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03 Oct 2017 02:46:12
Hi ed002,

With catalans seeming to separate from spain, how probable is it for barcelona to join other leagues?
I would really love them to be in premier league playing along side man united, city, chelsea. The league would really be something.

I have no idea how genuine the chance is but would love everyones opinion as well.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure how you have interpreted the attempts at a referendum but I would not have any thoughts about Barcelona ever playing in the EPL.}

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03 Oct 2017 08:53:49
I would’ve thought EPL is for teams in UK. Not sure why would they want to admit Barcelona?
If that happens then I am sure how you would have any distinction?
Unless there is a break away to form a Super League afterwhich EPL will lose attraction. This Super League might come about amidst the discussion around the top teams in EPL asking for more money for TV rights ie Man Utd, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool. Perhaps the Super League might include the likes of RM, Barcelona etc. However at the moment I feel the top EPL teams have to agree first as this is probably the most competitive and exciting league for me.

03 Oct 2017 09:57:41
Why on earth would you think Barcelona would ever play in the EPL?

{Ed001's Note - because the head of the Catalan FA has already said they would apply to join the English leagues if they achieve independence.}

03 Oct 2017 10:15:49
As long as they know their place, and they're happy to start in a lower tier, like Celtic or Rangers would have to, then I've no problem with it :)

03 Oct 2017 10:27:43
And he's only said they'd apply to England because of the tv money. Its a no from me.

03 Oct 2017 10:43:06

It seems like a weird question but it is a possibility. Catalan independence can let them choose the league they want to play in. I just did not have much idea if it was a valid argument, the reason why I asked to Ed002.

03 Oct 2017 10:44:12
Thank you for explaining the situation ed001. I guess some posters are yet to be aware of it.

{Ed001's Note - no worries, if is highly unlikely but they could apply to join anyway.}

03 Oct 2017 11:26:58
Hi Srestha totally comprehende no worries. Wasn’t having a go at you. But in terms of distance I am not sure if that’s really feasible. That’s where I am coming from not so much disrespect to your question. 🙏
I must admit anything can happen and will be interesting to see what happens. Afterall look at who the POTUS is so I won’t be surprise at anything else 😂.

03 Oct 2017 11:40:04

I understand mate. No worries.

I too think it is highly unlikely but EPL definitely would be something if it was to happen.

03 Oct 2017 11:55:41
Why would a top English club give up the extra spot for a Champions League place? Wouldn't happen. Not even Celtic and Rangers could join.

03 Oct 2017 12:23:23
I would agree with that Syd. 👍.

04 Oct 2017 01:13:18
Isn't it more likely to trigger the start of the breakaway European super league? Top teams from various leagues all leaving and starting something new, been talked about for a few years now and this would seem a plausible trigger to get it started.

03 Oct 2017 06:02:58
Did birthday wish Zlatan today? I was wondering how to write-

Happy birthday, Zlatan


Happy Zlatan, birthday.

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03 Oct 2017 13:21:25
birthday is Zlatan.

03 Oct 2017 16:06:24
I would wish him a Happy New Year, and ask him what his plans and expectations are for the year ahead, the year 35 AZ.

01 Oct 2017 19:35:40
Where's mighty red gone?


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01 Oct 2017 20:01:42
Lost in the sea of despair.

01 Oct 2017 21:15:47
Turmoil on Merseyside.

02 Oct 2017 05:06:11
They are doing what we were doing last year. drawing games they should be winning. It also seems that the league is a bit like yesterday years where the top teams seem to have their way with the bottom 10 and only a few surprises. I think the top teams have improved more than the mid tier teams and establishing a gap that will be there for the foreseeable future. No repeat of leicester :)

02 Oct 2017 13:32:14
Also, where is gunnerbod with his *shitty* banter?

{Ed007's Note - I fixed that for you ;)

02 Oct 2017 19:46:37
Thanks bond. If I knew you were pressing the buttons on the editing I would have been more creative. I appreciate your mindfulness though :)

{Ed007's Note - Don't mention it, you're welcome.}

02 Oct 2017 23:54:38
Mighty and gunnerbod are looking for jobs as comedians. Poor guys.

{Ed033's Note - gunnerbod is a comedian on the Spurs site.

