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1  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Manchester United FC, an increasingly sad debt fuelled story on: January 10, 2022, 11:07:02 PM

Mr Ferguson at his finest makes Klopp look like a pussy cat:

https://twitter.com/slbsn/status/1476992016374714368
2  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Manchester United FC, an increasingly sad debt fuelled story on: January 05, 2022, 11:04:03 AM
Despair seems appropriate.

Norwich have a (marginally) smaller gap to us than we have between us and Guardiola’s paradigm of how to build a functioning football team.

Which means the only real enjoyment to be had from the PL this season is that Liverpool won’t win it.

Always look on the bright side of life Smiley

Since 1st December:

Pep     P8 W8 D0 L0  Pts 24
Spurs. P6 W4 D 2 L0  Pts 14
Liverp.  P7 W4 D 2 L1  Pts 14
United   P6 W4 D 1 L1  Pts 13
Chelsea P8 W3 D 4 L4  Pts 12
Arsenal P7 W4 D0 L3  Pts  12

Based on points per game you are the 3rd most in-form team since the 1st December.
And still the CL to play for.

Meanwhile Arsenal fans are buzzing after their "best performance in years" with  7 shots against a subpar City and throwing it away with the same old lack of discipline.

Funny old game.

Edit: Ronaldo was a mistake.
3  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: November 09, 2021, 10:25:07 AM
All a bit weird.

Control and domination in away games at  United, Chelsea, Liverpool (mainly) and PSG.

Poor at home against Burnley, Southampton (deserved to win) and Palace.

Not warmed to Grealish and happy he was on the bench at OT. I'm sure he'll come good which is always the way with most new players under guardiola.
4  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Arsenal FC a sad sad story on: November 09, 2021, 10:15:37 AM
Nice recovery , result wise, from the poor start. 
4 wins 2 draws from the last 6 league games and just 3 pts from CL spot. Reasons to be hopeful?

Tough bunch of away games coming up though and they have been the historic achilles heel - Leicester, Liverpool and United.

And it continues...

The thread needs more  gushing  from ralph Smiley


5  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Crystal Palace FC Thread + Championship Chat on: November 09, 2021, 10:12:47 AM
Looking good.
Impressed at the Etihad the other week  and totally deserved.
My only frustration was the GK timewasting with the frustration aimed at the ref and not the player.

Big affection for Vieria with his time at City. Great that so far he is doing so well.
6  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Manchester United FC, an increasingly sad debt fuelled story on: November 09, 2021, 10:05:26 AM

Oh dear....

Next up Spurs (a) and City (h).

I'll be staggered if he doesn't revert to a low block, counter attacking plan against City...

Oh dear again....
Not seen anything quite like that before at Old Trafford.
Incredible he keeps his job really.

7  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: October 26, 2021, 03:51:44 PM

Looking good for a 3 way title race which should be fun.

City now playing v well. Bernardo and Foden comfortably the standout players so far. 
Foden is special. The only unkown now is his ceiling.

8  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Manchester United FC, an increasingly sad debt fuelled story on: October 26, 2021, 03:45:43 PM

Oh dear....

Next up Spurs (a) and City (h).

I'll be staggered if he doesn't revert to a low block, counter attacking plan against City...
9  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Arsenal FC a sad sad story on: October 26, 2021, 03:40:41 PM
Nice recovery , result wise, from the poor start. 
4 wins 2 draws from the last 6 league games and just 3 pts from CL spot. Reasons to be hopeful?

Tough bunch of away games coming up though and they have been the historic achilles heel - Leicester, Liverpool and United.
10  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: June 01, 2021, 11:45:43 PM
Just seems every exit peps had post Barca has been preceded by a somewhat radical change in personal and tactics

"I'll drop the DMs that have played in all but one game, play my best midfielder as a false nine, my top goal scorer as my deepest midfielder, move my best young player to accomadate a player who hasn't played first choice all season, invert my left back, yada yada yada, all in the final and most important game of the season"

I've seen some of the city Twitter tactics bros screencap + MSpaint analysis that say it wouldn't have made a difference. We will never know. We do know what he tried failed.

