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Borussia Dortmund 2020/21 accounts cover a season seriously impacted by COVID, when they finished third in the Bundesliga, won the DFB Cup and reached the Champions League quarter-finals. Head coach Lucien Favre was replaced by Marco Rose for 2021/22. Some thoughts follow #BVB
#BVB pre-tax loss widened from €47m to €73m, as revenue dropped €35m (9%) from €379m to €345m and profit on player sales fell €25m from €40m to €15m, partly offset by cutting operating expenses by €31m and net interest payable decreasing €2m.
#BVB €35m revenue fall was due to COVID driven reductions in match operations, down €32m (98%) to €1m, and commercial, down €21m (12%) to €147m. On the other hand, broadcasting rose €17m (10%) to €187m, mainly Champions League money, while other income was up €1m to €10m
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Same issue we've seen this season. By playing on the shoulder/up against CBs, Lukaku creates huge spaces between him and teammates. #CFC caught in two minds whether to support RL or drop deeper to help with build up. Wingbacks offering very little and zero dynamism centrally.
Dragging and dropping a top centre forward into a system that was built on being incredibly compact, with a centre forward who played as a #10, isn't necessarily going to work. Using Lukaku as a basic target man doesn't help anyone. Have to figure out how to reduce spaces.
It's all well and good playing in an incredibly controlled and patient manner, but you have a super dynamic centre forward working against that level of possession. By the time we get the ball into the final third, we are facing a flat back five with four screening midfielders.
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Manchester United’s 2020/21 accounts cover a season when they finished 2nd in the Premier League and reached the final of the Europa League, having been eliminated at group stage of the Champions League. Financials significantly impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #MUFC
#MUFC pre-tax loss up from £21m to £24m, as revenue dropped £15m (3%) from £509m to £494m and profit on player sales fell £11m to £7m, while expenses rose £16m (3%). Operational decline offset by interest swinging £39m from £26m payable to £13m recoverable thanks to forex gains.
Net loss after tax rose £69m from 23m to £92m, due to April 2023 increase in corporation tax from 19% to 25%, which meant that #MUFC wrote down the value of a US deferred tax asset, as it is no longer expected to give rise to a future economic benefit. This is a non-cash impact.
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🧵 How Kante stopped Spurs’ clever game-plan #TOTCHE

A tactical analysis thread 🪡 Image
Spurs’ game-plan was simple yet very clever.

They used a 4-3-2-1 to implement a pressing shape designed to win the ball high up the pitch, in wide areas.

Upon winning the ball, the plan was to release Son in behind a stretched Chelsea back 3, 1v1 on goal. Image
Furthermore, Spurs often allowed Chelsea to build play on the RHS, in efforts to make the most out of Kane’s ball distribution ability, together with his chemistry with Son, who possesses the blistering pace to get in behind.

They did so by using the following pressing shape: Image
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🏆🇪🇺 Champions League probabilities:

🔀 Who has the best chance of winning & qualifying from each #UCL group using our xG model?

A: #ManCity, PSG, Leipzig, Brugge
B: Atletico, #LFC, Porto, Milan
C: Sporting, Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
D: Inter, Real, Shakhtar, Sheriff

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🏆 Champions League Group Probabilities:

🔀 Who has the best chance of winning & qualifying from each #UCL group using our xG model?

E: Bayern, Barca, Benfica, Kiev
F: Villarreal, #MUFC, Atalanta, Y Boys
G: Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg
H: #CFC, Juve, Zenit, Malmo

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📊 The Infogol model's top-two predictions for all eight #UCL groups.

💷 The 'both teams to qualify' acca is 153/1 with @SkyBet

🤑 The straight forecast acca is 4385/1 with @SkyBet
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Gameweek 4️⃣ Previews! #FPL

Below we summarise all of...
🔘Injuries
🔘Suspensions
🔘Key Press Conference quotes
🔘A resulting PREDICTED lineup

LIKES ❤️ and RETWEETS ♻️ appreciated! Good Luck and Enjoy.

