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All purpose football thread 20-21 season II

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Bob McC, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I doubt it.
    It’s reportedly 4-6 weeks out.
    Better he recuperates fully and prepares for next season.
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  3. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    I think most City fans were just hoping to see the same team that beat PSG again. Lose with that and we'd just hold our hands up and say well done Chelsea but that team selection went down like a lead ballon at the big screen event at the CFA. It was just baffling and set the team on the back foot from the off. I wonder how many times they've even played that shape in training? A couple of times this week maybe? Was never going to be enough to beat this well drilled Chelsea team. Another opportunity lost and there's no guessing when we'll be in this position to win it again.

    Oh well.
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  4. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    Slightly cheered up by the news that Blackpool have achieved promotion back to the Championship.

    Well done the Pool.
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  5. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Just watching the game back again and after all the excitement and stand out performances, Andreas Christensen deserves a mention. The fact that he replaced Silva so seamlessly as the pivot between Azpi and Rudiger speaks to his emergence as a top quality centre back.
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  6. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    genuinely, that’s 2 consecutive years when you most probably should have won it if not for ‘overthinking’ the opposition - great manager but guilty of tactical errors on both occasions
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  7. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    Not sure about that - Bayern were absolutely outstanding last year.
  8. palacefan

    palacefan pfm Member

    A game played with great intensity, I think that all the Chelsea players had good games and that James and Kante were outstanding. City had some players, notably Sterling ( apart from one sublime pass ) who did not do enough.....they need to find David Silva mk2
  9. Brian

    Brian Eating fat, staying slim

    If Man City fans are grumpy with the manager over thinking tactics I suggest a swap with Steve Bruce as a solution.

    It was a strange team selection but Chelsea were superb last night. The foul by the Rudiger fella was a bad one and the diving about is pathetic.

    Really pleased for one of my cousins and his lad.
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  10. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Good analysis of the game here which suggests that it was Havertz occupying Zinchenko that was key to undoing Pep’s plan to control the middle

    The heat map shows Havertz out wide for most of the game, which I have to confess, I didn’t see from watching it live

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  11. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    It's been a quirky season, one which initially threatened to falter and end in cancellation due to Covid outbreaks. Weren't we all grateful for those international matches where players contracted corona virus? The pandemic seemed to drain the intensity of play out of many a team. Not everyone was firing on all cylinders, apart perhaps for Everton who excelled in their cynical foul play ending VVD's season and sidelining Thiago for months.
    City appeared to be out of it but recovered well after their postponed game against Everton. Liverpool would top the table on the basis of the last 10 games. United haven't had a bad season but need to refresh the team and give some thought re a new manager. Chelsea's tactics and discipline under Tuchel have been the revelation of the season.
    It's really hard to be successful in a number of competitions and City who looked at one point to be on for 4 trophies managed 2. Well, 2 trophies is success by the standards of most clubs.
    I had a hunch that Chelsea would win old big ears, should have put money on it and a few other results in the last week or so!
    Pep is of course a great manager. Back in the day there was a lot of hopeful chat on RAWK that he'd join Liverpool before moving to City. Klopp joked about his record of winning 6 semi finals but not winning a final.He of course went on to break the habit. Pep of course has won finals but can he actually fulfil what his employers expect? The overthinking raises question marks. Yes he won the European Cup but that was a decade ago and football has changed. I suspect they'll stick with him but you never know.
    I'm looking forward to next season, I hope the City fans on here aren't feeling too bad today. When Liverpool lost in 2017-18 I was absolutely gutted and I knew that we'd be back the following year and win it. I suspect the Liverpool team had similar views.
    Well done Chelsea, remarkable defending last night! City fans, you'll be hoping you can build on the pain of defeat.
    Hoping for an injury free Euro's. The Premier League is better when teams have a full squad to pick!
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  12. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    You’d have destroyed them, couldn’t defend against pace
  13. deanf

    deanf pfm Member

    I can confirm this was a superb season. As the song goes, “we won the league, we won the cup, we’ve been to Europe too...”. And I was in the stadium last night, it was magic! So now we'll have a few weeks off and kick off the new season against Leicester at Wembley. When you’ve done Grimsby away on a freezing cold Wednesday night, Porto down on the seafront on a warm Saturday evening is like a fantasy. In fact it’s a trip baby!

    Let’s do it all again next year! :D:D:D

    And if we get relegated, we'll enjoy that too!

  14. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    We were definitely good to beat Lyon but Bayern were different class that season and I doubt our defence would've coped with them in the final. Against Chelsea we didn't turn up in the FA Cup and Pep made too many changes In the league game so I didn't pay too much attention to those defeats but Pep obviously did. He beats himself at times.
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  15. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    My recollection of the final stages were that Bayern had a significant advantage over the other teams as they’d restarted the Bundesliga 5-6 weeks earlier than the EPL and thus were far more conditioned than their competitors, playing the games over a single leg at a neutral ground also helped
  16. tqineil

    tqineil Ubi fides ibi lux et robur

    The reaction and play acting of Azpi to the knock on the knee was somewhat embarrassing... simple gamesmanship
  17. zeon

    zeon pfm Member

    City manager needs a Pep talk !. Well it is early morning.
  18. zeon

    zeon pfm Member

    At least your not singing " Don't look back in Anger " . Pep does a good version of that.
  19. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    That's very true too often tbf, Sterling's fall over/hand ball when he hadn't hardly been touched had me shouting "you're in a final, ffs stand up" at the telly.
    Good ref overall who allowed play to continue when some fair but crunching tackles occurred.
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  20. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Knees hurt when knocked. Not gamesmanship. Not embarrassing. Just pain.

    City had any number of player rolling around, including Sterling who was, yet again, rolling around after no contact.
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