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Welcome to the Premier League, Burnley!

Credits to @LumpOfCelery
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Wow....what a goal
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Average, i scored a better one on fifa at amateur :p
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/26436081

scroll down to the announcement at 11:23 regarding FFP.

'No clubs will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, says Uefa president Michel Platini.

UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more than they generate, comes into effect next season with a maximum penalty of exclusion from European competition for those failing to comply.'

"In effect, the first decisions will be announced at the start of May," Platini told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published on its website. "But if you are expecting blood and tears, you will be disappointed. There will be some tough things but no exclusions from European competition."
WTF! Wats the point then?
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Platini. Is and always has been a little sissy. No balls whatsoever to do anything meaningful
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So what the f*****g point with FFP then?
I'm sure some teams are really pleased with this across Europe!
I, for one, think this is probably the only correct decision UEFA has made in a long long time. The rule is unnecessary imo, so a least the teeth of punishment is gone.
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As this season is coming to its climax, wanted to find out who are your best young/prospective players in the EPL, or lets just say one on each of the top 7 teams. Somebody who you would look forward to watching next year

My bet would be on coutinho(Liv).
Hazard
Oxlade Chamberlain
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In no particular order:

Januzaj - United
Sterling - Liverpool
Barkley - Everton
Gnabry - Arsenal
Eriksen - Spurs
Hazard - Chelsea (not really a youngster now though)
Jovetic - City (not really a youngster neither)
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hahahaha "No one - Spurs"
Bentaleb ;)
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@MUFC

Christian Eriksen. Definitely one of the next top players in the world.
Surprised that no one's mentioned Lukaku, already a proven striker in the Premier League and he's only 20!
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^Mate, in your opinion as a Spurs fan, who is the player to watch (from Spurs)?
Eriksen without a doubt. But I'm hoping that next season is Lamela's breakthrough season with us.
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^As I thought ;)
I'll have to apologise to any Spurs fans. I completely forgot Eriksen, I will edit above.

I think its just players like Hazard, Jovetic and Eriksen all have several seasons of senior football under their belt now, not sure I would consider any of them "youngsters".

But each to their own I guess.
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^He's still only 22.

And if you think that's too old, you can say Harry Kane. If someone like Gnabry's on that list, then Kane deserves to be on there too.
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What a beautiful goal! Welcome back to the Prem, Burnley!
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Hope to see more of that in the prem next season.
Looks like one of my typical Fifa 14 goals. Top stuff!
This is attractive football. Smooth crisp passing and creating a chance(goal) instead holding the ball in the midfield all day.
Lots of respect to Burnley but they might be able to pull that off in the Championship but its not going to be so easy in the PL. Although welcome to the PL!
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beautiful one and two-touch passing!

I agree with Moe, they won't have as much freedom to pull that off against the best of the EPL but it would be nice to see them try it :)
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WOW.
Despite all the jokes I feel bad for Moyes. Utd might have had a disastrous season but he only really made two major signings to the club since he arrived, one of them being a major flop. I mean at the very least he deserved a second season at Utd or else why did they give him a 6 year deal? They put trust in him then and why not now? Did the management think it was going to be a piece of cake this season with the mess that was left for him after SAF left. You look at Liverpool and Rodgers situation. He went from Swansea to Liverpool and despite the fact Liverpool weren't defending champs he had massive pressure on his back with the target of finishing top four but he didn't he finished 7th place but they stuck with him despite all the criticism and gave him the time to grow with the team and look at him now on the verge of wining the PL title after a long drought and his a top contender for PL manager of the year. Its sad to see the Moyes end this way with Utd because time is crucial and its something a manager needs, he needed a good summer transfer to rebuild the whole squad but the board wants to start pointing fingers and make changes to the team to get the fans back on their side so they toss him out like that without him completing a single full season with Utd. The players themselves need to be ashamed of their performances, just so poor even against sides they could beat.
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I think it all came down the fact that he lost the dressing room. At the end of the day it was simple maths: "It's cheaper to sack a manger, than to sack a whole team."
you shouldnt really compare the brendan rodgers situation to the moyes one, yes liverpool did finish 7th last year but even then they still played decent football and also got very unlucky in many cases for example hitting the post a record breaking number of times. he also signed some excellent players for cheap and showed signs of progress.
moyes inherited a team that won the title by 11 points a few months earlier and ripped it to shreds, with the purchase of the most expensive flop in history along with his awful tactics(e.g. aimless crossing for 90 mins) and team selections(consistently playing an out form young and forcing an injured rooney in the team) coupled with the fact that his team didnt play with any heart or spirit and his players didnt respect him and didnt play for him. having said all that, he shouldnt be used as a scapegoat the players and the board are also largely to blame
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Rodgers was showing signs that he was building something, that he had a plan. Even though the results were mixed, it was clearly visible they were progressing in that respect. He bought in very good players for so less (Coutinho, Sturridge etc), he made a statement of intent when he rejected Arsenal's bid for Suarez.

