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Soldado aside, how terrible has our defense been the whole season?!

No matter which combination we always seem to make defensive errors to completely GIFT our opponents goals.

This really needs to improve if we are going to make a push for Top 4, be it this season or even next season.

Can only pray the lads bring their A-Game when we meet Chelsea at Wembley :(
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Yep. It's every single one of our defenders. They might in general play some very good games but then regularly they all have some complete brain farts.
Honestly, I don't understand the sudden hate for Soldado, we know he's been in abyssmal form from a goalscoring perspective, but I really do like his movement on the pitch.

I see a much bigger problem with our Defence (Fullbacks AND Centrebacks) than Soldado. I can't name 2 consecutive games this season where our Defence has looked like it was going to keep a clean sheet or deserved to keep a clean sheet for that matter.

The worst part is, EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has been making mistakes this season. Vertonghen, Rose, Fazio, Dier, Walker, Chiriches. We don't have a leader in defense.

Feel like we seem to let Vert get away with his mistakes alot due to how well he's played for us in the past, but this season he has just been poor.

I'm not asking for a perfect defensive performance every match, but the mistakes we make happen far too often for us to be a quality side. Its something we either need to get ironed out on the training ground or the transfer market.
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Holtby, yesterday was a new low for me. That guy has my support and I think sometimes he gets picked on unnecessarily but yesterday, it's totally understandable why. I don't even think he made the wrong decision but the execution of the pass was woeful and a game-changer, as much as the way we conceded the first.

Our defenders are being bailed out by Kane, Eriksen. The reason why we don't end up putting away opponents, i feel, is not because we don't have enough firepower(could do with improving that as well), but because defensively, we put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.

Mag was alluding to it before the game. We want a good striker to help out Kane, but that won't do us any good withput a CB and CDM who can be relied upon week-in, week-out.
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If a striker makes a mistake, the scoreline remains 0-0. If a defender makes a mistake, we go down 0-1. Sadly, we've been making blunders defensively since the days of Gallas/Dawson pairing, and gifting away goals and possession in really dangerous areas. Nothing's being done to check our defensive focus, and our midfielders aren't doing enough marking.

However, people are far too obsessed with Soldado right now to even think of anything else. As me and Suraj were discussing yesterday, the ball needs to reach a striker. The striker may be Kane, Adebayor, anyone else. We aren't doing enough to creatively move the ball forwards. The reason I stopped watching was because I felt like we were playing like West Ham or Hull. Longball mayhem. It was pathetic and unrelentingly bad to just hoof the ball up with Kane and Soldado playing, when both are better with their feet than their heads. We don't have the experience and the vision to find the gaps and create a chance the way Modric and VDV used to, with the ball along the ground.

Until that changes, we can buy every damn striker under the sun. There won't be a change in our scorelines.
I saw the highlights of the game (basically Soldado's miss and the 2 goals), so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Bobby - Another high profile miss. Clearly he is not going to be a 20+ goal a season striker for us - this is the season he would have needed to start turning things around, and he just cannot. The systems we've played with have never suited him, and he has had a torrid time personally since moving to England. Still, I think it is going to be easier to bear his contract out and use him as a 3rd string striker (bringing in a back up/competition for Kane in the summer), than off loading both him and Ade. We can argue this to the moon and back, but we've had problems in the past 5 years buying ONE striker in a window, let alone 2.

