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10 minutes ago, Pizy said:

So are we not playing another warm up match before the season starts? One match against Brighton weeks beforehand with loads of players missing surely isn't enough.

From looks of it nope..dont think anyone else is either. Guess season starts in 2 weeks and teams don't want to risk it? Duno seems strange that one game is it.

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9 minutes ago, Laylabelle said:

From looks of it nope..dont think anyone else is either. Guess season starts in 2 weeks and teams don't want to risk it? Duno seems strange that one game is it.

Haven't Liverpool and Arse both played about 3 preseason matches each?

Seems pretty ridiculous to enter a season with the likes of Thiago Silva, Havertz, a new keeper etc having never even played together before. At least Timo and Ziyech have been here training for weeks.

Have a feeling that we'll be seeing a lot of Alonso, RLC/Barkely, Kepa and all these players who aren't up to scratch for quite a while until our new signings get up to speed. Which could cost us some important points.

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27 minutes ago, Laylabelle said:

From looks of it nope..dont think anyone else is either. Guess season starts in 2 weeks and teams don't want to risk it? Duno seems strange that one game is it.

Don't think clubs have much of a choice. Players will only return to their clubs on Sept 8-9 and the season starts on Sept 12. Only City and United have some space to play 1-2 pre-season games before their first league match. 

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Kovacic Captain, Thiago Vice
 
I expect Kovacic on the bench and Koujt starting instead.

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17 minutes ago, Pizy said:

Haven't Liverpool and Arse both played about 3 preseason matches each?

Seems pretty ridiculous to enter a season with the likes of Thiago Silva, Havertz, a new keeper etc having never even played together before. At least Timo and Ziyech have been here training for weeks.

Have a feeling that we'll be seeing a lot of Alonso, RLC/Barkely, Kepa and all these players who aren't up to scratch for quite a while until our new signings get up to speed. Which could cost us some important points.

Most clubs are on the same boat. United and City haven't even started their pre-season yet.

Don't really think it would be an issue for future signings to fit in immediately, especially the keeper and defenders. For instance, we signed Kepa 3 days before the start of the season 2 years ago and he immediately went into the XI in the first game. Silva, maybe, won't start the first game at most since he's in quarantine anyway. Havertz, if/when he does come, would probably have been slowly integrated as well. 

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19 minutes ago, Jason said:

Don't think clubs have much of a choice. Players will only return to their clubs on Sept 8-9 and the season starts on Sept 12. Only City and United have some space to play 1-2 pre-season games before their first league match. 

And I guess also its not like they haven't played for months and be rusty. Gotta do what can be done with short amount of time and all..no point cramming games in with little time before the real thing.

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1 hour ago, Pizy said:

So are we not playing another warm up match before the season starts? One match against Brighton weeks beforehand with loads of players missing surely isn't enough.

For all intents and purposes most players have more pre season games playing for internationals.

Not ideal (especially to build up team rapport) but the short break plus that should make them pretty match sharp by the time we return to The Amex.

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Getting basically a whole new defense organized and gelled literally on the fly and once the season has started is probably going to be rough for a while. Yes, other clubs are in the same boat but it just feels super poorly thought out by the league.

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