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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby never/ever » 01 Jun 2018, 13:55

Better second half though, more pressure in midfield and great goals from Nabbout and Leckie....liked the way they didn't back off. Back two looked solid.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby fange » 02 Jun 2018, 01:46

never/ever wrote:Better second half though, more pressure in midfield and great goals from Nabbout and Leckie....liked the way they didn't back off. Back two looked solid.

Yeah, not too bad.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Penk! » 02 Jun 2018, 12:13

Raheem Sterling got his times mixed up, missed a flight and joined up with the England squad this morning instead of last night.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Diamond Dog » 03 Jun 2018, 11:31

I thought the first half display yesterday was as good as I can recall for quite some time - very inventive and fluid and had Sterling not had an absolute fucking nightmare, we would probably have gone in at least 4 to the better.

The second half was more worrying in our failure to adapt to the change of formation from Nigeria. Whilst I think Southgate seemed a touch slow in doing anything about it, the emphasis should still be on the individual players inability to recognise and respond to the change . Both Trippier & Young had to engage higher up the pitch from that point on, but neither did.

I think we learnt a couple of things though - Young isn't good enough and most certainly not on the left hand side. We don't need both Dier & Henderson playing together. That triumvirate of Alli, Lingard & Sterling worked okay together, but I'd like to see Loftus-Cheek in Lingard's place for the next game.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 03 Jun 2018, 19:29

Rose will start over Young, who I imagine is just backup.

The players look confident on the ball and in possession generally. Kane looks very sharp and I thought they rotated fluidly in the final third to good effect.

I don't think that they will score a lot, but defensively they look less likely to panic than in previous years.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Diamond Dog » 04 Jun 2018, 10:53

Leroy Sane excluded from the German squad - jeez.
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Postby Penk! » 04 Jun 2018, 12:04

Diamond Dog wrote:Leroy Sane excluded from the German squad - jeez.


From what I've read, he just hasn't impressed at international level. Brandt, Reus and Draxler have all done more to earn their places.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 08 Jun 2018, 09:54

England showing some depth in their squad or will they flatter to deceive again?

I had baulked at Welbeck's inclusion but he does have a decent record for England..

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Postby Geezee » 08 Jun 2018, 10:57

Toby wrote:will they flatter to deceive again?


Since when have they flattered? :?
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby John aka Josh » 09 Jun 2018, 00:17

Geezee wrote:
Toby wrote:will they flatter to deceive again?


Since when have they flattered? :?




Not since 1970.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 12 Jun 2018, 09:12

COME ON THEN!

I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.

Germany are going to crash out to Brazil in the semis, with France beating them.

England will edge out of their group, but it'll be close. I can see them drawing with Tunisia in a lacklustre opening game, beating Panama 1-0 and getting a draw against Belgium. Not sure if they will make it past Poland or Colombia in normal time.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Goat Boy » 12 Jun 2018, 11:21

Based on my completely limited knowledge of national football these days:

I have Spain v Germany and Uruguay v Brazil in the other semi.

That might be France v Brazil but I have a feeling France will not get as far as they should thanks to their manager. I feel the same about Belgium who could be up against Brazil in the quarters. Of course both of these teams might really gel and go further in spite of their managers but I just don’t think either is savvy enough to get the best out of the players.

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Uruguay versus France
Spain versus Argentina
Brazil versus Belgium
Germany versus Colombia

My round of 16:

Uruguay versus Portugal
Spain versus Egypt
France versus Croatia
Argentina versus Peru
Brazil versus Mexico
Germany versus Costa Rica
Belgium versus Senegal
Colombia versus England


I can see a Spain versus Brazil final with the former to win.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Geezee » 12 Jun 2018, 11:21

Toby wrote:COME ON THEN!

I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.

Germany are going to crash out to Brazil in the semis, with France beating them.



How is Germany going to lose to Brazil in the semis, but Brazil not make the final? :?
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby The Modernist » 12 Jun 2018, 11:55

Spain for the win. England to make the Q-F.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 12 Jun 2018, 16:48

Geezee wrote:
Toby wrote:COME ON THEN!

I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.

Germany are going to crash out to Brazil in the semis, with France beating them.



How is Germany going to lose to Brazil in the semis, but Brazil not make the final? :?


I mean the quarters soz.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Penk! » 13 Jun 2018, 11:51

Toby wrote:I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.


You still think so?
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 13 Jun 2018, 12:02

Spain have got more than enough quality to oversee an issue with the coach going to Real. Think Bobby Robson and Italia 90.

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Postby Penk! » 13 Jun 2018, 12:05

Toby wrote:Spain have got more than enough quality to oversee an issue with the coach going to Real. Think Bobby Robson and Italia 90.


They have just sacked him. Two days before playing Portugal in their first game.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Jun 2018, 12:36

PENK wrote:
Toby wrote:Spain have got more than enough quality to oversee an issue with the coach going to Real. Think Bobby Robson and Italia 90.


They have just sacked him. Two days before playing Portugal in their first game.



That's a potential meltdown... crazy.

I mean what sort of cunt conducts negotiations about his role after the World Cup, in the week leading up to the first game, doesn't inform the national FA and then announces it on the eve of the tournament? Bold move by the Spanish FA and one I totally agree with.

It could just be a catalyst for the players (who are plenty good enough) to take over - as per Robson 1990, allegedly- and just go and win the World Cup. They're certainly got all the required talent to do so.
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