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  1. Alex_K

    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Think its pretty clearly Manc too; there's also 0 reaction from anyone around in the time proceeding. Will be interesting to see what comes out.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    MOTD Commentator: "Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho, who are good friends, exchanging their contrasting views on the sending off..." Jose Mourinho (speaking of a 56 year old Ranieri): “He (Ranieri) has lived for five years in England and still has trouble saying good morning and good afternoon,” Mourinho said. “He is almost 70, and he has won a Super Cup and another small cup. He's old and he hasn't won anything. He’s too old to change mentality.” With friends like these.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Yes agreed. Conversely what a shame we didn't get Aguero, as below article (and quotes from Sergio himself) suggested was possible at the time --> https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/2371849/aguero-eyes-reds-move David Silva and Sergio Aguero added to what Benitez had at the time would have been .. something! Shame those Texan cowboys made us utterly broke.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    RE: trophy arguement -- that's very fair in abstract, but I think there are certain players who are key to winning those trophies, and for those players its a big '+' on the CV. For example David May played next to no part in winning those league medals (and Diomede certainly didn't influence the World Cup win); whereas Gerrard for example was central to the 2005 European Cup win and his legacy reflects that. Eto'o was pretty pivotal for Barca (although its their midfield that lives in the memory) and was extremely pivotal at Inter; not sure Aguero touches Eto'o over the 5 or so years when he was at his peak, but conversely he's had more longevity (he was banging them in for Atletico at age 18 while Eto'o didn't even get out of Mallorca until around age 24). Aguero's been in a few very good teams now ..bit of an onus on him as City's star forward to get it done in Europe.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Commentators talking about a great Chelsea performance & questioning whether this will contribute to increased consistency from them .. probably not. They don't have enough goal scorers in the squad to be consistent at the historic-levels being set by City and ourselves. A result like against Wolves is probably always around the corner for them. In terms of firepower, Arsenal are the ones probably closed to us and City .. indeed if that Emirates fixture from the first game of the season was re-played next week it wouldnt be impossible to imagine there being only a 2 point gap between the two after 16 games. Hope we can keep Van Dijk fit through the next congested period as he's probably our most important player (given the options in reserve in other positions) .. can't ask for any more than this almost halfway into the season ..
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Ederson maybe, that's fair although Valdes in his peak Barca days was a very good keeper, but Aguero? Over who - Eto'o? The latter at his best was an absolute beast ... led the attack for 3 European Cup winning sides. Aguero's great but needs a European Cup medal by the time he retires to get into those historic conversations.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    ??? We're talking 2009 here, not 1969. Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Silva, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Sane, Sterling, Aguero v Valdes, Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Henry, Eto'o City dont have a single player that makes that Barca side. Not one.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    It’s remarkable how much Guardiola’s teams dominate the ball, even against a side with players like Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Hazard etc are on the pitch. Guardiola & Klopp are leagues apart from the rest
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    Bournemouth (A) 8/12/18

    Shame. He actually looked lively for once when he came on.
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    Bournemouth (A) 8/12/18

    Not even the Mancs sing about the Mancs.
  11. Alex_K

    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Right. So you don’t want to take it. A top 5 player in the world who has never even reached 1-in-2 for a season as an out and out winger/forward. Interesting. He’s a player capable of the sublime, but his careee statistics don’t merit inclusion anywhere near the very best. The excuses trotted out that he’d change under Sarri vs Conte/Mourinho don’t seem to have born fruit. Few flashes of brilliance then same old inconsistent Hazard. Didn’t even realise he hadn’t scored in 2’months.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    As this - and your other replies following - attest, you don’t seem capable of balanced thought or logical conversation. That’s alright. I’ll offer you a bet that both Salah & Sterling put up better numbers than Hazard this year — domestically and in all comps. Want to take it?
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    He's alright. A 1-in-2 man for periods if you are very lucky; not that he's ever even approached 1-in-2 for a full season, mind. Comes up with the spectacular usually in a 3 or 4 game run (that inevitably features us!) then goes large swathes of being pretty anonymous. The fact his 2 best seasons (not that they were ever verging incredible, with 14 and 16 goals respectively) were sandwiched between a pretty disgraceful 4 goals in 31 game season probably sums him up. Salah scored twice-as-many goals last season as Hazard has ever managed in a league season, despite Hazard being in multiple title winning sides. And even then, Hazard only got 16 (half of Mo's 32 last year) the once. That is an insane statistic -- but it didn't stop Carragher and the likes comparing Hazard to Pele earlier this season (or indeed to Ronaldo / Messi in years gone by, when those two are in a whole other stratosphere). Mo will no doubt get more this season, too. Sterling put up better numbers last year in all competitions than Hazard has in his whole career. He'll do it again this year too.
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    Virgil Van Dijk

    Is there a better defender in the world? No one comes to mind. Remarkable how he spent so many sleepy years at Celtic and Southampton.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Nice to see Eden “Messi/Maradonna/Pele rolled into one” Hazard being his usual inconsistent self after a decent start. Hopefully he pops up against City though.