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On a side note, the lack of pressing up top with playing a high line puzzles me. It has been an issue under both AVB and Sherwood. It is such a rudimentary aspect of playing a high line that it makes me wonder if there is more going on than AVB and Sherwood being oblivious. I find it very hard to believe that AVB didn't know that not pressing (or stopping pressing) with that high line was a bad idea. Sherwood has persisted with the same bad idea, it makes me wonder if meddling from the higher ups is an issue. I might be willing to think it was just Sherwood if it was only Sherwood that did it, but AVB fell prey to the same thing and I have a hard time thinking in retrospect he didn't know better. AVB had priors with Chelsea in playing glacial CB's in a high line, but I would need a Chelsea fan to remember whether he also failed to press up top. I find it hard to believe AVB didn't know that pressing was a requirement for that style though. Rodgers claims to have turned down the job a few years ago based on "instability" but it makes me wonder if there weren't deeper reasons he didn't take the job.
Coutinho and Eriksen have different skill sets, but they are both creative outlets. The difference in that game in terms of defensive effort between the two was pretty stark. Coutinho has significant limitations in stamina and strength, but always puts so much energy into pressing that he isn't a total liability. Eriksen just isn't willing or isn't able to do that.
Tony Pulis appears to be a genius.
Ok, no, the ref isn't on the take, he's just completely incompetent.
Just as true as it was 8 minutes ago.
The ref has sucked, but I think the sucking has generally balanced out.
The England rags are all reporting that Sherwood's tenure at Spurs ends in the summer. Well, d'uh. Van Gaal is the overwhelming bookies favorite but I'd still Spurs paid Everton whatever it took for Martinez before Arsenal do it.
I think I've said it before, but a move to one of the NY MLS teams has to be a good possibility. The new NYC team has three DP openings, and I think this is Henry's last year under contract for NYRB. I'd guess that MLS would be willing to cover most of what Sunderland paid to AZ as a transfer fee, so at that point it's just a matter of whether Jozy is willing to make the same more pay/worse competition trade-off that Dempsey and Bradley have accepted.
No one would need to pay that for him, £1M maybe. He's damaged goods.
FC Barcelona must first lodge an appeal with FIFA’s Appeal Committee and provide written reasons for the appeal within seven days of the notification of the decision. The transfer ban is obviously the most damaging sanction that has been imposed on the club and the ban will remain in place until FIFA’s Appeal Committee confirm their decision as Article 124(2) of FIFA’s Disciplinary Code only allows for fines to be suspended pending an appeal. If, however, FIFA’s Appeal Committee rejects the appeal and FC Barcelona choose to lodge a further appeal to the CAS, the club can apply to the CAS for a stay of the sanction until the CAS appeal is determined. FC Barcelona will, therefore, want the FIFA appeal to be heard as soon as possible to enable them to urgently apply to the CAS for a stay of the decision before the summer transfer window so they can continue to sign players until the CAS appeal is heard. Chelsea were previously successful in applying for a stay of a transfer ban in 2009 in the case involving Gael Kakuta.
I know I'm going to piss some Liverpool fans off but at what amount does FSG say yes to if Madrid or some other team comes sniffing around Suarez again?
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