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  1. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Watford is the last place I see a British manager go under the Pozzos.
  2. I think it was a bit tricky to differentiate individual performances as Man City were just so good. After their second goal, they controlled the game superbly and our players were left chasing shadows for most of the half. Doesn't feel right to name a MotM here. Schmeichel - 7 - Cannot be faulted for either goal, made some sharp saves and had a couple of great restarts. Maybe the placement for the second could've been better, but that was one helluva rocket from De Bruyne (I'm still at a loss to explain how he got so much power behind it, he hit it so so sweetly). Simpson - 5 - Battled the best he could, but was simply up against a far better player in Sané. Did well along with the rest of the squad to keep them at bay for 45 minutes. Morgan - 5 - Struggled with Jesus' and Silva's movement. He must've gotten dizzy trying to keep up in the leadup to their first goal. Maguire - 5 - Had our best chance of the game, but like the others, was up against it at the other end. No faulting the effort. Fuchs - 5 - Had a very tough time against Sterling who looks a different player to what he was last season. When he starts playing through balls like that, you know Pep and his coaches have done something to that kid. Fuchs did OK like the rest for 45 minutes. He's yet to have a proper good game this season and it was never going to come today. Mahrez - 5 - He tried and worked hard, but ultimately to no avail. He was closely marked and could rarely get the ball into dangerous positions before losing it or running out of space to do anything useful with it. Albrighton - 5 - Worked hard, but was left chasing shadows in this unfamiliar position. Says a lot when Puel doesn't use King or Amartey in the middle with Iborra and Ndidi. Iborra - 5 - Great through ball to Vardy that led to the controversial moment. Again, did OK, but he was never going to get close to their players. Ndidi - 6 - If anyone signalled we had a bit of bite left and a potential comeback would happen, it was him. He was good in the tackle, but again, it's his use of the ball where his limits lie. Kept going until the end. Gray - 5 - Faded into the background a bit with Man City running the show. Felt he did OK to last as long as he did. Another 90 minutes under his belt and here's hoping he can be back to his recent self against West Ham. Vardy - 5 - Trademark workmanlike performance, but his sharpness wasn't there. Caught offside twice in promising positions and didn't finish either chance anyway. Truth be told, he wasn't getting much of a sniff after the initial Kompany takeout. Subs: All Meh. Puel - 5 - He tried to set us up to stifle them, which worked in part. We probably deserved to hold on to 0-0 at HT, but they were ever so dominant in the second. Did go for it at the end with virtually 4 strikers on the pitch. At least he tried, but once more Nacho failed to give Puel much to think about. Hoping we can bounce back with a positive result against West Ham.
  3. Musical Maths Quiz

    I just completed this quiz. My Score 50/100 My Time 112 seconds  
  4. Man City Match Thread

    Come on Kitch, take a day off, yeah? Easy for you to sit there and be unaffected after going two nil down against a side that seem superior in every way out there. You're not on the pitch having to deal with this. It's staggering sometimes when fans cannot accept their team is second best. On this showing, us getting out of this game had a likelihood of a few % judging by the gulf in quality today. You don't get disappointed not winning the lottery either.
  5. Man City Match Thread

    Wow, this Man City team is the best I've seen in many years in the PL. They're fantastic to watch.
  6. Whereas the England team do not have that excuse. Back in the late 90's I actually thought England had a strong team, rightfully considered one of the best teams around. Early 2000s the talent was there to win a tournament, but that never materialised. In fact, apart from the demolition of Germany in that famous friendly and the ruthless execution of Denmark in 2002, they have hardly impressed since.
  7. Kasper Schmeichel

