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1 hour ago, polishgenius said:

Marcelo Bielsa called a surprise press conference today. People thought he might be resigning over Spygate. Instead, he's admitted it (and to spying on everyone else too) but set about proving that it made no difference by spending like two hours laying out to the world exactly how to beat Derby in minute detail.

 

:lol:

He's football's greatest mad genius.

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Derby take the lead against Southampton. Hassenhuttl obviously didn’t watch Bielsa’s ‘how to beat Derby’ tutorial.

Wait, goal overruled by VAR. Boo.

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Derby storm back into the game after being 2-0 down. 2-2 now.

 

Also big upset in the Copa del Rey. Atletico Madrid eliminated by Girona on away goals (4-4 aggregate).

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Harry Wilson continues to look pretty useful. Hopefully he gets a chance back at Liverpool next season.

 

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Fabrizio Romano reporting that Chelsea have reached an agreement for Higuain - 6 month loan with option to buy. Loan can be extended for a further year as well provided certain criteria is met (appearances, goals, team targets). 

ETA. Romano also reporting that Morata to Atleti is almost done. Final details being discussed. 

ETA 2. Per Romano again, Piatek is Milan's primary target to replace Higuain and they are currently in talks with Genoa. Chelsea have offered Batshuayi as well. 

Edited by Consigliere

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Andy Robertson signed a new 5 year contract. Probably my favorite signing out of a load of good ones to choose from of late. 

Edited by Mark Antony

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Gerard Romero reporting that Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Denis Suarez - €2m loan fee + €20m obligation to buy. However, Barca want Suarez to extend his contract for a further year before giving the go ahead. 

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Some good news for beleaguered United fans. Bouhafsi reporting that Martial has agreed to a new 5 year contract. Says that information has been confirmed by Philippe Lamboley (Martial's agent) who further specified that only a few details need to be finalised. Hopefully De Gea is next.

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Rebbe also out of the door at Huddersfield. I really didn't get what Huddersfield/Wagner saw in Rebbe when they signed him, since his short time at Wolfsburg was hardly a success story. And apparently they are trying to replicate Wagner's by signing the trying to sign the manager from Dortmund's second team, again. I have no particular opinion on him, as in not seen enough to form a sound judgement.

Meanwhile TAA also signed a five year extension at Liverpool. Looks like they intend to keep their player core together for the foreseeable future. I am mildly curious to see whether some silverware will find its way to Anfield, or if they'll just be there to push City.

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Ye gods what a great watch that was

edit: Milner in slow motion against Zaha. What a surprise. 

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Milner has done pretty well so far. No fullback is going to get the better of Zaha every time.

Our forward line is the problem at the moment. Mane has been poor again, and Firmino is offering nothing.

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13 minutes ago, Soylent Brown said:

Milner has done pretty well so far. No fullback is going to get the better of Zaha every time.

Our forward line is the problem at the moment. Mane has been poor again, and Firmino is offering nothing.

Yee fair enough not saying Zaha wouldn’t be getting the better of Clyne but still think it was a weird decision to loan him out. 

Naby was awful again sadly. Shaq ahould come on for him asap imo.

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Martial & Dalot both miss a lot of simple things, which is currently a problem four our left hand-side. Young is very shaky both in attack and defence. Also, pretty much every set-piece we defend against is a chance we concede to opponents, especially since Ole's been appointed.

But yeah, that let aside, it's a good half.

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Better from Liverpool in the second half so far. Firmino decides to spend a little time nearer the box and ends up with a goal, who'd have thought!?

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Not sure he can be dropped cause of the defensive contributions he puts in but he has been pretty terrible going forward for a while now I agree. 

Edit: and he scores :lol:

Firmino playing in a double pivot since Fab came off :D 

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