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Everything posted by Robchels

  1. Kevin de Bruyne

    I disagree. It’s the characteristics. Kdb is far superior at passing and shooting, while hazard relies exclusively on dribbling. If you move the defense line deeper, that helps blocking Hazard with defenders in proximity, but does little against a player like Kdb. Hazard is poor at long-range shooting and pretty mediocre passer for his overall quality. His passing distinctly lacks range. like I said, at least to my eyes, kdb is usually the key player when Belgium wins against any tough opponent. but then again, I’m not a hazard fan. He’s overrated for me.
  2. Kevin de Bruyne

    Well, my unpopular opinion around Here has always been that he’s Belgium’s best player, not hazard. hazard is more easily contained, still not easy obviously, but teams can give him the side and contain his influence. Kevin plays in the centre and has a huge passing rage, which means that he can be dangerous even still far away from opposition goal, which means away from the contested areas. and then if he does get close to the opposition goal, he can still both assist and score from afar. That’s a lot to worry about when playing against him. Therefore a team who wants anything from playing Belgium needs to stop Kevin, imo.
  3. David Luiz

    Just luiz being luiz. That’s not the story tho...Watford had 24 shots in the second half... got bullied for sure. Watching it now. then again, it’s just arsenal being arsenal.
  4. Chelsea 0-1 Valencia

    Valencia is in turmoil. Great time to play them and blood our young squad in CL. really an ideal match for us, but obviously not to be taken lightly.
  5. The English Football Thread

    Yeah maybe a bit embarrassing esp conceding 3, but that’s what makes football so popular imo. It’s a low scoring game, so it gives more chance to the smaller sides. cups showcase that nicely. Still, we will get to see who’s who later on in the season.if injuries can affect a team like city, imagine their impact for the smaller sides.
  6. The English Football Thread

    City had players coming from the international break, so it wasn’t just he defense that looked jaded. This is a great time for smaller sides to play the bigger ones: early in the season and coming from break. our result at Norwich was definitely important esp this early. Now over time Norwich lack of depth will also play a part, at which point they will struggle a bit.
  7. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Speaking for myself of course, but I usually look for quickness in general. How quickly a player gains control of the football (first touch) and then, assuming he has good technique, how quickly he can make use of his good technique. That shows how natural he is with the ball at his feet. The final pass and/or finishing is the tricky part because even the talented youngsters may not have that well-developed yet. Power, positioning, decisions, and concentration, are typically things they will have to develop still. So, for me Cho’s quick feet and good technique make him a very good prospect, even if there is risk in betting so much on him. There is always a risk.
  8. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Agreed, caveat injury. The injury does make the delay in signing the contract a bit more suspicious as in, why isn’t the player rushing to sign given he’s only now returning to full fitness ? What if he re injuries his Achilles?
  9. Wolves 2-5 Chelsea

    It’s a bit of both. Not keeping possession and not winning second balls makes you run constantly chasing the opposition. the main reason I disagree with the singling out being done, esp azpi. Someone will always look bad and it is usually in defense, but it’s always the team.
  10. Bruno Guimarães

    Looks like a great talent. Been following the “copinha” but Grêmio was missing Everton Soares “cebolinha” when they lost to athletico and got eliminated with PKs. So I think athletico is going to have a very hard time against internacional (hate them more than arsenal but they will win this). Still think the gem from Brazil is Everton Soares, but fuck Guimaraes is 21, passes like fabgregas and scores too! Sounds like a nobrainer to me. If he does not develop can always sell for 200% profit like Oscar, but gotta make these bets! btw the final to watch will be gremio vs Flamengo semi libertadores. Both very progressive styles. Flamengo have the overall better side with our own Felipe Luiz at LB, but nothing at the level of Everton Soares imo. just heard that Brazilian players are prevalent in the champions league.
  11. What are your pet peeves?

