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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ross K, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Poisoned Slice

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    Now we're talking.

    Think it is time for me to give up on the Muller rumour that comes around every year. Haven't learned my lesson since 2010. At least Hummels actually moved to another club to put that rumour to bed.
     
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    I dunno, he's not been able to get in the team this year. Surely if ever there was a time, now would be it?

    Seems we're linked with Lukaku now. I think if Chelsea are serious, it would be his preferred destination (grew up a Chelsea fan, idolised Drogba, unfinished business like Luiz etc..). Don't really fancy it at £65 Million though.
     
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    I think you might be right, not exactly a direct replacement for Costa though, not really a target man in spite of his appearance. 65 million is a lot but there could be a lot worse uses for that money. If 29 year old Higuain is worth 75 million, 65 for a 23 year old Lukaku isn't that bad.

    Would love him to sign for Liverpool for the comedy factor myself. Never going to happen though of course, don't think he;d suit the way we play really either.
     
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    In other news the new England quad in case anyone cares

    England squad in full:
    Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

    Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Michael Keane (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

    Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Man City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

    Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).


    You know what strikes me? How **** the attack is. Who starts up front? Probably Defoe which is madness, he should not be Englands best strikerm but with Kane injured and Sturridge injured and losing his legs, he probably is at the moment. Maybe Sterling up front?

    Good to see Redmond get a call up, been impressed by him this season.

    Nowhere near the England standard of previous years but still a good enough squad to do something if they had a good manager and a bit of luck. Doubt either is coming their way though.
     
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    Defoe still selected for England alright then..... Luke Shaw is good no doubt but he's hardly played.
     
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    Time for our MUGS to improve or a quarterfinal exit is totally on the cards.
     
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    I suppose the valuation in the current market is fair, yeah. I'd probably prefer him to Morata, who we've been linked with all season. He just doesn't score enough for my liking, he averages close to a goal every 4 games for the majority of his career.

    It wouldn't surprise me if we try to move Costa on, but replacing him isn't going to be so easy. Maybe Belotti from Torino, but he's only had one good season could be the one. He's seen as the new Vialli in Italy, but who knows.
     
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    The Champions League draw is out.

    Atletico Madrid - Leicester City
    Borussia Dortmund - Monaco
    Bayern Munich - Real Madrid
    Juventus - Barcelona

    Going to be very tough against Juventus, our opponent in the final two years ago. Once again one of the hardest opponents but I am simply immune to anything because we are somehow still in the competition. Happy that we are playing the 2nd leg at home again, in case another epic comeback is needed. :)

    Borussia Dortmund - Monaco is going to be so sweet, both playing attractive football, hopefully they won't be too cautious. That could be the case when Atletico Madrid and Leicester clash.

    Carlo Ancelotti facing the team that fired him two years ago. Bayern not having a convincing start to the season but that could be a good thing, time the form when needed the most, which was what Pep's Bayern lacked.

    Looking forward to these ties. Visca el Barca!
     
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    Ooops, maybe Florentino Perez ran out of money. :)

    It was all spent on last season draw and the current La Liga.

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    ^ Loving the underestimating of Real Madrid.

    Can't wait to hear the excuse if they beat Bayern.

    And let's not forget, Bayern are on a record 16 matches winning streak at home in the Champions League. Last time they didn't win, this happened.

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    RSC Anderlecht vs Manchester United
    Celta de Vigo vs KRC Genk
    AFC Ajax vs Schalke 04
    Olympique Lyonnais vs Besiktas

    Ok, this isn't bad. Not the toughest opponent in the draw, 2nd leg at home. Not thinking too far ahead though, partido a partido as Cholo would say.

    @TheAssassin don't worry, I'll make a good one even if Real do get through a difficult opponent for a change. ;)
     
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    Real Madrid can definitely win but I am glad they will be tested before the semifinal. Two quality teams, Ancelotti vs Zidane, teacher vs student. I hope the student won't outsmart his teacher yet. ;) Juventus' midfield is scary, hopefully our declined players in that part will prevent any big damage. Once we fix that with some academy golden boys and/or quality transfers, Barcelona will be a real force once again, as MSN still have a lot to offer in the following years.

    Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco is a must watch, no matter which other tie will be played at the same time. We all did multitasking at some point so this won't be an issue.
     
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    **** easy as per, Besiktas Lyon draw each other, so so predictable. Weakest Europa league in history, has to be. Last year we played Dortmund in the quarter finals after destroying the mancs, then went through Villareal (at the time unbeatable in Europe or something like that) to get to play Sevilla in the final haha. It would be hilariously sweet if United somehow manage to **** it up.


    It's not hate, I'm just telling it like it is. Both were warranted bookings for me, first one wasn't for you - fair enough, agree to disagree. What have you got to say about Rojos stamp btw? Or Valencias two footed? I noticed you didn't mention these, whys that? Even if Herreras was "harsh" (I don't agree like I said) surely Rojo should have been off?!

    Is right.

    In a nutshell why I almost always avoid the United Everton matches haha. Although if I'm honest - at times I used to hate Chelsea probably as much as United especially under Maureen. I still can't stand them obviously, but it's not as bad these days.

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    That's from earlier in the season but still very much relevant.
    Another interesting one - Pogba has scored as many goals in the league as Emre Can, who's had an absolute shocker of a season, couple of big games aside. Lallana has been miles better than Pogba, not even close really - Hendo too, such a shame he's still struggling with injuries. He's such a vital player for us, last I heard could be back for the derby. Fingers crossed.
    But yeah Pogba - £89m???!!

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    2010-11 comes to mind. 2008-09 was a goalfest but still not strong. Right now Ajax and Schalke are tougher than Besiktas IMO. Not a great argument from my side though since those two are playing each other. :D Anyway, judging by your recent history with stronger and weaker teams, you guys would have been knocked out of this season's Europa League a while ago. :p
    Yeah Rojo should have been off or got a retrospective ban later.
     
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    Fair play to Roy Keane, well said. Never a fan of Roy Keane the player but something to be said for a guy who simply doesn't give a **** like him. Can't argue with him there.

    Word is that he's going to China isn't it? Was talk of it in January but who knows. Obviously hard to replace him, don't think Lukaku would be a like for like replacement but he's obviously a very good player.

    As if it's even possible with that shower of ****e that remains in the draw.
     
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    Bayern - Real and Barca - Juve slugging it out against each other will be good entertainment.
     
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    It's not the Champions League, what did you expect? :D It could have been stronger if Tottenham and Bilbao didn't screw it up in the last 32 stage but there is always going to be more variety than in the CL where it's always the same few teams. Solid quarterfinal draw but it's still open with Lyon and Ajax/Schalke in the competition as well.
     
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    It looked a weaker draw than usual right from the start, clearly a weaker line up in the Europa League in general this year. That just made it even weaker. Comparing this year's quarter finals of Dortmund, Liverpool, Sevilla, Bilbao, Villarreal, Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Sparta Prague to the one's this year is miles apart.
     
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    Just found this....



    Always good to keep things in perspective good to see this guy's no different. Speaking very sensibly and measured about the greatest manager his club has ever had.
     
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    Half of those quarterfinalists have been in these knockout rounds as well but just didn't repeat their success. Lyon, Ajax and Schalke are all good teams, regularly finishing in EL spots or even playing CL. Manchester United obviously a good team as well. The competition remains open. Dortmund and recent EL owners Sevilla give last season the edge, but it's not such a colossal difference with the line up. The main difference is the draws, Liverpool pretty much always drew one of the tougher teams last season, Man United have avoided such bad luck so far.
     
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    So far? Come on, if you beat Anderlecht, what kind of luck are you hoping for in the semifinals and finals? The list of your opponents will be so small you will hardly be able to make a wish about who to face. :p Just prove your quality on the pitch and your chances for the title will be really big.
     
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    Obviously facing Genk or Celta in the semis and then Besiktas or Ajax in the final. :)
    Well that's the problem, the team is underperforming. Not convincing enough to make me feel that Europa League will be a formality.
     
