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20 hours ago, TheHowieLama said:

Weird how Mahrez has fallen - though it is a testament to the job Ranieri did there.

Only Vardy has come out unscathed - Maguire found out as a donkey, Kante shuffled around the midfield, Drinkwater producing his own highlight reel, not sure Okazaki is still in the game.

 

I guess Chilwell has kicked on.

Didn't Maguire play with Hull the season Leicester won the league? Huth and Morgan were Ranieri's 2 CBs.

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5 minutes ago, Razoray said:

Didn't Maguire play with Hull the season Leicester won the league? Huth and Morgan were Ranieri's 2 CBs.

You may be right pal - if anything it makes Ranieri look even better.

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They’re a million miles from the team they were. Losing Sane, Silva and Kompany. Aguero and Fernandinho’s presence fading, Bernardo Silva’s form falling off a cliff. They’re a quite ordinary now, their squad reminds me of Arsenal under Wenger now.

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Even De Bruyne on Saturday looked a bit pissed off and was trying to do everything and far too much but I guess when you’re used to slapping teams 6, 7 and 8-0 then when it stops happening it can be a bit of a pisser .

Having said that I wouldn’t write them off just yet as there’s only 8 games gone and at the minute  they’re still our biggest challengers for the title 

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3 hours ago, Razoray said:

Didn't Maguire play with Hull the season Leicester won the league? Huth and Morgan were Ranieri's 2 CBs.

Yeah, and they were a solid pair. It was a perfect storm of a season for them in a lot of ways with the 'bigger' clubs in various states of flux. Spurs completely bottled it, Leicester didn't. Still a great achievement though, particularly given that they came out of nowhere. Nobody flukes a league title. Kante and Vardy were phenomenal that year. 

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30 minutes ago, El Rojo said:

Yeah, and they were a solid pair. It was a perfect storm of a season for them in a lot of ways with the 'bigger' clubs in various states of flux. Spurs completely bottled it, Leicester didn't. Still a great achievement though, particularly given that they came out of nowhere. Nobody flukes a league title. Kante and Vardy were phenomenal that year. 

 

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

 

That was their regular starting XI, with a squad full of journeymen and a journeyman manager. It's still hard to believe they did what they did, even when you consider that all the usual contenders were in a state of flux and ridiculously inconsistent. They only lost to ourselves and Arsenal (the latter twice), and finished on 81 points, still 10 points clear of 2nd placed Arsenal. And all just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation!

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1 hour ago, Trumo said:

 

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

 

That was their regular starting XI, with a squad full of journeymen and a journeyman manager. It's still hard to believe they did what they did, even when you consider that all the usual contenders were in a state of flux and ridiculously inconsistent. They only lost to ourselves and Arsenal (the latter twice), and finished on 81 points, still 10 points clear of 2nd placed Arsenal. And all just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation!

So you're saying Everton have got a chance? 

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2 hours ago, Trumo said:

 

Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy

 

That was their regular starting XI, with a squad full of journeymen and a journeyman manager. It's still hard to believe they did what they did, even when you consider that all the usual contenders were in a state of flux and ridiculously inconsistent. They only lost to ourselves and Arsenal (the latter twice), and finished on 81 points, still 10 points clear of 2nd placed Arsenal. And all just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation!

Tottenham finishing third in their two horse title race was a less talked about but still appreciated highlight for me. 

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Hahaha

 

The whoppers thought they would dominate the league and Europe for years to come and have it their own way while everybody bent over to them while also being in ore of them.

 

 

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I understand a bit of bias here and there, but most of that is just factually incorrect, especially the bollocks about being anti-football and kicking players off the park. 

 

 

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The time to try keep the plates spinning, is when they're already spinning. Most of Pep's plates are hurtling fast towards the floor, some of them smashing into pieces. Having to replace 2-3 players is one thing, even with the money he's given, but having to replace 6-7, through a combination of ageing, susceptibility to injury, and simply not having replaced key players such as Kompany, has left him looking complacent, naive and vulnerable.

 

The contract extension is something of an act of bravado and defiance, and not wanting to be seen to be running away from the fire, which he's terrified of. he's probably wishing he'd gone when he had the chance, but he's stayed and doubled down on that decision, for better or worse.

 

He's never had to completely rebuild a team before, partly because he's always had top quality players at his disposal, and partly because he's never stuck around long enough to have to do it. Given his obsession with spending £50M+ on defenders and still not getting the defence sorted, the money they throw at Haaland, or whichever other attacking player they go after, will be pissed into the wind if they don't sort out the defence and defensive midfield which was once rock solid with Kompany and Fernandinho, albeit with the aid of endlessly unpunished shithousery.

 

He's in new territory, totally naked. Let's see if the supposed king can buy himself a wardrobe of new clothes.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, SlugTrail said:

Were we any different during the utd period of dominance. I bet there were comments simular to that by many reds fans.

Too be honest, I probably made similar comments during the run two years ago.

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23 minutes ago, Chocoholic said:

Let's see if the supposed king can buy himself a wardrobe of new clothes.

 

 

So far he's pissed all his money away buying all Steve Jobs' old turtlenecks plus a bunch of shite from River Island.

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11 hours ago, SlugTrail said:

Were we any different during the utd period of dominance. I bet there were comments simular to that by many reds fans.

We moaned about them getting favourable treatment from referees and Ferguson bullying the media and FA but even the most bitter of our fans would acknowledge they were a good side who constantly evolved.

 

The rival fans now criticise us and do  anything to discredit us and come up with bizarre theories even in the face of facts. Such as VAR, Peds, the FA want us to win the league, all the other teams are shite, all our players are divers etc. They just repeat these without it having any basis or facts to back it up. Worst ones are the red Mancs who ignore their players diving everywhere and having 44 penalties in 127 games and keep going on about LiVARpool. 

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44 minutes ago, Doctor Troy said:

We moaned about them getting favourable treatment from referees and Ferguson bullying the media and FA but even the most bitter of our fans would acknowledge they were a good side who constantly evolved.

 

The rival fans now criticise us and do  anything to discredit us and come up with bizarre theories even in the face of facts. Such as VAR, Peds, the FA want us to win the league, all the other teams are shite, all our players are divers etc. They just repeat these without it having any basis or facts to back it up. Worst ones are the red Mancs who ignore their players diving everywhere and having 44 penalties in 127 games and keep going on about LiVARpool. 

If social media was the blight then that it is now, we’d have enough weapons among our support to make similar arguments about whoever was doing better than us. 

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