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Combo XI I'd go for... 4-2-3-1

Courtois

Zabaleta Kompany Ivanovic Azpilacueta

Toure Fabregas

Silva Aguero Hazard

--------Costa-------

That's some fantasy football!
Sign him up
https://www.facebook.com/juliandraxler/photos/a.313634598700701.71876.135808799816616/766187883445368/?type=1&theater
Mou said in his press conference that Costa will start against City, and not feature in midweek against Bolton.
Remy to start his first game against Bolton?
Before people chime in about Oscar. My picks for our line up don't include Oscar and it's almost certain he'll play as he was rested mid-week. For City I prefer either an allout attack or a sturdy defense with 3 players countering. I still don't trust Oscar enough, especially against City as will be muscled out of play by City's bigger midfielders. Just my opinion, 99% sure he will start despite my not choosing him.
Which means Cesc will play too IMO. Probably a 4-3-3 or a 4-1-4-1. The 4-2-3-1 with Cesc in the pivot won't work because he plays too far forward. It would be nice to see Luis play again as he looked to be very good defending and in attack v Schalke.

If we play with a high line I would start:

----------------------Courtois--------------------
Dave--------Ivanovic-----Cahill---------Luis
Ramires-------------Matic----------------Cesc
Willian---------------Costa-------------Hazard

If we park the Bus:

-------------------------Cech----------------------
Ivanovic------Cahill--------Terry---------Dave
Ramires--------------Mikel---------------Matic
Cesc------------------Costa-------------Hazard

Giving the top 3 liscence to roam forward while the back 7 stay put.
Courtois
Ivan Terry Cahill Luis
Rambo Fabregas Matic
Hazard Costa Willian
sub: Oscar,Remy, Mikel
Can't wait vs City. Im excited yet nervous. Interesting to see how our recent leaky defence and formidable attack fare against thr current champions, away
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I had a dream last night i saw Costa beat Kompany on serial duel and glace in a powerful he@der from 8yards leaving joe hart no chance....
I.swear I had a dream bout City vs Chelsea too... But we were free scoring 7-0 ...

But thats just a dream lol
Diego Costa's evolution involved taking a back seat to Forlan, Aguero and Falcao. He fought his way through La liga's second tier for 2 seasons while Athletico sought higher profile players to carry the team. When he was finally first choice Athletico had what was arguably their best season ever. Quite the struggle he had but he's honed his skills while learning from some of the best strikers in the world. Now he's one of them. ;)

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/15116/9476205/sergio-aguero-and-diego-costa-were-atletico-madrid-team-mates-but-their-routes-to-the-top-have-been-so-different
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Absolutely among the best strikers in the game at the moment, complete in all respects.

Funny how all the Atletico strikers have now landed in the EPL. Great way to take a look at Falcao/Costa/Aguero on the same playing field. All 3 strikers had 20 goals or more for Atletico in the Liga before they left. El Nino was also a revelation when he first arrived.

A lesson can be learned by promissing young players from this. Even if there are better options ahead of you, you can learn from them and compete with them every day. People like Lukaku who call themselves complete at age 20 are kidding themselves and stifling their own developement by thinking they have nothing more to learn. It's a shame really that he wasn't willing to budge on his opinion of himself.

I remember a video that came out last year with the title "Lukaku skills better than Zidane." It was Romelu dribbling a ball in what looked lika a night club. He could barely juggle the ball more than a couple times in a row. He looked like a complete amature. I think he's surrounded himself with a bunch of yes men which is what lead to his inflated ego. I guess in the end Jose saw this as poisoness and decided it wasn't worth the trouble and all the ego stroking Romelu required. Maybe in a few years when Costa is finished destroying the league we'll bring Lukaku back for a second stint when he gets tired of Europa football.

