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  1. Alex_K

    Other Football - 2019/20

    Didn't see the game but really hope Bayern do batter Barca -- probably would be another side not built to face City. Bayern have enough pace and physicality about them that they should be vs stern and probably would actually be favourites in the tie.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Not really. For Juve the title is an absolute given (Inter were leading the league at one point with United rejects such as Ashley Young, Lukaku and latterly Sanchez starring). That defeat to Lyon is an absolute horror. If they weren't already in the last chance saloon for Europe with that team last season, they certainly were this year. Ronaldo is now 36 by the time the next knockouts swing around. Chelsea is debatable but it all seemed pretty chaotic there under him. His signings were flops. Their run to the final was Dynamo Kiev, Sparta Prague, Frankfurt & Malmo, so yeah really nothing to write home about. It would have been more catastrophic for them to have lost to any of those sides than a mark of virtuosity that they beat them.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Pirlo as Juve manager has all the makings of an absolute shit show. Large parts of that team will need a make-over soon; revolutionising a title-winning outfit is no mean feat compared to taking over an underachieving team ripe for a refit.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    A grossly disproportionate amount of those probably came against us sadly ...
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Yes - he was a very good domestic player for a time but never showed he was better than that. Never in even his very best season of the 7 he played in England was he close to the goals scored by Salah in every season he has been with us - has 1 in 16 in Spain. Then you look beyond luke-warm domestic goal scoring form and it gets even worse in the Champions League with 8 goals in 50 games. I remember 2017/18 particularly when Chelsea played Barca and the press narrative before the game was it being Hazard's opportunity to show he is on par with Messi. They lost 4-1 with Hazard being invisible, naturally. He smacks of a faux-Galactico from the early 00s who isn't nearly as good as his reputation suggests. Father Time will not look favourably on Mr Hazard.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Ferguson was a million times worse than Guardiola. There are some pitiful memories out there. And that’s no compliment to Guardiola. Madrid are - quite literally - a shadow of the team they were 5 years ago. No Ramos, Ronaldo, Bale, Marcelo, Isco; Modric way way below where he was. They were not the team to beat City - too slow, too old, too contemplative in possession. All of which are traits that kill you vs a Guardiola side. Hazard always was farcically over-rated. To think once upon a time the press tried to spin a narrative of him being up there with Messi / Ronaldo .. give it another decade and most fans will barely remember he existed ..
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    Pepe Reina

    Yeah no debate that Mignolet was awful, more so just highlighting that at the time I think it was pretty widely considered that we needed a new keeper, we just fucked up the recruitment of the next one. Reina went out on loan to Napoli was it? He then spent most of the following seasons on Bayern's or a very poor A.C. Milan's bench. He wasn't good enough to be a number 1 'keeper for a top side anymore, I think that's pretty fairly evidenced because none came in for him. Would he have been a more able deputy for Alisson than Karius in 2018? That probably goes without question ..
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    Pepe Reina

    Mignolet saved a penalty at home on his debut in the league. I distinctly remember the euphoria of thinking we may well have a half decent keeper again. Of course, that would be very short lived, but I really don't think anyone during that summer or at that time was ruing Reina's departure -- as others have said he'd been a shadow of his early self for a while. That video is a bit sad in its own right. Not so much because its Reina personally, but as a commentary on the transience of a footballer's career. From dancing on the stage singing to hundreds of thousands in Madrid celebrating Spain's world cup with Torres, Villa et al to something of a dad-dance all alone with those brummy Villa no marks. Here today, gone tomorrow.
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    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    The LMA really re-named the award after Ferguson? What is that all about??
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    New Draft Ideas

    If both can play next week then just push it back to then?
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    New Draft Ideas

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    Divock Origi

    "His attitude is shit". What an absolute nonsense. The lad is fluent in four languages, was studying for a psychology degree while playing, is a high IQ avid reader .. drawing conclusions on his "attitude" from a languid playing style is just silly. If you did a "Players That Shook the Kop" now he'd have to be in the top 50 ever. He was instrumental in some of the biggest nights in the club's history. Could we get a better number 9 or a better winger? Yes, probably. But to slag off a player who has contributed so much to where we're at now is just bad form.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    In terms of points-taken during during weeks where 2 or more games are played, Rodgers must have one of the worst records of all time. He was completely and utterly unable to accomodate the European schedule with us; with Leicester, as soon as the lockdown brought the games on thick and fast the wheels fell off. He just seems incapable of managing in that environment.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    Lovren, Mertesacker, Skrtel et al. should form their own guard of honour to welcome him back to the Championship. What an absolute abhorrent state Troy Deeney is.
  15. Minamino looked very awkward at the trophy presentation. Was pretty noticible that when he came on to the podium there was no one really immediately talking with him. Hopefully he's settling OK because he looked a tidy player previously.
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