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Ajax vs Manchester City and Arsenal vs Schalke, Champions League: Open Thread

Well the good news for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tonight is that he doesn’t have to fly his team on a private jet for a 15-minute trip. Arsenal is playing at home tonight against a Schalke team who are fresh off a huge victory against Borussia Dortmund. Don’t be surprised if Schalke gives Arsenal a victory difficult time tonight.

In the other UEFA Champions League match, Manchester City plays Ajax of Amsterdam in a must-win match for the Citizens. Based on Manchester City’s defensive form in the Champions League, Roberto Mancini’s side has their work cut out for them tonight. But at least it’ll be against an Ajax side that should be beatable.

Before, during and after today’s Champions League matches, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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  1. Frill Artist

    October 26, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Lol. Shitty.

    • Why?

      October 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm


  2. Scrumper

    October 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    A billion pounds does not make a team. But what does it say about the Premier League? Ajax are not a European force by any stretch, but they made Man City look very very ordinary last night.

    • Why?

      October 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      What a stupid comment, who spent a billion pounds? One game does not make a season pal let see how good Ajax are next week, surely they are a little better than FC Haven’ t a cluj who they are as one of Europe’s top leagues Champions. By the way which team are the English league champions?

  3. Sammy

    October 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    What an interesting night of Champions League football, sad for me too as my team lost at home to Shalke. The good point was the unpredictability of many of the results.

  4. CTBlues

    October 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, I wonder if I will be reading the press say how Real might not make it out of the group stage because they lost a game like they were on ESPNFC about Chelsea after yesterday’s match.

  5. Same Ol'

    October 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I wonder when Arsenal are gonna get rid of Wenger and bring in a manager with fresh ideas. The draw @ Norwich was unacceptable and now this reversal at home is a clear signal something is wrong.

    After seeing what I saw last season, I was pleasantly surprised by their start this year… then all of the sudden the same problems have creeped up once again. Wenger has done a great job at Arsenal in the past, but there has to be a point where he will realize what we are all beginning to see, he doesn’t seem to be able to motivate or manage the players properly anymore.

    • The Gaffer

      October 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

      Arsenal lost against Norwich. They didn’t draw.

      The Gaffer

  6. Why?

    October 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    City were poor tonight as they were against Dortmund. Yaya didn’t turn up at all in Europe yet again, Augero was quiet. Now hopefully all the people going on about Dzeko will realise he is a super sub not a super starter poor yet again from the start, he missed a hat trick of simple chances that could of won city the game, not that they would have deserved it. Looked like a major case of stage fright! They just don’t look the same in Europe gone were the short, sharp, fast passing only to be replaced by what looked like 80s long ball hit and hope! Oh well it’s not over yet if Dortmund win in Spain we have a chance, unlikely but you never know.

  7. Mufc77

    October 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hardly a big surprise city are struggling in Europe. Our first couple of seasons back in Europe where frustrating as hell and its even harder these days.

  8. Dust

    October 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    LOL… What a waste of champions league positions

    • Sacto Blues

      October 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Hey dust a move are you watching Spurs and Maribor ? You know if you don’t want Dawson Chelsea could be interested !

      • dust

        October 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

        yes sacto thanks to a combo of ‘arry’s incompetence, West Brom 2nd keeper and poxy chelski winning against all odds, I am watching Spurs on thursday on Foxsoccer or foxsoccer2go. 4th place should be good enough for UCL, Platini is a tool.

        It’s crazy how diff things would be if we had got the UCl place, Hazard admitted he would have come to Spurs instead…oh well, thanks ‘arry ! I guess (i just vomited in my mouth a little bit)

        City looked awful and may not make the europa league.

        I have said for a while that Klopp and Dortmund are no mugs. Klopp is very very good coach, its early in the season so to rule dortmund out of a 3rd consecutive german title may be premature, but i would put them as semi finalists at least in the UCL if not winners.

  9. NeilO

    October 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Man C is done. No league title and Mancini is out, Guardiola in.

  10. Matt

    October 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    best league in the world…zzzzz

    • The Gaffer

      October 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Best league in the world, it is, but no league is perfect.

      The Gaffer

  11. The Gaffer

    October 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    How Andre Santos stayed on the pitch for the entire match for Arsenal, I do not know.

    What is Wenger thinking?

    The Gaffer

  12. The Gaffer

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I’ll say it again. The Premier League teams are making way too many defensive mistakes in their domestic league and Champions League. It makes for entertaining football, but it’s awful in the victories department.

    What is Mancini thinking?

    The Gaffer

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