In  the domestic league where he pits his wits against thinkers like Steve Bruce and the budgets of Brighton and palace, and the carabou cup where he is the only manager above Wayne Rooney in the pyramid to field a full strength side he has been dominant. And the same is true of every club he's managed. He has success in line with the financial dominace of the team's he manages. City, Bayern and Barca all had success pre pep. The later two success - and CL trophies - post his leaving. City will do just fine after he has gone too.

But when he comes up against his peers in terms of coaches and budgets in the knock out stages of european competition - the footballing equivalent of slow time control chess - his attempts at deviations from the formations that blow Everton and villa away fall flat.

Great manager, but he's not unique in the success he has had, nor do I think he is an outlier amongst his present day peers, much less in a historical context.

In Europe, quite the opposite.


Lol - he is a bloody genius man Smiley

True, the financially dominant teams will (almost) always prevail - PSG, Bayern, Juventus - but at least the PL had  a big 6 + Leicester. Now more like a Big 4 and the PL winner will likely  be from City, Chelsea, United or Liverpool. The first 3 have broadly spent the same in terms of transfers and wages over the last 5 or 6 seasons (look at the accounts or Swiss Ramble analysis and not net spend crap on transfermrkt) and Liverpool less but still the 5th or 6th highest revenue in  European football. England is not France, Germany or Italy and I give far more credit to Pep than you.

Even in the League Cup there has been at least 1 victory in every run against another financially dominant side - United away in the last 2 semi-finals and Chelsea in the final before - and always they have played full strength sides.

"Slow time control chess" - I like that with reference to the 2 legged knock-out ties. Since the debacle against Liverpool 3 years ago, City's record in the 2 legged knock-out ties and 12 matches is as follows:

WW LW WW WW WW WW   - Schalke, Spurs, Real Madrid, Gladbach, Dortmund and PSG. Plenty of tactical deviations in that lot as well. Not bad eh? And the only real screw up was the 0-1 away at Spurs when Pep was super defensive but overall in the tie very unlucky not to get through. Maybe it's the one-off bullet chess games he has a problem with based on a sample size of 2.

11  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: May 31, 2021, 01:07:28 PM
Pep trying hard to be the man.

Pulled the equivalent of tuchel leaving out kante to prove what a galaxy brain looks like

Well, that's the  popular narrative. The more in depth tactical analysis pieces I've read suggest it probably wouldn't have made a difference if Dinho/Rhodri start (as expected) for Sterling.
Personally, I think Pep was more culpable last year against Lyons. This game less so.

The Chelsea back 7 is so good (8 if we count Kante as 2. God, he is so good...)  Not just defensively but for playing out from the back either short or long - always the spare man and always very difficult to press high against  and leaves the inevitable space at the back with City's high line.

Pep can go for a defensive option against that very easily ( 3 at the back for example but we rarely play it) but opts for the most offensive option to try and get the ever so important 1st goal.
Chelsea are a nightmare to play against for any side with a 1 goal lead - like prime Atletico Madrid - and have only conceded 3 I think since Tuchel's arrival when they've scored first and 2 of those were when they were 2+ goals ahead.
Likewise, if City do get the 1st goal, the shape changes immediately and Chelsea are an easier opponent to defend against than PSG or Dortmund which we did very well.

But Chelsea were better at 0-0 and could have scored earlier but even then City had 2/3 moments which could have given us the 1st goal and a different game. Fine lines. Likewise the KDB injury didn't help for the last 30 minutes or so. He was pretty much tied up for the first 60 but the end state of that game was perfect for his quality.

Bottom line. Chelsea deserved winners.

Over the disappointment now but still a great day but  I could have done without the long wait for the  coach/flight after the match. Close to 28 hours without sleep doesn't compare to 1st night Vegas but I'm too old now Smiley


12  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: May 28, 2021, 05:39:51 PM
Bloody hell, was my last post on here really February 2020?!
Not much has happened since then anyway, football or otherwise.

On the 14.55 Luton to Porto tomorrow.

Come on City.

Enjoy sir.
The logistics and bloody hoops to jump through for what should be a straightforward trip have been stressful to say the least.  All worth it in the end. Hopefully Smiley


13  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: May 28, 2021, 05:32:49 PM
Been great watching City this year, hope you abso crush in the final and have a great trip.

