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20 Nov 2016 14:18

jsem94 wrote:Ramsey is shite. Should be 5th in the pecking order for CM, 4th in pecking order for No. 10. Giroud deserves some game time now too. When his back is against the wall and he's fighting for his place he plays so much better.

RB Leipzig now leading the Bundesliga. I love Emil Forsberg, what a player he is. Dortmund beat Bayern too so it's not going to be a walk in the park for Ancelotti, which I thought from the beginning. A lot of people talking crap about how Pep walked the league because it was weak, well now Ancelotti is there and isn't really finding life that easy. Ancelotti even with his great AC Milan team didn't win many league titles and was better in Europe. Maybe his luck will come now in the CL anyway.

CR7 back to his best too. He was IMMENSE in the Madrid derby, but the game shouldn't have been 0-3. The free kick was pure luck, as the wall didn't do its job properly. Not sure about that penalty decision either. But in the end he got his hattrick and had a slew of other chances that he created. La Liga looks like it's going Real's way at the moment, but the season is long.

To be fair, last year Bayern didn't have Leipzig as a rival, so it was slightly easier for Pep. Still it seems as if Bayern isn't as dominant as they were in the last seasons and actually thats something really good. The Bundesliga was extremely boring in the last few years.

Since I'm a Real fan I'm also happy about Ronaldo's hattrick, although it was ofc an incredibly lucky one (a deflected freekick, a doubtful penalty and a goal for which Bale did most of the work). This weekend could be absolutely crucial for LaLiga since Atletico is already 9 points behind Real and might already be out of the fight for the title and Barca is already 4 points down as well. Thats not a big advantage but these two teams sometimes play such dominant seasons that 4 points should not be underestimated.
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20 Nov 2016 23:17

I watched the derby with a friend of mine who's a Milanista. We both lost our voices this game. The way it ended it felt like him like a defeat but to me it felt like a victory even though it shouldn't.

It was what a derby should be. Dreadful.

Candreva's goal though, what a beauty.
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29 Nov 2016 17:30

Thoughts with the family and friends of all those who died in the recent plane crash in Colombia. On board were the Chapecoense football team along with staff and journalists headed to Medellín for the first leg of the South American Cup against the local Atlético Nacional. Of the 81 people, only a few survived. Tragic.
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29 Nov 2016 21:35

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38152105
Very sad to read about this tragic event, coming on top of the pedo-scandal in England
http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38152011
As someone who started watching football in the early 70s as a young kid and going to, and supporting, Chelsea, this also comes as a shock. :sad:
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30 Nov 2016 21:54

It's a huge tragedy. Can't believe something like this happened.
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15 Dec 2016 12:55

Conte taking no prisoners. When he took over Juve they were also abysmal the year before and he turned them into an undefeated team in the league and dominated the league. He might just turn Chelsea back into what they were in the mid 00's when they dominated. Six points clear now and they might run away with things. Can you really trust Arsenal or Liverpool to challenge them for the league? Or City at this point? Gundogan out for months now, missing Aguero and Fernandinho too.

Arsenal no luck as usual in their CL draw either, but Bayern aren't as strong this season as they were under Pep. But they will probably improve come February. PSG will crash out. Napoli I think can really surprise Madrid. Milik will return soon from his injury and the way they played when he was fit in the beginning of the season was unbelievable. Mertens, Callejon, Hamsik and Koulibaly in the form of their lives. Their only liability now is actually Pepe Reina who is on the decline.
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22 Dec 2016 19:28

Damn, Pardew gone.
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25 Dec 2016 16:59

It was a long time coming. He is shite. PL action coming up now during the holiday rest, love it!
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17 Jan 2017 00:05

Juventus' new symbol. :o :o :o Why?

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17 Jan 2017 20:13

What the hell is that? :eek:
The symbols of football teams are not supposed to look like that.
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18 Jan 2017 20:34

It's football's version of cycling's corporate-style team kits, t'what it is.
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19 Jan 2017 11:32

Surprised no comments on the dogs dinner FIFA are going to make of the world cup just to satisfy all must be able to go to the party.
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19 Jan 2017 19:25

del1962 wrote:Surprised no comments on the dogs dinner FIFA are going to make of the world cup just to satisfy all must be able to go to the party.

