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Everything posted by Snedger

  1. I see the pattern for the season. We play quite well, are a little unlucky and lose.
  2. He's got form for that though. It was one of those kamikaze charges that resulted in him wrecking his knee and being out for a year.
  3. I agree. It’s not simply that they’re wining games but they’re just rolling everyone over. It’s just like watching junior football where there’s always a team that have the best players and win 10 nil every week. To think that after last season and the season before that City wining 5-0 away in their opening game doesn’t mean they’ll win the league again is just delusional. Liverpool may hang on to their coat-tails for a while again but there’s only one winner in the end.
  4. Yep, f**ked that up. "the passing of" might have helped. That's what I meant anyway.
  5. I’ve long been lamenting the Hoddle/Gullit/Vialli period when we were more flash and gung ho, so it’s encouraging how these score-lines are a hint that those entertaining days may be returning.
  6. Welcome home Frank and best of luck! I pray this doesn't end in tears. An especially difficult time to take on this most poisoned of all chalices.
  7. I think the one person who voted 20th is more or less as likely to be right as the three who voted 1st. Let's just hope we can manage to successfully scrap for 3rd/4th and be in the CL when we are allowed to sign players again. Can't realistically hope for anything else given the circumstances. It's all a bit obvious in truth. We're about 30 points shy of Liverpool and City and they can strengthen their sides. We have no strikers and a random collection of geriatric wingers and unproven kids with Bakayoko and Drinkwater in the middle. However, even these misfits are still too talented to finish below at least 13 teams in the division, it's going to be a 3rd to 6th place finish. City win it again, Liverpool miss out again.
  8. Woke up to the news he's actually gone (near as damn it). I'd be lying if I said I was gutted as I like many was often frustrated by many things he did, the weirdly predictable subs, not giving a couple of the young players a decent chance (until after a bucket load of criticism he suddenly did), the going nowhere ponderous over playing of the ball etc. However, given that he did ultimately over achieve with what he had last season and that there is nobody to take over (other than a huge gamble of Lampard), we seem to have plunged further into self destruction. We often say that the club doesn't have a clear plan, well it sure seems to now. Everything we're doing seems very much aimed at securing 7th to 5th placed mediocrity within the next few years.
  9. I’d take Allardyce now rather than f**k about until the eve of the first match and appoint Lampard or Holland. All three of them will get sacked by Christmas or walk out next summer, so we might as well have the advantage of a manager spending preseason with the squad. Whatever we do, we’re sure as eggs going to completely cock it up and somehow end up with the League Cup despite being utter sh*te and sacking two managers by Easter. Still, whilst City are still being funded/run by the UAE, then it’s all a bit futile anyway.
  10. It’s happened and we’re beyond f**ked next season without him.
  11. Absolutely gutted that this is actually happening. It was an honour to have had a player that special and it's safe to say that we'll never see a player of that talent at Chelsea ever again. It's rather rained on our parade a bit. Twice what Eden cost now gets us a Dortmund substitute.
  12. Pretty miffed at half time but a much improved second half and a ridiculously easy win in the end. Crazy thing is that I feel flat as a pancake after listening to Eden’s interview. Knew he was going but hearing it from the horses mouth has hit home. Gutted. We’ve lost big players before but I don’t think any will be felt as much on the pitch. Felt indifferent about Sarri all season but feeling so happy for the guy now. That’s a monkey off his back.
  13. Massively underwhelming all round really. Hazard’s great farewell isn't happening (maybe he’s staying?) Have we seriously given Giroud a new contract? He’s a donkey. Kovacic? Hmmm. Hopefully he does go to Madrid Kepa? Blimey, he’ll be older than Cech before he improves to ‘worlds most expensive goalkeeper’ standard. And we’ve got the atmosphere of one of those weird preseason games in the States or Far East. Still, whilst Arsenal match us in mediocrity we’re still on with a shout of s trophy. Please let’s have an entertaining second half and a win!!
  14. This is worse than the Championship play off in both quality and intensity. How far we’ve fallen - and Arsenal too. Baku was too close to play this, they should have played it on Mars where nobody would have to see it.
