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Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Stevesquash, Oct 6, 2019.

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  1. doctor_mac

    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    We know from last season those points can evaporate in no time. More encouraging for me than having this cushion is seeing the fragility of City just now. They looked nervous yesterday, and Wolves could have been a few up by half time. They are made of biscuit at the back. We can't play them soon enough.  I'm also encouraged because we definitely haven't clicked ourselves.We're 8 points ahead without playing our scintillating best.  We know that there's a lot more to come from our own side, and we hope that sooner rather than later Ox and Keita will be pulling their weight too.  So yes, this could still all go wrong, and it is very early days, but so far, so good.
     
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    moron i am legend Member

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    No 6 months, so he could be back for 2nd part of the season, unless they sell him to Bayern in Jan, in which case just reserve the victory parade bus doc.  But Sane then becomes our Euro problem.
     
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    Frogfish Gone to Redcafe Member

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    The longer Laporte is out the better it is for us. Fernandinho is no CB replacement (and Guardiola saying they won't buy in January is awesome if it's true). I really hope we play them before he's back.

    UPDATE : 4th Sept: 'Has undergone [knee] surgery after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus. A more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.' No Return Date given.

    There are definite signs of us clicking, especially over the past few games. 30 mins of awesomeness against RBS and again against Leicester yesterday (without the killer touch). We are definitely improving despite our leakiness.
     
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    What we missed last season was City getting drawn into a battle for 2nd when we had that lead, to distract their attention. They're 1 point ahead of Arsenal who whilst being a shambles, have Lacazette returning and a long stretch of winnable games. Would love to see them somehow get a couple of points ahead of City and take the heat off.
     
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    Depending on the next 3 games, it will be very interesting to see what we do with the club world cup. I wonder whether we send all the kids and potentially if we get to a 'final' we send 2-3 of the bigger guns like Milner, Hendo, Origi etc. to join them. In my mind that is a competition we sacrifice completely to get the first teamers some artificial rest time, given the games will cause some of our games around that time to be scheduled with them in mind..
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    Let's wait and see how the table and our squad looks like in January.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    it will be interesting. It is a competition we never won I beileve so I would love to win it. Also good for the whole club to keep on winning trophies, so such a trophy should not be given away anyway. And I guess in a dark cold December the players would appreciate some sunny days even if they are competitive. With no PL stress on their shoulders it can even give us an energy boost ahead of xmas program if we play it right up to then.
     
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    Brizzle Very Well-Known Member

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    I'm only interested in trophies that add to the number on our 'champions wall' unless you think they'll create a new one for this (I don't..)
     
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    Isn't there a Winter break this season?

    It really should help us if there is and I think it takes away some advantage of City's superior squad.

    Hopefully we don't back all sluggish like our mid season trip away last season.
     
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    The issue is the PL stress it will create. Don't we miss a game (or two) that will need to be rescheduled at a later date ?
     
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    There is a train of thought that although we came back sluggish it helped us maintain our form and fitness to the end of the season. More information would be helpful if that is true.
     
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    Yeah, it's basically a week off fixtures, between the 8th & 15th Feb (half the teams take off the first week, the other half the second week), so in total every team should get 10 days rest.
     
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    I'm convinced that's why. We also start the season sluggish after the long term fitness drills too.
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    Didn't we use one of the "free" weekends (out of the cup early) in January also for a trianing camp abroad? It definately helped us towards the end of the season. The season before we looked really knackered towards the end of season (I guess it didn't help having only 11 good players available though).
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    They should. It is on par with the UEFA supercup.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    They will DEFFO add that to the Champions wall. It is definitely more meaningful than the 'Super Cup'.
     
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    Insignificance Bad to the bone Member

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    You don't say that?
     
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    8 points is a good lead to have at this stage, defo would've taken that before we played Norwich

    But still only October & wed have to keep playing like we're the chasers & not get too comfortable sitting on gap we have.
     
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    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Of course they will
     
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