01 Oct 2017 19:26:05
Reading the other pages Chelsea fans are well hacked off about Conte's approach to the City game whilst the red and blue of Merseyside are both mentioning Ancelotti. I
can't believe the Liverpool fans feel that way already, it's been a less than stellar start but it's still very early. However, Everton have been a surprise, they look very poor and whilst they lost Lukaku they did buy a few.

It's been a very interesting start this year, Burnley punching well above their weight so far but the top of the table looks good. A number of us had De Boer down as first to be sacked but take your pick as to who is next. Koeman looks vulnerable as does Shakespeare with Clement and Howe also under pressure.

If we beat Liverpool (which we should) then the howls about Klopp will just get louder, come on Jose, let's get at them. I expect a couple more Managers will have gone by Christmas, take your pick which ones.

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01 Oct 2017 20:00:57
Liverpool were always going to struggle. They never sorted their issues and they don't have a good enough squad to deal with a heavy fixture schedule.

Everton have signed many players and they must gel. Also not signing a top striker was a huge mistake. Also taking Rooney may have been a mistake too.

01 Oct 2017 20:03:01
Yes tony! Get at them on 14th.

01 Oct 2017 20:50:44
Everton are going to take time, but koeman has been very negative so far. Even if he does manage to start getting points, I can't imagine he'll play attractive football.

Liverpool haven't started well but when you watch them, you always feel like they can score. A couple of wins and they're right back in the mix.

I hope Shakespeare goes next. Just so he knows how Ranieri felt.

02 Oct 2017 00:14:23
Personally i'd love to see us but a couple of nails in klopps coffin he is a complete bluffer and bufoon that squad would do so much better under someone like anchelotti.
Everton look all over the place. Awful defence and no attack.

02 Oct 2017 05:10:39
I think Koeman will be next now that ancelloti is available. I hope palace go down as any club and the idiot who runs it that sacks 4 or 5 managers in 9 months deserves to go down. Hodgson is such a poor manager and he will be sacked sooner or later too.

02 Oct 2017 09:47:20
Everton did spend a lot of money in the summer but when you look at their team they remind me a little of us in LvG's first season. Yes there is quality there but they have a total lack of pace right throughout the team. one of Williams and Jagielka always playing makes it difficult for them to play a high line, there defense having to sit deeper means the midfield has to sit deeper or expose space between the lines that in turn means either the forward line has to play deeper or risk being isolated. The forward line sitting deeper wouldn't be such an issue if there was pace in the forward line meaning they could spring counters quickly and make up that space between them and the goal. But they don't have ant pace in their forward line. That is why they look so blunt going forward, add to that several losses and poor performances that have no doubt knocked their confidence means they are in a real sticky situation. I'm not sure how they are going to get themselves out of it, sacking the manager will not add any pace to the team which is so sorely lacking.

02 Oct 2017 10:58:52
Klopp to stay. I don’t want him sacked. In my opinion he’s doing a great job for Liverpool. All hail Klopp ;) .

02 Oct 2017 14:03:51
Mad Hatter you’re really mad! 😂😂😂
But I agree with you 👍👏.

02 Oct 2017 14:30:31
I don't want klopp sacking either. He's doing brilliantly. Fails to sign a centre back then wastes forty million on the ox. Genius.

02 Oct 2017 16:25:32
Every time I see Koeman, and how he sets his teams out, it just reminds me of LVG. (shudder) My brother-in-law is a die-hard Toffee, and a forgiving one at that, but even he thinks Koeman is on borrowed time. Ashley Williams, so good for Wales, looks a complete liability at club level.

02 Oct 2017 19:08:40
Koeman reminds me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Oh and Avram Grant is Baron Von Greenback in disguise.

02 Oct 2017 19:14:00
i Was surprised when Koeman bought Williams. His best had gone. Distinctively average, still fits into the Everton team nicely.

