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  1. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Well that wasn’t great. We’re a bit fortunate the usually reliable Fabianski had an off day.
  2. ljkeane

    Rugby: A New Dawn

    Fair enough, that's passed me by. Having said that he's clearly not an international class back row, if it was an emergency situation you could stick him on there but, by all appearances, deliberately picking him with intention of bringing him on the back row is still bizarre. I don't like Curry being there and ideally I'd bring in an actual 8 but Earl has played there a fair bit for Sarries and he's decent enough at it, just use him there if you refuse to pick an 8 in your squad. That's true to a degree, the injuries to O'Brien and Leavy have hurt them on that front, but in fairness there's not a huge amount of difference in the tight fives and, Tuilagi aside, they probably have the bigger backline. There's a couple of issues for me. There's no real surprise in how England played, they did the same thing last year. So picking Toner, who's a big man but he's never been particularly physical, O'Mahony and and Van der Flier in the same side is asking for trouble. They probably weren't going to match England they could have picked the likes of Dillane and Ruddock who were more likely to have an impact. The other thing is, ok, you aren't going to dominate England's pack so then you need to do something different to move them around and get running at the likes of Ford and Farrell. If you watch Ireland it's pretty clear who's getting the ball 90% of the time and with England's linespeed that's a big problem.
  3. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    I didn't think we'd be seeing Andre Gomes on the pitch again this season. Good to see that he's recovered so fast.
  4. ljkeane

    Rugby: A New Dawn

    Good first half for England. I still don't particularly like the selection but Tuilagi in the side makes the backline look miles better and the forwards have been excellent in defence. There was a lot of talk before the game of the threat of the Irish kicking game with Joseph on the wing but it's actually been the Ireland backfield that's struggled. ETA: Going back to my issues with the selection; bringing Ewels on in the back row? Jesus Christ. Anyway, good performance from England but a bit of a familiar failing in that they really weren't clinical enough. Given the level of dominance they had in the match they really should have won more comfortably and come away with a bonus point win. For Ireland some of the same issues they've had for a while. They don't have the ability to dominate arm wrestles against the likes of England or, in all likelihood, France anymore and they don't seem to have the flexibility to move away from that. Farrell really needs to find a way of getting some dynamism into their attacking game. The fairly predicable safe forward carries followed by a Sexton loop out the back is making it easy for aggressive defences like England to just repeatedly fly off the line.
  5. ljkeane

    Rugby: A New Dawn

    France look really good. Dupont in particular. All they need to do now is avoid a horrific second half collapse.
  6. ljkeane

    Rugby: A New Dawn

    The Six Nations is back this weekend. The Scotland, Italy, Wales, France, England and Ireland teams. I really don't know what Jones is doing with his selections this year. It's not a team picked on form and it's not a team with young players brought in to develop for the next World Cup. It's not inspiring a lot of confidence.
  7. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    He was excellent before he got injured. He's been ok since he came back but he doesn't look quite the potential key player he did before. In fairness I think there's been a change in what Liverpool want from their midfield in the intervening period. Apparently Guardiola's definitely staying at City next year. That's a bit of a blow for my hopes that they were going to implode.
  8. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    I mean, Atletico's whole thing is pretty much that they're massively cynical arseholes who're horrible to play against and they openly acknowledge it so it's not particularly surprising that Liverpool players don't view them in a positive light.
  9. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Again, get a grip. We're having an amazing season, we lost a game. It happens sometimes. Mane came off because he looked like he was going to get sent off. He obviously wasn't happy with Salah's performance. Milner came on because he's reliably solid and losing by two goals would have been a lot worse. Yes, Alexander-Arnold didn't have a great game, it happens sometimes. Wijnaldum was Liverpool's best midfielder for me.
  10. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Because he wanted to change it to 4-2-3-1. Bloody hell you two, pull yourselves together ffs. Atletico played well and we didn't play particularly well, it happens sometimes. We lost a game. We've still got the home leg to try and get through and if we don't we've been to the last two Champions League Finals and we're currently 25 points clear in the league.
  11. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Well that wasn't ideal. Atletico definitely had the better of that half and we really didn't want to give them something to hold onto. They've clearly got a plan with the unusual set up for corners, one of which lead to the goal, pressing high as Liverpool try to play out then dropping back when they manage to get it into midfield. Having said that lets calm down on the negativity. There's three quarters of the tie to go.
  12. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    If Solskjaer gets United into the Champions League will they extend his contract?
  13. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Chelsea have left Kepa out again. Starting to look like they might have just decided to cut their losses.
  14. ljkeane

    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    In fairness he was a bit up and down with his batting but he was always fine in the ODI team. It's whether he deserves a regular test spot that's really in question. You'd probably take him to Sri Lanka if he's willing to go of course. The T20 series to finish the South Africa tour was surprisingly entertaining, with two games coming right down to the wire and the decider featuring a great chase from England. The only downside was the amount of KFC advertising definitely went a long way over the top. I definitely don't care about interviews with random fans in the 'KFC big bucket'.
  15. ljkeane

    Football: winter break over

    Because they're all the teams of areas within London (although Arsenal moved) rather than of London as a whole and none of them were ever widely supported enough to realistically call themselves the team of London before the names had pretty much stuck.
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