Could we be playing in the Community Shield after all?

blueparrot

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Read the mirror thing it's all guesswork and conjecture, the FA hadn't announced the teams in it because the cup final hadn't been played so the press invent a clickbait story. It will be Arsenal Liverpool, I'm pretty certain.
 

dobingsdobber

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Some people forget that to actually compete for the CS,one team has to win the world's oldest knock-out trophy and the other has to qualify by playing 38 games.
 

Tricky_Trev

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He won’t duck it. He’s just diminishing it so they when they don’t win it, he has his excuse. And the media have their narrative.
 

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How will that have any bearing after this intense period of games with hardly a break before going into potentially a 60 game season?
A lot of these games have been a walk in the park to be honest. The only tough games we had were Chelsea and Bournemouth.

Hasn't there been less distance covered than usual? Fewer sprints, more passes, fewer tackles?

The games have definitely seemed much less intense.

And we’ve rotated a huge amount n’all.
 

Ardwick Green Blue

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A lot of these games have been a walk in the park to be honest. The only tough games we had were Chelsea and Bournemouth.

Hasn't there been less distance covered than usual? Fewer sprints, more passes, fewer tackles?

The games have definitely seemed much less intense.

And we’ve rotated a huge amount n’all.
You can certainly say the semi final against Arsenal was much less intense. I'm still seething that no-one turned up.

The fact is the squad is training and playing games and if we beat RM then we are in the CL mini tournament. There will be hardly any time before next season starts and we will be at a disadvantage right from the off.
 

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For all the moaning about City, City’s owner and City’s money... yet the cultists only want to play in competitions that earn them the most money?

All about the money and not actually about winning trophies.
Good start to next seasons Rags Dippers rivalry unfortunately Klipperty refusing to play in a charity game falls well short of demanding appearance money to play in a memorial match. Game on come on you mercenaries can’t wait for the season to commence
 

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You can certainly say the semi final against Arsenal was much less intense. I'm still seething that no-one turned up.

The fact is the squad is training and playing games and if we beat RM then we are in the CL mini tournament. There will be hardly any time before next season starts and we will be at a disadvantage right from the off.
If we get to the final of the CL I think we’ll be in the best shape of anyone (apart from maybe United and Wolves if they get to the EL final), ready to start the season.

Pre-season exhibition games are one thing, real football games are far better for fitness.

For once, we won’t have had to go around the world three times to sell the brand and hope to get a few sponsors on board (while paying absolutely no attention on preparing the players for the season).
 

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