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    Don't mess it up. Teams like Manchester United, Liverpool, Milan and Inter are the ones Champions League has been missing recently. ;)
     
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    Lovely draw. Kind of a formality now that United win the Europa ears. Even with their dodgy performances this season.
     
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    :/ Desperate altogether.

    Guess it is too hard for him to think of another sporting comparison or something similar. This guy needs a history lesson.
     
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    I think if Costa moves in the summer, it would probably be back to Spain. Both Madrid clubs have interest apparently.

    I'd prefer him to go to China though. The transfer fee would be much bigger and he wouldn't be playing for a European rival.
     
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    So with Arsenal losing to West Brom we have another shot to finally move above 6th.

    Now I understand why Mourinho said we will probably lose to Middlesbrough. We just love #6 way too much. :oops:
     
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    Weird game with Stoke today. They're as filthy as you get, they did a real ratchet job on Costa. Can't blame them for it, but the referee just had zero authority. Each of their back 4 could of been worked 4-5 times each, then in the 95th minute he gave Bardsley his 4th yellow of the game :rolleyes:

    It's like when you let a drink driver off with a warning and he does it again, with serious consequences after. Just like you can't blame Zlatan for striking out after he got stamped on, yes it could of caused real damage, but that's what's going to happen when the referee keeps letting things slide.
     
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    I expect the '' Claudio Ranieri was nothing more than a language translator in the Leicester changing room'' news to come out real soon.

    Real glad it is a lunch time kick off today.
     
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    No attacking threat from Boro. Can see why they haven't scored in ages.

    And what a surprise. Middlesbrough score.
     
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    Shaky Vic. lol
     
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    Not 6th anymore, lads!

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    Middlesbrough are ****ing ****e, terrible side. Valdes is an absolute joke, basically gifted them two goals. Mourinho the classless ***** celebrating like they won the title, didn't even bother to shake hands, ****.

    Can't wait for our game, hopefully sterling starts, come on you mighty redmen!
     
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    And you only needed 18 matches unbeaten run. :p A win with an unimpressive performance can be a good sign. After all it was the complete opposite for you several times this season so this might be a little bit of payback.
     
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    83 more wins than the second most successful team.

    Somebody ask Roy Keane what are his thoughts on Mourinho's reaction to the third goal. The guy might go berserk.
     
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    In the premier league/sky era.

    Embarrassing scenes. The guy was playing with 6 at the back 2-0 up against bloody Middlesbrough (went 8 or so hours without a goal - 17 goals in 28 games). Then celebrated that joke of a goal like it won them a trophy, disgraceful. I'm not even surprised like, that's Mourinho in a nutshell.
     
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    You sound like one of those old grannies criticising djoko for ripping his shirt off. I suppose it would be better if Maureen didn't celebrate.
     
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    Yeah, since 1992-93.
    Did you expect Middlesbrough to be the ones sitting back when two goals down? Without Smalling's brainfart their goal drought would have continued, big deal.
    More passionate celebration by Mourinho, somebody arrest him! :eek:
     
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    First home game since the miracle and it's still not good enough football to win the biggest competitions. Nice to beat Valencia who tend to give us trouble but still it's hard to imagine us getting away with problems we showed against PSG and some other teams this season.

    City-Liverpool was a fun game, draw seems like a fair result. Some of the misses from both teams were funny but it was an enjoyable game overall. Chelsea and Tottenham seem like a lock for the Champions League spots to me, two more remaining.
     
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    Was hoping Spurs and City would slip up today. Really want that chance to win the title at Old Trafford! Spurs are hanging around though, got to give them credit for that.
     
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    Still a possible treble though even so. You do have the best attack in the world so there's always a chance. Will be cheering for Barca in the Champs League I think. Something about when a team comes back from the dead like that so it truly becomes one of those famous matches that you look back on. Like Dortmuund should've been last season until we screwed it up in the second half.

    Was a quality game, probably more enjoyable for the neutrals than fans of either side. Referee had a shocker though.

