Recent content by alexmcity

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    Etihad Atmosphere - 2021/22

    Tension between Pep and fans is the last thing City need now. Give him the benefit of doubt (he's not a native speaker!) and move on. Remember, Pep praised the fans for attending games when City were in the lower leagues. He wants the best for City. The most important thing is to keep winning...
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    United Thread - 2021/22

    Ronaldo scores, United struggle: hopefully, a recurrent theme this season. Seriously, Ronaldo doesn't defend. He'll score plenty against poor teams, but they won't look particularly convincing as a team. Compare 10 man Chelsea vs Liverpool and 10 man United vs Young Boys. Day and night.
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    RB Leipzig (H) - CL - Wed 15 Sep 20:00 | Pre-Match Thread

    Grealish is guaranteed to start, imo. He has come to play CL football. Pep won't bench him.
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    Leicester (A) - Post-Match Thread

    Think that's the most likely team in the big games. It can turn most teams into ball watchers.
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    United Thread - 2021/22

    It's the hope that kills you. Their expectations are through the roof, the pressure on the team and the manager to win is getting immense. And this is good for their rivals, for United still have glaring deficiencies in their game, but are expected to perform better than they can. Ronaldo's...
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    RB Leipzig (H) - CL - Wed 15 Sep 20:00 | Pre-Match Thread

    It's a must win game, Pep won't experiment with the team and will play the most in form players. I expect 3-4 changes from Leicester, not 7-8. There's no need to rest players, the game is 4 days after Leicester and 4 days before Southampton.
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    #16 | Rodri Hernández - 2021/22 Performances

    3 starts, 3 wins, 3 clean sheets, GD 11:0. We are a better team with Rodri.
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    #10 | Jack Grealish - 2021/22 Performances

    Grealish is not more of the same (players we already have). Compare him to Sterling, Foden, Bernardo and Kevin. Unlike Sterling, Grealish is more of a left-sided playmaker than a winger. For instance, Ronaldinho played mostly on the left side, but he wasn't a winger. So, Grealish is nothing...
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    #16 | Rodri Hernández - 2021/22 Performances

    We scored 106 goals in 17/18 (Kun, David, Sane...) vs 83 goals in 20/21. We had more tight games last season than in 17/18. Only 3 players are guaranteed to start in this City team: Ederson, Dias and KDB. The rest may well start on the bench, especially if they experience a dip in form. Note...
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    #7 | Raheem Sterling - 2021/22 Performances

    Watching Sterling and Kane for England, you can't tell who is regarded as the much better player. If you had to name one, you'd rather go with Sterling: more lively and dangerous than Kane. Hopefully, Sterling's form for England will translate to the PL.
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    #16 | Rodri Hernández - 2021/22 Performances

    My point was that a No 6 can have different attributes compared to Fernandinho and still be a top top player, especially in a Pep team, which, as such, attacks and defends as a whole. That is the case with Rodri who is still developing as a player and hasn't entered his prime yet. He is going to...
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    #10 | Jack Grealish - 2021/22 Performances

    He's brilliant. Can't wait to watch him playing with Foden and Kevin. They will destroy defences for fun.
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    #16 | Rodri Hernández - 2021/22 Performances

    Pep's DMs at Barca and Bayern weren't like Fernandinho, but more like Rodri. And they were/are generally quite highly regarded. Nobody thinks of Busquets as a destroyer. Now, it would be really interesting to compare Fernandinho's stats from his most successful season at DM under Pep (17/18)...
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    #16 | Rodri Hernández - 2021/22 Performances

    Rodri's detractors don't understand his role in the team. They think that the main role of a No 6 is to be a destroyer. This may be true of some (bottom half) teams, but it's nonsense about a Pep team. The No 6 in a Pep (or Crujff) team is more about linking defence and midfield in a reliable...
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