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  1. mpickard2087

    Off to Australia...

    I'm sporadically watching this between work. Everytime I have a look seems we have the ball down their end. Way too harsh to blame Emerson or the keeper for that goal. Emerson had to come round to cover initially then is completely overloaded, the keeper had to get something on it as the back...
  2. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Sheffield United vs Spurs

    Was like that Norwich game a couple of years back on the last day. Worst team in the league, didn't have to get out of first gear, stuck five past them with the minimum of effort. Today we never got out of first gear, never pushed ourselves, didn't matter and should have got five and more...
  3. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Sheffield United vs Spurs

    First 10 mins we were totally comatose and could have been punished for it, then went 1-0 up and since then have pretty much had the run of the game, and you can see the vast gulf between the two teams, but it's still been a pretty dozy display. Very low tempo, very little slick play, eventually...
  4. mpickard2087

    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    Good job. You're hired
  5. mpickard2087

    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    On this - Yes hopefully you get top quality players who can help you take on the very top teams, that’s always the ultimate goal, but the main starting point for making change would be recruitment that is more ruthless, a little bit radical if needs be, and definitely much more hyper-focused to...
  6. mpickard2087

    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    I don't think this was a necessary fight for the manager to pick really, much better to let it slide. The fanbase was faced with a freak situation, our own prospects even with a win really unclear (we still wouldn't be in the driving seat for that 4th spot), the implications of a win pretty...
  7. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Man City

    Yeah, for large parts of the game especially first half we played well. Managed to control possession and push up and play on the front foot and have the ball, which is a nice change on previous seasons versus elite teams. The foundations are there, but fine margins decided things. That set up...
  8. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Man City

    Classic example of someone getting stupidly booked, then can't make the foul you need him to later in the game.
  9. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Man City

    To be honest, that's one of the best halves of football we've played versus an elite team in years and years. Controlled possession, defensively organised ourselves well, came out with some funky tactics that have flooded the middle of the park and is slightly befuddling them, and bar the odd...
  10. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Man City

    Must still have more life in him that Kulu/Johnson/Gil/Werner. It's that or we pull some random out of the crowd before kick-off.
  11. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Man City

    Vicario; Porro, Romero, Dragusin, Van de ven; Lo Celso, Bentancur, Maddison; Son, Scarlett, Santiago Free hit, we all know if we lose it will a) hardly surprise or b) hardly devastate us, so may as well try to out-football them and see what happens. Get as many technical players into the...
  12. mpickard2087

    Premier League 2023/2024

    Not just that, look at him doing a disappearing act with his positioning for the ball across goal. That is someone who just can't be bothered, twice in a matter of seconds.
  13. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Spurs vs Burnley

    I can only keep saying the same thing - these tactics and style of play write cheques that most of our players, in virtually every position, simply can't cash. They all have moments, and can do spells of games, but there is very little reliable and consistent in the work with the ball. The...
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    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    I said last night I reckon you could upgrade basically every position, still think that, but I do think maybe 3 signings and you could see big improvements if they were ones who could balance out the team and bring a bit of calmness and cerebral qualities to the side. Currently I think we lack...
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    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    I still massively question some of the transfer logic, but I'd concede that's a fair assessment. Totally agree about the manager having the leeway to keep building and changing if necessary. Those who don't keep up get left behind. Ties in with what I have been saying in terms of being ruthless...
  16. mpickard2087

    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    I agree with all that, but I don't think Ange has helped himself with some of the signings. He wants to out-football teams and play an extreme style but the signings - ones he was all for - don't match that really. Brennan Johnson and Timo Werner to play on the wing. I'm not even going to...
  17. mpickard2087

    Manager Watch: Ange Postecoglou

    I thought the praise was pretty over the top early in the season, the football hasn't actually been that scintillating and there's been a handful of games at most (mainly early doors) where it really clicked, and I've disagreed with plenty of what he has done this season. Having said that we've...
  18. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Chelsea vs Spurs

    Can't get pissed off, because I'm not surprised. The evidence has been there for months. Everyone should have been well prepared for this. We hit the wall at Xmas time, since that point the football/performance has to be brutally honest been pretty dismal in every single game bar one or two. As...
  19. mpickard2087

    Match Threads Chelsea vs Spurs

    Flaccid.
  20. mpickard2087

    Player Watch Player Watch: Guglielmo Vicario

    Not seeing anything to dispel what I said from this still. This actually doesn't look too difficult for a keeper tbh. He should be proactive/quick on his feet, going round the front of Bissouma (who is doing his job fine from this one pic and protecting his keeper), and then he's got tonnes of...
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