Rorschach wrote:Diamond Dog wrote:Rorschach wrote:The last few days they went to Paris while I was working so I got to see Liverpool v Chelsea, Barça v Man U and Man City v Spurs.
Bloody hell. I don’t remember football being this good when I used to watch it regularly.
That is really interesting Tym. I don't watch nearly as much as I once did either but this season I have seen some truly magnificent matches. The first half of the second Man City v Liverpool league match this season was the best 45 minutes I've ever seen in English football. And there have many more that were absolutely superb too.
Maybe the game has taken a turn for the better and, if it has, I think a lot of it is directly traceable to Guardiola and his insistence on playing open, attacking football to try to win every match.
And so it continues, Pete.
I can't believe all the amazing football that keeps happening. And it's not just about good football; some thrilling stuff has been quite scrappy with last ditch defending and goals out of nowhere, and reams and reams of 'narrative'.
I may be imagining it but I can't remember any season that's had so many fantastic comeback wins.
Mind you, I'm not that excited about the final. Nobody wants a CL final with two teams from the same country, do they?
There's a certain indomitable spirit about Liverpool, Man City and Spurs (in the CL at least) that has been something quite extraordinary this season. It's the most enjoyable season I can remember for quite some time and, yes, it's not just been great football - it's been courage and belief just as much.
The thing for me is - Guardiola has been remarkable but I'd argue Klopp closing a 25 point gap and reaching the CL final has been even more so. And Pocchetino getting Spurs in the top four and the CL Final possibly even surpasses the pair of them, considering he hasn't signed a player since January 2018.