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Do you guys think if chelsea were in the Champions League that they'd have better, worse, or equal odds to real Madrid and bayern?
They would win it, it's Chelsea, come on, if anybody can it's them.
Roberto Mancini favourite to be named next Leicester City manager
Very interesting choice. If he does come back, would love to see what he does. Was stubborn and really didn't have a plan B during his last season at City, don't know what happened at Galatasary and was tinkerman 2.0 at Inter. Rotating players and formation game after game.

The pressure is really on, the Foxes play Liverpool, Hull and Arsenal before they meet Sevilla. Holy cow! Tough 4 games if his named the new boss.
i don't think Mancini will take on that job... Pardew is more likely to take over...Mancini usually manages bigger clubs with better squads Inter Milan, Man City, Galatasaray, Lazio...He did play on loan for Leicester City towards the end of his playing career though
I had the best sex in Leicester City.
How much did you have to pay for that?
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#leicester#champions2018
Your hand is always free
@Parabol pretty sure Mancini isn't going there to get laid.
Guus Hiddink is their first choice but it doesn't sound like he's keen on the job.
http://www.lcfc.com/news/article/2016-17/club-statement-leicester-city-and-claudio-ranieri-part-company-3591441.aspx

wow... I did not see this coming, especially not after 1st leg of CL round 16 and club statement saying they trust him
The club obviously didn't think Ranieri would save them from relegation, so desperate times, desperate measures.
2012-2013-2014 - PL winning managers Sacked or retired

2015 - Jose wins PL and gets sacked season after with leader struggling Bottom 5

2016 - Ranieri wins PL and gets sacked season after with leader in struggling Bottom 5

PL title is cursed :p...Managers should learn to simple finish 4th and stay safe.
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Good decision. They are in dangerzone to get relegated. They need a big change
I think it's dumb. If he gets them relegated, so what? He's a good enough manager that he'd bring them back up next season, most likely.
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^lol ur clearly under thinking this...do you realise how much money the club loses if they get relegated? Put urself in the owners shoes. He invested money in the summer buying new players and again in January. And still Leicester look a real chance to get relegated...very good decision from the club
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If Anyone should be blamed...It should be Leicester city players who let him down.
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Raj, so what? They go down this season, they most likely get up next season. Look at Newcastle and Rafa. You cycle through managers, you lose continuity and could end up in worse places than the Championship.
Lol i dont think you understand how big a deal it is to get relegated.
Anyway i dont particularly like or dislike the decision. Its quiet sad actually. But i can understand it
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Bazinga "Stay safe", Arsenal's the only club wearing a rubber lol.

Durex 4.0 always in the safe zone.
Never deserved the sack he's actually done enoughto be allowed to get relegated before sacking him imo. I actually think the CL game vs Sevilla was a turn around game for them and they were going to take that momentum into the league but obviously the owners saw things differently. There's rumours that his sack was already a given before the Sevilla match.
Raj, I don't think I'm undervaluing a hypothetical relegation as much as I am valuing continuity and what Ranieri actually did do for Leicester. On another note, I think the sacking culture in the league is one of the biggest downsides of the game.
ya fair enough bro
"What Falcao can do for Monaco, Aguero can for City", it doesn't matter if we have a crappy defence we will outscore you! it doesn't matter if we have to play against 15 men, we will outscore you! Who says PL team can't perform in Europe?

In general referees hate Pep because he is so successful, cos today was the billionth decision that went against us this season so far.
There is campaign against City

#Mourinho #Ueafa
Against 15 men? Fair result with few bad yellow card decisions which did not influences the result much.

If anything people will talk about this game for end to end football and not refereeing decision which was average.
@ Bazinga 15 men before 11 + the 4 officials....the penalty in the first half? when Aguero was clearly tripped and red card for the goalkeeper? we would have won the game by many more goals against 10 men,so refereeing decisions definitely influenced the result
I agree that Aguero decision was bad call from referee..but i would put it as a human error because in real-time it looked like Keeper got the ball before getting Aguero and also defenders were blocking his view

These kind of decision can only be accurate with reply and slow-motion reviews. I dont think referees had anything against any team or manager
@Bazinga, this one was quite clear cut though. The keeper was never near the ball. Aguero was always going to take it out of his path. It was a shockingly bad decision. Agree that it did not change the result in the end, but it could easily have. After that City lost their rhythm for 15 mins and gave away 2 goals
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If the ref claims he didn't see it then there's absolutely no way he can be sure to give Aguero a yellow card for simulation lol that was so poor. The only decent referring glimpse was the goal line ref calling the penalty on Otamendi.
"it doesn't matter if we have a crappy defence we will outscore you! it doesn't matter if we have to play against 15 men, we will outscore you!"

outscore the defense of AS Monaco (which was quite bad that day), you mean. If that was even a Sevilla or a Leverkusen, I doubt you would've come out with a 2 goal lead.

