GWT: Premier League round 26

Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Jussi, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Creed Bratton Registered User

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    Banter aside, Watford looked great today.
     
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    I bet Deulofeu would look good as a depth player at Liverpool.
     
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    I don't see why it can't be both.

    I think it's reasonable to suggest he wouldn't have done that in a Premier League match. When it's U23s and you won't be banned from the PL, you don't care and you can deliver your own justice without fear of real retribution.
     
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    Chelsea has by far the hardest remaining fixture list of the top six, btw. They play a lot of top teams. Only easy game for a while is next weekend.
     
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    If anything, Liverpool should regret letting go of Suso.
     
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    Yeah, I was just trying to give his mindset. A player who never played at top level fouling someone repeatedly, culminating in an elbow to the head is going to set them off.
     
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    1-4 will get a group stage spot in the CL unless English clubs who are outside the top 4 win both the CL and EL. Theoretically this year it would be something like Arsenal winning the EL and finishing 6th while Chelsea/Spurs/Liverpool/United win the CL and finish 5th. Basically that's not happening so it'll be 1-4 in the CL.

    5th gets an EL group stage spot.
    FA Cup winner gets an EL group stage spot.
    Carabao Cup winner gets an EL 2nd qualifying round spot.

    If a club qualifies for the CL via domestic performance (ie 1-4) and also wins an EL spot via a cup, their EL spot simply gets dropped to the next highest finishing team.

    If a club qualifies for the CL via winning the CL or EL and also wins a CL or EL spot via domestic performance their domestic spot is not reassigned.
     
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    Chelsea doesnt have enough goals in them imo. Think they will finish 5th.
     
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    100%. And you know what? Unnamed Spurs player gets Lallana sent off and gets his side an advantage in a game that actually matters to him. Good for him. The game means nothing to Lallana, so I'm ok with him getting sent off if it means reducing his chances of getting injured in a U23 match.
     
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    I don't think it's that great. Most reports are that Lallana looks overweight and really off the pace. He needs to be playing those games to get back into shape for the first team.
    Ehhh I like Suso and think he's talented but I don't think he'd fit in that well under Klopp.
     
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    Would rather Richarlison than any player mentioned in the last page. Pretty sure he'll be playing at a big team next year.
     
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    Matic for Bakayoko!
     
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  13. Chimaera same ol' Caps

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    Get Guus on the phone!
     
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    Please no. Let Conte stay.
     
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    Conte's interview is pretty enlightening and it seems like he feels severely let down by his players. I also like that he admitted to his starting XI being bad. I think Bakayoko is pretty much indefensible at this point and it was one of those signings everyone thought was a hit, but his performance level is horrendous.

    If something happened to Klopp whenever that is some years down the road, I'd take him.
     
  16. Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    Sacking Conte would be 100% the wrong move here. Gotta hope the board is smart enough to know that.
     
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    I don't think Chelsea's issues have much to do with the quality of the squad at all.
     
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    You contradict yourself here.
    The fact he continues to use 3 at the back while it clearly doesn' tsuit some of his signings and squad is being stubborn.
    The could very well use a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 with Luiz/Christensen as CB. Bakayoko would be much more at ease in a system he prefers and allows him to play to his strengths.
    Fabregas behind the striker would be much wiser, Kante+Bakayoko behind him. Hazard on the left and Pedro on the right.

    ---------Morata---------
    Hazard-Cesc-Pedro
    ---Bakayoko-Kante---
     
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    Morata can do everything but score. I actually don't mine him. But he is a clear downgrade. Costa was my favorite player and it's depressing that he left.


    Kenedy is a similar player of equal or better talent imo
     
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    One thing I noticed was if Luiz is a top 10 CB he certainly didn't show it today. He was pretty poor. Many mistakes. Though nothing compared to Bakayoko obviously...that was an incredibly bad performance. Surely he's better than that. Maybe a similar issue to Kondogbia/Inter perhaps? Just isn't settling?

    I thought Richarlison looked pretty average too.

    Doucoure and Deulofeu along with Janmaat were the standouts imo.
     
  21. Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    This was Luiz's first start since October, remember.
     
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    And he was still better than VVD yesterday :D
     
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    Luiz was fine until Conte wanted to replace him. This also was definitely not the only time Bakayoko played that badly.

    Richarlison didn't have a great game today but he's been excellent many other times this season (especially wide left) and is only 20. Would take him without a second thought. I am a little surprised he wound up at Watford to begin with. Doucoure is definitely good too.

    That may work, but the three at the back was actually fine until Christensen's been hurt for the last month. It's going to be pretty difficult either way. Bakayoko gives away the ball a lot this season. It is clear to some extent that part of their success was the Matic-Kante combination in midfield. If Costa was in that Morata position they'd probably win games anyway regardless of their other problems. He got overrated at some point but he was perfect for that team.
     
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    Sure, but Conte isn't changing anything. He starts Cahill when he shouldn't be more than a backup.
    A 4-4-2 would be perfect the way I see it and Bakayoko/Kante behind Fabregas would work. Cesc wouldn't have too much defensive work and only focus on the passing game.
    Azpi/Alonso at FB, Pedro/Hazard on the wings.

    But Conte doesn't want to let his 3 at the back system go, even when it doesn't work and doesn't suit his players.
     
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    So what would happen if arsenal wins the EL and Carabao Cup?
     

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