Defensive blunders - there are lots of reasons why we have looked weak at the back or always ready to concede - often, our attacking midfielders are so committed forward they neglect tracking back (Eriksen presses so hard up front, but often leaves rose or Davies for dead, ie). Also, our CM positions are unbalanced, or inexperienced, or just not very great positionally (Mason you are a human steam engine, but your positionality is bonkers).
All this aside, we are still prone to ridiculous defensive derps. Our two goals yesterday were perfect examples of lapses in awareness and judgement - why didn't Jan just clear out from the back? Why Fazio drifting on the ball? I certainly don't mind if our CB's are ball playing, but I'm clueless why he's lost control of the ball so easily, being the last man back. All of our defensive line has been prone to these headscratcher mistakes for years...I think we gift opposition goals more than they earn them against us.
Our CM's - I have to go back to this, because I can't ignore it. I think Bentelab and Mason may be the only 2 CM's that really fit into Poche's system - they press, have engines, play the ball forward, can cover or attack - yet these seem to be the only 2. Paulinho can put in a shift there, sort of. Dembele can balance out them or another pairing further up the pitch, but it really becomes 3 doing what we want out of 2. Capoue is apparently part of the Kaboul Cabal and is banished to mowing lawns. Stambouli is...can I use a life line and call a friend? I have no clue how he lost favor so quickly.
We need CM's who can press, move, and pass forward, as well as finding some defensive stability. We're obviously going to back this position up in the summer, but for the rest of the season we're going to see our defense be put to the sword. I just hope Poche can work out whatever left over juju that's making our defense constantly lose their brains.
I'm sure the deal was never to have a striker who neither will dribble, shoot or head the ball. The no.1 clause in any striker's contract got to be to bang in goals.
As I pointed out recently, the price tags don't matter when the team is on the pitch. It does however matter as to how easily they can be moved on.
We have a very promising squad at the moment but need a few improvements. Soldado is one of our lost causes so it's time to draw the line.
A telling moment was when the team had the momentum. Eriksen thread the ball through to Soldado, on the edge of the box, and he instantly did a thirty metre backpass to a CB.
When it comes to Soldado I'd only be too happy to never see him in a Spurs shirt again. He's been an imposter for two years and will never turn into a striker for us. THE chance he wasted in Florence is unforgivable for any striker, let alone an overpaid professional. We travelled to Italy, knowing we had to score to have any chance to go through and knowing we would probably not get too many clear cut opportunities. That lack of spine he showed there dropped the entire game. Up until then we had control in midfield, it was just impossible to see where the goals would be coming from. Our centre backs then gifted them two goals and we never looked like getting back. A performance like that really wasn't what we needed three days before Wembley. Now Pochettino can put Adebayor back in the frame, as the only realistic back-up to Kane.
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I genuinely like his character but enough is enough.......... That man can not be trusted in front of goal.

To be fair to him, as he was running through, in my mind i was thinking he should square it so I think he made the right decision. BUT... Firstly, any real striker is only thinking about scoring in that position, the man is scared to shoot ffs... Secondly if you do decide to square (bottle) it you DO NOT do that, the man is not only afraid to shoot now, he is so petrified in goalscoring positions he can not even lay it off 2 yards to the left. AVB killed him and there is no way back now, I would not trust him in our shirt again. No Confidence and i genuinely feel he needs to leave England for his mental health. The pain on his face as he saw he f****d up was painful to see. Magneto can you help me here? I can see no way back..

Verts I can forgive as that was out of character but that Fazio guy is in the same boat as Soldado for me because this s**t he does is becoming a habit and it makes him look like a clown.

Off with both their heads
+1
Should be executed at dawn. Enough is definitely enough. In that situation you either shoot or simply go past the goalie. If the goalie can manage to follow you, then square it but honestly that one a striker needs to sort out on his own!
I totally agree that for his own mental health he needs to go back to Spain or to China or to Saudi Arabia or wherever the punishment for treason is still severe!
I'll try and explain my thought process here. But even before I start, I'm still firmly in the pro-soldado camp. Yeah. A rapidly deteriorating camp, and I can see why people are giving up on him. Let us try and analyse that error.

Soldado created the chance in the first place. His breaking the offside trap was exceptional as he was doing all game. I counted 6 times he actually beat the offside trap in the 70 minutes I watched. None of the strikers we have are remotely capable of doing that. 3 of those offside traps were beaten on the right wing, with Lamela moving through the center of the pitch or in the CAM position.

In this particular situation, Soldado made a greaet run and was put in a position where he either had to go 1v1, or square it off to Chadli and give the keeper even less of a chance.

No arguments that a striker with confidence would have shot.