No comments because there are no words to describe this stupidity.
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21 Jan 2017 20:22

Level of refereeing this season is quickly going down the drain and Premier League is proudly leading the way. Obviously the root cause is the over-the-top leniency which has gone so far that now refs actively try to avoid giving fouls and specially cards for repetitive and professional fouling. Regularily, random mistakes born out of carelessness or poor judgement or just an unlucky bounce of the ball, are punished way harder than systematic cynicism. Refereeing do not even try look like they are officiating the game, instead of judging over a bunch of random episodes that happen to take place during one game of football. Things like giving yellow cards for persistent fouling have become an extinct forms of art.

That kind of systematic problem stemming from interpretation of the rules based on erroneous philosophy, is at least for me, much worse than occasional and random mistakes referees will keep doing from time to time.

The catalyst for writing the previous rant was obviously tonights game between City and Spurs. Started watching as a completely neutral, but ended up almost like a City fan, and that solely because of the horror show that was Andre Marriners refereeing.
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22 Jan 2017 16:09

Ars 2-1 Bur

Wonderful drama.
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22 Jan 2017 16:15

Dazed and Confused wrote:Ars 2-1 Bur

Wonderful drama.


I don't know why Wenger was protesting about the Burnley pen. The ref got both pens right. Linesman should have got the offside right before the pen was giving at the end.

Wenger could be in for a touchline ban.

Xhaka never learns. Excellent passing, yet too rash in the tackle at times. He gets his timing in the tackle wrong all too often.
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22 Jan 2017 17:10

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Dazed and Confused wrote:Ars 2-1 Bur

Wonderful drama.


I don't know why Wenger was protesting about the Burnley pen. The ref got both pens right. Linesman should have got the offside right before the pen was giving at the end.

Wenger could be in for a touchline ban.

Xhaka never learns. Excellent passing, yet too rash in the tackle at times. He gets his timing in the tackle wrong all too often.


His challenge was, of course, rash and careless but never a red card offense. This whole incident nicely illustrates the point I was trying to make in my last post. Refs overreact to isolated incidents like Xhaka's foul today, but let blatantly cynical defending and general dirty play fluorish. Fortunately, it didn't change the end result today.
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24 Feb 2017 10:54

So, Ranieri is gone. It has been coming, and, in fairness, he had an impossible task to do. After last years overachievement, the club needed to change either a manager or most of the players to retain the drive and hunger for victory necessary if they wanted to remain competitive. In hindsight, the best thing Ranieri could have done for both, himself and Leicester City, would have been resigning immediately after the title was won. As it was, there were too many average players there, who knew all too well they had already achieved more they had hope for. Can the new manager ram home the reality, that they go down if they continue like this? And do most of the players even care after last year?

Also retroactive bans for simulation are likely to be introduced in the Premier League next season. If it's done properly, this will be a very useful tool. By properly, I mean ban should be given out in case the simulation is 100% clear. If they start handing out bans for every 50-50 situation where it is not quite sure the contact is enough for a player to go down, then it will make more harm than good. General concept of giving attacking player the benefit of the doubt should be followed.
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27 Feb 2017 17:53

RIP Alex Young, sadly passed away at the age of 80. Nicknamed The Golden Vision, Alex was a true Hearts and Everton legend. Hearts are currently building a new main stand, due to be opened next year, I hope and I'm sure there will be an appropriate memorial...
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01 Mar 2017 02:50

Põhja Konn wrote:So, Ranieri is gone. It has been coming, and, in fairness, he had an impossible task to do. After last years overachievement, the club needed to change either a manager or most of the players to retain the drive and hunger for victory necessary if they wanted to remain competitive. In hindsight, the best thing Ranieri could have done for both, himself and Leicester City, would have been resigning immediately after the title was won. As it was, there were too many average players there, who knew all too well they had already achieved more they had hope for. Can the new manager ram home the reality, that they go down if they continue like this? And do most of the players even care after last year?

Just shows how important Kante was. Talk about a 'Kerplunk'... I'd shift your resignation to just after he was sold and no decent replacement was found... That would have looked like a bit of a tantrum and may not have endeared him to the fans, but as soon as it happened you knew they would be on the slide.

And now they pull their fingers out with that display against pool.
Your 'care' question has merit, especially after they all got cracking new contracts after last season - big payrise, riding on their laurels, etc... Claudio gone and the spotlight goes onto the players for their dismal performances - the big slap in the face they needed to wake up to their situation - it worked [this week]
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