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    Chelsea (A) - Sat 25 Sep 12:30 | Pre-Match Thread

    That's likely to be the first game in which Grealish, KDB and Foden start together!
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    Chelsea (A) - Sat 25 Sep 12:30 | Pre-Match Thread

    Provided that both Laporte and Rodri are fit, 10 players are certain to start, imo: Ederson Walker Dias Laporte Cancelo Rodri Bernardo Foden Kevin Grealish ? So, there's one place for Gundogan (if fit), Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling and Torres. Gundogan is the most likely to start with Kevin or...
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    Who will be our main rivals this season?

    Too early to tell. Much depends on the next 2 games. Two losses and it would be difficult to turn it around again. The injuries to Laporte/Stones and Rodri have come in a very bad moment. But we have a ridiculously talented squad, so you never know.
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    Wycombe (H) - EFL Cup R3 - Tue 21 Sep 19:45 | Pre-Match Thread

    Imo, Pep will start players who need more minutes: Steffen/Carson, Ake, KDB, Foden, Mahrez, Torres, and Sterling/Jesus. He will rest Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Dias, Gundy, Bernardo and Grealish. So, Pep is more likely to start youngsters in defence than in attack. Think Ferna is not likely to...
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    Next Manager after Pep

    Some criteria: 1. trophies 2. style 3. tactical innovations 4. development of talents 5. longevity at the top 6. overachieving, success with underdogs 1. Trophies: only Ferguson is comparable to Pep, but he managed much longer than Pep. When Ferguson was Pep's age, he had won half of Pep's...
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    Southampton (H) | Post Match Thread

    Couldn't disagree more. Rodri played both games vs Real, Rodri played when we smashed Liverpool 4:0, Rodri played when we won at Anfield 4:1, Rodri played when we won at Chelsea 3:1, Rodri played when we won 2:1 at PSG, Rodri played when we made rags look stupid in the league cup (3:1 at OT)...
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    Southampton (H) | Post Match Thread

    Not true, we continued to struggle after Fernandinho replaced him. The reason was told by Pep after the game and was obvious during the game, Pep was angry at Mahrez and Grealish for not helping in defence. Rodri was playing mostly on his own. Our league games with Rodri were infinitely better...
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    Southampton (H) | Post Match Thread

    Another 2-3 insipid performances without Rodri and some fans may understand why he was key to winning the league last season.
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    Next Manager after Pep

    Next manager will be inferior. Keep Pep as long as possible. For starters, don't allow stupid fans to rattle him.
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    Southampton (H) | Post Match Thread

    I blame Rodri, too slow... Very poor in midfield today, couldn't string 5 passes. Build-up play was far below our standards. Very, very poor. Guess Pep kind of expected a poor performance. Was it because of tiredness or the confronation between Pep and some fans influenced the team mentally? Or...
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    Etihad Atmosphere - 2021/22

    He is not a native speaker and didn't probably think the implications through. But had he said he wanted louder support, the implication would be the fans were quiet, and for him this could be twisted as an outright criticism of the match-going fans. It's guaranteed his words would still be...
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    Etihad Atmosphere - 2021/22

    I think Pep's intention was to urge the fans to create a better atmosphere at the ground vs Southampton. But he didn't know how to say it without implying the support is not loud enough, which would sound as criticism of the match-going fans. Therefore, he said he wants 'more fans' implying he...
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    Etihad Atmosphere - 2021/22

    Pep's attitude to City fans is best revealed by the fact that he is ready to stay at City far longer than he did at Barca and Munich. He wouldn't do it if didn't like the fans or something. I get that Parker wanted to defend the fanbase, fair play to him, but, knowing domestic media far better...
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    Etihad Atmosphere - 2021/22

    The roots of the current tension between Pep and some fans lies in the aftermath of the CL final. I expected the tension and sort of predicted it after the CL final after I saw the negative over reaction to Pep. One of the most successful seasons in club's history ended with a huge wave of...
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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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