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1 Posted 18/08/2018 at 14:26:14
2 Posted 18/08/2018 at 14:43:37
3 Posted 18/08/2018 at 17:16:29
4 Posted 18/08/2018 at 17:41:33
Barkley starts for them again, and came up with a fine shot just over the bar.
5 Posted 18/08/2018 at 17:50:49
6 Posted 18/08/2018 at 17:55:39
7 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:09:57
8 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:12:34
9 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:15:05
10 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:15:25
What's happening with both sides' defensive set-up?
11 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:16:38
12 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:16:54
13 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:30:59
14 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:40:27
15 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:47:19
16 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:51:43
17 Posted 18/08/2018 at 18:55:25
I guess we'll have to wait until MotD to get the definitive analysis... [cough, splutter, choke]
18 Posted 18/08/2018 at 19:27:30
Love Sarri out there in his pajamas.
19 Posted 18/08/2018 at 19:51:06
20 Posted 18/08/2018 at 20:05:33
My criticism of him last week was he clearly couldnt see the incident clearly so had pieced it together. You cannot red someone on that basis even if was a red, its a guess.
Today the same and for the penalty too. His angle was not definitive as to whether it was clearly in the area.
He needs to take stock and take a different approach. Despite the errors I dont think of him when I wish to summon a poor referee to mind.
Kenedy will be banned for sure and Vardy was like a dog tackling a errant moving crisp packet on the heath!
21 Posted 18/08/2018 at 22:16:53
So he followed through... collateral damage, surely?
22 Posted 18/08/2018 at 22:29:44
23 Posted 19/08/2018 at 11:55:26
24 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:28:12
25 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:30:50
A certain Shane Duffy (once of this parish) puts Brighton 2-0 up against Man Utd with half-an-hour gone.
26 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:34:44
27 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:36:50
28 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:38:46
29 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:39:09
30 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:43:12
31 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:44:27
32 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:47:15
33 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:54:52
34 Posted 19/08/2018 at 16:59:16
35 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:01:26
But cheering both on, against Brighton? Nah! That's beyond me. Even this early in the season, I want Everton sitting above as many teams as possible, all the more so to sit above one of our contenders.
36 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:02:22
Man Utd did not concede three goals in a single Premier League match all last season.
Maybe something in this, Mr Barks. But Jose should never be underestimated, in my opinion, but wouldn't it be lovely if say, Rom fell out and led a massive dressing room mutiny that destroyed their season?
I'd love it... I'd just love it.
37 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:02:49
ps: Man City clearly fucked without De Bruyne.
38 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:06:17
A team not allowed to express themselves, no joy in their game.
Only made shades worse when the blue half of their city play before them and decimate their opposition with flair.
Not one ounce of sympathy. They appointed a manager slipping behind current coaching trends, in response to two previously poor appointments.
And lest they forget we had to put up with them winning everything in sight for 20 odd years. What goes around Jose.
39 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:07:12
40 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:08:17
I used to love his antics, found him to be hilarious. But the fact is that he is run out of every club he goes to after a couple of years because he blames everyone but himself and HE becomes the toxic element, not any player.
41 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:08:21
Bitter twisted and beautiful!
Imagine Pogba and Lukaku both stinking the place out...
42 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:27:04
I'm not keen on Man Utd but I have to admit that they have had some great teams over the years. They'll probably come out and beat Brighton anyway.
43 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:29:16
44 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:29:19
45 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:32:51
46 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:34:15
47 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:36:15
48 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:37:50
49 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:41:50
50 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:48:18
51 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:52:14
Now, money has nearly ruined the game and there is plenty to make you turn your nose up at most things applied to football, but still plenty to make you go to Goodison with a spring in your step, like yesterday.
David (33), yes I like Man Utd but absolutely love the Blues and, if United get beat, well they get beat; when Everton lose, it's the end of the world.
Gerry, best regards, David Silva, a big Yes; one of the good things about football, watching players like him.
52 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:58:21
He always told me that I should want my uncles and cousins to be happy with the win and so we both did cheer the shite on in the Champions League final, even if I found it hard to repress a snigger or two.
53 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:58:47
54 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:58:58
55 Posted 19/08/2018 at 17:59:33
Any team that can inflict the pain on our neighbours that United have over the years will do me.
56 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:07:36
Man Utd know they compromised themselves hiring him; I suspect that some in their hierarchy are waiting for reasons to get rid.
57 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:07:43
I agree it seems like money has ruined the league, but honestly, it has brought the best players and managers and every player/manager wants to be a part of it.
58 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:08:39
They wendied on about Aguero almost catching up on Shearer's "incredible" Premier fucking League 11 hat-tricks! WTF? Dixie Dean got 30 fucking 7 of the bastards...
59 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:14:56
60 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:15:46
John (#50)?? Did I miss something??
