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  • robc84 13 Jan 2021 22:01:45 14,944 posts
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    We’ve barely touched the ball in the second half. Actually really disappointed with the performance.
  • TheSaint 13 Jan 2021 22:01:58 20,280 posts
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    The reverse psychology is strong in here tonight.
  • Baihu1983 13 Jan 2021 22:02:25 13,130 posts
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    0 reason for son to run offside then. No one was near him
  • Frogofdoom 13 Jan 2021 22:02:27 17,220 posts
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    I think we are probably the worst team in the top half when we are winning but if his carries on you will be pushing us hard for the honour.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Jan 2021 22:09:44 22,315 posts
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    And just to rub a little salt in the wound, Poch just won his first trophy.
  • Baihu1983 13 Jan 2021 22:11:57 13,130 posts
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    Worst thing this team can do is score early now days. We need to be kept at 0-0 till around the 75th minute
  • SolidSCB 13 Jan 2021 22:15:02 14,596 posts
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    Even City are turning into sit on a lead merchants this season. Think the early mullerings some of the big teams got, combined with the season being so truncated and things being so tight is making everyone a bit twitchy.
  • reddevil93 13 Jan 2021 22:15:50 15,823 posts
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    Impressive that from Fulham, especially considering the weird build up to the game. Lots of points dropped from winning positions for Spurs, especially with 3rd place having been up for grab tonight.

    Annoyingly there’s talk Villa’s game this weekend will be postponed outright and they’ll be 3 games behind.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 13 Jan 2021 23:19:31 11,833 posts
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    What’s happening with Bale? I assumed he’d be fit and firing by now.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 13 Jan 2021 23:43:55 16,065 posts
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    Those Ryan Fraser fouls were so blatant you’d think he was trying to get sent off
  • Baihu1983 14 Jan 2021 07:33:44 13,130 posts
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    SuperCoolEskimo wrote:
    What’s happening with Bale? I assumed he’d be fit and firing by now.
    Don't think he's a sit back for 86 minutes football player so Jose doesn't use him
  • SnackPlissken 14 Jan 2021 08:39:00 2,607 posts
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    Crazy season. Fulham had 3 days to prepare for this and get a point? Pretty good going.
  • Trowel 14 Jan 2021 09:03:44 24,077 posts
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    Celtic have put their Under-18 squad on furlough.

    Good PR move, a week after sending the first team on a £250k trip to Dubai to catch Covid.
  • JYM60 14 Jan 2021 09:32:27 18,661 posts
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    I see Mourinho is blaming the players...saying there's no ambition to get another goal. Nothing to do with his tactics then!?

    Trowel wrote:
    Celtic have put their Under-18 squad on furlough.

    Good PR move, a week after sending the first team on a £250k trip to Dubai to catch Covid.
    It's as if Celtic are doing absolutely anything to make excuses for being absolutely shite.

    Edited by JYM60 at 09:33:59 14-01-2021
  • fontgeeksogood 14 Jan 2021 10:11:33 11,986 posts
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    Shameful from Celtic
  • Jono62 14 Jan 2021 10:13:35 26,345 posts
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    Hope the street food was worth it.
  • Jono62 14 Jan 2021 10:32:07 26,345 posts
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    Villa Vs Everton postponed.
  • Rum_Monkey 14 Jan 2021 11:15:58 1,959 posts
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    Heh, saw a good tweet.

    Scott Parker 1 v Bus Parker 1
  • robc84 14 Jan 2021 11:21:15 14,944 posts
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    Baihu1983 wrote:
    SuperCoolEskimo wrote:
    What’s happening with Bale? I assumed he’d be fit and firing by now.
    Don't think he's a sit back for 86 minutes football player so Jose doesn't use him
    I’m not sure he is fully fit after his recent injury to be fair. But yes, understandable he doesn’t play against the likes of city, Liverpool etc., but you’d like to think we’d see enough of the ball against the likes of Fulham for him to be effective.
  • robc84 14 Jan 2021 11:24:23 14,944 posts
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    JYM60 wrote:
    I see Mourinho is blaming the players...saying there's no ambition to get another goal. Nothing to do with his tactics then!?.
    He seems to do this every time. I do find it strange that we sit back so much on 1 goal, but the fact it keeps happening must come down to the manager. It was obvious Fulham were going to score yesterday but he didn’t make any changes to try to alter the flow of the game until after they scored. It’s very strange.
  • mikew1985 14 Jan 2021 11:55:22 15,164 posts
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    It's not strange though, this is jose now. I do think it's sort of incredible that he seems to just get caught out all the time with these tactics now though.

    Opposition are probably overall stronger than during his best spells as a manager as this seemed to always happen when he managed us too. It feels unlucky sometimes but it's deserved for his approach.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 11:55:37 14-01-2021
  • Rum_Monkey 14 Jan 2021 12:06:34 1,959 posts
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    He doesn't have the defenders to pull it off anymore. Dier and Sanchez aren't exactly top tier.

    If he had prime vertonghen and Alderwierald he'd grind at so many cleansheet wins.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Jan 2021 12:11:45 22,315 posts
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    We still pretty much have the best defensive record in the league. We’re conceding a lot of late set pieces. That’s less about the quality of our defenders and more about how they’re being trained and/or concentration. It feels like a specific issue that you could target and address, although we have not done so, so perhaps not.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Jan 2021 12:13:00 22,315 posts
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    I say a lot. It’s still not actually a lot relatively speaking but tots specifically set pieces where we struggle. Our in play defending is really excellent.
  • Rum_Monkey 14 Jan 2021 12:15:51 1,959 posts
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    When the team is set up to defend as a unit it helps obviously. Then the individual errors will be exposed at setpieces.
  • Rum_Monkey 14 Jan 2021 12:16:34 1,959 posts
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    And it must be exhausting to play like it.
  • Rum_Monkey 14 Jan 2021 12:18:26 1,959 posts
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    If he gets someone with end product on the right wing and another hjoberg type, Spurs will be super effective with the way he sets them up.
  • robc84 14 Jan 2021 12:20:13 14,944 posts
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    We generally defend well, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that we are unable to take the sting out of a game when winning either by scoring a second goal or controlling possession. We seem to sit back deep, concede possession at 1-0. And it’s costing us lots of points.
  • SolidSCB 14 Jan 2021 12:25:07 14,596 posts
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    It seems to me he realised there was a genuine crack at the league this year and got a bit more pragmatic.

    Again though, City are doing the exact same this season and aren't getting shit for it. Along with the narrative that they have a threadbare squad and totally haven't hoovered up three quarters of the defenders in the northern hemisphere over the last 5 years to cope with that.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 14 Jan 2021 12:29:09 22,315 posts
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    robc84 wrote:
    We generally defend well, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that we are unable to take the sting out of a game when winning either by scoring a second goal or controlling possession. We seem to sit back deep, concede possession at 1-0. And it’s costing us lots of points.
    While certainly true of other games, I honestly don’t think that’s a fair assessment of yesterday. We had quite high possession and we’re definitely going for the second goal. We just didn’t get it.
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