GWT: PL Matchday 3

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  1. booyakasha

    booyakasha Registered User

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    come next week, after the NLD, all the papers will have Pepe in the headlines.
    He is going to make himself known to the PL.
    North London is Red.
     
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    YNWA14 Onbreekbaar

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    I had Arsenal above Spurs also. If they figure out they should be starting Torreira with a front 3 of Auba/Laca/Pepe I like them better than Spurs especially once Tierney and Bellerin are back/worked in.
     
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    I remember back in 16/17, when Spurs nearly always played entertaining football. Ever since then, the number of entertaining games has decreased steadily as time has gone on. With the way they are playing this season, I want to barf.
     
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    Duchene2MacKinnon Dybalascibar

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    I could be biased but I don’t even see arsenal/Chelsea/manu threatening the city/LFC while spurs can. In a one on one. Plus they just went to the final.
     
  5. kyle evs48

    kyle evs48 Devilish Boy Grin

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    You can probably chalk it up to transfer window activity bias
     
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  6. AB13

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    You played the same way last season and the season before that as you have this season, do you genuinely still not think that Sp*rs have regressed?
     
  7. Creed Bratton

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    I disagree about Spurs playing as poorly as this for a longer time. But I never said they haven't regressed as of late. I was hoping that the team would bounce back to start the season but they are falling further down the pit.
     
  8. Chimaera

    Chimaera same ol' Caps

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    I think Eriksen and the manager should’ve moved on. Neither did and so it’s an issue for the team right now.
     
  9. SJSharks39

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    Go to your own thread.
     
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    Lol, love it when Spurs drop points, especially to a team of Toon's akin at home. That cheered me up from yesterday's game.

    Robertson and Arnold both were whipping in crosses like no end, but nobody had finish on Liverpool. If you take Salah off the pitch, Liverpool played extremely average even with superior ball retention and more threat.

    Oezil just doesn't work on the LCM in the EPL, it has been tried countless times with Wenger and it simply does not work unless he's on Team Germany.

    Leipzig wanted 100 million for Upamecano so...

    Arsenal did with Saliba which many of you are forgetting. Luiz and Sokratis are both stop gaps.

    I would hope that next window we GTFO with Xhaka, buy a centreback like Upamecano and upgrade on Xhaka which is possible.
     
  11. Wee Baby Seamus

    Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    Great weekend for Chelsea. 3 points away from home, an incredibly fun match to watch, a confidence-boosting performance for the youngsters, a second half that was literally the opposite of our precious few second halves, and losses for all three of our top four rivals. You love to see it.
     
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    Definitely worked out well for Chelsea.
     
  13. Cassano

    Cassano nyeah eh

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    I'm not saying David Luiz is elite or anything - he's merely a decent starting CB. That's exactly what Maguire is - I don't believe he had a better season than Luiz.

    Luiz averaged 2.1 avg interceptions/tackles per game on a ball-possession heavy team vs 2.2 for Maguire.

    We all know David Luiz is an elite passer of the football, his passing % and key passes blows Maguire's out the water.

    Maguire averages 0.7 bad controls per game vs. Luiz's 0.4.

    They had the same number of direct errors leading to goals.

    Luiz put up 2 great performances in cup finals as well.

    Playing with the ball is exactly why Luiz was brought in. None of the Arsenal CBs can play the ball out all that well besides maybe Holding. It's crucial to the system the team will need to play with the front 3.

    Frankly, I never really rated Harry Maguire which is the main point I'm making. There are probably quite a few better PL defenders.
     
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    Also Pepe was one player that you can tell scared van Dijk, he was constantly separating himself from Pepe by three meters every time.
     
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    He does that with most fast/tricky players. Watch Wijnaldum defend them and he does the same...it's smart. A lot of those guys don't react well or have the same instincts if they are given space rather than being pressured and you can delay until you get support or force them to make a mistake before pouncing.
     
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    No doubt he's going to do the same tactics against Sterling, Kane, etc., but seeing him that far deep goes show how dangerous Pepe is going to be.
     
  17. Live in the Now

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    Yeah, that's just how he plays against fast players. Remember that he had the highest top speed in Europe last year. It's not good team football to do what players like Luiz try to do against fast players. The reason van Dijk challenged Pepe the first time was because he looked up and thought he had support, and for once he was wrong.

    Those are also the only kinds of players who can actually beat him. Against Kane he just bodies him out of the game.
     
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    robertmac43 Forever 43!

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    Re-watched the Anodone red card. Terrible challenge, extremely scary, could have been much worse. Hate seeing it from a Brighton man.
     
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    Scared... hahaha.

    Does Van Dijk respect Pepe’s abilities? Yup. Scared, though? Laughable.
     
  20. spintheblackcircle

    spintheblackcircle Hello, Jose!

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    what a **** club.....Poch has no clue what to do.
     
  21. Chimaera

    Chimaera same ol' Caps

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    I’ll be interested to watch Spurs vs Arsenal.

    Lot of talk emanating from one side who had a defender look like a clown yesterday. I would expect he starts again this coming weekend, so I don’t know that I would be excited.

    Spurs haven’t looked great but they did steal one from City, whereas Arsenal got tanked by Liverpool.

    I don’t think either side is as good as they might think, and both have some improvements to make.

    I think at home both might give the top two a go, but it’s telling when teams who have silverware aspirations decide to park the bus in the first three weeks. Spurs last week and Arsenal this week both setup for damage mitigation and not to get thumped. That shouldn’t be a good sign that either really thinks they’re close to the grade.
     
  22. booyakasha

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    Do you think Poch has had his turned with other ooportunities that he's a bit distracted?
     
  23. booyakasha

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    I would have more faith if Emery starts a squad like

    Auba - Laca - Pepe
    Ceballos
    Willock - Toreirra
    Kola - Chambers - Sokratis - AM-N
     
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    That backline is just cringeworthy.
     
  25. Chimaera

    Chimaera same ol' Caps

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    I mean, Arsenal had four in the midfield yesterday and got run by three. How is that lineup going to work if they can’t get the ball up to the forwards?

    Maybe that lineup is good for a 4-2 loss or a 4-3. But they’re not getting a result at Anfield
     

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