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Discussion in 'Bluemoon forum' started by Chris in London, 14 Jun 2019.
Bbc plan is to employ only scousers and rags for football.
Should've gone the whole hog and got Danny Murphy, Kelly Dogleash and Colin Murray to offer their unbiased and objective views too
Great summary from the game by the telegraph
A quick glance at the result between Manchester City and Tottenham might suggest this game was closely fought, that Spurs went toe-to-toe with City and the teams traded plenty of punches, that there was not too much to separate the opposition.
That would be an illusion and even the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, conscious his side had got out of jail long before the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) denied City victory in stoppage time, made no attempt to pass this game off for something it was not.
Tottenham probably lay reasonable claim to being the country’s third best team and yet here they were at the Etihad Stadium, battered if ultimately not beaten by a side playing football that Pep Guardiola ranked as among the best he had witnessed in his three years at the helm of this supercharged outfit.
There will, understandably, be plenty of focus on the result but look beyond that for a moment and ask yourself this: if City are able to pepper this Spurs side, one of the apparent title contenders, with 30 shots and concede just three in return (or two, according to Guardiola, who did not consider Harry Kane’s botched attempt at another halfway lob to constitute a meaningful effort), what might they do to more modest opposition?
It was probably not even the most persuasive or one sided of the many statistics that underlined City’s superiority, despite first Erik Lamela and then substitute Lucas Moura cancelling out goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.
City created 22 chances to Tottenham’s three - the irrepressible Kevin De Bruyne alone was responsible for nine of them - and Spurs managed just five touches in the opposition penalty area. City? Well, they had registered 52 in Tottenham’s box by the time referee Michael Oliver called a halt to proceedings, moments after signalling that Gabriel Jesus’s winner had been ruled out by the VAR for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.
There must be Premier League managers up and down the country shuddering at the thought of visiting the Etihad this term. It is certainly not unreasonable to think that, over the course of the next 10 months, City might threaten the Premier League’s record win of 9-0, set by neighbours Manchester United against Ipswich Town in March, 1995.
“I think we dignify this sport,” Guardiola said. “We dignify the people who pay to come to watch us and see how honest we are - to play for the people. And, more than anything, I would like - when I finish my period here - to leave that [legacy]. Especially the last two seasons, we were an incredible team. An incredible team. I’m a spectator, too, and what we are looking for, from the first day I came here, is to try to play in the way we played here [against Spurs].”
MOTD2 excellent from both Cahill and Murphy regarding VAR and the disallowed Jesus goal
A like does not do justice to those words. Pep is bang on with what he says and I just hope his ‘legacy’ can be postponed for a good few years longer.
the twwets they put up while they were talking were suggesting that var had got 100% of decisions right. WHAT ABOUT THE FUCKING RODRI NON PENALTY YESTERDAY.
I wonder in time will this magnificent team which we're witnessing actually be given the credit they deserve, players passed up for awards, points totals not really recognised, trophy hauls dismissed, record after record smashed and the most beautiful devastating attacking football this league has ever seen week in week out downplayed.
Sadly the answer is no and the reason being is that the football public are being conditioned by the media that the Premier League was more competitive ten years ago
Some really positive press about us I've seen today.
One report predicting we could break the highest goals scored in a match record more than once this season.