Soccerball – 2017/18 jumpers for goalposts megathread
So apart from Liverpool all English teams comfortably through the first round of games in the champions league, Spurs have got to be happy beating Dortmund, even though they are not quite the team they were a couple of years ago it is still a decent scalp to take in the opening game.Posted 6 months agoweeksySubscriber
Was disappointed in Liverpools result, really really should have got more out of the game, but would be even more disappointed if they still don’t go through.
Lovrens defending was disgraceful, can’t comprehend that. I thought he’d got his act together at the end of last season, but that, sheesh, he needs shooting for that !Posted 6 months ago
It’s a familiar scenario though Weeksy. They scored with their only two attacks on target. Liverpool are just a doddle to score against. Set pieces, corners, or balls whipped from the wings into the box and your defense is absolutely all over the shop. The keeper(s) don’t help matters. They’re both flaky and unpredictable. I wouldn’t fancy being a defender playing in front of either of them.
I’m mystified as to why they’ve not strengthened at the back though. The only explanation is that they really have just opted for the Kevin Keegan ‘**** it! We’ll just score more than you’ approach
Lovran is just the latest in a long line of defenders who were part of decent defensive unit, but who go to pieces once they’ve arrived at Anfield and are initiated into Klopps headless chicken ‘style’ of defending
I think City would have put at least 4 past you anyway at the weekend, even if you’d have had 11 men on the pitch. Any decent squad will. You’re just too easy to score against. The difference is that you may have got a couple back, so the scoreline would be less embarrassingPosted 6 months agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Pretty sure they would have signed van dijk were it not for the shambolic way they went about it. But I don’t think even Franco Baresi would improve them much defensively – it’s the mindset and playing in front of two dodgy keepers. Wonder if Klopp may try Gomez with Matip as Lovren is having a mare at the moment.Posted 6 months agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Everton a shambles at the minute. Koeman has to gel a lot of new players so no one is expecting him to do so overnight, but the performances have been brutal thus far. Squad seems very unbalanced and extremely slow 1-11.
I wonder how good Ron really is – part of the aristocracy as a player with a correspondingly high opinion of himself, I feel, and is generally well regarded in the media. But he’s been coaching nearly 20 years and it’s been a very mixed bag.Posted 6 months ago
Good performance by city today, got a couple of decisions went our way. Last year we had quite a lot of offside decisions wrongly go against us, I wonder if the officials analysed that and reaffirmed the rule that if unsure the advantage should go to the attacking side. First decision for the Aguero goal was only an inch offside, the linesman could only guess so its right to go to give the benefit to the attack. Second decision for the Jesus goal, the linesman should have done better.
That said but the scoreline didn’t flatter, city were just that dominant. 15 goals in 3 games, shame I can only watch on TV.Posted 6 months ago
I only saw the second half of the MU Everton game. Everton look to have made a mistake not recruiting a striker, they probably edged the game other than goals scored, Rooney had a couple of moments but in general they just don’t have much of a threat in the final third.Posted 6 months ago
The score line definitely flattered us. De Gea made a couple of great saves again
But we look a different team from last season. There’s plenty of players looking to score. The Rashford/Tony Marshall supersub routine has been the highlight of the season so far for me. Lingard had a great game when he came on too. Lovely little flick on for Lukaku’s goal
City look awesome though. They’re taking teams apart! Can’t wait for the derby! 😀Posted 6 months agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Scoreline flattered but Valencia’s hit deserved it anyway.
What were Lukaku and (not sure, might have been Mirallas) doing at the end. Conversation, followed by one where they covered their mouths, followed by another bit. I assume it’s to avoid being lipread, but since when has that been a thing and if so what were they discussing!?Posted 6 months ago
That Wayne Rooneys head looks like a football with a weetabix balanced on it? 😀
It was great to see him get such a good reception. Former United players always do. The only exception to that I’ve seen was Paul Ince who got dogs abuse, unremittingly for 90 minutes when he came back in a Liverpool shirtPosted 6 months agomikewsmithSubscriberdragonMember
Everton look to have made a mistake not recruiting a striker,
Everyone seems to be focusing on this, but they can’t defend either. They’ve conceded the joint highest in the league so far. And then another 3 against Atalanta in mid week, who are only a mid table Seria A team.
On paper they’ve a couple of easy games coming up, but if those go badly then I think we can expect Koeman to be gone.Posted 6 months ago
Are we having sacking stakes then?
I’ll have a fiver on Woy being gone next. I reckon he’ll be gone after the next 4 games, with Palace having scored none, and conceded 16-20, possibly more. Both Manchester teams and Chelski must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of playing these donkeys at the moment. In fact, Huddersfield must be looking at giving them a shoeing tonight. They’re probably thinking they can get away with fielding the under 18’s squad 😆
I can’t understand why Palace have appointed him, or why on earth he’d want the job anyway. Seems a sucker for public humiliationPosted 6 months ago
And having failed to score against Burnley (or anyone else!) their next 3 fixtures are City (away), United (away) and Chelski (at home). All three of them must be looking at Palace and thinking they can have a stab at getting into double figures. or rest the players, put the reserves out, and still get a comfortable 3 points.