Moyes didn't have a clue. "I don't know what we need to do to win." - this is the proof. Sacking him is right IMO. But I feel sorry for the man because he's such a nice guy and his career has got such a battering. And it's not completely his fault.

EDIT: Didn't see Jamesutd's post.. 'purchase of the most expensive flop in history' that would be us with Torres :)
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Let's be honest..rival fans really wanted him to stay cause of how bad he was doing...But he deserved the sack..His successor at everton is having a better chance at the top 4 than moyes ever had...he took a team that under fergie was class and turned them into clowns and schoolboys.. From the beginning he looked clueless at the big stage....He would make announcements about signings before approaching a player..Even the choice of players he went for is questionable..I get that mata is one of the greatest number 10s but that's not what united needed they have been having problems with the wingers..when fellaini turned out not to be the midfield moyes looked clueless

..And i don't think united would have benefited from handing him that so called 200m transfer kitty as much as they would if they gave it to let's say roberto martinez, Ancelotti, Guardiola and even wenger would all put together a much better squad.

United made the right move..my only criticism is they have done it without having an experienced replacement ready right away
With all due respect to any Liverpool fans reading this Rodgers had entirely different and much lower expectations when he took over Liverpool.

They had finished 8th the campaign before he was appointed and had spent 2 seasons out of the Champions League.

As Niru pointed out there was a clear identity and direction under Rodgers and after the January signings of Coutinho and Sturridge there results improved significantly, there has been zero encouragement under Moyes, 51 different starting line-ups in 51 games, he had no idea what he wanted to do, the club was sinking under him, he was overwhelmed by the job and had to go.

I also feel sorry for him but more on the front that a man has lost his job and his career is significantly damaged rather than being dismissed unfairly which clearly isn't the case.
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I will feel sorry for the next manager if he doesn't get it right at United, there will be massive pressure on him.

Well atleast United fans can't talk tripe about other teams who sack their managers.
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we still can, since this is the first manager in 26 years that we've sacked
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He was fixing the the problem with midfield and ageing defence. Everyone clearly sees that. So you can't say he is clueless.

BTW, the board and Woodward actually decided to sack him back in Feb. But they have to wait for the result that ManU fail to qualify for CL. This is very likely to trigger some clause in the contract.
Moyes had no plan, he didn't know what style of football he wanted us to play. His tactics were atrocious!

With 51 different line ups in our 51 different games. 80% of them were awful with underperforming players getting selected ahead of inform players. Not just that but the babbling and drivel during post match interviews was unbearable.

I get it some of you were glad to see him drag United in decline but as a big club it took them a while to realise enough was enough. He was never the man for the job, Fergie made a huge mistake selecting him as his successor.Fergie's human afterall it's not like he's never made mistakes before.

The records moyes broke in his short reign as United manager tarnished his reputation. We started losing to teams we should be beating at home. Teams who never won at OT started growing confidence after west brom defeated us for the first time since 1978. Then came everton, newcastle and swansea who we've never lost to before.

There were no signs of improvement during the course of the season that's why he had to go. If he showed atleast some sort of improvement during the season he would be given atleast another chance next season.
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Moyes never was Man utd type although he was selected by great SAF, no disrespect intended but right from the beginning I have been saying this and i will repeat it again you need a man with the long term vision and plan to lead the club like Man utd, Arsenal and Liverpool because they have been traditional clubs for a long long time and that is the way they will always be.

David Moyes's achievements at Everton for me is overrated, what he did there was commendable but with martinez they are playing much better brand of football, it can be argued that overall position wise they aren't any extraordinarily better but i can bet with few more players and better squad he can do much better. His way of playing and vision speaks volume.

Personal note i would have wished him to stay much longer LOL, but jokes apart if Man utd wants to head into right direction sacking was absolutely right decision, if i were a Man utd fan i would rather have him sacked much earlier, but only bcos it was man utd and "WE DON'T SACK MANAGER" motto extended his stay.

Those who are saying he should be given more time, its all BS IMO. I didn't see even a single +vity under his reign and if given another season he could not have done any better,rather more excuses and frustration for UTD fans.
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I don't believe in "we don't sack manager" motto. He was probably not sacked before solely based on financial reasons.

I admit I feel sympathy for the man, probably more than I should, mostly because he is decent, if it was Mourinho I would laugh my ass off. Those guys make millions and we pity them when they're sacked.

