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Football: Just Slaven Away

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15 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

Gah!  Held to a draw by a flukey goal.  Chelsea had us under pressure but the actual goal was almost as fortunate as Utd's winner. 

 

Look, Willian said it was a shot so obviously it was a shot...

Decent performance from Chelsea away from home. Thought we played well to a man, minus Bakayoko who was sloppy in possession, lacked the intelligence to break up play and practically assisted Salah’s goal.

It is nice, though, to have a manager  at Chelsea who goes away from home against a big team and actually tries to win the game.

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Lukaku's kick out at a Brighton defender (Bong?). Completely missed this during the game and the commentary team didn't even bring it up nor was it mentioned during halftime or post match. Be surprised if the FA doesn't take retrospective action here. That was incredibly petulant.

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Rhino was a defender back in the day. Real fighting defender.

So just how he has transferred our defense from bad to Roberto-Martinez-would-be-embarrassed-levels is beyond me. But f*ck me, if he’s not back in the U23s by Monday, we’re in deep sh*t.

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wow, is Everton bad.  

am I bad person for wanting Rooney to be relegated?

never mind. don't answer. I am a bad person. 

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I'll take it. Burnley is fucking tough.

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Super frustrating to see United and Arsenal win that way this week and Liverpool throw away another lead. 

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Sure, Liverpool did drop the lead, but there are some good things to take away from that performance.

Despite conceding the fluke goal, our defense looked much better than in most of the current season. I don't know if that has to do with Lovren being dropped from the lineup or if Klopp finally managed to write that book about defending he's been talking about earlier in the season or what, but that defensive display has been a significant improvement.

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Sevilla did the same thing they did against Liverpool at Villareal, except that the latter had only scored two goals, so they won the game. Amazing!

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Valencia have spent the 1st half against Barca chasing shadows. They've set up to counter but are struggling to string passes together so it has not been good. Barca should be a goal up after a howler by Neto but thanks to no goal line technology it wasn't given even though the ball had clearly crossed the line.

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Vincenzo Montella has been sacked from AC Milan. It’s been coming, really. That’s the danger when you’re in charge of a team that’s spent a lot of money in the summer and end up looking no better, maybe even worse than the season before. Ronald Koeman can testify to that.

Club legend Genaro Gattuso takes over in the interim. Something very Everton-like about all this...

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Everton and AC Milan. 

Well, I wouldn’t mind their history...

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Gattuso was always one of those "you can outplay me, but you can't outwork me" players. I didn't like him that much while he was playing but have learned to appreciate such players over time.

If he's anything like that as a manager, I'm guessing Milan squad is in for a lot of running and trying hard, at least.

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That style of appointment really worked for Milan with Seedorf and Inzaghi. At least Pirlo has retured to be next off the rank.

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Surely Gattuso isn’t a long term plan? I thought AC Milan would have learned - and Gattuso would have learned - that being a successful recently retired AC Milan legend doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to succeed there as a manager. 

Ancelotti would surely be the dream, but again, Mancini was highly successful as manager at Inter in his first spell but when he went back it wasn’t the same team and Juve were back in business.

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Wasn't Gattuso coaching Milan's youth team before this appointment?

I mean, it is very unlikely he'd be a long-term solution but it's not as if Milan board just pulled him out of thin air.

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Meanwhile... Everton re-open talks with Sam Allardyce. The fear of relegation is real.

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I'd say shipping 4 goals against Southampton, about the same number as Saints have scored in every other game combined I believe, is a fairly sound basis for concern.

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Yeah, shipping five at home to midtable Atalanta and then four against the normally toothless Southampton has surely set alarm bells ringing. Think the "too good to go down" no longer applies after those two results and Everton are in serious danger here. Might as well give Big Sam a contract until the end of the season and hope he can keep the club up. The Everton hierarchy have not covered themselves in glory either - it's been around 5 weeks since Koeman was sacked and they are still scrambling for a manager. That reeks of poor planning.

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12 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

Yeah, shipping five at home to midtable Atalanta and then four against the normally toothless Southampton has surely set alarm bells ringing. Think the "too good to go down" no longer applies after those two results and Everton are in serious danger here. Might as well give Big Sam a contract until the end of the season and hope he can keep the club up. The Everton hierarchy have not covered themselves in glory either - it's been around 5 weeks since Koeman was sacked and they are still scrambling for a manager. That reeks of poor planning.

Their defence was shambolic against Southampton, nobody seems to know what they are supposed to be doing and nobody appears to be organising them either. Their players were in the least compact shape I can imagine almost every time they lost the ball and never tried to get back into a proper shape. 

Big Sam or Big Tony would be able to sort out that mess quickly and would cover themselves in glory I'm sure, avoiding relegation.

The real issue was that Everton seemed to want to get in Silva, despite the fact he'd only just moved clubs. I don't know why people don't use common sense when approaching managers.

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As an aside, love that Tottenham is below Arsenal in the table. Makes me feel all good inside, especially after the week of nonsense I had to read leading up to the NLD.

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