But there are plenty of instances where a 1v1 doesn't come off. Hugo blocked 2 1v1s in this very game itself. Soldado isn't your typical striker. He's not a Defoe/Pav/Kane/Bale kind of guy who blasts it into the net. He tries to play the ball into the net. Nothing we do in training will ever change that. He's not a poacher. He's a volley specialist who has great situational awareness and brings a secondary striker into play. Much like he did with Valencia. Check the Valencia team stats during his tenure, and you'd notice the sheer number of goals scored by the CAM and Wingers. He is a striker who brings others into play. Basically, he's like an instinctive striker who either tries a volley or passes it to someone who's in a better position than he is.

Chadli was in a better position than he was.

What was his f**k up? He underhit the pass. That is all that was wrong in that messed up goal. The pass should have been played with more conviction, but as a striker who's low on confidence and hating the way things are going on in his life and hoping to give something back for the amazing support he's been given, he's frozen up and misplaced the pass too close to the keeper.

Note a point here. Chadli ran further into the middle after the initial movement. He could have kept more of a gap, allowing a faster pass, and he made as much of a mistake as Soldado did in his off the ball positioning. He got too close, forcing a delicate pass under pressure. No defense about the f****d up pass.

If Soldado were given another chance, he'd square the ball again to the secondary striker. Why?

It is essential to who he is and how he plays. You can't get Defoe to play as a target man. You can't get Crouch to play like a playmaking forward. You can't get Adebayor to play like Sturridge. Some things are just impossible to do. Playing Soldado as a target man is the biggest fuckup of tactics I've seen in the small time that I've sat down to try and understand footballing tactics. It is a mistake that cost AVB his job. It is a mistake that cost us 26 Million. It is a mistake that Baldini is not punished for. If we wanted a player to hold up the ball and blast it from range, why in the name of Jono's right b*****k did we shell down on Soldado?! Where the f**k are the early crosses into the box? If we refuse to play crosses, ship Soldado out. There cannot be another way. There should not be another way! He is being wasted this way and the team's attack is stagnating because our midfield lacks the vision and the capability of understanding how a striker plays.

What we are essentially doing is finding a scapegoat. Soldado is ours. He was phenomenal the rest of the game. Not one mention about that. Bentaleb was horrible ever since he got back from AFCON and has been time and again caught off his marker during defensive duties and misplaced the ball in horrendous positions. Not one mention about that. Jan gets a brief "omfg, why Jan?!" to his howler. Fazio gets a lot more s**t for his error, while Rose did the same multiple times in the last couple of years and gets away with defensive murder because he's "good in attack". Yet, his crosses have just a slightly improved accuracy over Walker's. No more.

The true problem yesterday (I speak only for 72 minutes, I refused to watch the end) was our midfield and defense. Vlad was playing RW/RF for a whole lot of the game with next to nothing to show for it. Lamela decided to then move into the middle to find space, crowding Eriksen, who crowded Chadli. Bentaleb was caught flat footed on multiple occasions and gave some horrendous back passes straight to their players, as did Vlad.

What dissapoints me most is that we're not up in arms about s**t passing of midfielders and defenders which cost us the game. We've all but forgotten the horrors of the ref standards that actually cost us the game. We're laying it down solely on one misplaced pass from a striker cause he's an easy target. This sort of attitude is going to get us nowhere. We've been s**t in midfield for years now. We've got someone like Bale to "bale us out" despite playing like s**t with a moment of magic. Eriksen and Kane contributed to that this season, as did Lloris with some spectacular saves. Where's the rest of the team? Where are the tactics? Why do some players get more stick than others?

as far as I'm concerned, I don't give a damn about how much a player cost or what he's earning. If I see Ade on the field, I don't think of his wage bill. I see what he's contributing, and if he's not good enough, I blast that. When I see Mason harrying a player into an error, I don't think how much he's earning. This is matchday. f**k all that. Every player in the squad is equal and in my eyes, needs to show me why they deserve to play over 90 minutes.

