Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by counterpuncher64, Aug 5, 2010.
Title. Thoughts on upcoming season?
1. Man Utd
2. Man City
That's how I see it at the moment.
Any chance of getting Donovan?
A lot of you seem to have Arsenal over Chelsea. Is there something I'm missing about the Gunners?
Vamos Stoke City
Tony Pulis is a legend.
None, he's not going anywhere, the MLS commish said he would refuse to entertain any offers under 15 million USD. Don Garber is killing American Soccer. Why he got offered an extension to lead MLS is beyond me.
Arsenal is a solid young team and while they still lack a keeper, wide defenders and a defensive midfielder, they're talented as hell and always give the other top teams a handful.
Chelsea are old, and their owner refuses to let the coach spend any money. If a transfer happens, it's due to the owner wanting that player and not the manager (see: Andriy Schevchenko).
Yup, they also have had two seasons where they were fighting for the title. They have no excuses anymore, they're young but they know what it takes, whereas before you could forgive them their inexperience.
As for Chelsea, yeah they are older and they don't go after players in the areas they need the most. For instance, Malouda is the only genuine winger in the squad, and Benayoun the only number 10. How they expect to break teams down with that little creativity I don't know.
Did Man U get a striker yet?
Hernandez, he looks like he'll add to the strength up front straight away. I also don't expect Berbatov to be as bad as he was last year.
Forgot about Hernandez, watched him vs the all-stars. Scored a goal even though he was subbed on with 20 mins
He looks a good player for sure, the pace he has is firghtening! He also finishes well, two of the biggest assets you need as a striker. He might need to bulk up a little more to handle the physical nature of the defenders in the Premier League but i'm sure he'll be a success.
Yeah, Chelsea will be ####.
With Drogba, Anelka, Malouda, Lampard, and Ramires running the show with the likes of Kalou and Benayoun to rely on - not to mention young talent such as Sturridge - as well as the weapons they have on set pieces and from their attacking fullbacks ----------------- I don't see how they'll compete.
Come on guys, this reverse psychology to play down Chelsea's chances isn't getting past me. In the meantime playing up Arsenal as awesome now that they've added one striker and will have an unhappy or no Fibreglass in the squad, LOL!
Joe Royle's better though.
Fabregas is staying!
They've added a top striker and got rid of the overrated and disruptive Gallas, all they really need now is a good goalkeeper, something I think they have every chance of getting. I think they will get a handful more points than they did last year, whilst Chelsea will get a handful less, meaning they will pretty even.
Nah, Arse will fail yet again against Stoke's physicality. Fulham with Hughes' anti-Wenger voodoo will take points as well. They've consistently failed against the top sides recently as well and with Liverpool being stronger than last year with Wiley Woy that's another variable for them. Everton are stronger, Spurs up for it to try to surpass them, and Villa being a problem for them with their counterattacking style. Promise and hype to come early only to falter 3/4th through as usual. Good night sweet Arsenal.
And with no Gallas who are they going to play with Vermaelen who isn't all that good defensively? Song? Djourou? Good luck with that
Hope you're right! I think they'll do quite nicely though, personally.
Puyol to transfer to Chelsea and lead them to the Premier League title, while in a single season becoming the club's all time leading scorer.
I agree John Terry is terrible anymore and they need a new CB
Lol, he's fine. Carvalho needs to go and a centre back needs to come in to replace him, not Terry.
As long as Man Utd dont win anything I will be happy
I hear that we're in the final stages of sending Ferreria back to Portugal, I believe it was Sporting that was going to snap him up?
Terry was awful for Chelsea and England last year
First i've heard of it! Wouldn't be much of a surprise though, with Bosingwa and Ivanovic there is strength there, plus it would get rid of another older player who would probably want to move back home.
Apparently we're in talks with Benfica for David Luiz and Coentrao, which would be brilliant.
Terry was great last year, he was the best defender in the League until the thing about his personal life came out and the pressure got to him. Even so, in the big games he still performed. Against Man Utd at Old Trafford (the game where we got one hand on the trophy) he was scary good, and then again against Liverpool at Anfield where we effectively won the title.
For England he was also fantastic, he played with King, Carragher and Upson in the World Cup so he was never in a consistent pairing, which made his performance even more impressive. Let's not forget against Slovenia he was our key performer, highlighted by his amazing diving header block in the latter stages which got us through to the knock-out phase.
Against Germany he was out of position on the right side of defence to accommodate Upson, who was run ragged by Klose. Having a half fit Barry in he defensive midfield role and Upson out of his depth was the key factor in that game.
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