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  1. Funny you should say this Ric as I was thinking along verry similar lines. I always thought that during his time at Leicester he always came across as someone who spoke relatively well, carefully considered his words before speaking and seemed like quite a genuine guy. However, having read that article and assuming Tanner has quoted him verbatim, I think I may have misjudged him. I really don't think that article does him any favours whatsoever and if he acts like he comes across I fully understand why Everton showed him the door. As you said he does seem to be a bit full of himself, and what surprised me was his attitude towards his profession and how openly he seems to talk about it being a 'job for the boys' as if it should be a given to act that way. The fact that he doesn't appear to have any awareness for what could be construed as morally or ethically questionable actions is rather alarming in such a high profile industry.
  2. Growing up in North Leicestershire I absolutely detest deluded Forest fans and don't have a great deal of time for the Sheep either. The last few times I've been into Nottingham city centre recently I've been pleasantly surprised at seeing the number of kids walking around wearing Leicester shirts on with not a Forest shirt in sight. Furthermore, I was with my family and some friends a few months back in Rushcliffe Country Park and there must have been about 15/20 kids playing within the huge play area there all decked out head to toe in their Leicester kits. In my opinion that's probably the biggest insult you could deal to any local team. You know you're pretty much irrelevant in the football world when not only are the local people choosing to support another team but they're snubbing the likes of Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, etc. for your local rivals. Long may that trend continue.
  3. That's my thoughts too. Yes, we execute a good press but there's so many errors leading up to the change in possession. Firstly, Luiz should let the ball run across his body and run into the space which gives him time to make a good passing decision and draws us out of our shape. Secondly, that ball to Bellerin is horrendous. Absolute hospital pass. Thirdly, if Bellerin doesn't take the touch and plays it first time he doesn't need to rush the pass. If he absolutely must take a touch (as he did) and is bring pressed (as he was) he needs to play the ball into a safe zone, either down the line or diagonal forward punt with his left foot. Arsenal’s decision making and lack of technical ability in that scenario is certainly not of the standard that you'd expect from a team of their stature in my opinion.
  4. The irritating thing for us is that you can guarantee if Maddison pulled on a Man Utd or Spurs shirt tomorrow Southgate would have him down as one of the first names on the team sheet. Whilst I quite like Southgate as a person, these bloated tournaments full of teams who are barely above sunday league level paint a false picture that he's some sort of managerial genius when the reality is that he's a mediocre manager at best who'd struggle to cut it in domestic football. The fact remains that the FA have invested huge sums of money into our national team in an attempt to buy success yet haven't addressed the underlying problems. Whilst the manager is culpable to a degree the issues appear to run deep through the institution so not all of the blame lies with Southgate. Unfortunately we'll never win anything of note until we break this cycle of having a 'Yes Man' in charge who chooses to select players based on their parent club's historical reputation along with the player's history of association with the England youth set-up and not on form/player merit.
  5. Need to assert our position as a top 4 team and use the media to release statements saying we're interested in the likes of Foden, Laporte, Jesus, etc. Furthermore, I fully expect Rodgers to walk onto the Etihad pitch at full time and put his arm around Sterling whilst whispering in his ear.
  6. Am I missing something or is the guy a bit confused?!? He says he lost 2 years and could have been at Man City at the age of 24/25 but in the next sentence says that his agent was in talks with Arsenal (no mention of Man City nor do I recollect Man City expressing any interest at that point). From my observations his attitude changed drastically after he met his wife. Whilst I've never met her nor do I know her personally from the image she portrays in the media/social media her general demeanour seems very self centred and unfortunately it appears to have rubbed off on him.
  7. Am I missing something or is the guy a bit confused?!? He says he lost 2 years and could have been at Man City at the age of 24/25 but in the next sentence says that his agent was in talks with Arsenal (no mention of Man City nor do I recollect Man City expressing any interest at that point). From my observations his attitude changed drastically after he met his wife. Whilst I've never met her nor do I know her personally from the image she portrays in the media/social media her general demeanour seems very self centred and unfortunately it appears to have rubbed off on him.
  8. Man City win. Will close the gap to Liverpool, and we still have to play Man City twice so have an opportunity to claw back and potentially overtake Man City later in the season. With a home game coming up against Liverpool next month we could put ourselves in a really strong position if results go in our favour.
  9. How on earth has Delph made that squad. Been absolutely atrocious in an underperforming side. Would much rather have seen someone like Lundstram rewarded with a call up.
  10. I think you've misunderstood my post. I'm not for one second suggesting that we don't do it ourselves but it doesn't make it right, and sooner or later it will lead to a serious injury as we've seen with Gomes. The point I was making is that player's who play/have played under the likes of Pep and Klopp openly talk about being instructed by the coach to commit a foul as quickly as possible to prevent momentum building when an opponent turns over play. I'm not saying we don't don't do this, but it has certainly been popularised amongst PL teams by the above coaches and when you watch their teams play I'd argue they do this more than most. Yes, the sport is a contact sport but these types of fouls (and subsequent contact) are unnecessary and will pose an injury risk vs. no foul. Take the incident yesterday - Son only makes contact because he's trying to stop the momentum. Gomes is far from the goal and Aurier is covering, there is absolutely no need to make contact other than to commit a professional foul. Without the initial contact Gomes plays the full 90 minutes and walks off the pitch regardless of whether the injury was a freak incident or not. Such fouls disrupt the natural flow of game which ruins the spectacle for the watching fan. You hear player's say that one of the reasons why they do it is because often the ref will award a free kick only and won't issue a card simply because the foul is so far up the pitch whereas if it was closer to goal they'd probably get a card. More can be done to discourage this behaviour which would ultimately make it a more exciting and better game to watch.
  11. Vardy is such a tw*t, but he's our tw*t. Love the bloke, top bants!
  12. Feel for all involved in the Gomes incident, awful injury. However, I hope the PL and FA now take note of what's occurred and tighten up on these deliberate fouls which occur in the transitional phase of play and have been encouraged by the likes of Pep and Klopp. I'm afraid to say that a bad injury was always eventually going to happen to someone and the authorities need to clamp down sooner rather than a later as not only are such challenges potentially dangerous but they also go against the spirit of the game by ruining the spectacle of watching teams turnover play quickly.
  13. Actually think that Man City goal plays to our advantage if things stay as they are. It'll mean Liverpool will be looking over their shoulder especially as they have to play each other next week and with us having to play both over the Xmas period things could get interesting. We just need to keep focused and ensure we keep doing all we can to hang in there and then see where we are in the new year.
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