Now we feel his image is scarred forever, but one day he will get back on his feet at a new club and prove himself again, and everything in football is quickly forgotten. This one is a hard one though
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@ManOnDMoon you don't necessarily have to believe it , but there's allot of truth in that statement or at least there was.

I'm not sure if most people are aware of this? But David Moyes is only the 6th manager to have ever been sacked in Manchester United's entire history!

Compare that to the amount of managers who have gone through the likes of Chelsea, City, Tottenham and Liverpool in the last 6 seasons alone and then suddenly that "motto" speaks volumes.

"From the beginning of the club's official managerial records in 1892 to the start of the 13/14 season, Manchester United have had 19 full-time managers."
As much fun as I did have when Moyes was at Manchester. I feel really bad for the bloke. It's never nice losing your job especially the style in which he lost it.
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This United problem will take years to fix...there will be at least 2 seasons out of UCL to start with and with most top coaches only just beginning their latest tenures its a huge task to attract world class talents without the lure of champions league football
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2610713/David-Moyes-openly-sneered-sniggered-Manchester-United-stars.html

Turns out Moyes was openly criticized and disrespected by his own players in front of others. If any of this is true, then its a damn shame. The players themselves should be partially responsible for the season (Notice I said partially)They behave like this when everyone here would give up anything to be a pro footballer.

Not just at United but this happens everywhere. Including Messi when he openly defied Pep when he was at barca, RVP openly disrespecting fellow players at Arsenal etc.

Modern day Footballers are truly spoilt. They don't realize how lucky they are
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I know I would get a lot of stick for this because I am labeled as a Messi fan boy, but Messi drinking Coke when Gurdiola told him not to is not defying. In fact I support this behavior because this lets anyone know what they can and can't control. Who the f is Guardiola to tell any person(maybe with the exception of his children) what they can and can't drink?
Because Guardiola is in charge of the team. Just the same way your boss is in charge of the office/your place of work. Your boss dictates the rules and they are to be followed. If your boss says a certain dress code is mandatory/no cell phones at work etc then you obey it. If your coach tells you no coke 5 minutes before the game because it could lead to you being sluggish and letting the whole team down...then you obey it. If you choose not to, then you suffer the repercussions.

I dare Messi to do that in front of SAF lol. That can of coke and his head would have been slapped so hard at the same time that his little self would have went into a corner and cried about it knowing theres not a damn thing he would do. Ronaldo started the whole lockeroom politics thing only after he left United and went to Madrid. Throwing tantrums and openly showing his disappointment when the ball is not passed to him lol. Just ask Beckham what happens when you mess about with an old school coach and you'll get the answer
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1. No the owner(committee) is in charge of the team.

2. My boss doesn't tell me what I can and can't eat or drink.

3. If Messi was coached by SAF, he will be more important to the club than SAF.
Did you say more important than SAF?...lol i guess you are a deluded Messi fanboy. And NO the owner is not in charge of the team, the manager is. The owner is in charge of the club which is completely different. So as a player if your coach advices you not to do something it is for your own good and in turn for the team. No matter how good a player is it doesn't change the fact that he has to follow orders from his manager as he is his boss.

There is a reason why Fergie enjoyed unprecedented success for 20 yrs and most of it was due to how much control he had over his players. He ruled over the players with an iron fist and is also of the reasons for his longevity and success.

Oh and you are not a professional athlete so your deterioration of body by eating bad food/drink doesn't affect your boss directly and when it does you'll get fired simple as that...but when an athlets' well being also correlates to his teams' performance and his manager's plan the manager has the full right to tell him what to eat and drink which is why most professional players are on a strict diet during the season and its part of their contract to follow that regiment.
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1. The owner transfers his authority down to the manager. He trusts the manager to lead the team which he/she so invested for the sole reason of expecting results. The name on the back of the shirt is never important than the one in front.

2. Don't use syllogistic examples when comparing two different professions. This is your whole argument in a nutshell
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i) Messi does not allow Pep to dictate what he does/does not drink

ii) Messi is an employee like everyone else and so am I

iii) I will not allow my boss to dictate what I drink, and do not drink in real life.
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Different professions come with different rules and guidelines. It is up to the manager to oversee these said guidelines. Some managers may be laxed while others may not. Off course your manager cannot enforce what you can/cannot drink. It is not important for him to keep you healthy now is it? But Messi's fitness is Pep's no.1 priority whether you like it or not. If Messi does not perform like he ought to, then Pep's ass is on the line.

Messi can enjoy a coke anytime he pleases, but during pre-game talks when the game is 15 minutes away?

