GWT: PL Matchweek 1

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  1. Cassano

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    I know Mkhitaryan is a polarizing player, but he produces and there are couple of weeks during the season where he everything he touches is gold.

    He produced better goals + assist / per mins than Alli, Lucas, Zaha, Willian, Pedro, Lingard and Mata last season. I think most would think those players are top 6 quality.
     
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    True, but really neither team is winning and both would rather not have the player they got.
     
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    I felt he fell off a cliff last year. Must be concerning for Chelsea fans.
     
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    Literally everyone on here after week 1:



    watches their team "got the result, expected the sloppiness. wait till we get our best lineup and team integrated - only have a short preseason before this"

    watches their rivals "wow they're ****ed. what were they doing all preseason? Can't fix this "
     
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    I don't think this applies to everyone.
     
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    there wasn't really a reason why he shouldn't have started yesterday
     
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    So by a quick view.

    9 back passes vs 3 or 4 forward ones.
    Dispossessed twice in the attacking third and once in the defending third.
    Two unsuccessful crosses, one of which was overhit by about 10 yards.

    His positives:
    Getting away from AWB for a moment before Pogba fouled him
    Interception off Pogba that could have led to a dangerous chance, but a bit of poor movement spoiled it.
    Nice pass to Emerson coming up the left on a break that led to a good shot/chance.
     
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    I like Pulisic a lot, and I hope he succeeds.

    But the progression from the pregame show on NBC, which was 90 mins of PULISIC THA GOD and acting as if America was just introduced to soccer, to them back pedaling stunned when he wasn't in the starting 11 was hilarious.
     
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    Other highlights in the pregame included the interview with Pulisic where they asked his favorite hockey team, to which he said Rangers.

    Then they asked canned questions about Pennsylvania, including "Penguins or Flyers" and Pulisic looked so goddamn confused. lol
     
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    Why were they asking him about hockey? Wouldn't it make more sense to ask about NFL or NBA or something (or, you know, soccer)? He's not Canadian.
     
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    Because NBC has the NHL TV rights.
     
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    Probably because NBC has a contract with the NHL.
     
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    it was a cheesy interview. favorite actor/movie, team, etc etc. but they played up the fact he's from PA, but didn't account for the fact he roots for NY teams. It was funny.
     
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    It all makes sense now.
     
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    Pretty much my thoughts as well, Mkhi didn't look too bad out there, but is just insanely inconsistent. He's the bloke who would hit the wall during a free kick 9 out of 10 times, but that one other time it looks like a Messi free kick. Some Arsenal fans are angry we sold Iwobi over him, but for how inconsistent he is his over the top balls are night an day difference to Iwobi. When Alex tried to do any crosses or over the top balls they were always so damn bad.

    Well, as of now probably, but that entire move was a blessing in disguise for us. Alexis is by far the superior player, but he wanted out the most perfect time since we've seen that his age has really caught up with him.
     
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    An old friend pressed it upon me. Afterward, my opinion of their judgement suffered a severe blow.

    The one saving grace was that when Mark Kermode reviewed the Da Vinci Code movie, I was able fully to savour his description of Brown's style.
     
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    Yeah, I feel like he's best suited for RCB of a back 3. I honestly feel that Reece James can win that starting spot by the end of the year. Azpilicueta's best contribution was being solid defensively, but it's been slipping the past year or so. Him and Zouma were terrible against United.
     
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    He didn't have as much time with the club during pre-season. Barkley and Mount had better pre-seasons. Pulisic should be eased in IMO.
     
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    Yeah, Rudiger in for Zouma makes a big difference. Kante healthy and back in his DM role helps the back 4 as well. RLC and Hudson-Odoi in the attacking trio is a big upgrade as well. Chelsea will still struggle at times, but those 4 are probably in the top 4-6 most important players to our success. It's the 2 best attacking players, best midfielder, and best defender.
     
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    I thought Christensen was bad, at least in the situations leading to goals / dangerous opportunities. He was often caught up in terrible positions when Chelsea lost the ball.

    Now, that may be because of tactics and him being given more leeway to wander forward (less than Emerson, though). Turnovers can't be really predicted, but nevertheless when they did happen, Christensen was unable to recover in time and the other defenders were left with too much to cover and were overwhelmed by opponents.

    Kante somewhat helped with this problem when he came on.
     
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    Emerson was our only "good" defender IMO.
     
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    Zouma messed up again on the 2nd Liverpool goal. Pulisic was very good, Pedro ran non-stop, Kante is pretty special, Kovacic did basically nothing.
     

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