Maybe I simply view football very differently. I am a lot more annoyed by our midfield and defense than I am about Soldado's miss. I am a lot more annoyed by Poch's inept adapting to changed tactics than I am about Soldado's miss. I'm in the minority, but I hope and pray the management is spotting the absolute garbage that is happening in CDM, CB and Wing Back positions and sort them out or we're never going to progress as a team.

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Magneto, Who cares if he beats the offside trap? Nothing ever comes from it.
As likable as he may be he's utter garbage. HE is the big money striker signing the club has craved for. Soldado in meant nobody else in. It's over. He needs to disappear, whether we take a £20m loss or not. It's enough with the excuses now. If you're not doing the job then it's out. Soldado has never done it for us and he never will.

And we're not talking midfielders or calamity defenders now. We're talking one particular striker. And no he has NEVER been anywhere near "phenomenal".
+1
I think thats a bit over analysis of Soldado's shittidity (yeah I created this word) Mag. Kinda sounds like you're saying he was already s**t when we bought him and now if the extra low confidence, he has reached diarrhea level. You give a player more than 2 seasons to adapt, trusting him with european games, train him with the team every single day and it's again the managers fault because the player is not placed where it is assumed to be their perfect position. Lets putit another way. Someone got a job as a cleaner but the boss is stupid as he was supposed to put the guy as a doorman since that was his most skilled posession. At the same time the boss is thinking I already have a doorman and right now who I really want is a cleaner.
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHTGIh7TZZg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Chip, lob, smash, run around the keeper, send it wide for Chadli to pick it up or give it to him straight away - just don't lull the ball all the way into the keeper's hands!

There's no reason to hit out at every player in the squad for occasional shortcomings, just to eternally defend Soldado for him to remain in a Spurs shirt.
We have seen plenty of quality in this team but it still needs to evolve. We can only hope that the players are able to bounce back for Wembley on Sunday!
We simply have difference of opinion on what a striker does. I respect yours, and I'll hold onto mine North :) I want to see team play, and we are ridiculously close to getting it, and yet so far. About who cares? I do. I don't care about a striker being the only one who scores a goal. We play a fluid formation with ever changing roles. But simply because I care about it, I'm not asking others to. Just my opinion. Hence I mentioned it. It is also why I mentioned bungling midfielders and calamity defenders. Football is a team sport and I refuse to look at just one individual. If that makes my opinion worth nothing, then so be it.

I don't care if we sell Soldado. It might work out for the best if the team plays like this. But signing whoever and hoping it'll work without sorting out the underlying problem is going to lead to another Soldado. Another Pavlychenko. Again, and again, and again. Players who do a lot till it comes to the finish. Because we have a terrible system of shooting from range and hoping it goes in. Players don't know what to do with the ball in the final third. Players who read the game well are coming here and struggling because a lot of players tend to get selfish. Chadli struggled in his first year. Lamela's struggling. Soldado's struggling. No teamwork means every player who relies on quick passing and movement is doing really well in the midfield and fizzling out at the end.

I have mentioned time and again that he is the wrong signing if we want a striker to dribble past a few defenders and shoot. He is the wrong striker if we want to head the ball in. Team comes first and that is the simplest thing in the world. Team ought to come first in the case of absolute deadweight in the form of Adebayor who's beyond crap when he's not treated like a diva, Kaboul who's lost it, Capoue who's not even existing in the same hemisphere anymore as the team. Chopping and changing a lot will destroy team unity, something we've struggled to build.

I'm no manager. I merely have an opinion. I was asked why I had it by Bwfyid, and I've given it. I see tactical advantages in holding onto Soldado. I see a striker's role different to what others hold, and I'm okay with that. I also expressly mentioned in my point up above that I couldn't care less who cost what. Paychecks mean nothing to me once the player is registered for the squad. You completely ignored that and pointed at that again. There's not much I can say or add to that. I can talk tactics, I can talk about how a team can play and how a player can improve or what he's doing wrong in the tactics expected of them. I'm somewhat okay at understanding team play and roles. I never claimed to be an expert. I know next to nothing about how we should generate cash for the club and how much a player is worth.

