174: Liverpool stun Barcelona

7 April 2028
Liverpool, England

Liverpool turned on a master class as they handed Barcelona a lesson in composure in the return leg at Anfield. With the sides locked 1-1 following the match at Camp Nou, Liverpool blasted four unanswered goals past a shell-shocked Barcelona side.

Barcelona were not helped by their full-back Antonio, who was at fault for Liverpool’s first goal and whose ill discipline say him collect two yellow cards by the 41st minute. At that stage Liverpool were 2 goals up at that stage and never looked back.

~Chatty Jen, Korean FM Sports News

Well I am satisfied with how we have progressed. While the Premier League title has slipped away we do have two semi-finals coming up. If you had offered me one cup win plus two semi’s at the start of the season I would have taken that. Ideally we want to win beat Southampton and perhaps add the F.A. Cup to our haul. Chelsea will be a real challenge, and that tie could go either way.

Blow by Blow

Youth Candidates

Only two players of note in the intake.

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“Two-Son” is  Northern Ireland player who looks reasonably good.

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A raw Welsh striker/winger.

Job Offer

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Sampdoria ditched their manager following the last game and offered me the job. I politely declined.

Premier League – Match 32/38

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We go visit Southampton in what promises to be the easier of the matches on offer this episode. Southampton are battling relegation and sit in 19th place.

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Squad picked based upon fitness, with no real surprises.

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We turned in a solid performance which was soured by a late goal to end the dream of a clean sheet. Injuries to “Hero” and “Tan” are a concern.

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Injury Update

Two injuries to key players. Luckily we have the international break for them to recover in.

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“Tan” has been dynamic and will be a big miss. It looks like he will not be fit for the next three games.

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“Hero” is out for a week, which is better than I feared.

Champions League – Quarter Final – Leg 1

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Barcelona at Camp Nou. It doesn’t get much bigger than this, does it? We need to make sure that the game isn’t dead after the first leg.

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“Goose” has taken “Tan”‘s place in the midfield, while “Dari” gets the nod over “Ferran” at right back.

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We withstood their attack and managed to get ahead through a “Trickles” goal. Unfortunately  we couldn’t hold on and an unfortunate own goal saw the game end 1-1.

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Champions League Scores

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Chelsea smashed Arsenal. This doesn’t bode well, as it looks like Arsenal may have rested players for the F.A. Cup. Juventus smashed Manchester United too.

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Real Madrid smashed Bayern as well. Our game was the closest match of the Quarter Finals.

F.A. Cup – 6th Round Replay

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Arsenal have lost four of their last five games. If ever there was a time to play Arsenal, this would be it.

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“Halo” is in for “Trickles”, “Ferran” for “Dari”, and “Slalom” for “J-Lal”.

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“Naert” bagged a great game, and we somehow managed to hang on for the win. The ghost may have been laid to rest.

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Injury Update

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This could be a problem. “Flavio” out for close to the end of the season. “Stipe” will have to put in a real shift.

F.A. Cup Semi Final Draw

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Southampton is not a bad draw. The other match sees Manchester City and Manchesr United square off.

Champions League – Quarter Final – Leg 2

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We bring an away goal lead back to Anfield. There are some tired legs in the squad and we just have to find a way through this match.

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We line up a little defensive with a slight rotation from the last match. “Hero” is rested by “Naert”.

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An unbelievable result as we score four unanswered goals to reverse the result from last season.

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Champions League Results

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Bayern were unable to overturn the first leg 5 goals and miss out narrowly.

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Juventus manhandled Manchester United, and Chelsea thumped Arsenal.

Champions League Semi Final Draw

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We draw Chelsea which means that Juventus and Real Madrid square off.

Results Summary

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A fantastic series of results see us into a pair of semi-finals.

League Table

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Nothing much has changed. United is still miles ahead. Our 72 points would have been good enough to be 3 points back last season.

Next Episode

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Two semi-final matches coming up next episode.

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