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  1. What I find more positive is that Brendan is clearly unhappy with the level of performance and isn't using VAR as a scapegoat to mask a more foreboding issue. Hopefully the game against Birmingham can restore some confidence in our players - clearly they're lacking in self-belief. The difference Ndidi made when he came on was huge and hopefully we can have him fully fit for the run in - we desperately need him and it's clear that Hamza is nowhere near that standard. I personally think we need the experience of Fuchs in the key defensive areas for the run-in; he's far more physical and I really do believe that the ball doesn't get across our box if he's there instead of Chilwell - playing both might be the only way forward as so many teams are exposing the left-flank.
  2. Despite our magnificent season, perhaps one of the remaining question is our ability to beat the better teams in the league. City knew that they could bully us if they targeted the left-hand side and Mahrez alongside KDB taught Chilwell a few lessons that evening. I'd personally feel a lot more confident with Fuchs there, but doubt this will be the case.
  3. Trying to contemplate with human error alongside potential bias is in my book, something that's actually enjoyable especially when going to watch Leicester play live. The rawness of the emotion that transpires, for instance, when Jon Moss sent Vardy off against West Ham was in hindsight, a moment that unearthed a level of passion I didn't even realise I had for the game. Nonetheless, with the introduction of VAR and essentially less scope for referees to make mistakes, I don't believe that the aforementioned are worries at this point in time.
  4. This one, where for a brief spell we turned into prime Brazil '98 against Liverpool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4bdCdiKGto
  5. Personally don't see why this is still a thread - creating space on an online football forum to discuss the complexities of race is purely inflammatory and appears to have lent itself to unearthing insensitivity towards others. Dele Alli's video was careless and players in with such heavy public scrutiny should use an ounce of common sense in appreciating that their actions provide a breeding ground xenophobic responses from his followers.
  6. Norwich were essentially the Man City of the Championship last year. What must be annoying for their fans is that you can't assume that the free-flowing, high-risk mentality will work in the best division in the world - probably right that they go down.
  7. In a season with so many collective and individual stories of success, I personally feel that in the latter half of the season, Barnes has genuinely come out on top. I think more recently we've seen a sense of belonging - it will have taken time to build, given the stature/quality of some of the players in our starting 11, but you get the impression that he's got the self-belief required to succeed at the highest level. His power and acceleration is absolutely frightening and he seems to eat up ground quicker than any other player in the team. But the difference now is that he's become so much more incisive and shows a maturity/intelligence that only comes through experience. Without slandering him too much, this is the key attribute that Gray hasn't particularly sparked within. Naturally he'll be gutted he didn't bury that chance to win the game and you could argue that he's still got a fair way to come in terms of being clinical, but this is all part of his learning curve. According to the PL stats page, he's missed '6 big chances'. I don't give it long before he's burying those - he should feel right at home in the Champions League in no time.
  8. As soon as Maddison came on you could see how our attacking play evolved. I think fans quite quickly forget the quality that some of our starters have. Justin was solid today and managed to get a brilliant assist, but Ricardo would have wreaked havoc down that side. Fuchs was brilliantly defensively but he won't drive forward in the way Chilwell can, which in itself creates an easier situation for a lower league club. I think it's fairly disrespectful to assume that Brentford would offer nothing in their final cup game at their ground. We used to give Premier League teams a decent game at times when we were in the same situation.
  9. Did a job without having to use most of the usual starting 11. Wasn't pretty but the fact that we beat Brentford without too much real exertion was so important in preserving our squad a little. Only natural to have an eye fixated on our semi final in a few days.
  10. Tielemans today was phenomenal also. Incisive passing and played with a sense of real purpose. Long may it continue.
  11. Up against a very physical team and his height is something that played a factor today. They aimed to crowd him out. That said, he really didn't have a lot to do and his kicking seemed a lot better today.
  12. His runs were such a problem for West Ham and despite a couple of strange decisions, his constant endeavour pegged them back. Really good to see him getting back to his usual self.
  13. Some of the comments on this thread are beyond ridiculous. He's a fantastic full-back who is clearly suffering from a lack of form. Bare in mind a lot of teams are now setting up to block our flanks which gives more room in the middle for Maddison and co to shine. I just think he needs a bit of a confidence boost and he'll be back to his best. Having the second coming of Cafu on the other side is a good reference point.
  14. But again, the fans aren't the people responsible for that. Their board clearly followed a model that they thought would propel them into the Premier League - which, might I add, isn't so dissimilar to what we tried to do when our new owners arrived (Sven, Michael Johnson, Yakubu etc). The only difference is our board had the diligence to halt it before it spiralled out of control, alongside the fact that our owners had enough wealth to wipe our debts etc in order to comply with FFP.
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