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  1. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    We aren't. Our only realistic options as striker are a 19yrs old prospect (a very talented one, I reckon), and Olivier Giroud. In fairness, I don't know who of them is going to be the starter, I am not even sure that Deschamps does. Giroud has a great record with the national team (though not against big opponents) and has a great relationship with Griezmann, so... I guess our starting striker during World Cup is going to be a Chelsea substitute. @Iskaral Pustjust brought up how it matters to have a top class GK in such a huge tournament. But I think it's even more important to have at least one top quality striker. Look, Brazil have Firmino & Jesus, Portugal have Cristiano, Argentina have Aguero & Icardi, Germany have Werner & Muller... So, as I see it, we are much less stacked than, say, Argentina or Brazil are, especially with forwards. And what about our fullbacks ? Should Sidibé or Mendy be concerned with injury or suspension, we are screwed. That being said, we still have a solid squad in midfield and central defence lol.
  2. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    At the moment I have two questions: -who is the 1st choice GK ? -why on earth do Southgate and Pochettino always pick that guy Dier ? I mean, EVERY SINGLE mattering Spurs or England game I have watched, I've seen him on the pitch and I've seen him doing some crucial mistakes.
  3. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Likely in the same Little Italy bar than Ancelotti and Pellegrini.
  4. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    The evolution in Arsenal's identity would indeed be interesting, should Allegri be appointed. But he would probably have to buy a couple of strong midfielders as he likes (such as Khedira, Matuidi, Marchisio), because at the moment, Arsenal's midfield is rather shaped for possession than winning the ball back and going on a counter. In a sense, that would be a kind of return to Arsenal's roots: Wenger built his team around solid, dynamic players such as Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Campbell... PS: I don't even know why we are talking about Allegri while knowing that David Moyes is going to take over the job.
  5. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    So let's admit you have Fekir playing as 2nd striker in a 4231. Considering Keita is on the road and that his transfer fee might warrant him a place in the starting XI, considering your only decent option as defensive midfielder is Henderson, then it would be a double pivot of Henderson & Keita with Fekir playing in the hole ? That would be a weird tactical setup for at least 3 reasons: -It sentences an attacking-minded Keita to play in a defensive position, which could work on the long term, but could also unbalance Liverpool's midfield on the short term. See the concern we have with the Pogba-Matic midfield. -You have Oxlade, Wijnaldum (I am aware he's not really seen as a golden boy around here lol) and arguably Milner, all being box-to-box midfielders, not used in that system. -Unless you have plan to buy a top DM, it lets only Henderson as the real guardian of the balance of the team, which may be... I don't know, dangerous ? lol So, perhaps I am seeing issues where there aren't, perhaps I am just gutted of seeing Liverpool linked with a player I would love to see in a Utd shirt. But ultimately, I'm convinced that it would make much more sense for Liverpool to throw their money at a DM, rather than a #10. It's just about priorities. But of course, they can do both... ETA: heck, I know I'm not Jurgen Klopp, but when you also have to look for a top GK, a decent CB to pair with VVD, (conceding 6 goals to Roma is never a good sign) and some back-up attackers (just like @ljkeane said), it's even more weird to go for a #10. That's just my POV...
  6. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Arsenal's playing identity is miles different from Allegri's one, though. Allegri is a very defensive-minded manager (not as much as Mourinho, don't worry) who adores a counter-attack, I don't think he would suit Arsenal. In fairness, I would love to see him appointed at Man Utd... with Dybala in his suitcase, who knows ? I also have doubts about the Fekir reports. Would it makes sense for Klopp to break the balance of hid midfield-three with such an attacking midfielder that Fekir ? I am aware he would be a perfect replacement for Countinho, but Liverpool have stepped up when switching to a 433 without the Brazilian. Plus, Fekir can't (for many reasons, including Salah's presence) play down the wing. So... am I missing a detail ? lol
  7. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Gosh, now that's an embarassement. I'm pretty sure this Utd team would struggle in Championship. This season we have sometimes shown lazyness, clumsyness and even naivety at some point, but at the moment, I'm wordless. We are just bad.
  8. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Well, I can hardly see Atleti losing it, considering the experience they have in European cups. As you pointed it out, they do concede chances, but should Marseille manage to cross a couple of balls, we still need some striker to finish it home. We do have strikers, but nowhere near the level of Costa, Griezmann, Torres...
  9. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Yup. That's a hold-up if there has ever been one. But I don't care... a french club is playing an European final ! Not to mention the final will be played... in France !! (As much as I am hyped, I still totally expect Atleti to wreck us lol)
  10. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Meanwhile in Austria, the first half of the extra time is on. I'm sweating.
  11. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    Poor game between Salzbourg and Marseille thus far. I can't recall an attempt at goal in this first half.
  12. Warm-hands

    Football: CLeaning up

    While Liverpool was a bit helped by refereeing and good fortune (to say the least), I still have to recognize that they deserved their ticket for Kiev, considering their performance on both legs. (god knows it's rough to me to state that) Of course it's cruel for Roma, considering their scored 4 while needing 3 in the first place. But hey, one does not simply concede 5 in a CL semi-final then qualify for final. So it's going to be a lucky boys final. Interesting. As much as I am annoyed of Real pulling a back to back to back, the Man Utd blood that ruins in my veins totally prohibit me from supporting Liverpool, in spite of their brilliant football. So... come on Merengues ? PS: I actually care less about CL football. There is one remaining french club in a European cup, that's all the goddamn truth I know.
  13. Warm-hands

    Football: Mo Please!

    It was a weird game. Each opponent had chances to finish the other, but that being said, none clearly deserved to win. Matic and Lindelof had a solid performance though. Every other Man Utd player was awful, especially the attacking ones, which does raise an issue, considering we were playing against an Arsenal B side. In the end our savior is named Marouane Fellaini... what a time to be alive.
  14. Warm-hands

    Football: Mo Please!

    At least Arsenal have a lot of strategic options. They can either appoint a shiny name (Ancelotti, Allegri), or someone who knows the house (Vieira, Arteta) despite being less fashionable. They can also do both with someone like Henry (defintely risky)... or neither with the likes of Dyche and Howe. (those are less entertaining but maybe safer) Also, is Tuchel available ? I am aware he's linked to PSG, but with Mislintat being at Arsenal... Some underrated Ligue 1 managers such as Favre and Jardim have also been linked to Arsenal at some point. They really have a wide list of choices. (so much wide that I can actually see David Moyes taking over) But does Wenger actually have his word about his successor, just like Ferguson had ? Or will he let the board decide ?
  15. Warm-hands

    Football: Mo Please!

    Had PFA team been a realistic balanced team, Matic would definitely deserve to stand there instead of Eriksen. The only other concern I have is about Vertonghen. Has he been that brilliant this season ? (especially considering that Spurs are only the 4th defence in the league)
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