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Old Aug 4th 2014, 3:55 pm   #16
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Mike just admit City is a big club and will probably win the league again this season.
Sorry PB, I can't! I have a Pavlovian reflex to expect failure before the start of every season having been conditioned this way over many years by "Typical City".

2 or 3 more seasons like last year and I might get better though
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Sorry PB, I can't! I have a Pavlovian reflex to expect failure before the start of every season having been conditioned this way over many years by "Typical City".

2 or 3 more seasons like last year and I might get better though
It's a familiar feeling for Everton fans as well.
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Who'd have thought that we'd have a Liverpool vs United friendly? I might actually watch this one.
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Who'd have thought that we'd have a Liverpool vs United friendly? I might actually watch this one.
Never nice to lose to that lot, I had it on, but did not watch much, but from what I did see Utd were the better team.
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Never nice to lose to that lot, I had it on, but did not watch much, but from what I did see Utd were the better team.
We were. Dodgy penalty to put the Scousers 1-0 up, but then United ran the game. Looked good, slick, fast passing and the players looked fit and sharp. Liverpool didn't look right at all. It all means bugger all tbh - after all, we won the charity shield last season and look how that turned out.
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Who'd have thought that we'd have a Liverpool vs United friendly? I might actually watch this one.
That's a misnomer- ie. there's no such thing as a 'friendly' between United & Liverpool...

Anyway, I thought Liverpool were easily the better team for the first 35 minutes, got a deserved penalty, and then had an absolute 'stonewall' penalty decision not given when Herrera clearly brought Sterling (again) down in the area....thereafter, and particularly after half-time, United made their possession count, with Rooney looking imperious, and the likes of Blackett, Shaw and Young (yes, Young!! ) having good games.

You can't take much from a pre-season game, but I'd rather this sort of pre-season than last year's, with the lads remaining unbeaten to date and putting a 'trophy' in the cabinet. More imprtantly, the van Gaal factor is there for all to see already- the lads look totally match-fit already, sharp and focused. Yes, there will undoubtedly be 'teething troubles' with the new 3-5-2 system, but with the fixture computer giving us a reasonable start, I'd hope the team can build up a 'head of steam' early in the campaign.

Liverpool are still the very decent side they were last year, and will most definitely challenge again (Ibe looks a real handful, very very tricky on the ball; Sterling will destroy a few teams on his own this year), though whether they can cope with the added burden of Europe & losing Suarez remains to be seen.
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Sorry PB, I can't! I have a Pavlovian reflex to expect failure before the start of every season having been conditioned this way over many years by "Typical City".

2 or 3 more seasons like last year and I might get better though
I'm the opposite - although our recent history is steeped in failure and also-rans, I insist on starting every bloody season with blind, unadulterated optimism....
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I'm the opposite - although our recent history is steeped in failure and also-rans, I insist on starting every bloody season with blind, unadulterated optimism....
I was pretty optimistic for your lot last year and thought a top 4 was odds on before the season started. I am not so sure Top 4 is on this year for Spurs this year but think top 6 for sure.

Looks like Lamela is getting back to his Roma form for you in pre-season so should be a bonus. Arsenal will be stronger and Chelsea too, Utd seem to be doing the right things so will be better.

It is goning to be very tight this year for the title, top 4 and top 6. Some big questions still to be answered though:

1. Can the Scousers cope without the Cannibal given their dodgy defence or will they be outscored by the top teams?
2. Are Utd really going to play Phil Thickie Jones Thickie at the centre of a 3 man defence (Sterling exposed him as I suspect will any quick, agile forward - he is still Aguero's all time favourite opponent).
3. Can Arsenal integrate all their new signings and where will their goals come from if they are to challenge for the title.
4. How much improvement will we see from Chelsea - quite a lot I think.
5. Will City buy another decent centre half? Which Nasri will play this year?
6. Will Soldado, Lamella and Erikssen do better this year?
7. Who is right about Lukaku (Muppetrinho or Martinez) and will he be the key to Everton's acheiving Top 4.
8. Will Saints be drawn into the relegation battle given they have sold off their entire team?
9. will Liverpool be drawn into the battle for 7th and 8th given they have now bought half the Saints team?
10. How long will it take Bent 'Arry to bankrupt QPR?

time will tell
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I was pretty optimistic for your lot last year and thought a top 4 was odds on before the season started. I am not so sure Top 4 is on this year for Spurs this year but think top 6 for sure.

Looks like Lamela is getting back to his Roma form for you in pre-season so should be a bonus. Arsenal will be stronger and Chelsea too, Utd seem to be doing the right things so will be better.

It is goning to be very tight this year for the title, top 4 and top 6. Some big questions still to be answered though:

1. Can the Scousers cope without the Cannibal given their dodgy defence or will they be outscored by the top teams?
2. Are Utd really going to play Phil Thickie Jones Thickie at the centre of a 3 man defence (Sterling exposed him as I suspect will any quick, agile forward - he is still Aguero's all time favourite opponent).
3. Can Arsenal integrate all their new signings and where will their goals come from if they are to challenge for the title.
4. How much improvement will we see from Chelsea - quite a lot I think.
5. Will City buy another decent centre half? Which Nasri will play this year?
6. Will Soldado, Lamella and Erikssen do better this year?
7. Who is right about Lukaku (Muppetrinho or Martinez) and will he be the key to Everton's acheiving Top 4.
8. Will Saints be drawn into the relegation battle given they have sold off their entire team?
9. will Liverpool be drawn into the battle for 7th and 8th given they have now bought half the Saints team?
10. How long will it take Bent 'Arry to bankrupt QPR?

time will tell
We've had a fab pre-season so I can see top 4 on the cards (see I told you...... blind optimism). Lamela is already looking a different player to last season. Eriksen was pretty damn good last season anyway and Soldado, well I have this horrible feeling he will turn out to be our biggest waste of money ever.

As for Harry, I saw him in a restaurant a few weeks ago, we had a right good chat about his Spurs days.

By the way, have you ever been to La Casetta Rossa in Garbatella? A friend of mine was raving about it, fantastic food and cheap!
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We've had a fab pre-season so I can see top 4 on the cards (see I told you...... blind optimism). Lamela is already looking a different player to last season. Eriksen was pretty damn good last season anyway and Soldado, well I have this horrible feeling he will turn out to be our biggest waste of money ever.

As for Harry, I saw him in a restaurant a few weeks ago, we had a right good chat about his Spurs days.

By the way, have you ever been to La Casetta Rossa in Garbatella? A friend of mine was raving about it, fantastic food and cheap!
You haven't got a chance of top 4. Sorry.
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You haven't got a chance of top 4. Sorry.
Yes I know that really, you numpty.
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Yes probably true and of course quite a few came into Manchester from Trafford last year for some reason.
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Yes I know that really, you numpty.
I'm just making sure. Soldildo is the problem. In fact, scoring goals is the problem. The way Poch plays means you will have the ball loads and will have to break teams down rather than just always hit on the break. Need quality for that.
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By the way, have you ever been to La Casetta Rossa in Garbatella? A friend of mine was raving about it, fantastic food and cheap!
No I haven't but I will go and try it out as it is only about 400 yards from my place - thanks for the tip. Most of the restaurants in the Garbatella aim at locals not tourists so good food at good price can always be found here.
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