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August 25, 2017, 05:01:46 PM
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Nuts how there's 5 English teams in the Champions League and only two in Europa.

The rules only allow 7 in total from any one association, so what should have been our 2nd group stage slot went to Fastav Zln for winning the Czech Cup. Since Arsenal had already obtained that through their league position, I never quite understood why we didn't get that group slot and it be our league's qualifying 3rd round slot that was given to another league..

On the other hand our extra time to gel and get some sharpness may work to our benefit..


August 25, 2017, 06:20:24 PM
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We now want group F I think? Due to the TV split with Arsenal..

August 25, 2017, 06:24:53 PM
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August 25, 2017, 06:29:28 PM
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August 25, 2017, 06:36:21 PM
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Lyon, Atalanta, Apollon Limassol

Could have been worse. Could have been better.

easy travel!

August 25, 2017, 06:41:26 PM
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So that's the 7th highest ranked team from pot 1, 2nd highest in pot 2 (us), 2nd highest in pot 3 and 4th highest in pot 4.

Nice one.

Based on the co-efficients, it was 3rd best, 7th best and best


August 25, 2017, 08:13:34 PM
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Saw Atalanta a few times last season and they were worthy of their league position. I think they went 10 games unbeaten or something, which was a club record, and only lost it to Juventus.

Managed by Gasperini who has a habit of bossing it for one season at a time for some reason.

From what I've seen they play only one way which is fairly fluid possession football in a 3-4-3 and they're quite good to watch. They're unpredictable, however and can win games they aren't expected to and lose those they are.

They may come crashing back down to earth this season though cos they've sold all their best players and some of which are still there had the seasons of their lives which they might not repeat. They're one of those teams won't ever consistently be good because their XI is drastically different every year. They have the best academy in Italy but little inclination to hold on to their homegrown talents.

I reckon we're better them and 4 points from two games would be just fine
Bit Southampton?

August 25, 2017, 08:29:39 PM
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playing 100 miles from Bergamo though aren't they?
Atalanta is in Bergamo.

Flights with lufthansa and hotel for 296. Ryanair fly there but odd days or sold out already.

August 25, 2017, 09:12:01 PM
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Are there really no flights to Lyon from Liverpool or Manchester?

Manchester with Air France or BA (not direct) from 170ish return

From Liverpool 270+

August 25, 2017, 09:21:33 PM
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August 25, 2017, 09:24:58 PM
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Bologna and train seems the best bet for Atalanta then. Flights to Milan are slightly cheaper but the train is 2 hours from there, only half hour from Bologna.