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About Consigliere

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  • Birthday 12/13/1978

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    Football, Cricket and Rugby
  1. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Lyon is doing the business.
  2. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Australia threw away their advantage after dominating the first session on a good batting wicket and fell at least 150 runs short of what they should have gotten. The debutant, Yadav, bowled well but losing 9/169 after lunch was a really poor batting effort on that wicket. We are in a bit of trouble at 123/4 against NZ. The pitch is a lively one though so if we can get close to 250, that might be a competitive score. Hopefully the weather doesn't ruin this Test.
  3. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    Schweinsteiger has agreed to join Chicago Fire on a one year deal. Always been a huge fan of his and a bit sad to see him leave. Too bad things didn't work out at United. Unfortunately, all those injuries in recent years took their toll and he hasn't been fully fit in years. Good luck to him in the MLS.
  4. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    I wouldn't go as far as saying pretty much. Yes, a number of players bought under Ranieri formed the core of Chelsea's subsequent title winning campaigns but Mourinho brought in as many players who were crucial to those first two title wins as well. Tbh, I think that under Ranieri Arsenal would, at best, be no worse off than they have been for the past decade i.e. finishing in top 4 without challenging and just making up the numbers in the CL.
  5. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    I don't think Ranieri is the right man. Apart from his fairytale season with Leicester, I don't see anything in his managerial record to suggest that he can elevate Arsenal to genuine league and CL contenders. At the end of the day, it will be Wenger who decides whether he stays or goes. The only thing I think that might force the boards hand into not offering him an extension is if Arsenal finish outside the top 4 this season. Wenger's staunch belief in not spending big in comparison to other clubs of Arsenal's stature works out very well for the owners. The impression I get is that the board are quite happy with the way things have been going for the past decade - keeping that CL money rolling in is the most important thing to them while actually challenging for the league and/or CL would be considered a bonus.
  6. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    Another issue is, will the likes of Sanchez and Ozil renew their contracts if Wenger stays on for another year? I doubt it as it is just going to be more of the same. Wenger's managerial tactics are a bit dated. As one Arsenal fansite put it: He's become an analog manager in a digital world. Even if Arsenal refuse to sell, I believe these two players and maybe Giroud as well enter the last six months of their contract next January which means they would be free to sign pre-contract agreements with other clubs and leave for free. I don't see the point of keeping Wenger on for one more year. Whether next season or the following, a new manager will still have alot of work to do. Might as well start the rebuilding process asap. Arsenal will need to review their wage structure as well if they want to attract and keep hold of top class talent.
  7. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    Great game for the neutral. Amazing that only two goals were scored. Sterling, Lallana and Aguero all guilty of bad misses.
  8. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    How did Lallana miss that? Worse than Sterling's miss in the first half.
  9. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    What idiocy from Clichy.
  10. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    Phew! Valdes gifted one to us there as we were really hanging on for a while. Kudos to Valencia for continuing his run. Much better performance by 'Boro in the 2nd half. Taking off Mata and Lingard cost us much of our attacking impetus. I'll take not playing well but picking up three points any day over dominating a game and only getting a draw.
  11. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    It is so bloody frustrating watching United. Yet another game where we dominate, create chance after chance but can't score. At least we got one goal this time. It really should have been two or three though. Rashford is terrorizing the 'Boro defence with his pace but unfortunately his final pass/cross/shot is just not good enough. This same criticism applies to all our attacking players for the entire season. I'm just waiting for that sucker punch.
  12. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    It's starting to look like the players are turning/have turned against Wenger. Don't know how else to explain such spineless performances. Sanchez looks to be fed up and Arsenal might struggle to keep hold of him, especially if the status quo continues. Might be best if Arsenal do miss out on the top 4 and, hopefully, that forces the board to rethink their strategy.
  13. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    A pretty favourable draw for us getting Anderlecht. First leg away as well which is considered an advantage.
  14. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    CL QF draw: Atletico vs Leicester Dortmund vs Monaco Bayern vs Real Madrid Juventus vs Barca I'm most looking forward to the Dortmund/Monaco game. That one should be entertaining as hell and full of goals too.
  15. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    De Kock and Bavuma saved our butts. The current lead of 81 runs could prove crucial although the pitch seems to have flattened out. NZ will need to cash in during their 2nd innings.