    Don't think Spurs are a lock just yet, they do have a bit of habit of screwing themselves in recent years. Spursing it up as it's sometimes called. No Kane for a while either, a big miss for them even though they did do enough today, don't think they are out of the woods yet.
     
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    More supporters are always welcome. The attack is amazing but I always fear that our defense or midfield will make a mess, and MSN won't always rescue us now matter how good they are. It's just not the same level of confidence it was when all our areas were rock solid a few years ago. Juventus will be extremely tough to beat, even with some of their departures since our Champions League final like Vidal, Pogba, Pirlo, Tevez, Morata they have done very well to remain strong. Right now I'd say Bayern are the favorites which was the same thing I said back in August. there is a lot of quality left however, we'll see.

    I can imagine it was nervous for the fans, both teams were going for it and had great opportunities.

    They could choke but I don't think they will. Very solid game and all of their games against the big teams are at their home I think, and they haven't lost any matches there yet this season. How long is Kane going to be out?
     
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    Rest of the season possibly. For Kane.
     
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    Really? I thought it was 4 weeks.

    I don't think it's a major issue if he's out for the remainder of the season. Realistically they won't win the league, but have a great chance in the FA Cup. Kane has never played well against us anyway, but they've always been tough games.
     
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    Yeah, I'm looking at an old article actually.

    Was funny listening to them in the sky studio yesterday. Nobody wanting to say Spurs are there already. They did concede that Arsenal are done and I do believe they are done, in terms of their fab 4 finishes.

    That would be sweet. :p

    Pep was getting a bit of stick for saying how proud he was of the draw yesterday. ''he may want to reexamine that comment'' stfu. Why should he reexamine that comment? Could totally see where he is coming from. Knocked out of Europe and getting whipped for a good part of the game yesterday. The rain was coming down hard etc. Good draw and something to be proud of.
     
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    With games postponed because of the FA Cup, it's tough to work out how many points we would need to be clear going into the game at Old Trafford. Should be around the 15 mark though.

    Yeah I don't get that comment from Guardiola, for me, their title race is over after yesterday. We can lose at home to them and it would still be a 9 point lead with half a dozen games to go.

    As for the top 4 spots, Arsenal are still plenty close enough. They're going to have to play a hell of a lot better though, which doesn't look likely. I think Man Utd will get it, personally. They've been more consistent than Liverpool and Arsenal.
     
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    Was a great game for the neutrals yesterday, still can't believe Lallana missed that but city had their chances too, that aguero chance at the end in particular so in all honesty probably a fair result, could have gone either way - think I would have taken the draw before the game anyway, still 4th although United have 2 games in hand. Unbeaten this season against the rest of the top6(7, if we don't lose to Everton), has to be some kind of record for a side that didn't win the title surely?

    (Can was immense and Milners penalties are ****ing boss. )

    Would normally be cheering against Barca&Bayern for obvious reasons (don't have anything against them but they've won enough European cups as it is:p). However, I'd rather have Barca in the semis than Juventus, I dunno juventus are just so uninspiring everytime I watch them really not my type. Plus the possibility of Barca-Madrid in the semis, tasty ;)

    lol. Djoko is alright, don't mind his celebrations at all. Now, don't get me started on Maureen...:D

    Come on, you know what I mean. Was a ******** move to celebrate THAT goal (basically gifted by Valdes) the way he did, already 2-1 up against Middlesbrough. That's not "passion", it's called arrogance and it's one of the reasons why he's universally hated.
     
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    We see guys like Conte, Simeone and Klopp celebrating all kinds of goals loudly most of the time, I don't think many people have complained about them. Pretty sure Mou met the Boro manager after the game in the tunnel to congratulate him on a tough battle. Arrogance can be part of player's/manager's charm especially if he usually delivers throughout the career. The big problem with Mourinho is that he is usually not a gracious loser, many times directing blame at someone else for a bad result.
     
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    Sir Alex to return to the dugout for the Michael Carrick testimonial match.

    Gordon Ramsay to play for the all stars. :p
     

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