Conceeding 3 away goals is not what I'd call a good performance. I don't remember any team who 'outscored' their way to any trophy. It is rightly said, offense wins you matches, defense wins you titles.
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If it was Sevilla or Leverkusen i doubt they would have scored 3 away goals, because they don't have the same offensive team as Monaco...Offence wins you matches, winning matches wins you titles...

If you follow Pep's post and pre match conferences he always says the goal is to score more goals than the opponent...Everytime we win without conceding when he is asked was the "clean sheet" important in this game? he always replies most important thing was to win...he doesn't care about clean sheets. He likes offensive football, and we as spectators like offensive football...That City vs Monaco game was by far the most exciting game of the entire season so far and this isn't just my opinion, this is opinion of most pundits and fans around the world as well. We as spectators don't like the defensive style with counter attacks type of football, thats simply boring and as the Barcelona chief's describe it "anti-football".

When you play with a high line, where your defence is in the middle of the pitch most of the time, you are bound to concede goals. Its not about us having bad defenders. AVB implemented the same style at Chelsea and they got hammered all the time.

Last but not least, offensive football comes with sacrifices.
I wanted to ask everyone on here what is your honest opinion on Harry Kane and Adam Lallana.

Are they good players or just playing out of their skin.
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Lallana is great. He's got the sexiest turns in the premier league. I started following him closely at S'ton when him and Jrod were tearing it up. Harry Kane is OK. I like him when he's not scoring against Arsenal and when he's not talking (the latter is more painful to watch) :D
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They're both good players. Kane's goals speak for themselves. You don't get 20 league goals for 3 straight seasons by simply playing out of your skin (I'm assuming he'll snag 6 more this season). Lallana has hit his prime years I think and is thriving behind such active forwards in front of him. It allows him to pick up the pieces.
Both average.

Not hating but they are no different to any English footballer from the past 10 years.

They can have good spells of form but ultimately the reality dawns on everyone once we reach (and subsequently get knocked out of) any tournament competition of note.
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Kane is genuinely Very good and consistent.

Lallana is ok, but playing out of his skin because ok Klopp
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I don't be rate English players at all, the majority of them look good when they playing for their clubs because they surrounded by foreign talent. When they play for their national team is where you see their true quality
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I think Dele Alli has the potential to be up there. Lallana is insane on his day but he is still inconsistent with having an impact every game.

Kane's goals speak for themselves.
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@Cjaystacks, I guess you can make a case for that. Although Kane, Deli Alli and the likes of Lallana and even Sterling have been playing really well and its not because of their foreign teammates but because of their own quality. Take Utd's Jones for example, since his come back, along with Rojo, they've saved Utd's season.

Kane, Lallana, Alli etc, none will go anywhere in international football without a top quality manager. We've said this time and time again. I do believe England have quality players but the FA are bunch of idiots, who are more concerned with naming an English born manager rather than a manager than will actually take England somewhere. I honestly feel sorry for those guys, I mean Southgate is the best England has, enough said.
a 19 year old german or spanish player is more talented than any of those english players you have mentioned so far.

Last time it was iceland who knocked them out, next time it could be iran:P
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I think you guys are being a little harsh on Kane. He's been a very consistent goal scorer for Spurs. That doesn't happen by accident, that happens cus you're good. He's a great finisher. He's got 14 in PL so far this season, and looks to hit in the 20's again. People want to say what has he done for England? It's not Kane that's at fault there, sorry. I support Poland and USA, so I'm not even biased.

2014-15 = 21 goals in PL, 31 goals in all comp.

2015-16 = 25 goals in PL, 28 goals in all comp.

Those are solid stats.

Lallana is a good player too, but I think he hasn't reached his full potential yet. He's got good movement. I don't see him so much as an attacking midfield player, more like a playmaker for the most part.

