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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1410 on: September 13, 2015, 11:03:26 AM »
We could do with a player like Riyad Mahrez.

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« Reply #1411 on: September 14, 2015, 06:54:53 PM »
3 defender at once, broken ankles.

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« Reply #1412 on: September 19, 2015, 10:38:08 AM »
Moses just surprised Man. City with a brilliant shot from about 20 yards. 1-0 West Ham.

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« Reply #1413 on: September 26, 2015, 07:23:11 AM »
City was all over Spurs, then they concede and now is a 180 degree turnaround.
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« Reply #1414 on: October 04, 2015, 08:31:27 PM »
Well, there it is: the Fenway boss call de shot. Prepare for Klopp. He thinks Dortmund and Liverpool have several things in common. Ah not buying Ancelotti at Liverpool, but maybe that's what's selling. Or, maybe he could repeat at Chelsea? Either way, Wenger safe. He could even linger beyond van Gaal's departure. :devil:
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1415 on: October 05, 2015, 06:24:41 AM »
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1416 on: October 08, 2015, 01:32:05 PM »
Welcome Klopp to the Kop!  :applause:
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« Reply #1417 on: October 08, 2015, 03:14:04 PM »
Well, there it is: the Fenway boss call de shot. Prepare for Klopp. He thinks Dortmund and Liverpool have several things in common. Ah not buying Ancelotti at Liverpool, but maybe that's what's selling. Or, maybe he could repeat at Chelsea? Either way, Wenger safe. He could even will linger beyond van Gaal's departure. :devil:


Fixed it for you.  ;D
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« Reply #1418 on: October 09, 2015, 01:53:25 PM »
Well, there it is: the Fenway boss call de shot. Prepare for Klopp. He thinks Dortmund and Liverpool have several things in common. Ah not buying Ancelotti at Liverpool, but maybe that's what's selling. Or, maybe he could repeat at Chelsea? Either way, Wenger safe. He could even will linger beyond van Gaal's departure. :devil:


Fixed it for you.  ;D

Well, we only hope ... since van Gaal announced a retirement date. :)
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1419 on: October 09, 2015, 01:57:23 PM »
Klopp's press conference was sober and hilarious at the same time. Says if you want, call me "the normal one". Also told the English press "I heard a lot about you before I came here. Prove to me that they (his sources) are liars." :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
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« Reply #1420 on: October 14, 2015, 08:50:16 AM »
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1421 on: October 19, 2015, 01:21:29 PM »
More high scoring matches this term than in recent seasons? Just this weekend City v Bournemouth and Newcastle v Norwich. Not to mention the very same City v the very same Newcastle. Plus Spurs demolished City a few weeks back. Will we witness a goal-record season? 
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1422 on: October 24, 2015, 07:50:31 PM »
Chelsea back to losing ways - despite having more possession (55/45) and considerably more passes. In all of that the Hammers only suffered 1 yellow card to the Bridge's cynical 6. Back to the drawing board.
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« Reply #1423 on: October 25, 2015, 03:50:07 AM »
In football you need a little luck. Yesterday was one of those days when the dice would not roll for Chelsea. The Off side call and the ball not fully going over the line Trust me Chelsea will be in the top four by season end.

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« Reply #1424 on: October 25, 2015, 05:42:50 AM »
Me eh know nah, Chelsea seemed suddenly impotent since preseason, and then the d Eva episode somehow gave me a premonition that this would not be a good year for Chelsea.......similar to when d Russian did fire Ray Wilkins.
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« Reply #1425 on: October 25, 2015, 06:55:39 AM »
It is a combinations of many things happening. They are the champions and everybody wants to wear their crown. Unlike last year when they won about  8 straight, all teams are ready for them this time around. They were unlucky to lose some of these games this year. But last year they were lucky to win some of their games too. Some injuries. But every team has that.