3. No offense but your last example is laughable. Its like saying Kenny Dalglish is more important to Liverpool than Bill Shankly. One is arguably one of the best if not up there among Liverpool players. The latter cannot be described by superlatives as to the contributions he made to Liverpool


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I play non-professionally these days but still competitively. My coach sends around an email of what we are to eat before each match, half the time the team will organise breakfast together to make sure everybody abides by this. Also if we drink alcohol the night before we are benched. This is amateur league stuff compared to Messi so I'm not at all suprised he's not allowed a soft drink before a match, it's hardly going to do much good for an athlete to drink soda.
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@Johny
The problem is not confined to just football. Admittedly I am spoilt myself, as are 3/4 of everyone my generation. The next generation sure looks worse though. And I do mean for every profession, not just football.
Daily Mail.
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Van Persie said he didn't like him back in September 2013 lol

BTW, the boss controls when you eat. He doesn't control what you eat because he doesn't think it matters.
that article is a load of s**t.
united players have played under fergie and understand respect. if all that was happening we wouldve heard about it ages ago.
A player can do whatever he wants as long as he is preforming on the field. And even if he isn't preforming the manager/the club can terminate his contract or not play him. That is all they can do. They can't tell him what he can and can't do.

As far as SAF, he was a great manager no doubt, but you guys make him sound like he was a god. If he had a problem with a player of Messi's level the club would have choose the player. It is easier to get a great manager than it is to get a great player.
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^that's where you're both right and wrong! You see, for us it's as if he was a God.

The man embodied every single thing that is Manchester United from the upper echelons all the way down to grass root levels...and if it ever did come down to such a scenario; we the fans would pick Fergie over any player every single time!

We don't expect you or any other fan to understand and that's reasonable, but don't act like you know anything about "us" or "our" club.
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Easy for you to say KingLucas because Liverpool haven't had a great manager in a long time
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How hard was it for RM to get CR7? How hard was if for RM to get Mourinho? How hard was it for RM to get Anceolotti?
Let me ask you this...in place of SAF imagine either Shankly or Paisley having trouble with Messi. If you for a second think that Liverpool would let go either one of them for Messi then i am afraid you're not just a silly messi fanboy but ignorant about your club's philosophies.
@KingLucas What does that even have to do with the ongoing discussion? You know what, I'm not even going to bother with you any longer...it's clear that you're just bitter with everything regarding United and that there's no objectivity with you whatsoever, that would make this discussion anymore fruitful.
All right the point is drinking coke is not defying a manager.
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^It is when it is three hours before a game and the manager already told you not to.
@KingLucas, Quick question; have you ever been a pro athlete? or played in a highly competitive competition?

I play pro-level in Asia. it's not as high-leveled as Europe and such, but we still have to abide by the orders of the coach and/or manager.
if the whole employee/boss thing is confusing you, then look at it this way. if you're taking a test, and the teacher tells you to keep quiet and face your paper at all times, and you don't, she has the liberty to fail you. even if you were not cheating, or anything. you could have been just singing a song for all i care. the fact is, it's directly against what the teacher asked you to do.

So, looking at this, as a player, we need to follow the rules and requests of our coaches/managers. if we don't it's taken against us as "insubordination". we can be benched, dropped, and even cut from the team all-together. but you need to follow them whether you think they are right or wrong. because in the end, they were hired to make the team play well. it's their Job.
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Its bad enough drinking coke before a game even if you ARE the best player in the world. But to do it after your manager tells you not to? What message would this send to the other players? To the public? A manager has to keep order, and the great saying goes "No player is bigger than the club".

You can also see that great managers are in demand at the moment. Sure there may not be another Messi, but if you have a great team, one player of his calibre may be excused for the best of the club's future.

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Oh crap giggs and Ferdinand are in suits:p
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Hopefully Giggs would be better manager than a brother.
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in regards to the atletico game, it was best defense in england vs the best defense in spain of course it was gonna be a low scoring result. and there was nothing wrong with chelseas approach youre not supposed to go to the best team in la liga and go all out attack what matters is getting a decent result away from home and chelsea did that so dont let any complaints from others bother you
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attractive football and trophies are not mutually exclusive. It's not like our style of play comes at the expense of trophies. Other things come in the way.

I have personally nothing against the way chelsea played today. but bus complex much?
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Dude calm your tits down...I mean the Chelsea side who won the CL a few years ago, was parking the bus. But that's understandable, since the quality the side possessed at that time was mediocre compared to any other year of of Chelsea. What gets on my nerves is that with the freaking amazing side you have this year you still play a football brand that only teams with no quality like west ham implement.....
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Why are you whining in here for? Shouldn't this be on the CL forum?
since when was the last time u played attractive football?.. stop complaining and dont let yourself down.
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@Toronto: No need for this here, the Chelsea forum or anywhere else on the site. You want to rant, start a blog.

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It was hinted early on in the season these four wont be at the club very long. How did we not see this. Sherlock !!!!
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Illuminati.
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