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Barry Hesketh
1 Posted 24/06/2021 at 19:54:21
I can't remember Everton ever winning a European tie on the away goals rule, we certainly lost a couple because of that rule, Panathinaikos being the most important one in 1971 and Dukla Prague in the late 70s.

Rob Dolby
2 Posted 24/06/2021 at 20:02:34
Of all the rules to change, they remove one that works well. Wonder what bright spark thought of that?

How about changing the offside rule to any part of the body level with a defender is onside? Let's see some goals instead of VAR ruling out goals.

Barry Rathbone
3 Posted 24/06/2021 at 20:02:58
About time.

The daftest rule in football, encouraging the "nick a goal and defend" merchants – a grotesque affront to the beautiful game.

Rob Halligan
4 Posted 24/06/2021 at 20:17:45
Always thought this rule favoured the team playing at home first. I know it's all ifs and buts, but a 0-0 draw at home means you knew a 1-1 draw would get you through to the next round. Then again, a score draw in the first leg meant the team at home in the second leg could “Park the bus”.

Also, in the second leg, if the aggregate score after 90 minutes was level, then the away team only needs, in theory anyway, to score one in extra time knowing the home team would then need to score two.

Anyway, it's a stupid rule and about time it was scrapped!

John Raftery
5 Posted 24/06/2021 at 21:20:55
The rule was introduced in response to the Catenaccio system perfected by the Italian clubs, notably Inter Milan, in the mid sixties. It seemed to make sense at the time to promote attacking play but as Barry says cost us dearly in 1971 and 1978.

We never won a tie on away goals scored. It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, the change has on the dynamics of games played next season. I suspect we will see more ties settled on penalties. The TV companies will be delighted with that.

Dale Self
6 Posted 24/06/2021 at 21:54:11
Thanks for that take John. I inherited that as a fan and never checked the origin.
James Flynn
7 Posted 24/06/2021 at 22:02:05

Yet another concession to perennial CL clubs.

"dissuades home teams - especially in first legs - from attacking, because they fear conceding a goal that would give their opponents a crucial advantage,"

Is that so?

Can't recollect Bayern Munich, Barca, Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United "dissuaded" from attacking when the 1st leg was at home.

For clubs with an attack, but the manager prefers to play defensively due to the away goal rule? That isn't strategy. That's a weak manager and the club needs to fire him.

For the clubs with little attack? They're going to play defensively away goal rule or not.

As for this gem, "It is fair to say that home advantage is now no longer as significant as it once was."

Against the big boys? It never was. This rule change just made it easier for them.

Stephen Vincent
8 Posted 27/06/2021 at 23:57:54
Not something we have to worry about for quite a few seasons yet.

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