 I really want to see if he will last out the season. You know when things appear to be a on a downward trend, JM does walk. Let's see if he is " man enough" to stay the course. But all of this is mere speculation that Russian will fire him. If they can't accept the "downs" in football, then they should not be into it.

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« Reply #1426 on: October 26, 2015, 09:28:12 AM »
It is a combinations of many things happening. They are the champions and everybody wants to wear their crown. Unlike last year when they won about  8 straight, all teams are ready for them this time around. They were unlucky to lose some of these games this year. But last year they were lucky to win some of their games too. Some injuries. But every team has that.

 I really want to see if he will last out the season. You know when things appear to be a on a downward trend, JM does walk. Let's see if he is " man enough" to stay the course. But all of this is mere speculation that Russian will fire him. If they can't accept the "downs" in football, then they should not be into it.

It have things going on behind the scenes.  Jose had positions he wanted upgraded and the board play the ass thinking we could rally with pretty much the same squad.  Jose said it only once in an interview earlier in the season that his report was in since April.  The fact that we were in the market on deadline day is a telling sign of something not being right.  Only time we does be in there on deadline day is when we swooping in to take away a player from landing at another team.  Branna losing his form was a process that began since last season but without a player completely ready to own his or the opposite flank, he is indeed the (and I say this cringing) best choice.  The fact that Hazard cannot yet find his elite level form, Fabregas exposure in defense (not surprising he was never a defender was he?) Matic like a chicken with head cut off trying to cover for Branna, Fabs, and defensive holes left at times by the middle defenders means he too (Matic) has been off.  We have a bunch of forwards allergic to scoring goals and most importantly don't seem to have any more of those locker room glue type leaders that we have been spoiled with over the years.  Imagine we've had Drobga, Lampard, Alex, Ballack, Anelka, Eto'o and more in the last decade.  Any of them would have been able to inspire more confidence than the dregs that remain in the tank now.  Despite all this I hope Jose stays.  The knee-jerk instability of modern day football never helps anything in the long term.  Most does talk shit about Arsenal but despite not winning the league in more than a decade their fans are pretty much assured with Wenger at the helm that they will see CL football and will play attractively.  Jose takes well earned criticisms for his pragmatic approach but as evidenced early last season if things are working he can manage an attractive brand.  It hard to watch the team struggle like this but I eh holding yesterdays loss against them.  So far the Hammers have been a giant slayer and right now we eh no giants until we wake up.

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« Reply #1427 on: October 28, 2015, 03:14:08 PM »
More high scoring matches this term than in recent seasons? Just this weekend City v Bournemouth and Newcastle v Norwich. Not to mention the very same City v the very same Newcastle. Plus Spurs demolished City a few weeks back. Will we witness a goal-record season? 

And again with Spurs' punishment of Bournemouth on Sunday.
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1428 on: October 29, 2015, 08:16:08 AM »
Is the Premier League the world’s most exciting? Not this season
By Paul Wilson, The Guardian


Roberto Martínez described Everton’s laboured win against Norwich in midweek as a fantastic cup tie, the sort anyone would want to pay to see, but the relentlessly positive manager was probably in a minority of one with that opinion.

Everton were jeered off at half-time – that’s how fantastic it was – and during a particularly tedious opening half-hour when spectators were practically poking each other with sharp objects in order to stay awake someone ventured the opinion that this was shaping up to be the most tedious Premier League season for some time.

Yes, of course it was a Capital One Cup tie, and as such exempt from general criticism of the Premier League. Managers make so many changes these days, and have so little desire to go all the way in that particular competition, that it is hard to believe any result counts as a shock, whether it is the holders going out at Stoke City, Arsenal coming a cropper at Sheffield Wednesday or Manchester United being beaten by Middlesbrough. If a team have pressing concerns in the league or the Champions League, and Arsenal, Chelsea and United certainly have those at the moment, Capital One obligations usually become an early casualty.

