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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5bd1T5wqnM

Should make for an interesting London derby. LOL
Lamela:

‘It is something that can help me,’ said Lamela, aware that Pochettino, as a fellow Argentine, is being billed as the man to solve the mystery.
‘He has helped me a lot of times. But, really, it depends on me. It is down to me: how I train, what I do in training and in matches. Then I think he will put me on the pitch. I will play wherever he puts me. I have to adapt. If I am on the pitch, I will do my best.
‘It is a challenge for me because last season did not go as I had hoped: the injuries, maybe because I was not 100 per cent. These are things you have to overcome and change yourself. You always have to improve. I don’t know how far I can go but I will try my hardest to make my team win. I want to train to the maximum and continue to improve as a footballer.
‘I am still young. I can improve a lot but it depends on me. This season I want to help my team and my team-mates to reach our aims. My aim is always to give to the team all that I can and to be 100 per cent focused.’

‘To come on and help change the match was great. It was a really difficult match because of the heat. Mamma mia, it was super-hot. We are not used to it. The most important thing is that we came back and won the game and returned home as winners.’

Then Danny Rose said this interestingly:

‘We were allowed a night out in America (in pre-season) and we all saw a different side to him,’ he said.
‘He really came out of his shell and was having a laugh and a joke with everybody. I was warming up with him last night and you could tell he was raring to get on the pitch.
‘He did well to assist Robbie (Soldado) for the first goal and was involved in the second.’

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If Fazio comes in, he'll feel even more at home. Someone on the fringes of their country's national squad and trying to break in, in a foreign league... just having a friendly face can help. Poch certainly has helped for him, as have his family by moving down to be with him. The difference shows already in the way he's playing and his body language.

Soldado, Holtby and Lamela were all almost inseparable during the pre-season as well. It isn't a mere coincidence that Lamela knew where Soldado needed the ball to get the best out of his volley skills. They knew each other well enough to understand the runs and ball played. They will get better. By next season, if we persist with our attackers (Townsend included), they'll be a whole new bunch of players. A team.
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Indeeed. Next season we'll challenge for the PL title I reckon!
I'm very excited if we get Fazio. Since worshipping Kanoute years back , I got into a habit of watching Sevilla's big matches. Not only is he calm and composed on the ball, but his prediction of interceptions is fantastic! His long-ball passing is a bit off (lucky because Poch hates long-ball) but his main trait is aerial ability.

Without Dawson, as we saw against West Ham, set pieces are our achilles heel, so this could be a very astute signing by mauricio.

In other news, Redknapp, like Mauricio, managed at Southampton and Tottenham and both managers were born on March 2nd!
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I'll trust Poch on this one, I've never heard of him so I'm going to have to go one what you all say, I've heard mixed feeling towards him but you bring up a good point about set pieces. West Ham bullied us at the back, I'd hate to think how we would've coped if Carroll was playing. For the money being tooted as well it's sounds like a great deal, I know Sevilla were very keen to keep hold of him.
I'm glad there's one person atleast who knows of the player and is excited by the prospect of Fazio joining. I admit I have never seen him play and there aren't even highlight reels for him. A la-liga friend of mine (TheBarcaShow) described him as a "more mobile mertesacker".

Dier's set pieces were honestly a bit poor. He froze and didn't mark anyone. He needs to learn how things happen here and that'll take time. I'm just glad he's not off the pace with his positioning. But we will need someone better than Dawson and Kaboul. As much as I love Kaboul, he seems to barely scrape a handful of games a season. Getting in someone to replace those two is important. I feel we'll go in for Musacchio again at a later date, or maybe Moreno in the next summer.
I might be in the minority, but I'm in a bit of a celebratory mood. High chance of Vlad being sold and Depay just signed a new contract at PSV (really didn't want him). Bring on a CB and keep the rest of the players!
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Not quite as celebratory but I didn't want Depay either.

As for Vlad, a shame he wasn't given time to establish himself, but if a replacement is coming then I'm all for it.
I don't think we've seen enough of Vlad to decide whether anything about him. I quite liked him, I don't mind a bit of flair in the back, it makes the game exciting haha yeah I want to win and blah blah blah but I loved the cheeky flick over the striker in Europa which I know if he had messed up would have been a goal for sure but I DONT CARE lol
Why didn't you want depay? He is easily one of the most exciting youngsters in football, built for the prem, scores and assists, fantastic professional 20 years old and won't cost an inflated amount.
I hear ya, Frank and Fay. I know I'm in a minority. It really isn't about that flick. I just don't rate him as a defender and think his positional senses are way behind even Veljkovic. He's playing defenders onside all the time. The fault isn't with Vert playing out at LB. Even when Vert was around, he played strikers or even wingers onside. It is the kind of habit that really isn't suited for a pacy league like the EPL. He'd recover or Walker would for him, but that just doesn't cut it for us. For him to learn to erase that is not going to happen in a season or two. Atleast, it won't in my opinion. I'm willing to accept I might be wrong, so it just is that. My opinion. Nothing else.