Money is not magically going to appear for us. 20 million won't "just disappear". We're in for some really tough times ahead with the stadium and economics, and we won't remotely have the same kind of money to throw around for a few years. We're getting more money from the TV revenue, but so are other teams and they won't have the burden of creating a new stadium in the heart of North London. Time will tell how much Poch will be given to mould the team in the window, but I don't expect fireworks in the financial department. I know nothing about it and what little I tried to research confused me as I have no grasp of economics whatsoever.

We're clearly not going to agree on this. But I urge people to consider the actions of how our midfielders and defenders have performed in the final third over the last few years, and how we seem to be able to accept such levels of mediocrity. Burning Soldado at the stake might be fun, but it'll solve nothing in the long run. We're just as f****d if we don't sort out issues where we're going wrong.
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Not once have I said Soldado was crap before we got him. Is it really that difficult to see that there are strikers in the world whos job is not to bang it out from 20 yards every time they touch the ball?

Soldado has one kind of gameplay. We were like the wife who married a guy, sure of being able to get him to stop drinking after marriage. Soldado never can play anything other than that one role and I have never changed that since before I saw him play in our shirt. He was good at that, and now he's struggling at that too due to us not being able to make the most of resources. You can't train a right handed person to write beautifully with their left hand. Some people can learn it, but clearly not Soldado. We overpaid for him, and how is that the player's fault?

We need to look at the bigger picture. This is turning into a "Why is Magneto defending Soldado" debate. I genuinely don't care if Soldado is sold. It'd be a shame to waste a resource, but that's all a player is to the team. Like how it is a shame to waste Ade right now. I'm just trying to convey that the team tactics are really poor right now, and we're accepting a lot of mediocrity from midfield and defense while being overtly reliant and harsh on strikers. That's all I have to say on this issue. Good day all.
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One final note, North. I am not hitting out at the entire team just to defend soldado. I've done the same in every game I've seen this season about the shortcomings of every player. Especially midfield. Anyone on tinychat can vouch for my gripes about our midfield all season.

Correlation is not causation.

I stuck up for Soldado because he made one mistake, similar to the mistakes made by Fazio, Vertonghen, Bentaleb and Chiriches in this game. There have been plenty of instances of Rose and Chadli messing up this season. I mentioned that we need to look at the entire picture and not just at a superficial level. If people want to just determine that is a favour in the argument of Soldado, then please read the post again. It is an argument about why we're playing so s**t right now and we need to stop finding one person to pin our problems on.
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The thing is that it's not the one mistake. He is a striker who doesn't score and it is not because he's never got the right balls to work with. I have insisted for a long time that he's not what we need. A striker who is so unwilling to take on a single defender or a goalkeeper and go for goal, that's just simply not worth persisting with. Pavlyuchenko certainly couldn't be blamed for not having a go!

So Mags, you got to admit that Soldado is not lifting the team and he really doesn't look likely to ever start scoring for fun. I don't know if anyone could have predicted it was going to be this difficult for him in England or at Tottenham.
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Mag please highlight any modern striker in the world besides Soldado who's job is to be a volley specialist and not score goals but more of a bring other players into play kind of guy. One name I can pick is Messi but the guy obviously scores goals ryte.
+1
Let me finish by quoting the good man Kenny Rogers:
He said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
And knowin' what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner
And every hand's a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
in your sleep
Come On You Spurs!
+3
Magneto, the team obviously played poorly, and in North's original post he mentions that our 2 CB's had brain farts which threw the game away and the general play was just horrendous.

I don't see any scapegoating, I don't think anyone would disagree with you about how poorly the team played in general. I for one have been an advocate for Soldado since his arrival and have always backed the fact that "the team doesn't play to his strengths but he works hard enough to prove himself".

