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6 minutes ago, Raja said:

Koscielney may have left in not the best way, but he was an excellent player & a decent captain, though he only had one season with the armband.

It ended poorly but he was excellent for us.

yeah, but most of your recent appointments didn't end well.

I mean, let's exclude the close to retirement players that got the wear the armband (Arteta and Mertesacker).

RvP, forced a move after one (?) season as captain to United. Fabregas also forced a move, altho he served three years, which is ok.

Xhaka snapped at the fans after a good while of abuse, and had the armband removed. Auba we know how that ended. Vermaelen didn't live up to the armband.

 

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You don’t want to read too much into preseason given you don’t know how undercooked or not sides are at various points but we’ve been all over City for the first 20 minutes. Better than the other way round anyway.

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Usually it’s Liverpool who look undercooked in preseason as the fitness sessions take priority over the matches.

I think it’s the right call to ease Nunez in gradually.  Diaz was very unusual in how quickly he settled but Nunez looks to need more time to build his interplay.  That said, with Jota missing the entire pre-season, Nunez may get forced into some playing time more quickly than ideal.

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City players do look a bit less match fit than their Liverpool counterparts. Had a look a saw that City only played two games before this one (Club America and Bayern) whereas Liverpool have played four games before this.

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Joking aside, Firmino really has been awful. His first touch leaves him quicker than his shots do, and he's been trotting around the pitch looking like he's concussed for most of the half.

I'm not sure we should be using him for anything other than early round cup games.

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Meanwhile in the German Cup.

First Round First Upsets.

Köln crashed out against Regensburg. Which is not that big an upset, it's just Bundesliga against Bundesliga 2. Happens.

Leverkusen crashed out against Elversberg (third tier), which is more surprising.

Also Rostock (Bundesliga 2) lost their battle of the clubs with the orcish fans. They lost at Lübeck (4th tier).

 

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16 minutes ago, Soylent Brown said:

City are pressing more now, and we've gotten sloppy. It won't be long before they equalise.

Highly likely with Adrian in goal. He makes the whole back line nervous.

Bobby off for Nunez in the second half would be lovely.

 

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2 minutes ago, Corvinus85 said:

So if the goalie had both hands on the ball, isn't that a foul on him?

Only if it is deemed that the goalkeeper had the ball under control. You'd be hard pressed to make a case that Adrian had the ball under control there.

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