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4 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

You're right, I forgot that.  So we need to beat Spartak or else get a low-score draw (0-0 or 1-1 would do).  I'm not worried about them as opponents but I guess we can't just send out the kids and rest all the senior players. 

No, it's not quite that dramatic. Any draw is enough to secure 2nd place in the group for Liverpool. A win clinches group. They simply should avoid a loss, as that would be quite costly (assuming Sevilla doesn't stumble against Maribor), as the tie breaker would favour Moscow then.

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Watching Match of the Day this morning Arsenal’s expected goals was 5.01, bloody hell that’s a tough way to lose.

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13 hours ago, polishgenius said:

I'd say that at this stage DDG is pretty definitely a better shotstopper than anyone, but if he played for Bayern they couldn't play the way they often do with the high line in the utter confidence that he'll sweep up.

Nobody even comes close to Neuer at playing the sweeper keeper role. Remember that WC game against Algeria? Any keeper other than Neuer and Germany would have been knocked out.

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Neuer is without doubt a unique goalkeeper and offers more than what’s traditionally required of a goalkeeper, while still making some sublime saves. But, personally, I still don’t think anyone comes close to DDG. Some of the saves he made yesterday and has made for Manchester United in the past I wouldn’t expect any other goalkeeper in the world to make. In terms of the art of pure goalkeeping - keeping the ball out of the net - he is out on his own, for me.

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Beneveto grab their first ever Serie A point with their keeper scoring a last minute equaliser against Milan. Unbelievable.

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33 minutes ago, Horse of Kent said:

Beneveto grab their first ever Serie A point with their keeper scoring a last minute equaliser against Milan. Unbelievable.

Just seen it there now, incredible scenes. Of course, after 14 straight defeats, it would be AC Milan that give Benevento their first point of the season.

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Typical City?

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15 minutes ago, Nas! said:

Typical City?


Didn't Alex used to write for that blog?

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9 hours ago, ljkeane said:

Watching Match of the Day this morning Arsenal’s expected goals was 5.01, bloody hell that’s a tough way to lose.

Yes, yes it was.

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Pretty resigned to Man City winning the league, so the only thing I can hang onto is them not breaking Chelsea records during it. That’s the 13 game consequative win record within a single season that Chelsea share with Arsenal now equalled by Man City.

Come on, Jose, don’t let them break it next week.

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17 minutes ago, Mark Antony said:

Of fucking course. 

What do you care?

I’ve decided to make the effort not to like City, with their owners being evil despots and all, but it’s not like Liverpool would be the ones to catch them if they slipped up. The alternative’s United, maybe Chelsea, winning the title. 

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I don’t really hate City. I enjoy watching them as much as anyone as a neutral. 

Would just rather it be competitive at the top tbh. The fight for the 2-4 spots should be fun and all but nothing like a good title race at the end of the season. Boring as fuck when leagues are wrapped up with weeks/months left. 

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In a way it’s quite funny how the Premier League has prided itself upon its fabled ‘top 6’, anyone of which can apparently win the title. Yet last season Chelsea won the title by 7 points and Man City are already 8 clear. Even Leicester won it by 10.

It’s impressive in the sense that we don’t always have the same team winning the league like in Germany, France (minus last year) and Italy, as the last team to defend the title was Man U in ‘09, but we never really have an actual closely contested title race. The last exciting one was 13/14. At least the title race in Italy is looking like it could go into a three, maybe four horse race. La Liga has the potential to turn into a close race, too. Already the title race in the PL is as boring as Germany and France in that respect. 

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Time for Inter to run out of luck though..

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That City side is pretty disgusting.

If we don't grab the 3pts one way or another* on the Manchester derby, then the League is fucked.



*It allows a nose-goal by Fellaini at the 92' ;)

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Honestly, although City's side is filthy, given how they've played the last couple of games I'm a lot less unconfident right now than I was yesterday afternoon. Even without Pogba. We've got a pretty decent chance here.

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Serie A looks to be the most interesting title race - if Roma win their game in hand that would make it two points separating the top 4. After some poor early season form, Bayern have opened up a six point gap at the top - hard to see them throwing that away. It doesn't look to be much of a title race in England - the battle for 2nd to 4th should go down to the wire though.

La Liga could become interesting. Unfortunately neither Valencia nor Real were able to take advantage of Barca dropping points this weekend. Valencia have a small squad and Marcelino's intense style of play could take its toll later in the season - no European football and a winter break should help them though. Real have been poor since the Spanish Super Cup but I don't think the eight point gap is insurmountable - this is still a world class outfit. Atleti were struggling to create earlier on in the season but Simeone seems to have sorted that out and Griezmann looks to be getting back to his best while they remain as tough as ever to break down. Also with both Costa and Vitolo joining in January, that should give them a big boost up front.

 

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6 minutes ago, polishgenius said:

Honestly, although City's side is filthy, given how they've played the last couple of games I'm a lot less unconfident right now than I was yesterday afternoon. Even without Pogba. We've got a pretty decent chance here.

Another Jesse Lingard madness needed. He’s slowly but surely becoming this era Man United’s version of Fletcher/Park.

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