Also, there is no obvious candidate to be the next Chelsea manager, while Memphis Depay needs the chance to play his way into form at Manchester United.
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Liverpool prospects improving
We lost in our now typical gypsy curse like manner but there are a lot of positives to take from this. Lucas just put a potential claim in for a starting place as a centre back. Our strike-force actually looked dangerous. by this I mean that i hada feeling that there might have been a winner from the attackign trio. Also with Sturridge seemingly making it through 60 minutes of football, perhaps he will start our next Pl match. Yes I know that he very well may pick up an injury between now and then but tonight was promising for him. I also feel bad for Benteke, I think he tried and deserved a goal.
that said, west ham should have had a penalty in the first half with a red card.
Top three players from rival clubs
They must have played in the English league, and never have played from your club.
My 3 in order:
Matt Le Tissier
Memphis, Bebe and Anderson.
No obvious answer for Chelsea
Ranieri to Leicester caused disquiet amongst their fans but look where they are now, David Moyes was hailed as the perfect replacement for Fergie and the “chosen one” yet despite being on a 6 year contract was gone within 8 months and Paul Clement after assisting Carlo at PSG and Real Madrid was hailed as Derby’s potential Sir Alex Ferguson by the Derby owner yet is gone within 6 months.
Whoever comes in will have the problem of convincing players to remain loyal to the club without CL football, will probably have to deal with substantial bids for two of our best players, will be asked to rejuvenate the squad as well as compete for trophies,introduce Academy players and play attacking football and nobody now lasts for more than 3 years be it at Chelsea or anywhere else.
Easy job eh!
Depay needs more opportunities
My first reaction was one of anger at Memphis, but the lad needs time to make mistakes, learn from them, and apply that to his game. He’s not getting enough regular game time anyway, and I’m unhappy that all we’re seeing of him is his mistakes, particularly as this isn’t the first time he’s come off the bench and gifted the opposition a goal. If he had more time on the pitch as something other than a player to see the game out (which he’s really not suited to) then he’d likely be having more joy out of his first season at United.
I reckon he’ll develop into one of the best players in the world, but he needs time to make mistakes and work on his game which he currently isn’t getting.
City worried by Spurs threat
So, since Pellegrini obviously ignores preparing and scouting the opposition – what do WE think we need to do to beat Spurs, and what should we be concerned about?
Not looked forward to going to a game less than this weekend, for a long time.
So, for me its likely Kane will chase everything down like Vardy (and like he did to win the freekick prior to his goal at WHL) Dier will look to boss the midfield and Eriksen is the danger man for threading passes and distance shooting. Only really seen highlights of Dele Ali so not certain what his strengths are, though they appear to be considerable and key to Spurs recent good run.
limited squad at the moment, so from whose available for me:
Hart / Clichy, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta / Fernandinho, Delph, Sterling, Kolarov (uhuh) / Yaya (10) / Aguero (Kelechi on for Yaya asap if not working).
Basically, looking for balance in the team rather than picking the best 11 players – Sterling and Kolarov out wide so that Delph can stay central, Kolarov and Toure have had shockers lately but I’m not asking them to defend in this setup. Aguero could work harder than against Leicester for me too – his good form coincides with him closing down more from the front
Drinkwater for England
He not only should be with the squad but based on his superb performances and the pathetic performances of others, he should be starting. His link up play with Vardy is fantastic and if he is going to start that Danny boy should do too. The lacklustre performances of Milner, Clyne and Chamberlain for example, and a lot of the recent England players who play for big teams, should not be anywhere near the starting line up. For once can Roy just pick a good squad where players have produced consistent form this season and not those who had a good game out of 25 woeful ones. Mark Noble is another who should be in the squad, regular off the bench and produces far more than Henderson ever has. Noble is consistent too, never spectacular, but will always put in a shift. Most importantly (arguable), he is not a diva like others who feel they should walk into the squad because of the badge on their shirt. Pick players who deserve call ups, then for once we might do well in a competition.
West Brom worries
One thing to be said for Pulis. He has lowered our expectations to a new level whereby none of us believe we are favourites to beat a third division club at the second time of asking! Perhaps he expects to be lauded as our saviour from relegation again despite being the principal reason for finding us in this position? Notice how he takes no responsibility for the playing performances – its all down to the players! Hope JP wakes up soon.