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  1. 10 minutes ago, ZAPHOD2319 said:


    "According to the report, the Champions League winners will let Inter choose between other players who can potentially be included in the deal: Davide Zappacosta, Mateo Kovacic and Tammy Abraham."

    Kovacic? 🤣

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  2. 12 hours ago, Tomo said:

    I never said he was but put it this way, does he start for the back to back title teams or the double winning side? or even this current one?

    The back-to-back title winning team? No.

    The double winning side or current side? Debatable.

  3. 2 hours ago, jandomi10 said:

    Erling Haaland must press if he wants to leave this summer.

    The Norwegian could cost €115 million in payments to Dortmund and another €30 million to Mino Raiola and Haaland's father. In total, about €145m million

    • @abc_deportes via @Transferzone0

    115 million euros for Haaland?

    ABC Deportes?


  4. 7 minutes ago, Tomo said:

    If he inherited him now he'd probably love him like he loved Lamps but he pretty much said that he wouldn't have brought him to the fold in 2019 if he was here (although maybe he'd have changed his mind after watching him train, if McTominay could convince him I'm sure Mount could have).

    To be fair, that was the first game of the season and it was at Old Trafford. He might have a point, especially when you consider Lampard left Mount on the bench in the next game against Liverpool in the Super Cup.

    Having said that, Mourinho was saying that as someone looking in from the outside and we also know that he isn't exactly a pioneer for youth either. 

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  5. 3 hours ago, Tomo said:

    Edit: not really the time for trivial posts.

    I saw your initial reply before you edited it.

    All jokes aside, am I really wrong to say Mourinho would have used Mount the way he used Oscar? Part of the reason why Mount has been used by most managers is because of his tactical discipline and versatility, which wasn't different to what Oscar was. Although, as self-driven as Mount is, it's debatable whether this current Mourinho would have been able to improve and make him a better player compared to say someone like Tuchel. 

  6. This is a good piece by Emma Hayes...

    Why England should play two holding midfielders at Euro 2020


    Indulge me for a moment. There is a way England could squeeze all their best creative influencers into the same line-up at Euro 2020 and, on paper at least, it is a mouth-watering prospect.

    They can have Phil Foden, such a wonderful talent with the world at his feet, as that “inner-corridor” player drifting in off the left into the half-space as he does at Manchester City, and a left-back bombing forward on the outside into the area the midfielder vacates.

    They could ask either Raheem Sterling or Marcus Rashford to provide some proper width as an out-and-out winger pinned to the right flank. His task would be to stretch the pitch and open up space for team-mates. Yes, that may not be either player’s natural game, just as it isn’t for Jadon Sancho. All three may prefer to dribble inside. But, if instructed, they could hug that touchline for the good of the team.

    They can use Mason Mount pushing on from midfield as he’s done so effectively for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, the oil in the machine to keep everything ticking over. And they can incorporate Jack Grealish, another of those instinctive in-to-out players who craves the freedom to charge forward, as a second progressive No 8. He has been outstanding for most of this season, so encourage him to play his intricate one-twos with Mount, as well as interchange and link up with Harry Kane through the middle.

    The captain, the one player in the squad who absolutely guarantees you a goal, has already publicly acknowledged that he plays with Grealish better than anyone else in this squad. They read each other’s game. The Aston Villa player is the closest thing we have to a Son Heung-min in terms of that relationship. He can drop the shoulder, go round a player, burst away and put a ball into the box. He can be Kane’s foil in the national side. It might bring the best out of both.

    Declan Rice would anchor midfield and, to ensure he is not completely outnumbered if there is a turnover, you ask Kyle Walker to tuck inside from right-back to help close down a counter-attack. He is rarely an overlapping full-back at Manchester City any more, but plays that inverted brief, one of three counter-players in possession of the ball. He knows what it entails. Indeed, lots of the personnel involved are used to playing these slightly modified roles for their club sides, and Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland have made a habit of picking up some of the best tactical innovations from the day-to-day of the Premier League and applying them to international level.

    Do that and you’ve probably got all your best, creative attacking talents on the pitch at the same time. These are all wonderful players, the kind I love, and the fact we’re playing the vast majority of our games at the tournament this summer at Wembley — in familiar surroundings at home — does make it more plausible as an approach. Against lesser opponents it might be a no-brainer. The thought of those sharp exchanges between Mount, Foden and Grealish slicing through an opposition leaves you salivating. Think of how much damage you could inflict in possession.

    It’s what my heart says England should do.

    But then reality kicks in and my head is screaming something very different. That you’d be asking a hell of a lot of Rice and, behind him, Walker, not to mention a back line likely to be without Harry Maguire for a while longer. Whenever we lose the ball, alarm bells would ring. I can hear my assistant at Chelsea, Denise Reddy, saying, “You want to play all those tippy-tappies in there? Who the fuck is going to put their foot in?” She would have a point. Are we really going to risk handing over the centre of the pitch to Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic?

