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Embarrassing, I don't know how the US continues with Berhalter. But we will be here, 2 years from now, talking about the same underperformance heading into the WC. Meanwhile, Berhalter will spew nonsense excuses.
 

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Yes. Germany and Spain looked good or maybe Scotland and Croatia are shit.

Maybe the Serbs play some defense tomorrow and get an upset.
Germany is gonna have a good tourney I think.

Croatia is kinda old now aren't they?
 

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Ukraine getting pumped by Romania? I know Ukraine is not generally very good but Romania????
 

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Belgium could have used a response similar to what Italy did against Albania. Didn't happen.

Lots of talk about Germany and Spain. I think Scotland and Croatia will not hold up in this tournament. Many are already counting out England after a 1-0 victory. Not a lot of talk about France, which is surprising considering they were World Cup runners up.

Just getting started.
 

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France will either blow everyone out or there will be behind the scenes issues and drama and crash out in the group phase.
 

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France will either blow everyone out or there will be behind the scenes issues and drama and crash out in the group phase.
They've been to three finals in the last four major competitions. They're one of the favorites in this tournament even prior to everyone giving up on England after yesterday.

Other than players being asked political questions, there do not appear to be any issues facing them. Mbappe is fit, their squad is as deep as anyone.
 

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They've been to three finals in the last four major competitions. They're one of the favorites in this tournament even prior to everyone giving up on England after yesterday.

Other than players being asked political questions, there do not appear to be any issues facing them. Mbappe is fit, their squad is as deep as anyone.
Honestly, I don't remember, but did the France issues at World Cup 22 come out after it was over or was it known before it started?
 

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Honestly, I don't remember, but did the France issues at World Cup 22 come out after it was over or was it known before it started?
Their issue was Messi.

The 2002 and 2010 World Cups were shit shows. Other than that, they've been pretty good overall in the WC and Euros.

Mbappe on Real Madrid is going to be an absolute joke, BTW.
 

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Belgium could have used a response similar to what Italy did against Albania. Didn't happen.

Lots of talk about Germany and Spain. I think Scotland and Croatia will not hold up in this tournament. Many are already counting out England after a 1-0 victory. Not a lot of talk about France, which is surprising considering they were World Cup runners up.

Just getting started.

Germany is the biggest mystery imo. Scotland didn't have the horses to compete so it'll be interesting to see how they play against a quality team.

France is good and they're making it out of that group and probably making a run.

Croatia played sloppy. Maybe they'll clean it up, maybe they're old. Spain capitalized and that's a good sign for them.

I really don't know what to make of England or Serbia. I assumed it would be a high scoring. I think England could be in trouble bc they were outplayed for 60 minutes plus and couldn't do much on offense against a fairly shitty defense. They got the win and kept their goal clean which was impressive given the Serbs size and ability to finish. I think that game is a draw or Serbian W if tadic starts and is on the field with mitrovic. What the hell do I know tho.
 

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In tournaments like these I don't put a lot into process. It's about results. A lot of these early group games are seeing teams just trying not to get rolled over because some third place group teams will go to the knockout round. After seeing what Germany and Spain did, I think you saw Serbia and Austria play with a great deal of caution. The way Serbia initially set up for that match was a complete joke.

I still don't know what Germany proves against Hungary and Switzerland. They could take all three points in both. Their tests come in the knockout round. They're the host nation and while there is some advantage to that, quality matters most.
 

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In tournaments like these I don't put a lot into process. It's about results. A lot of these early group games are seeing teams just trying not to get rolled over because some third place group teams will go to the knockout round. After seeing what Germany and Spain did, I think you saw Serbia and Austria play with a great deal of caution. The way Serbia initially set up for that match was a complete joke.

I still don't know what Germany proves against Hungary and Switzerland. They could take all three points in both. Their tests come in the knockout round. They're the host nation and while there is some advantage to that, quality matters most.
Dont be sleeping on Italy. If anyone of these teams can grind out a 1-0 win routinely, its Italy.

Im also liking Netherlands this tournament. France wont have Mbappe versus the Dutch.
 

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Dont be sleeping on Italy. If anyone of these teams can grind out a 1-0 win routinely, its Italy.

Im also liking Netherlands this tournament. France wont have Mbappe versus the Dutch.
Italy is very inexperienced. It helped that Albania let them have the ball for the entire first half. If you don't press and leave oceans of space, you're not going to have the ball. Albania scoring so quickly was probably not good for them. They had no idea what to do.

I agree about the Netherlands. People forget they went to a pen shootout with Argentina in the World Cup. They have some quality.

Mbappe's injury changes things a great deal. They're still very deep and talented however.
 

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Czechia is doing the Lord's work. 1-0 lead against a Portugal team littered with unlikeable people everywhere.

A lot of time left.
 

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I like how Southgate has basically put Bellingham, Foden and Alexander Arnold into cuffs.

Like, he's going to not allow all three of them to do what they do best. Great strategy.

After they don't win anything again, the result is him still winding up as manager of Manchester United. Blimey.
 

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I like how Southgate has basically put Bellingham, Foden and Alexander Arnold into cuffs.

Like, he's going to not allow all three of them to do what they do best. Great strategy.

After they don't win anything again, the result is him still winding up as manager of Manchester United. Blimey.

Not a tactics guy is he? He's just a vibes guy really. He would be a terrible club manager.
 

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Southgate is trash. England has some of the best attacking talent in the world and he manages 1 goal per game out of them. He's basically England's Berhalter.
 
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