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Oxfordfox83

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  1. Combined XI Schmeichel 20 Ricardo 20 Morgan 16 Huth=Evans, but Huth scored more 16 Fuchs 16 Mahrez 16 Kante 16 Maddison 20 Albrighton 16 (edges Barnes though next season I think he’ll have it) Okazaki 16 Vardy 16 —— Ranieri 16
  2. The old Foxestalk would hear us talking about better technical players and more possession meaning we’re a better team and piss themselves that we’ve all turned into Spurs...
  3. Ok, so let’s start with the obvious acknowledgement that top 4 is brilliant for us-way beyond the scope of our squad, and the club did brilliantly to put itself in that position. The thing is, there were signs all along that it was borrowed time. We were appalling against any of the ‘Big 6’-Rodgers waved a white flag at kick off and the lads stood there and took it. We also shithoused a lot of wins against the rest in the late autumn (no problem with doing that, provided you keep it up). 4 or 5 memorable games aside, we hung on Ndidi and Schmeichel keeping us in games, and Vardy sticking away more goals than we could reasonably expect. Since before Christmas really, and certainly since mid-Jan, the players haven’t had a plan to break people down, and Rodgers hasn’t responded. Our starting XI has repeatedly been bizarre, and subs have been late and often weird. We’ve negated Maddison, blunted Tielemans, and Cags is more often than not a bombscare. Chilwell isn’t progressing (not that he deserves half the shit he gets on here, but still). Without Ricardo, our side is Schmeichel, Evans, Ndidi and Vardy plus filler, with Barnes underused and now Vardy way out of form... And the response is more shit tiki-taka with no width. It’s not knee-jerk, and it’s not calling for his head, but it’s legitimate to be concerned that our form is appalling, and there hasn’t been any sign on the pitch or off it that we’re about to improve. It’s on our very expensive manager to justify his position. I sincerely hope he does.
  4. Nope. He’s our 2nd choice 10, and our second choice striker, and his role during our good run was important, despite being played where he’s less effective... What I’d really like, is for us to actually sign an actual wide player, and then to play them on the wing. If we sign another bloody central midfielder I’ll pull my hair out...
  5. I totally agree. I can’t think of a single time that Maddison wide has worked. Not once, even after he’s tried it maybe 25/30 times. Whatever else he’s doing right, that blind spot makes me fearful. It’s a sign that he just isn’t watching the same game as me, and trying round pegs in square holes. At the same time, we have two DMs and Harvey Barnes getting cramp in his arse...
  6. 2 DM v Brighton Maddison out wide Brendan has clearly got the dressing room on side but fvck me could he please please look at those two statements and justify them with anything other than “sorry, I was drunk”.
  7. In fairness, there are only two teams in Spain. It’s basically Scotland with sunshine and billionaires.
  8. I like these things, even if it’s just to say how ridiculous they are. Ancelotti, for my money, is at least as good as Pep, who has only ever come into clubs that are already elite. He definitely belongs in the top bracket. I’d back Ancelotti to be at least as effective as Rafa was at Newcastle if he’d gone there, whereas I can easily imagine Pep losing his cool, taking them down and being sacked. Dyche could never manage Man City, Pep would struggle at Burnley. But Pep is one of a handful of people who seems to be able to use the very best players and a huge amount of money, and improve what he has. In conclusion, silly as it might be, it’s nice to think about hypotheticals in a time without football. PS Brendan has done pretty great things wherever he’s been, and even though I find his decisions baffling sometimes, we’re lucky to have him.
  9. Thanks Grant, I enjoyed looking at the club from a purely business perspective. The owners have always given a very positive impression of trying to build success on sustainable foundations (clearing our debt, buying the stadium, investing in sports science, the training ground etc.) - does that come across in your analysis compared with other PL clubs?
  10. Interesting. Read some of the shite in the Mahrez thread about Kante leaving and our classy status might have to be revoked. (Classier than the majority of Tims, but not necessarily classy)
  11. It was always big 6, regardless of the OP’s misquote in the title. It’s a bbc podcast and poll, which Vardy won. If you didn’t know that, fair enough misunderstanding. Shearer absented himself, having already won best striker and it being a bit too obvious.
