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  1. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Idk, maybe. I think the bigger issue here is Levy refusing to pay the wages these players wanted and now it may be too late to fix that since in 6 weeks these players can start negotiating pre-contracts with foreign clubs. Come to think of it, Levy really did fuck over Poch. He didn't sign any players for 18 months and then didn't do nearly enough to invest in the players already at the club. Spurs players have been underpaid (relatively speaking) for years and that wage structure was never going to last for a club looking to compete at the top end. It'll be interesting to see how Mourinho performs. I'm sure there will be the usual new manager bounce but that dressing room is already divided and Mourinho is the perfect catalyst to potentially make the situation worse. If Spurs don't qualify for the CL (which will affect the transfer budget) combined with a number of players (assets worth over 100m) leaving on free transfers then that sets the stage for friction between Mourinho and the board. Being in the shadows of Guardiola and Klopp is definitely going to grate on Mourinho's ego as well.
  2. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    United sanctioned around £400m in transfers for Mourinho so he was hardly dicked around. Yeah he wanted a CB last season which didn't materialise but then you look at the players he wanted for that position - Boateng and Bonucci. Neither was interested in joining and both are on the decline anyway. Maguire only became an option very late on and by then Leicester were not open to negotiate. As to why Mourinho might take the Spurs job. He will start with a better squad at Spurs than what he started with at United so might not need such a large transfer budget. Also, it seems like Mourinho overestimated his desirability and thought he would be in great demand but after not being seriously considered for any of the top managerial vacancies (Juve, Inter, Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern) he's likely become desperate and Spurs represents the best job he can currently get.
  3. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    United are poor at planning and aren't that forward thinking. We'll muddle through with Solskjaer while Poch gets snapped up. Dunno who Spurs might go for. There's been talk of Mourinho but also Nagelsmann and Howe. I don't think that Nagelsmann will leave Leipzig after just 5 months for Spurs plus the Bayern job could be on the table at the end of the season as well. The Levy/Mourinho combination has the potential to be rather amusing.
  4. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Spurs have sacked Poch.
  5. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    FIFA confirm dates for the 2022 WC. Read it and weep. The 2022/2023 season is going to be a clusterfuck.
  6. Consigliere

    Persepolis Rising (Book 7 of the Expanse) - SPOILERS

    The Churn and Nemesis Games.
  7. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Yeah, on a slow motion replay it looks bad and you'd say penalty but in real-time it all happens in a split second and the two players were close enough so I think it's unreasonable to expect TAA to have been able to get his arm out of the way in that situation. If a penalty was awarded then I still feel that VAR should be overturning it since the ball did deflect off Silva's arm and City would be gaining an advantage because of that deflection. However I doubt that that would happen in this hypothetical scenario since the VAR has tended to stick with the on field refs decision in the vast majority of cases.
  8. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Yeah, it was B. Silva. My mistake. Proximity will be subjective but I still think it would have been harsh to award a penalty there given the leeway the EPL has granted for deflections.
  9. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    It was David Silva's hand not Bernado's and D. Silva and TAA were close to each other.
  10. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Premier League allows extra leeway for deflections though. Since the ball rebounded off Silva and then onto TAA's arm, that would be taken into account as well. https://www.premierleague.com/news/1263332
  11. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    It shouldn't be a penalty though according to the new rules. I missed a bit of the first half and so didn't see Liverpool's opening goal but after having seen some replays, the ball hits D. Silva's arm first and then rebounds onto Alexander-Arnold's arm. It would have been harsh to give a penalty there and even if one was given, VAR should be overturning it since any handball by a player on the attacking side is now an infringement.
  12. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    That's the game. City are good but even they are not going to overturn a two goal deficit at Anfield.
  13. Consigliere

    Football: foreVAR confused

    Fred has been playing better since he's been given a decent run in the side. Even against Bournemouth where we were quite poor, Fred was still one of the better performers - made the most final third passes, most interceptions/ball recoveries and created the most chances whereas McTominay had his worst performance in that game (aside from the game where Mourinho thought it a good idea to play him at CB). Fred is the new Fellaini/Smalling for United fans where he is singled out for criticism after a poor performance even if there were numerous other players who were worse. Also, I must say that Brandon Williams has performed well in every appearance he has made this season. He certainly offers a lot more going forward than either Shaw or Young. He's still a bit too aggressive and rash in defence though.
  14. Consigliere

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    I see Dortmund are improving. Only lost 4-0 this time away to Bayern.
  15. Consigliere

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    At least Arsenal and Spurs are keeping us company in the embarrassingly dogshit category.
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