Back to Everton, though, because it was the dullness of the fare in a meeting of two Premier League sides that stood out. It was like the Manchester derby all over again, except no one apart from Gary Neville would care for the Manchester derby all over again. The wider point is that a quarter of the way into the Premier League fixture list, the top flight of English football is still waiting for take-off. Can you name any thrilling games? Great performances? Memorable European nights? It just does not seem to be happening yet, unless we are going to count Sergio Agüero’s five goals in 23 minutes against hapless Newcastle or Arsenal finally getting their European campaign going in the nick of time.

OK, fair enough, Leicester City and Jamie Vardy are a good story and they have been involved in some exciting comebacks to keep their run of results going. But does a team such as Leicester threatening the European positions indicate a healthy level of competition within the Premier League, or is it a sign that everyone else’s standards have fallen? One could almost say the same about Arsenal topping the league last week. Does this finally mean that Arsène Wenger has been on the right track all along and is now poised to make a serious challenge for the title, or are Arsenal where they are because Chelsea and Manchester United have disappointed this season?

Chelsea have been the big no-show at the Premier League party, and while that is arguably no great loss on the entertainment front, the inability of José Mourinho and his squad to keep up the expected standards implies a loss of quality at the top end of the table. Chelsea have traditionally been hard to beat and a model of consistency. With Manchester United in slow decline for the past few years and Manchester City blowing hot and cold, Chelsea have generally represented a benchmark for English quality, the one club you could always rely on to have an interest in the title and put up a respectable performance in Europe.

Take that away and it becomes harder to judge the rest. United, it is fair to say, are not leaping ahead with football of the future under Louis van Gaal. They have slowed down their game, cut out the risks and become more predictable, and so has Wayne Rooney. Anthony Martial, surely signed as an attacking spearhead, has found himself shunted to the wing to allow his captain an extraordinarily generous amount of time to find his form in the middle, while Memphis Depay, not quite as dashing and adventurous a signing as was first billed, has found himself out of the side.

Van Gaal tinkers as if he has one or two more “transitional” seasons before things start to get serious, and at this rate could still be talking of potential rather than achievement when his time at Old Trafford is up.

City, in contrast, know exactly how they want to play but have been unlucky with injuries, as has happened in the past. They have built their system around David Silva and Agüero, and inevitably suffer when both are absent at the same time. Manuel Pellegrini’s side at least have the potential to excite. When everyone is fit they can offer football of the highest quality, but even the most optimistic City supporters are becoming resigned to the fact that Agüero, in particular, rarely completes a full season.

On the injury front, however, no one has it as bad as Liverpool, where even the arrival of Jürgen Klopp has had to take a back seat to the almost daily bulletins of bad news from the treatment room. Klopp might come good in the end – with the limited resources he is working with at present it is too early to tell – though what can be said with certainty is that it will be a while before Liverpool are back in the sort of entertainment business that flourished all too briefly under Brendan Rodgers.
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Liverpool are at Chelsea on Saturday, normally a fixture filled with excitement and possibility, yet Mourinho and Klopp are so short of wins it could easily turn out to be another cautious arm wrestle along the lines of the Manchester derby. If you had been told a couple of years ago that Mourinho and Klopp would soon be facing each other in the Premier League the prospect would have appealed, yet the present reality is more mundane and compromised than might initially have been imagined.

Rather too much of the Premier League is currently like that. West Ham and Crystal Palace supporters might be happy, but taking an overall view this is not shaping up to be a classic season. It has long been said that while the absolute quality might be elsewhere, the Premier League can always be relied upon for entertainment and drama on the pitch. Someone had better have a word, in that case, with most of the title contenders. And Chelsea.
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1429 on: October 30, 2015, 02:47:34 PM »
Klopp's press conference was sober and hilarious at the same time. Says if you want, call me "the normal one". Also told the English press "I heard a lot about you before I came here. Prove to me that they (his sources) are liars." :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Q: Did Jurgen Klopp make you laugh when he called himself 'the Normal One'? (Which he didn't really as Mourinho didn't call himself The Special One all those years ago)

Mourinho: "Why should I laugh?”

