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  1. I am not arguing that Klopp and Guardiola aren't great managers or that the football they play isn't great, but that these things are celebrated as an achievement when really it should be the minimum expectation. As much as I hate them, I love watching Liverpool play (not so much Man City) but that doesn't mean I think they've achieved anything by playing the way they do. Of the clubs you mention, undoubtedly Man Utd have been awful in the transfer market recently, but Liverpool have massively outspent them the last two seasons (goes without saying that City have too). Last summer Liverpool spent nearly 3 times what Utd did, though to be fair they are still enjoying the spoils of Coutinho. PSG are basically Man City a few years ago, but in a much less competitive domestic league. If you think about how lucky Man City got in winning that first title (QPR players were told they were safe because their game was running behind the others and just gave up), they could just as easily be like PSG now; splurging on players and developing no culture. Guardiola is great at developing culture and a singular mentality, but that's so much easier when you have a blank cheque book to buy whoever you like. Barcelona are currently on a downswing, undoubtedly. But really they're a different kettle of fish given their development of youth- something I suspect they'll move back towards to fix their ailments. City and to a lesser extent Liverpool, have great youth set ups but little desire to take any risks on youngsters. Foden looks likely to break out for City but who else is there? Sancho left because he wasn't being taken seriously as a footballer and who would argue with that decision? Alexander-Arnold has been great for Liverpool, but again; who else is banging on the door? Great young players on £20k a week to play development league football because they can afford (and are afforded the opportunity to) stockpile young players. That article sums up how I feel about them, but it extends to most big clubs to be honest. They're owned by venture capitalists and billionaire Playboys. But my issue in this case more with the platitudes heaped upon them than the nature of the business. The media pile on to pump the tyres of the premier league 'product', when the actual fact of it is that whoever spends the most of the demagogue that happens to be in charge at the times fortune is who will probably win
  2. This is why all the fawning over what a "wonderful" season Man City have had gets on my t1ts. They should have a wonderful season every season with the money they spend, year in year out. And all the plaudits to Liverpool for pushing them so close- they spent well over £150 million last summer, most of it on two players who don't start every week. What an achievement to come second! It distorts the competition and it trickles down to the championship all too easily
  3. I don't think we'll get 6th place, but how many times have we seen a relegated team turn over a top side? Happens all the time. If Derby don't win tonight they'll really feel.under pressure at the weekend. But I think they'll win
  4. I lose track of what the rules are these days. If it's 'any part of his body' in front of the last man then he's off. If it's 'daylight' then he's on. Personally, I think he's onside
  5. That drive through midfield which resulted in him hitting the post was magic, he's a class player who's only going to get better. RE: Dasilva v Bryan, I think JB played a more thoughtful game, whereas JD is all instinct and energy. I always said that Bryan should have played in central midfield- on the left side of a 3 I think he could have been brilliant. But overall, I think I'd take Dasilva; as much as I loved Joe when he was here
  6. chipdawg

    Simon Hooper

    The 4th Official added 3 minutes, Mr Hooper played 4! I thought he was pretty good though, especially compared to the general standard in the Championship in recent years
  7. I really don't think the primary issue in all this- even for Bristol City FC- is whether or not people think it was anything to do with our club and our fans
  8. I played 5-a-side with a Rotherham supporter yesterday and asked him about Vyner. He said "when he's good, he's fantastic. When he's poor you wonder how he's become a professional footballer." Sounds like Vyner still isn't comfortable at right back and regularly asks to be played centrally, so I don't think he's the right back of the future for us to be honest
  9. So how is having to deal with attitudes from the 1960s and 1970s 'moving forward'?
  10. Sorry fella, but that's bullshit. Every British person has indirectly benefited from slavery, Bristolians more than most. I'm not suggesting you need to feel some kind of personal responsibility or say "sorry" to every BAME person you meet, but at the same time you need to recognise that someone calling you a name referring to your skin colour is culturally very different to the abuse that Nathan Byrne got on Twitter, or the monkey noises aimed at Rose and Hudson-Odoi the other week
  11. I was going to post something similar but this is far more comprehensive than I would have bothered doing: thanks! It's not just Brexit; generally the language of discourse in this country has become more offensive- largely because you can do it anonymously from your smart phone in the pub
  12. We could get promoted having been on Sky less than 1/3 of any other top 6 side. I'm biased because I live oop north, but it seems ridiculous we're on TV as infrequently as we are. Especially given the cup run last year
  13. The bigger mystery is who was supposed to be marking Webster when he scored?!
  14. I still have no idea why a subset of morons still can't go to a football match without acting like utter pricks
  15. The lads looked like they were absolutely buzzing at full time, hopefully that gives them a boost for the run in
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