You’d think that someone would have had the humanity to take him to one side and have a word….. “Roy…. please don’t do this? You think it can’t get worse than losing to Iceland? Have you watched this lot?”Posted 6 months ago
Woy got his first win then? You can’t begrudge him a false dawn before the kicking they’re about to receive over the next few games, I suppose.
I wonder what this Toxteth resident had to say about last nights results? 😆
Taking Binnerette number one to OT tonight to watch us take on the mighty Burton Albion! I think Jose will put a decent squad out actually. Especially when you consider the quality players we’ve got who aren’t getting a game at the moment, ie: Herrera.
Championship clubs aren’t easy to beat at all, and they’ll be right up for it!Posted 6 months ago
Just seen the team news. He’s resting Bailly, De Gae, Valencia and Matic. Other than that it’s a full squad. I’m looking forward to it. Should be a good match
I was basing that potential pessimism about assumingly easy cup games on going with my scouse mate to Anfield in January, and watching an absolutely abject Liverpool performance as they ground out a 0 – 0 draw against those titans of international football Plymouth Argyle.
It was pure comedy gold! Liverpool were embarrassingly poor! The Kop was totally silent and all the Plymouth fans were bouncing, singing ‘is this a library?’ and ‘would you like us to sing a song for you?’ 😆
I don’t envisage us encountering similar problems to that Liverpool squad tonight.Posted 6 months agoRo5eyMember
My Mrs has just rung ….. She has pick up the Spurs 3rd kit, for our birthday boy 7 year old. It’s printed with, “cousin” Danny’s, ROSE and number 3 on the back… the lad just happens to be left footed and prefers tackling and passing to scoring.
So she said, “I’ve had the champions league logo printed on the sleeve. I thought I might as well do it this year, you’ll probably not be in it next”…. Harsh but fair I thought.Posted 6 months ago
Well Arsenal had a fine win against the mighty Doncaster Rovers last night….Le Prof must be pleased!
I watched the Man U game and one thing stood out on a night of great goal scoring across the board…Antony Martial is no goal scorer! He just doesn’t have that ability to think clearly in the moment the chance presents its self, like the great goal scorers do.
Hazard really is such a clever player and time seems to slow down when he is in the box. Whats he worth is these days of mega fees I wonder?Posted 6 months agoransosSubscriber
I can’t understand why Palace have appointed him, or why on earth he’d want the job anyway.
He had a pretty good record of getting smaller clubs to perform above expectations. The problem is that it takes him a while to get teams playing how he wants (he doesn’t have time).Posted 6 months ago
I watched the Man U game and one thing stood out on a night of great goal scoring across the board…Antony Martial is no goal scorer!
If that’s the case, he’s been doing more than a passing impression of one this season, so far.
He was getting serenaded by Old Trafford last night. As always. He had a great game! He’s very very popular is Tony Marshall. And with good reason. Its not just scoring. His work rate is immense. He never stops. His movement off the ball, and positional awareness is fantastic. Constantly making runs, and drawing in defenders. Maybe that doesn’t come across as well on’t’tellybox. He was taken out, off the ball, about 5 times last night in the first half. Didn’t scream at the ref, or make a fuss, just got back up and got on with it.
And as a left-sided player who likes to hug the touchline then cut in and run at defenses with pace, he reminds everyone of some other bloke we had who used to do that. I forget his name. Welsh lad?
Remember that he’s only 21. I reckon he’s got all the makings of a United legend. He also reminds me of Ronnie in his first couple of seasons in that he needs to really find his shooting boots yet. Everything else is there, bar a better final ball. He will thoughPosted 6 months agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
Nonsense – he’s a centre forward, not good enough to play centre forward for Utd, and stuck out on the wing instead. He won’t start many big games and for £50m I’d be wanting a forward who can finish more consistently. Reminds me a bit of Theo Walcott, you can’t compare him to Giggs!Posted 6 months ago
I disagree SF. I think he’s looking really confortable in that left wing position, and I think he’ll get plenty of goals this season
Rashford is indeed the real deal though! A fully-formed instinctive out-and-out striker at 19!
I really rate Lingard too. Nice to see these great young players coming through, though as we all know ‘you’ll never win anything with kids” 😀Posted 6 months ago
Hazard is quality! Mane is too good for a mid-table/Europa places side like Liverpool. As is Courthino 😉
Matic is looking like the best buy of the season. Still can’t quite believe Chelski sold him to us. He’s transformed our midfield and freed up Pogba to go marauding forward. What were they thinking?
Lukaku looks like he’s on for 30+ at this point, so money well spent
I still think Aguero is truly world class, and arguably the best player in the premiership. It’s him or Lukaku for highest scorer this season, I reckon. Jesus looks worryingly prolific too. That’s a serious frontlinePosted 5 months ago
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