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FTFY

Yeah that haha.
post #32 of 3717
Another one bites the dust, and River fans are not happy about it! Can someone explain how Argentine relegation works? I assumed it was a seasonal event - bottom 3 teams go down, but heard that it is cumulative based on 3 seasons
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I'm hoping for Man U, I believe Liverpool is probably going to have the biggest upswing this year. I'd like to Arsenal spend some money and get some people but god knows if that will ever happen.
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I am not convinced by Mancini as a manager I do not think City will ever win the Premier League with him in charge. Injuries have so much effect on who is in the top 4 it could be any one of 6 including Liverpool and Spurs.
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I am not convinced by Mancini as a manager I do not think City will ever win the Premier League with him in charge. Injuries have so much effect on who is in the top 4 it could be any one of 6 including Liverpool and Spurs.
The worst thing about City making the top 4 is that they'll bring that bland soccer into the CL. Not looking forward to watching City's favorite "3 holding midfielders" formation in the CL. Interesting bit of stats concerning United's new 'keeper:
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David de Gea conceded more goals to shots from outside the area than any goalkeeper in LigaBBVA last season.
I think he'll come good, but he's definitely going to have a trial by fire as United's run in to the new season isn't a cakewalk by any means.
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Neither Pool nor Spurs will have an easy time getting into the CL, but if Spurs keep Modric and Bale while bolstering a few spots I think they have a good chance. Liverpool can play very well under Kenny Dalglish, even with their current squad, which has several glaring weak points - literally no real left back, two CBs with big weaknesses, and no wide players..

I agree that if Spurs keep Modric and Bale they'll have a shot, but they desperately need a new keeper and VdV needs to play much more consistently for them to challenge. As much as I hate to say it, I think 'Pool have a great shot if they play more consistently, but too many times last term, such as against Spurs at the end of the season, they let their standard of play drop too far. I think Arsenal will have the most trouble of the current top 4 in staying in the CL places, because I can't see them spending any money, and Fabregas is almost certainly out the door, along with Nasri. United have spent 50 million pounds on 75 million pounds-worth of players. Jones is one for the near future, but Young and de Gea are ready for the big time already. Very sad to see Hargreaves leave, as he was by far England's best player in 2006 and was shaping up to be miles better than Fletcher and Carrick.
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Van de Sar is gone?
post #38 of 3717
^ Yes, Van der Sar retired last month. de Gea is pretty good though.
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I am not convinced by Mancini as a manager I do not think City will ever win the Premier League with him in charge.
I agree with that. I was so happy to see him leave Inter. He's really an arrogant guy.
post #39 of 3717
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I was so happy to see him leave Inter...

I was even more surprised at how quickly Leonardo packed up shop and bailed over to PSG.
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Yeah, that was a bit unexpected after one year, but Leonardo always had good rapport with PSG and he's going there in his preferred role. I don't think he loves the sidelines. I think Leonardo fits in well there and I would actually love to see PSG (and St. Etienne...Allez Les Verts!!!) become a top-flight team again. Also glad that Inter signed Gasperini; I think he'll do well there. Mancini was quite disliked in Milan; I don't think Moratti or many others were unhappy to see him go.
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Anyone else pumped for the Copa America tomorrow? Does it merit its own thread...?
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I am!
That's always a great tournament; just reading the list of forwards (esp. ARG and BRA) is mind-boggling.
Plus, half these guys are on the market and I think will want to show their best.

I'm interested to watch Neymar and see if he's as good as the talk. Forlan says he's in even better shape than he was in WC2010. Sanchez is motivated. It should be good.
post #43 of 3717
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That's always a great tournament; just reading the list of forwards (esp. ARG and BRA) is mind-boggling.

Yeah - I can't believe how stacked the Arg. offense is this year.

Messi
Tevez
Aguero
Higuain
Lavezzi
Di Maria
Milito

With all that talent, they'd better bring home some sort of trophy over the next 4-6 years.

Neymar I've only personally watched in a few Brazil friendlies and then throughout the Libertadores this year. He seems genuinely good - above his level in Brazil, but I think he'll turn into a Saviola-type upon reaching Europe. Especially if he opts for the Premiere League where his obvious diving won't be tolerated and the likes of Nemaja Vidic & co. will have a field day pushing around all 145 lbs of the rat-haired kid.

I will, though, be very interested to monitor the progress of this young, new-look Brazil. I became more and more impressed with Ganso's play throughout the Libertadores, and think he'll be a genuinely good European import. Silva and David Luiz could be a monster pairing at the back for years to come. I think Marcelo though warrants a place at LB rather than Andre Santos.

Yeah - I'm currently in Uruguay, so the whole world it seems is throwing hope behind Forlan, Suarez and Cavani. Could be a very lethal pairing up top for the Celestes.

Alexi Sanchez, though - don't know why he's valued at 50 million. Never saw him play for Udinense last year.

Too, for anyone who cares, all the Copa America games will be live-streamed for free at univisiondeportes.com. Don't know if they'll support replays though.
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I've been having soccer withdrawals lately so I'll be watching when I can. I'm looking forward to seeing that Argentina offense. If they could only field a defense, they might be able to give Spain a run for their money. (thinking long term here....I know its Copa America right now)
post #45 of 3717
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post
Yeah - I can't believe how stacked the Arg. offense is this year. Messi Tevez Aguero Higuain Lavezzi Di Maria Milito With all that talent, they'd better bring home some sort of trophy over the next 4-6 years.
And those are just the forwards! The midfield is very strong as well: Cambiasso, Mascherano, Biglia, Banega, Gago, Pastore. It looks like a battle between Argentina's attack and Brazil's defense. I am interested in the new Brazil as well, but besides the promise of Neymar up front the rest of the attack (Robinho, Fred, Pato) have not overly impressed lately. Their defense is rock solid as usual. Sanchez is very good, but I also think over-proced at 50M. Love Forlan, Cavani and Suárez (and Hernández). It would be great to see them play as well as last summer or better; they are such fun to watch. It would be great to see Colombia recapture the old flair again.
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