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  1. Mcfaggen

    Other Football - 2019/20

    That Dutch team won’t do much at the tournament. Didn’t create much against our motley crew. Can’t believe Davis skies the penalty, he usually rolls them in, rarely goes hard. Bottled it unfortunately. Off to Frankfurt now for the usual 2-0 plucky loss against the Germans.
  2. One of those just win it games. After an international break, away from home, energetic opposition, noisy crowd, motivated management team.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Back to 2019/2020, and Everton have had, statistically, the easiest start to the season of any club in the Premier League after 12 games: Starting with the hardest, here’s the difficulty of every club’s 12 fixtures so far. 1. Southampton 2. Newcastle United 3. Sheffield United 4. Watford 5. Norwich 6. Crystal Palace 7. Wolves 8. Tottenham 9. Liverpool 10. Aston Villa 11. Leicester City 12. Manchester United 13. Brighton 14. Burnley 15. Arsenal 16. Bournemouth 17. West Ham 18. Chelsea 19. Manchester City 20. Everton And it gets better, they have the hardest run in the next five games, and the second hardest run to the end of the season. https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/premier-league-clubs-ranked-by-the-difficulty-of-their-opponents-so-far/
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    I don't know the area, I don't know the politics, but looking at a map of Goodison, would buying the few streets around the ground really be out of the question (appreciate there's a primary school there too, but surely all doable and sure another first for them incorporating a Primary School in to their Stadium to go with the Church)? About an hundred houses between Gwladys Street & Walton Lane. About £20m of real estate on current average house prices for the city. Re-orientating the pitch to maximise use of space & build where they are? Probably cheaper than building on water.
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    January 2020 Transfer Thread

    I watch very little football other than Liverpool games, but how is the kid Brooks doing at Bournemouth. Saw him in the Cabaro Cup against Chelsea last season (I think) and he was very good.
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    January 2020 Transfer Thread

    He did the job against Villa IMHO, but I wouldn't be giving him a new contract. There will be other games this season where he can play that role, give Fab / Henderson a day off, if he's fit. The 'if' is his problem.
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    City (H) Premier League - 10/11/19 - 16:30

    For all the talk about unnatural position, the ball hit him on the bicep or inside of elbow, which was pretty tight to the body. His hand was well out sure, but where the ball hit him? I don't see how he stops the ball hitting him there. All moot as the thing wouldn't have been anywhere near him if it hadn't come off Silva's hand in the first place. I thought they showed the two lines in the middle of the game? Not long after the goal? Am I imagining that? Neville commented on Stones playing him on side. Aside from all of that, the game flew by, and it was pretty much two good teams going at each other. I have to say I thought Sterling had his first decent game at Anfield since leaving until about the last ten minutes or so, when the red mist came down on the wee scrote and his game went to shit. We lovely to see.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Other side of Dog Kennel Hill at the top of Lordship Lane, it's East Dulwich more than Camberwell I'd say. Bit of a hike if you were on foot, but there is a bus that connects Camberwell to outside the Ground. Big community ethos, almost to the point where you feel a bit of guilt when you bring your own cans in to drink whilst you watch games. Nice that they're able to play at their ground again after the shennanigans of the ground owners.
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    VAR - The Verdict

    I referred for a number of years & jibbed it off after a youth game, when a manager, who was also one of the players dad, had to be restrained by another coach and was not in favour of my decision. Adult football was no where near as vicious. As for VAR, I was never in favour but it has to see out the season. I think they should introduce a time limit for decision making. Ten seconds max. If you genuinely don’t have a gut reaction to what your seeing in that time I don’t think you ever will. That Alli handball should have taken one view.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    I’ve always hated Tottenham, perhaps even irrationally at times. Perhaps I should reassess.
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    Spurs (H) Premier League 27/10/19 - 16:30

    On Alisson, his forcing of Son wide was superb keeping. Most would have clattered the opponent. I was struggling to get my head around this as well. He was 6 yards out & couldn't miss! Thought the Lovren card was harsh but Trent deserved his for, if nothing else, not kicking the tramp hard enough.
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    VAR shit show 19/20

