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1 Posted 12/08/2014 at 00:56:38
Then you have the benefit of playing some of the young lads to see if there anywhere near EPL level and also use it to give competitive games to the likes of Besic, Gibson, Oviedo, Hibbert, Robles, Duffy, Garbutt and Kone to try an keep them sharp for when there called upon for the Premier League.
Then you have the added advantage of the fact that, if we could get past the Christmas period and were still in the Europa League, we can make a calculated decision on whether the Premier league or the Europa League is the best option in our pursuit of being in the Champions League for Season 2015-16.
2 Posted 12/08/2014 at 21:46:54
The statistics confirm suspicions I’ve had for a while about managers unsuccessful in the Europa League using that competition as an excuse for poor performances in the Premier League.
The "Thursday/ Sunday" syndrome is another fallacy. Why is this worse than playing Wednesday/Saturday?
Any player who whinges about playing in these games is not a true professional. It means he just wants to stay in his local well-paid comfort zone and not develop.
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