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Took Liverpool 85 minutes to score despite the 1 man advantage. Chelsea plays to a draw in Greece.

I won't say what happened in the Roma/Madrid game, its on (tape delay) ESPN classic right now.
 
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So PSG has been sent packing. And they lost some composure to close out the game with Di Maria getting straight red and a few tackles (Danilo and another) that easily could have been red. Was not a lot of professionalism shown by PSG in the final 20 min or so.
City dominated and earned a spot.

Now on to tomorrow with Chelsea and Capt America to see if they can punch their ticket to make all English final.

It was Kimbempe, and probably worse than the Danilo's challenge. Definitely not a good look. I was only able to watch the last 20 minutes or so, PSG was done.

Go on Blues! Would love to see Pulisic score again and put Chelsea through. He's been outstanding of late.
 

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It was Kimbempe, and probably worse than the Danilo's challenge. Definitely not a good look. I was only able to watch the last 20 minutes or so, PSG was done.

Go on Blues! Would love to see Pulisic score again and put Chelsea through. He's been outstanding of late.

Yes Kimpembe! leaped into the back legs - i dont recall seeing that EVER without a red. Danilos challenge was less egregious, but in the "context" of what was happening in that time period, could have drawn straight red.

That last 20 was just a mish mosh of play by PSG. They knew the jig was up. Shoot even Neymar was acting a bit more petulant and isolated than usual ;)
 

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Super Sub. lol

I think its part for fitness. He got tackled HARD in the 1st leg repeatedly. Second half not so much due to weather, but maybe bringing a fresh Capt America on with 25 to go may inject some life ( if they are lacking ) ?

Its a bold move, because if they go down 1-0 early, he will be questioned a lot. ( Tuchel )

and i as check- Werner actually scored. Gotta feel good for him to get that monkey off his back.
 

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Super Sub. lol

I think its part for fitness. He got tackled HARD in the 1st leg repeatedly. Second half not so much due to weather, but maybe bringing a fresh Capt America on with 25 to go may inject some life ( if they are lacking ) ?

Its a bold move, because if they go down 1-0 early, he will be questioned a lot. ( Tuchel )

and i as check- Werner actually scored. Gotta feel good for him to get that monkey off his back.

i could have scored that. It was all Kante and Havertz
 

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Chelsea and blue manc final is almost the worst case scenario. What a season this has been,.
 

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Brilliant assist from Pulisic, wow.
His mental game has matured from his time at Dortmund. It's really great to watch him play. He had become very "silky" in his movement and awareness.

I can't wait to see him for USMNT. I just hope those around him can elevate their game. They will need to because his game is in a different level right now.
 
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His mental game has matured from his time at Dortmund. It's really great to watch him play. He had become very "silky" in his movement and awareness.

I can't wait to see him for USMNT. I just hope those around him can elevate their game. They will need to because his game is in a different level right now.

Silky and so calm/calculating despite the intensity of the moment.

The footwork, the way he worked the space and Courtois, and then the delivery of that pass between defenders and across the goal, on a platter for Mount was just awesome.

 

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Silky and so calm/calculating despite the intensity of the moment.

The footwork, the way he worked the space and Courtois, and then the delivery of that pass between defenders and across the goal, on a platter for Mount was just awesome.


thats the mental part exactly.

Courtois charged out....then hesitated. At that moment CP knew he had him in a pickle...does he come to CP or retreat. RM defenders see the same, so they "freeze" to cue off what Courtois does. That allows CP that 2 seconds to simply stand there and wait. It was a great move by Mount who also "read" the defenders cueing off Courtois and when he started to retreat, Mount cut across his defender who was static. He reacted faster than his defender and CP found the alley. But the awareness that defenders around him are hesitant, Courtois hesitant and so i can just stand here for a second or two...yeah beautiful shirt.

Watch Sergio Ramos to see what i meant....he has played for RM and SPain for liek 14 years now as defender....watch that slo mo overhead. As TC steps out, he freezes....the moment TC takes a step back, Ramos takes step toward CP...but that changed the angle/lane too and CP and Mount BOTH saw the same thing. Ramos didnt change his angle of defense and with TC retreating, opened a new lane. This all happens within a second, but CP processes and hits the pass. I love it.

When the game starts to slow down like that, its just beautiful to watch. As his prowess grows, just having the ball at his feet will cause defenders pause which changes angles and lanes for him. And it looks as though as that happens, he is also adjusting his game to fit that. There was another movement in the game where he dropped his shoulder and accelerated past his defender as he received the pass with his back to goal. Shirt like that tells you his game, his confidence and skill are growing.

I dont like to draw comparisons as i dont know whose game he mimics, but ite becoming apparent that his skill on the ball is way more advanced than we have ever seen from an American player. No offense to Dempsey or Donovan, but i think they would be the first to say that they didnt have the "on the ball" moxie that Pulisic has. And that ability changes EVERYTHING for the USMNT and how they play. Berhalter will have a problem ( a good one ) in selecting players to play off CP because they will have to adjust their game to his level. He sees things that many do not. If that can mesh for 2022, i do like our chances of a really good WC.
 

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His mental game has matured from his time at Dortmund. It's really great to watch him play. He had become very "silky" in his movement and awareness.

I can't wait to see him for USMNT. I just hope those around him can elevate their game. They will need to because his game is in a different level right now.

He is already a much better player than Dempsey (and I'm a huge Dempsey fan)....he is so strong on the ball, a player that can hold the ball when necessary, superior field vision, and a goal scorer all in one....I hope his international play translates to USMNT....
 

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He is already a much better player than Dempsey (and I'm a huge Dempsey fan)....he is so strong on the ball, a player that can hold the ball when necessary, superior field vision, and a goal scorer all in one....I hope his international play translates to USMNT....

Dempsey was "crafty" if you will. Wouldnt out-muscle you, but had a pretty good touch. Pulisic is deft. He can set you up with a simple shoulder move and then spin right around you, all the while, the ball hasnt gone further than a foot from his feet. Messi was the master of this. Its the same reason Pulisic endures multiple "chop down" tackles a game. Defenders want him to get that ball off his feet, and part of that is hard fouls. He got clobbered early in leg 1 by RM players - like 4-5 really hard tackles in the first 20 min or so. When you see that, you know the level of respect is there.

the real key imo will be the other 10 meshing with CP. Does Pulisic have to drop his game down ever so slightly, and if he does, can he pull it off while still being the most dominant on the field ? I really think what has to happen for USMNT to be wildly successful is that the link up play between mid and fwd has to be on point. Pulisic to feel as tho he doesnt have to carry 60% of the load and over-play and the others to get to his level for 90 min or so to enjoy the fruits of Pulisics ability.

I keep gushing over Pulisic, but its because im so very excited and proud to say "thats a US player!" on an international level we really havent seen. Lots of pride for an old soccer player myself.

gone are the days of knocking the ball 20 yards upfield and using brute speed to get on to....
 

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