‘Saka for England’ and more weekend reactions…

Date published: Monday 17th February 2020 8:24

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Ba-dum-tish
Ohhhh so it’s three points for a win now. When did they do that?
Alay, N15 Gooner

 

Some Arsenal positives
Very briefly, after a boring first half although we showed 15 minutes of positively without capitalising, the second half was much more satisfying. I don’t think 4:0 was flattering at all because we performed very well.

The main thing is….we won! Also, for Pepe to get assists again and a poacher’s goal, Ozil and Lacazette to score is very positive.

I’m a big fan of Pepe and I think he is coming good. However, we need to keep hold of Saka!
Chris, Croydon

 

Saka for England!
Bukayo Saka should go to the Euros as back-up left-back to Chilwell. The incumbent was simultaneously on the same pitch and not in the same league yesterday.

He should. But he won’t. Because, you know, Gareth Southgate.
Johnno

 

Boring? I think not
The Premier League may be done and dusted as far as the winners goes, but the race for the Champions League looks fascinating. Assuming City’s ban is upheld, anyone in the top half of the table is in with a shout. Even Burnley in eleventh are only six points off!

Here’s to a mad few months.
Rob

 

Cut Man United some slack, please
Wow who are the hordes of people who should be drawn and quartered for giving poor Mik a hammering…oh it’s just Luke Shaw, Jose (who has a pop at everyone) and count it one article for twisting the kind of statistics that are used every day to justify Ole attacks.

First of all I don’t think (and probably Luke Shaw doesn’t think) Mik should be losing his job because we are objective enough to understand that he has a rebuild to do.

Luke’s point is that the same courtesy is not being given to his manager. There’s an article on this website about six positives from Arsenal’s current plight (before the Arsenal win) most of those same arguments can probably be made by Man Utd fans only most of our clowns are already gone, because we are further down the road in our rebuild.

If anything Luke is having a pop at the likes of this website for your double standards. If Utd should fail to win at a ground they have hardly won at since Ole was a player (and we weren’t winning frequently at the Bridge then either ) There will be 427 articles on his unsuitability for the role .

It’s alright to remind us that Mik has got more points since he arrived than everyone, I think that’s great but stop telling us after every Utd setback that we should dump the manager we’ve got and replace him with a guy who got less points than him from Dec 2018 till his sacking early this year.

There are big issues at most of the clubs currently managed by the DNA squad ( nd your website came up with that nickname), don’t consistently defend some and go after others while ignoring the obvious issues.
Roode, MUFC

 

And stop hating on Jose
You have to find a way of concealing how much you dislike Mourinho.

Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you don’t care. You seem quite loud and proud of it. It’s a bit shrill, but you loved Poch so it’s understandable. We all loved Poch.

But I’d respect you all more if you could find a way of being less one eyed.

There are currently three articles on your homepage about Spurs. This is how they go:

Tottenham find a way without forward thinking (it’s a compliment, sort of, but it’s a back handed one)
-Mourhino blames…
-Mourhino interrupts…

Here’s a less explosive but fairer headline – Mourhino is doing a pretty good job. It’s coming together, not perfectly but this is a team making progress. This isn’t the team that’s going to lose 3 – 0 away to Brighton.

I’m glad he took over, I’m grateful to him for giving the club some stability. It’s likely that it’ll go dark and stormy like it has in the past. But that’s not what it is now. Judge him on what is happening in the present, not what you think is going to happen in the future.

The whole premise of articles like Mediawatch which has been so good for so long is poking holes and fun at the sensationalist, empty sycophantic reporting of the tabloids. But you’re not looking so different to them at the moment guys.
Andrew, Woodford Green

 

On the Marega farrago
So Moussa Marega gets so incensed by the continuous barrage of racial abuse dished out at the hands of Neanderthal Vitoria Guimaraes fans, that he decided he wants to walk off.

‘Please don’t walk off, I’m sure they didn’t mean it…let’s play some more football’ Is essentially what his teammates are saying trying to stop him leave the field. Obviously they also said ‘don’t let them win…’ which is the classic counter argument.

 

The thing is this. Systems don’t change because the bureaucracies realize what is happening and adjust accordingly, they change because the normal people on the ground do something courageous and disrupt the status quo. Racists will lose when they realize that their actions have literally stopped a game (unless that’s their intention, but I’m sure they’d like to see some footy).

A few disrupted games will wake up the behemoths at UEFA to realize their product is in jeopardy. I literally can’t see it happening any other way. It will take bravery from both players and manager until the normal of ‘zero tolerance to racism’ is stamped out. The team needs to function as a unit, why would you allow a teammate to go through something like that?
Barry, Cape Town

 

Oohhhhh Lazio
As Liverpool are a runaway train, I’ve turned more attention to Serie A and Lazio have that Leicester City vibe in the attempt to stop the Juventus monopoly.