    I've transcribed Kasper's segment from part two of said documentary. Some of it will be a repeat of other stuff I recently posted. KS = Kasper Schmeichel, J = Journalist, CE = Christian Engell (Kasper's personal mental trainer) --------- Narrator: DBU (Danish FA) want to create a new and positive story about the national team. Good results on the pitch are paramount, but at the same time they have opened up to the press at national team meetings. The coach and selected players have to be available for interviews before or after training sessions. J: Kasper, could you try to describe the hierarchy in this 'new' national team under Åge Hareide? KS: I don't know if you can call it a hierarchy, but we have some older players where I suddenly am one of them. --- KS: I have absolutely nothing against being interviewed, for example in this way (ed. casually sitting one on one in an arm chair) where there's a degree of understanding and freedom about how everything works here, where you can trust that what you actually say will be brought to the people in exactly the same way that you meant it. KS: You don't experience that kind of open press at the clubs. The press don't get that much access to players there. That's an aspect of the national team that you have to accept. ------- Narrator: 30-year old Kasper Schmeichel is one of the most experienced players in the squad. He's known very assiduously to optimise himself and his goalkeeping game. His application and winning mentality makes him an important role model in the squad. In 2017 he received the Footballer of the Year at the Danish Football Awards. KS (speech): It's a great honour for me to stand here again. It's not possible without teammates and coaches and all the support from the family so I just want to say thank you very much. Narrator: He lives in England where he plays for Leicester in the PL. He's married to Stine and has two kids. J: How much time and energy does training and your football life take compared to your private life. KS: I think when you play in England then you give up your private life. Football demands all of your time. It requires incredible tolerance and understanding from your wife, children and family, because you're home, like, never. ------ Narrator: For Kasper Schmeichel, the long commute to work is a daily routine. KS: I try to use my time as efficiently as I can. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, try to deal with various phone calls and stuff that needs sorting. Narrator: Before training today Kasper Schmeichel meets up with his Danish personal mental coach, who amongst other things helps the goalkeeper deal with the tall performance goals he sets himself. KS: It's year-round, every day. Even on holiday you always keep one eye on when training starts again. I have to be in the best possible shape, I have to be ready to perform when training starts. It's good to have someone to help you deal with various thoughts and sort your head out. Narrator: 'Mental developer' Christian Engell works with several players on the national team, but Kasper Schmeichel is an entirely different proposition. CE: He's not interested in just participating, he wants to win the big trophies. He will work to achieve that until the day he dies. And part of that will to fight is to suffer, the pain. It's a lot of pain and he's paying the price to attain those things. I don't think I've met anyone willing to pay the same price he does. ------- J: But you're also hard on yourself, Kasper. Do you ever feel that you're pushing your body too much or..? Because you are so strong-willed. KS: No. I grew up with a different mentality than the typical Danish one. To walk on the pitch in England is the most important thing. You play through everything and anything. It's a boyhood dream, you don't want to miss a game. I feel exactly like that. Just being able to step out on that pitch means everything. KS: I cannot remember the last time I played feeling 100%, I just can't. You reach an age where things just start to hurt. When you were 19, 20, 21, 22 years old you were invicible, you could do everything. You could train 2-3 times a day without any issues and not feel a thing. But this is just something I have to deal with, the body changes and that's something you just accept as it is. *Segment ends with Kasper watching The Big Lebowski on his laptop on the plane. Denmark are shown losing away to Poland and Kasper subsequently declining to speak to the press after the game*
  8. Kasper Schmeichel

