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  1. 4-0 can’t grumble really …. but, for me, still lack the ‘fizz’ around the edge of that penalty box with groups/pairs making quick inter-changes, clever flicks and footwork. We’re all a bit predictable and easy to read for opposition defenders of Championship standard for me still. Anyhow, on to ‘Muff.
  2. Reasonable but maybe last 20 minutes would like to see a little more fluidity/cohesion between the attack and midfield. As we’re dominating possession would be good to see someone start making runs into the centre behind the strikers and linking up play with the front two. Nice to see Kalas bossing things again though.
  3. Lads. We’ve only just got a thing called ‘movies’ down here. You’re lucky you’ve got commentary. Normally, we’ve got some old fella playing a piano in the corner of the field for sound effects. Still working on the speed of the motion pictures though. 1-0
  4. No brainier for me. James. I always like the captain to be in midfield - good position to boss the team. James knows what Nige wants both in terms of effort and tactics. Seems to have a good temperament. I think Kalas is better using a 100% focus on his own game. We saw the benefits of that for him in the Euro’s where he was immense. I thought his performances were diminished last Season when made Captain.
  5. Seriously, life wouldn’t be the same without them entertaining us . They try so hard to be professional and to make a presence in the city …. but are off-the-scale, hilariously, tinpot. Assume the subliminal message for using our Bridge as a backdrop for their ‘models’ is that they will be ‘forever in our shadow’. Pity that there are so few iconic landmarks in their quarter of town now they’ve demolished the Gasworks. Maybe they could use IKEA for next year’s photo shoot. Shocking shirt btw.
  6. Yep. Organised chaos which has taken root for many seasons now. A product of buying players for resale value rather than for building a team. I can’t recall the last time I watched a silky-smooth functioning midfield, let alone an entire team. No cohesion, no partnerships just a rabble of individuals. Pearson, Im sure, recognises the problem and will fix it.
  7. Was in a lot of credit for me. Seems a nice bloke, good ambassador and proved me wrong on several players/formations (not that difficult) plus got us through to a final - all be it at home, with a relatively easy pathway. Last night though proved to me that while he’s pretty decent, he’s not truly in the top echelons of international football management. His inability to adapt during the game, choice of the last 3 penalty takers, just showed a lack of footballing nouse which an experienced winner-of-trophies manager would have. Maybe he has earned sufficient credit to have a pop at the World Cup - but not expecting he’ll deliver that either - after which he needs to be moved on.
  8. When Mount, Sterling disappear and Kane, whose game plan was brilliant in the first 20 minutes is sussed by the Italians, there ain’t a great deal of options for an ‘out ball’. So it proved. It just kept coming back. Southgate should have realised that. He did, but way too late and he kept a totally ineffective Mount on for far too long. Thought Shaw was a revelation in this Tournament and his focus (and goal) last night unbelievable. Pickford, who had the wobbles in the QF and SF was immense too. Playing Rice and Phillips in a two gave us a solid base but massively reliant on Sterling and another ‘magician’ Saka, Grelish, Foden playing out of their skins with real magic, particularly if the wing backs are pegged back. The magic didn’t happen last night and it was a big ask for it to appear consistently over that number of tournament games. Surprisingly, our energy levels were poor last night. Again, something Southgate should have realised and got fresher legs on quicker. Overall, decent effort to get to the final but probably our best chance of winning something blown by poor, slow in-game management. Reminded me of LJ paralysis when it seemed obvious to everyone but the manager that the opposition were going to score and something dramatic needed to change. The difference last night was Mancini’s ‘fleet of foot’ management style.
  9. Better team won. Southgate had the stronger hand after 10 minutes, one goal up and a fresher squad. Continued his negative philosophy, that got us far. …... but fell short against a top team.
  10. Pickford is going to be critical in the early stages of this match. Hopefully,he’ll has his confidence back after a few wobbles in the last couple of matches. If he’s strong. He could give us the platform on which to build.
  11. Well, he’s proved me completely wrong to date. So lets hope he continues to do so. As you say, intriguing. I would have said ‘baffling’ previously.
  12. The most bizarre of the many bizarre signings in the LJ/MA era. It must have been an LJ-inspired one given he had played for him previously. Massive warnings from Norwich fans about him. Paid well over the odds. Went ‘missing’ for months. Out on loan to remotest Aberdeen wasn’t it? Couple of half decent performances in a City shirt (measured against the other rabble LJ/MA brought in) and just disappeared. Another £million flushed down the pan, another story of mis-management.
  13. Watching a functioning, competitive midfield will be novel and, hopefully, enjoyable.
  14. …and priority to those in ICU who he been treating Covid cases.
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