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The problem with Kante in Sarri's system wasn't the position per se, it was the role and what it was asking him both to do (too much of the playmaking work) and not do (because he was tasked with pressing from the front, he wasn't covering the whole damn pitch as he can and Jorginho was too often on his own, and because Kante is so often the failsafe in a press if someone got past him the failsafe wasn't there and there was just yards of midfield to play into).

Lampard might have put him in formally the same position but his brief was much more open and as a result he did most of what Sarri was asking him to do but also ran the defence.


It's like the whole thing with Pogba playing deep. The problem with what Mourinho was doing wasn't that he was asking Pogba to drop back - asked to do whatever, Pogba drops back loads anyway-  it's that he was asking him only to drop back while also not giving the forwards enough of a system to allow Pogba to playmake from there.

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Yeah, at times under Sarri, Kante was flying forward to press high up the pitch and not being able to win the ball, so when he was bypassed and the opposition team played through us, he was effectively far too high up in the opposition half to offer us any help when the opposition broke into our half of the pitch.

When Kante did win the ball back high, he often ended up creating great goal scoring opportunities, though. The only issue was it seemed like the rewards for having him press so high didn’t pay off as often as we would have liked. More often, we seemed to be lamenting that he wasn’t positioned closer to the defence to offer it more protection. I still thought he was brilliant for us for the most part under Sarri. His goal output increased and he showed that he had many more dimensions as a midfielder.

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Right, everyone knows real fans have to be completely delusional about the quality of everyone in their team.

I support the team, not the individuals who play for the club. Pretending that Wijnaldum is a good player won't make it so, no matter how hard I clap my hands and believe.

He's the exact same player we bought from Newcastle. Technically good, turns up once in a while at home, and is almost unfailingly bad or invisible away. Not even close to good enough for a team with title aspirations.

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But to be a real fan for a minute-

Adrian could be out for the game on Saturday, but fortunately we have Andy Lonergan, who is the best keeper in the world, ready to deputise.

 

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5 hours ago, Mme Erzulie said:

"fans"

Lol - the resident AFC fans on this board ( me, jeor & mexal) regularly criticize players all the time. That's part of being a fan!

 

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17 minutes ago, Raja said:

Lol - the resident AFC fans on this board ( me, jeor & mexal) regularly criticize players all the time. That's part of being a fan!

And rightfully so.

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15 minutes ago, Raja said:

Lol - the resident AFC fans on this board ( me, jeor & mexal) regularly criticize players all the time. That's part of being a fan!

 

Yeah, but they're Arsenal players. We're talking about UEFA Super Cup winner Georginio Wijnaldum here.

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2 hours ago, Mexal said:

And rightfully so.

But we all know no criticism of Holding is allowed on this board :box:

Edited by Raja

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5 hours ago, Consigliere said:

 

We need to tell them about a certain german defender that has played in seria a before

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6 hours ago, Soylent Brown said:

But to be a real fan for a minute-

Adrian could be out for the game on Saturday, but fortunately we have Andy Lonergan, who is the best keeper in the world, ready to deputise.

 

That idiot fan should get a season ban, at the very least. :angry:

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Posted (edited)

Romero reporting that Coutinho has agreed to leave on loan to Bayern. Details of the loan still to be worked out with Barca. 

 

ETA. Coutinho has also been left out of the squad for Barca's game against Bilbao. 

Edited by Consigliere

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52 minutes ago, Raja said:

We need to tell them about a certain german defender that has played in seria a before

Nah, there's a certain Argentinian CB who'd be perfect for them. Could also throw in an Italian fullback in a two-for-the-price-of-one deal. 

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They'll finish 8th without him.

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1 hour ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

You forgot to add a French CM to that bundle. :D

Since we were talking about Roma here, I don't think United would accept a two year loan + €30m option to buy from Lowball FC. 

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