02 Oct 2017 20:50:45
I don't think any of the real Liverpool supporters are screaming for Klopp to be sacked, but the "Keyboard warrior forum fans" probably do. can't really blame the manager for defenders who can't kick a ball rolling towards him, defenders who pass the ball straight to a opponent or a goalkeeper that needs 3 tries to catch a floating cross. But if he can't get a new cb in january or in the summer, their is something really really wrong.

02 Oct 2017 21:08:28
Nah he was told at the start of the window that vvd wasn't for sale. Shouldn't have faffed around and gone for someone else. Ox was a poor signing.

02 Oct 2017 21:33:22
Yeah well i don't think anyone disagree that AOC is a waste of money, but what manager hits with all his buys? And it was also clearly a panic buy, since they couldn't land any of their first choice targets. And its easy to scream for the managers head when the team is not winning every match, but who should they get that can do a better job? Atleast i am able to watch my team play, and still see entertaining football matches. Not everyone can say the same :D.

02 Oct 2017 22:10:19
Yeah our goals going in are awful to watch.

02 Oct 2017 23:08:31
Benitez just might end up at Everton! If Koeman gets his marching orders and klopp might be looking to escape to Bayern if some bookies have their info correct 😆😆.

01 Oct 2017 11:25:43
I was really impressed with Smalling and Jones on the ball yesterday. They weren't pressed much but when they were they always found a United man. I think that may be something Eric Bailey needs to work on after seeing the CSKA game. Anyway who starts an Anfield. For me it's still Jones and Bailey but Smalling didn't put up a bad case yesterday.

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01 Oct 2017 12:00:48
For me it has to be Bailly and Jones who starts smalling looks like an accident waiting to happen and his heading is awful has no control of where it goes 50p head springs to mind.

01 Oct 2017 12:49:41
It was against a team who has yet to score and toothless tbh. Bailley and Jones and they need to be on their best to keep coutinho and company quite. Liverpool is a very difficult away and a draw would be a good result. Win your home games and draw your away fixtures against tough opposition will win you the league and if you can surprise like city did yesterday at Chelsea then its a huge bonus.

Spurs team also looks really tough and hard to crack.

01 Oct 2017 13:02:27
Also smalling made a tackle that should have got palace a penalty.

02 Oct 2017 20:53:40
Imight, that's blasfemi! The ref is only wrong when its not in ManUtd favor. You must have bumped your head or something, that was a clean tackle :D.

03 Oct 2017 10:17:50
Stoupid, that might possibly be the worst attempt at spelling, 'blasphemy', I've ever seen.

03 Oct 2017 10:30:46
I thought he meant the brother of Obafemi Martins.

01 Oct 2017 07:28:14
If results go as on expected today then the top 6 will be the 6 most of us expected albeit Chelsea will only be 5th. I think the games between the top teams could determine who finishes where and I hope that for the most part we take it to them when we play them. Chelsea seemed to set up defensively yesterday and whilst it limited the threat they still lost.

I look at City, Chelsea, Liverpool and I think we can cause them real problems, can't wait for the games to roll around.

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01 Oct 2017 08:00:47
I agree with that AJH. I think we can have any of the top teams.

Even watching the game yesterday and how city controlled it, I still think we will create many more problems against them.

01 Oct 2017 09:09:15
As much as it pains me to say it (as a Liverpool fan) - You are looking pretty special. You've battered everybody you've played since Basel so credit where credit is due. Unfortunately for you lot though, your first loss will come against us :) lol but to be honest right now, I'd take a draw.

01 Oct 2017 12:57:31

I picked city to win the league with us finishing second and spurs and chelsea to fill in the top 4 and still believe that will be the way it finishes. I think our first 11 is good enough to win against any first 11 but don't believe we have the bench to replace key players if they get injured i. e. pogba, Likaku.

Whilst in games like yesterday we were just fine i think against the likes of chelsea and city especially away from home we need our best to get a result. I think we are one summer away from ticking all the boxes.