#TipzLineups #FPLCommunity #GW4 Image
Arsenal Gameweek Preview

Suspended / Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Xhaka (suspended)
🔘 Elneny (injured)

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 White, Gabriel, ESR & Partey available
🔘 Tomiyasu fit and work permit cleared

Predicted lineup below

Written by @FPLRayGooner_49

#AFC
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Villa Gameweek Preview

Suspended/ Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Trezeguet
🔘 Davis

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 McGinn and Ramsey have recovered from their illness.
🔘 Watkins and Bailey are back available
🔘Traore back training

Predicted lineup below

Written by @fpl_Marsh
#AVFC
#AVLBRE Image
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Many Liverpool fans are unhappy that their club has not bought more players in this summer’s transfer window. This thread looks at where the money has gone, reviews the #LFC business model under FSG and explains why the approach is less restrained at other clubs.
This summer #LFC only spent £36m on RB Leipzig defender Ibrahim Konaté, by far the lowest of the Big Six. Four clubs splashed out more than £100m:#AFC £149m, #MUFC £126m, #MCFC £115m and #CFC £108m. On a net basis, #LFC £11m was second smallest, as #CFC made £110m sales. Image
Even though #LFC spent £74m the prior season, mainly on Jota, Thiago & Tsimikas, their £110m gross spend in the last two years is still the lowest of the Big Six, far below #CFC £330m, #MCFC £260m, #AFC £226m. #MUFC £201m and #THFC £160m. Liverpool also had the lowest net spend. Image
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Ralf Rangnick, the man to save Arsenal - A THREAD #AFC #Arsenal #DieRotenBullen (RT’s and likes are really appreciated) Image
Who is Rangnick? He’s a German coach and sporting director known for his key role in the rise of RB Liepzig. He operated interchangeably in both roles from the 12/13 to the 18/19 season, driving them from the German 3rd Division to becoming a mainstay in the Champions League. ImageImage
As sporting director, his philosophy is to unearth future starts before top clubs can find them, building a system that gets the best out of them, and selling them for massive profits. He was behind the discovery of players like Kimmich, Upamecano, Werner, Keita, Konaté, Sabitzer ImageImageImage
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#LIVCHE - 𝐓𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝

Key points:

🔴VVD showed Lukaku's true level
🔴Liverpool need Origi against low block
🔴James = handball but not a red
🔴Havertz and Mount dangerous first half
🔴Liverpool fall asleep from corner

CC: @TacticalPad

#LFC #cfc #chelsea

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Havertz has always been a major set piece threat from his Leverkusen days, so why he's being marked by Henderson and not a VVD is poor man marking strategy by Liverpool.

He should be the main focus from a corner, not Lukaku.
Havertz and Mount were excellent in the first half and supported Lukaku with interchanging runs, runs in behind and Fabinho struggled to get to grips.

James and Alonso holding the width, allowed Chelsea's CAMs the freedom to wreak havoc centrally and in the half spaces.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 3 [Friday]

🐦 Liverpool

📢 Jurgen Klopp on Andy Robertson: "Robbo trained the whole week, of course he [is] in contention, no doubt about that."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe

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📢 Klopp on team news: "Millie [James Milner] will not be ready – I think that's it pretty much. All the rest trained and looked good and sharp."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news/injuries: "Ollie Watkins will train with us today and if he gets through training, he’ll be available for selection.