    There's a three-part documentary running on Danish TV (https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/landsholdet-tv/-/vi-er-landsholdet-fra-drenge-til-maend) with the first two parts having already aired. It's called "Vi er landsholdet - fra drenge til mænd" ("We are the national team - from boys to men") and features long segments about, among others, Kasper Schmeichel. I've only gone and translated said segments for you own leisure. I'm sorry if the quotes seem somehwat incoherent, but that's due to the flow of the documentary. KS = Kasper Schmeichel, J = Journalist, ÅH = National team coach Åge Hareide, Lars Høgh = National team GK coach, Peter Schmeichel = Kasper's dad (duh!), William Kvist = Kasper's teammate, defensive midfielder for FC Copenhagen. KS: It's all about keeping the squad happy and creating a good-humoured atmosphere. It should be fun to be here (ed. national team assemblies). It shouldn't be protracted, one shouldn't think 'Urgh, this will last a week, that's really long!' so it's important that you don't stay locked inside your hotel room and don't go for a walk. ------------- J: Do you believe this squad Åge Hareide has assembled is good enough to qualify for the World Cup? KS: Definitely. It would be pointless for me to be here if I didn't believe. I am convinced we can do it. Narrator: Kasper Schmeichel is 30 years old and has for five years been undisputed first choice goalkeeper for Denmark. ÅH: He's got an extremely strong winner's mentality. And that's good. Narrator: He's an important role model for the young players in the squad with regards to commitment and winning mentality." GK coach Lars Høgh: Kasper comes to every international match. He wants to play every single international match and I can guarantee he gets pissed off if another goalie gets 45 minutes." Narrator: He's the son of one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Peter Schmeichel, who had a big role in Denmark winning Euro 92. Peter Schmeichel (speaking at award show): I asked him (ed. Kasper) 'Should I be your coach, should I be your adviser or should I be your dad?' And I hoped that he would say 'You should just be my dad' and of course he did just that. Narrator: Kasper Schmeichel turns out for Leicester City in the Premier League, the club that surprised everyone by winning the title in 2016. The same year he was voted as Footballer of the Year in Denmark for the second time. KS (speech at gala): To play in Parken in front of a sell out crowd in red and white, to sing the national anthem together with all of you is something that gives me the chills every time. And also here (ed. with the national team) I have big ambitions. ÅH: He's just been so dedicated to become as good as he can be and he's become very good. On top of that he's got a surname which makes it even harder for him compared to others, because he will always be compared to his father. But I think Kasper handles that in a wonderful manner. ---------- William Kvist to KS: I always know what's best. KS to Kvist: Can I just ask you why YOU are always so arrogant? Kvist: I've never won anything, just seven Danish titles. KS to Kvist: Congratulations. Can one then be just as arrogant as you? Kvist to KS: I'm not half as arrogant as others here. KS to Kvist: You're the most arrogant person I know! ---------- KS: My dad wasn't the type who would play with me in the backyard or teach me this and that, because there's very little surplus energy to do that as a professional footballer. It's rare that you have the time and the energy to do that because there's always something that needs to be done. Narrator: On the other hand, national team goalkeeping coach Lars Høgh has had a big role in Kasper's development. Back in the day, Lars Høgh was also goalkeeper for the national team until Peter Schmeichel took over. Narrator: That was the beginning of a long-standing friendship between the two families. Lars Høgh: We actually 'swapped' kids for a large part of the football time we had together. My kids were in Manchester and Kasper was with us on holiday a few times as a kid so we've always had a quite close relationship. Narrator: It was Lars Høgh who got Kasper into Oure Idrætshøjskole (ed. Sports 'folk boarding school' in Oure, a particular Scandinavian thing), a stay that became a turning point in more ways than one. KS: I was young - younger than all the other kids - I was just 14. I had lots of temper, aggression and will to win which needed to be channeled in the right way. Lars Høgh: Kasper loves to compete, he loves to play and he loves being together with others that want the same as him. He found that at Oure and he also found out how important the togetherness is. You can't just go your own, you also have to contribute with something in the community. Narrator: The stay at Oure taught Kasper to be a part of the community, but the winning mentality and the ambition to always be the first choice goalkeeper makes him unique. KS: It's about giving it all that you've got when you go out onto the pitch. If you've given everything, you can never blame anyone for it. If you've given everything you've got and you've tried everything you could, that's the most important thing. You can lose, draw or win but that doesn't actually matter. But I guarantee you that if you've given everything, you'll get more wins than draws and losses. Narrator: Kasper Schmeichel is one of Åge Hareide's "tough dogs" (ed. reference to a statement made by Åge when he took over the reigns) that the coach hopes the "young puppies" will learn from. That's why he's an obvious name on the teamsheet for Åge's first qualifying match.
  9. Wouldn't say Maguire has been that great on the balance of things. Promising, yes, but he's also shown he has considerable weaknesses that require ironing out. Whether that will just come with gelling into the team or if it's something that needs serious coaching, I don't know. It would be nice to have a fit Huth pushing for a spot. Dragovic certainly seems able too and might be the more realistic first choice replacement until the New Year though.
  10. Pretty sure none of the other results had any impact on the thinking of the Danish team. They were pretty satisfied after the game in Copenhagen saying that the condition of the pitch, paradoxically for a home ground, suited Ireland more than Denmark and that the pitch in Dublin could only be an improvement. So it proved. But regardless of the Irish scoring, Denmark always needed to score at least once. It didn't change the gameplan. The Danes didn't practice penalties, which means they fully trusted they could and would score that all-important away goal. Hopefully this team will be able to produce something worth noting at the World Cup
  11. Denmark knew from the start they had to score, the Irish goal didn't change that. Oddly enough, I felt it was because the Irish kept pushing after the 1-0 and didn't compromise as they did in Copenhagen. It gave the Danes plenty of space, but it still needed a bit of magic from Sisto and a stroke of good fortune for the equaliser to go in. In hindsight, the second goal was the killer and Denmark never looked like relinquishing control. It seemed to drain the belief from the crowd and players alike.
  12. 2018 Russia World Cup Qualifying

    Bit surprised at that. Pretty convincing margin for the Aussies. Well done!
  13. 2018 Russia World Cup Qualifying

    Surely two Asian teams can't be drawn in the same group, or three European ones. There will have to be one from CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, CAF or New Zealand.
  14. 2018 Russia World Cup Qualifying

    If Peru qualify, they will be seeded in pot 2 with England, which means they can't be in the same group. If Peru don't qualify, Denmark will be in pot 2 and England cannot draw them.