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  1. Add Portugal to the list along with England and France of most disappointing national teams. So much attacking flair being wasted on managers who choose to implement the most turgid of tactics. Fernando Santos appears to be more interested in trying to get Ronaldo to score a goal than he is in getting the team to play well. Also, Ronaldo looks to be finished. He was never a monster at pressing but his movement up front was always exceptional and he had good pace. Now, his legs have gone. He's static up front and has lost that turn of pace as well and can't beat anyone 1v1. Lucho needs to bin Koke, Sarabia and Ferran Torres – they've been rubbish. Busquets, Pedri and Gavi should be the starting midfield and Nico Williams ahead of Ferran Torres on the wing. Ansu Fati (if he manages to get fit in time) and Williams should be the starting wingers at the WC.
  2. And this German side is hardly in the tier of the top German sides of the past. They are having problems too and England should be looking to not just go toe-to-toe with them but actually dominate the ball. Instead Southgate set the team up to play as though they are minnows. This has been the story under Southgate - whenever England has come up against decent opposition they've mostly just retreated into a defensive shell and don't even attempt to play on the front foot. This does not suit the squad as most of these players are used to playing in pressing possession-oriented systems. Southgate has been bailed out by the individual talent at his disposal but his luck seems to be running out and his substandard tactics and coaching is being exposed.
  3. Maguire is hardly the biggest problem but he should be dropped for Tomori. Southgate should get the sack anyway because of his shit tactics and coaching. For the most part, England can't press, can't defend, can't play out from the back, midfield is invisible and attack looks clueless. Southgate has one of the most talented squads in international football playing as though they are inferior relegation fodder.
  4. Actually looking to play aggressively on the front foot is the biggest difference. Too often Southgate has one of the most talented squads in international football playing as though they are Middlesbrough.
  5. Tomori and Maddison are much more egregious omissions. England are stacked at RB/RWB and Reece James is at least as good as TAA. Both James and Tripper have also performed better than TAA in the NT setup. Maguire has been atrocious for a year while Tomori has been among the best CBs in Serie A. Even though Maguire has been better for England, there's no reason to not give Tomori a chance and integrate him into the squad. Similar story with Kane. He plays until he's run into the ground while Southgate refuses to give others a proper chance to integrate themselves into the squad. Maddison has been in excellent form and doesn't even get a call-up.
  6. England and France are the two most disappointing national teams. Both are brimming with so much attacking flair but play some of the dullest football.
  7. Carvajal is Spain's best RB. Lucas Vazquez converted to RB a couple of seasons ago and he makes a better fullback than he did a winger – I'd put him down as Spain's second best RB. Then there's Sergi Roberto and Odriozola too. None of them have been selected in tonight's squad though.
  8. RB Salzburg confirm that Christoph Freund will not be joining Chelsea. https://www.redbullsalzburg.at/de/aktuelles/news/christoph-freund-bleibt-sportdirektor-in-salzburg
  9. It's only Dortmund and Leipzig that realistically have the squads to mount any challenge over the course of a season. Dortmund aren't exactly flying. They're struggling in front of goal a lot more than Bayern and are only 3 points ahead of Bayern. Leipzig have been rubbish and Union Berlin doesn't have the depth to go the distance and will most likely start to fall away soon enough. I expect Bayern will be top by the time the leagues break for the WC. Also expect that Serie A and La Liga are going to provide the best title races in the top 5 leagues this season. The rest of the top 5 leagues are just going to be Bayern, Man City and PSG processions to the title.
  10. I'm actually surprised that the show has writers from The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The dialogue and plotting is quite poor. I'd have expected a lot better from writers with those backgrounds.
  11. Ligue 1 has been more competitive than the Bundesliga over these past 10 years.
  12. Juve have been so shit this season. Just meekly lost to Monza – one of the worst promoted sides in recent years. Allegri's turgid brand of football has been unwatchable since last season but Juve at least had started to grind out results eventually. Without the results, Allegri will very quickly lose support.
  13. Sebastian Kehl confirms that Reus has not suffered a fracture. Scans have shown that it's a lateral ligament injury in his ankle and he's expected to be out for around 3 weeks.
  14. Rodgers has to go. Things have fallen apart at Leicester. With the international break coming up, now would be a good time to part ways and it gives the club a bit of time to get the next manager and his coaching staff in.
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