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    Perfectly justified red card that one. Not sure how the commentary team can claim it was in any way harsh. Could have easily broken Kolarov's leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Perfectly justified red card that one. Not sure how the commentary team can claim it was in any way harsh. Could have easily broken Kolarov's leg.
    Yeah man I was saying the same thing, tackle was awful.

    We look okay but have no inspiration and look really timid up front. Hopefully it doesn't continue into the season.

    Also, hope we don't play 3-5-2 this year :/
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    Also, what a contrast some of these oiks are to the exemplary mannered Olympic athletes I've become used to over the last few weeks. In this regard I am thinking particularly of Mr Cole and Mr Terry.

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    I'll never understand why players who have been red carded insist of arguing with the referee. Just get off the ****ing park, he's not changing his mind you disrespectful ****.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Also, what a contrast some of these oiks are to the exemplary mannered Olympic athletes I've become used to over the last few weeks. In this regard I am thinking particularly of Mr Cole and Mr Terry.
    So much of this. What was most funny was watching the women's football (for different reasons than usual). Not a word of dissent or a hint of prickishness in almost all of the teams.

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    I am not thatmuch of a dedicated soccer follower but once a referee gives a card, is there any recorded game in history when he changed his mind and took his decision back??

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    Lovely goal from Mr Tevez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post

    Also, hope we don't play 3-5-2 this year :/
    If played in the traditional way with basically 5 defenders then yeah it is ridiculously negative for a top side but don't think we are going to see that. A proper 3-4-1-2 could be pretty interesting and could get the best out of Silva, Tevez and Aguero.

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    Really enjoyed that City performance actually. Should have had 6 or 7 by the end, flattering scoreline for Chelsea.

    Am surprised Chelsea haven't invested in some new centre backs though. Attacking players across the country will be thrilled at the prospect of lining up against Terry and Luiz based on that display, they were both really poor today, and once Ivanovic went off, the whole defence went to ****. Unless they're confident their strikers can compensate for the defence's inadequacy I can't see them doing all that well.

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    Don't rate Chelsea. I heard a lot about a new-look revolution but when I looked at the team sheet today the only new name was Hazard. Their team still consists almost entirely of past-it big names. Don't think they'll make the top four but it depends on how well Arsenal/Spurs/Liverpool keep it together.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    To be fair they still have Oscar and Marin to come, so they could yet have plenty to offer going forward. Depending on how the three new guys link up with Mata and Torres, and if they live up to their billing, they could be really threatening.

    The trio of Mikel, Luiz and Terry is extremely suspect though. And like you say, not sure how well some of the old legs will hold up as the season progresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Yeah man I was saying the same thing, tackle was awful.

    We look okay but have no inspiration and look really timid up front. Hopefully it doesn't continue into the season.

    Also, hope we don't play 3-5-2 this year :/
    What are the main reasons you hope we don't play 3-5-2 ? I was sceptical whenever we reverted to this system last season and also when we lined up with that today, but I thought today it worked pretty well, albeit against 10 men for plenty of the game.

    Kompany marshalled the two men alongside him as well as is expected, though still cannot imagine Savic will be anywhere near a permanent fixture just yet. So with Richards (when fit) and Lescott alongside Kompany it looks impressive. In the middle of park, hopefully with the new addition in Jack Rodwell, we have four decent options - De Jong, Yaya, Barry and Rodwell, if, as it appears, Milner is to play at right wing-back, a position that I hope will suit his style of play. Kolarov will also benefit from having more focus on getting balls into the box rather than defending being his main focus, though Clichy will also be effective as a wing-back.

    I guess in this system it does look as though we can play either Nasri or Silva rather than both, which may not be ideal, be I'm sure Mancini will look to be flexible when he wants to incorporate both players. The Aguero and Tevez partnership looks exceptionally promising.

    In full, I think it's a system we can make work, it looked fluent at times today, it can be an attacking formation and has the potential to get the most out of our players. It means that Nasri or Silva or whoever don't have to be stuck out on either side where they don't look massively comfortable and can influence things more from the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post
    Clichy will also be effective.
    Nah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Nah.
    Ha ha. He was very effective for us last season, barring the odd positional mis-hap, very reliable at left-back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    So much of this. What was most funny was watching the women's football (for different reasons than usual). Not a word of dissent or a hint of prickishness in almost all of the teams.
    Dunno, the Canada v US was full of some tasty tackles and rather colourful language at times
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