EPL Season 2019-20

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EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Pruitt » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:16 am

Might as well get it started...
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/30/spurs-shatter-club-record-lyon-tanguy-ndombele}Spurs About To Sign Ndombele[/quote wrote:
As is always the case, this guy went from "who?" to "whoa!" to "they have to sign him!" to "my new favourite player" in the space of three weeks.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Rush2112 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:20 am

Pruitt wrote:
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Might as well get it started...

Spurs About To Sign Ndombele

As is always the case, this guy went from "who?" to "whoa!" to "they have to sign him!" to "my new favourite player" in the space of three weeks.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by mister d » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:19 am

I've "never actually seen him play", but Rodri seems pretty legit based on everything I read? Goes from Fernandinho being indispensable to wondering how they're going to work out the minutes back there.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Pruitt » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:20 pm

I am not convinced that Rafa Benitez is as great a Manager as some pundits believe.

But he is a damn sight better than classic English retread Steve Bruce.

Newcastle will be Bruce's 11th coaching job in 20 years.
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Post by Baloney » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm

Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long

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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Pruitt » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 pm

Baloney wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long
There are a bunch of guys - Bruce, Hughes, Pullis, Allardyce, Warnock who just seem to get recycled from one mediocre team to another.

Is there really such a dearth of quality young English managers?
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by degenerasian » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:44 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Baloney wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long
There are a bunch of guys - Bruce, Hughes, Pullis, Allardyce, Warnock who just seem to get recycled from one mediocre team to another.

Is there really such a dearth of quality young English managers?

Too scared to try unproven guys due to relegation and panic.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Baloney » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:08 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Baloney wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long
There are a bunch of guys - Bruce, Hughes, Pullis, Allardyce, Warnock who just seem to get recycled from one mediocre team to another.

Is there really such a dearth of quality young English managers?
You missed Pardew off that list

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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by DaveInSeattle » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:37 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Baloney wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long
There are a bunch of guys - Bruce, Hughes, Pullis, Allardyce, Warnock who just seem to get recycled from one mediocre team to another.

Is there really such a dearth of quality young English managers?
David Moyes is thinking 'Hey, what about me?'

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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Pruitt » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:41 pm

DaveInSeattle wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Baloney wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Wow I'd never have guessed he'd been a "coach" that long
There are a bunch of guys - Bruce, Hughes, Pullis, Allardyce, Warnock who just seem to get recycled from one mediocre team to another.

Is there really such a dearth of quality young English managers?
David Moyes is thinking 'Hey, what about me?'
He's got "Crystal Palace" written all over him.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Baloney » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:08 am

Bookies say the chance of aliens being discovered this year is 10 TIMES more likely than Arsenal winning the Premier League title

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/footb ... eague.html

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Post by The Sybian » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:50 am

Baloney wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:08 am
Bookies say the chance of aliens being discovered this year is 10 TIMES more likely than Arsenal winning the Premier League title

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/footb ... eague.html
The headline seemed depressing as an Arsenal fan, but reading the article, it's more depressing that they are putting the odds at 5-1 that this whole Area 51 bullshit succeeds in proving intelligent alien life landed on Earth. Arsenal 50-1 to win the league seems about right, if not optimistic.
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Post by Baloney » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:53 am

Proposed new Everton stadium look pretty good

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Post by mister d » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:27 am

Are they the logical team to make the jump if the big 6 becomes 7 or would it more likely be an out of nowhere new-money deal?
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:09 pm

Well Pulisic is starting his Blues career the right way.
2 goals in the first 45 against Salzburg

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Post by govmentchedda » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:37 pm

Both goals were nice, but dayum that Pedro goal!
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Post by The Sybian » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:04 pm

wlu_lax6 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:09 pm
Well Pulisic is starting his Blues career the right way.
2 goals in the first 45 against Salzburg
2 goals 8 minutes apart, and drew a PK in the middle. Factor in the celebrations and time to set up for the PK, that is a very brief window of actual game time.
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Post by Shirley » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:47 pm

Not EPL, but did you see what Diego Costa did against Real Madrid last weekend? Four goals and a red card. That's the Diego Costaest game ever.
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by Pruitt » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:38 pm

Spurs on a buying rampage!

Love the Sessengnon signing. 19 years old, 5 year contract, could be huge.

As for Ndombele and lo Celso - never seen them play, but midfield was a real weakness last season, and the reviews are great on these two guys.

I'd be surprised if Ericksen lasts the day in London, but if not, this midfield is stacked.
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Post by Baloney » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:50 pm

Everton have paid Arsenal $65m for Walcott & Iwobu, let that sink in

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Post by The Sybian » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:25 pm

Baloney wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:50 pm
Everton have paid Arsenal $65m for Walcott & Iwobu, let that sink in
No!! Not Iwobi! I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but he is first cousins with my best friend growing up. My parents still do stuff with his parents, so my Mom got into watching Arsenal out of interest in seeing Iwobi play.
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Post by govmentchedda » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:37 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:38 pm
Spurs on a buying rampage!

Love the Sessengnon signing. 19 years old, 5 year contract, could be huge.

As for Ndombele and lo Celso - never seen them play, but midfield was a real weakness last season, and the reviews are great on these two guys.

I'd be surprised if Ericksen lasts the day in London, but if not, this midfield is stacked.
But Ryan is tiny!

He had a fantastic 17-18 season in the Championship with Fulham, and I'm pretty sure I saw him play in the Championship as a 16 year old when I went to Craven Cottage in spring 17. He seemed to get lost in the shuffle last year. Fulham were abysmal, so it may not be on him. I'd love to see him flourish with Spurs.
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Post by Pruitt » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:18 pm

govmentchedda wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:37 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:38 pm
Spurs on a buying rampage!

