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  1. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Unless Bakayoko reproduces his Monaco form, I doubt Milan would exercise the option to buy. There are also reports surfacing that Milan are preparing a bid for Milinkovic-Savic.
  2. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Bakayoko joins AC Milan on loan. Some reports say that Milan have an option to buy for £35m.
  3. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Arsenal didn't play that bad. City seemed to take their foot off the gas in the 2nd half and Arsenal had a few chances from City errors at the back but they couldn't capitalise. City were by far the better side in the 1st half though. It's a bit worrying for the rest of the league that City were not at their best and without D. Silva and KdB starting on the bench yet they won fairly comfortably against both Chelsea and Arsenal. Hard to draw any conclusions of Emery's first competitive game in charge as City are simply a tier above everyone else in the league.
  4. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Premier League clubs voted against VAR being used in the league this season. It will continue to be trialled in the League Cup and FA Cup.
  5. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Reports saying that PSG have agreed a fee of €37m with Schalke for Thilo Kehrer. Wonder what this means for PSG's interest in Boateng now. I doubt that deal goes through especially after reports the other day that Boateng pulled up in training with a knee problem. Bayern's asking price is just too much for such a high risk player imo.
  6. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Just saw extended highlights of Derby v. Leeds. Biesla has got Leeds playing some lovely football already. They won the game 4-1 but it could have been a lot more. Biesla is a bit of a nutter so things could go south pretty quickly but so far so good. ETA. another concern for Leeds is that Biesla's playing style is very demanding and the Championship is a long, hard grind. Will be interesting to see whether the squad can maintain this intensity or fall to pieces halfway through.
  7. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Everton were looking comfortable until Jagielka's fuck up and sending off. Pickford's error from the free-kick didn't help.
  8. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    It looks like Modric's ploy of using Inter to get a pay raise has worked. Spanish outlets reporting that he has agreed a new contract with Real Madrid and will become the joint second highest earner at the club.
  9. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Thing is Pereira and Fred were both quite good when we weren't playing so passively. They had a few problems once we inexplicably surrendered all initiative. We really hinder the quality of our midfield with such negative play. Mourinho sees Pereira as a #6 - a deep lying playmaker rather than a midfield destroyer. He played him there in preseason last year as well. I hope Pereira continues to do well and is seen as a viable backup to Matic. Mourinho was guilty of overplaying both Matic and Lukaku last season - that could be a major issue this season coming off a WC. Sanchez was really poor. It felt like he lost possession more times than he completed a pass. I don't know why he keeps trying to play nothing short passes when he should be taking on more of the goal scoring responsibility. There were a number of occasions where he came inside and had the space to take a shot but opted to play the ball straight to a defender instead. Agree on Mata as well - he is just too slow to play out wide. We should have gone with a 4-3-1-2 with Mata at #10 and Rashford+Sanchez up top.
  10. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Happy with the three points but the performance doesn't fill me with much optimism at all. Our attacking play is as disjointed as ever. There were a few good individual performances from us though - Pogba is class, Shaw had a good game and Fred worked hard in midfield, is technically very good and a fiery character as well. Although Sanchez did create a great chance for Lukaku, he was mostly rubbish. Rashford had a poor game as well. ETA. And our penalty was not fortunate at all. It was a pretty blatant handball by Amartey. ETA 2. Oh yeah, and Pereira had a good game as well at #6. From reports of our preseason, he was the standout player as well.
  11. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    We are playing so shit. After going a goal up, we have just surrendered all initiative which is a common theme under Mourinho. Pathetic that we are getting out-possessioned playing at home by a side not known for possession-based football.
  12. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    I don't see why there is any need to feel sorry for De Gea. Broken fax machine aside, De Gea could have refused to sign a new contract and left on a free the following season. He made his choice. Do you also feel sorry for players joining Liverpool given that the club has won just one League Cup in the last 12 years?
  13. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Batshuayi joins Valencia on loan (no option to buy).
  14. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    And what's worse is there is a very good chance that Benitez walks at the end of the season when his contract is up. Can't see him renewing unless new owners come in since Ashley will never back him in the transfer market. It's embarrassing when newly promoted clubs like Fulham and Wolves and small clubs like Brighton and Huddersfield are investing more in their squads than a club like Newcastle.
  15. Consigliere

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    I just saw that Fulham have brought in 12 players and became the first promoted side to spend over £100m. Their squad did need the depth but as with West Ham that many incomings will take some time to gel.
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