    And as much as it would leave me absolutely gutted, accepting as much may have serious implications for Grealish and the make-up of the England attack.

    The original brief for this column was to examine what kind of blend you need to ensure a front three clicks, but that felt too simplistic. The make-up of your forward line has to fit into a rounded team structure. It has to complement the shape of your midfield, and even the framework of your back line. It has to reflect the resources at your disposal at any given moment.

    The duties you assign those front players depend upon whether the team are seeking to build attacks with maximum depth and width, or whether the balance works better with one player pinned wide with instructions not to stray and his team-mate on the opposite side drifting infield off the flank. It is dependent upon the characteristics of the players in your squad, and where they do their best work, but also those of your specific opponents and where you spy their weaknesses. How can you best open them up? Where do you press them? How do you stop them dominating the ball and nullify the dangers they pose?

    It also hinges upon the threat you want to carry from set pieces, and how you best repel the opposition’s own free kicks and corners. So many of these major tournaments are won and lost at dead balls. I sat down with Steve Holland for a one-on-one on that topic recently, discussing the painstaking preparations he put in around the World Cup in Russia back in 2018, and why they were so productive at the finals. Mark my words, it’ll still be a prominent feature of their game this time round because you can never pick 11 players without thinking about your set plays.

    And, in truth, that team picked with my heart would be dying defensively with so many shorter guys in the side.

    So you take all this into account when determining your shape and, within that, you pick your forward line. At Chelsea I instruct my No 9, Sam Kerr, to stay in the penalty box where her real strength is. The last thing I want is her running the channels. My whole system is based on her staying central — something I would impose, too, upon Kane — and I never compromise her positioning. Fran Kirby has a tendency to drop into those inner corridors. So, too, does Pernille Harder. But they both know that, if we’re building an attack and the full-back isn’t bombing on down the flank, then it falls on one of them to go into that wide area and stretch the play.

    I am constantly impressing the importance of pitch geography. Drilling on the training ground, so critical to everything, ensures they all know their phases, their roles, the patterns of play and what is expected of them in any context. It’s about playing to your strengths, but your strengths to beat a specific opponent.

    Like Southgate, I am blessed with options. Arguably England’s greatest strength at this tournament is their depth. This is a group who are well schooled in starting with a back three, one that might see Walker or Luke Shaw tuck in as a third centre-back and ask wing backs to provide the width. That system probably best suits the defenders and midfielders at the manager’s disposal, though not the attackers. England lack a centre-forward who wants to run the channels and stretch the play, a Timo Werner-type. You need that in a 3-4-3, a striker who extends the pitch vertically and provides some depth, opening up areas in which the team can play. Kane’s instinct is actually to go the other way and drift into midfield, as he does at Spurs. You simply can’t make the pitch short, and clogged up, if you want that formation to work.

    Even so, it is a group who can adapt within games. Footballers nowadays are far more tactically cute. They’ve been exposed to more systems at club level, and their roles have been developed to take on more. Walker tucks inside and plays as a central midfielder in possession. John Stones has those tricks in his locker that allow him to play as a libero or even a holding midfielder. Kane is not just the clinical goalscorer but can be the key assister.

    But it still needs a structure that provides the best balance between attack and defence, allowing you to excel with the ball and, if you lose it, win it back smartly and quickly. To get that right, you sometimes have to make sacrifices for the good of the group. Which brings me back to my fantasy line-up.

    The reality is that, if you don’t win the middle of the park, you don’t win games at this level. Sure, with that selection, it would be lovely when we have the ball. We would thrive in possession. But what happens when we lose it? All the opponents we come up against, starting on Sunday against Croatia — an eastern European version of Spain and masters of short-ball football — are strong and organised, and will sit and protect the centre.

    Against those who want to monopolise the ball, England will need players who can claim it back. Against those who are intent on sitting in a low block, drawing the full-backs forward and then springing upfield at pace, England will need players to stifle the counter-attacks. Rice will get stuck in. He will hold his position. He will do all the dirty work going backwards. But on his own? Really?

    No, to start with that line-up would feel incredibly brave. The moment the ball is turned over, you’re chasing shadows.

    There is a reason Mount, a player whose energy and quality neither club nor country can do without, does not play in central midfield at Chelsea, and that Tuchel still feels the need to have N’Golo Kante and one of Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic in there. Those players have to put in a shift in central areas to give others the platform to do their stuff. They stop opponents countering and give you a chance to get in among them.

    For the same reason, this England team would need Jordan Henderson or, if the man Southgate trusts as his on-field leader is not fully fit, Kalvin Phillips as a second defensive option alongside Rice to help manage the middle of the park. And, if you play Henderson or Phillips, you need Mount’s drive in there to knit it all together. He is fresh off the back of an outstanding season at Chelsea, in which he was integral to winning the Champions League and provided dynamism and goals. He has become so reliable.