    The disrespect towards marina. As an older dude, think she’s totally doable, and with cruelty.
  12. Like I said sad and dark indie songs, but at this very moment: angel Olsen, Jenny hval, and that one song from vnv nation (illusion).
  13. Wolves 2-5 Chelsea

    Think their other Target, Everton Soares has the finishing. Yes, he's older (23), but fuck he has the finishing. Starts for brazil and scores every fucking game. Tite is going to move Neymar to the centre to give the left wing to everton. Short dribbling, pace, strength, and work rate. The thing holding him back is that his rights are owned by 3 parties. Gremio who wants 40m for 50% and then 2 more guys asking for a lot... so no, not cheap. Arsenal were quoted saying it is a difficult deal.
  14. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Well Madrid bought hazard. It’s only natural that they now want to buy his legs too.
  15. Wolves 2-5 Chelsea

    I've been watching different games than most here apparently. Because in last two home games we've totally dominated by mediocre opposition in the second halves. For me it does not matter too much who plays in CB (although experienced players may help in getting the team organized), if clumsy Zouma or nervy Tomoro, but we will leak goals eventually if we can’t keep possession and then lose every second ball in midfield and attack. There are a lot of spaces in between our lines, and that needs to be addressed by all 11 players on the pitch, not one or two. I'm fairly certain frank sees the same, it's both obvious and a little embarrassing, but it is already difficult to make a team compact and focused with experienced players, let alone youngsters who are mostly new to this level of play. One of the most blatant differences from championship and PL sides, aside from technique, is physicality. Any physical advantages that our academy players may have had playing championship (and they did with their better preparation) is just nonexistent in the PL, esp against stronger opposition. Still, we need to fix these gaps if we want to stabilize the team. I was hoping for a more pragmatic approach in the beginning of the season, but I am also very curious as to whether he will tweak his approach in these more challenging away matches. Can't imagine that our progressive style will do too well away from home in its current state. A riddle about academy players: if you can acquire a youngster from a smaller club to replace a player you already have: they are the same age, position, and about the same level of play. Do you keep your player, or acquire the one from the smaller club? yes, it is a bit more nuanced than hat, but the answer makes sense and it is the opposite of what most fans would think or like. (The answer is above)
  16. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Thinking more about the situation, reckon his youth may actually help us, as well as his career, because he will still be 23-24 at the end of the deal. So it’s not like he would be thinking of slowing down or anything like that, by then. now he just needs to sign the deal... Reports seem to be regurgitating old news.
  17. 9. Tammy Abraham

    It’s not an analysis, but a fan video. It handpicks specific plays depicting his most glaring deficiencies as strengths. His holdup play is nonexistent. He loses most disputes in the air with his back to the defender, which is evident when contrasting with giroud who wins most of them (his strength). tammy has qualities esp finishing, obviously, but he’s not there yet even as a limited striker. He has long ways to go to become a good player, let alone great.
  18. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    I hear you, and certainly wasn’t thinking about sympathy here ;), but different things. zillionaires still seek more money even if they don’t need it... and they don’t. we are also talking about a very tiny percentage of players who get to this level. The vast majority don’t really make a lot of money playing football. regardless, by 30yo they are looking into what they will do next, esp attacking players.
  19. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Optimist side agrees with you. The cynic says, “it’s Bayern’s problem.” At least no news is good news - it means they are still talking.
  20. Oscar

    I will always wonder what if mourinho had not overworked Oscar as the 4th mid for that title win. On the other hand a competent wildcard, 4th mid, workhorse, is key to winning silverware.
  21. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Right on! tend to be too negative at times as well even like the super sad indie songs the most. In my defense, I get paid to see worst-case scenarios. Dunno whether that’s cause or consequence. However, in football, being able to see things from a different POV, seems to work for me. Footballers have a very short career, so it is just natural they think about money most of the time.
  22. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    You are prob right. Sad when losing a promising youngster to Bayern isn’t the worst-case scenario.
  23. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Notice that all mentions of playing time being a factor, likely just PR from agent, are 6mo+ old including the quotes posted above. Would be naive to not consider the possibility he may sign with a rival in Jan.
  24. Danny Drinkwater

    DUI are tricky. Was he really impaired, or caught at a random stop after having a couple? Latter is just a money-grabbing thing (not very scientific). based on his behavior it is likely the former tho. Either way, don’t understand why rich footballers want to drive cars esp after having a few.
  25. 19. Mason Mount

    He has lots to improve on. He's got loads of potential... not only his ability to score and press, but his control is pretty tight, which enables him to do pretty much anything on the pitch. But he needs to learn how to slow down the game at times to fend off pressure. None of our youngsters, unsurprisingly so, do that well enough, which makes defending a lead very difficult.