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48 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

Welbeck knew exactly what he was doing. He deliberately moves into De Gea's landing area. De Gea was in control of the ball until he landed on Welbeck who deliberately positioned himself under the keeper with no intention of challenging for the ball  i.e. trying to look innocent. It's a blatant foul and one that any goalkeeper would get in his favour every single time. The ref got that particular call 100% correct.

Yup, and the cherry on the cake is that Welbeck still thought the funniest thing to do after robbing such an equaliser was to joyfully celebrate it. Not sure if the guy even has half a brain.

 

Concerning England in general, I would like to point out: Where are the goddamn box-to-box in this team ?

It's ironical because at some point, England managers were concerned because they could not play all of Scholes, Lampard, and Gerrard in their team. Despite all of them being world class, they simply could not play together. Now it looks like this kind of player has disappeared. A midfield of Henderson, Dele and Lingard looks well-balanced on paper, but, as @Philokles said, offer very little control /composure.

Which brings me to ask: what are the likes of Barkley, Oxlade, Winks.. doing with themselves ? Don't you think they are the box-to-box midfielders that England definitely lack ?

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Germany/Peru has been a pretty good game. Watched some of the France/Netherlands game before switching over. The Dutch look absolutely clueless in attack. Also not sure why Koeman selected Blind for this game instead of Van Aanholt - Blind has no pace and going up against Mbappe that is a recipe for disaster. 

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Portugal are all over Italy but have been wasteful in the final third. If Ronaldo was playing, Portugal would probably be 2 or 3 goals up. The Italian defence has been very shaky. 

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Interesting article on Xhaka by Sky Sports, following the debate over his role in the Arsenal squad on here recently. 

It reiterates what both sides were saying: his defensive complacency is an issue for Arsenal, but his importance to Arsenal's build up play often goes under the radar. Since the start of 17/18, no Arsenal player has given away more fouls, received more bookings, been dribbled past more or lost more tackles than Xhaka.

On the other hand, in the same time, no Arsenal outfield player has made more passes into the final third than Xhaka's 535. Ozil is far behind in second with 236, though he does occupy a more advanced role than Xhaka.

Another interesting stat showed that only de Bruyne, Eriksen, Salah and Hazard have been involved in more open play passing sequences that led to a shot on goal than Xhaka, since the start of last season.

I think Isk made the point about Xabi Alonso when he was at Liverpool, that to make up for what he lacked in defensive abilities, there needed to be a willing defensive midfielder around him. With these stats for Xhaka, it would suggest you nearly need two defensive runners around him. Or else one N'golo Kante.

 

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16 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

UEFA set to introduce a third club competition in 2021/2022 pending approval from the executive committee. 

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/uefa-champions-league-europa-third-club-competition-andrea-agnelli-eca-a8532216.html

I wonder if they will consider reviving something similar to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

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Tickets for Crvena Zvezda CL matches have already been sold out. Had no chance of getting them. Will still try to find a ticket for Liverpool match, but am not optimistic.

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4 hours ago, Jordan La Cabra said:

Interesting article on Xhaka by Sky Sports, following the debate over his role in the Arsenal squad on here recently. 

It reiterates what both sides were saying: his defensive complacency is an issue for Arsenal, but his importance to Arsenal's build up play often goes under the radar. Since the start of 17/18, no Arsenal player has given away more fouls, received more bookings, been dribbled past more or lost more tackles than Xhaka.

On the other hand, in the same time, no Arsenal outfield player has made more passes into the final third than Xhaka's 535. Ozil is far behind in second with 236, though he does occupy a more advanced role than Xhaka.

Another interesting stat showed that only de Bruyne, Eriksen, Salah and Hazard have been involved in more open play passing sequences that led to a shot on goal than Xhaka, since the start of last season.

I think Isk made the point about Xabi Alonso when he was at Liverpool, that to make up for what he lacked in defensive abilities, there needed to be a willing defensive midfielder around him. With these stats for Xhaka, it would suggest you nearly need two defensive runners around him. Or else one N'golo Kante.

