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Chelsea's press was serving them extremely well in the first half. After that though, they played pretty sloppily in possession and negated any advantage winning the ball back gave them.

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Midweek exertions took its toll on the Chelsea players. They looked gassed in the last 10 or so minutes. 

 

ETA. Trippier gets his first assist. Inch perfect cross for a Morata header to give Atleti the lead. 

Edited by Consigliere

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One thing about Leicester is they're going to have to be pretty careful with their formation this year. With Maddison, Perez and Tielemans, they were almost playing with three no 10s (Tielemans isn't quite that but he occupies those spaces when he gets forward). It took a while for them to figure out their movements and get off each others' feet, and more complete defensive teams than Chelsea will begin to crowd them.

That could work in their favour because if they get the balance right- and they're three very different no 10s - they will not be easy to crowd and teams could find their press being turned inside out in any number of ways across the three of them - but it also leaves them very, very reliant on their FBs for width- and they are full-backs rather than outright wingbacks. 

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I know this is a European focused thread, but this Atlanta United vs Portland match in MLS is so good. Quality from both teams and end to end stuff. If you haven’t watched much of this league do yourself a favor and catch this match. Make no mistake it’s not the prem but it’s fun football.

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Side note; I’m from Atlanta originally and the atmosphere in the ATL is amazing. Getting 70,000 fans regularly in a state-of-the-art stadium is something special. That being said, Portland feels like Craven Cottage. Smaller, older, weird stadium that radiates energy. 

Rant over ;) 

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7 minutes ago, BigFatCoward said:

8.5 million for a years rental of someone like Coutinho seems an absolute steal.

It does sound like a steal however when you consider they have to pay his wages and also don't get a penny from any future sale then its maybe not so cheap.

Was trying to figure out what the most expensive loans in football have been, but its hard to find that info.

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It's a small loan fee because Coutinho's wages are massive - €13m/year after tax according to reports. 

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47 minutes ago, Consigliere said:

It's a small loan fee because Coutinho's wages are massive - €13m/year after tax according to reports. 

Thought it was €12m/p.a. Not that it makes much of a difference. But yeah, the wages are the kicker.

Ok, now that Coutinho is off the books, will they now make that move for Neymar?

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1 minute ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

Thought it was €12m/p.a. Not that it makes much of a difference. But yeah, the wages are the kicker.

Ok, now that Coutinho is off the books, will they now make that move for Neymar?

The reliable journos for Barca from RAC1 and CatRadio say that the club are still working on bringing in Neymar. Looks to be a difficult deal to pull off though unless PSG accept a loan with obligation to buy or players + cash deal. There were rumours that PSG wanted Dembele and Semedo to be included in the deal but Barca were not open to that. Apparently Real Madrid are also interested. 

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If Coutinho is gone on loan only then it seems like Barca can only offer a loan for Neymar.  It would be a huge risk to commit to a purchase of Neymar while Coutinho might land back at the Noucamp next summer.

Gareth Bale had a good opening game for RM, despite all their attempts to push him out.

Ojo has started life at Rangers really well.  Considering Ryan Kent was also one of their best players last season, the Scottish PL looks pretty weak.

Harry Wilson scored another long range winning goal on his debut for Bournemouth.  Grujic scored a nice goal against Bayern but then conceded a needless penalty too (they got a draw).

Cantwell, who impressed me for Norwich against Liverpool, got two assists on Saturday.  

Although I thought Chris Hughton was very hard done by as Brighton sacked him, the team definitely looks reinvigorated under Potter so far.  Perhaps the board was right to address stagnation.  

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That's been Real Madrid's issue with Bale though - he's rarely fully fit and firing, is on monster wages and disappeared last season just when they needed him the most. 

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Alright Nuno, don't let me down today.

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Like I thought, we go with dropping one of the hustling AMs (Pereira this time) and replacing him with Daniel James against a percieved 'weaker' team. Although Wolves ain't all that much weaker.

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That was a superb team goal. It's such a delight to see angled and overlapping runs again.


Another thing I like that Solsjaer's brought up that was a Fergie specialty that we'd notably let slip then is a dedication to winning the second ball by making sure our runs in attack our staggered so there's always someone following up.

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