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1 hour ago, Nalis said:

On a lighter note, wonder what the Slavia fans think of us? I'd say there's mutual respect.

What a difference a couple of hours make

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Just now, Nalis said:

What a difference a couple of hours make

Quite. Personally have no respect for Slavia and their antics. 

 

Surely they must have done more than just diving and play acting when winning all their titles? Just a shame we saw none of that other stuff today. 

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On 18/02/2021 at 12:20, shen said:

 

 

The 'Big 6' is just a term for the six clubs that have markedly higher revenue compared to the rest of the league (link). It isn't a purely footballing term (i.e. league finishes), nor is it a term for media attention, fan-base etc., but I understand that it's easy to equate them.

 

We will likely not be part of the Big 6 for a few more years - if ever. Interestingly though, the gap between Man Utd and Arsenal is bigger than between us and Arsenal, so maybe it will be a 'big 5' simply because Arsenal will be closer to the 'rest'.

Your link is a year or 2 out of date though and barring something odd happening itl soon be a second CL free season for spurs, no way are they making that much cash now. Without that money there is no way they are above Chelsea or even Arsenal who havent been in the CL for years now but have a global fanbase/TV audience that Spurs definitely cant match. No way do Arsenal get dropped from SKYs big club invention first. It was only expanded to 6 in the first place to keep them in it.

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25 minutes ago, Gubbins said:

No way do Arsenal get dropped from SKYs big club invention first. It was only expanded to 6 in the first place to keep them in it.

Or maybe to get Spurs into it?

 

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I hope we beat them in the worst game of football you have ever seen, Sam Allerdyce style with the winner for us going in off someone's arse/face in injury time. yes that will all give us a heart attack whilst it's going on, but come on it'll be worth it

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1 minute ago, ParkerPen said:

I hope we beat them in the worst game of football you have ever seen, Sam Allerdyce style with the winner for us going in off someone's arse/face in injury time. yes that will all give us a heart attack whilst it's going on, but come on it'll be worth it

I’d rather just win 4 or 5 Nil to be honest. 
 

With a few of them going in the bin for shit house tackles.

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29 minutes ago, Grebfromgrebland said:

I quite like their piss taking and banter to be honest. 

 

As long as it's all in good spirits. I think they're enjoying the tie better than we are.

Same, the outrage over the display and Kasper stuff is a bit strange, it’s clearly just banter designed to try and unnerve our players as much as they can without having a full house. The diving is a different story 

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Fair play to them trying to rile us up. If they didn't give a sh!t they wouldn't do it. If we were in their shoes, wouldn't we want to get one over the flash PL team who think a bit of a bobbly pitch is 'terrible'? The tie is alive and it's a hell of a lot more interesting than some of the shyte the PL has thrown up recently. I hope we give a bit back in the second leg.

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The one while Slavia thing imade me consider something this afternoon and I don’t mean this in a belittling way.

 

I did some reading on Slavia and effectively despite being very well supported, their trophy cabinet isn’t that stacked. They were financially fcuked (thanks to a deal by Mr Levy of Spurs) and eventually a Chinese group brought them. By making sure they dominate the transfer market in Czech Republic, they sign the best from everyone else bar Plzen and Sparta who won’t sell them their players. Hence the last three years they’ve been successful. 
 

What it made me consider and it’s more of a slur on modern football as opposed to Slavia as a club. That game on Thursday was their biggest game in like four months. 
 

If they win on Thursday, the likelyhood is that they fancy a stronger opponent whom beats them. If they lose, that’s their season pretty much done and other than the Prague derby, there’s not much to look forwaed towards. Win the title like they were always expected to and wait until August for the CL playoffs. 
 

Thats shit that they are reliant on a handful of games every year. 

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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-leicester-city-reaction-5029992

 

 

Maddison and Barnes take centre stage - The Telegraph
With Jack Grealish absent through injury, it was two other young English attackers who took centre-stage in front of Gareth Southgate at Villa Park.

James Maddison and Harvey Barnes both displayed a fine sense of timing ahead of this year’s European Championships with excellent performances for the England manager to ponder.

