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  1. Willy Caballero: Reece James: Andreas Christensen: Antonio Rudiger: Cesar Azpilicueta: N'Golo Kante: Jorginho: Mateo Kovacic: Pedro: Michy Batshuayi: Willian: Subs: Kurt Zouma: Mason Mount: Olivier Giroud: Other: Anthony Taylor: Manchester United: Fans:
  2. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Reece James: Andreas Christensen: Antonio Rudiger: Cesar Azpilicueta: Ross Barkley: Jorginho: Mason Mount: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Tammy Abraham: Willian:
  3. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Reece James: Cesar Azpilicueta: Kurt Zouma: Fikayo Tomori: Marcos Alonso: N'Golo Kante: Jorginho: Willian: Mason Mount: Tammy Abraham: Subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Pedro: Mateo Kovacic: Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Fans: Lille:
  4. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Cesar Azpilicueta: Andreas Christensen: Fikayo Tomori: Marcos Alonso: Ross Barkley: Jorginho: Mason Mount: Pedro: Willian: Tammy Abraham: Subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Mateo Kovacic: Michy Batshuayi: Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Fans: Brighton:
  5. Confused why you'd start Barkley over Kovacic and Pedro/Willian over Pulisic in all honesty
  6. I'm going to persist with the player ratings threads. So drop your ratings /10 Willy Caballero: Reece James: Kurt Zouma: Marc Guehi: Marcos Alonso: Ross Barkley: Billy Gilmour: Christian Pulisic: Pedro: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Michy Batshuayi: Subs: Ian Maatsen (24 minutes played): Tino Anjorin (23 minutes played): Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Crowd: Grimsby:
  7. You can do a lot of cool analytical stuff with it though. The most interesting from the one I gained inspiration from was definitely seeing which users were more favourable/unfavourable to particular players as opposed to averages. And also you can compare players' performances across different seasons etc.
  8. Hi all, not sure if someone has begun one of these already. But I saw it on a site for another club, and they asked people their player ratings for games, then took averages and then judged them at the end of the season. Like I said someone may have done this on theshedend before, but if not, although the season has already started. Thought it may be good to start one now. Rate each out of 10 Kepa Arrizabalaga: Cesar Azpilicueta: Andreas Christensen: Fikayo Tomori: Emerson Palmieri: N'Golo Kanté: Jorginho: Mateo Kovačić: Willian: Tammy Abraham: Mason Mount: Subs: Marcos Alonso: Kurt Zouma: Michy Batshuayi: Frank Lampard: Referee: Crowd: Liverpool:
  9. Whenever I see anyone advocating for Giroud I do have to ask the question; where are the goals going to come from? We've lost Hazard who was our best goalscorer and our best creator, I don't think we can afford to play a player like Giroud who scores so infrequently. Think about it, of I believe 7 forwards (Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Michy, Tammy, CHO and Pulisic) 3 are very poor in that department. If we start Willian, Pulisic and Giroud. Who is going to score? Especially with Ruben injured and if we have a midfield 3 of Kovacic/Barkley, Jorginho and Kante. Who's going to score? Will we have to rely on Alonso for goals? I just can't see us scoring at all next season if we start Giroud, that's why I think our strikeforce at the beginning of the season must have Michy and Tammy as priority. And I would want our strike force when the season starts to be Tammy, Pulisic and Pedro
  10. The Sarri cult is eating good tonight boys haha But for real, please Sarri out fans, based on tonight give him a chance next season (if he stays).
  11. Being a good player doesn't make you a good manager. Lampard's barely improved Derby. They're in the play-off final whereas Rowett took them to the play-off semi final last year only to narrowly lose. It's not a remarkable achievement what he's done. Sarri's made us better in his first season as manager. So why are you advocating for Lampard? Also, Pochettino's never won anything as manager. And yet I can tell you currently he is better than Lampard. Roberto Martinez won the FA Cup at Wigan, they still got relegated...
