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Did anyone see Aguero's reaction whilst the build up to Silva was happening? Was clearly not happy that Yaya didn't play him but I hope that's all it is .. Scared we're gonna end up trophyless and then Kun is gonna reconsider his options :(
Today was not a good day in terms of teamwork at all. Too many people running into each other's paths. I think the scoreline was too flattering for us. Disappointed with the game somewhat.

Yaya does not track back. Silva and Aguero are of no use in defense. Kolarov is running wild on the left flank - we are always going to be overrun on the counter.. no matter what team is playing us.

Has Pellegrini not seen the goals being scored against us? Similar pattern again and again and again. Yaya or someone similar gives away the ball in the middle of the park when we have 8 players forward - the opposition counters and scores.
tread gently Bony.....!
I want Aguero and Bony firing on all cylinders today. Aguero needs to be slightly withdrawn so he can make those darting runs into the box. Bony to bring the ball down and hold the fracking defenders. GRRR!

If Pellegrini plays Aguero/Dzeko/Nasri/Silva together again then I am going to lose it.

EDIT: Today's team:
Hart, Sagna, Mangala, Demichelis, Kolarov, Yaya, Fernando, Jesus, Silva, Bony, Aguero

VERY good team. I'd rather had Milner play, but this is almost perfect. Let Kompany rest for a game as well. Bony and Aguero in attack.
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While our team struggles in CL, our young guns are getting the job done. Props to them!

http://www.uefa.com/uefayouthleague/news/newsid=2214502.html
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So what do you guys think? IMHO Pellegrini should now focus on cementing the top 3 position. I don't mean to have a small club mentality, but financially we HAVE to secure CL football. That's the only way we will be able to beat FFP and have a chance at rejuvenating our squad. We cannot afford to pay crazy sums like what United can actually afford to if they don't make it to the CL. Pellegrini has to think tactically and do a little bit of a Mourinho now. We should be closing out games and have discipline to grind out results.

Arsenal are much more dangerous than anyone has ever given them any credit in the last few years. I have a strong feeling they will ditch their #4 reserved spot and finish 2/3 this year.

United, with all their stars and as badly as they have been playing, have been grinding out results and will be a tough team to beat when we play them later this term.

Liverpool will be buoyed by their victory over us and they are honestly gelling together very well now. We are playing So'ton and Spurs in the end. Going to be very difficult games.

We really need to post 12-13 points in the next 5 games.
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To be realistic we will be out of CL in that return leg, so the whole team can concentrate on catching Chelsea and win the league again. 5 points are feasible, we can win and top 3 isn't good enough.
Now I wish we still had Mancini
Well it will be more likely 8 points to catch up with. I am not saying we shouldn't try to win - but there will be situations where we will try to go gung-ho rather than closing out games. I'd rather win 1-0 than end up 3-3 or 2-2. With Pellegrini's current strategy we are extremely volatile and even the minnows take a shot at us (and succeed).

Yes, Mancini was more pragmatic in that way. I think the player we miss a LOT is Tevez, who, although part of the attack - also contributed to the midfield.

When we have Dzeko/Aguero/Silva/Nasri playing, none of them are too keen to track back. Toure is no fighter when it comes to defending. That leaves Kompany and exposed to making really bad challenges. I think this is the biggest problem. Aguero should really be operating at the edge of the box, not inside the box if we play two strikers (not like Navas can find anyone with a cross even if we had 4 in the box). Milner has to play more. Silva/Nasri can only play together if we have a single striker setup. Right now we are just full-on attacking and forgetting that there is a concept called defense.
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Yeah, I've noticed our whole attack set of Dzeko/Aguero/Nasri/Silva don't do much defending. Yaya has just lost it as a DM and well its pretty much up to Fernandinho(when he starts) and Kompany who's out of form but poor guy gets no help for teammates.

I just miss Tevez, I wish he never left. He was a workhorse and dropped back to the MF to set up play or connect passes to start an attack from MF. When we start Navas/Milner we actually get wideman that can drop back and defend but Navas is not useful with crosses. We have no possible replacement for Yaya so its just a tough situation.
Totally un-biased question:

I've noticed that in the last (can't remember how many) games, you guys have been relying on your old guard. I mean, the players your team brought in were supposed to try and "depose" the starting 11 right? I don't really see and of the new transferees playing any better than the guys who were there before. :/

also, if you were Pellegini, what would you do: either motivate your current players? or buy someone new in the TW and sell some?
Yes, the fact is that the new players have not improved the squad at all. The whole point of 'wholistic' football was to introduce talent with the same ideology. Instead the squad has just aged without any reinforcements. We stand a risk of no trophies for multiple years now.

