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  1. I guess it depends on the player themselves. If they are good at everything but have poor Flair (Kevin Strootman) they can still be quality playmakers. However I tend to prefer a low Flair player to not be a playmaker, or if he is, a DLP. If it's an AP, especially an AP/A, Flair is a must imo. Arguably more important than Anticipation - usually an AP is the heart and soul of your midfield and having someone who can produce something out of nothing can be the difference in most games. Flair is very important to me, especially as I have my side playing a patient game. Someone needs to be able to take the initiative and try something different every now and again, especially in those tough boring 0-0s.
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    Okay. Would Big Sam have brought it home?

    They weren't frequently playing top sides no, but Martinez has done a good job all the same. They beat Brazil and England twice, deserves credit for that if nothing else.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    I think it is hilarious personally. But you know there are folk out there screaming sacrilege and blasphemy at Pogba daring to have fun with an important piece of football history etc
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Dabbing with the trophy probably people seeing that saying he should be put to the chair for that.
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    Okay. Would Big Sam have brought it home?

    Martinez has done a fantastic job with Belgium. He's lost two games in his entire run as Belgium manager, his very first match in a loss to Spain, and the WC SF Vs. France.
  6. I don't think this tournament lacked moments you'll never forget @westy8chimp. We'll all remember Germany losing to Mexico and South Korea, I'd like to think Ronaldo's hattrick Vs. Spain in the Group B opener would be well remembered as it was an elite performance. Belgium coming back from 2 down to beat Japan and then win with an amazing counter attack (and great dummy from Big Rom) to win it in injury time. France Vs Argentina in the L16 was an amazing game and featured for me the most unforgettable moment - Pavard volleying it into the side netting. One of the best goals I've ever seen. Truly. Plenty of memorable moments in this WC. I think if you embraced the fact that the general level wasn't great then you'd have enjoyed it more, especially when it did actually hit exciting levels.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    100% agreed.
  8. JDownie

    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Varane deserves to be mentioned in the Golden Ball discussion imo.
  9. JDownie

    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Ahaha, well played. Forgot it was going to be a 48 team tournament.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Pogba you clown
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    No I was just mocking. France will go out at the group stages though.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Did Lloris get a lot of credit undeservedly then?
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    Maybe if they had won Euro 16 and then could win 2020. But we all know it's coming home in 2022.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    I didn't see the game but Hugo Lloris got a lot of credit for keeping a clean sheet against Belgium.
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    Final: France vs Croatia, 4pm BST

    @daylight Said it yesterday - if Belgium hadn't finished above England they'd make the final and might have beaten France, as the final is a different beast and their actual match was a tight one decided by a setpiece.
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