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Multi-function football thread 2019/20 season

Discussion in 'off topic' started by seagull, Jun 13, 2019.

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  1. seagull

    seagull Seabird flavour member

    Well, the fixtures are out, for the EPL at least. https://www.premierleague.com/fixtures?co=1&cl=-1

    Watford away for us to start with, again.

    Looks like I'm going to have to miss the Burnley game as Miss Seagull starts back at Uni that weekend (no great loss though, they've been terrible games the last couple of seasons).

    At the moment no mid-week home fixtures for us, which is good as it takes us ages to get home after the game, not good on a school night.
  2. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Arsenal at home.
    No clarity on Rafa.
    No comment on takeover.
    5% on ticket prices.
    Par for the course.
  3. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    I'm confused is this footer or golf thread

  4. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Chelsea start against Utd at Old Trafford, which should be an easy game.

    Frank Lampard is odds on to be the next manager and Rio Ferdinand thinks he should be appointed. https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/fo...r-transfer-ban-set-to-be-upheld-a4165466.html

    Sarri has agreed to a two year deal with Juventus. His agent has met Blues director Marina Granovskaia to finalize his departure.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been offered Eden Hazard's number 10 shirt. The 18 year old says he will sign a new deal if he is guaranteed to be part of the first-team squad. https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/12/callum-hudson-odoi-ready-sign-new-chelsea-deal-one-condition-9915463/

    Things are beginning to look good, even with a transfer ban in place.


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  5. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Might as well be golf.
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  6. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    PL predictions :-

    Champions - Liverpool
    Runners-up - City (subject to not being deducted points for cheating)
    3rd - Spurs
    4th - Arsenal
    5th - Chelsea
    6th - Man U

    Relegated - Norwich, Brighton & Villa.
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  7. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Liverpool will finish top of the Premier League and Chelsea will come third.

    Spurs will hobble in fifth. Poch and Kane will do a runner to other teams. At least they won't need a bag to carry their trophies.

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  8. seagull

    seagull Seabird flavour member

    Fixed that for you.

    I am quite optimistic about this season, new manager, new approach and some entertaining games (I think we could be the new Bournemouth, but with a better defence).

    Potter is good at getting youngsters going, we have some decent youngsters in the U23s that never got a look-in with Hughton.
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  9. bernardhepworth

    bernardhepworth pfm Member

    City to come top, Liverpool second, all those dodgy goals they got last season will dry up now VAR is coming in. Chelsea will come a respectable 10th now Hazard has gone and they cant buy anyone to replace him.
  10. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Frank Lampard with, just as important Jody Morris, and a transfer ban, would be great. I don’t care if we win nothing this coming year, putting faith in some old and some new in the likes of CHO would be great for the sort of football I’d pay to see at The Bridge.

    I’ll take all the grief from the Mancs etc if we don’t do great this season, because if we put some faith in our old boys and our youth system instead of the bonkers recruitment system we have now, we’ll come good next year.

    We’ll be building a team for the future
  11. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    Absolutely agree with that.
    A real opportunity to build a new side with a nucleus of home grown talent instead of buying overpriced (and often over the hill) foreign players.
    I suspect that when Kante returns to his correct position we might also see the best of Jorginho.
    My only concern in the medium term is that if Lamps does a good job how long will it be gefore the FA come knocking?
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  12. seagull

    seagull Seabird flavour member

    Since when has a Chelsea manager still been in place in the medium term?
  13. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    Fair point but I do sense a change in thinking at Chelsea but this could of course be wishful thinking.:D
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  14. BJP

    BJP Pink is the new Blue

    Not looking forward to VAR hopefully as the season progresses decisions will get quicker but I can see some fiascoes along the way.

    Man City - top
    Man Utd

    Utd will spend big , Chelsea have got too many good players not to be in the top three , Liverpool can't possibly get all them 50-50 breaks , Arsenal rebuilding , Spurs had their chance and weren't up to it , can't see them improving so sixth .
  15. Alex N

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  16. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    Fingers crossed we get Lamps. With Cech as Technical Direction and the pair working together, we could solve a recruitment problem we’ve been suffering from for years, namely buying players based on past reputations or some impressive Opta stats from a short season rather than buying players who ‘fit’; fit the team and the style of play.

    If we get a change of direction I might renew my membership. If Corbs changes direction and backs Remain, he might keep my membership too. Both of which would give us hope for a better future on the European stage!!

    Here’s hoping.
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  17. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Completely agree with you. It would be great if Lampard and Jody Morris built a team for the future, instead of Chelsea chasing a short term goal. You also mentioned Petr Cech coming in as technical director. Unfortunately Gianfranco Zola will probably go in the process and I like him.

    Most of the supporters would appreciate it. They don't like Sarri very much, despite the fact that he helped Chelsea to come third in the PL and win The Europa Cup.

    What we want is a club to be proud of. Getting a trophy and finishing in the top four isn't enough.

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  18. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    That sentence cheered me right up this morning. :D

  19. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    That's pretty much where I am at the moment.
    I only managed 4 games last season as travelling from France is quite an effort especially when the style of play is slow, predictable and boring.
    Lamps is Chelsea through and through and will immediately have the fans onside.
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  20. BJP

    BJP Pink is the new Blue

    Yep , although if they don't sort it out this summer they could be 6th , just can't see anybody else improving on last season except Utd , not a fan btw .
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