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  • Jambo Rambo Jambo Rambo Jun 19, 2011 00:07 Flag

    english vs european football....

    one conversion from 54 corners this past season in the champions league..... at least one corner converted every weekend in the english league.. a small stat, but hardly insignificant... but seen together with the possession stats when continental teams faced english sides in the competition this season, shows why the english game is several years behind... and falling even further behind each season..... big up english teams reaching the finals the last few years all you want, but no one remembers runners up... only two english teams have won the competition in over a decade... sorry, but your vigorously marketed competition is sub-standard and hardly entertaining (united, chelsea, chelsea, united, yawn) when compared to some of europe's top leagues... the world's best players play in the la liga and serie a, while the bundesliga and ligue 1 provide great entertainment at affordable prices to all..... face it, your game is a dinosaur heading to extinction...... goodbye...

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    • You are likely trying to wind people up but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. I assume from the goals scored from corners statistic that you're trying to prove that there is an over-reliance on scoring from set-pieces in the Premiership compared to the Champions League (CL), where the onus is on a passing game leading to a goal from open play? The argument doesn't hold up because there are simply too many ways to interpret that statistic. It may simply mean that delivery of corners in CL is abysmal, or that defending from set-pieces is superior in CL.

      What is apparent though is that the current Barça team are without a doubt head and shoulders above the competition right now, and may even be one of the best squads ever. However, the style they play is not indomitable. As shown during the 1st leg this season, by Jose/Inter last year, and United a couple of seasons ago, they are beatable. Even Hiddink's Chelsea nearly edged past them last year. They also lost to a relegated team this term and even dropped games to Rubin Kazan. It's just that they are very good at what they do, so to stop them, the coach has to get the tactics spot on, the players must execute them down to the last detail, and the referees must officiate a good, clean game. I have no doubt in my mind that had Real played all 4 games 11 v 11 against Barça this season, Jose may have landed more than just the Copa Del Rey. United were the best the Premiership could offer, but their showing was dire as Ferguson got his tactics horribly wrong. Carrick has no business playing in games like that and aging stars like Giggs should also be coming off the bench.

      In any case, every league has its pros and cons. The Premiership may not be the best if you look at the top half since you are right, the world's top players do play in the La Liga - Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo, etc. - and team's like Sevilla, Valencia, Villareal consistently beat English teams like Everton, Villa, etc. in Europe. But once you get to the second half of the table, Hercules, Malaga, etc. will consistently get their arses handed to them when playing Bolton, Stoke, etc. So to each his/her own mate; let's leave it at that.

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      • jmaa your league is substandard, end up...... the likes of stoke, bolton, etc. don't stand a CHANCE against their continental counterparts.... teams like genoa, udinese, etc. will rip them to shreds.... that is why so few english teams do well at the big stage - in europe.... you are big fish in a small substandard pond - your 'prem'... rubbish players, rubbish football, and overpriced at that....

    • And as your ID says 'Jambo', i presume you are a Hearts fan?

      If so, then I don't see you to be in any position to criticise any English Prem club, or indeed the league itself!

      Strikes me as an anti English based post.....................Get over yourself Mate!

      I was googling Jambo, as I couldn't recall if it reffered to Hearts Or Hib's and came up with this explaination of a 'Jambo'.......................A deluded loser obsessed with a totally crap second division football team from Scotland, known as the Jambos (or the Raging Homos, as they are affectionately known in homosexual and cottaging circles).

      Bit harsh I thought!