Love the Sessengnon signing. 19 years old, 5 year contract, could be huge.

As for Ndombele and lo Celso - never seen them play, but midfield was a real weakness last season, and the reviews are great on these two guys.

I'd be surprised if Ericksen lasts the day in London, but if not, this midfield is stacked.
But Ryan is tiny!

He had a fantastic 17-18 season in the Championship with Fulham, and I'm pretty sure I saw him play in the Championship as a 16 year old when I went to Craven Cottage in spring 17. He seemed to get lost in the shuffle last year. Fulham were abysmal, so it may not be on him. I'd love to see him flourish with Spurs.
The Belgians at the back will cover up a lot of mistakes.
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Post by Shirley » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Pretty crazy week for Chelsea and David Luiz. He was ostensibly one of the starting center backs at the start of the week. He had signed a two-year extension this summer, which Chelsea had previously almost never done for an over-thirty-year-old player.

Then, news came out on Wednesday that Luiz had been held out of practice and was demanding a trade. Thursday morning, it was official, Luiz to Arsenal.

Crazy stuff. Good thing Chelsea had kind of a glut of center backs. We'll keep one or two of our young guys who were otherwise gonna be loaned.
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by Pruitt » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:41 pm

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Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:15 pm
Pretty crazy week for Chelsea and David Luiz. He was ostensibly one of the starting center backs at the start of the week. He had signed a two-year extension this summer, which Chelsea had previously almost never done for an over-thirty-year-old player.

Then, news came out on Wednesday that Luiz had been held out of practice and was demanding a trade. Thursday morning, it was official, Luiz to Arsenal.

Crazy stuff. Good thing Chelsea had kind of a glut of center backs. We'll keep one or two of our young guys who were otherwise gonna be loaned.
And 8 million pounds?

I don;t think he's much above average, but even so, it's a good pickup for Arsenal.
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Post by The Sybian » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:05 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:41 pm
Shirley wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:15 pm
Pretty crazy week for Chelsea and David Luiz. He was ostensibly one of the starting center backs at the start of the week. He had signed a two-year extension this summer, which Chelsea had previously almost never done for an over-thirty-year-old player.

Then, news came out on Wednesday that Luiz had been held out of practice and was demanding a trade. Thursday morning, it was official, Luiz to Arsenal.

Crazy stuff. Good thing Chelsea had kind of a glut of center backs. We'll keep one or two of our young guys who were otherwise gonna be loaned.
And 8 million pounds?

I don;t think he's much above average, but even so, it's a good pickup for Arsenal.
I think he more than makes up for the loss of Koscielny. Love Koscielny, but he is 33, and has missed significant time through injuries over the past 2 or 3 years. If only Mustafi would leave...

Anyone know anything about Nicolas Pepe? Arsenal splashed £72 million for him, so he better be damned good.
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Post by Shirley » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:23 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:41 pm
Shirley wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:15 pm
Pretty crazy week for Chelsea and David Luiz. He was ostensibly one of the starting center backs at the start of the week. He had signed a two-year extension this summer, which Chelsea had previously almost never done for an over-thirty-year-old player.

Then, news came out on Wednesday that Luiz had been held out of practice and was demanding a trade. Thursday morning, it was official, Luiz to Arsenal.

Crazy stuff. Good thing Chelsea had kind of a glut of center backs. We'll keep one or two of our young guys who were otherwise gonna be loaned.
And 8 million pounds?

I don;t think he's much above average, but even so, it's a good pickup for Arsenal.
He's still pretty damn good. Yes, he can make mistakes, but he sort of offsets that with his offensive abilities which are uncommon for the position. He's a great long passer, pretty good on corner kicks, and an occasionally brilliant free kick taker.

He's also (usually) a crowd and locker room favorite. Which is part of why this was so odd. He seemed really happy at Chelsea (and vice versa). This seemed to come out of nowhere. Maybe he and Lampard had something simmering from when they played together.
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by A_B » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:04 pm

8 million is basically a free for a guy who can contribute.
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Post by Shirley » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:22 pm

Yeah, in a regular, open market, Luiz certainly would have been worth more than 8M, but I think Chelsea just wanted it done. Not much downside for Arsenal at all.
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by mister d » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:08 pm

Who had Norwich scoring inside the first 8:00???
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Post by DaveInSeattle » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:45 pm

Alisson going down with a leg injury...not good...

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Post by mister d » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:56 pm

Last time a PL team lost a goalie to a torn achilles in August, they won the league.
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Post by mister d » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:27 pm

Is Liverpool bored or prone?
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Post by Pruitt » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:15 pm

mister d wrote:
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Is Liverpool bored or prone?
Bored.
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Post by Pruitt » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Welcome to the big league Villa.

Scored in the 9th minute on a nice long ball play, but I don't think they had a shot on target for the last 80 minutes. Spent the entire second half dodging bullets, and once Ericksen came on in the 65th minute, it was game over.

They didn't have a single corner...

But what drives me nuts - and you hear this whenever a team plays like this and loses late - is when the announcer says that "you have to feel bad for" the team.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by mister d » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:49 pm

🎵 VAR, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again 🎵

Except I’m spelling out V-A-R while singing. Fucking hell.
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Post by A_B » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:47 pm

I’d point and laugh but I imagine it is going to fuck every team at some point.
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Post by mister d » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:59 pm

Every club will be fucked out of the champions league and then, just for fun, in week 2 at some point.
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Re: EPL Season 2019-20

Post by Pruitt » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:41 pm

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I’d point and laugh but I imagine it is going to fuck every team at some point.
My thoughts exactly.

But it is so nice to have it fuck over Abu Dhabi City!
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