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    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    Yup, I noticed this as well. He lost the ball quite a few times with poor passes. His passing needs a bit of work, but he is needed to cover for the defensive frailties of the other midfielders, so he has to play
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    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I believe Aubameyang was available that summer.
  3. Disappointing end. Barkley was losing the ball almost every time and I feared it would cost us, and unfortunately it did. Don't know why Kovacic was substituted. He held the ball way better than Barkley. I think the subs cost us the game.
  4. I hope we don't let that c**t Chicarito score again...
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    How should we treat the Europa league?

    For the initial stages against sh*t teams, we should definitely go with the squad players. They should be good enough to progress. Depending on our standing in the league, we will choose our strategy at the latter stages if we're still in it. If we are in with a good chance of winning the league, we should prioritize the league and continue using squad players.
  6. I'll be happy with Top 4 and a cup. I don't think we have the firepower to win the league. None of our strikers are prolific goalscorers and I feel we need one to be able to win the league. Will be happy to be proved wrong though.
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    2018/19 squad

    It was quite refreshing to hear Sarri saying the squad is complete (after the constant moaning last season). I'm not convinced we can challenge for the league, but we should be able to get top 4. My main concern is still with the strikers. Morata is almost useless in front of goal, Bats is leaving on loan and Giroud doesn't score enough, but we will see how it pans out.
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    How much time will Sarri get?

    I believe the club has been quite reasonable with managers recently. Jose was sacked only after it appeared we were heading towards relegation, and Conte's relationship with the board broke down over his constant moaning. There were also reports he refused to talk to the club in the summer heading into last season, so it was inevitable he was going to get sacked. If Sarri can get us into the Top 4 and keep us there and win an occasional cup, he should be fine for the duration of his contract
  9. Long term, yes. At the moment we don't have the quality to challenge for the title. I'm just being realistic. Unless Sarri does magic with the squad, we will be nowhere close to the title. Morata can't finish to save his life, and the other striking options are nowhere close to our rivals'
  10. Didn't we win a knockout competition (FA Cup) this year? If he's referring to only European knockout ties he should clearly say so. On the game itself, we were a bit crap, but a lot of teams will look so against City. If we are more adventurous this season we should be able to beat the cannon fodder, and that should be enough to get us CL football. We lost the CL last season because of dreadful results against some of the dross in the league. Hopefully Hazard stays, and we add one quality signing
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    Danny Drinkwater

    The amount of money we've wasted on mediocre signings has been mind boggling. I don't know how the board thinks, but wouldn't it be better to spend the money on 2 or 3 quality signings and use the youth to fill the squad, instead of buying several mediocre players? To be fair, I doubt many saw how badly Morata (our biggest signing) was going to flop. I hope Sarri finds some use for the likes of Drinkwater.
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    Danny Drinkwater

    Or Conte didn't like/trust him, relying instead on the dreadful Bakayoko. I doubt Drinkwater would have done any worse than Bakayoko, but Conte hardly gave him a chance
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    Eden Hazard

    RM are a club in decline? Lol.
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    Eden Hazard

    If he really wants to leave they should let him. No point in keeping an unhappy player. For a top player, his goal/assist output is still questionable, which may explain why Madrid have not made a serious attempt to buy him. This may be an unpopular opinion, but it would not be the end of the world if he left. He seems to be implying that Sarri will be playing defensive football, which is not accurate.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Hopefully he doesn't also fall out with the board and players after 12 months :)