A huge 2-1 win over Inter (with all those EPL alumni; Lukaku, Young, Eriksen, Alexis, Moses all finished their game) and that is now 19 unbeaten domestically. Dumped out of both cups could be the blessing in disguise…Immobile leads the league with 26 goals already and they’ve avoided major injuries. So maybe just maybe, this could be their unthinkable year. Best goal difference and defence means this isn’t a fluke either. It’ll go down to the wire and I urge others to cast an eye to Serie A.
Nick C, Burlington ON

 

How can you diss Ronaldo?
I am not sure if it is a modern or all-time media approach to things that you always look for the negative.

To have an article that seeks to find fault with Ronaldo because of his determination to be the best is just being contrary. There have been many players that have had more talent but achieved so much less because they were happy to rest on their laurels rather than try to grow their talent, but Ronaldo has become one of the greatest ever through sheer force of will.

His contribution to the teams he has played for has been astonishing, from the three in a row Champion’s League wins at Real, to getting Portugal to their first-ever European Championships, as well as United’s 08 Champion’s League, how can anyone even try to make out that he is more about the individual than the team? He is the embodiment of the individual as part of a team.

In fact, if one looks at Messi, who I believe has more talent, one could ask why Argentina has not done better, or recently Barca?

Given a must-win match I know who I would have on my team, and it would be Ronaldo every time.
Tim

 

Pep and the City players not absolved
Having read a lot about the ongoing City v UEFA battle over the weekend, one thing that doesn’t sit too comfortably with me is the complete absolution of blame for both Guardiola and the players. I wouldn’t go as far as many people have in calling them cheats, but I would say it’s more of a case of them burying their heads in the sand and taking the personal glory their club afforded them.

These are intelligent people. City has turned into a huge, global corporation and Premiership giant in a very short space of time, did no one question how? Guardiola spent their millions, there players took their huge wages and glory. Many articles have been written on the dramatic rise of the club and the fact they are owned by a, let’s say, dubious regime. Can it be reasonably argued that none of the manager, staff or players had any inkling things might not be on an even keel?

I am in no way arguing that other clubs are run perfectly and this is solely a Man City problem. I’m a United fan and would never argue my club is not pushing the boundaries of what’s fair and proper. But this doesn’t affect the larger clubs, they can all go toe to toe with each other and look after themselves. It does affect the clubs outside the so called top six, however, and quite profoundly. What chance do they ever have of competing for honours playing on such an uneven playing field, and if this is the case, what is the point?

I’m not using this as a stick to beat City fans with as this affects us all as football fans, but I honestly don’t think we can absolve completely managers, players and staff when the evidence was hiding in plain sight all along.
Andy Race

 

…Read comments from a few figures in the game, including Klopp, saying that Pep and the players have done nothing wrong, shouldn’t be tarnished, doesn’t take anything away from their on pitch performance, etc. Well, frankly, that’s bull.

Each and every one of them knew what City were up to. I knew, every reader of this site knew, every fan of their club knew, so of course they did. Pep keeps coming out with his comments about how the club told him it’s all above board and he trusts them. Well, he sounds a bit like a mob wife there doesn’t he; never questioning where her husband’s ostentatious wealth came from and why she regularly has to wash the blood out of his clothes.

City are a medium sized club, with a poor pedigree and a small fan base, but they spend money like the wife of a disgraced Azerbaijani banker set loose in Harrods – you don’t have to be Rachel Riley to quickly see that the sums don’t add up.

But each and every one of them looked at the club, knew they were cheating and chose to go and play there anyway – whether it was for sporting reasons or for the money (it was for the money). Each and every one of them is culpable.

Then you look at the specific leaks around how City paid over half of Roberto Mancini’s salary through a fake third party advisory role and you have to say that there is a case for each of those people to come out to the public and confirm that their is nothing untoward with their salaries – that goes much further than avoiding FFP (which I know a bunch of City fans will claim is an illegal rule) and into tax evasion territory. As annoying as I find it as a football fan, as a member of the public who pays income tax on his full, much-smaller-than-a-football-manager’s salary, that is the sin I find particularly egregious. Pep’s refusal to answer whether he has been paid in the same way is damning.

As a fan of one of their direct rivals (stop laughing) it’s pretty vexing. In the 2015/16 season, in which they cheated (I appreciate the PL rules are different and they haven’t been found guilty there – yet) they beat my club to fourth place and a champions league place on goal difference only. In the 2017/18 season (where they have not yet been found to have cheated – but how could their finances have changed that much?) my team came second to them – a pretty distant second so it’s difficult to lose sleep. They were clearly at it when we lost the title to them on goal difference when AGUEROOOOOO! scored his famous winning goal and denied my club a league title on goal difference. How do Liverpool fans, whose team have lost two premier league titles to that bunch of cheaters by very narrow margins twice in the last few years, feel about it?

So, in summary, I don’t agree with Klopp on this one – their fantastic football doesn’t excuse them. They’re all accessories who knew about, and benefitted from, City large scale cheating. Pep Guardiola cheats to win, Raheem Sterling is a cheater, Kevin de Bruyne is a cheater, David Silva is a cheater; they’re all cheaters.
Andy (MUFC)

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