01 Oct 2017 13:17:50
Bang on x. Although i put us down to win as i could never think otherwise personally. Keeping key players fit where our replacements are sub standard against the best teams will be the key for us. A bit of luck in key moments would also help. City look good too but its only 7 games. So many things can hapoen.

01 Oct 2017 15:03:25
Hate to say it but City are much better than us at the moment apart from centre backs and goal keeper. And those positions they aren't much worse. They are playing and pressing with pace and as a team. Shearer highlighted it on MOTD. I still think we have a way to go but we are on our way.

01 Oct 2017 15:53:16
Ajh, of course we can anyone trouble. We should. But as I've said all along, City are looking excellent and their defence is their attack. The system Pep is playing is a repeat of Barcelona days. They are pressing at every opportunity and have high possession stats. It's easy to say we can hurt them, but we need to get the ball off them first. I also think the two centre backs are gelling very well and as I said months ago, their GK will be one of the best in 3 years time. I was impressed the way they controlled Hazard. Against us, he creates havoc and has been a thorn in our side.
Hope we can go to our competitors and put up a show. We have the players to hurt teams, but we need brave tactics and system to beat them.
We'll see how far we've come when we play the Scousers at Anfield.

01 Oct 2017 17:10:49

City have demolished Liverpool and took 3 points away at Chelsea. I would say their points total whilst the same as ours is against much better opposition. I would need to see how we go against a couple of top 6 team to make up my mind on how good we are.

01 Oct 2017 19:16:12
I agree x. Only played bottom half teams allbeit demolishing them. Our best 11 is very good but smalling young blind fellaini darmian rojo have been found iut over last few years against the bettet teams so if we have to rely on them to start 20 plus games a season we will find it tough.
Fellaini looks good against the weaker teams imo he gets exposed when playing against fast technical players but his attitude is terrific. He looks confidant and had the managers faith.
Matic is the fulcrum for how the team plays but him and fellaini in there does slow us down imo.

01 Oct 2017 20:55:13
Jose seems to rate fellaini even if you don't.
No team is perfect and every team will struggle with injuries to there top players not sure why you keep making the same obvious point .
You argued in the summer it was the worse squad in 20 year that's maybe why, but it's looking pretty good at the moment .
By the way smalling and young have both won the epl before.

01 Oct 2017 21:21:03
Young blind rojo darmian.
How many long term injuries would we have to have for them 4 in particular to start 20 plus games?
Rojo won't even be back until next year but if bailly Jones smalling lindelof all get long term injuries there is a chance the Argentine international might play a few this season .
How would city look with 4 cbs out?
Mendy is out for 6 month and they have Delph at lb .

Fellaini will play more than 20 games imo although with Herrera matic pogba and Carrick maybe not .
But the bottom line is every team is better with a fully fit squad and a bit weaker with a number of injuries.

01 Oct 2017 22:20:23
None of them are good enough for a permanent place in a first choice MU side IMO, however they are great back-up players. I mean many teams would love those players as their first team players. Luckily we can afford top wages so we can have decent back-up players. But I cannot complain guys. We are so lucky we didn't sell Fellaini, we are very short on midfielders. Could have done with Perreira staying put too.

02 Oct 2017 00:16:42
Jred i said that jose took over the worst performing squad in 20 years which he did he has briught in 7 and cganged half the starting team so well on our way to success.

01 Oct 2017 05:57:26
Just a quick idea for a thread - what 1 (and I do mean one! ) thing did you take away from the Saturday games related to Man Utd? Forget about the Utd game, as you discuss that already, I mean the other games in the Prem.

For me, the thing I saw was that only Spurs, other than United, have the get out of jail free card of a genuine goalscorer to rely on when things get tough later in the season. When your team is having a stinker, a goalscorer can rescue the points. Kane is about the only other one around (Aguero when fit but he is out for a couple of months) apart from Lukaku. That gives United a real edge over the rest.

