I assume they're just taken better care off these days and not just injected with painkillers and sent out to play, thus prolonging their careers and reducing the likelihood of them being crippled with arthritis by the time they're 50.
― High profile Tom D (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:31 (eight months ago) link
i think the change in acceptable tackling has led to a change in the physiology that works best now, meaty lads dont get to the top level
and youve to factor in that probably many fewer careers are ended by injury given strides in treatments (and money in same, tbf)
but i think that the high end player is a finely-tuned specimen much more likely to tweak or otherwise injure himself these days and as a consequence they have patchier availability records
but as a kind of associated effect they play longer at higher levels
― BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:38 (eight months ago) link
obviously he's still gonna be at Barca. according to Wilson he doesn't do any pressing work - does that mean he just isn't suited to a top PL side? Kloop/Mou wouldn't have it, city/utd would still concede silly goals if he were in the team. Messi at Arsenal would be hilarious. In conclusion, he should join the blades.
― closed beta (NotEnough), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:04 (eight months ago) link
the idea that the best player in the world has to follow a strict system seems totalitarian to me
even spurs managed to do their stuff behind jermain defoe under avb (right?) while acknowledging that he simply wasnt part of the formation or tactic off-the-ball
― BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:08 (eight months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:01 (eight months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Monday, 17 February 2020 00:01 (eight months ago) link
messi assisted three and scored five
― BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 17 February 2020 00:25 (eight months ago) link