However let's be realistic, bottom line; Soldado's "pass" was absolutely pathetic. You can push price tags aside and put all our players on a level footing judgement as much as you want. But in that moment, when Soldado was threaded that ball, it was just him in front of goal with Chadli supporting him; but realistically you wouldn't even expect a player to be supporting a striker in that position, as it should be a goal all day long anyways. But Chadli was there, and he couldn't even get the ball passed to him. Soldado should have buried it, one way or another. Everyone knew that we needed to come out and be on the front foot, Soldado must know how important it is to be getting goals and impressing again. All of these factors make that miss that much more painful.
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The fact that Nippro has even refused to acknowledge that Volley specialists exist in strikers who either volley or create for the team shows where this conversation is heading. Please watch more Spanish or German football and come back to me before thinking only Messi does that. There's more to those countries than just 1-2 clubs, so I'd recommend looking away from the obvious choices to try and see football from more than one point of view.

The rest, I've said all there is to be said from my point of view and I'll end this here. I don't think there is even an iota of chance for me to get my point across and I shall respect your point of view while holding onto mine. Good day all :)
Why persist, for how long and to whose benefit? For the club?
I am going to pretend we didn't play today and look forward to Sunday. Time to hit the sack. :|
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3 key moments.

Soldado! What was he thinking!?

Lamela giving the ball away on half way for their first goal. ( Edit, Someone may need to correct me on that one, but that high line was so stupid!

and Verts brain lapse at the back for their second.

North is right, its football suicide! These are BASIC errors.
+1
Fazio gave the ball away, not Lamela.
+3
Lamela sucked that whole game, does he deserve to start on Sunday? Or is it just blind faith from the management? I'm so guttered!
+1
Davies was good. Eriksen worked hard. Lamela was ok.
I thought Davies was rubbish, got into some good area's but never produced anything worth while, his crossing is so poor. I'm just fed up with Lamela, it's like watching that tv show Lost, you keep thinking something goods going to happen but it never does. It just keeps f*****g dragging out and building up but never eventuates to anything.

+1
Townsend has got the start I think
This is how we need to start in the final

Robinson
Hutton Woodgate King Chimbonda
Lennon Jenas Zokora Malbranque
Keane Berbatov
+4
Congratulations Fiorentina. They were the better team and had brilliant attacking and defending today.
+1
Now that's how you defend. Chiriches=class
+1
Soldado is scoring in the 85th minute and Kane will score in the 93rd minute. #pray4spurs
+2
LOL
+1
Suicidal defending seems to be a North London speciality.
+4
First time in forever I'm rage quitting a game. The defense and midfield have been a lot worse than Soldado's miss. 3 guesses what'll make headlines though.
+2
Didn't see the 1st goal. Just saw the 2nd goal and barely last 5mins.

What was Vertonghen THINKING !!!
+2
Yeah we was completely at fault for that one, absolute brain explosion!
+1
The most he could do was try a last saving tackle to prevent the goal. Man where is the guys passion? That was a free goal.
+1
That's how it's done, Soldado!
And good one, Fazio...
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6
13
26
6
44
5
36
41
8
5
13
26
7
39
8
30
38
7
9
10
26
8
37
-4
34
30
9
7
10
26
9
36
-4
34
30
10
6
10
26
10
32
-11
42
31
10
8
8
26
11
28
-4
37
33
10
10
6
26
12
27
-9
37
28
11
9
6
26
13
27
-10
34
24
11
9
6
26
14
26
-10
35
25
12
8
6
26
15
25
-14
36
22
9
13
4
26
16
22
-18
45
27
16
4
6
26
17
22
-19
44
25
12
10
4
26
18
22
-23
36
13
14
7
5
26
19
18
-18
42
24
16
6
4
26
20
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UEFA Europa League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
23
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
24
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
26
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
27
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
28
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
29
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
30
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
31
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
32
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
33
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
34
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
36
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
37
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
38
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
39
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
40
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
41
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
42
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
43
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
44
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
45
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
46
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
47
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
48

UEFA Europa League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
12
6
5
11
0
3
3
6
1
11
5
4
9
1
2
3
6
2
6
-3
10
7
2
3
1
6
3
2
-8
9
1
4
2
0
6
4

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