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Everything posted by weetee

  1. No need to downplay PSG. They have as many chances to win the CL as we have - with absolute world-class players in the mix. Do people think little of Kimmich or Lewandowski or Neuer because they are playing for one of the biggest one-club leagues in Europe? Paris ain't a shabby town either. Anyway, I guess PSG will do everything to win the CL right before the WorldCup in Qatar starts and Hakimi is the perfect fit for them. But £80m is crazy money.
  2. I partially followed the RedCafe matchday threads during Englands matches and gotta say that the vast majority seems to rather appreciate Mount - despite the usual ramblings about each and everything when a game isn't going 10/10.
  3. You'd think after 1 1/2 year people would know at least about the very basics..
  4. I wouldn't write off Jovic who came into a weirdly balanced Real squad. They paid much too much for him, seemingly had no idea how to integrate him into the system (did they even have one bar their individuals?) and he got a huge backpack coming in after Ronaldo left + Benzema put on his goalscoring shoes. If not too pricey I think he can be a good, rotating squad player. Imho a better fit than Tammy for Tuchel which would help already. Of course Haaland's qualties are in another dimension but if that Norwegian dude ain't available it's not that bad a shout (maybe even on loan?).
  5. Judging by your profile pic Eden can call himself lucky! 🤐 But yea, some things are better left in the past - as tempting as it may be.
  6. Agreed. The way it played out now is quite fantastic imho: Tuchel could get to know him personally and vice versa (so Billy knows what's expected by first hand experience), he got to play some crucial games - was good at that too - albeit not a lot and still made it to the Euros and even gets to play an important role there. Next season he should be having 20+ games as a starter and he likely won't get that at Chelsea, no matter how high he's rated by the manager, so an intelligent loan could work wonders.
  7. Tbf though: Milan would have lost him a couple of years ago since they were astonishingly bad. And United..don't play the role a player like Pogba would expect his club to do to put it nicely. If those two clubs would be anywhere near title challenging stuff (and play a decent role in the CL..) I guess those players would eventually stay there. Pogba is played criminally imho at United too so there is that as well. But in general one has to agree of course: the times that you (=AAA club) sign a player and can expect to keep him for years to come if the general basis is sound are gone.
  8. agreed. (always have to look up "shrewd" first tho - can hardly memorize it not meaning sth like "weird". I've seen him playing on the right side only so can't comment on that but if true that he can work both sides it's an even better albeit expensive deal.
  9. Walking a thin line. I don't think he should have been booked for that yesterday but he couldn't complain if the ref sees it different - and then we're speaking about a red. The KdB incident is blown way out of proportion in my opinion. He sure has to keep his temper in check - but I guess his trash talk etc is part of his play...as long as he doesn't overstep that line I'm ok with it tbf, certainly a player you hate when not in you own team, but if he finally oversteps it someday the backlash will be quite immense I think.
  10. I personally don't believe in "best player of the world" stuff but regardless if he's actually winning the Ballon d'Or (can't believe it due the history of that trophy) or not: if he's along the top 2-3 players running for it that's an incredible achievement already for a (perceived defensive!) midfielder who isn't scoring goals or assists. Hope he wins it!
  11. Is there a possibility to rewatch all the CL games -> "Road to the title" kind of thing? Would love to binge that.
  12. You're obviously not the only one. Sarri did too. On a serious note, if the rumour is true, it just shows what a kind and professional guy Sarri is. Maybe a bit baroque, for the lack of a better word, but extrmeley like- and relatable imho.
  13. Wut? Sarri wants Kepa? Didn‘t expect that one tbh.
  14. Well, quite frankly, if Sancho goes to United, which seems very likely, it'd be almost dissapointing if Chelsea didn't get a proper AAA-attacking player in. And Haaland would be the be(a)st. Crossing fingers. That said, I'm pretty certain we will see a 433 or 442 more often next season regardless. We just didn't had the time to proper train multiple formations and it seems like it was a pretty decent idea to try to emphasize on the 343 as much as possible last season.
  15. Voted for Kanté but probably would vote for Kai if doing it again simply to bring him closer to Ngolo in the tally. Supreme match by Kai.
