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Group F - Matchday 5 - Wednesday 27th November, 2019

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all kick-offs GMT

Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund, 20.00
Slavia Prague vs Inter Milan, 20.00

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- Barcelona need to win to ensure top spot and qualification to Round of 16
- if Inter win and Dortmund lose, Inter will go in to 2nd due to better H2H record (more goals scored)
- if Dortmund win and Inter draw, they will ensure qualification and Inter vs Barca in the next round could be very decisive. 

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No Alcacér, no Delaney. Doesn't look promising. Barca is probably going to play some cat and mouse games with us and punish us using counter attacks.

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56 minutes ago, BartraPique1932 said:

No Alcacér, no Delaney. Doesn't look promising. Barca is probably going to play some cat and mouse games with us and punish us using counter attacks.

Barca will still struggle. They've been lacklustre all season.

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6 hours ago, Stan said:

Barca will still struggle. They've been lacklustre all season.

I'd be happy, if we were lackluster right now. xD

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Barca v Dortmund, this game promises to be a cracker, we are surely going to get many goals with these two offensive teams.

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Lukaku uses his strength to hold off 2 players and sets up Martinez to score from around 8 yards out. 

Good goal for Inter.

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Fair play from Schulz to play that ball straight to ter Stegen, because the linesman failed to spot it was offside. :congrats:

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Suarez! 1-0 to Barcelona!

Messi plays Suarez in and he just about stays onside to pass it to the back of the net beyond Burki.

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2-0! Messi.

Dortmund are woeful. 

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2-0. Not good from Hummels. 

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2-0 to Inter as well. This time Martinez sets up Lukaku. Prague sloppy at the back.

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Nope!

VAR check and the goal is chalked off, play brought back for a Prague penalty! 

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Hummels with a terrible clearance, helped Barca get their second goal. Dortmund will expect more from an experienced defender like Hummels, you can't give Barca chances like that as they are world class and will inevitably punish you for such mistakes. Messi and Suarez are as world class as ever. It looks like Dortmund are missing Delaney's presence in midfield, Sancho's creativity and perhaps Alcacer's clinical finishing ability. But Barca are just awesome when they are attacking full flow.

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Know the usual suspects will call it wanking but I don't care. Just sublime from Messi. 

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That was great dribbling play by Messi before he dived in the area, he really is a class act. Messi has so much natural skill, he's a pleasure to watch.

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Ah Martinez and Lukaku are quality together. Martinez is different class. That 3rd goal for Inter was brilliant. 

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I think that Dortmund should show Favre the door. Not because they lost to Barcelona, but because their general performances have not been good under him recently. He has also seemingly not get a great relationship with players like Sancho. Not starting Sancho for a big game like this was crazy and we saw the big impact that Sancho had when he came on. Now Dortmund find themselves in a dangerous position of not qualifying from their Champions League group.

A new manager could raise the Dortmund team's confidence again. They certainly need something new in my view, given their under par recent performances.

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27 minutes ago, Michael said:

I think that Dortmund should show Favre the door. Not because they lost to Barcelona, but because their general performances have not been good under him recently. He has also seemingly not get a great relationship with players like Sancho. Not starting Sancho for a big game like this was crazy and we saw the big impact that Sancho had when he came on. Now Dortmund find themselves in a dangerous position of not qualifying from their Champions League group.

A new manager could raise the Dortmund team's confidence again. They certainly need something new in my view, given their under par recent performances.

To be fair Sancho played underwhelming recently and deserved to be benched.

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35 minutes ago, Rucksackfranzose said:

To be fair Sancho played underwhelming recently and deserved to be benched.

Hes got 4 goals and 6 assists in 9 league games?  He's got 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games in the Champions league. Also 2 goals in 4 games for England. He's 19 years old isnt he?

Saying he deserves to be dropped is stretching it slightly imo.

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8 hours ago, LFCMadLad said:

Hes got 4 goals and 6 assists in 9 league games?  He's got 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games in the Champions league. Also 2 goals in 4 games for England. He's 19 years old isnt he?

Saying he deserves to be dropped is stretching it slightly imo.

He did need a bit of a break if his league performances were anything to go by. 

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12 minutes ago, Stan said:

He did need a bit of a break if his league performances were anything to go by. 

I've not seen enough of him for Dortmund to really form an opinion to be honest mate. His stats though are pretty impressive. 

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17 hours ago, LFCMadLad said:

Hes got 4 goals and 6 assists in 9 league games?  He's got 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games in the Champions league. Also 2 goals in 4 games for England. He's 19 years old isnt he?

Saying he deserves to be dropped is stretching it slightly imo.

He didn't really see too much of the ball last night to judge him fully, but when he did, he scored a cracking goal and forced a world class save from Ter Stegen, which could have made it 3-2 with 10 minutes to go.

 

20 hours ago, Cicero said:

Know the usual suspects will call it wanking but I don't care. Just sublime from Messi. 

To still dribble like that at 32 is brilliant really.

Suarez still very important also, even if not as consistent as he once was. The understanding between those 2(Messi and Suarez) is as good as you're going to see.

It was a better team performance last night in truth, especially in the first half and it was also much better from Griezmann when he came on. Dembele injured again isn't good news though.

 

 

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