@SiF: Take a look at the goals scored by him last season. Most of them were such horrendous defensive errors, that a championship squad would get a rollicking from its manager for those errors. He is incredibly selfish, holds onto the ball far too long and refuses to pick up good passes most of the time. He dribbles a few times too much and more often than not passes it back or turns possession over. Look at full games, not just a highlight reel and you'll see it too. If we want "young potential", there's Townsend doing just that for us at the moment. If we can "groom" someone into getting those errors out of their game and play more for the team, we might well do it for a local lad who can play in that exact position. Don't need to shell down some 15-20 million to do that and then have to worry about losing yet another Homegrown player as well.
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I am with Mags on Vlad. When we signed him, my only issue with him was his tendency to dribble a lot more than a centre-back should. By the end of the season, I am convinced he is poor man's Luiz. His composure etc will be better off in Serie A where he is likely to have more time to play in the defence.

Depay? Unless we were getting Griezmann(or someone of that ilk), I would rather keep our current lot. Don't want any more potential when we have more than enough potentially good players in the same position.

Worried about Fazio. Don't think he is much of an upgrade. No idea how he works in a high line.
PS: Delighted for Carroll. :)
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Greizmann :'( Was an impossible dream. But it was fun while it lasted. lol.
Woah. Swansea loaned Carroll.

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/swansea-loan-for-carroll-220814/?

What's this? Transfer news under our noses day?
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Yeah I agree good move for him, I hope he gets some decent playing time!
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Perfect team for him. A team that plays a passing game. If he gets around 15-20 league games to show his quality then it would give him a great opportunity to prove at this level
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Indeed. He was wasted at QPR with the "go play a bit" tactics of 'Arry. This will do his confidence a lot of good, even if he gets to play just 15-20 games, it still is EPL standard games.
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Swansea have a mint squad if they can keep Bony.
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Tough for Carroll as we have so many midfielders and he's 22 now so he would have to be listed in the 25 man squad. I had hopes Carroll would do well so we'll see how he goes at Swansea now. I don't think there will be more loans after this, he'll either be sold or perform well enough to get into the 25.
Fazio is the latest link. 10 million Euros buyout clause is the word going around, and I don't know much about him. Unlike Musacchio, I've never seen Fazio in action and I only have stats to go by.

Apparently a good header of the ball, 6ft 5 inch tall. Not too immobile as expected with a player of his height. He's captained Sevilla for 3 years now, and has been consistently pretty good. He won't be ground breaking, I suppose, but an upgrade over Dawson, Vlad and the current Kaboul I suppose. Increasingly more and more reports about Vlad being sold.
Emery on Fazio today:

"Fazio has little or no chance to be with us tomorrow. Fazio's departure makes us happy for him. The side effects of this is to win titles. We preferred him to stay."

Seems to have finished his final training with his old club. That escalated quickly. Most of us barely knew about this rumour in the first place.

Looks like a Dawson replacement. Like for like? Unlike Musacchio, this deal has me more worried than excited.
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According to Fifa stats, it is indeed a like for like, except Dawson is actually a bit better with slightly better pace and headering etc.

He's been a regular at Sevilla though, and looks like a good partner for Vertonghen in the middle of the park. Will also help with the development of Kaboul and our other CB's. We'll wait and see.
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Well, fifa always has the habit of overrating players from the EPL and they barely do any research. They still have Dembele with his CAM stats and no defensive stats. I wouldn't go by it even as a rough benchmark :P

Very simple question. Would he be an upgrade on Dawson? Yes. Not difficult. Would he be more stable with injuries than Kaboul? Yes. Irrespective of what happens with Vlad, he's an upgrade on what we have. We have to reshape that backline totally. I doubt he'll be the #1 defender for us two years down the line, but the state our defense is, we've got to re-form the backups as well. Lets face it, our defence was below EPL standards by a long way last season.
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It was fine when we had an established back-four, but when Rose got injured at left-back and Vertonghen got pushed out, it all turned to s**t.

This season, it is just important to get an established CB pairing. The best defences in the league are always the ones who can regularly use the same 2.

I was joking about the Fifa stats by the way, wasn't using it seriously to gauge a comparison.

(This is more than just a game...)
It is the silly season. My sense of (basically non existent) humour basically goes afk to take a dump on one of Saturn's many moons. Not a wonder I didn't get the fifa joke.