If I were Pellegrini, I would either buy someone that can improve the team, OR blood youngsters. OR drop players when they under perform.
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Some players Id like toes us sign this summer.
Mateo Kovacic- great dynamic center mid for inter milan.
Samuel Umtitti- great young french center back for Lyon (better than mangala)
Ricardo Rodriguez- fantastic left back for wolfsburg had a good world cup.
Cahaglu (butchered that)-attacking mid for beyer leverkusen who's been awesome.


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All of them are fantastic players. The only one I would say is probably too undeveloped if Kovavic
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I think the point is that city need to redesign the team by introducing young talent rather than splurging unsustainably on older players
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Mateo Kocavic is a really good player but would he be ready for the physicality of this league. His only 21 years old and still developing, I like the fact that his a really good deep-lying play-maker but the PL can come of a shock to some players coming in from a slow paced Serie A.

Umtitti I think is a one hell of a talented player but no point in judging Mangala in his first season, cut the guy some slack, remember Demichelis in his first season? Also we have Rekik and Nastasic on loan and would much rather see both come in considering its cheaper.

Ricardo Rodriguez is going to be tough, I think his top quality but with City also being interested in De Bruyne who I would much rather see join City rather than Canhaoglu, who still developing as well. I don't think their going to let anyone of their players go for cheap because their going in UCL next season.

During the summer I want to see:
LB: Someone young
CM: No clue but Yaya replacement.
AM: Most likely Kevin De Bruyne
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Yeah I think my point is that we need to take the risk is sign these youngsters who still are developing. There is no reason why we can't be part of that process. I think debruyne is very good but I want us to take more of a risk in investing in young talent not just the academy program.
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Pellegerini should swallow his pride and Nastatic, get a good back up for silva and maybe ship out clichy and get a decent LB ( williems) and some pace on the wings wouldn't hurt.
+1
Umtiti can play LB.
Wow, what an utterly terrible performance. In the first half we had few chances and even managed to get an equalizer. Although we usually play better in the second half but this was not the case today. To let in 2 goals from distance just goes to show how poor our defending was today, not to mention how many times Liverpool were opening up our defense. Our defense was weak, our MF was useless and our attackers were shut down.

Its pathetic the way we set ourselves up and I gotta give some bad props to Rodgers. His team had a tough start to the league in the beginning of the season and his switched his tactics to a 3 man back-line with makeshift wing-backs and 3 attackers leading the lines. His now leading Liverpool on a wining streak, that's what I call bold! He knows how to switch things up when their not working and is confident enough to do it. Then theirs MP, who seems to think playing that same formation and tactics will win us games over and over again. Its just not f*****g working and he needs to be able to change things up or give young players with hunger a chance or else his gone by the end of the season because his looking like Mancini 2.0 in his second season at City, he was stubborn and would stick with the same formation and players constantly even when we were losing. Although I can't blame MP for everything, the players were so s**t today, I mean they didn't look hunger enough to win it until the final minutes but it was to little to late as always!
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Promote the EDS team to our regulars. Anything would be better.
+1

Very Sad to see how day by day we are becoming an ordinary team, with highly paid players who is not doing what they are paid to do.
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GF
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D
W
Pl
Pos
63
35
22
57
2
6
19
27
1
58
32
27
59
4
7
17
28
2
54
23
30
53
6
6
16
28
3
53
21
26
47
5
8
15
28
4
51
12
30
42
7
6
15
28
5
49
19
20
39
9
4
15
28
6
47
6
38
44
8
5
14
27
7
42
-1
34
33
10
6
12
28
8
40
-4
37
33
10
7
11
28
9
39
5
34
39
9
9
10
28
10
35
-11
43
32
11
8
9
28
11
30
-8
39
31
12
9
7
28
12
30
-10
36
26
12
9
7
28
13
28
-8
41
33
12
10
6
28
14
27
-11
37
26
13
9
6
28
15
26
-16
39
23
10
14
4
28
16
25
-23
38
15
15
7
6
28
17
22
-19
47
28
17
4
6
27
18
22
-22
47
25
14
10
4
28
19
18
-20
44
24
17
6
4
27
20
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
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
0
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GA
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D
W
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15
12
4
16
1
0
5
6
1
8
1
8
9
2
2
2
6
2
5
-6
14
8
3
2
1
6
3
5
-7
13
6
3
2
1
6
4

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