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About Consigliere

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  1. Spurs are gonna play us off the park again. Not exactly. The game will be played at Wembley. Chelsea are just designated as the home team.
  2. Yes the club can unilaterally trigger the extension. However, I don't think the club would block any move if Martial made it clear he wanted to leave since Mourinho is on record as saying that he will not stand in the way of any player who wants to leave. We would probably still trigger his extension but only to give us some leverage during transfer negotiations.
  3. Don't think United are prepared to let him go. He's effectively under contract until June 2020 (contract expires next year but includes an option for a 1 year extension which the club can trigger). The club are currently in talks with both him and DDG over new contracts as well.
  4. It is a bit lame but at least an English side is guaranteed to be in the semis now and I would consider Liverpool/City to be the most interesting matchup. Bayern should have no problems brushing aside Sevilla. I'd back Real to get past Juve as they are a different beast in the CL. Real have hit form at the right time and Ronaldo is scoring for fun again. Barca should have no problems with Roma. Liverpool/City, otoh, is a close matchup wth City as slight favourites. I'd put it at 52%-48% in favour of City.
  5. Arsenal have dealt with Milan quite comfortably. Thought it would be a closer tie. ETA. And Dortmund go out to Salzburg. Thoroughly deserved too as they outplayed Dortmund over both legs. ETA 2. Quite surprised that Lyon lost at home to CSKA and go out on away goals.
  6. Atleti have made short work of Lokomotiv Moscow. Griezmann has been on fire lately and put in another top class performance. Simeone has got Atleti playing the way I hope Mourinho can get United to play - rock solid defensively, great workrate and counter-pressing with a clear attacking system in place.
  7. Hit the woodwork yet again.
  8. That's game. Another one between Courtois's legs. Chelsea have not played too badly but they lack the incisiveness of Barca in the attacking third. The final pass/cross has not been good enough.
  9. Courtois is not having a good game. Has looked very shaky.
  10. Defensively Chelsea have not been as sound as in the 1st leg but they've responded well. Hit the woodwork three times now in this tie. If they end up going out, at least they go out to one of the top sides in Europe and can hold their heads up. While Conte has set the side up to be compact, they have still shown attacking intent over both legs and gave Barca a few scares.
  11. That was some shit goal keeping from Courtois. Don't care if it was Messi taking the shot the keeper should be saving that. Doesn't change much for Chelsea since they needed to score anyway.
  12. United's board has already given 'full cards' to Mourinho. The only target Woodward failed to sign was Perisic and I don't think he would have helped much anyway since he would have limited the playing time of both Martial and Rashford who have both been very good for us at various points. It's not like Perisic is lighting it up in Serie A this season either. We couldn't reach an agreement for Morata but got Lukaku instead who is hardly a downgrade. The problem is with Mourinho. It's not only players who decline; Mourinho is not the manager he once was.
  13. We'll see. Liverpool should have significant funds and many of their issues can be solved by better players in key positions. They already have an excellent system in place (one that has proven to be successful against Guardiola's system). Spurs have a settled side and a great system as well. This is why I mentioned previously that those two clubs are best positioned to close the gap on City. United have money but no proper playing system in place. Sometimes we look good but 80% of the time it's a grind with no discernible attacking system and hoofball. Chelsea's transfer policy has been odd and if they end up losing Hazard and/or Courtois, it would be difficult to replace that quality. The cost of a new stadium would impact their spending ability as well but they still have a strong squad. If Arsenal finally get rid of Wenger they could be a force again especially if they appoint someone like Allegri who can sort out their defence.
  14. Ferguson's 2007/2008 side could have challenged as well. Yeah, we are getting results in the league this season but I don't consider the negative style to be sustainable - look at our poor chance creation, the number of chances we concede and the number of saves DDG has to make compared to others in the top 5 or 6. The only difference between this season and last is that we have been a bit more clinical in front of goal this season. The football remains dire and the brilliance of DDG has once again won us 10-15 points. It's a fine line between 2nd and 5th/6th for us.
  15. City would probably win anyway but the league would not have been done and dusted by December. And going forward, City aren't going to keep on having record breaking seasons but with Mourinho's negativity and all round sourness there is small hope of ever closing the gap on City. Spurs and Liverpool are much better placed to do so. You can see that the United players aren't enjoying themselves out there. I mentioned this before. Mourinho can only take us so far. His ultra negative tactics ensures that the full potential of the side can never be realised. The only saving grace of having Mourinho is that he still has pull in the transfer market and can assemble a strong squad. After that he can fuck off.