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UEFA Champions League (2012-20)


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#661 BSLJordanKatz

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Posted Today, 01:34 AM

I'm kinda fascinated by how this'll be happening after the domestic seasons end, you'll have much greater focus on these matches going forward knowing you don't have a match on Saturday/Sunday the week before and the week after


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Posted Today, 09:08 AM

I'm kinda fascinated by how this'll be happening after the domestic seasons end, you'll have much greater focus on these matches going forward knowing you don't have a match on Saturday/Sunday the week before and the week after

Yes it will be very interesting and you will see teams at their best as far as who is on the field.

 

During a "normal" season the managers have to juggle their lineups according to the schedule at hand and the desires of ownership.

1. No team can play all their league matches and UCL with the starting 11. Players can't keep fit and in top form playing those many matches.

2. Some teams ownership puts more of a premium on winning their domestic league title. Some put more emphasis on winning UCL. Most take a middle of the road approach and want to win it all. So the teams taking the last approach have to really manage their rosters and playing time. Look at upcoming matches to determine the optimal lineups based upon the competition. 

 

As an example lets look at Liverpool and a three game stretch they had last fall.

Sunday October 20th Man U - EPL match

Wednesday October 23 Genk - UCL match

Sunday October 27 Tottenham - EPL match

Wednesday October 30 Arsenal - League Cup match

Saturday November 2 Aston Villa - EPL match

Tuesday November 5 Genk - UCL match

Sunday November 10 Man City - EPL match

 

That was 7 matches in 3 weeks with 4 of those being against top clubs. Liverpool has three main attackers. Salah, Mane, and Furmino. Not one of them played in all 7 of these matches. NONE of them played in the League Cup match. And they got a huge luck of the draw here in that they got Genk as both of their UCL matches in this stretch. Genk was by far the weakest team in their UCL group. Now take that same schedule but give them a different UCL draw with Napoli. Holy crap that would have turned a tough stretch into a brutal one.

 

But that isn't how UCL is going to work the rest of the way. Now that's not to see its easy because the only games they have are UCL matches. Its the good news bad news thing. The good news is they only have to worry about UCL matches. The bad news is that at this stage there ain't no easy UCL matches!

 

Man I am so stoked to watch the rest of this. Then we have the transfer window with some key players likely to get move around. Then right back into next season domestic leagues, UCL, and Europa. Oh yeah, and hopefully the rest of the MLS season. 






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