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01 Oct 2017 06:10:14
Good one Ed Uno. You the man 👍
For me I feel comfortable with our midfield and attack but still not fully comfortable with our defense. We can test the PL top teams with our attacking front but I am not fully convinced with other top Pl team testing our defense except for DDG. This will be seen in the months to come when we start playing those teams.
Major compliment I can give is that we are ensuring we win against the lower table teams.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. I don't think there is one PL side that impresses me defensively this season. Spurs have downgraded theirs with the addition of the extremely dodgy Sanchez, he looks like an accident waiting to happen every time I see him and was lucky not to give away a pen. Chelsea's back 3 leaves too many gaps in wide areas. Citeh were really struggling against Morata before he went off injured. Stones just cannot defend to save his life.}

01 Oct 2017 07:49:21
I was saying that yesterday about city. Morata stays on, it's a different game. City were struggling with them. He goes off, then Chelsea just sat back, in my eyes allowing city to control the game. And for all their great possession, only de Bruynes intervention gave them the 3 points. Stones and otamendi will have their hands full with any of martial, rash, miki and lukaku.

01 Oct 2017 08:23:07
Agree Ed. And thanks for the comments.
With that in mind I hope we rise up to the challenge and able to take them on. But the ball is round so I am cautious about being too optimistic. If we can maintain our teamwork and confidence I think we can be very comfortable beginning 2018. Let’s see.

01 Oct 2017 09:12:48
The games on the rise in England, I watched the spurs, United and city games yesterday.
Some good teams this year with some very good individual players .
KDB and kanes performances yesterday where right up there .
As was city's team performance, if a Spanish club had done that to Chelsea everyone would be talking about how far we are behind the best in Europe.
Should be a great season this year.

01 Oct 2017 10:42:12
Spurs look the most complete team and biggest threat to the title for me. If teams can get get at city defence they are vulnerable and can see them having off days when it comes to dominating possession, Chelsea rely heavily on Hazard and Morata and I think they will get found out more now since city display and with Europe.

{Ed025's Note - city are the team to beat welsh, any team that finishes above them wins the league for me, spurs are very good but the wembley factor will see them fall short mate..

01 Oct 2017 10:52:18
I thought Chelsea were scared stiff of city, leave wide men high and Chelsea's wingbacks never got out there own half . Three CBS marking one striker meant a GK a back 5 plus kante and bakayoko meant 8 players barely crossed the half way line . Pep gets stick for no plan b but it was Conte who looked like he had no clue what to do .
Utd are doing fantastic we have cutting edge now that's been missing for a few year, fixtures have been kind though but we can only dispatch what's put infront of us and we have done it well.

01 Oct 2017 10:58:30
Team spirit for me .
We seem to have a great togetherness and belief .
Only city and spurs have that along with ourselves .
May seem like a stupid point but it does make a huge difference.

01 Oct 2017 11:19:33
The way it looks to me at the minute is city are favourites for the league. they look good but there's a weakness at the back, United should be their nearest challengers but have we been tested yet, we also have a weak spot at the back but we have the best keeper in the world. We have a big strong team, I think we will bully out a few results. Then we have Chelsea and spurs for the top 4 imo. there's a toss of a coin between Liverpool and arsenal but I think Liverpool will take 5th.
A few people thought Everton would be a surprise but I said from the start I didn't think so.

01 Oct 2017 11:41:18
Good question 001.
From a united point of view i take comfort and encouragement from how focussed our manager appears to be. He really does look like he has the bit between his teeth. He at this moment exudes confidence and that is getting through to the players.
I also think he is not crowing about our form just yet as we have only played bottom half teams and poor teams in europe so he is biding his time. I believe he is since the retirement of fergie the best in the business at mind games and he will get under the skin of poch conte pep and klopp if the results go our way and will drop the grenades to wind them up, turn the screw and rank up the pressure when required.
When focussed and in with a chance of winning he knows how to get over the line even if it means being ugly. A focused and determined jose will win if given the opportunity so for me he is the x factor if it gets to squeaky bum time.

