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English Premier League thread

Chris Davies

Chief PESsimist
Staff
14 May 2003
Tranmere Rovers
Funny how Liverpool became one of the most fearsome teams after all those years. On top MU seem to catch that flu Liverpool had for years.
They still never seem to keep a clean sheet, though - and Salah is no longer the player he was. I'd love to see Liverpool win the league, but I can't see it for as long as Man City are around.
 

Isslander

Gordon's alive!
3 August 2003
Iceland
Liverpool
They still never seem to keep a clean sheet, though - and Salah is no longer the player he was. I'd love to see Liverpool win the league, but I can't see it for as long as Man City are around.
What, two goals against Arsenal not enough for you? Yeah one was a pen but did you see the other goal? Salah is still the player he was, the opposition are just guarding him a little better now. And although Adrian is rarely at fault for the goals (as prone as he seems to be to making mistakes at the moment) I think the injury of Alison might have something to do with not keeping a clean sheet. Liverpool have still won 12 Prem games in a row, I wouldn't care if they conceded 3 each game, as long as they scored 4.

Whoever changed the rule about the ball striking the ref deserves to be shot in the head. What an exceptionally stupid rule change.
 
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mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
What on earth is going on with VAR? Two very close offsides given against Newcastle when they were clear in on goal, rather than be allowed to play out, one of which looked definitely onside and then Matip is dragged around by the shoulder for what I thought looked a definite penalty and nothing given.

Add that to the two cast iron penalties they didn't give in the last set of games and it's all becoming a bit of a joke. If you're going to have it then at least use it to correct wrong decisions.

What a breath of fresh air Norwich are to the Premier as well. Play some great stuff at times as well.
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
It's amazing the way Football mirrors general life, with the sheep following the crowd. Every team and his dog now have to play out from inside their own box for goal kicks. How on earth do you square away the risk/reward for that? Man City almost conceded by doing it just before they actually did. Arsenal had about five attempts at giving a goal away before Watford finally capitalised and scored one of them. Absolute madness. The funniest moment was a goal kick where Leno played the ball about two yards to Luiz, who hammered the ball upfield. Yeah, the keeper could have done that mate.
 

OBH

PESadvocate
6 March 2019
Tottenham
It's amazing the way Football mirrors general life, with the sheep following the crowd. Every team and his dog now have to play out from inside their own box for goal kicks. How on earth do you square away the risk/reward for that? Man City almost conceded by doing it just before they actually did. Arsenal had about five attempts at giving a goal away before Watford finally capitalised and scored one of them. Absolute madness. The funniest moment was a goal kick where Leno played the ball about two yards to Luiz, who hammered the ball upfield. Yeah, the keeper could have done that mate.
It makes a lot of sense why you would play out from the gk because if you beat the opposition press you've got so much space.

The bit I don't understand though is persisting with something that clearly isn't working. Someone, be it the manager or one of the defenders, needs to insist the gk kicks it long sometimes.
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
It makes a lot of sense why you would play out from the gk because if you beat the opposition press you've got so much space
True, but if you don't then there's a good chance it's in the back of your net, hence is the risk and reward worth it. In Arsenal's case their defence is more than capable of giving up a goal without indulging in that as well. :D I also really mean this season with the new goal kick rule and passing it to your cb's inside the area, virtually standing next to the keeper.

I'm surprised the 'lesser' teams haven't yet sat back in their own half and let them get on with it, rather than risk getting stretched.
 

OBH

PESadvocate
6 March 2019
Tottenham
True, but if you don't then there's a good chance it's in the back of your net, hence is the risk and reward worth it. In Arsenal's case their defence is more than capable of giving up a goal without indulging in that as well. :D I also really mean this season with the new goal kick rule and passing it to your cb's inside the area, virtually standing next to the keeper.

I'm surprised the 'lesser' teams haven't yet sat back in their own half and let them get on with it, rather than risk getting stretched.
See Norwich play out the back vs Man City? They were quality at it.
 