  16. Goalkeepers: Will Kepa stay calm next season? Defenders: I still can imagine Boateng who I think would be a very good pairing with Rüdiger in a back four. Doubt it because of Azpi and Thiago. Tomori won't come to sit on the bench I guess but unless we make a really big signing to play with a back four I wouldn't worry about that too much. And a back four isn't that likely because of Thiago and Azpi (and Christensen eventually). Zouma I can see leaving the squad. If Hakimi can be done he'd be a perfect fit for the current system, not so much for a four at the back system though. Midfield: Unless something crazy happens (Jorgi, Kova or Kanté leaving) we need a talented back-up for Jorgi imho. That could be that Monaco youngster. Other than that we're fine with Gilmore coming up (hope he stays and gets his minutes). Attackers: CHO I could see going out on a loan to get that experience (=minutes on the pitch) he likely won't get under Tuchel in the current system. If Sancho would be willing to join us he'd be a great signing. Of course it'd be nice to have someone like Tammy or Giroud in the back hand but the former needs to play a lot and he won't be able to do that here and Giroud will likely move on. tl/dr: If possible I'd also go with Hakimi and Sancho this season + Tchouaméni. And try the best to get Haaland the next one. I think he did play with both at Dortmund too.
  17. Did he? Nice. To be clear: I really liked him, seems a nice guy too, and at the time (first Tuchel season at Dortmund) he was immense - on par with Kimmich actually, both being youngsters. Wasn't following him at Benfica, read that he struggled at times but seems like he overall got his groove back. Still too expensive while being too risky.
  18. One thing about Lukaku - not sure if this is actually a positive or negative, prolly both - I guess he could be rotated more easily with Timo and Kai (or Mount) while a superstriker like Kane or Haaland would be expected to start more or less every game hence making it even more difficult to give all players sufficent time.
  19. Julian Weigl? Hope not tbh. He was quality at Dortmund for one season (under Tuchel) but then kinda disappeared - can't see him cope within the physical EPL. Way too much money imho if 30m is correct. Eventually slightly better passing game than Jorgi but less robust than him so no real improvement while I'll also go out on a limb and say that he'll need a full season to adapt to the league as well.
  20. Very much nitpicking here but I would have appreciated if they'd have kept their iPhones outta the celebration. Tammy was especially in love with it. Probably didn't get the memo.
  21. This is an important point. Not trying to be a downer but after PSG reached (and lost) the final last season everybody thought: now they finally got going as a group instead of a collection of individuals and will really tear it up next season. Bottom line being: they totally got knocked out at the very start still being a bit out of breath, also mentally, and were chasing since from the very beginning, be it within the league or within the CL. Of course the situation now is different but remembering the threads right before the CL final there were already people questioning whether TT would be here come next season.
  22. No disrespect to Azpi but imagine a combo of Chilwell/Rüdiger on the left and James/Hakimi on the right. Always pushing both physical and pacey. Beautiful! edit: Hakimi ain't no James defensively though 😄
  23. Yep, it's highly unlikely. I agree with both of you actually. I personally think CHO will transfer out, be it on loan or not - James should be a certified starter by now as should Azpi but both needs rests and mid-termish Azpi will be phased out and while we have Christensen, Thiago will be injured more often than not as well so there are a lot of variables. James being still young can't be expected to keep this stunning form forever, although he sure seems like it. Hakimi seems over the top but he would bring pure quality. Him, that younf French midfield player from Monaco and a striker and we could run rampage in all sorts of formations and combos. Pipedream but a nice one.
  24. I'm crossing fingers for that to happen. I'd like to see James more often in the RCB role and be the RWB back-up for Hakimi. He's supposed to be awfully expensive though.
  25. Not going to disturb you guys but we've just won the biggest european club competition almost comfortably* by using a 343 / 523.. Agreed about back-ups though. Alonso I guess would work for another season but James defo needs his rests and Azpi shouldn't play out there anymore. If CHO isn't seen as a pontential back-up then this is certainly a crucial role to adress. I'd love to see Hakimi play there - he's the best for this role - but that would mean James would have to play as a RCB (Azpi?) or RWB back-up (??) which would be criminal since he truly deserves a spot in the starting formation. * 😉
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