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  1. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Arsenal played a good game. Chelsea were sluggish and even in the 2nd half, they didn't create much. The goals have really dried up for them. Higuain might help but they better hope that his recent struggles are just a temporary loss of form rather than a permanent decline - in the league, he only managed 3 goals and 4 assists in his last 15 games for Juve and 6 goals + 1 assist for Milan in 15 games this season. He hasn't been effective in build up and link up play either.
  2. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Another good performance by United for the first 60 or so minutes. After that it seemed like we ran out of steam which has happened in nearly every game under Solskjaer. I guess the fitness levels are not what they should be which is not so surprising given that our football has been slow and static for 5-and-a-half season as well as being consistently among the bottom 2 or 3 sides in terms of distance covered. The bolded actually surprises me. You and I have completely different takes on this. Firstly, Dalot played at LB and had a good game (even provided an assist). Young, otoh, was 100% rubbish. Lindelof was solid but Jones was Jones, which is to say he looked like Bambi on ice - the bloke is a total liability. The moment Smalling is fit again, he needs to be brought in for Jones.
  3. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Some good news for beleaguered United fans. Bouhafsi reporting that Martial has agreed to a new 5 year contract. Says that information has been confirmed by Philippe Lamboley (Martial's agent) who further specified that only a few details need to be finalised. Hopefully De Gea is next.
  4. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Gerard Romero reporting that Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Denis Suarez - €2m loan fee + €20m obligation to buy. However, Barca want Suarez to extend his contract for a further year before giving the go ahead.
  5. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Fabrizio Romano reporting that Chelsea have reached an agreement for Higuain - 6 month loan with option to buy. Loan can be extended for a further year as well provided certain criteria is met (appearances, goals, team targets). ETA. Romano also reporting that Morata to Atleti is almost done. Final details being discussed. ETA 2. Per Romano again, Piatek is Milan's primary target to replace Higuain and they are currently in talks with Genoa. Chelsea have offered Batshuayi as well.
  6. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Derby storm back into the game after being 2-0 down. 2-2 now. Also big upset in the Copa del Rey. Atletico Madrid eliminated by Girona on away goals (4-4 aggregate).
  7. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Big blow for Spurs. Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle and is expected to return to training in early March. With Son heading to the Asian Cup combined with all their other injuries, Spurs could be in a bit of trouble. Their title challenge is over but top 4 might not be as secure as it once looked to be.
  8. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Hopefully Arsenal does us all a favour and beats Chelsea.
  9. Consigliere

    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Pakistani batsmen showed good resolve yesterday and were much improved in their shot selection. Finishing the day on 153/3, it looked like they may be able to make things interesting but normal service resumed and it was just a procession on day 4 losing their last 7 wickets for 120 runs.
  10. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Yeah, Herrera has been very good since Solskjaer came in. He really does enjoy playing in a high tempo system - his best form came under Bielsa. Matic has upped his game as well. I see some commentators saying a more tactically astute manager than Solskjaer would have made some changes in the 2nd half to stem the tide. I think they are being very disrespectful to Solskjaer here. Sometimes when momentum shifts against a quality side, it can be very difficult to get back on the front foot. Also, Smalling and Rojo are both injured and Bailly suspended so there were no CBs to call upon. Fellaini could have helped if Spurs resorted to lumping balls into the box but they didn't and Fella is about as useful as a tree against quick passing and movement. Solskjaer did the best he could with what was available. We simply lack the quality in defence and even last season with a renowned defensive manager, we conceded by far more shots on goal than any other side in the top 6.
  11. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Spurs were the better side in the 2nd half and De Gea made some good saves but it was also a combination of poor finishing. Shots were either straight at or too close to De Gea. Plus point is that Solskjaer has shown some tactical flexibility in setting up more defensively but we still managed a good amount of attempts at goal so it was far from the park-the-bus hoofball we saw under Mourinho. Negative is that Jones is total wank - Spurs players were regularly outmuscling him like he was a 5 year old. I think we've all seen enough of the likes of Jones and Rojo to conclude that neither is anywhere near good enough combined with both being made out of glass. Those two need to be the first out the door. Football associations in Africa are a complete joke.
  12. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Okay but that won't happen. Barca aren't interested in signing him now and I don't think Bayern would either (if those rumours have any truth to them). Interested clubs are just looking to secure a pre-contract agreement. I just saw a report claiming that Tuchel fears no reinforcements will be arriving this month.
  13. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    PSG won't get any money for Rabiot. His contract is up at the end of the season and he isn't signing a new one. Barca is his most likely destination (although there have been reports of interest from Bayern and Chelsea as well) but based on some reports, it appears that Barca's board aren't too happy about certain demands being made by his mother who is also his agent. Rabiot is a good player but he comes with baggage and a bad attitude.
  14. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    It seems that the Spanish and French media are trying to outdo each other. Spanish outlets convinced it's a done deal for Barca while French media are saying it's a done deal for PSG. Dutch outlet (De Telegraaf) remains firm in their stance that PSG is de Jong's preferred destination and it seems that PSG are the only club prepared to meet Ajax's valuation as well as fees to various intermediaries.
  15. Consigliere

    Football: the winter break

    Fair enough. Although your post was very unclear because you included players like Auba, Xhaka, Lacazette and Torreira in the list. Xhaka is only 26 so Arsenal could still recoup a decent transfer fee for him if they wish to sell. Same goes for Lacazette. Torreira was a bargain at €25m. Even Auba could still command a big fee due to the shortage of top class CF's but his resale value is irrelevant because Arsenal will not want to sell as there is no player they could realistically sign who would be anywhere near his quality. Really the contract screw ups mostly applies to players like Sanchez, Ramsey, Gnabry, Perez and Özil (only because of his wages and him not being part of the starting XI anymore).
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