Maddison has been involved in nine goals in his last ten Premier League appearances, scoring his fifth here, while Barnes now has 13 for the season in all competitions.

Both players are on course for recalls to the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, while Villa were given a glimpse of a future without Grealish.

Leicester were vastly superior in the first-half and resisted an improved performance from the hosts in the second to strengthen their grip in the top-three after a ninth away win of the season.

Brendan Rodgers is now nine points ahead of his former club Liverpool and the consistency of Maddison and Barnes this season will provide huge encouragement ahead of the final 13 games.

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Southgate becoming Foxes regular – The Guardian
Gareth Southgate seems to have a season ticket for Leicester City games home and away and who can blame him? The England manager witnessed James Maddison and Harvey Barnes score yet again as Brendan Rodgers’ team cemented their place in the Champions League qualification spots.

With a six-point advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League, Leicester look to be in control of their own fate as they deservedly stretched their run to one defeat in 16 games in all competitions.

Home victories over Slavia Prague, this week, and Manchester United, next month, would see them into the latter stages of both the Europa League and the FA Cup but it is Leicester’s consistency in the Premier League which stands out.

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London clubs paying the price - Mail Online
Any three of the London’s biggest sides could have had Brendan Rodgers managing them by now but they went for seemingly more exotic options instead. They’re paying a price.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham sink into an ever deepening pit. Thomas Tuchel unfathomably humiliates Callum Hudson-Odoi at Southampton. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal flat-line. And Leicester sail on towards a Champions League place, continuing to do more than any other side to keep the semblance of a title race alive.

It helped them that Jack Grealish was missing a Premier League match here for the first time since November 2019. Aston Villa were hopelessly lost without him. They looked doomed to defeat even before the two goals in the space of four minutes which put Leicester two ahead inside a blistering first half hour.

But this is not a story of one man’s absence. Leicester’s were masters of their own destiny; overwhelming Villa’s midfield in that first half and exchanging the ball on pure instinct in the final third. Confidence, mutual understanding, speed on the ball, intense pressing and a plan: this is what Rodgers brings.

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Barnes too hot the handle - The Mirror
Gareth Southgate must have felt like cursing under his face mask as first Jack Grealish was absent and then James Maddison limped off.

But it wasn't a wasted trip for the England manager as Harvey Barnes starred for the Foxes who climbed to second.

First Barnes unselfishly found Maddison to curl in from the edge of the box in the 19th minute for the visitors.

Then attacking ace Barnes, 23, who made his senior international debut in October, got on the scoresheet himself with his 13th of the season in all competitions.

His pace and direct running were too hot to handle for Villa.


Maddison and Barnes enhance England claims - The Sun
If you listened carefully enough yesterday you might have heard a lot of banging noises - especially around the Birmingham area.

If so, don’t worry.

It was just the booming sound of James Maddison and Harvey Barness knocking the door of Gareth Southgate’s England squad off its hinges!

The England boss was there to get a personal sneak preview of what his England side could look like this summer - many would say SHOULD look like - as James Maddison and Harvey Barnes ripped Villa apart.

Villa Park might be Jack Grealish’s manor but, with Dean Smith’s talismanic skipper missing through injury for the first time since November 2019, the Leicester pair popped over and turned the joint upside down.

However it was Southgate who left his old haunt with a couple of gems stashed away for future use as he was given a tantalising glimpse of just how exciting England’s future could be.

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If I were to be entirely sceptical, I'd suggest that Southgate is attending lots of Leicester's matches so he can then post - justify not selecting our players without being accused of not watching them properly. 

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4 minutes ago, HighPeakFox said:

If I were to be entirely sceptical, I'd suggest that Southgate is attending lots of Leicester's matches so he can then post - justify not selecting our players without being accused of not watching them properly. 

Exactly what I was thinking. He's not going to pick Maddison or Grealish over Mount, or Barnes over Rashford. He wouldn't have picked JJ over Chilwell or Shaw, either.

 

It could be down to laziness, but I suspect Southgate is following orders from above to favour big 6 players wherever possible. Bigger audience that way. Sell more shirts.

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