Gameweek 2: 8/18 - 8/20 game thread

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Any bad feelings about the way Mo left the pitch last week are erased a bit. He is working really hard.
 
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I do not like Pedro Porro starting over Emerson for Spurs. I hope Ange proves me wrong, but I haven't liked what I've seen at all from Porro.
 

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So Ten Hag said he was happy Maguire was staying at Man U to fight for his place, but he names two sub goalies on the bench and no Maguire. All in a week when Maguire turned down a move to West Ham, (over piss off pay off money and) to fight for his place at Man Utd.
 

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Not a red for Mac but I’m not getting busted up over Pool getting an undeserved red at Anfield, for all the mugging they’ve gotten away with over the years. Now they want the suspension overturned lol boo hoo
 

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Kulusevski isn't a bad player, but i think Spurs need an upgrade on him if they are to succeed with this Ange Ball experiment. He might not be the only player one could say this about, but he's caught my eye. I don't think he operates at a high enough level in any department, in this system and style of play. I could be wrong...and other sundry disclaimers.
 

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Kulusevski isn't a bad player, but i think Spurs need an upgrade on him if they are to succeed with this Ange Ball experiment. He might not be the only player one could say this about, but he's caught my eye. I don't think he operates at a high enough level in any department, in this system and style of play. I could be wrong...and other sundry disclaimers.
For me the left side is a much bigger problem. Van De Ven can charitably be described as adjusting to the pace of the league and he and Udogie are being pressed into turnover after turnover. Spurs can’t get out on Sons side and it’s a big problem as he’s the best attacker
 

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For me the left side is a much bigger problem. Van De Ven can charitably be described as adjusting to the pace of the league and he and Udogie are being pressed into turnover after turnover. Spurs can’t get out on Sons side and it’s a big problem as he’s the best attacker
Valid points Teddy.
 

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Mickey was really struggling with Rashford. Porro to his credit has been pretty good and Romero was a beast.

Offensively they need more from Kulu in terms of quality balls into the box and they need more involvement by Richarlison.
 

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Mickey was really struggling with Rashford. Porro to his credit has been pretty good and Romero was a beast.

Offensively they need more from Kulu in terms of quality balls into the box and they need more involvement by Richarlison.
And lo, it was willed thusly. Mon the Spurs.
 

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Ben Davies with the worst finish and yet still managing to score.

Very impressive second half from Spurs, hugely encouraging in terms of getting them into the Euro-qualifying mix.
 

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if the line was 5.5 i would take the under. If it was 4.5 I would take the under. I am gonna stick my neck out and go for 2-1 Spurs.

I want Man Utd to get stuffed to be honest.
Ask and ye shall receive.
 

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That's 2 games in a row where the Spurs have dominated the second halves. I like it.
 

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I thought it was a pretty bad game from ETH. After a really flat performance against Wolves, he came out and made zero changes, including starting Garnacho, who looked pretty useless for the second straight game.

In the second half, Spurs were clearly the tactically superior side, using the fullbacks and overruns to string together passes in the final third and create chances, while United seemed to only be able to hoof it to Rashford and hope for a catastrophic mistake from Spurs that never came.
 

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I thought it was a pretty bad game from ETH. After a really flat performance against Wolves, he came out and made zero changes, including starting Garnacho, who looked pretty useless for the second straight game.

In the second half, Spurs were clearly the tactically superior side, using the fullbacks and overruns to string together passes in the final third and create chances, while United seemed to only be able to hoof it to Rashford and hope for a catastrophic mistake from Spurs that never came.
With Wolves getting pantsed today, the evidence points to last week being “Utd bad” not @wolves good”
 

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United actually were better for XG but I agree. Rashford wasted up the middle and Garnacho is not ready to start.


I’m not sure what he’s going to do with Mount. Casemiro seems on an island. Maybe everything gels better with Hojlund, and United did start slow last year, but so far they aren’t cohesive.


How come no 5 posts this week complaining about the no call pen? ;)
 

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In addition to the 40M I’m glad that the sale of Gordon enables me to hate him freely. His career will be damaged by the fact that he is such a gigantic knob. Off at 55’ because he can’t quite control himself from leaving his studs in just for the hell of it. No way he gets through 90 without a second booking.
 

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I thought Man United's press was very effective for the first half hour or so, and they generated a lot of attack off forced turnovers. But they didn't have a Plan B, and their own possession play was poor. Once Spurs adjusted their buildup to deal with the press (and as United tired and the pressing intensity flagged), United's goose was cooked.
 

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It's telling that my reaction to losing and being solidly outplayed by City, but playing some football in there as well, is largely positive. They are just way better than everyone.
 

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Villa are 3-0 up against Everton 35 mins still to go in the second half. Villa are cruising now. DCL was subbed off (in the first half) with a swollen face after taking an early knock. Not sure if he'll miss the next game or two, but he's got a permanent sick note so one can never bank on his fitness, and to be fair, no one does. It's a shame for him though, he tried to stay on the park but the swelling was bad.

Everton are in trouble already. Relagation contenders. They need to score, they cannot score.
 

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Everton are in big, big trouble. They seem to have been priced out of the market for players with multiple suitors, and they lack the scouting and infrastructure clubs like Brighton and Brentford and Palace have to stay above the drop.
 

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Today is a complete shitshow for Everton. Iwobi also off with a hammy.

Im more concerned about the defending. Keane and Patterson have both been awful.
 

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Jhon Duran scores 50 seconds into his Premier League debut. Villa lead 4-0 at a canter.

As a Chicago Fire fan, I’ll tell you Duran got into 7 matches last season, usually as a late game attacker (avg 20 minutes per appearance). This was his first goal, though. Glad for the kid. He seems to be maturing a lot and is in great hands with Emery. Massive future ahead of him.