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  1. Who knows, Leicester won it so anything can happen, but beyond improbability, I'd say say it's between City and United. United look unspectacular but designed to get points. City are attack overload. Ok, last year their defence was found wanting, but with 200 milion quids worth of defenders, more midfielders and attackers it's unimgiginable that they'll improve. We've without any shadow of a doubt tread water. And for me, that makes us outsiders to retain the title and in reality, a long shot. The excuse that City started well last year and faded carries no weight. As we know from 10 to 1st, last season's figures means sh*t.
  2. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    What's all this Kane Ballon d'Or business? Yes, he's a very good striker no doubt, but I don't see him streets ahead of Morata, Costa or even Lukaku. And then there's Aguero and so on. Couldn't possibly be yet more English hype from the English press could it?
  3. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    No authority in Germany can stop them from travelling. Still freedom of movement for the time being. As far as reports of hundreds, if not even a few thousand Koln fans in the home areas can surely only lie with Arsenal fans who presumably couldn't care less about the UEFA cup and didn't think twice about selling on their tickets. Probably didn't imagine that they'd all be doing it though. Still, considering there's 20'000 German fans in the city, is still there's very little reports of significant trouble. A lot less than when Cardiff came to the Bridge not so long ago. Mind, there's still time I suppose.
  4. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    Wow, that made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. According to the BBC, Koln got 2'900 tickets and 20'000 of their supporters are in London! Apart from a few distress flares, no trouble reported either. Awesome support in both numbers and noise. I'm quite jealous if I'm honest.
  5. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    I haven't followed Palace's season at all, but I was wondering what this might mean to RLC. Has he been playing, injured or sat on the bench? I'd imagine the De Boer style of football would be better for his development than Hodgson's.
  6. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    I assumed it was more a call of the FA than Sky. My understanding is that the FA that believe if we can watch any Premier League game at 3pm in a boozer, then it would immediately result in the death of football outside the Prem and maybe Championship. It's their belief that Stockport County and the ilk would have literally nobody there on a Saturday afternoon. I wouldn't like to say if they're right or not. I share your frustration though. Defending Champions and 1 live game, and this weekend, shoved to the end of MOTD, no Radio5 commentary and they even interviewed the Leicester players and staff first! Most coverage we get is for anti Semitic chants.
  7. Deadline Day Drama

    I agree with you in that I wouldn't touch Barkley with a long barge pole, but we'll get turned down by Joey Barton in favour of Plymouth Argyle before that night is out.
  8. Are you worried about the squad size?

    I'm sure the failure to land Chamberlain is only frustrating to us fans in that we aren't signing anyone at all (as yet) and need some cover. But not many can hand on heart say that he was the difference between 5/4th and 2nd/1st in the table and group stage v quarters plus in the CL. He's clearly bonkers if he ever thought he starts ahead of Kante, Baka or Cesc and I'm sure from what I've read that it's the same story at Anfield. We need quality combined with backbone and a hint of humility. He has little of any of them. That said, Lord knows who is out there that we can sign tomorrow without getting insanely fleeced and offers the three qualities above.
  9. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    The odd thing with the profit angle at Arsenal is that they look to be reluctant to cash in on players with less than a year left on their contracts. Mind, they've form in selling to City and a 50 million sale of Sanchez to the Arab franchise in the next few days is more than likely. It's also possible that Arsenal have sold their "don't tackle us, it's not fair because we play pretty football" line to the Abu Dhabi's Barcelona without the food or weather setup as I've seen a lot of complaining in the local press about how City should have finished all their games against about 5 players. "We're pretty and expensive so just stand there and admire us".
  10. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Can't say that I'm overly optimistic about him becoming a top class striker, but I don't think now is the time to sell him. I think he makes a good option and he could well increase his value this season at least. The main thing though, please please don't sell him before a replacement or two have been signed and are running around on the training ground.
  11. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    I wonder if the dropped points will send City out shopping again. Presumably Evans and maybe another striker or attacking midfielder? Maybe even an extra full back with Walker due to miss a game. That could in turn see United make one more signing.
  12. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    True, but we played an awful team at home and lost.
  13. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    That seems to be one of the great conundrums; whilst appearing to be run by a system of organised chaos, we’ve had a pretty impressive trophy haul in the last 15 years, but… had we been run in a less chaotic manner through this period, would we have less silverware or would we have had more? I think we could have had more. The resources we’ve had in this period make it conceivable that we could have had an extra league or champions league title. I’ve always felt that we’ve not been good at gentle and constant refreshing and improvement of our team. I feel we’ve been a bit prone to waiting till we’ve suddenly found ourselves needing to replace 3, 4 or 5 players at the same time. I’m still hoping beyond all reasonable hope that Costa can be reintegrated into the squad. Maybe if they can get him back here to train, maybe just maybe things can be patched up. At least until the end of the season.
  14. Danny Drinkwater

    Ok, I don't spend enough time glued to the foreign league coverage or websites to give a few names. But there have been enough players bought and sold this summer that we could have been signed by us. Or are we that unattractive? My point really is that settling for lesser players to simply say we have squad depth isn't right in my eyes. I would really expect the club to sign players that they truly believe could make themselves one of the first 11 on the team sheet during the season. Someone that Bakayoko, Moses or Luiz has to win their place back from, not simply end a suspension or recover from injury. That's what strength in depth is, not just a long list of players like Arsenal had in the Charity Shield. We used to have that, in fact nearly two 11's that could both challenge for the title. Now I'm not really convinced our first 11 is good enough. Moses might have been a one season wonder, and as good as William and Pedro are, I'd love to see a player who makes them fear periods on the bench. Anyway, it's safe to say that we are not going to be in that position this season now and we just need to hope we can stop collecting red cards and getting any more injuries. Drinkwater wouldn't do us any harm as such, especially in the circumstances, but he's not the kind of signing that I feel puts Kante or Bakayoko under any pressure at all.
  15. Danny Drinkwater

    I think we should be signing players who are at least near as damn it to the first 11 level. We used to have players fighting for a place in the 11, not a nailed on 11 and second 11 of also rans hanging around waiting for an injury or suspension. All players should have to be fighting for their place day in day out. It's crazy spending 25 million on a player we actually hope we never have to resort to playing because he's not actually good enough.