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5 hours ago, samhoward17 said:

Thought we played well dominating the game, creating chances and not allowing any on our own goal. That we have so many clean sheets this season is a testament to how the team is defending as I don't think Kepa has been more than average. ....

Lots of interesting points in your post.  Yes we have conceded just 16 goals in 20 PL games this season.  That is 4 goals less than last season pro rata and just over a goal less that the title winning season before.  It seems that 2 CBs is better than 3CBs.  Or that if you don't press at all, having an extra CB doesn't help.  (or both).  

Over the last 10 years  we have just once conceded at lower rate, and every time we came close, we challenged for or won the title.
Which is odd because everyone says Sarri's team is vulnerable, especially at the back.

Yes Azpi was brilliant again.  I'm convinced he had lost his pace for a month or two earlier this season, but it is all back now.  Not sure what kind of injury does that and allows you to play and recover though.
And Kante is the attacking CM right now.  RLC, Kovacic and Barkley are not the final piece in the jigsaw, Fabregas is.  Incredible the number of times a manager had taken half a season to work that out.

And yes we are short up front, which is ridiculous given the amount of players we accumulated last season.  The squad looks like a camel, not a horse, designed by a committee that wasn't communicating.

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5 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

The squad looks like a camel, not a horse, designed by a committee that wasn't communicating.

That's what happens when you don't buy the players the manager wants and get the next best or the next one after that .

I'm glad we finally agree.

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9 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

That's what happens when you don't buy the players the manager wants and get the next best or the next one after that .

I'm glad we finally agree.

Nonsense - All that happens in that case is that you aren't Manchester City, nothing more.

This kind of mess happens when the manager refuses to discuss plans properly because he is desperate to welch on his contract.

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4 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

Nonsense - All that happens in that case is that you aren't Manchester City, nothing more.

This kind of mess happens when the manager refuses to discuss plans properly because he is desperate to welch on his contract.

I thought you just said the squad was put together by committee , you know , where you said "the squad looks like a camel not a horse designed by a committee" .

And I agree , it does . Because the wealth of experience in the boardroom outranks proven winners be they Mourinho , Conte or whoever . 

You mean Conte is to blame for the board not backing him and regardless of the utter waffle you keep spouting about buying from Italy so it must be Conte you have no more idea than my dog does . He's quite clever though.

The board knows best .

Rather , this week's loudest agent does .

Pay attention to this next bit , in my opinion from the day we first signed Mourinho the board with their wealth of football knowledge have failed miserably to fully commit to the managers vision for the way forward , their heads have spun around from one philosophy to the next with no idea which way the wind was blowing.

That is why , despite all the great things they have achieved for the club we have a topsy turvy squad , youth team players wanting a move to Bayern Munich where they have a chance of making it and haven't achieved even more .

In my opinion . Not in yours .

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2 hours ago, Mark Kelly said:

SKY reporting on anti Semitic chanting at ex Spurs player Andros Townsend .

Seeing as they traditionally mic up the away support for added arptmosphere I certainly heard nothing .

Anyone ?

I'm confused as to how it could be anti Semitic towards Townsend if he isn't Jewish.

 

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21 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

-22 iYou mean Conte is to blame for the board not backing him and regardless of the utter waffle you keep spouting about buying from Italy so it must be Conte you have no more idea than my dog does . He's quite clever though.

Mark every time you go on about utter waffle, I challenge you to state if you think Conte did not choose the players we bought.
You never answer.
Don't you think you are big enough to have fully formed opinions for yourself?

23 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

Pay attention to this next bit , in my opinion from the day we first signed Mourinho the board with their wealth of football knowledge have failed miserably to fully commit to the managers vision for the way forward , their heads have spun around from one philosophy to the next with no idea which way the wind was blowing.

That is bollocks.  Total rubbish.  

The philosophy has been great throughout with 3 moments of error.  Concentrate on the core 15 or so players of top top class.  Buy young talent when sensibly priced.  Specialise on young talent when the team is ageing.  Add to the young talent experienced jigsaw pieces and a top manager if and only if the team is on the cusp of winning stuff.  The acquisitions 2011-14 of top players, 19-22, with 50+ appearances in a proper league, and out bidding everyone else in a cheap market was just genius.

3 weak moments, no back up players in 2015/16 and first half of 17/18, and a bizarre get who you can get in January 2018

I don't know which team you have been cheering on in the last 15 years, but I have seen plenty of success with mine.  It's been due to the squads we have, the big managers brought in when the squad have been really good.

(note I answer your utter waffle with a direct statement announcing the opposite).

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9 minutes ago, Ham said:

I'm confused as to how it could be anti Semitic towards Townsend if he isn't Jewish.

 

I think it's the Y word again . 

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4 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

Mark every time you go on about utter waffle, I challenge you to state if you think Conte did not choose the players we bought.
You never answer.
Don't you think you are big enough to have fully formed opinions for yourself?

That is bollocks.  Total rubbish.  

The philosophy has been great throughout with 3 moments of error.  Concentrate on the core 15 or so players of top top class.  Buy young talent when sensibly priced.  Specialise on young talent when the team is ageing.  Add to the young talent experienced jigsaw pieces and a top manager if and only if the team is on the cusp of winning stuff.  The acquisitions 2011-14 of top players, 19-22, with 50+ appearances in a proper league, and out bidding everyone else in a cheap market was just genius.

3 weak moments, no back up players in 2015/16 and first half of 17/18, and a bizarre get who you can get in January 2018

I don't know which team you have been cheering on in the last 15 years, but I have seen plenty of success with mine.  It's been due to the squads we have, the big managers brought in when the squad have been really good.

(note I answer your utter waffle with a direct statement announcing the opposite).

I do answer every sodding time and every scoring time you come out with some condescending bullshit. Well done .

I'm saying it again . The only thing we know is Conte , like Sarri is now,  says he did not ask for the players he signed . Hilariously the only one he's put his hands up to is the worst of the lot .

We know this not because you deemed it but because Conte and Sarri have both said it .

You think Conte is lying .

Well , you would wouldn't you ?

United are flying at the moment , I wonder why that is .

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2 hours ago, Mark Kelly said:

SKY reporting on anti Semitic chanting at ex Spurs player Andros Townsend .

Seeing as they traditionally mic up the away support for added arptmosphere I certainly heard nothing .

Anyone ?

I read this somewhere yesterday, being at the game I can state categorically that I heard absolutely nothing of the sort. My wife, who was there with me said she didn't hear anything either.

The usual song that contains the word that gets labelled as being anti-Semitic was sung once and as is the way very recently, was curtailed at the point that the offending word used to be sung.

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7 minutes ago, Mark Kelly said:

I'm saying it again . The only thing we know is Conte , like Sarri is now,  says he did not ask for the players he signed . Hilariously the only one he's put his hands up to is the worst of the lot .

 

I'm missing the bit where you say you believe that.  Which is kind of key isn't it given that managers joke about this kind of thing days before transfer deadlines all the time.

As per usual I'm missing the bit where you actually stick your own credibility to a viewpoint while deriding someone else's.

(of course he was ffing lieing - no one would claim he was telling the truth - least of all you.)

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