61 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:18:13
62 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:18:46
63 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:21:42
64 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:39:55
For this Evertonian, the battlelines were drawn that day. I want Man Utd to beat them every day of the week and twice on a Sunday.
They've had a go at me (mum and dads neighbours) for wanting Man Utd to beat them; I always reply that I do but I draw the line at celebrating in the street though.
65 Posted 19/08/2018 at 18:53:14
Earlier this summer, the rival brought out a version on Juventus on Netflix. I've yet to watch that yet, as it's all in Italian and so in subtitles. I'll enjoy it immensely, but I'll need to be in the mood to watch something with subtitles.
So back to Man City. It's on Amazon Prime. It's a fly-on-the-wall documentary. It gives a real insight into what a manager does, and those of you who know me will know that I'm in my element here. The programme gets access I could not believe as they discuss the intricacies of tactics and other details I'd thought they would keep secret.
I always knew roughly what Guardiola was like, but seeing him in action like this blows me away as to how intense, how detailed, how passionate, and how much of a football genius this guy truly is.
To bring it back to Everton, think what the last five managers are like. Moyes, Martinez, Koeman, Allardyce and now Silva. Moyes has Guardiola's determination, intensity, dedication, and passion. His problem was always that he lacked the confidence in his players to play an attacking game and went safety first.
Martinez was the opposite and I think Martinez has a lot of qualities that Guardiola has. It's just his problem is the complete absence of any desire to defend, and with an above average group of players (as opposed to the best players in the league), playing so recklessly was always asking for trouble.
Koeman was meant to be more pragmatic. But clearly, he lacked the passion, the dedication, and the determination. I do think the guy could rival Guardiola for tactical ability. When he could be arsed, such as the city 4-0 win, you could see Koeman making brilliant adjustments from the side-lines. However, like the Watford defeat in his first season, he simply leant on the post and watch the players toil at times and seemed like he couldn't be arsed.
We all know Big Sam's failings. I imagine such a programme on him would be so very different. Not least that he, like Koeman, took a back seat on the training pitch.
Silva has a different philosophy. However, he shares so many of the qualities of dedication, will to win, hunger and drive to succeed, a ruthlessness, an attention to detail, and brilliant analytical mind.
I don't know if he will ever be as good as Guardiola, probably not, and probably not even close, but it won't be for a lack of passion, dedication, or effort.
Anyway, make sure to watch the show, it's brilliant.
67 Posted 19/08/2018 at 19:00:53
68 Posted 19/08/2018 at 20:05:39
69 Posted 19/08/2018 at 22:12:08
Most striking for me is just how insanely pampered these players are and how utterly ludicrous football has become. Compelling viewing, though.
78 Posted 20/08/2018 at 22:35:40
Text me, mate, with the word "simulation" and received one back saying I was mad, and then the commentators come out ten minutes later and choose their words very, very, very carefully, and said he might have over-ran the ball before he was tackled!
Nothing to argue though, because once the ref has made his decision, what else can he do?
79 Posted 20/08/2018 at 22:48:17
Will Salah get a three-match ban for simulation? Not a cat in hells chance.
The sending off did seem correct at the time, but as Alan Smith says, Salah lost control of the ball, and therefore, even though it was a foul, it did not prevent an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
81 Posted 20/08/2018 at 23:02:48
I didn't know that Liverpool, got a penalty, but I know that it's no use criticising Mo though, even if I think his simulation, resulted in a player getting sent off.
82 Posted 20/08/2018 at 23:27:51
I actually thought the sending off was correct, as the defender clearly caught Salah, but after seeing the replay again, Salah does lose control of the ball, so should it have only been a yellow card, as a goalscoring opportunity was not denied? I don't know, as Wan Bissaka was the last defender and did catch Salah.
Who'd be a ref.
85 Posted 21/08/2018 at 13:33:41
88 Posted 21/08/2018 at 14:31:07
Klopp managed to get Mainz promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time ever and, within a couple of seasons, into the Uefa Cup, both times beating the financial odds.
They're both managers I don't really like but I have to admit that those two started out at teams that were not financial powerhouses and still got results.
89 Posted 21/08/2018 at 14:37:50
90 Posted 21/08/2018 at 14:51:14
Mourinho is a whole other case, parking the bus can be done with limited resources and virtually every group of players, but his ego will be in the way of ever successfully coping with the "small club" resources.
91 Posted 21/08/2018 at 15:06:50
92 Posted 21/08/2018 at 21:27:31
In pre-season I doubted my managerial hero Marcelo Bielsa, and wrote him off as finished and lacking energy. Leeds have been brilliant under him. He's changed more than Silva and transformed them completely in his image. They're won their first 4 games, and are set to draw the 5th away at Swansea which will be as tough a game as they'll play.
This game is vintage El Loco, and not satisfied with the draw, he's going for all or nothing! It's a good old grandstand finish to this, watch it!
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