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Everything posted by PloKoon13

  1. This is hilarious. Went into it thinking it's a win-win: either Tottenham manage to lose against the worst Arsenal side in 30 years, Arsenal continue their miserable run of being the worst Arsenal side in 30 years, or they both drop points. Tottenham look f**king horrendous though, which is always a great watch. Also fun is Nigel de Jong looking thoroughly unimpressed at the drunk geriatrics (Keys and Gray) attempting half-time analysis on Bein Sports.
  2. He should actually take Pulisic with him to the press conference and break his leg in front of cameras just to demonstrate beyond doubt his inexplicable hatred for young Christian. I've seen some single-issue/player posters before but this is utterly absurd. On a non-conspiracist note, this was the last update from Tuchel:
  3. My guess is that (assuming he does ever score), he'll poke it in during a goalmouth scramble Mikel-style.
  4. Quite right, it's like last season when Tuchel spent six months pretending that Abraham was injured.
  5. Can do! (Good thing we made this decision after Mikel left or @Liam would have words)
  6. I bet I can guess who you'd prefer as an alternative.
  7. ^ Fairly sure you can do that - want me to start making the votes public from now on? Edit: Yeah you can:
  8. Well... that was complete pants. A total lack of ambition and ability to actually get the ball to our attackers in the first hour has cost us dearly. Bringing forward the 3-5-2 from the Tottenham game did remind me of the odd occasion when Lamps would switch to a back three against certain opponents, find it to work, and then copy the setup in the following game regardless of how suited it was to the opposition (which usually resulted in us being behind at half-time or making a sub after half an hour). A hard performance to swallow, although I would argue that Man City certainly owed us one... I'm sure the negatives will be discussed at length, so positives: - Mendy was awesome as usual. - I thought Christensen did really well, he seems to have the knack against City (surely aided by the fact that they rarely play a standard centre forward against us). - I'm really enjoying Loftus-Cheek's unlikely resurgence. I don't know whether he can realistically be expected to play 90 minutes yet, especially against a top side, but he could serve as a decent backup to Mount as the guy who progresses the ball between midfield and the final third. - Man Utd lost at home against a team we beat 3-0 (ignore the fact that Villa are actually decent and that scoreline flattered us). This is undoubtedly funnier than a narrow defeat against the [probably] best side in the country.
  9. However poor we were today, I'm sure we are collectively creative enough to find some way to blame the ref. Take your pick.
  10. The ref 100% got bullied at school for wearing an Oasis shirt by a load of Blur fans
  11. Can't say they don't deserve it - at the very least this surely forces our hand.
  12. Come on Dave and Grealish - not before the watershed lads
  13. Some fantastic insight from Jim Beglin, essentially "either someone will score, or it will remain goalless."
  14. I don't think I've ever been less surprised than when hearing Gray and Keys being skeptical of 'Foden as a false nine' with Jesus in support.
  15. Another game, another crap first half. Really struggling to progress the ball from our own half, certainly in the method we usually do. City are pressing remarkably well, and have been effective at stopping us from getting the ball out wide. Losing James is certainly going to affect our ability to create wide overloads; the Christensen/Azpilicuet acombination aren't nearly as good at it. It does feel like we're missing Mount, who is usually so good at bringing the ball into attack (especially in transition). On the other hand making that change (presumably Kovacic for one of Ziyech or Havertz) would almost certainly be to the detriment of the press in our own half. I'm glad I don't have to make that decision, especially as we've stopped them from creating any meaningful chances. Good luck Tommy Boy!
  16. Bah... hopefully James is alright. That he walked off the pitch in relative comfort is encouraging. Silva is almost certainly the best at long passing out of our centre backs which should benefit Werner.
  17. Kanté is slowly starting to impose himself on the game, surely the first step towards his inevitable MOTM award.
  18. Guardiola flips the middle finger to my fantasy team by yet again leaving Ferran Torres on the bench:
  19. Am almost disappointed that Ziyech didn't start just to witness the total meltdown:
  20. I'm not enjoying this internal fans' narrative - he's not Demarai Gray for f**k's sake
  21. I've enjoyed Tuchel's strategy of constantly praising him in public. It's like he's got a post-it note tacked onto his press conference agenda: "P.S. Say something nice about Kepa".
  22. I suppose the issue with Rüdiger, and this is assuming that Tuchel's long-term plan is to stick with a back three (which all of our transfer activity since he arrived suggests that it is), is that we don't have a alternative to him on the left side of the three who fits in naturally. He is our only specialist at left centre-back. This isn't true of any other 'defensive' roles in the back five: On the right we have Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah or at a push, James; In the middle we have Christensen or Silva; At right wing-back we have James, Azpilicueta or Hudson-Odoi (maybe Chalobah); At left wing-back we have Chilwell or Alonso. We've seen how awkward it is to fill the role whenever we've tried to rest Rüdiger or he's been unavailable. The default was an uncomfortable-looking Zouma, but I remember us trying Emerson (of all people) once in the cup. Early days for Malang Sarr, but my initial suspicion is that he's nowhere near good enough. I suppose this is the roundabout way of saying that Rüdiger is very important in our current setup, and is in a very good position negotiation-wise. His isn't a role that can currently be filled from within the squad. If he leaves, he will need to be replaced by another specialist. As an addendum, you really do have to give the guy credit. It was less than a year ago that we were on the verge of binning him off. Now he's a European Cup winner and a nailed-on starter.
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