July 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm #1857527
I think City wanted to eek the investigation out knowing full well that the five year rule was the loophole they needed to get off.
Non-cooperation was the key. £30m of lawyers gets you all the loopholes you need, and red tape to delay the case beyond the five year cut off.
Little rascals.July 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm #1857535
I couldn’t understand Alfie given the e mails why City were so confident they wouldn’t be banned.
Now we know once their Lawyers had uncovered that UEFA 5 year ruling they knew the ban would have to be overturned .July 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm #1859443
Terrible looking injury to Bailly in yesterdays game. I hope the lad’s not too badly injured and makes a speedy recovery. Talking of the game, if I were a man yoo fan I would be questioning OGS starting 11. The semi-final of the FA cup and he doesn’t start his strongest team? That’s his perogative mind, maybe he’s saving them all for the mighty Hammers on Wednesday night. In the words of Kevin Keegan, “I would absolutely love it, love it if we beat them”. That would cap off a miserable few days for the manky scum twats and certainly make me a happy Hammer! I’m not expecting too much though but you never know. 🙂July 21, 2020 at 10:27 pm #1859820
Relegation fight goes to the last game. 1 from 3 can go down.July 22, 2020 at 3:11 am #1859835
Next season is going to be very interesting I think. Lots of significant moves in the works at the moment. I’m very interested to see which of traditional mid-table clubs make the transition into Top 6 forces. Out of Newcastle, Soton, Everton, Arsenal, Burnley and Blades for me I really see Everton kicking on under Carlo. Gunners really missed a trick not securing him as their manager. I don’t see Arteta changing things dramatically. I see Spurs getting stronger, I see Wolves getting stronger, I see us getting stronger. If Arsenal aren’t careful, they are going to become known as an irrelevant bottom half team.July 22, 2020 at 8:01 am #1859854
I’m sure you’re not claiming that Arsenal a traditional mid table Club Foxy considering this will be the first time they’ve finished outside the top 6 in 25 years and it’s just the way you phrased it?July 22, 2020 at 10:01 am #1859900
Interesting use of the words “traditional mid table clubs” foxy. Like 9 says, Arsenal can hardly be called a mid table club just because they have had 1 season outside the top 6 in over 20 years. Plus I’m not sure about Burnley, 4 seasons in the premier league which include a 15th & a 16th place finish, plus Sheffield united?? First season back in the premier league for over 10 years. I would though include the Hammers in your list. 8 consecutive seasons in the prem and this will be the 1st time we will finish lower than 13th. But I do get your point and agree about Everton & Wolves pushing on. Be interesting to see how you guys do next season too, 6 seasons in and you’ve done incredibly well. I think most people would say you’ve massively over achieved, but I’m sure you wont care about that.July 23, 2020 at 2:21 am #1860385
Tongue firmly in cheek and very much a dig at Arsenal fansJuly 23, 2020 at 10:59 am #1860466
Ha ha, nice 1 foxy.
The man yoo/West Ham game last night seems to have got lost amidst the media euphoria of Liverpool being presented with the premier league trophy. For me it was a great point earnt which guarantees our survival. An even game which I think neither side deserved to lose. When you consider we took 10 points off of man yoo and chelsea, it’s frustrating that we’ve been in a relegation battle for virtually most of the season. Luckily we got rid of Pellegrini before it was too late. Moyes wasn’t my first choice but he got the job done. By the way, if any man yoo fanes were worried about the disappearance of Bruno Fernandes, don’t worry, he turned up safe and sound in Declan Rice’s back pocket! 😉 😉July 26, 2020 at 9:14 am #1861148
Squeaky bum time for the final CL spot and relegation.July 26, 2020 at 11:45 pm #1861604
Well, my thoughts on this season. Covid definitely favoured certain clubs and troubled others, but essentially everyone was in the same boat. We were shocking post restart and still can’t quite understand how we can’t get Pereira, Maddison and Chilwell fit on the park after a 3-4 month break. We had it in our hands and threw it away. ManU deserved it based on how they came out of the blocks.