  12. Well, the definition of Big 6 is crystal clear, even if it’s daft, and we’re not in it. That we’ve finished top 6 twice in his time with us kinda adds weight to his claim IMO. MLT was all that was good about Southampton for years, won games on his own time and again. Okocha was a great player, but not hugely different from Zaha, Kinkladze or Grealish-shining brightly personally without actually elevating the team. IMO
  13. It wasn’t so much that you stated your opinion as fact, more that you hold the opinion at all, and think it’s that clear cut. You can, if you’re determined to be neutral, make strong cases for other players than JV, and some might even have merit. But the only real competition is Le Tissier: everyone else is fighting for third...
  14. Sorry, I should have said “what the hell do you mean and why are you spouting this drivel in this thread?” Was being too polite...
  15. Bro, Wilf is great, probably our most important player this season and a prospect that keeps getting more exciting. I love the guy, and hope he never leaves. He’s just not as good as Kante.
  16. - Work with an internationally renowned coach - among a squad of highly decorated internationals - where he can make a huge difference - and earn a regular place in the France squad ahead of the World Cup Just don’t think his motivation is as straightforward as you think. Guy was ambitious, as was appropriate for someone who was and is the best in the world in his position. Resenting him for that is like resenting Heskey for going to Liverpool just after the Sunderland game with Collymore. Not that I wasn’t *gutted* he left, but he left for Chelsea who had to pay more _because_ they weren’t in the Champions League. Don’t hate Mahrez either, but he’s said some stupid things and phoned in a lot of performances towards the end here, which makes it easier to call him a cvnt and get over it.
  17. Great listen that, and a good length. Without wishing to wake Geoff up, it was interesting to hear how much of Kasper’s kicking choice was influenced by Puel. If your first directive is ‘touch is better than opposition’, it does explain a few of his more wayward moments. Would be interesting to know what Claudio wanted from his kicking post the title year...
  18. Firmino would be class for us. Imagine him teeing up Vards and Maddison twice a week (imagine anyone doing it right now tbf...) He seems genuine, humble and a decent bloke, and he’s a clever footballer. Think people have way too much hatred for Liverpool here-they have spent three seasons working, not whingeing (a la Mourinho, Pep, Fergie, Benitez, Wenger etc), have torn up the Champions League after years of English navel-gazing and excuse making, and have generally played good football. Yeah they’re a bit cynical, but God knows Man City are worse, and Barca are proper scum. We’re third in a league behind Billionairebot’s Pep-led Man City and a team 20 points ahead of them. If we claim they’re shit, it’s a pretty sad state of affairs for our league...
  19. I think Vardy would be a class manager. Can you imagine anyone trying to give him an excuse for not trying hard enough? For having to work for their opportunities? For being at the point of giving up? Man’s got a better story for whatever they come up with... Also Evans. Guy just gets football...
  20. Liverpool this year have been MUCH better than Invincibles Arsenal. That vintage of Arsenal was boring, playing for a draw from about January. Much better when they didn’t have ‘invincible’ ringing in their ears. If we complain that people don’t give us credit for 2016, it’s pretty piss poor to deny that Liverpool have been a relentless, unforgiving winning machine this year. Lucky when they needed it (Mane dived, and VAR is shit for not acknowledging it), but so were we. Whether they are acknowledged champions or not, they have been far and away the best team in the league, in a year when the bottom team, Norwich, have beaten us and Man City and generally played a pretty decent standard of football.
  21. First thought was this one: What a player we had then... Some crackers mentioned above (Joachim v Barnsley especially from my childhood), but the thrill of Heskey tearing through that iconic defence and banging it in from 18 yards was really something in those days...
  22. Surprised not to see mention of Gary Mills. Turns out he played 1 PL game for us in 94 before he left. He’d have been a hell of an option at RB...
  23. 23. 👨🏻‍🦳🐷🏃‍♀️ 24. ❌🧙‍♀️🌆 25. 🐚🌊 26. 👨‍🎓🚗🥄🦮🐕‍🦺 27. 🦠✅
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