Comment from October 30, 2015 press conference.

On Liverpool and Klopp

"He is not someone I know well because in football you do not have friends but he is someone I like.

"They were a good team and they are a good team. They had a good manager and have a new very good manager. Everything is the same. He changed some details obviously in their tactical approach to matches but this is the nature of the game especially when you are speaking about two top managers.

"When you change a top one to another top one the level is high."
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« Reply #1430 on: October 31, 2015, 07:48:46 AM »
Pretty sure Mourinho will be asking where the extra seconds came from for Liverpool's equalizer. Nevertheless, good end to the half from a neutral viewpoint.
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« Reply #1431 on: October 31, 2015, 04:56:12 PM »
@ post-match presser Mourinho said "nothing" but said everything. Plus, before that, in the dregs of the match, his face said everything also.
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« Reply #1432 on: November 01, 2015, 09:53:28 AM »
More high scoring matches this term than in recent seasons? Just this weekend City v Bournemouth and Newcastle v Norwich. Not to mention the very same City v the very same Newcastle. Plus Spurs demolished City a few weeks back. Will we witness a goal-record season? 

And again with Spurs' punishment of Bournemouth on Sunday.

And now Everton 6 Sunderland 2.
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« Reply #1433 on: November 07, 2015, 04:29:37 AM »
Chelsea’s José Mourinho will not appeal against one-match stadium ban
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• Mourinho will be absent for Saturday’s match against Stoke
• ‘I think it’s stupid to fight a fight you know you already lose’


José Mourinho has opted not to appeal against a one-match stadium ban and will be absent as Chelsea confront Stoke City on Saturday, but has stressed he will retain “every responsibility” for the way in which his players perform.

The Portuguese suggested he might simply remain on the team bus when the Premier League champions arrive at the Britannia stadium, or “sit on a street corner”, and watch the game on his iPad having gone through various scenarios to prepare his assistants, Rui Faria and Steve Holland, who will direct affairs from the dugout.

Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham after refusing to leave the referee’s room at the interval where he had been questioning the dismissals of Nemanja Matic and his assistant Silvino Louro. The 52-year-old is now not permitted at the ground on match day and, while the Football Association has indicated it will not police him during the game with the ban effectively designed to keep him away from the match officials, he is technically not allowed to contact his staff at any point until after the final whistle.

“I travel with the team and will be with them until the moment somebody stops me, which is, I think, when I am in the limit of the compound of the stadium,” said Mourinho. “We know when I have to stop. I don’t know (where I will watch the game). I have no plans. Maybe I sit on the street corner with my iPad. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t even watch the game. I can’t contact my staff during the game. Why? Maybe Twitter, Livescore. I don’t know.”

Asked who would be in charge of changes during the game, whether tactical tweaks or substitutions, he explained: “Me. I will be in charge. Every responsibility is my responsibility. My staff are completely free of that extra pressure. That doesn’t belong to their jobs. It’s my responsibility. If, after 10 minutes, we are playing with seven men, it’s something I didn’t prepare my assistants for. They’d have to decide themselves. But we tried to reduce (the decisions needed to be made).

“The game is unpredictable. We don’t know the direction it will go in many aspects, but we try to reduce them. That we did. The most incredible scenarios you can imagine (we prepared). Let’s go to extremes: at half-time winning or losing 4-0.

“In between this, you have 1,000 options: be dominating and controlling the game; being dominated and not controlling the game; having problems with this or that area; injuries or red cards of the goalkeeper, the right-back, the centre-half, the striker, the winger. We went through all these different scenarios. They are prepared. But what is also important is for them to feel protected by the fact that it’s my responsibility. It’s just for the players to play, and for the assistants to be with them and supportive with them.”

Mourinho, who is the first Premier League manager to suffer a stadium ban since Alan Pardew head-butted Hull’s David Meyler while in charge of Newcastle in January 2014, suggested there had been no point appealing the disciplinary commission’s decision to suspend him “because it’s stupid to fight a fight you know already you’ll lose”. He fears the sanction has now set a precedent in terms of language used by managers towards the officials.

