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  1. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    I don't see not being fluent in english as a deal breaker. Poch wasn't fluent when he arrived at Southampton and I wouldn't say that Conte is fluent in english either. Both haven't done too badly. I think Emery is a better choice than Arteta for now. Arsenal need an experienced head to steady the ship.
  2. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    If Martinez has a crap WC and ends up sacked, it wouldn't surprise me if Nainggolan then did a u turn and made himself available for selection again. The Matip case was an unusual incident. Usually national federations just accept a player's decision to call it quits. At least, off the top of my head, I can't recall another case where a player announced international retirement but ended up being selected anyway.
  3. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    There would be but Mourinho is a shit coach and poor man manager especially when it comes to young players. He'd rather sign a 30 year old who already understands his own game inside out rather than bring in someone younger who he'd have to coach and develop. Martial's United career looks to be over tbh. Mourinho has never missed an opportunity to drop him or slag him off. It was reported a month or so ago that Martial has rejected a new contract offer so I wouldn't be surprised if we sell him should a decent offer come in. Rumours are that Spurs have made Martial a top target.
  4. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Doubt that will happen in this case though. Martinez just doesn't seem to fancy Nainggolan. There have been reports that Martinez is not happy about Nainggolan's smoking and drinking and that he showed up late for several team meetings. Apparently Wilmots had issues with him as well when he left him out of the 2014 WC squad. ETA. Mohamed Bouhafsi reporting that Patrick Vieira is set to take over at Nice.
  5. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Yaya Toure rumoured to become Pellegrini's first signing at West Ham. Nainggolan has announced his retirement from international football after being left out of Belgium's preliminary WC squad. According to Di Marzio, PSG's contract offer to Buffon has persuaded him to put off retirement. His transfer to PSG may be confirmed by Wednesday.
  6. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Serie A has been bags of entertainment this season.
  7. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    How I wish we could pull a Bayern and coax Sir Alex out of retirement. Unfortunately though we've got another season of turgid football to look forward to. Mourinho saying he hopes Young can play 50 games next season, pressuring the board to give Fellaini a new contract, blaming everyone but himself and after two seasons still no discernible attacking system doesn't fill me with much hope. A Mourinho 3rd season meltdown and sacking might be for the best.
  8. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    That's pretty typical of Marcelo in every game. He's more winger than fullback - great going forward but couldn't give a shit when it comes to defending. There are countless examples in La Liga this season of Real Madrid losing possession and Marcelo either making the most half-arsed attempt at tracking back or just standing around the halfway line making no attempt to get back into position. If Salah has a good game, I can see Liverpool scoring a couple of goals at least.
  9. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    A pretty dull affair. We played okay but I felt we didn't really trouble Courtois. Jones had a poor game. Don't know why Mourinho opted not to start Bailly who is our best CB. A disappointing season in the end for United. Improvement in the league but finishing off with no silverware coupled with two diabolical performances against Sevilla and dull football in general have put a black mark on this season.
  10. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Di Marzio reporting that Manuel Pellegrini agreed a 3 year contract at West Ham.
  11. Consigliere

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Looks like Buffon might not be retiring after all. Word coming out of Italy and France is that PSG have offered him a 1 year contract with an option to extend for a further year. Buffon is said to be considering the offer and a decision is expected by next week.
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  13. Consigliere

    Football: CLeaning up

    I'm going with @mormont here. This doesn't seem like a big scandal to me since the host nation and defending champions have been allocated groups in such a way that they will be on opposite sides of the draw provided they both win their respective groups for quite some time now. The only exception was 2002 when we had two host nations and they were arranged in a way that South Korea and Japan would not meet each other until the final or 3rd place playoff. So even though France and Brasil were grouped in such a way that they would not meet until the final, both teams had to still win their groups or both finish second to ensure they would be on opposite sides of the draw and of course win all their knockout games to reach the final.
  14. Consigliere

    Football: CLeaning up

    I have no idea if N'Zonzi has played RB before. He's been playing defensive midfield at Sevilla and he played midfield at Stoke too iirc. ETA. I think one of the CBs (Pavard maybe) could slot in as 2nd choice RB.
  15. Consigliere

    Football: CLeaning up

    Now, now. Stop trying to downplay it. I seem to remember France winning the WC without a top quality CF. And it's a bit unfair to refer to Giroud as a Chelsea substitute. If anything, Conte seems to prefer him to Morata plus as you say, him and Griezmann have a good understanding. So Giroud up top with Griezmann in behind or Griezmann up top with Fekir in behind, Thavin, Dembele, Mbappe, Lemar on the flanks and Kante/Pogba midfield. And you still have the likes of Tolisso, Matuidi and N'Zonzi. Mbappe can go up top as well. That's a pretty potent combination of players that stands up to anything in world football. I agree in part with your fullback situation - the RB position is thin. Lucas Hernandez however is a great backup for Mendy. He's been excellent for Atleti this season.
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