Alli has been absolutely killing it. This is definitely his breakout year for him. He's young, and tons of potential. Spurs are lucky to have him.

England has a lot of good players, it's a mental barrier they need to overcome and play as team, not individuals. Often I think they crack and choke themselves because of the amount expectation England puts on them. It's all mental. I think they need a foreign manager perhaps, someone from the outside of the box to really get the most of the team and make them believe.


When are we finally going to stop getting bitch-slapped in Europe. As a league, we're falling so short of the mark so consistently. Embarrassing.
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I expect City to get into the semi final, obviously I'm taking about Leicester jk


Yeah , pl teams not strong as the Real, Barca , Bayern
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Sevilla will thrash Leicester city and Monaco vs City is 50/50 right now.
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English teams are tactically and technically weak in Europe. Europe it's not always about physicality and pace like the premier league.
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It's the scheduling too. Teams tend to be a lot more fatigued at this point of the calendar.
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but Arsenal played like Barca last night
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Chelsea did it for years and got to the semis a couple of seasons ago iirc. I think its high others start doing their bit.
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Weezer - Seriously dude...Now Scheduling is why PL teams are doing bad in CL? Shame that it has come to this.

Naija - IMO united did it for decades when SAF wan in-charge..Also, I think we are missing team like Liverpool in CL for too long. They will do very well in Europe
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@Bazinga @Weezer Of course the scheduling has a big part in it man, PL teams play way more games than other teams in Europe, so they are more fatigued, longer injury list etc...We have 2 cups where as other leagues like Seria A, La Liga, Bundesliga have only 1 and on top of that PL doesn't have a winter break, where as other leagues do, so come February they are fresh...
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and dont get it twisted, bayern are a top side, but there's no excuse for a supposed top team getting smashed like that. yes barca got embarrased, it can happen from time to time, but it's becoming a trend and typical for us in europe to be piss poor on the whole, not just arsenal.
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If having extra cup games (EFL cup) and winter fixtures is reason for PL teams not doing well in CL. Then why not play youth teams for Cup games and keep main players fresh for League and CL??

CL trophies won since 2000 by country

Spain - 6
Italy - 3
England - 3
Germany - 2
Portugal - 1

On top of winning it 3 times PL teams Chelsea , Liverpool , Arsenal have been runner-ups once + United have been runner-up twice.

Those extra cup games and Winter fixtures have been der since beginning and not since 2013. So it would be very lame excuse to blame scheduling and winter fixture as reason for recent debacle.
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Not just cl we suck in. Europa we suck in as well.
The teams are just poor simple as that, they lack the belief, mental fortitude and tactical awareness required to win in the CL, it's all at the players, when the manager gives the instructions they are the ones that have to produce it on the field, and the players who can do that are the best, this is without including luck, and wrong calls from refs which can really change the game.
Many many many managers in the PL have complained about the schedule being the reason why English teams are not doing well in Europe...we are talking professional managers from all the top teams in the PL...they always bring up the winter break for a reason...you say that shouldn't be an excuse because Chelsea isn't in Europe.

Had Spain Italy Germany Portugal have the same schedule as we do they wouldnt have won it as many times as they have...their numbers would be much lower, its thanks to the PL teams depth in squad that they have won it 3 times and made it to finals and semi finals a few times...Take Atletico Madrid for example, give them the PL schedule they will not make the final as they did twice in recent years ,cos they don't have that same depth in squad as top PL teams have.
Well as biased as it sounds, Liverpool does tend to do well in Europe most seasons. Hoping we can keep that up next season should we qualify this time.
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What is Arsenal, Mr. Trebek. We are the ones giving English teams that reputation.
Here is another perfect example about the scheduling...Monaco is scheduled to play on Friday because champions league game is on Tuesday so they can get an extra day of rest as suppose to City
ok bro...your right and i agree that with better scheduling PL teams will win more CL trophies and do better.
Straight from the fingertips of Aubameyang on his twitter: "I missed the preparation [for the second half of the season] through the Africa Cup of Nations" "I have to admit, I'm a bit tired."
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Shaymoose17 you always agree with me eh? :D
Yes 2016-2017 is the year when fans and players finally realized that they are getting tired of football.

