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Europa League or Bust!

 
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Zoolander



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Europa League or Bust! Reply with quote

It seems clear to me that we won't finish in the top 4. I also think we'll be out of the FA cup by 9.30pm today.

So it has to be Europa League for us now. I for one am actually quite pleased because I really want us to have a good crack at winning it.

It's the only competition that we are currently eligible for that we've never won. If we win it then we join the very small group of teams that have won all 3 European competitions and of course it means entry into the Champions League next year.

I think this is the best chance we'll ever have of winning it and hope that we are 100% going for it.

Part of me thinks that Zlatan apart, the sudden unavailability of all our strikers for this FA cup match is because they are being rested for Rostov and the games beyond.
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Jackl



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's far from a small trophy, particularly now. It is probably third on the list behind the CL and the PL. I would also like to see a real effort to complete that corner of the trophy cabinet.

However, in theory at least, it should be easier to get to 4th with 12 games to play against mixed opposition than to win this with 6 against quality opposition after this round. A partially Herrera inspired Bilbao played as good a team as this off the park (but didn't win it) and one couldn't help but laugh at the Dippers last season, just when it looked as if they'd done the hard part against Dortmund.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd certainly rather win the Europa League than finish 2nd, 3rd or 4th.

Would wind up the ABUs no end if we finish outside the top 4 and still end up in the CL... Especially if the dippers end up finishing 5th or 6th! Will more than likely be Arsenal though the way things are going... Although as soon as they're mathematically out of the title race they'll probably start winning games for fun!
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dark-shade-of-red



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Europa League has been important to us all season - even during our decent spell in the league.

On paper, we should win this compo with ease but I know that won't happen.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to get the complete set of European trophies. Hope we go for it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

with the a cup now gone
the league seemingly destined to be a 6th place finish (our fixtures and form don't bode well )

we should fucking go for this with all we have.

no matter what anyone says, winning a trophy on any ground in front of your fans means more than finishing 4th .
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