    Quite a bit of sense in that, keep it for the binary decisions, like Offside, whether the ball hit the attacker's hand or not in the lead up to a goal (which isn't VAR's fault per se, but it helps clear it up whilst the silly law is in place). Remove the subjectivity, or at least leave it with the referees.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    That was a beautiful five minutes in Rotterdam. Fuck this game is incredible.
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    Leicester (H) 5/10/19 - Premier League

    Klopp basically walked of on the BBC website when he asked the journo if he thought it was a Red & the best the journo could come up with was 'seen them given'.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    I am hoping that Real Madrid sack Zidane and go for him heavily. I reckon he'd be more than interested. I suspect this needs to happen quickly though, as Ole might not last long either.
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    The shitness of modern football

    Well, that it was necessary... agree they're good things, if they have the desired effect & the rules aren't bypassed in some other way.
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    The shitness of modern football

    FIFA introduce a fee cap on agent fees and a restrictions on loans: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49831235 We paid out quite a bit on Agent Fees on last available figures, and a loan cap would potentially hit Chelsea's Farm?
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    "... and Richarlison has gone down very easily there..."
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    Andrew Robertson

    At the time, I fully agreed, but in hindsight, the free kick benefited us as it allowed us to break the game up a bit more, no?
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Fair enough. Yes, not expecting much against the Dutch, particularly away. Maybe do a shut up shop job out there, but at the least we'll make them work for it. We can still qualify through the play offs, so not slagging the process off too much yet! It's obviously crazy all the same.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    I never admitted to being unbiased! Yeah, they probably deserved the win, just not sure they deserved it by two. Next up the Dutch... away. Make or break time.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Last night at the final whistle, Emre Can made a beeline for the changing rooms at the full time whistle. A member of the German staff and Low had a good ten second conversation with him, including physically barring him (as in standing in his way and putting hands on him to turn him around) from going on. He was sent to applaud the away support with the rest of the team / squad. We gave them a game. 2-0 flattered them perhaps a little. We possibly had the three clearest chances of the match. Oh for a goalscorer. The German back four are a bit ordinary and Neuer is as ballsy/mad with the ball at his feet as he ever was. Don't think they're winning the Euros with that squad to be honest.
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    The shitness of modern football

    I believe there are some rules around kits that teams wear based on colour blindness of viewers on TV. I've only heard of them in relation to international football though, so can't say exactly if the FA / PL have similar.
  24. From the Telegraph's Football Nerd (no I don't know either): Jose Mourinho insisted throughout his time as Manchester United manager that the quickest, easiest and most effective solution to their defensive problems was to spend big on an established centre-back. After half a season of trying to change things with the same group of players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave up over the summer and convinced the club's hierarchy to splash out to the tune of £85m on Harry Maguire. Following the 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season, conclusions were being jumped to about Maguire leading United into a new dawn. He had brought calm, assurance and leadership to an otherwise lost defence in that win, but since then it has been very much back to the United of old. Indeed, the honeymoon period that Solskjaer initially enjoyed is now long forgotten, and United's defensive record remains a particular concern. Over the 15 games since the goalless draw with Liverpool on 24 Feburary, United have kept just the one, solitary clean sheet - that coming against Chelsea at the start of this season. That leaves 14 other games in which they have conceded at least once - and in half of those at least two goals have been shipped. Familiar defensive frailties were exposed by Crystal Palace last week as United fell to a desperately disappointing home defeat. United had 22 shots and scored once. Palace had just 29 per cent possession, managed just five shots all game and scored twice. Of the 17 Premier League teams that were in the top flight last season and still are this, only struggling Watford have kept fewer clean sheets over the past 15 rounds of matches. Incredibly, United have the same number of Premier League clean sheets since February as newly-promoted teams Aston Villa and Sheffield United. So what hope for United going forwards? Maguire may well steady the ship eventually, but they face a tough game in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off against a Southampton side who have scored in each of their last 15 home Premier League games. United's poor recent record suggests there is something more fundamentally wrong than the oversimple assumption a sizeable force like Maguire could plug the gap. To realise their top four ambitions, Solskjaer needs to make significant improvements - and fast.
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