"[Leon Bailey's] progress is going ok but tomorrow will come too soon for him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #avfc #AvlBre
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Given the importance of wage bills to the likely success of football clubs, I thought that it would be interesting to look at wages for the Big 5 European leagues in the 2019/20 season (the most recently published accounts). Some thoughts in the following thread.
As a technical note, I have converted wages from Euro denominated leagues to GBP using the 1.14 exchange rate from the Deloitte Money League. To facilitate comparison, I have provided figures for each league in both Euros and GBP, though the overviews are only in GBP.
In England the highest wage bill in 2019/20 was #MCFC £351m, followed by #LFC £326m, #MUFC £284m, #CFC £283m, #AFC £225m and #THFC £181m. It is worth noting that some clubs’ figures were inflated by changing their year-end date, which meant the accounts covered 13 months.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on football clubs, though it is important to distinguish between money that has been completely lost to the game and income that has simply been deferred. This thread will analyse what this means for the Premier League.
Many clubs have listed the revenue impact of COVID-19 in their accounts, while others have not quantified the amounts. In the latter case, I have made assumptions consistent with those clubs who have provided figures in order to estimate the impact.
On the face of it, Premier League revenue held up quite well in 2019/20, though there were only 3 months impacted by the pandemic that season, as 4 clubs reported revenue above £400m (#MUFC £509m, #LFC £490m, #MCFC £478m & #CFC £407m), while all but one club was higher than £100m
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I have put together a graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing 10-year trend for a club, starting with the “Big Six” #AFC #CFC #LFC #MCFC #MUFC #THFC
Arsenal graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing the 10-year trend for #AFC
Chelsea graphical overview covering some key areas of football finance:

1. Profit & Loss
2. Revenue
3. Expenses
4. Balance Sheet

Each of the 4 pages includes 6 graphs showing the 10-year trend for #CFC
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Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Lionel #Messi from #FCBarcelona has come as a major surprise to the footballing world. This thread will look at the financial implications and explain how #PSG are likely to still be able to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) targets.
Despite a €99m (15%) fall in revenue in 2020, partly due to the COVID pandemic, #PSG wage bill still rose €43m (12%) to €414m, the club’s highest ever. This was more than 3 times as much as the closest challenger in France, Lyon with €132m, representing 29% of Ligue 1 wages.
#PSG €414m wage bill is the second highest in Europe, only surpassed by #FCBarcelona €443m (before their La Liga salary cap challenges), but more than clubs like #MCFC €401m, #RealMadrid €378m, #LFC €371m, #FCBayern €340m, #MUFC €324m and #CFC €323m.
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Newcastle United’s 2019/20 financial results cover a season when they finished 13th in the Premier League for the second year in a row. Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #NUFC
#NUFC swung from £41m pre-tax profit to £26m loss, as revenue fell £23.8m (14%) from £176.4m to £152.6m, partly due to COVID, while expenses increased £45m (28%), including an additional month of accounts. Profit on player sales was up £2m to £26m. Loss after tax was £23m. Image
Main driver of #NUFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £18m (14%) from £124m to £106m, while match day dropped £7.4m (30%) from £24.8m to £17.4m. However, commercial rose £1.4m (5%) from £27.7m to £29.1m, including £1.2m from government job retention scheme. Image
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This weekend, exactly 10 years ago, a move from an 18-year old Belgian striker was unfolding.

✔️Anderlecht announcing a deal with Chelsea on Saturday
✔️Romelu Lukaku already wearing a #CFC top on Sunday
✔️Medical on Monday

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Anyway the Inter and Chelsea are still locked in talks.
Don’t think they will make the Saturday 6pm announcement deadline like in 2011. Deal back then was agreed in principle on a Thursday. Lukaku still played on Friday. On Saturday the paperwork came back. Let’s see if they make the medical on Monday for the full circle.
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Squad List for the #SuperCup According to UEFA:

Kepa, Bettinelli, Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Pulisic, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Abraham, Werner.

