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Spurs going to have issues with all these injuries.

ETA: Man fuck Fulham. 

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Fucking Fulham. Their goalkeeper was totally naive. 45 seconds on the clock, common sense says that he takes his time, allows the defence to push out running down the clock in the process. Instead he takes his kick quickly and Spurs come straight back and score. Amateur hour right there. 

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1 hour ago, Consigliere said:

Fucking Fulham. Their goalkeeper was totally naive. 45 seconds on the clock, common sense says that he takes his time, allows the defence to push out running down the clock in the process. Instead he takes his kick quickly and Spurs come straight back and score. Amateur hour right there. 

Not to mention he was rooted to his line for both crosses.  For Alli’s goal, the defender ducked because he expected his keeper to come for the cross. 

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21 hours ago, Consigliere said:

Smalling is still a better option than Jones though. Ideally we need to sign two quality CBs, another RB and LB and get rid of Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Valencia, Young and Darmian. Our entire transfer budget + player sales needs to be spent on the defence (knowing us though, we'd probably sign another left winger). We are now paying the price for not properly replacing the likes of Evra, Rio and Vidic despite having the resources to do so. Instead we were happy to persist with vastly inferior players. 

Are you posthumously agreeing with Mourinho?

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47 minutes ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

Are you posthumously agreeing with Mourinho?

Well it's pretty obvious that there is a lack of quality in our backline. The problems with Mourinho on this particular issue was that he wanted reinforcements without selling anyone - having 6 CBs while playing a back 4 isn't smart squad building. Another issue was his targets - Boateng seems to have been his prime target and the guy is simply no longer worth it. He has declined a lot and Bayern were taking the piss asking for €50m. Bonucci was an impossibility since Juve wanted him as well, Godin is 33 and Maguire is overrated and not worth anywhere near 75m. Alderweireld is a tough one - he would have definitely improved us but Levy would have demanded an exorbitant amount and the existence of his release clause meant that nobody was going to pay even 50m for him.  If we were going to get rinsed then might as well get rinsed for players like Skriniar or Koulibaly and offloading Jones and Rojo to offset the cost somewhat.

 

The problem goes beyond Mourinho as well. When Ferdinand and Vidic left, we were happy to persist with Jones and Smalling, signed another average, injury prone player in Rojo, signed Blind to be a wing-back only to convert him into a CB. With the resources at United's disposal, the club should have been targeting the best players we could possibly get. We did a piss-poor job in replacing the loss of two world class CBs.

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Mislintat confirmed gone first week of Feb. Two of the three people who chose Emery gone. And now Arsenal being run by a guy used to unlimited budgets for a team that has limited funds to spend. Not sure how Arsenal are going to unearth any young, cheap talent now. This summer will be real interesting.

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If you had bought Van Dijk imagine the swing of points for Man Utd and Liverpool. 

Never understood why clubs will spend so much on centre forwards and scrimp on centre halves.  Apart from anything else a dominant centre half seems to lift the play of all those around them in the defence. 

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14 minutes ago, Mexal said:

Mislintat confirmed gone first week of Feb. Two of the three people who chose Emery gone. And now Arsenal being run by a guy used to unlimited budgets for a team that has limited funds to spend. Not sure how Arsenal are going to unearth any young, cheap talent now. This summer will be real interesting.

Just to be clear, Mislintat seems to have plenty of issues. I just don’t love what I see of the path forward. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised though if the deal for Denis Suarez is accurate, I don’t think I will.

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Reports saying that AC Milan have reached an agreement with Genoa for Piatek (€35m + Jose Mauri). He is expected to complete the move tomorrow which means Chelsea will be given the go ahead to complete their transfer for Higuain on loan and Morata will join Atleti on loan as well with a €50m option to buy. 

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KPB is being talked about as if he is Choupo Moting or something. He’s been very good for his last few seasons across three leagues and a variety of positions, so as a cheap short term solution to add squad depth it is not too irrational a move from Barcelona. He’s been at big clubs before and was integral to Milan’s scudetto a few years back, so should be able to adapt from the midtable sides he has been at recently.

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It sounds like Cardiff's new record signing Emiliano Sala may have been lost in a plane crash. Hopefully everyone's found ok but it's not looking good.

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Rumors of Monchi for Technical Director. That would be interesting at least.

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Once again, Ronaldo has caught up to Messi, and even over took him, since I believe the fine he has to pay for defrauding the Spanish government in taxes is greater than Messi's. :P

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So Ox could be back to full training by mid Feb according to David Maddock of the Mirror. If it does happen,it would be great.Hopefully he gets to play at least a few games.

Liverpool expected to become first club with €100m annual net profit

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Liverpool are expected to become the first club in the world to report an annual net profit of more than €100 million (£88.3m), according to new estimates.The record finances come largely thanks to a Champions League final spot worth €81.3m (£71.7m) and the sale of Philippe Coutinho in January 2018 to Barcelona, valued by some experts at €130m (£115m).

Premier League clubs’ aggregate revenue was €5.3bn, comfortably more than La Liga (€2.9bn), Bundesliga (€2.8bn), Serie A (€2.1bn) and Ligue 1 (€1.6bn).

The first year of the current Premier League TV rights cycle fuelled the biggest gain over European rivals, with television revenue increasing by 47 per cent, currently totalling £2.8 bn in global rights pay packets. The league has already raised £8.3bn alone for 2019 to 2022 and could go as high as £9bn, a 20 per cent uplift on the previous deal.

Overall, the 38 English and German top-division clubs are responsible for 40 per cent of all top-division sponsorship.

The English top flight has the highest aggregate wage bills, but the depreciation of the pound sterling and strong double-digit growth in Spain and Germany has reduced the gap. English clubs paid 2.2 times the wages of La Liga clubs in 2016 but this has dropped to 1.8 times in 2017.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Southampton featured in the top 20 clubs ranked by wages. Of the 20 highest-paying clubs, only two clubs, Crystal Palace (79 per cent) and AS Roma, recorded a wage bill of more than 70 per cent of total revenue.

 

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12 hours ago, MercurialCannibal said:

aren't you a cop? arrest them. 

I don't get my hands dirty anymore. I have people for that. 

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And de Jong is apparently off to Barcelona. Tough luck for PSG. :laugh:

Note. It's not that I laugh about de Jong joining Barca, this is more about de Jong not joining PSG. Yes, this is me being petty about one of those not so financial fairplay clubs not getting their desired toy.

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Looks like PSG are close to completing a deal for Leandro Parades from Zenit after losing out on de Jong. Reports say they have reached an agreement over the fee with Zenit (€40m + €7m in add-ons). 

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