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  1. I'm not questioning his performances or his commitment to playing for England but his emotions about his club got the better of him when he should have controlled those emotions putting England first. Agree that quite often it wouldn't go public, but it's understandable why Southgate has provided an explanation for it. A scratch on Gomez's eye is another reason why he may have had to publicise it. If he didn't, there would undoubtedly be further speculation and it could be heavily exaggerated by the press. The statement details what happens, that players need to leave their club baggage at the door and that the squabble has been sorted. You can see the players trust and like Southgate and this won't change that. Anyway, fair enough if you disagree but personally I think it's an understandable decision and more importantly the issue is ironed out.
  2. It sets a precedent for players coming into the national team - you put the national team first and leave club baggage at the door. If Southgate didn't make it public and left a fit Raheem Sterling out the squad on Thursday, there would be questions and likely the same people moaning about him now, would then.
  3. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/gerard-pique-a-long-story Pique details it quite well here. They hate each other when they're involved with rival clubs, but put it aside when playing for the national team because they (madrid players like Ramos) are "brothers on the Spanish national team". The point is that they don't need managing, as the players recognise it's their responsibility (not the managers) to ensure they leave club baggage with their clubs and fully commit "as brothers" for their national team.
  4. What precedent does that set? Let the best player run the dressing room and everyone else bow down to them? Southgate included? Sound like it's been well managed by Southgate and co, and likely exaggerated by the media.
  5. Anyone interested in setting up a league this year?
  6. He's done well for the club, but they were bottom of the league for shots attempted, shots on target and expected goals from open play. 19th in the table for shots in the box and overall expected goals and their form was awful in 2019, I can see why they've made the decision. I think their chairman is big on his statistics too(?). Though I agree you can't expect him to do much more than keeping Brighton up and getting them to an FA cup semi with the budget he would've had available. Considering the statistics maybe they decided to part company while Houghton's era is still thought of as a successful one.
  7. must have something to do with food vouchers
  8. Agree it's about all those things too, and I'm not surprised he's getting a kicking if he's doing it because as I said it can be frustrating on the receiving end. Obviously there's levels to it, don't showboat to the extent it's detrimental to your teams performance but if you have the talent then show it on the pitch. That's Neymar's reason for using his back to produce a pass, he has higher levels of ability than most on the planet and can do it. You wouldn't say Barcelona were showboating if they passed Accrington Stanley off the park, they're just better more capable footballers. As I said, it's a shame he can be selfish (as said above in comparison to Messi) and play act that puts him in a bad light.
  9. Disagree with the comments regarding Neymar's taunting. Yes, it can be frustrating when you are on the receiving end of it but football is about entertainment and the reason why many of us pay to see is so we can see players like Neymar with that level of talent. He's not crying because he's soft either, he's crying because he loves football and doesn't want to miss matches. It's a shame some of his antics have made him look soft and easy to dislike and under appreciate.
  10. Seems odd to write the article in the first place really. I feel like writing it at this stage is promoting the demand for instant success which isn't realistic, as good as some of those are and as much as we want those players to get opportunities, chances are in 18months they won't cement themselves as world class players and starters at their club. Well done to Jadon Sancho who in fairness is getting a lot of starts. Would be useful to see the minutes they're getting in comparison to the likes of Solanke, Loftus-Cheek etc who are regarded as youngsters but I'd wager they didn't have as many minutes as Sancho, Foden, Odoi, at the same age of their career. It could show whether we're providing more opportunities, though saying that this age group is very highly regarded.
  11. @bristolcitysweden are you aware you're allowed more than one sentence per post?
  12. Unbelievable goal. Man City (and Liverpool) are so good to watch. Not a fan of Man United but it's not the same watching them anymore, shame.
  13. Asking yourself what you want to achieve and where you want to go with it is a decent place to start, as Cowshed says. Done the level 1 and 2, an FA youth module, futsal and various other bits and bobs. They're not bad for improving basic knowledge and meeting mentors, other coaches etc to have discussions with (can be quite enjoyable too) but the biggest issue is they're quite decontextualized and none have really provided tools to help reflect on your practice and learn yourself which is vital and helps you progress further. They aren't cheap either.
  14. Considering our transfer policy of buying younger more promising players from abroad my guess is we went to watch a B team. I know Benfica have a very productive youth academy for example. But my guess is it's one of the Braga youngsters, perhaps Traincao. He's been linked with the likes of Juventus recently, I think he often plays on the left or a second striker rather than on the right and has a good goal scoring record with the Portuguese international youth age groups. That'd be my guess.
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