Another Argentinian
What are people's thoughts on balotelli to Liverpool.... I hate the guy, especially after the 2012 game against city with the stomp on Parker then winning the penalty. But there is no denying that he is a beast in front of goal. He is pretty much a like for like trade for Suarez great goal scorer with tons of on and off the field drama.
He's nowhere near Suarez' standard, except he has even more issues. In the long term I don't think it's a good move to drag him into the Liverpool squad, so I wouldn't mind seeing him there.
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I don't even rate him that highly as a striker. Not only this, but he could potentially ruin what is an extremely tight dressing room
@Paddy "extremely tight dressing room" is a bit of an overstatement in my opinion, they have a good squad who had a good season together last year, but they have brought in 8 new players. I don't think so much he causes problems in the dressing room any ways; he's a loose cannon but if Rodgers thinks he can get the best out of him, then he will be a formidable threat up front.

@Swearingen Like for like with Suarez is incorrect imo. Sturridge is more Suarez than Balotelli. Balotelli is a strong CF bt he doesn't play the way Suarez or sturridge do who are a threat with their runs and getting into clever attacking positions by slipping past defence. Balotelli is a younger, stronger, faster version of Lambert; who was bought just to add some depth into the squad.

Will be interesting to see how Rodgers integrates Balotelli into the team. I would like to see Sturridge and Balo up front, with Balo making a nuisance of himself, Sturridge will be afforded more space.

I'm just glad there are thousands of KM between my house and him. Diwali (Indian festival of lights with billions of fireworks) coming up here, and I won't feel safe with him around :P
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If Balotelli will provide an implosion to a team who we are fighting for that top 4 spot, then by all means let him enter the fray.

And Suarez is much much better than Balo imo.
Bargain. His goalscoring record has been good regardless of his attitude. Works for a team like Liverpool who won't have to entirely rely on him.
I wonder if he will celebrate his goals at Liverpool. Will he play against city on monday?
Sadly, he won't. Most likely we will be the first to witness the balo show/no-show.
When I said like for like I meant scoring bags of goals and being slightly insane. I think Suarez is better the balotelli but there is no denying balotelli can rake in the goals.
hey guys sorry for bothering. i need a help in getting the ticket to arsenal vs city this september and all of them from the official website are sold out. so any of you from london/manchester with extra ticket or know how to get one a.s.a.p. please hit me on my wall. thanks.
"please hit me on my wall" ...
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Right lads, the big question. What's everyone preferred team for the match against old arry?

--------------------------------Lloris------------------
-Dier------------Kaboul-----------------Verty-------------Rose-
---------------------Capoue-------Holtby-------
--------------Lennon------------------Eriksen--------------Lamela
-----------------------------Adebayor------------------------------

Townsend, Dembele and Kane as subs. Thoughts?

Edit: That is supposed to be a standard 4-2-3-1 by the way haha
I would start Kane over Ade at the moment though I can't see Poch trying to upset Ade so early in the season :P

Vert looked in pre-season mode. Isn't Naughton suspended?

If he is, then we might have no choice but to put Dier on the right and a less than match-fit Vert. No Hurry with Davies, Rose is fine for the moment IMO.

A bit of a toss between Bentaleb and Holtby. Rest pick themselves
Good point about Naughton (edited).

Agree about Bentaleb and Holtby, although I'd say that with Capoue covering, Holtby can be given freedom to affect the game higher up the pitch (his vision for through-balls is astonishing). I'd be happy with either.

Ade is our starting striker and although Kane impressed today (as with previous performances), Ade hasn't had a proper PL game to strut his stuff yet (I don't count West Ham as indicative of anything considering what happened).

We had trouble with QPR last time they were up. Really hoping for a more comfortable game for us this time around...
Harry all so played a 4-5-1 the last time QPR came to the Lane, so let's hope he comes to play... Saying that, I think he'll employ a similar tactic making QPR a tough egg to crack.
Holtby reminds me of a vicious dog charging at a burglar to get back what's stolen. He does a full sprint towards the player and it is next to impossible to determine when he'll make the challenge, or when he'll just get in the way for an interception. The opponent will make a mistake eventually, especially if they are tired in the second half of the game.

I'd start with Dembele in the first half, and Holtby in the second half. He is the perfect super sub.

Vert looked really behind the pace, but unless we want to start with Daws or Fredericks, we really don't have much of a choice.
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Oy, Sir Derpington! Do the honours please.
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Lamela just looks so good in the high press, with all those quick passes...So much excitements for season :D
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Weird... It feels like a different game to that piece of s**t I just watched. Honestly, that stream nearly drove me to an early grave.
+3
Great movement for that second goal
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The first goal had a really good run from Chadli too, but it was overshadowed by the quality of Lamela's pass and Soldado's Volley. The second would not be possible without the vision of Lamela again. The pass was underhit, but he knew Kane had an opening and saw it and passed it on to him instead of taking a pot himself. Soldado saw the opening too, and made the run to create it in the first place. It is really intelligent football. Something I can see a lot of if Soldado, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli and Holtby or even Dembele play together.
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Here's to hoping, Mags!
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