Makes sense. Arsenal doesn't play with a willing defensive midfielder next to him so while his offensive build up is useful, his defensive liabilities shines an even greater light on an already poor defensive back line. I'd rather be more defensively sound with a focus on counter-attacking than worry about building up from the back with defensively liable players who are prone to making mistakes when faced with pressure. But that's just me. We'll see what Emery does on Saturday.

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I was just reading about this new UEFA Nations League that started, and I wonder how people feel about it. Considering that it was designed to take the place of friendly matches on the yearly calendar, and provide a more organized and competitive format, are we supposed to care a lot about it, or not?

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It would be nice if UEFA’s new competition was a revived and expanded Anglo-Italian cup. Not that it would ever happen.

 

13 minutes ago, Corvinus said:

I was just reading about this new UEFA Nations League that started, and I wonder how people feel about it. Considering that it was designed to take the place of friendly matches on the yearly calendar, and provide a more organized and competitive format, are we supposed to care a lot about it, or not?

Somewhat. It makes for more interesting football than friendlies, but the stakes are too low for it to be that engaging. League D is probably the most interesting part, to see which of the minnows are half decent. Luxembourg and Kosovo look like they are continuing their upwards trajectories at the moment.

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23 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

Spain are destroying Croatia.

Six now. Croatia are letting Spain get away with murder outside the box.

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I know the nations league is fun, but man, I can't wait for the PL to come back 

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15 hours ago, Corvinus said:

I was just reading about this new UEFA Nations League that started, and I wonder how people feel about it. Considering that it was designed to take the place of friendly matches on the yearly calendar, and provide a more organized and competitive format, are we supposed to care a lot about it, or not?

Don't know if I'm supposed to care about it or not, but I don't care about it one bit.

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Premier League chairmen plan to push for a ban on clubs paying agents. Club executives believe that dual representation have become the norm because if clubs are asked to pay part of an agent’s fee then the player has less to pay and also pays less tax. According to one club chairman: “We don’t like the arrangements as agents are rarely helping the club so the representation agreement should reflect who they are representing. The dual-representation arrangements exist to effectively protect the player from the full cost of the agent representing him."

HM Revenue & Customs is looking at dual-representation arrangements and will be able to demand that clubs and agents provide evidence of what has been done for each side. Premier League clubs paid £211m in agent fees last season (and £257m across the top 5 divisions in England). 79% of all player transactions last season (426 out of 541) involved dual representation. 

Moves to ban payments to agents by clubs were agreed in principle in June and a meeting of Premier League chairmen in London today is expected to reinforce the desire for this and other measures to be brought in. Other rules that the league chairmen want include:

  • all agents working in England to have to pass an exam;

  • a requirement for an agent working with English-based players to have a UK bank account;

  • transactions with English clubs should go through that bank account;

  • agents’ business arrangements should be more transparent, with any agents who operate in England preparing annual financial statements to submit to the FA; and

  • players should pay an agent’s fees across the length of the player’s contract, rather than in a lump sum as soon as a transaction is completed. Clubs hope that this would stop agents trying to earn another payday by agitating for their player to move after a year or two of the contract.

FIFA also has a task force looking into agent fees and favours imposing a 5% cap rather than an outright ban on clubs paying agent fees. 

Edited by Consigliere

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Juve's president laid out the details of that transfer at the club's 2016 AGM. Majority of that money paid to Raiola was because he owned a percentage of Pogba's contract. Juve only received around €73m of the transfer fee + €5m in add-ons. The rest went to Raiola. 

 

I hope stricter regulations are placed on agents because they have been taking the piss for too long. FIFA need to get it done and I'm in favour of their proposed 5% cap.

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23 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

Premier League chairmen plan to push for a ban on clubs paying agents. The article is behind a paywall so I'm posting the text (hope that's allowed):

 

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It is not allowed to post entire articles, behind paywalls or not, because that's a copyright/IP violation. Post selected quotes only, please. 

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38 minutes ago, mormont said:

It is not allowed to post entire articles, behind paywalls or not, because that's a copyright/IP violation. Post selected quotes only, please. 

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