01 Oct 2017 11:53:06
Ken the question wasn't about managers 😐.

01 Oct 2017 12:08:33
Thanks for that leahy. The question was . what 1 (and I do mean one! ) thing did you take away from the Saturday games related to Man U?
I think the manager is 1 thing related to man united. You may not think so but that was my interpretation and on reflection you may think that is valid.
In your reply you mentioned several things not 1 thing related to united read the question again and reply giving 1 thing realted to united and then you will also have a valid answer too😂.

01 Oct 2017 12:33:47
Could be right Ed, City look frightening at times I just think teams are showing them too much respect, their defence can be got at for me but atm they aren’t conceding and teams can’t get the ball off them so fair play to city.
Anyway I think the OP was related to united but not about united lol, so for me the one thing it will come down to is Aguero v Kane v RedRom, maybe that’s 3, but kinda 1, who stays fit and most prolific will win their team the league for me.

{Ed025's Note - very possibly welsh..

01 Oct 2017 13:07:18
I thought City looks superb yesterday and Chelsea look lost without Morata. I think city is a difficult team to play against due to the fact that if you give away possession in the middle of the pitch they have so many weapons that can hurt you. We are at the same level for me when we have our best 11 out there.

The games between the top teams will come down to who has sets up tactically the best and who makes the least mistakes.

Hope we do not have international break hangover as usual when we get back. The south American qualifiers are very tight with the exception of Brazil who has walked it and expect those players to come back knackered or injured.

01 Oct 2017 14:48:22
Ken read my reply again. united have we been tested. we have big powerful players. top keeper.

01 Oct 2017 14:57:21
"Forget about the Utd game, as you discuss that already, I mean the other games in the Prem.  "

Come on boys keep up.

01 Oct 2017 15:08:11
Haha jred 😂.

01 Oct 2017 17:20:11
Jred your right.

01 Oct 2017 19:20:42
Who discussed the utd game leahy? I didn't mention it keep up🤕.

01 Oct 2017 19:22:34
As much as I'm very happy with Lukaku, I thought Kane is blossoming into one of the best strikers in the game.

01 Oct 2017 21:28:45
I never said you mentioned the United game. I said it isn't a question about managers.
Keep up now Ken. Rtp 🙂.

30 Sep 2017 23:44:49
I know its two weeks away yet, but what do you guys think is the best way to beat the scouser's? Defensive minded etc or completely match up to them man to man and attack?

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01 Oct 2017 02:41:26
Pogba being out could actually be a blessing.

Herrera, Miki Mata midfield is slightly more defensive but plenty still going forward.

I would stick with Mata plus the form player of Rashford and Martial assuming everyone is fit.

I like the look of Young at left back, but he might get caught out defensively.

Definitely need to take them on, but Jose will not play open and expansive, no way.

01 Oct 2017 03:01:27
Prob best to give them a 2 goal head start and let them mess it up from there.

01 Oct 2017 03:06:47
Jose will know best. i'd rather go at them try to exoose their weakness but if jose parks the bus and we win 1 nil then i'd be delighted.

01 Oct 2017 05:13:40
We need to keep in mind that liverpool are at their best when teams go out and have a go at them. Best way to beat them is tactically. I believe Jose will setup the Jose way.

01 Oct 2017 07:01:28
We need to be sensible but I think their defence is very suspect so we should get after them. Our attack is looking good and we should be confident in their ability to unsettle their defence.

01 Oct 2017 12:50:07
We have the speed to do them on the counter. If we can beat their press our attack can expose their defense which always sits high up the pitch. Personally I have no doubt well will beat them.

{Ed025's Note - i have massive doubts TAS..

01 Oct 2017 13:09:48
I think we will play it tight as you don't go away to anfield and go gungho. They are very suspect defensively if you play it the right way. Mane and coutinho are the the players we need to keep in check. the rest of that team will not pose too many problems for us.

02 Oct 2017 21:06:48
How is this even a question? Play Mourinho football, prob a 5 man backline so the fb can lay on Mane and Salah, with Herrera and Matic as a shield for the 5 man defence. Play long balls on Lukaku, win a couple set pieces (50/ 50 scoring chanse against liverpool) . Easy pickings.