OBH

PESadvocate
6 March 2019
Tottenham
I swear that players don’t take anywhere near as much of the responsibility as they should do.

I’m a Spurs fan, and only 4 months after a champions league final a lot of fans want Poch sacked because it’s gotten ‘stale’ despite him being a good coach.

I do feel for managers like Ole & Zidane.
 

PeterC10

Championship
31 May 2007
United Kingdom
Liverpool FC

bsmaff

International
11 August 2003
Welwyn Garden
Exeter City
Ole could be sacked soon, but who is available to take the Man Utd job?
They tried a club legend who hadn't done much apart from get Cardiff relegated.
Mourinho done well in first season, but couldn't compete because the players aren't good enough and board refused to spend.

But money would be on Marco Silva or Nuno Espirito Santo being the first ones to go.
At 14/1 Nuno seems a very good bet for a sneaky tenner.
 

OBH

PESadvocate
6 March 2019
Tottenham
Real Madrid need Klopp. He'd fit perfectly with the type of players RM currently have. Fast and direct.
Can’t see that myself.
I know there’s the whole ‘lure of Madrid’ nonsense, but Klopp is a perfect fit for Liverpool, he’s built a great team, and he must be absolutely dying to beat City to the league title.

Why go from a club where he’s loved to a club where the president and fans have a long, long history of turning on managers within days.
 

Chuny

GFX MOD
Staff
11 December 2007
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Can’t see that myself.
I know there’s the whole ‘lure of Madrid’ nonsense, but Klopp is a perfect fit for Liverpool, he’s built a great team, and he must be absolutely dying to beat City to the league title.

Why go from a club where he’s loved to a club where the president and fans have a long, long history of turning on managers within days.
Well I thought about it long and hard and I think I am right. And you are not.

:PP

To Real Madrid: Please disregard this message.
Hahaha
 

mattmid

Champions League
15 December 2011
Ole could be sacked soon, but who is available to take the Man Utd job?
They tried a club legend who hadn't done much apart from get Cardiff relegated.
Bit harsh, he's just won a local derby on penalties. :D

More seriously though, surely they have to stick with someone at some point? Not saying he's the right one, but they've had so many managers bringing so many different players through the door that their senior squad is a shambles now.
 

Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
Solskjaer is not the right manager for United. He was good for a short while as a caretaker, but giving him the job permanent was a huge mistake. IMO the perfect manager for Man United is Mauricio Pocchetino if he gets enough time. I hope it never will happen because i'm a Spurs fan and Spurs will never find a better manager (even if right now it seems as if he isn't the right one, the club needs to back him).

Klopp to Real Madrid would be the biggest possible misfit in football. Klopp-Liverpool is a match made in heaven, the perfect match. IMO Klopp is way too smart to ever go to Real Madrid. The Madrid fans (among the wost fans in the world imo, i'm talking about the ones that are in the stadium) will not appreciate Klopp's football and the current team is too old and too saturated to play the kind of football Klopp wants to play.

I also don't get the lure Madrid has on all these players (Hazard for example is making a colossal mistake going to Madrid). They are the biggest club in the world? Yes, but only because they were supported for decades by a vicious dictator and have bribed countless referees. I know they don't do that anymore (or at least i hope that) but they have build their dynasty that way.
Ten or fiteem years ago, they had serious financial problems and what happened? La ciudad de Madrid bought their training facilities for an erormous amount of money and let Real Madrid use them for free...imo this is also fraudulent.

As a football fan i want fair competition. Sorry for the off-topic rant and despite all i wrote i don't want to offend Real Madrid fans. But if i did: i already apologize.
 

PeterC10

Championship
31 May 2007
United Kingdom
Liverpool FC
Who cares about the PREM?

The real football is on tomorrow night..
5.15 Colchester United v Exeter City - League Two Play-off Semi Final
Didn't realise the play-offs were starting so soon!

Colchester's stadium is nice, used to live in Colchester and have been to the ground a few times. But it's too big for the club, and closed doors won't make much difference as the ball boy behind the goal usually gets the stand to himself anyway. :D
 
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