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LDN Blue

The International Football Thread

Started by LDN Blue,

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I am watching second leg, Greece - Croatia, Manolas could be one of the best center backs under right manager. Monster defender. Rudy is good-ish, but think this guy is level above.

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This Italy game is definitely the most important game I've watched since our Champions League-winning campaign. Forget random teams winning titles, even ourselves winning the Premier League - games like this are so much more important. Like, once or twice in a lifetime level of importance. 

2 sides to this coin tonight. Embarrassing if Italy don't get through - but getting through puts paper over the cracks; losing out is the reality check they need, sorely.

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Incredible. First time with my own eyes that I've seen genuine cheating in this game. We're not talking getting away with challenges because of a clumsy ref, but actual pre-determined cheating. 

It was already being said pre-game that there was worry of cheating - Fifa would lose 100m+ with Italy not being in the World Cup, and, pressure was already being put on refs post the previous game.

So far, 2/3 rather obvious penalties denied for Sweden. And the Swedish players are acting like they know. The ref definitely knows.

And a yellow card for good measure, for Forsberg, after denying him a rightful clear as day penalty :lol:He didn't even contest it.

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Ventura is literally the most unqualified guy I've ever seen manage a top international side. This is shambles. How is this the guy who turned Torino into a Serie A mainstay?

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Can't believe Candreva for over 5 seasons has been considered a worthy recruit for any top side each transfer window. If he was any worse at crossing he'd be circling.

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Italy sweden was so weird...three clear handballs no penalty, Olsen punching the ball back in play instead of cathching it when he had all the time and space, and Thelin literaly passing the ball towards Buffon instead of taking the shot...

On another day you could say it was match fixed to end with no goals...

Feel sorry for Italy though, they were shit, but its still italy and they often spark the tournaments. Will be big loss not to see them in world cup. Kudos to Sweden, they fought well.

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5 hours ago, BlueLyon said:

Feel sorry for Italy though, they were shit, but its still italy and they often spark the tournaments. Will be big loss not to see them in world cup.

Debatable. They were rubbish in the last 2 World Cups, getting knocked out in the group stage and winning just 1 match. Though bizarrely, they have done better in the last 2 Euros, reaching the final in 2012 and quarter finals in 2016.

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So excited to see Brazil tonight. It's a rubbish claim that they lack the brilliant players they used to & are getting results due to being a 'team'. Gabriel Jesus is probably as good as Neymar, Coutinho's no slouch at all, Paulinho's found his stride, and Marcelo/Alves is still the best international full-back pairing there is in my opinion.

Nevermind Alisson :wub:Favourite goalkeeper around. 

Glad to see Bertrand start - he'll surely be solid. 

Wouldn't have started Loftus-Cheek - it's a great compliment to him, but he hasn't got the most stamina in the world, and his mentality's always been fickle. Jerking him around a bit like Ryan Giggs alluded to, making him crave more and throwing him on later in the game, would be better for his development. It could knock the wind out of his sails putting him up against perhaps the most in-form international side around; hopefully there's no pulling him off at half time antics.
I THINK England are replicating our new 5-3-2 tonight, at least on paper, so if RLC is indeed in a midfield 3, we'll get to see exactly what we need to see. Pretty pathetic to start Livermore though; he makes the players around him worse.

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I don't really care for the England NT, but if Rashford isn't made their main striker it'll be blasphemy. By far the best option they have; would be interesting to consistently rotate him with Sturridge.

Vardy isn't what he was. Bad decision making these past 2 games; crossing the ball early since he has no faith in beating his man. Then again, he probably shouldn't be out wide.

Actually with Mourinho in charge, it's probably our only chance of signing Rashford, and I'd love to. Sell a fringe player and throw 40m as our first offer, in my fantasy land. Up top alongside Morata in a sort of Javier Hernandez poacher role, would be lovely.

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1 hour ago, Leif said:

hopefully there's no pulling him off at half time antics.
 

There's something wrong with the gods controlling youth development if before the game even begins some random pleb can predict who'll be off first. 

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9 minutes ago, Irakozium257 said:

So Eriksen just ensured our qualification to the WC with an astounding, unbelievably masterclass performance and hattrick. The guy is truly, deeply great. Him playing for Tottenham is a double-edged sword for me. I wish him so much success, yet I wish the worst for Tottenham almost always. But right now we're celebrating like it's 1699 in this neck of the woods thanks to him!!!!

What a hattrick that was, havent seen more beautiful 3 goals from a player in long long time. Absolutely fantastic. Congratulations btw

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Looks like England will play 352 in the wc which I really like.  Every one knows to build a good international teams, you build it base on one club and England will build their teams base on spurs.

Kane - alli

Lallana replacing eriksen as creator,dier/Henderson and  Harry winks 

Rose - cahill/stones/smalling/Jones - walker

 

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2 pathetic and lifeless 0-0 draws, what an absolute shower of absolute shite. This manager reflects everything England are...Boring, lifeless and dull.

Eric Dier and Livermore in CM last night and people wonder why the fuck we couldn't retain the ball or create much....Jesus christ. We might be going to the WC but we certainly won't be threatening it.

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On the other hand, Germany & Brazil are surely in the top 5 international teams. Germany were recently champions, Brazil are probably second only to Spain. And neither team, one with both Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, nevermind 2 amazing full backs, could cut through a youthful England with first-timers. 

All credit goes to those youngsters though, of course not the 'tactics'. 

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