La Liga 2018/19 (3 Viewers)


Jethro

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Mar 6, 2018
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Seems like VAR robbed them. I'm loving it :tuttosport:
 

Kyle

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Sep 4, 2006
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Nobody watched Atletico against Sevilla today? I turned it on at 65th minute and I was not impressed by their offensive display. It seemed they were quite satisfied with a draw away (their 6th this season) and did really good at keeping Sevilla outside their penalty area.
The only team that gets less Xpoints than us :tup:
 
May 23, 2013
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Last season:
CL Semis: Madrid beat Bayern with zero contribution over 2 legs from Ronaldo
CL Final: Madrid beat Liverpoll with zero contribution from Ronaldo

Obviously they miss Ronaldo (anyone would) but the problems obviously run deeper than that.
 

Vlad

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May 23, 2011
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Ronaldo makes everyone 10% better... his sheer presence elevates the team. Even when he doesnt score, he takes 2-3 players out guarding him all the time, which makes easier for his partner in attack. 450 goals in 438 games is impossible to replace. Could their post Ronaldo transition have gone more smooth? Ofc. But you cant hire Lopetegui or Solari.
 

Jethro

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Mar 6, 2018
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Losing both ZZ and Cristiano in the same season was too much for them. Obviously, their current team should be able to win against teams like Sociedad, CSKA, Leganes and so on.. They must change something.
 

Post Ironic

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Feb 9, 2013
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Last season:
CL Semis: Madrid beat Bayern with zero contribution over 2 legs from Ronaldo
CL Final: Madrid beat Liverpoll with zero contribution from Ronaldo

Obviously they miss Ronaldo (anyone would) but the problems obviously run deeper than that.
You should understand that with Ronaldo in the side it forces teams to dedicate very significant effort to shutting him down. Same deal with Messi.

When a team shuts down Ronaldo by marking him out of the game, sometimes with multiple players, it opens up a large amount of space for the rest of the team.

It’s basically a scenario of shut down Ronaldo and force the team to beat you... or treat Ronaldo like any other attacker, and focus on shutting down the team as a whole and hope he doesn’t beat you.

No one figured that out, how to shut down both Ronaldo and the team, in CL the past 3 years.

And it’s quite obvious how much easier Madrid is to shut down now, without him.
 

Kyle

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Sep 4, 2006
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You should understand that with Ronaldo in the side it forces teams to dedicate very significant effort to shutting him down. Same deal with Messi.

When a team shuts down Ronaldo by marking him out of the game, sometimes with multiple players, it opens up a large amount of space for the rest of the team.

It’s basically a scenario of shut down Ronaldo and force the team to beat you... or treat Ronaldo like any other attacker, and focus on shutting down the team as a whole and hope he doesn’t beat you.

No one figured that out, how to shut down both Ronaldo and the team, in CL the past 3 years.

And it’s quite obvious how much easier Madrid is to shut down now, without him.
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