Now hopefully football associations make sure they can cancel all useless tournaments like league cup , Afcon, Euros , Copa america to make sure players are fresh to play only league and CL. Since 2016-2017 is the 1st time in football history player are over loaded with football Period!
@Bazinga this has been realized by everyone a long time ago and your team was on the same boat before but now you are not on the same boat, perhaps thats why its such a surprise to you ...but its not a surprise that was discovered in 2016-17, this matter has always been around
Lol i signed up on ft years and years ago so i could like and agree with you. My covers blown! Back on topic though, a rest midseason allows players to regain focus and gives teams more times to prepare. I'm not saying that is the only reason why English clubs fall short, but is hard to say it's not a contributing factor.
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Certainly worth a read:

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11881/10703165/a-guide-to-winter-breaks-across-europes-major-leagues

What do you gain from a winter break?
-recuperation time for mind and body
-more time and analysis to spend reflecting the 1st half of the season and ways in which to improve upon mistakes made, partnerships that worked, tactics that worked etc..
-more time to prep for important matches that are coming up in the 2nd half of the season vs only getting a few days to study tape of your next opponent and run through the objectives on the training ground only to do that week after week

Maybe your pride won't let you entertain the idea, but you can't deny that it certainly doesn't hurt other European clubs to have a few weeks break.
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It definitely helps, the rest. But it doesn't explain why english teams get trashed in europe
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Found a interesting Poll.

Are you rooting for or against rivals in the Champions League and Europa League?

1. FOR — it's all about the coefficient, baby

2. AGAINST — and I hope they burn in hell

3. 50/50 — shades of grey
I would pick 2 with an exception. I dont mind seeing any of our rivals winning Europa league. But CL hell NO!
i wouldn't mind any of our rivals winning the champions league ... its still good for the premier league if any of our rivals win the champions league ... this way premier league in general gets more attention and more attention means more money from TV deals etc...
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Nope I don't want to see rivals win, as good as it helps our coefficient I wouldn't stand the bragging of their fans afterwards
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i like Leicester to win it but everyone else can get beat 7-1 for all i care
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^ or 1-6 😃
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I've only rooted for Man City to progress. C.
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Something that has obviously been pointed out many times but not discussed in-depth: why are Liverpool so good against the top teams yet so bad against the bottom ones?

We saw Spurs the other day play right into Liverpool's hands by pressing high and trying to keep possession at the back. Is it simply a case of not being able to break down teams when they put 10 or 11 men behind the ball? Is there something more?
A lot to do with how Liverpool play. They thrive against teams who attack them and come in with a positive attitude - their relentless pressing allows them to get behind teams with high defensive lines.

On the other hand, relentless pressing against lower teams only means finding themselves against 4 defenders when they win the ball in the final third. They still have to do the work to score from there but the other team is already in a defensive shape and ready.

This was the over simplified version :D Obviously there are lots of other reasons at play but I see this as a major reason.

EDIT: Joey I just realized I said exactly what you said so I added no value. LOL
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Tomi, you always add value m8
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Yeah at this point, it's not a coincidence. Klopp's system is made to compete with big teams that want to dominate games and play attacking football. it's meant to exploit a big team's usual playstyle, which includes a high defensive line and playing out of the back.

i think our defensive approach at anfield now makes a ton of sense. we simply refused to play into liverpool's hands and as a result they looked toothless and i think it was their worst attacking display at home for the season - they're set up to press and hit teams on the break. it's also why they seem to struggle so much when mane is out, they lack the same incision without his pace on the break.
what Tomi said...Liverpool front 3 needs space to make dangerous runs and against Bus they struggle to find it.

No wonder Jose managed a goal less draw at Pool like SIF mentioned...they struggle when teams sit very deep.
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Funny thing is liverpool have always played good against big teams even before Klopp. That's one of the reasons they haven't won the league for 27 years, they fail to beat the teams we expect them to beat
Champions mentality is what they lack obviously and this was aptly demonstrated in 13/14 Season where they basically surrendered the title in one game vs Crystal Palace after going 3 nil up. That is much more deeper than tactics it is psychological. Maybe they need a new team in that department
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STAT: Tottenham will have played 4 games by the time Liverpool plays again
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Annnnnnnnd we put Arsenal back in its heaven :D
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11
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25
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28
13
4
9
26
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26
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28
19
12
10
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26
16
22
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46
33
16
4
6
26
17
21
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43
24
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26
19
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