    In that context, and as much as it pains me — I can’t stress that enough — it may be that Southgate has to look at the bigger picture. For me, Grealish misses out from the start.

    Cue all the accusations of negative tactics and an unambitious approach. Of picking two defensive midfielders for group games England should be aspiring to dominate. But you can’t just fling all the perceived best players into the side at once and simply assume the blend will work because, all of a sudden, you’ll find the collective doesn’t function properly. The creative free spirits you hoped would flourish have no foothold in the game without a defensive platform behind them and are starved of possession without ball-winners wrestling back control.

    Or the play becomes too clogged up centrally without someone providing genuine width to open up the space. England have been guilty of cluttering up the middle too often of late, with players’ instincts always to dribble infield, leaving our best attacks reliant upon counter-attack transitions, such as the move which led to Bukayo Saka’s recent winner against Austria. They need players to open it up, to bring the best out of each other. Hence pinning a player — a Sterling, Rashford or Sancho — to the wing to drag a full-back out of the centre and free up some space. That may not be their natural game either but, in pursuit of balance, you sometimes need to make sacrifices for the good of the group.

    The more I coach, the more I realise it all boils down to structure, structure, structure. The more I coach, the more I realise you can never compromise on that front. If you don’t have a proper structure, you’re in trouble.

    Croatia will have it. Italy will have it. France will have it. Germany will have it for sure. Joshua Kimmich will play right-back for them even though he’s a world-class midfielder. Why? Because they have enough brilliant central midfielders and they’re not risking their overall structure just to incorporate him in the middle as well.

    The same applies to England. Offering some of our supremely gifted and technical attackers a platform upon which to perform may have some people up in arms. Some will see it as pragmatism gone mad, others as overly cautious with such a talented group at our disposal. But it may actually be the best way to bring out the best of the collective.

  7. 3 hours ago, Magic Lamps said:

    Could also point to Rüdiger having used the time on the bench to get his shit together,  do some analysis of his play and improve in training. It is easy to point fingers at other but after all the stupid individual not tactical errors Toni committed in 2019/20 even the worst coach in the world would have rightly sat im on the Bench.

    Yes, we can point to individual mistakes but at the same time, Lampard's carefree tactical approach didn't help matters. Players' shortcomings were left exposed on a weekly basis and they eventually lost confidence, especially when results started to go south and that spiraled out of control. Tuchel came in, implemented a solid system with clear tactical instructions and one that hides the players' shortcoming as much as possible and lets them shine with their strengths. He has also got more out of them mentally and emotionally as well. 

  8. 31 minutes ago, chippy said:

    Tammy is always going to look like Bambi on ice, but he still scores enough goals to be a decent enough 3rd choice forward for us. TT has treated him as badly as Lamps treated Rudi.

    The ironic thing with Rudiger is most of us were glad that Lampard wanted to push him out and sell him last summer but now want him to stay because of his turnaround under Tuchel. Could point to Lampard being a bad coach/Tuchel being a good coach etc but yeah, hindsight is 20/20 and all that. 

  9. 4 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:


    🤣 Yes, I saw this the other day but my second point above still stands. Inter have 9 players at the Euros, Arsenal have 4 and Everton have only 3. We have 17, more than anyone else!

    The Athletic's Simon Johnson has mentioned that the players will be given 3 weeks off whenever their Euros is over. 

  10. 24 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

    I think the Bundesliga is a difficult league to judge players on. Even Batshuayi managed to look quality. Far as I'm concerned, most Bundesliga fans don't rate Andre Silva. (penalty merchant as well)

    Tammy has proven himself in arguably the most difficult league in the world. People tend to criticise his overall game, but at Dortmund he would be at the focal point of so many creative outlets. You just have to look at Haaland's metrics and see how little involved he needs to be in the build up. I've always been adamant that when you have Tammy in front of goal, he will likely find the ball in the back of the net. He can only get better and on a team like Dortmund, in a league that provides so much space for attackers, I think he would absolutely flourish. Far more than Silva. 

    Personal opinion obviously. 

    I don't necessarily disagree with your reasoning but it's no guarantee Abraham will be successful there. I mean for example, Immobile went to Dortmund and couldn't hack it in the Bundesliga but was/is prolific in Serie A. Even though Abraham may know where the goal is, his overall game can leave a lot to be desired. It's arguably the reason why Tuchel has not fancied him and it's probably not lost on Dortmund either. Plus financially, it also doesn't make sense for them as mentioned earlier.

  11. 10 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

    Bid 100 million + Tammy and see what they say 

    100 million is not that much of a difference from what they will receive next year when Haaland's release clause, is it?

    Also makes no sense for them to accept 100 million + Abraham when they can go get another a striker for a cheaper price (e.g. Andre Silva) than what we value Abraham if they receive 150 million+. 

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