  12. Emphasis on the 20 year odd career since that's not Sarri's fault. He was an ordinary banker. Lampard got given the Derby job whereas Sarri had to start in the 8th tier after several years of sunday league coaching. In reality this is Sarri's 4th season with a realistic chance of winning a trophy. Doesn't sound that outrageous now does it? Hiring Lampard on nothing other than sentiment when he really hasn't achieved anything remotely remarkable would be a horrendous decision. How often does it work? Zidane and Pep are the only exceptions from memory and they both had phenomenal squads, and now look at Zidane. Far better comparisons would be Di Matteo and Henry. Di Matteo deserved the job but we were awful until he was sacked. Henry got the Monaco job, again on nothing other than sentiment and did awful. Di Matteo did win the Champions League yes, but again look at the Chelsea squad at that time, AVB was significantly underperforming and in several moment of the CL campaign our win was not down to brilliant tactics or managerial ability but was down to simply being fortunate. Sarri's got a history of being able to improve teams year upon year, something Lampard may not be able to do. So why are we willing to given Lampard hundreds of millions to spend but Sarri no because he didn't actually win anything...despite the fact if Lampard had done exactly what Sarri had done in Italy we'd all be calling him world class and how it didn't matter that he was trophyless.
  13. Pep. And it's amusing because you're making the exact same arguments people made about Pep in his first season. "Why does he make like-for-like substitutions." "Why does he largely insist on playing a 4-3-3, play with 2 up top." Because you know what 2 up top implies? It implies hoofing the ball up long and hoping for the best, wingbacks requires two defensive midfielders in the middle, a role Jorginho can't play very well. Kante's role is him next to a DM that we don't have. He should rest Jorginho more, that's why he asked for a Jorginho backup in January but the board didn't give him one! Kante can't play there, Ampadu can't, Kovacic can't. DaSilva and Aina both have options to buy but that doesn't guarantee anything. DaSilva especially could get much better offers. Swansea weren't convinced because they didn't use him right. Tell me, is the worst team in the Premier League much better than the best team in the Championship? Or do you think Norwich would beat Huddersfield? If Tammy's scoring against the best clubs in the Championship, with better service he'll be able to score against the worst in the Premier League. Also, compare when we play similar level opposition in cups and the likes of Alonso, Zappacosta, Giroud, Morata still struggle. But in the Championship against the same opposition those 4 players bossed it. Just a quick reminder. Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold all wouldn't have made it at Chelsea but yet they've developed into fantastic players because they were given a chance.
  14. What I find quite amusing about this whole scenario is that it is strikingly similar to Pep's situation at Manchester City in his first season. Genuinely. It's said a lot but going back and looking at the comments from 2016 from City fans is exactly the same. "He's one dimensional." "He's got no plan B." "These tactics don't work in the Premier League." Guess what? That's a complete myth. "Oh these tactics don't work in the Premier League, this isn't Serie A, he's been found out." Don't you think that targeting the regista is the most obvious tactic ever? If he's the key cog in your team, focusing on him isn't some kind of tactical masterclass, I kid you not this happened almost every single game in Serie A. There was a major difference though. In Serie A, Napoli were able to spread the ball to wingbacks who bombed forward and players had much better movement in that team. Poor Jorginho, who in my opinion has actually had a very good season, is being blamed for the failings of our awful fullbacks. Imagine if we got in DaSilva, Aina and Reece James with Emerson and those were our 4 starting fullbacks. Don't you think our performances would be much better? Even in terms of chances created we've created more than I believe everyone but Man City, I may be wrong, just from memory. Imagine if we had an actual finisher like Tammy Abraham, or Luka Jovic, or a player like Dybala, or Lautaro Martinez. We would be so so much better. Do I think we're going to make as big an improvement as City 2016-17 to 2017-18? Of course not, but we can significantly improve if we give Sarri the players he wants because he's the one who almost founded his style of play and knows what's needed to improve it.
