading the post-match report and seeing some images and videos, I think I was unintentionally diplomatic. Porto had two or maybe three challenges that could have been red but were not called. So, yeah, I agree with the "miserable opponent" bit.This is very diplomatic. Citys matches with Porto last year were park the bus dive fests that were nearly unwatchable. I am Portuguese so my views on Porto are as unbiased as my views on United but they were a miserable opponent
Very surprised. Maybe Klopp's plan is to have the best XI (or as much of it as is healthy) roll through this week and then sort out the rest against Watford after the break?Only one change for Liverpool which is surprising given the talk of rotation:
#LFC line up v Porto: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Salah, Jota, Mane.
TAA was left back in England. I'm surprised we didn't have some rotation with maybe Konate or Firmino starting. Good news is that Keita is back on the bench as a substitute.
last weekend I was on about Klopp playing the best XI against Brentford…but hell if Pool didn’t need every once of talent to manage that draw.Its a tough group and Porto are a good side with a lot of European experience. They got 13 points in their group last year, knocked out Juve, and then were a tough out for Chelsea. But if you can drop the hammer on them in this away fixture then you've got a really good grip on the group.
I've always thought there is a good argument for playing your strongest side in the first couple CL group games, trying to get full points early, and then hopefully having the leeway to rotate later.
Probably won't last, but...
Real Madrid 0-1 Sheriff Tiraspol
Tiraspol, Moldova, Sept 27, 2021 (AFP) - This year's Champions League features an improbable upstart: FC Sheriff, a club run by an eponymous company built on murky money in a pro-Russian separatist enclave of Europe's poorest country, Moldova.
The would-be state, which harkens back to its Soviet past with a towering Lenin statue in the centre of its administrative hub, Tiraspol, broke away from Moldova in a short civil war in the early 1990s.
Thirty years later, the little-known Transnistria region with its own border police, army, currency and hammer-and-sickle-emblazoned flag has not been recognised internationally but is propped up by free Russian gas and some 1,500 troops.
The territory, however, is effectively run by the Sheriff holding company that sports a five-pointed sheriff's star as its logo.
Owned by a former Soviet police officer, Viktor Gushan, the conglomerate controls businesses ranging from a cognac distillery and caviar farm to supermarket and gas station chains -- and the football club making waves in Europe.
"Viktor Gushan is the person with the most influence here, both in politics and economics," said Anatoly Dirun, director of the Tiraspol School of Political Studies.
Probably the same way - and you'll appreciate this - that Rangers fans did when that same Luxembourg striker (Sebastian Thill) scored the winning goal for Progres Niederkorn to knock Rangers out of the 2017-18 Europa League (in the 1st Qualifying Round):Amazing result. I wonder how this will be taken in Madrid.