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  1. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Donnarumma has regressed a lot ever since holding the club hostage for a new contract. He has cost Milan so many goals because he cannot deal with aerial balls and can't play out from the back for shit either. He's still only 19 so can get better but no club should bother trying to sign him as there are better keepers currently available for a fraction of the cost.
  2. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Newcastle have had a very difficult run of fixtures to start the season so I wouldn't put it past Rafa turning things around and keeping them up again (they went through a worse run last season picking up no points in 9 games) but it's going to be an uphill battle. The big problem for Newcastle is that Rafa has had to sell before he could buy which has resulted in them having very little depth and the injuries to Rondon and Lejeune have been major blows to an already thin squad.
  3. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Official statement from Barca says that he's expected to be out for 3 weeks.
  4. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Disappointing conceding in the 6th minute of added time but we did a whole lot better than I thought we would. Our record at Stamford Bridge is really poor even at the best of times and given the form of the respective teams, I thought we would not even be in the game. All things considered, a draw is a decent result for us.
  5. Consigliere

    Counterpart Starz Series (SPOILERS)

    Yup. December 9th.
  6. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    I expect both Juve and PSG would be very interested in De Gea either on a free transfer in 2020 or if he makes it clear that he has no intention of renewing. Word coming out of United is that De Gea's contract renewal has been made a top priority and that significant progress has been made over the contract extensions of Shaw and Martial.
  7. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Umm...I never gave this any credence when the initial rumours came about (Saudi crown prince interested in buying United) since it was being reported by shit rags like the Daily Mail but I see that Liz Sly (Washington Post Beirut bureau chief) has also reported that there is genuine interest in them buying part or all of United. James Ducker also reporting that United are silent on the matter contrary to an earlier report by The Mirror saying that United have denied the reports. As much as the Glazer's are shitty owners, I'd rather them remain as owners than the club becoming a play-thing propaganda tool for a bunch of shit stains who are among the most evil people on the planet. I hope England has some laws in place that would prevent them from a taking over the club.
  8. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    That should have been a penalty for Spain. Pickford clearly impedes Rodrigo.
  9. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    That was a good display of counter-attacking football by England although they were helped by some shambolic defending. Sure, I know Kimmich has played plenty of games in midfield and he is good there, that's why I also mentioned that the need for him at RB is greater. Quality attacking fullbacks/wingbacks make a big difference and I don't think that Kehrer, Rudiger or Can fit that description. I think Kimmich at RB/RWB would bring a better balance. Rudy/Can are capable of filling the holding midfield role.
  10. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    This is the same trap that Del Bosque fell into with Spain and, yes, it's not easy to get out of it. Both those managers were also fortunate that the core of their national teams came from one club (Barca and Bayern) which also meant that tactically they could just copy what those clubs were doing. I don't think Löw needs to make wholesale changes. For starters he needs to drop Müller and Boateng. Kimmich should not be in midfield especially considering that the likes of Weigl, Can and Rudy can all play the holding midfield role. The need for him at RB is greater. I'd also drop Jonas Hector in favour of a more attacking LB like Phillip Max. While Neuer is Neuer, I don't think that he has reached his usual level post injury. Ter Stegen deserves a chance. I'd go with a lineup looking something like this and place an emphasis on wing play to make the best use of the wide attackers and attacking fullbacks which in turn should create space through the middle for Kroos to pull the strings: Ter Stegen/Neuer Kimmich Süle Hummels Max Gundogan Weigl/Rudy/Can Kroos Brandt Werner Sane
  11. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Well, well beaten in the sense that this performance was no different than what Germany have been putting in since the WC. If the near misses were an occasional thing then they could be called unlucky but this has been the story for a while now - lots of possession but little to nothing to show for it combined with a shaky defence that is leaking goals. Löw has done a good job overall but it might be time for him to go unless he is able to get out of the trap that he's fallen into of being too loyal to certain players who are now at the stage where they need to be phased out. The talent is there for him to do so but thus far he's been unwilling to.
  12. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Another horror show from Germany. Well beaten by the Netherlands for the first time in 16 years. Boateng has aged like milk.
  13. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Mourinho self destructing at Chelsea to an even greater extent than Conte didn't stop Woodward from appointing him. ETA. Jardim doesn't fit the profile of manager that Woodward would go for and he is more of a risk than Conte but I think he does fit the longer term vision that Woodward keeps going on about i.e. an attacking style of play and integrating youth. Woodward has also mentioned that United will not go on spending huge amounts in the transfer window season after season. Jardim is a manager used to working under constraints and isn't going to make a fuss about transfers. He would be much happier with the situation at United anyway since he will still have a much bigger budget to work with and we generally hold on to our best players.
  14. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    Zidane, Conte and Jardim are all free agents at the moment. The available managers landscape isn't going to be much better at the end of the season than it is now. Maybe the likes of Lopetegui, Kovac and Valverde might be available come the end of the season. Poch is near impossible for us to get regardless - he probably ends up at Real Madrid anyway should Lopetegui get sacked. Sarri, Guardiola and Klopp will not leave their current clubs just yet. Slim chance that Allegri could become available should Juve opt to bring in Zidane although I think Allegri will see out his contract. There have been reports saying that United are currently working on overhauling the football structure and are planning to put in place a full technical staff rather than just a director of football. ETA. and Mourinho won't resign no matter how much Woodward pisses him off as that would mean leaving millions of pounds on the table.
  15. Consigliere

    Football: Remain in Europe

    If Woodward hires either Big Sam or Pardew (or Pulis for that matter) then all the players except the workhorses (Fellaini, Valencia, Young, Herrera, McTominay) will be better off leaving. Anyway, Mourinho is still the manager and there has been no indication that Woodward is even considering sacking him. It wouldn't surprise me if Woodward waits until it becomes mathematically impossible for us to qualify for the CL. Similar to Moyes, there is probably a clause in Mourinho's contract that reduces his severance pay for failing to qualify for the CL. Moyes was sacked as soon as we were no longer able to finish in the top 4 and we ended up paying a severance equivalent to 1 years salary even though he had more than 5 years remaining on his contract.
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