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Manchester City look like they could do the business this season. They hit Watford for six earlier today. I didn't watch the Liverpool game but they drew 1-1 so I assume their defence let them down as per usual.

 

http://www.football365.com/news/klopp-no-better-defenders-out-there-than-the-ones-i-have

 

His teams play great attacking football but Klopp clearly hasn't got a scooby-doo when it comes to organising a defense. I looked at the Liverpool subreddit and they were saying somebody didn't mark the far post (might have been near post I forget which). It's clearly not just the players that are the problem anymore. Not that I'm complaining though.

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NB96    795

Another 4-0 win. Was a close game until the last 10 minutes where they just fell apart. We didn't play great but we looked more solid once Herrera was subbed on. We drew 1-1 with Everton twice last season in the league so it's nice to get a win over them. Koeman talked shit about us a lot last season for no reason but he clearly has a big job on his hands. Very little pace on his side, and he signed a bunch of players who don't seem to have addressed Everton's biggest problems. Rooney was surely not meant to be the Lukaku replacement, they needed to go a spend that Lukaku money on a quality striker. I'd say Giroud would have been a good signing for them but he doesn't address that pace issue either.

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NB96    795

A professional 1-0 win vs Southampton. We played poorly in the second half but our defence stayed resilient and showed their mettle.

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+Urthor    10221

I mean the Southampton game is worrisome for United just because City haven't exactly shown any sign of letting up on quality and United's quality was pretty down at various points in the last few games.  Squad looks competitive and Lukaku looks like a god cleanly finishing heaps of stuff, but it's been an easy start so far.  Nobody would say the current squad is more than a grab bag whose strength is the ridiculous depth it has across the 25 players more than the best XI.  

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NB96    795

Another dominant 4-0 win. Mourinho is turning us into a real force. Liverpool after the international breal will be tough though.

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+Urthor    10221

He's overworked Lukaku though, 3 games in 6 days, he's going to pay for that when Lukaku missed 3 weeks in February because he ruthlessly burnt him early like this.  

 

Can't really rely on Ibrahimovic coming back so why overwork him in these games vs the lower table. 

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NB96    795

City also won what will probably have been their toughest game of the season on paper: Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They will likely win the title, I don't think we can win it unless we add a new player in January, besides Ibrahimović who wont even be first choice anyway behind Lukaku.

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+Urthor    10221

The difference between City winning the title and City bottling it is an ACL injury to KDB so never call it this early.  

 

Also Chelsea were gassed after their midweek so hard to read into it.  

 

It's certainly a 3 horse race.

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NB96    795

Everton lose again, this time to Burnley. This can't go on any longer, they had a tough start but they lost to Apollon Limassol too. Koeman could be the next managerial casualty this season.

On the bright side, r/Everton is a goldmine:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Everton/

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NB96    795

Manchester United vs Liverpool at 12:30, Liverpool are in a bad run of form and without Mane too. We should hit them on the break since their defense is vulnerable. Our strength is on the counter which happens to be their weakness, teams that sit back or a problem for this Liverpool side.

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NB96    795

Really poor performance from us, but a draw at Anfield is acceptable. I just wish we could have got at Liverpool's defense a little more.

 

Mkhitaryan shouldn't be a starter. He's just not good enough, he will never take the game by the scruff of the neck. The assists he has gotten this season have managed to mask his awful performances but I'm not fooled. Why oh why didn't we get Mane instead.

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+Urthor    10221

I mean you expect better from United's roster.  Honestly you have to be worried the league just turns into a processional for City at this point, if United can't compete with City nobody is going to

 

 

Also that game fucking boring and a complete showing of why people bash soccer in favour of other sports. 

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NB96    795
7 hours ago, Urthor said:

I mean you expect better from United's roster.  Honestly you have to be worried the league just turns into a processional for City at this point, if United can't compete with City nobody is going to

 

 

Also that game fucking boring and a complete showing of why people bash soccer in favour of other sports. 

Was a typical Mourinho away vs top six performance though. He'll do this vs City, Chelsea and Spurs, and if we get draws at the Etihad, Stamford Bridge and w/e Tottenham's new stadium is called those are all good results. For me the question is how we will play at home.

 

Did anybody catch ArsenalFanTV after they lost 2-1 to Watford?

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NB96    795

Leicester have sacked Craig Shakespeare. Guess they have their sights set firmly on Carlo Ancelotti LMFAO

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