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  1. So who'll win the prestigous trophy this season? Lots of promising candidates. We seem to be doing quite well in this, just last year our own Robbie won it but this year things will be different(probably). Candidates (going in my own personal opinion from least likely to most likely): 20) Arsene Wenger - closest Arsenal would come to winning a trophy but he is on his last year of contract so extremely unlikely. 19) Brendan Rodgers - the project is well and truly under way. His recent comments about Liverpool's dignity have made him a fan favourite. 18) Jose Mourinho - traditionally starts well, problems will arise in later seasons. 17) Michael Laudrup - Won a trophy and got Swansea into Europe, squad too good to get into relegation trouble. Safe. 16) David Moyes - watching paint dry is more interesting than watching David Moyes' sides. And considering how often United are on telly we can all have a good moan this season about him. Still, United think they are better than sacking an underachieving manager so he won't sacked unless they find themseleves out of top 4 places towards the end. 15) Mauricio Pochettino - I liked Southampton's courage to sack Adkins when they were already doing reasonably to move the club forward. They haven't bought much but have bought quality and expect them to be comfortably mid-table. 14) Pellegrini - squad too good to fail, don't think he'll be sacked unless there is a danger of losing CL football. Just like Mancini in his first seasons. 13) AVB - who'll bale them out if Bale goes? Spurs are a bunch of bottlers but can't see them underachiving so much that Levy would sack him early. 12) Paul Lambert - didn't sack him when he was flirting with relegation last season, won't sack him now. 11) Sam Allerdyce - Personally I hope he gets sacked but I fear his hoof ball will get enough points. Still its only a matter of time, West Ham are going nowhere with him in charge. Just like Stoke under Pulis. The top 10 now, competition really heating up. All of the following people could easily win the race, 10) Malky Mackay - think Cardiff's home form will keep them challenging to stay in the league. Relegation material but won't be cast adrift. Have made some decent signings, compared to other promoted clubs at least. But Cardiff got new owners and they might be impatient if they start slowly. 9) Roberto Martinez - Inherited a pretty crap team from Moyes, they'll struggle to play passing football. Can't teach a pig to sing. 8) Ian Holloway - depends how much sympathy the chairman has. 7) Chris Hughton - everyone keeps telling how Norwich have bought so well but I'm not so sure. Could be a struggle for them. 6) Martin Jol - new owner, old and declining squad. Surely a recipe for disaster. 5) Steve Bruce - he'll get sacked again this season and will walk into another job because he is proven in the PL. 4) Steve Clarke - overachieving is a dangerous thing, just like that people's expectations change. 3) Alan Pardew - what a circus of a club. I think Newcastle will be fine this season but that won't stop them from sacking him. 2) Paulo Di Canio - he is entertaining, that's pretty much it. He is like the Felix Maggath of English football. Matter of time before he is sacked, no manager should have so much say in transfers. 1) Mark Hughes - how does he still keep getting jobs? Oh yeah I forgot, he is PL proven.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Torres hasn't been our best player for 2 seasons running. Systems come and go, managers come and go, quality players remain. I'm sure not long will be gone before we are crying out for a player like Mata again.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Where did I claim that? I am just pointing out that everyone seems to take it as a fact that this system now is the way to go without even having another equal sample, and what we would be achieving other way around.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    These things I agree with. Systems come and go, we of all people should know that. To even think about selling Mata to a rival because he hasn't lived up in this short time is ludicrous. I prefer to look at the time interval since Mata joined and he has been our best player in 4/5 of that period. I see Dave has already formed conclusive opinions that you can't win anything with him on the side based on a few months.I guess everyone has his opinion. David Silva is even less hard working and even less mobile than Mata but is an integral part of Manchester City. Özil and Cazorla start regularly for the league leaders. Everyone brings up the previous 2 seasons but you can't really compare them in my opinion. 2 years ago we lacked quality, last season we had many new players and also a small squad. This year we have a more settled squad, a bigger squad. Not one can claim for certain we wouldn't be leading now if we had continued our play from last season this season.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quoting Zlatan Ibrahimovic now on his time at Barcelona: "You have a Ferrari and you drive it like a Fiat". Players have certain qualities and it is up to the manager to best utilize them. You don't fix something that isn't broken. I don't know what Mata did or did not do in regard to Mourinho but it is a manager's job to get the best out of every player and he clearly has failed in that regard. I know enough of Mata to know he is one of the most intelligent players in the world, with extremely good personality. I refuse to believe for a second he did an Adebayor and sulked and refused to take orders. It may well be the case that he hasn't got enough to change his game but it is up to the manager then to still utilize him to his best.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quite an astonishing situation. When played correctly Mata is still one of the best players in the league(with Suarez, Agüero), let alone in Chelsea. Now obviously Mourinho favors more hard working players but to me it speaks volumes if a manager can't adapt to someone of Mata's qualities. But even that all aside it is stupid to sell him to United. I have absolutely no doubt that is he is sold this is going to hurt as, not this season but the following ones.
  7. Chelsea 3 - 1 Manchester United

