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Oxfordfox83

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  1. I totally agree that 9 means outstanding, but the tackle in the box when they broke was about as good as things get for a defender, worth a goal (ergo a point and a half?) alone. Then he managed to mask the fact that Tielemans was in power saver mode, Perez was struggling and Maddison wasn’t finding any penetration by driving us forward all game long. Thought he was the outstanding defender and the outstanding midfielder across both teams. But respect the demand for excellence from both of you...
  2. How is Ricardo on 7.6? Can’t imagine anyone voting less than 9...
  3. Absolutely majestic tonight, a masterclass in attacking and defensive fullback play. Not exactly unusual from him, but he kept driving our play forward: absolutely crucial to how we play...
  4. Could you get the person who helps you with typing to help you with reading?
  5. It’s fun to consider, though it’s a way off yet. Maybe come the end of Jan if we’re way off on our own in second some of us would hypothetically take a point dropped to break the record again, but he doesn’t tend to make bad decisions, so it’s a bit moot... Vividly remember the game that ended his record run when he squared it for Mahrez’s hat trick at 2-0 rather than take a decent but lower percentage shot. 100% team player, it’s decisions like that that elevate him above the likes of Kane.
  6. Made up for Iheanacho, he was great as soon as he came on. Beautiful snatch and grab!
  7. That was what I expected when I went, but stay out of the red light district and it’s a historic capital city with all the idiots taken out and put in a giant crèche. Great booze culture, pretty canals, would go again...
  8. Wasn’t being bitter or gloating about it, just feeling joyful that we have a player valued that highly in the wider football world that comes roughly 5th in our ‘best centre back of the decade’ list...
  9. Love the fact that we had the world’s most expensive defender for two seasons, and he’s not in anyone’s team
  10. Hard to argue with that really. Ricardo is a substantial upgrade on Simmo, and while we definitely have some better players in our current squad, they won’t be associated with this decade-they’re for the team of the 20’s! The formation unnerves me slightly-it’s more like a 4-4-1-1, and this season we’ve done well with Perez, Barnes and Maddison cutting in and pushing up to support JV-not sure that’s so much in Albrighton’s game. But replacing DD or Maddison for Shinji seems a step too far... So in conclusion, I agree with Tanner...
  11. Just as a counterexample, Pochettino did exactly the same thing to Southampton, leaving a smaller club for a job taking a reliably underperforming mid-table side into the Champions League. Now we’re clearly better than Spurs were then, but Rodgers is also better than Poch, so I think the analogy stands... If he spends 3 years here and goes to Madrid (moves on as Poch should have in the summer if he’d had enough ambition), then I don’t think we’ll have too much to worry about...
  12. I think the thing with Ndidi, Ricardo and Vardy is not that our cover is especially weak (though it’s fair to observe that Justin is unproven), but that our first choices are on another plane. It’s difficult to think of any player in the league performing at their level (maybe Kante, TAA, Fabinho, Mane?). I think you’d go a long way to find a holding midfielder of Hamza’s quality on someone else’s bench...
  13. So by your logic, in May 2016 we weren’t Champions?
  14. I do know what you mean. Being Big 4 still doesn’t make Man Utd a top 4 club though. Didn’t make Chelsea top 4 in 2016 either...
  15. We’ll be a Top 4 club while we’re in the top 4. We’ll be a Big 4 club when people who write and care about that kind of stuff say we are. Personally, I’d prefer to be Top 4...
  16. I was watching that video about Arsenal vs Leicester as a more appealing club, and wondered what motivation managers have. I honestly believe Brendan has more chance of winning trophies here than at Arsenal or Spurs. At the end of the day, that must be a huge plus for us.
  17. This team is amazing and I genuinely think that the Premier League title is a (slight) possibility that they might be able to bring home. But Leicester win on Boxing Day? Are you MAD??? Win the League? Sure. Champions League? Why not? Hell, I’ll take 10,000-1 on the World Cup, with the ghost of Chandler banging in a hat trick. But winning on Boxing Day? Some people are delusional...
  18. Yeah, but you’d still take McTominay, Pogba and Rashford wouldn’t you? If they are that good, why are they playing for Leicester, eh??
  19. I don’t think it’s denigrating them to say they weren’t anywhere near the top of the league until the Sheik Mansour era. There’s no revisionism to say that they spent a good half of the first 25 years of my life outside the top flight. In the Manchester vs Liverpool also-rans club, Everton were far more successful than Man City, and Everton never bothered the scorers much either. They've always been a well supported club in a big city, but they were never actually contenders until the last decade or so. ‘Came from nowhere’ is spot on IMO...
  20. This season is just the season it’s become obvious at Spurs as well as for England. He’s never been good enough at holding his shape and playing for the team: Kane lacks the discipline to be a centre forward, and as a result he distorts the entire shape of an attack. Like Rooney before him, he drops too deep when we don’t have possession, so in a game we’re being dominated we have no outlet. That is why England will be flat-track bullies, going out of tournaments at the first sign of class opponents, as long as he’s in the team. His shooting from 12-18 yards is his unique skill-no one hits it like he does from mid range, hence penalties being the main source of his international goals. He is justly selfish in front of goal, though his conversion is way below Vardy’s, and his passing from CM is great-he just shouldn’t be there! I wouldn’t have him start for England. He’s great for turning 3-0 into 6-0, but in a tight game he’ll cost you the one or two opportunities you need to take.
  21. We used to have a player a bit like that. His name was Lilia... oh, never mind...
  22. Schmeichel 15/16 Ricardo Huth Morgan Fuchs Kante Tielemans Maddison Mahrez Albrighton 15/16 Vardy 19/20 You could make a strong argument for Evans over Huth in the climate of VAR, but Bobby had some serious leadership, and crucial goals. Fuchs had the left foot of an artist and the long throw of a thug. Kanté>all the other people. Tielemans is like a rich man’s Drinky despite DD’s heroics that year, and Maddison edges Okazaki now his work rate has improved. Albrighton was great, and Harvey’s not there yet. And I think Vardy has improved every year. 7-4 to the old boys...
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