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DavidEU

Nemanja Matic

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But on the other hand, one can argue that the lack of rotation has cost us in the FA Cup and Champions League. Let's not forget that City managed to claw back that 8-point deficit by early January this year and we have been somewhat fortunate that they fell away so dramatically. Otherwise, we might be having a nervy end to the campaign when you see us putting in below-par performances and doing just enough to limp over the line.

That's fair. But Chelsea lost to Bradford when they had the most rotation didnt we?

And we were one set piece / Terry-Cahill mistake / Thiago Silva moment from progressing in the Champs League.

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That's fair. But Chelsea lost to Bradford when they had the most rotation didnt we?

That is what happens you don't rotate your squad and you suddenly throw in players who probably aren't fully fit and familiar with one another. Although, we should have never lost that tie having gone 2-0 up!

And we were one set piece / Terry-Cahill mistake / Thiago Silva moment from progressing in the Champs League.

Yeah but our performance wasn't encouraging, was it? We barely created any clear cut chances against 10 men for almost the entire game. We were just drifting through the match and hoping something happen for us rather than making things happen.

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That is what happens you don't rotate your squad and you suddenly throw in players who probably aren't fully fit and familiar with one another. Although, we should have never lost that tie having gone 2-0 up!

Yeah but our performance wasn't encouraging, was it? We barely created any clear cut chances against 10 men for almost the entire game. We were just drifting through the match and hoping something happen for us rather than making things happen.

TBH i dont think we have the squad depth to win the treble / double this year. Schurrle didnt progress as we all hoped - that mysterious ailment really did him in. Rami, Mikel were injured in the early - mid part of the season. Only three CBs, three experienced full backs.

Hazard is this generation's Lampard I think, in that he will play every game as much as possible.

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TBH i dont think we have the squad depth to win the treble / double this year. Schurrle didnt progress as we all hoped - that mysterious ailment really did him in. Rami, Mikel were injured in the early - mid part of the season. Only three CBs, three experienced full backs.

Hazard is this generation's Lampard I think, in that he will play every game as much as possible.

Not saying that we could have won the FA Cup and/or Champions League as well but better management of the squad would have at least helped us put in better performances and go far into the two competitions (we may even still have a chance to win it/them). Instead, we exited them in such meek fashion and with barely a fight.

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That is what happens you don't rotate your squad and you suddenly throw in players who probably aren't fully fit and familiar with one another. Although, we should have never lost that tie having gone 2-0 up!

Yeah but our performance wasn't encouraging, was it? We barely created any clear cut chances against 10 men for almost the entire game. We were just drifting through the match and hoping something happen for us rather than making things happen.

IMO the 10 men argument is false. They lost a striker, not a midfielder or a defender. And they had the game of their lives against us. Plus they were so fired up...and Jose put Zouma on for Matic just before David Luiz scored.

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IMO the 10 men argument is false. They lost a striker, not a midfielder or a defender. And they had the game of their lives against us. Plus they were so fired up...and Jose put Zouma on for Matic just before David Luiz scored.

Yup - sometimes the other team just wants it more - that's football

The odds of getting every game right are astronomical - I have moaned about Jose a lot in the recent months, but he has got the team winning and there is progress. This summer will be key - need the right player acquisitions and we can hopefully evolve - but it does take time, which is where the frustration lies.

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- but it does take time, which is where the frustration lies.

I've heard nothing but onwards and upwards from all my mates supporting our rivals.

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IMO the 10 men argument is false. They lost a striker, not a midfielder or a defender. And they had the game of their lives against us. Plus they were so fired up...and Jose put Zouma on for Matic just before David Luiz scored.

What difference does it make even if they had lost a midfielder/defender? They would still make a change to replace that midfielder/defender and we'll still face the same situation. Regardless of who got sent off though, it still doesn't change the fact that we were poor on that night. Rather than playing like a team with the man advantage, we played like one with the disadvantage. We barely troubled them for the 120 minutes while they looked more threatening and had the better chances with 10 men. We might still have exited the competition but if we're going to go out, then I would at least want my team to put in a good performance and not crash out without any fight.

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I've heard nothing but onwards and upwards from all my mates supporting our rivals.

My point is we played good football in the past but were inconsistent

We are playing winning football now, but it's not as attractive

I'm sure a balance will be found - but it will take time :)

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Watched Real vs Juventus yesterday and clutched my Head several Times, watching Paul Pogba delivering Miss-Passes and like 2 stunning dribblings out of 20 attempts. But all that wouldnt be that bad, if he possessed the slightest glimpse of Vision. Which he does not.

All that came to my mind, b/c I remembered a Forum Comparison about whos better .. Pogba ore Matic.

I mean, I always knew Pogba was overrated but watching yesterdays Match I recognized that in Matic we have Footballs "Egg-laying Woolmilkpork" and it kinda makes me nervous, because I heard roumours that Pogba could be join us upcoming Windows.

Pogba is probably not even the "F" of the complete Footballer that Matic is, and he cannot replace anyone in our Team - At least not adequately.

And that just makes me appreciate Nemanja being Part of our Squad even more.

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No comment since 14th of May for this monster of a player?
That's a product of his ever-reliability and the way he just steadily goes about his business without much fuss. Love him.
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Two thing's I love about Matic.

When a pass isn't on he always dribbles forward instead of passing back to defence.

He always seems one step ahead, he seems to clock the opponent's next move and when it happens he is there to sweep up and take the ball, happens a few times in that video As well.

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Two thing's I love about Matic.

When a pass isn't on he always dribbles forward instead of passing back to defence.

He always seems one step ahead, he seems to clock the opponent's next move and when it happens he is there to sweep up and take the ball, happens a few times in that video As well.

One thing people always seem to overlook with Matic is his playmaking ability. He can actually play a bit too going forward.

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