Here's the link to that vid. Complete striker? I don't think so...

http://youtu.be/NVxo5rmTWcE
http://www.footytube.com/video/frank-lampard-picks-his-greatest-ever-team-drogba-xavi-messi-more-298030?ref=tchan_ov_vidgrid

lol check out this video, lamps picks his best 11.

he still loves chelsea! lol
Luquidator, could you check your wall mate. Gracias.
Done so.
my lineup vs city

Hazard---Costa--Schurrle

Matic--Cesc--Willian

azpi--terry--cahill--Bane

I hope Mou unleashes Willian on Toure again, mabe drop Cesc for Rami or Oscar for a stronger midfield

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What a line up, I fear for a tired Demichelis.
Hazard---Costa--Schurrle

Matic--Cesc--Ramires

Luis--terry--cahill--Bane

sub: Remy , Willian and Oscar
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swap willian with schurrle and then swap schurrle with ramires and yea that would be it
+1
Mourinho always has something up his sleeve, and this time i think it will be Mikel starting. Our midfield is just not stable at the moment, and our defenders need the extra protection.

Mikel-Matic-Ramires-Cesc midfield. Hazard free role to drift and Costa up front is my guess right now.
Theo, not a terrible idea. But I think it would play out more like this:

-------Mikel-------
Matic-Ramires
-------Cesc-------
Costa-Hazard
RETURN OF THE DIAMOND!
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Hmmm I wonder if he will play high pressing against City. If he does want you to press high, Cesc is not the right person for that.

I suspect he might go 4-2-3-1 with a solid, defensive pivot away from home and play people with high workrates in the advanced positions to press the city midfield/defence.

Mikel-Matic
Schürrle-Oscar-Willian
Costa

But part of me doubts he would drop Cesc and Hazard from the lineup at the same time..
+1
Drop Cesc and Hazard? do you want us to even score? :D

It's all about balance, he has to find a defensively solid team that can also allow Hazard freedom to express himself in attack.

Our big game lineup last season was so good, sadly no Luiz now.
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I can see a

Ramires----Matic----Oscar

Mid happening.

Or Ramires----Matic---Fabregas.

Ramires has to play tbis kind of games. But so does oscar for that energy and workrate and defensive cover against quality team
Everton (Lukaku) v Wolfsburg (KDB) in Europa today. Wondering if they still think they made the right decision for themselves?
Lukaku's decision was right..because there is no way he would have started ahead of Costa. I think Everton bought him with a plan to develop him for couple of years and sell him back to some big club with a profit.

KDB screwed it by joining a mid table team in German league...He should have moved to spain(AM) or Italy(Milan or Roma) instead...There is no way he getting out of that sh*t now.
KDB should have done like Lukaku from the beginning he would have been starting for Dortmund right now his career stalled a little and is less confident but he is getting playing time and gradually getting back to form
Yes, I remember once Dortmund came for him and we rejected the bid or something...If he improves and performance like he does for national team..maybe might grab attention of Dortmund again.
Wolfsburg isn't "sh*t* they're probably the same level as everton. KdB has also been playing fine since signing for them.
+1
If Lukaku stayed, he would have started against Schalke
If Lukaku stayed it would be 10 years on the bench before he got his chance. :D
+2
I don't see how going to either Milan team is an upgrade from VfL right now, it's not the late 90s early 2000s. He's been playing well for them, VfL is a decent team, but they certainly looked awful today. He'll be at BvB soon.


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6
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6
7
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6
2
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3
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1
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4
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5
5
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4
10
5
-1
10
9
1
2
1
4
11
5
-1
5
4
1
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1
4
12
4
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7
6
2
1
1
4
13
4
-1
3
2
2
1
1
4
14
3
-1
6
5
1
3
0
4
15
3
-8
9
1
3
0
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16
2
-3
8
5
2
2
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4
17
2
-3
4
1
2
2
0
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18
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-5
7
2
2
2
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19
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3
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2
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20
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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UEFA Champions League Table

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0
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
2
1
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
3
1
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
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