Cheers sir. Looking forward to this..
14  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: May 25, 2021, 07:47:35 PM
Welcome back.

Thank you Smiley

I woulda posted about this whole UEFA shite much earlier but been on holiday. City sound very bullish about it all, will have the worlds best lawyers on the case, and imagine how many skeletons there are in UEFAs closet....

From what I understand the club are very well prepared for this, and to paraphrase the chairman, lets spend £50m suing UEFA for the next 10 years.

Seems a lifetime ago. The collective media reporting of the CAS hearing and the inability to even accurately transcribe the events correctly when all facts were  laid out in public  legal documents was simply disgusting.
Right result at CAS though.

This thread hasn't had any love for a while. So...

Very  happy to get lucky in the ballot and returning to the Etihad later for a live football match and witness first hand the best team in world football at the moment. Throw in a trophy lift, a Sergio farewell and seeing the FWA Player of the Year in the flesh for the first time (if he plays) and life is good. God, I've missed live football.

It got better at 9.15 yesterday morning after a sweat for  Champions League Final tickets..  Due the small allocation it was touch and go  it would sell out before getting to our points level. Throw in the free flight (out Saturday morning and back in the early hours after the match) and  transfers courtesy of Sheikh Mansour and the job's a good one for a dream day for the cost of a £150 ticket and a Covid test.  My lad, in his words, is absolutely buzzing. He was already booked for a 3 day trip and was going to Porto anyway with or without a ticket and sticking with his plans.

Player of the year? Dias deserved winner IMO. Difficult to choose from City players this season but in order for me - Dias, Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez, Stones.  I've seen the other posts and that KDB is favourite for the PFA POTY. He remains the best player but not played enough.

Kane to City? I hope not. I'm probably in a minority here but it would makes us too strong. Don't want to turn into Bayern Munich.








I’ll ignore the hyperbole and just focus on wishing you a great and safe trip to Portugal.
Both European trophies in the same Greater Metropolitan Area? Andy Burnham will no doubt claim the credit😁
You can have Kane if we can have Haaland and Sancho.

Haha

Hyperbole? Nah...

Cheers and thks anyway and GL in the losers cup final.

See City and United's prices to win in 90 mins are broadly the same. Likewise in the winner owner market. A bit surprised with that and thought United would be shorter..
15  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Noisy Neighbours - the Man City thread on: May 23, 2021, 10:52:16 AM
Welcome back.

Thank you Smiley

I woulda posted about this whole UEFA shite much earlier but been on holiday. City sound very bullish about it all, will have the worlds best lawyers on the case, and imagine how many skeletons there are in UEFAs closet....

From what I understand the club are very well prepared for this, and to paraphrase the chairman, lets spend £50m suing UEFA for the next 10 years.

Seems a lifetime ago. The collective media reporting of the CAS hearing and the inability to even accurately transcribe the events correctly when all facts were  laid out in public  legal documents was simply disgusting.
Right result at CAS though.

This thread hasn't had any love for a while. So...

Very  happy to get lucky in the ballot and returning to the Etihad later for a live football match and witness first hand the best team in world football at the moment. Throw in a trophy lift, a Sergio farewell and seeing the FWA Player of the Year in the flesh for the first time (if he plays) and life is good. God, I've missed live football.

It got better at 9.15 yesterday morning after a sweat for  Champions League Final tickets..  Due the small allocation it was touch and go  it would sell out before getting to our points level. Throw in the free flight (out Saturday morning and back in the early hours after the match) and  transfers courtesy of Sheikh Mansour and the job's a good one for a dream day for the cost of a £150 ticket and a Covid test.  My lad, in his words, is absolutely buzzing. He was already booked for a 3 day trip and was going to Porto anyway with or without a ticket and sticking with his plans.

Player of the year? Dias deserved winner IMO. Difficult to choose from City players this season but in order for me - Dias, Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez, Stones.  I've seen the other posts and that KDB is favourite for the PFA POTY. He remains the best player but not played enough.

Kane to City? I hope not. I'm probably in a minority here but it would makes us too strong. Don't want to turn into Bayern Munich.





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