At the other end, can’t help but feel sorry for Bournemouth. I’m a big fan of Eddie Howe and he was really unlucky at the start of the season with so many injuries. I suspect they won’t e rebounding straight away. Watford deserve to go down for doing what they have done with their managers over the last 2 years. To get rid of Pearson one game before the end of the season with everything to play for is madness!
Those mid-table teams are going to be interesting to watch next season. Arsenal, it’s make or break time. If they fail to invest smartly they will be relegated to irrelevance and lose that big club tag. Spurs are in the same boat. Although I suspect Mourinho will use the offseason to put his stamp on the team. I suspect they will finish top 4 next season.
Everton will be the biggest improvers next season. My dark horse to crack the top 4July 27, 2020 at 1:37 pm #1861776
Any Leicester fans thinking that maybe, just maybe, Johnny Evans gave away that peno on purpose? Conspiracy theorists, off you go!July 27, 2020 at 11:57 pm #1861891
I actually didn’t think it was a pen. Looked like he got a toe to the ball first. But hey, gonna have to start living with the BS that is VARJuly 28, 2020 at 8:32 am #1861910
Despite the injuries Leicester should of had enough in terms of points and the squad to get over the line and they’ve struggled for wins against all the top Clubs in the PL.
Rodgers talks the talk but he doesn’t always walk the walk and this is the second time in his PL managerial career that his team’s have folded when in a great position to achieve something and him trying to put a gloss on it by saying it was Leicester’s second best finish in the PL although it might be true doesn’t compensate.
Anyone who hangs a giant portrait of themselves in their home is questionable imo.😀July 28, 2020 at 8:42 am #1861914
I don’t think it will go to the last game of the season next season for United and Chelsea to clinch a top 4 spot and I can see the top 4 being exactly the same as it is this season.
Chelsea will be better next season for the experience as will Lampard and his Coaches they’ve already made two top offensive signings with another one allegedly close and then I expect Chelsea to significantly strengthen defensively too with probably a Keeper and a Centre Back being their priorities probably a left back too.
Chelsea’s advantage in this transfer window has been having the Hazard and Morata monies available to strengthen early at a time when almost everyone else in Europe is struggling for funds.
I suspect United will spend big over the Summer too and it will be difficult for those outside the current top 4 to catch up because of that as they are all likely to have to spend much more frugally.
City will be active in the transfer market too and look to strengthen particularly at Centre Back and with a replacement for Sane to try and bridge the gap between themselves and Liverpool who I still think will buy one or two before the window closes
Still a way to go for United and Chelsea to catch Liverpool and City although I expect the gap to narrow a bit between United and Chelsea and the top 2 and the fight for the title between City and Liverpool to be a lot closer too.August 2, 2020 at 9:34 am #1863024
An entertaining cup final yesterday and I think the better side won. But it I have to say I think that the way some of the Arsenal players acted at times was disgraceful. Xhaka and Ceballos in particular but sadly it seems over reacting to fouls (even to the slightest touch) and demanding opponents get sent off is the norm these days.August 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm #1863106
Lampard is becoming one of the biggest spoiled brats in football, no class just me me me. He acted like a petulant little child with his chest out against Liverpool and still carried it on after the game. If Chelsea were producing that performance and won 5-3, he would have lost it. If you don’t want your opposition to celebrate wildly FIVE times during a match, perhaps you should fix your goal keeper, defence and the midfielders you put in front of your defence. Lampard has to grow up. Pick his toys up and get back in his pram…. He also come across as a deranged lunatic in so many of his post match interviews.August 2, 2020 at 4:50 pm #1863114
As a neutral, that red card was a farce. He had his foot trodden on: red card, and can’t even be overturned by VAR. Ridiculous decision but Arsenal play so much better under Arteta and worthy winners in this FA-cup and a fitting way to say farewell to Auba. He’s clearly a massive fish in a tiny pond and I’m sure he’ll go on to many bigger successes at a top club like Man Utd.August 6, 2020 at 5:02 pm #1864210
So premier league clubs have voted against allowing 5 substitutes in matches for next season. Good, it’s way too much of a benefit to the so called “bigger clubs”. All we need to do now is stop the ridiculous tea breaks mid-way through each half and the kneeling before each game, and we’ll be on our way back to some sort of normality.
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