    I surely hope this isn't the case. Having watched ManU a fair few times this season they struggle heavily against sides who pressure them high up the pitch. The second point is that we are dealing with a chronic loser, David Moyes, here. What is it now, 12 years and still no wins against top sides away from home? He is bound to set up his team defensively and even if we tried to play on counter they'll probably leave enough players back for it to not work. Just do what we did to Liverpool and they'll crumble.
  8. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I think Sturridge's return will turn Liverpool's season to worse. If Rodgers was smart he'd bench him and not mess switch with a very good team unit. Today their general team play has been abysmal and it was many times when Suarez & Sturridge played together earlier too. Only once Sturridge got injured Liverpool started to really play well. I think the entire Suarez & Sturridge partnership is overrated and Liverpool don't play as well as a team with both of them on the pitch. Suarez plays better as a lone forward and their best chance of achieving anything is getting Suarez to play the way he wants.
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

  10. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    The Christmas schedule should be scrapped along with the Carling Cup. One is a relic of the past and the other just pointless. 20% of the players in the PL are injured as it stands. The clubs and players in other countries get a significant advantage towards the 2nd half of the season and the world cup.
  11. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Great news Sherwood has got the Spurs job. There was a a worry they might actually get someone decent.
  12. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    What a goal by Kompany!
  13. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Liverpool are great to watch, hate it. Only Messi compares to Suarez when it comes to those players who are just wonderful to watch. Even Ronaldo doesn't have that effect. But its not just Suarez, the entire team looks well drained and playing above their weight. No way should that team be that good.
  14. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Doubt Liverpool will be accepting anything less than 70-80M next summer. They've already seen the difference of keeping him versus letting your star player go(see Spurs) and I don't think they are in any need to sell.
  15. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Whilst already being the highest scorer in PL Suarez could also be leading the assist table after getting 3 today...
  16. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    How bad must your defense be when Welbeck score 2 against you. There are goalkeepers who offer more goal threat than Welbeck.
  17. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    What a great game it was. Draw fair result.
  18. Non Chelsea: International Football

    Neither Uruguay or Italy are all that, I think England will go through easily. Italy have one of the weakest teams in their history and they won't exactly be happy with the humidity either. Uruguay are fading too, there's only so far forwards can carry you. I think Netherlands or Spain will go out early, I fancy Chile to go through.
  19. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    How bad is Moses... Even Liverpool aren't so stupid to buy him now.
  20. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Entertaining game, a lot of goals and some horrible misses especially the one from Allen and that Lukaku pass when Everton had 4 against 2 was equally laughable.
  21. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Phil Dowd takes 3 minutes to make a decision and still manages to make the incorrect one, why do these refs even bother.
  22. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Suarez now joint top scorer in league after playing half the games the others have. I know he is a despicable person but we could've done a lot worse than him leading our line. He'll probably end up scoring about twice as many as all of our strikers combined.
  23. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Both 3 up within 25 minutes, don't even know whether I should bet on Houghton or Jol to get the sack next.
  24. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Sunderland's defence seems awful, wouldn't be surprised if even this timid United side got 2 goals.
  25. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I didn't spot it either before replay. Easy to criticize after but the movement was so natural its an honest mistake by referee. The reaction tells you they didn't know it was handball either.