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Everything posted by martinji

  1. Yeah I feel really sorry for Chilwell, finished the season strongly, played exceptionally well in the CL final, and will probably not start a game and may even get zero minutes
  2. Portugal now can afford a two goal defeat to France and would still go through, unless Hungary beat Germany. Spain only need a draw v Slovakia to go through. Edit- made obvious by the table @Haguey just posted above
  3. This. Not sure about Europe, but in English games I'd say from when I started watching football up to sometime around 2010 it was an unwritten rule that you didn't get penalties for a goalie taking out a striker after they got their shot away, or a defender doing the same to a crosser etc. Similarly small fouls that would be given outside the box were not given inside the box. Now you can take the approach that rules are rules and defenders should simply not foul and have no sympathy if they do. Personally I prefer the old way. But as long as the rules are clear and implementation
  4. I agree with basically everyone else, one host or a small number of geographically close countries (so eg Netherlands & Belgium). Having so much unnecessary travelling isn't good for the teams or for any committed fans going to all their teams games (tho obv covid makes this moot for many this time anyway)
  5. Pougatch likes the sound of his own voice far too much. His approach is basically "Guest, listen to me spend twenty seconds putting my opinion to you in the form of a question, which I will then give you a maximum of five seconds to agree with". Rinse and repeat.
  6. I agree. At the moment Kane is dropping deep but we aren't making the runs around him to make that work. In particular players are not breaking from midfield into the box and so we frequently get the ball at the side of the penalty area in what would be a semi-dangerous position but there is nobody in the box to play it in to because Kane is halfway towards the centre circle. Kane needs to either revert to being a traditional number 9/drop off less, or Southgate needs to get the team playing around him in a way that works. Edit - or as you say, play a different CF
  7. this is exactly what I'd do, also bringing in Chilwell on the left and Maguire for Mings.
  8. This thing with Kane dropping deep is all well and good but all too often we are left with someone getting to the edge of the box and there being literally nobody to cross it into, or maybe one midfielder has just about got there but there are like 4-5 defenders and they are impossible to pick out, so we end up just playing it back and the defence is organised again. If you're going to have a centre forward who drops deep you need a much better system for getting other players into the box, or you need Kane to be much faster at getting back up to the top of the field again once he's passe
  9. I'd like to claim some special prescience but this was just obvious
  10. Loads of pundits say this sort of thing. Micah Richards for eg is always "joking" that he hasn't read his stat pack. It seems actually knowing something about the team or players you're commenting on is not required
  11. I absolutely cannot stand Pougatch. Probably my least favourite sports anchor of all time.
  12. Sterling also assisted the early Foden chance where he hit the post, with a run/turn into space from a throw and then a decent ball through. I know he can be frustrating at times but I'd look at this as even when not playing at his best he still scored a goal and nearly got an assist. I do agree saying he was terrific today is OTT but I thought he was overall pretty good and he is a starter for me in most games, while accepting others may be better choices in some matches depending on opposition and tactics.
  13. I don't mind Sterling being picked. Even when he's not on form just his pace and movement stretches teams and creates space. Hopefully he can tire out their defence ready for Grealish to come on. My fear with Southgate's cautious-ness is that if the game is 0-0 or 1-1 with 20 to go and crying out for Grealish, he'll just shut up shop and settle for a draw that Croatia will also be very happy with. Hope I'm wrong.
  14. Obviously a long way from knowing if he will make a full recovery but this is such great news. Fingers crossed for him.
  15. Just sitting in shock. Feeling sick. Hoping against hope for good news.
  16. totally, I'd expect any professional goalie to save that,Savage is going on like it's Gordon Banks v Pele all over again
  17. That Peter Crouch podcast doing two a week during the euros, first one up, on squad numbers. Crouch talks about how he was given the number 9 shirt for 2010 so thought he was a nailed on starter, then played about 1 minute in the whole tournament (although I just checked and he actually got 17 mins plus 2 x injury times). Referred to it as numbers-housery
  18. yeah it's a bit weird how the teams that get the easier ride in the quarters are also teams that got an easier ride in the last 16. If you have 6 groups you are bound to have some degree of difference in difficulty of paths to the semis but surely it could have been constructed so that the teams that face group runners up in the quarters had to face runners up rather than third placed teams in the last 16.
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