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Everything posted by CHOULO19

  1. Since the other one got archived. If the other can be fixed please merge them later. Bayern are 1-0 against Real Madrid. I fully expect them to make it to the final.
  2. General Match Thread

    I thought we should have a thread to discuss U21s and U18s matches while they are happening. We can't have a thread for each match since we won't get many posts. Right now the U18s are looking to continue their perfect start to the season against Fulham. Loftus-Cheek just put us 1-0 up
  3. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    How is his English already better than Conte's? Obviously, we still need some work, especially in defense, but I think the biggest tactical challenge still is how to get Jorginho and Kante to play together. Sarri's system requires Jorginho to play alone in defensive midfield and I'm still not convinced that Kante can play anywhere else which is a huge problem because he is our second best player after Eden.
  4. The Conte Thread

  5. The Conte Thread

    I'd like to emphasize that all the talk of the so-called "Pee Tape" are completely unsubstantiated...
  6. The Conte Thread

    Fake news! I left because I didn't want the sex scandal between me and you to get out! It was in the best interest of the forum....and any one who's ever seen how either of looks and has any imagination
  7. Willian

    Where would Mata even play in this formation? My best guess would be in Cesc's place in a 3-5-2, but even there I would rather Drinkwater than him, not because he's a better player but because he fits better.
  8. 4. Andreas Christensen

    Yeah, I'd never thought I'd be advocating for Cahill to continue starting matches, but the back 3 looks very good and settled at the moment, would be insane to try and change it.
  9. Willian

    Ahead of Essien and Ballack
  10. Eden Hazard

    I don't think I've ever seen him more angry and less subdued after being kicked down by the opposition.....I love it!
  11. 4. Andreas Christensen

    Is it me or does Cahill look more settled and assured next to Andreas than he does next to Luiz?
  12. Politics & Stuff

    If it weren't real, it would be hilarious. Actually, it's funny either way! The rumors are that macron is there to try and get them to release Hariri (our PM). But the thing is, Hariri is a Saudi citizen (dual national) and was already mostly their puppet. He is the leader of the biggest Sunni party in Lebanon, but apparently he hasn't been extreme enough for their taste (who is??!) and has tried to distance his party too much from religious fanatics, so they took him hostage, forced him to announce his resignation and were trying to replace him with his brother who they think they can push further to the extreme. Basically, they want someone who is willing to take the country into civil war if they ask him to and Hariri was not. They actually think they can just sack our PM and replace him with his brother. I mean our democracy is flawed, but come on! This isn't the middle ages.....or 21st century Saudi Arabia!
  13. General Thread

    Not sure where to put this as it is not directly related to our ladies team: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41915005?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_match_of_the_day&ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=sport But the lack of attention this whole issue has received is just appealing and speaks more than the actual racial abuse she suffered itself. And the FA should be absolutely ashamed of the way they 'handled' this.
  14. Politics & Stuff

    Saudi Arabia is holding our PM hostage (as in literally, not politically)! https://www.rt.com/news/409320-saudi-arabia-lebanon-hariri/
  15. The Board

    I do love Ray, but he does come off like an idiot! As for Jose, they never got along (I wonder whom of the two is more to blame there ) but as far as we can tell Michael always put the interest of the club ahead of this 'rivalry' as he proved when he formally asked to terminate his contract with the club in 2013 to facilitate the return of Jose. The problem is, a lot of people are worried about Granovskaia taking over his duties because they say that we need someone who's played the sport in that position instead of bureaucrat. And I can see the logic in that argument. But many of those same people were the biggest bashers and critiques when we did have an ex-professional in that role in Michael.
  16. The Board

    Quite seriously, do the people who hate him and are happy to see him leave know why they are happy? Just to take a step back and take an overview of his role and time at the club: When he was promoted to Technical Director in 2011, we had an aging squad with an alarming player power playing a dying style of football while the club was synonymous with ridiculous over-spending in the transfer market on big names that made it virtually impossible for any youth player to break through. Over the past 6 years, we've moved steadily towards younger squads, with more flamboyant and modern style of football. The player power in the dressing room is all but gone as the Costa saga proved. We've finally reached the stage where our youth academy is actually turning a profit as we've seen this summer with Christensen, Ake and Chalobah. We've also become one of the most astute clubs in the transfer market, especially on selling players that we no longer need (so much so that opposition fans accuse us of bribing other clubs into buying our players! ). Despite the drop in our budget (relatively to the rise of prices) and our inability to compete financially with the Manchester clubs, we've still managed to steadily improve our team with FFP-compliant low net spending (even lower than Arsenal!) which has allowed us to remain the most successful team in England during these years. I know, I'm painting quite a rosy picture here, and of course there has been many mistakes and blunders, but I think it is undeniable that when looking at the overall trends the club has moved in those general directions in the right way in the past 6 years which have arguably been the most successful period in the clubs history with 2 PLs, the holy grail, a EL, the FA cup, and the league cup. Now, I'm in no way attributing all of that or any of the above solely (or even mostly) to Emenalo, but when I look at the progress and achievements of the club since 2011, I can only sincerely thank Michael for any part he played in helping us get to where we are now and wish all the best with his life after CFC.
  17. The Board

    NOW who are we going to blame for everything wrong at the club??!
  18. The Conte Thread

    Think that not shaking his hand shows that Mourinho did actually get to him. Nothing would have shown that Jose's pettiness hadn't gotten to Conte than had he shaken his hand. It felt unnecessarily petty and Jose-like. Tbf, "less of a cunt than Jose Mourinho" is not exactly a high bar. Conte is better than that, imo.
  19. The Conte Thread

    Don't like one bit that he snubbed Mourinho's handshake. He's better than that.
  20. Politics & Stuff

    Britain is something else
  21. The Conte Thread

    Think pissed Conte is my favorite He gave them nothing to fit their narrative to print. Love it! Also, English sport journos are the WORST
  22. Politics & Stuff

    Of course we're talking in ideal. In practice, corporations with most money run in the US so in this domain it's basically whatever the NRA can get away with will remain law. The media is 100% complicit in the way they always glorify the psychos. Half of those nutters will have said somewhere that they want their names to be remembered or something along those lines and the media helps create the next mass shooter by repeating his name, interviewing his family...etc. Regarding creating a cultural shift about guns, you can make ad campaigns, add it to curricula and spread awareness in any way possible but it would all be a drop in the ocean unless the way Hollywood portrays gun violence is changed.
  23. Politics & Stuff

    Course it's mental, mate. But my point wasn't that there shouldn't be less guns or a ban on automatic rifles, but that along with that there needs to be an understanding that any tighter gun laws will be implemented disproportionately against minorities particularly people of color just like drug laws are, and that any any tighter gun restrictions should start with the demilitarization of the police because you can't give the state a monopoly on violence. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, imo...
  24. Politics & Stuff

    The thing is talking about guns is the easy to do. But it's really more complex than just that because a )banning guns does not make them disappear and b )the US is not nearly the only country in the world where a large portion of the population are armed to the teeth. For example in Lebanon it would be hard to find a household without a rifle in it but we've only ever had one mass shooting in post civil war history in the 90s. That's not at all to defend their insane gun laws. I'm an anarchist but even I can't for the life of me understand why normal citizens would need assault rifles. But the difficult thing to do would be to look for the root causes of so much widespread violence in the richest nation in history, particularly among the most privileged and dominant demographic that are white makes but also look at how mental illness is treated by society as whole.
  25. Politics & Stuff

    Jeez that shooting Las Vegas beyond awful. The US so badly needs to address mental illness and gun control issues more seriously. Thoughts with the families of the victims...