  15. What I find quite astonishing about Morata is I've seen a lot of fans say he's been successful at Atletico, 6 goals in 16 games I believe. Whereas Gonzalo "I can't believe that fat fraud bought him" Higuaín has only a slightly worse record of 5 goals in 17. Also heard a few recommendations for next year's manager a few pages back: Favre: Has completely bottled the Bundesliga, you think he'd last here more than a couple of months before our fans turned on him? Hassenhuttl: Can't understand this whatsoever, yes he's been decent with Southampton but Southampton had Hughes as manager, anyone would've steadied the ship as Hughes has been awful for the last couple of years. Rose: Is joining Monchengladbach. As for signings in the summer. We should do everything possible to make sure those 2 players that Sarri gets are Luka Jovic and either Nicolas Pepe or Hakim Ziyech. I think people may have heard 1-2 players and not accounted for loan players returning. We should see the likes of Reece James and Kurt Zouma almost definitely return imo. The 3rd is a bit of a mystery. I'd like to see Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Jay DaSilva come back too. Mount as a Kovacic replacement, Abraham as a backup to Jovic and DaSilva competing with Emerson, I think DaSilva is potentially our most underrated youth prospect. He's been fantastic this season and was phenomenal the season before too. The only issue is the height, but it's a sacrifice I think we should be willing to make given what he offers to the team. The only issue is Bristol City have an option to buy but if he's offered a place in our team I hope he'll take it. Maybe Sarri could be persuaded to potentially get Alex Telles or Barella too. Hopefully. Both great players and a lack of a Jorginho backup has really hurt us. I'd like to see us move on marcos Alonso, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta, Mateo Kovacic, Danny Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Willian and Giroud. That could raise a good £80m in my opinion, and would significantly clear out the squad too. Am actually excited for next season under Sarri, I think we'll massively improve. And hey if not, potentially get Lampard in, he'll have had a year's more experience.
  16. Klopp's a better manager than Pochettino that's why. I thought it was more outrageous that Pellegrini was better than Klopp than Pellegrini was better than Pochettino (although also untrue). He did? Great! I guess that makes him a world class manager. But here's a question. Graham Potter did a far more impressive job at Ostersund than Pellegrini did at San Lorenzo, so shouldn't Graham Potter be managing one of the best clubs in the world? I mean by the very same logic he must be a superior manager to Pellegrini, and by what we've already established he must be a superior manager to Klopp and Pochettino. So why is he managing a Championship side? It's because clubs recognise that, simply, some leagues are a lot harder to win than others. The £500m figure is both misleading and actually incorrect. As Liverpool boss Klopp has spent £372,550,000 on players. It seems like a lot, but Klopp has sold £252,300,000 worth of players in that time. Meaning his net spend is £120.25 million, with an added quality of £120.25 million he's took Liverpool from 6th to finishing with probably 97 ish points. A remarkable achievement, regardless of whether they actually win the title or not (of course it'd be a greater achievement if they did but it's good either way). This £120.25 million is very low, especially when you compare it to the likes of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United (£304.7 million net spend) and Conte (just a bit lower at £101.5 million).
  17. Also on a sidenote: Sarri can definitely be criticised. But he needs time. Ajax fans wanted Erik ten Hag out last season when he wasn't performing but he was given time...
  18. Most of the reports actually claim the contrary to what you're saying, and the "well he must be lying because we don't like Sarri so the players must not like him" is pure speculation.
  19. Ah it's nice to know you think Pellegrini is better than Klopp because he's won more trophies. But it's also nice to know you think Guus Hiddink is better than Conte
  20. They most definitely would, like Rudiger did earlier in the season.
  21. He's only a winner because he's had 5 seasons at world class clubs compared to Conte's one. Juventus is dominant in that league and I wouldn't call him a winner because he won Serie A, the biggest monopoly in world football for the past few years. Albeit his first season in Serie A was impressive.
  22. Pellegrini won a couple trophies in South America. He then went to Villarreal and won the UEFA Intertoto Cup (a cup that excluded all clubs who participated in the Champions League/Europa League. He then won the Premier League and 2 League Cups. Impressive trophies: 1 Semi-impressive trophies: 2 Klopp on the meanwhile: Took Dortmund from 13th to Bundesliga winners in 3 seasons. Won back-to-back Bundesligas despite playing in the league that was literally a monopoly in Bayern's favour Did it with extremely limited funding. Impressive trophies: 2 (Bundesliga 10/11 and Bundesliga 11/12) Semi-Impressive trophies: 1 (DFB-Pokal)

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