“Well, you can imagine that is not easy,” he added, when asked how difficult the experience will be. “You can imagine how I feel. And I don’t want to speak a lot about it because, to speak about it, I have to go deeper. I have to go to the dimension of the situation. One thing is not to be on the bench. Because, against West Ham, the referee told me not to be on the bench in the second half. But nobody told me to leave the stadium.

“At this moment, I am stopped not just to do my work, but from going to a football stadium and being at something I like so much. Football. If I go to the dimension of the punishment, I think it opens a range of situations and options that I can imagine, in the future, we are going to have lots of managers with stadium bans because a stadium ban should relate to something really, really serious in terms of aggression.

“This stadium ban is connected to words. To complaints. So, I imagine, in this moment it’s open, in the future, for the stadium ban to happen many more times. But I know the situation where I am in relation to the football power in this country, and I have to adapt. I have to adapt to it.”
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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1434 on: November 07, 2015, 04:58:18 AM »
North London Derby



Victory in the north London derby would be an ideal way for Arsenal to get over their midweek humiliation in the Champions League and reassert their title-wining credentials but they will have to excel to achieve such a result. Tottenham arrive in fine form and bolstered by the return of Son Heung-min, while Arsenal’s injury list remains long with seven players definitely out and three more doubtful. Paul Doyle

Venue Emirates Stadium
Last season Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season G10, Y46, R0, 4.60 cards per game

Arsenal

Subs: from Macey, Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Arteta, Iwobi
Doubtful: Arteta (ankle), Koscielny (hip), Ospina (shoulder)
Injured: Bellerín (groin, 21 Nov), Ox-Chamberlain (hamstring, 21 Nov), Ramsey (hamstring, 21 Nov), Walcott (calf, Dec), Wilshere (fractured leg, Jan), Welbeck (knee, Feb)
Suspended: None
Form: LWWWWW
Discipline: Y13 R2
Leading scorers: Giroud, Sánchez 6

Tottenham Hotspur

Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Fazio, Davies, Carroll, Mason, Winks, Onomah, Son, Townsend, Bentaleb, N’Jie
Doubtful: Bentaleb (ankle), Townsend (club punishment)
Injured: Chadli (ankle, 28 Nov), Pritchard (ankle, Jan)
Suspended: None
Form: WWDDWW
Discipline: Y25 R0
Leading scorer: Kane 5

(Sourced from The Guardian, UK).

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Re: 2015/16 Barclays Premier League Thread
« Reply #1435 on: December 21, 2015, 06:28:38 AM »
Big clash today: Gunners v. City. Looking forward to it. Wenger had sensible things to say about Pelligrini in comments in anticipation of the match. Three points for Arsenal would mean some separation from City and some career irritation for Pellegrini.
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« Reply #1436 on: December 21, 2015, 03:42:18 PM »
Yaya Toure just scored a beaut against MC. 2-1 in favour of the Gunners.

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« Reply #1437 on: December 21, 2015, 04:19:44 PM »
Yaya Toure just scored a beaut against MC. 2-1 in favour of the Gunners.

Sublime, and from no where. He did what Navas should have done.

Is Navas a luxury baller? Put him in a T&T shirt doing some of the same things and he would be subject to critique abuse.
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« Reply #1438 on: December 21, 2015, 05:01:10 PM »
City: 63% possession, 20 shots, 6 on target, 8 corners, 11 shots within the penalty area compared to Arsenal's 6 (but the Gunners had 5 on target from 8 total attempts).

I understand De Bruyne's confidence but I thought he was a step off in his fluidity with the ball and his decision-making in clutch moments.
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« Reply #1439 on: December 21, 2015, 11:19:24 PM »
Watching Watford dismantle Liverpool took me back to when Watford was a First Division powerhouse. Wicked!!!
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