30 Sep 2017 20:06:16
Its that time again

4 to UTD 😂😂.

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30 Sep 2017 22:57:12
It's perfect that the likes on this are 4 - 0.

30 Sep 2017 19:24:32
4 more goals and a clean sheet can't ask for much more .
Would of loved a city Chelsea draw but it wasn't to be .
City gave Chelsea a bit of a football lesson today.

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30 Sep 2017 19:55:36
Yeah it's the 6th time already this season we've scored 4 in a game. Incredible threat that we pose.

Watched the city Chelsea game, for the lesson that they gave them, they didn't really trouble courtois too much. Took a special goal from De Bruyne to get the job done.

I can't wait to play them, I think we will give them endless problems. Otamendi and Stones weren't tested at all today. Once Morata went off, Chelsea had no outlet.

30 Sep 2017 20:21:59
They weren't tested because city controlled the game . lampard was spot on when he said Chelsea where out classed .
Chelsea defended well, are a well organised team but couldn't get out there half at times .
You can get at city, space behind there full backs and infront of there cbs but you have to get the ball and keep it . 65% possession against Chelsea away and outclassed them today .
The derby is going to be great 2 good teams this year.

30 Sep 2017 21:32:02
As I said, for a team that outclassed Chelsea and outplayed them, they didn't really trouble courtois. Only for de Bruynes special moment that would have been a draw.

30 Sep 2017 21:48:01
I would love to see both Rashford and Martial playing against City. As jred says, there's room in behind the full backs. Hit them with pace and movement and you could really cause the CBs problems. Mata over Mhki too because of his intelligence.

30 Sep 2017 22:20:53
It wasn't a draw tho they got the win good teams tend to do that.

30 Sep 2017 23:47:04
I hate to say it, but against another top team, and the reigning champions, that was as good a performance as I've seen. Made a good Chelsea team look very ordinary.

01 Oct 2017 07:03:58
Yeah but they didn't test Courtois Stevie. It's ok playing the other team off he park and taking the win but what's the point if you don't test the keeper?

01 Oct 2017 07:45:20
What I'm saying AJH is that I feel city will have those games where they might dominate but will not win. I just felt the magic moment from Dr Bruyne saved them yesterday.

Their performance was of course fantastic. But without aguero for a bit, I think they've lost their main goalscorer.

The moment Morata went off yesterday Chelsea didn't try anything after that. Just sat back. And I think city were struggling with him up until that point.

I think we will beat them.

01 Oct 2017 08:21:29
There won't be many teams do that to Chelsea this season and they where well on top before morals went off .
Chelsea lost the midfield could like with the movement and press of city .
Couldn't keep the ball or live with it .

01 Oct 2017 08:56:26
Yeah it was a good performance jred. Great possession stats.

I still think we beat them.

01 Oct 2017 09:13:59
Hard to say either way, tough game.

01 Oct 2017 12:24:23
Agree its a tough call. A lot will depend on who is unavailable for either side. City would miss aguero a lot even though jesus is there and i think we will need our best players available in key positions to be at our best. A lot of games before that too so too many variables to between now and then to make a good prediction at this point.
The derby is not in my thoughts at this time for united the only game that matters at this point is the next one not the game in a couple of months time. If we keep our form as it is until then then i'd back jose and united every time because i'm biased.

01 Oct 2017 13:14:29
Chelsea is a very difficult place to go to and very hard to break down. I thought city were superb and yes it was a special goal but it looked like only one team was going to win it after Morata went off.
Chelsea even when losing and at home had so many players behind the ball and that says something about city.

01 Oct 2017 16:47:07
We will beat Pool, Spurs, Chelsea and the dirty blues before Christmas and come New Year we’ll be in a great position. I honestly don’t fear anyone, even though we have plenty of ways to improve further ourselves. Even City with their lovely football, as they and the rest are all pretty sh*t at the back and we will cause them all real problems, and I trust Jose to get his tactics correct.


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