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What’s everyone’s thoughts before a ball is kicked?

Im going 
Champions: Man city

Top 4: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd

5th and 6th Leicester and Wolves

Arsenal to win the FA Cup and Southampton to win the League Cup.

 

Relegation: Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham

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1 hour ago, Phube said:

Just listened to the Five live podcast from last night where Dion Dublin poses this question:

 

“Would you rather have Kante or Declan Rice in your team?” (Talking about Chelsea)

 

And he wasn’t sure and even verged on Rice as his answer!

 

:nigel:

Rice suits Chelsea’s team better, they need a 6 not a box to box midfielder. 

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1 hour ago, Aus Fox said:

What’s everyone’s thoughts before a ball is kicked?

Im going 
Champions: Man city

Top 4: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd

5th and 6th Leicester and Wolves

Arsenal to win the FA Cup and Southampton to win the League Cup.

 

Relegation: Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham

Top 4 the same as last season. Confident of that. 1-2 and 3-4 could swap but no more movement than that.

 

Arsenal and Spurs next. Then Wolves and Everton. 

 

Think the top 8 are nailed on and we won't get close without another 2 shrewd signings. Others have strengthened and we havent.

 

Given the mood around the club, lack of signings, 2020 form and European campaign, I think we might be the big underachievers this season. Hope I'm very wrong!!!

 

Fulham, West Brom and 1 other to drop.

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20 minutes ago, Ian Nacho said:

Arsenal playing in blue. Disgusting. Really grips me when teams play in their away kit when they don’t need to. Arsenal are especially bad at doing it. 

lol A bit OTT, maybe?

 

I think Arsenal believe their home kit is 'sacred,' and refuse to wear anything other than white shorts with it. I think that's why they wear their away kits more often than most.

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Just now, Aus Fox said:

That is pathetic from our supporters, probably reflects what we read on here, I really don’t understand why we are that pessimistic!

 


I think most supporters’ optimism is directly proportional to the number of signings a club makes.

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1 minute ago, Aus Fox said:

That is pathetic from our supporters, probably reflects what we read on here, I really don’t understand why we are that pessimistic!

 

It's not a view I personally share but I think it's understandable given the disappointing end to the season and the lack of signings.

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Just now, Sol thewall Bamba said:

Our centre midfielder playing centre half tomorrow is a good indication of how things are going to go. Plus the fact we've only won 5 league games this calender year as well. 

 

It's not exactly unreasonable. Blind optimism helps no one.

Exactly. Anyone genuinely thinking we're gonna improve or even match last season are lying to themselves

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2 minutes ago, foxfanazer said:

Exactly. Anyone genuinely thinking we're gonna improve or even match last season are lying to themselves

Our manager said pretty much the same yesterday! lol

 

Nothing wrong with honest assesments based on what we've seen over the last 9 months. 

 

Would love to be proved wrong though of course :scarf:

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2 minutes ago, Sol thewall Bamba said:

Our centre midfielder playing centre half tomorrow is a good indication of how things are going to go. Plus the fact we've only won 5 league games this calender year as well. 

 

It's not exactly unreasonable. Blind optimism helps no one.

Our best centre midfielder at that! So he’s going to be a huge loss in that area 

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52 minutes ago, Ian Nacho said:

Arsenal playing in blue. Disgusting. Really grips me when teams play in their away kit when they don’t need to. Arsenal are especially bad at doing it. 

 

It'll be because their home kit has white sleeves, which would clash with Fulham's when it comes to flailing arms in the box - so I don't think the kit they're wearing is a decision taken by the club.

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15 minutes ago, Aus Fox said:

That is pathetic from our supporters, probably reflects what we read on here, I really don’t understand why we are that pessimistic!

 

 

I think it's pretty reasonable. 

 

In the space of a few months we've gone from being 90 minutes away from the Champions League to now facing a season of playing twice a week pretty much every week with fvck all squad.

 

The lack of depth was a problem last year that saw us slump from title winning form in 2019 to literal relegation form in 2020, now we've got to play even more games with even more congestion. 

 

Even if you believe our form has now been totally reset and last year's slump is a thing of the past (enormously naive), you still have to accept that this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons in the recent history of the club. 

 

Oh and we're going in to the new season with three of our best players unavailable for the opening game and we don't have definitive return dates for two of them. 

 

Look, I get as frustrated with the hysterical polarity of this place as much as anyone else, probably more than to be honest, but there's a lot of reason to be concerned and negative about the start of this season. I'm not a perpetually negative person, I was extremely excited about last season and with good reason. I'm not anti Rodgers per se, I don't moan at everything the club does, but come on. 

 

Do I think we'll get relegated? No. But we've evolved as a club, being safe in the league isn't a good season anymore. We've got expectations, so do our owners, we should view being top half as a minimum requirement for an acceptable season and, to be honest, I wouldn't put money on us finishing anywhere above twelfth at the moment. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Aus Fox said:

That is pathetic from our supporters, probably reflects what we read on here, I really don’t understand why we are that pessimistic!

 

Yeah but you could say our form since christmas was pathetic and our failure to secure much needed additional signings is pathetic.

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