Champions League; End of an Era?

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  1. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

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    The CL knockout stages started up yesterday, and while a Bayern v Madrid final won't shock anyone, 2 potential storylines seem to be at the forefront;

    Is Barcelona finally in need of a major facelift? The New St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred at PSG. It finished 4-0, but they were lucky it wasn't 6 or 7. Iniesta and Messi were utterly dominated by DiMaria & Draxler.

    Is this finally the end of the road for Arsene Wenger? The spoiled supporters have been whining for years to have him ride off into the sunset, but there seems to be a feeling that barring a huge finish they might finally get their wish.
     
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  2. jumpkutz

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    I'd say yes to both. Barca looked old. And Wenger is old...for big time football manager.
    Not too old to do the job, but they've been treading water, albeit near the top, for a long time now.
     
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  3. HatterDon

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    20 straight years in the top 4, 20 straight years qualifying for the Champions League -- nice water to be treading in!
     
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  4. nevzter

    nevzter Well-Known Member

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    Barca had a bad day - and maybe that transfer ban is finally taking a little bite out of them, but come on, you can put out Messi, Neymar y El Mordedor on a front line is still top class. Defense needs some new blood I think. Now, they'll go and put 5 past PSG at the Camp Nou.
     
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  5. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. I'd take it. But getting knocked out in the quarters for however many years in a row is not cool for such a big club.
     
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