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  1. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    Not watching, but ze Internett tells me Steven Defour assisted on both goals. He may rival Gueye in the "best signing for £7m"-category.
  2. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    We've won four on the trot before today - that's not something we do every year. So a bump somewhere should be expected. It is always disappointing when it arrives, though. Today, we looked lethargic. A bit like last season - little movement in attack, the ball travelling slowly, players taking several touches and runs coming late. In addition, we were never able to get close to the Bournemouth players in defence. They had a lot of space to move in, which they did, something that left Barry (especially) ineffective - he can't cover ground. We didn't manage to do much about this in the second half. We were closing them down better, true, but we were still not moving the ball at speed, we were still making too few runs.. Barkley and Valencia both had good chances, and should perhaps have scored, but they didn't. So we lose. Deservedly.
  3. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    No tree grows into heaven.. We have been very static in the first half. Not moving well when we are on the ball, and standing off far too much when Bornemouth are. In addition, Bornemouth move better off the ball, so they always have alternatives in moving the ball. We don't. We simply aren't at the races in the first half, and are deservedly 1-0 down.
  4. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    United suddenly look competent. Can't say I approve.
  5. Millions of fake accounts at Wells Fargo

    I think large fines - to the point of sums that would seriously disrupt business - is indeed the way to go. Ideally, I would like to see responsibility of leaders here - your underlings are behaving criminally? You're responsible, like them, and will be tried like them. However, I fear that the farther up we get in the food chain, the better the lawyers, and therefore we wouldn't see leaders actually taking responsibility. So I fear that is a dead end (of course, we would expect leaders to behave responsibly, but no-one's fooled by that).
  6. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    We were a bit complacent, changed a couple of players at the back, didn't take our chances and were generally frustrating to watch. On the other hand, Steven Naismith is a decent bloke, so fair play to him - it was a nice goal, even if he scored in the wrong goal.
  7. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    It would indeed be strange if Mourinho - of all people - should withdraw himself from a conflict. His career to date speaks against him doing it. On the other hand, he's now in a job he really wants, and has made clear that he wants. It is a big job, and the pressure on that manager is immense. You may argue that he knew that pressure at Madrid. He did. But the Madrid job is more known to be temporary - my guess is that Ferguson's reign brought in a sense of "long term thinking" with managers, and Moyes/van Gaal haven't managed to remove that yet. So Mourinho knows that success will keep him in the job for a long time, and he's playing his cards differently. Which leads to another point, trying to think long term. Which, of course, is something Morinho hasn't done before. Perhaps that has lead to a difference in thinking? I'm speculating here, if that's not clear. A third point may be his failure last season. Has that impacted his self belief? Sure, in earlier times, his teams have regressed in the third season, but not at all at the level Chelsea did last season. Does this lead to Mourinho trying a new approach? Meh. Lots of speculation, probably no substance. But Mourinho not realizing a problem, or deciding not to take a confrontation is odd.
  8. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    I guess in this context it's also worth mentioning that in the 2014 WC, Neymar was under pressure to deliver. He did.
  9. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    Something not mentioned much so far, but a slight surprise (I think) is Southampton languishing down in 14th place, with five points. Now, having Liverpool raid you every year won't make you stronger, that's a given. Still, I did expect more, especially given that their CBs and GK are quality. That Tadic fella can also play at times, and they still have a couple of good midfielders. In the aftermath of Stoke's capitulation, I was watching some highlights of their match against Swansea, and their wastefulness in front of goal was unbelieveable. Perhaps they should bring Graziano back?
  10. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    Obviously, you do However, I believe that, even if it's clear that Rooney is waning as a force, his position in the team and fanbase is probably so large, dropping him isn't going to generate much other than bad feelings. Which the team doesn't need right now. Looking at it dispassionately, of course Rooney should go. But football isn't a dispassionate affair.
  11. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    Pogba further up would also make a(nother) problem with Rooney. Perhaps he can be dropped later, but I'm not sure that can be safely done yet.
  12. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    Mourinho looks shocked. I know it's childish, but I love that look.
  13. Football - clouds on the optimism horizon

    I hope we do. If you search the old football threads, I imagine you'll find hard evidence of me writing Barry off the last couple of years. When the team loses its shape, and he has to run, he doesn't look good. At all. So we need a replacement. Alternatives already present includes McCarthy (who, I believe, is not enough of a game manager, and quite possibly to similar to Gueye), who is injured, and Besic, who is also injured. Martinez, last season, spoke about Baines as a DM kind of player, which I think could work - but then we'd need a good left back - basically we'd just shift the problem. Tom Davies, who got his debut last year, and is still only 17 (I think, might have turned 18) may be a solution. He's looked good when he has played. If he's the sort of positional game manager that Barry is, is another question. We'll just have to wait and see.
  14. Football - dawn of optimism

    New thread:
  15. ..five games in. Almost. We do need a new thread, though. ETA: We win again. Looking solid so far, which is - after the last couple of years - really pleasing. We didn't let Boro have a sniff at goal in the second half (and they didn't have a shot on goal in the first half..), looking all the way like our organization was solid. Gueye is a massive player for us so far, fast, tenacious and very gifted at winning the ball. He uses the ball well also. Barry can run less and rely more on positioning, which he does well. He's also scored twice this season - now, that's nuts. Bolasie adds power, pace and unpredictability on the flanks. Barkley looked good today - that I really liked. A good response to the hauling off at half time last time around. Lots of positives. I'm afraid I'm going to become optimistic.