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  1. Both the Di Maria and Chabolah goals immediately came to mind when I saw this thread, for both of them I just remember that all of a sudden the ball was in the net and it was like 'where did that come from?'.
  2. In regards to the quality of the pitch, am I the only one who thinks that the only reason they scored was actually due to the snow on the pitch? Mane's touch is heavy but the snow slows the ball up enabling him to get to it and shoot before Ndidi who is coming back to cover, also think its pretty harsh to blame Mendy too much as both he and Mane overrun the ball, again to due to it slowing up in the snow, but Mane is able to adjust more quickly as he is in possession.
  3. To be fair to Celtic they are a huge club with fans all over the world, were they to have access to the money and appeal of PL football to sign players then I image there would be every chance they could compete well, although to say they’d be top 6 no problem is a bit bold to say the least. For someone to say they’d be no bigger than Cardiff or Swansea is rubbish, neither of those sides fill/filled their stadium week in week out whilst playing in the PL, Celtic get 50,000+ every week whilst playing in the SPL. To comment on the original post, I have seen on here fans suggest we sign Rashford and someone the other day suggest bidding 40m for Son, so for us to turn round and call a few Celtic fans on the internet deluded is somewhat hypocritical.
  4. I think there's been a massive improvement in Gray this season, his decision making has improved and as others have said the way he links with Chilwell and Maddison has at times been very good, I think we have looked dangerous down our left side a lot of the time. He does sometimes start well and drift out of games which is frustrating, but we are a quarter of the way though the season and despite missing a few games through injury he has scored 2 goals and had an assist, if he carries on at this rate and gets around 10 goals plus a few assists, which he is more than capable of, then I think that would represent a very good season for him.
  5. It is definitely a penalty, it's not intentional but it is clumsy, I can only assume that the referee has seen the slight coming together between Holding and Wilf and assumed that is what has caused it and therefore decided it is ball to hand. I don't think it's a second yellow though as I don't think it wasn't deliberate and also that the contact with Wilf has somewhat contributed to it happening.
  6. At the start of the second half last night we didn't lump a diagonal ball towards the oppositions right back and straight out of play, for that alone I say give him the summer, Puel in!
  7. The most annoying thing about this is not the surely extended ban but that from where I was it didn’t look like Zaha was going to get anywhere near the ball, so therefore surely not denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Admittedly I haven’t been too fussed to watch the highlights and therefore haven’t seen a replay so that may be complete rubbish.
  8. It is without doubt being exaggerated by some, as you say this is what it turned into the following season but it was not how we won the league, we may have played more long passes than most but a long pass does not equate to a ‘lump forward’. I remember us playing this way for 3 quarters of the season, by the time teams started to really respect us and change their game plan to counter ours we had so much momentum and belief in ourselves that we were always able to find a way to score. Without Kante and that momentum/belief behind us we had to find a different way to play, it was the perfect game plan for that time but now we don’t have the luxury of teams letting us manage the game in this way as most teams aside from the top 6 will come to the King Power and happily leave with a point. I also don’t think that at the moment our defence is good enough for us to play this way as they couldn't withstand the pressure of conceding 65% possession without giving up a goal or 2. I am not excusing recent performances as they have been dire, and as much as I hate to see us as one of those teams who will be changing manager every 6 months I think it needs to be time for Puel to go, but I do understand the notion of finding an alternative way of playing.
  9. After the penalty Atletico got in the first leg against us last year I have zero sympathy for them when it comes to refereeing decisions.
  10. You'd have to think they won't make the same mistake as United and go down the route of a Moyes style appointment. I expect to see Ancelotti or the Monaco manager or at least someone of that ilk, but on the other hand the LA Rams, Kroenke's NFL team, appointed a young head coach last year and had their best season for ages, so he might be inclined to down that route. It will probably depend on how much say Wenger has on who it is.
  11. Shocked with how negative Southampton were, surely they need to go for wins at this stage, they came and stuck 11 behind the ball against a team not in great form and with nothing to play for, and apart from 10 mins at the end of the first half showed no real intention of trying to score. Apart from the time in the second half when the ball deflected into Shane Long's path and Hamer had to make a smart save did they have a shot on target?
  12. Looked fairly lively in periods last night and made some positive contributions. Towards the end of the game though he seemed to start strolling around at times which was a bit infuriating.
  13. Thought he was poor last night. What is frustrating about him is that he plays and is involved in some lovely passing moves, but then under hits a square pass in the middle of the pitch and gives the ball away cheaply. There is undoubted quality there but the lapses in concentration are far too frequent at the moment. Needs a full pre season to get fully up to speed I feel.
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