  15. Hope I’m wrong but I suspect they’ll have an edge by virtue of having a couple of decent strikers. And if Kante starts I fear it’ll be minutes before he limps off the park. Big ask for us tonight with all the injuries and inept strikers. Fingers crossed we find something in our locker (Eden Hazard) and win this.
  16. There's an awful lot resting on Eden's shoulders. It almost feels like Eden v Arsenal. I just hope he turns up tonight and produces a fitting farewell. Still fascinated to see how many are there. Expecting a near as damn it full house as I'm sure between UEFA and the Azerbaijani authorities, they'll make sure it's full even if they need to force locals into the stadium at gunpoint.
  17. Our club is a shambles. This is another example of why Man City’s version of rich overseas benefactors is going to ultimately be a lot more successful than ours. We can’t even do PR well. They’ve probably left Sarri to make his own way there. I wonder if it will be Roman’s first game of the season? Expect he’ll have no difficulties if he can be arsed going.
  18. I think that the problem with Baku is that there simply isn't the demand. Nobody is going to fly a aircraft between London and Baku with it barely half full. BA did fly 6 days a week until I think sometime last year. My brother went there often and loved it. I vaguely recall the reason they pulled the flight was because a particular business in Baku ceased or changed and they had made up the bulk of the passengers on the route. So I would imagine that it's a similar story from all other western/central European cities in that there isn't the demand. And then as I said before, I don't think the airport in Baku can accommodate large numbers of charter flights. And with 12'000 Londoners plus anyone else who's traveling there for the game, they absolutely need charters as there's no way scheduled flights alone could carry that number of passengers in just a couple of days. All reasons why UEFA should have not even have considered Baku at all.
  19. And they likely have the added advantage that their travel and accommodation expenses are also picked up by their employers. And they could have planned ahead as they won't have had to wait to see who reached the final. A jolly to see Frankfurt versus Valencia would still be a great freebie. Those destinations are alright really. Very well served by countless airlines and airports with huge capacity to take lots of charter flights on top of scheduled services. The fact that they put the flight ticket prices up is just a free market thing. They do that for everything. I suppose the Russian visa thing is a pain but maybe they'd waive that again as they did for the World Cup. I can also understand that you need to select venues in advance. There's probably a hell of a lot that needs doing well in advance of hosting a game like these. TV and other media need to plan well ahead. Police and security. There's loads of stuff that means you can't just pick a city a fortnight before the game. But no doubt, Baku just makes no sense on any level and there is no excuse for such a decision. Surprised that they didn't try to hold the final in Belgrade in 1999. What's a few bombs dropping...
  20. I feel very similarly. There's just no anticipation, excitement or anything for this. I also imagine with such a long period between the season finishing and this game, there must have been a lot of time for players and manager to be thinking about the future. So with transfer bans and questions over Sarri, Higuain, Kovacic, Hazard and maybe a few others, you kind of think just how motivated/distracted will they be by the time the game finally comes around. It's utterly bonkers that it's still 10 days away and the season finished about 8 days ago.
  21. I certainly don’t see it with Liverpool, they’re just having a good period. Unfortunately for them, they’ve waited so long for their good period and it’s coincided with the EPL becoming a one club league like is the case in France, Scotland and Germany to name just three. 6-0 against one of the strongest and most difficult sides outside the “big 6”. It’s just as well they can’t yet get their sh*t together in Europe.
  22. I agree. A lot of people said it when Roman took over at the Bridge and it didn’t happen. I think it will with City as they are run on a whole other level. They’re state run. They’ve got it all set up perfectly. Great stadium, best training facilities, best players, fattest cheque book, best manager, best back room, and some literally unbelievable sponsorship deals, oh and soon to be demonstrated, the best lawyers. They’re a machine of a club. All they're missing is a decent atmosphere at their games.
  23. Gutted for RLC. What an opportunity missed for him. Do wonder whether his injury record is going to have a constant and spoiling effect on his entire career.
  24. My dad said Villa were the same last night. So one of them are going to look like dicks when they’re back at Leeds or WBA next season. I’m all for self belief, but ostentatious displays of celebration at that stage are pointless. There’s nothing to celebrate until you’ve won it.
  25. Ok, so Frank says they “deserve a moment” but he’s also “a bit worried” as they still have a lot to do before they celebrate.

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