I’d imagine it’s not final. #CFC
23 man squad allowed so room for 2 more players to be added.
+ Villarreal have a few players in this list that are doubtful to play so I assume they are just finalising preliminary squads. ImageImage
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Crystal Palace’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season which ended in “a relatively disappointing 14th place following a run of bad results after lockdown”, according to chairman Steve Parish. Financial results were adversely impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #CPFC
#CPFC swung from £5m pre-tax profit to £58m loss, mainly due to profit on player sales dropping from £46m to only £0.5m. Revenue fell £13m (8%) from club record £155m to £142m, partly due to COVID, while expenses increased £5m (2%), including an additional month.
Main driver of #CPFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £11.7m (9%) from £124.4m to £112.7m, while match day dropped £2.8m (19%) from £14.6m to £11.8m. However, commercial rose £1.4m (9%) from £16.4m to £17.8m. Note: this revenue split is from club’s Annual Review.
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#FCBarcelona are facing a financial crisis, due to a combination of mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic, which means that they need to make significant savings to meet La Liga’s regulations. This thread will look at how the club reached this point and the implications.
La Liga will not allow #FCBarcelona to register its new signings unless the club makes savings of over €200m. These signings include Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal. These are mainly free transfers, but Barca still cannot complete the transactions.
#FCBarcelona’s financial issues even endanger Lionel Messi’s proposed new 5-year contract, though the club is looking to get creative here, e.g. huge pay cut (reportedly 50%) in the first year, compensated by a longer agreement and potential “ambassadorial work” in the future.
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Barcelona currently have a fire sale on. Players worth millions would be available for free if they could agree terms with the buying club. Everyone bar Messi it seems (despite him being out of contract) and the new signings have a price, and it's super low.
Messi is a club legend, but he's not budging on contract demands and it's impacting the entire club.

To put it in context if they let him go, they'd be 300k Euros in the green on wages + able to register all their new players (Aguero, Depay, Garcia...)
Losing Messi seems to be like the least objectional method to progress from an outsider's perspective, but it also seems the least likely.

Barcelona will try to sell; Coutinho, Pjanić, Sergi Roberto & Umtiti just to get level. Those players could be available for nearly free.
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#WatfordFC 2019/20 financial results covered a season that the club described as “unique and challenging”, as it ended in relegation after they finished 19th in the Premier League and they had 3 managers: Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores and Nigel Pearson. Some thoughts follow.
#WatfordFC swung from £10m pre-tax profit to £36m loss, as revenue decreased £28m (19%) from club record £148m to £120m and profit on player sales fell £4m to £18m, while expenses increased £9m (6%). Prior year boosted by £4.5m Marco Silva compensation. Loss after tax was £32m. Image
The main driver of #WatfordFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £24m (20%) from £119m to £95m, while match day dropped £2.0m (21%) to £7.3m, commercial decreased £1.2m (6%) to £17.4m and player loans were down £0.9m to £84k. Image
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Manchester United have announced financial results for Q3 of 2020/21, incorporating the first 9 months of the season. This covers January to March 2021, so provides further insight into the impact of COVID. Some thoughts in the following thread #MUFC
For Q3 #MUFC pre-tax loss improved from £29m to £23m, despite revenue dropping £5m (4%) to £118m, a £1m loss on player sales and expenses rising £7m (5%). This operational decline was offset by net interest payable falling from £25m to £1m thanks to forex gains.
The main reason that #MUFC revenue only fell 4% in Q3 was £33m increase in broadcasting to £59m, due to return to Champions League, which compensated for COVID influenced reductions in match day, down £28m (95%) to £2m, and commercial, down £10m (15%) to £58m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 37 [Monday]

💠 Man City

📢 Pep Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "Yeah, he’s been training for the last two days, he feels good. Kevin is important like everyone is..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "...everyone knows it [how important Kevin is] but everyone is at the same level - we will see his level and see if he is fit to play."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola on goalkeeper selection for Gameweek 37 and #GW38: "Ederson will play the next two games."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci
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🧵 Quotes thread Blank Gameweek 36 [Saturday]

🇦🇷 Leeds

📢 Marcelo Bielsa post-match: "Pablo [Hernandez] had a small knock that is not important. And we didn't want to take the risk, as we play on Tuesday, that he..."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
📢 Bielsa post-match: "...couldn't play then. And [Robin] Koch has a small knock in his hip and he could have played but we preferred not to risk him. The same with Pablo."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
📢 Bielsa asked when he decided that Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha were ready to start vs Burnley: "We constantly evaluate all the training sessions and it's not difficult to perceive a player. Apart from that, they are..."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
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