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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:22 am    Post subject:

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Zidane isn't getting fired anytime soon.


I would rate it 50/50 that he's gone after this season.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject:

All I can say to you is that you never know with Flo...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:48 am    Post subject:

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Zidane isn't getting fired anytime soon.


I would rate it 50/50 that he's gone after this season.


I personally don’t think he will get fired. He’s won back to back champions leagues, and got to the semis again this year wth a chance to win again.

It’s football and you never know, but I’d be stunned if they canned him this year.

I hope they do win it again this year, can’t stand the thought of Liverpool winning it. Their fans still go on about winning it in 2005.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject:

We play like crap, and still win.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject:

What a weird year. LFC and RM are both flawed teams, but they could meet in the final.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject:

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What a weird year. LFC and RM are both flawed teams, but they could meet in the final.


Not surprising. No one has looked particularly impressive. LFC, if nothing else, seems to be riding some momentum behind Salah's prolific year.

p.s. As a Chelsea fan, it bugs the hell out of me to see players like Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku shine after Mourinho buried them when they were Blues. Mourinho's lack of patience is always felt after he flames out. Don't get me wrong, he wins but he doesn't sustain because he doesn't take the time to develop many players.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:52 pm    Post subject:

I hear you, but does CFC ever develop any of its young players? I don’t know that it’s all about Mou. He may be the worst, but it seems like CFC always has 20-30 young players on loan. Actually, I just looked it up, and the CFC web site lists 38. I realize that this is a legitimate part of the business model, but is it any surprise that a guy like Salah would slip away?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject:

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Aeneas Hunter wrote:
What a weird year. LFC and RM are both flawed teams, but they could meet in the final.


Not surprising. No one has looked particularly impressive. LFC, if nothing else, seems to be riding some momentum behind Salah's prolific year.

p.s. As a Chelsea fan, it bugs the hell out of me to see players like Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku shine after Mourinho buried them when they were Blues. Mourinho's lack of patience is always felt after he flames out. Don't get me wrong, he wins but he doesn't sustain because he doesn't take the time to develop many players.


Is it all Mourinho's fault though?

You can't predict how good a reserve player might end up. There isn't a guarantee that the likes of Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, and Batshuayi might end up as world-beaters; but when you only have room for 22 players on the squad it's inevitable that most of the younger up-and-coming players will want to leave for more regular playing time.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject:

I'll give you Salah but De Bruyne was already performing well enough to be given more run.

Mourinho is like Phil Jackson in the sense that he only wants to play with adults that he can count on. The problem is that you end up paying top dollar for stars while you lose some really good prospects who will be just as good.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:55 pm    Post subject:

Arsenal might’ve missed their shot tonight. 80 mins at home with a man extra and we only manage a draw and give up an away goal.

Advantage to Atletico now...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject:

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Arsenal might’ve missed their shot tonight. 80 mins at home with a man extra and we only manage a draw and give up an away goal.

Advantage to Atletico now...


Koscielny is an overrated CB; makes a hash of the simplest of clearances.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:27 am    Post subject:

Gatekeeper wrote:
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Arsenal might’ve missed their shot tonight. 80 mins at home with a man extra and we only manage a draw and give up an away goal.

Advantage to Atletico now...


Koscielny is an overrated CB; makes a hash of the simplest of clearances.


Now he is, he's lost a step and still coasts by on his reputation and the fact that he's better than Mustafi. He once was a really good player for us, but his peak is long gone, and Arsenal need to send all of their centre backs packing and go get some upgrades ASAP if they are ever going to truly contend for the league.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject:

Holy (bleep), what a game!

We are again in the final!

But I think Zidane made some bad decisions today and it almost resulted in disaster. Big mistake not to start Casemiro, and then took him too long to replace Lucas at RB, who was obviously struggling (Modric helped a lot on that side). But it somehow worked out.

Bayern is a great team, but they just came up short.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject:

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Holy (bleep), what a game!

We are again in the final!

But I think Zidane made some bad decisions today and it almost resulted in disaster. Big mistake not to start Casemiro, and then took him too long to replace Lucas at RB, who was obviously struggling (Modric helped a lot on that side). But it somehow worked out.

Bayern is a great team, but they just came up short.


Bayern almost always bottles it in the latter stages of the CL. If Liverpool make it to the finals, Madrid better give them a thrashing. Sick of all the Scouser supporting pundits waxing lyrical on their (allegedly) unstoppable attack.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject:

Obviously I want Roma to accomplish a miracle tomorrow, but this Madrid team is so unpredictable, they can both lose big and win big against Liverpool. The defense is a joke, the midfield has regressed (Kroos has had a terrible season), Benzema scores every two months, etc. But what they have is the ability for individual brilliance at any moment, so they can play mediocre football and still win.

I'm glad the final is not at the Bernabeu. I have more confidence in the team away from home.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject:

Wow, what a defensive slugfest.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject:

Unai Emery to Arsenal. I’m a little surprised, but that’s not a bad pick.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject:

Unai speaks very little English. Dude better buy a Rosetta Stone membership.

He's not a bad coach. PSG just happens to have a revolving coaching door, just like Chelsea.

Conte is going to be sacked. It's just a matter of time now that the FA Cup is behind them. Chelsea would have done well to pick up Emery. Wonder who they pick to manage this time.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject:

Good question. Because of the revolving door, I'm not sure whether the Chelsea job is considered to be all that desirable. Enrique and Allegri are the obvious candidates, but we shall see.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject:

I think Enrique would require a culture change at Chelsea that is unlikely. He seems to need the space to build a team that matches his philosophy and Abramovich is not that guy.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:41 am    Post subject:

Patrick Vieira may or may not be heading to Nice. He is kinda, sorta denying it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:43 am    Post subject:

All my family in Spain are Madrid fans. Im a Barcelona fan.

They cant win 3 straight.

Please god no.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:52 am    Post subject:

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All my family in Spain are Madrid fans. Im a Barcelona fan.

They cant win 3 straight.

Please god no.
I hope Real Referees lose in embarassing fashion.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject:

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All my family in Spain are Madrid fans. Im a Barcelona fan.

They cant win 3 straight.

Please god no.
I hope Real Referees lose in embarassing fashion.


La mano blanca.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 11:24 am    Post subject:

Salah should get el ballon d'Or this year. Hes had an incredible champions league.
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