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      Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?

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      RedWilly
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #150: Aug 05, 2019 06:20:38 am
      We took it up to them in the 2nd half. Bet you that's more then any other team do this season. I'm not scared of City. They really should be scared of us.

      I think they are. You can see it in how they celebrated yesterday and how they seem to be becoming a little obsessed with us, from their fans to the players.
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      Reply #151: Aug 05, 2019 06:31:06 am
      I think they are. You can see it in how they celebrated yesterday and how they seem to be becoming a little obsessed with us, from their fans to the players.

      Agreed mate, we are under their skins!
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #152: Aug 05, 2019 08:47:54 am
      Is it, not from what I saw from the stands. They're not that f**king good.

      They looked pretty damned good in the period where they scored, I was fearing the worst then as they kept slicing through our defence for about 10 minutes.
      On the other hand if Mo had worn his shooting boots today and had Sadio next to him then I'm convinced we would have won the match quite easily.

      All in all a very impressive display from the lads and I'm a hell of a lot more confident than I was a few weeks ago, still think we have a lack of depth in attack but we have more attacking threat from midfield now so should be able to compensate if we have to.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #153: Aug 05, 2019 08:54:55 am
      We took it up to them in the 2nd half. Bet you that's more then any other team do this season. I'm not scared of City. They really should be scared of us.

      I think and hope that the other good teams might start to figure Citeh out, the key to beating them is to attack not defend, if you sit back they will unpick you sooner or later but have at them and they look skittish.
      I wonder how much the loss of Kompany might affect them, in terms of leader more than player.

      Plus at a certain point it must become fecking tedious having  a neghead over passionate manager who takes everything so damned seriously, honestly watching him yesterday you'd have thought it was the final of the CL not Community shield.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #154: Aug 05, 2019 01:21:59 pm
      I think they are. You can see it in how they celebrated yesterday and how they seem to be becoming a little obsessed with us, from their fans to the players.

      Spot on.

      The city fans I know personally are all old school, and just enjoying the ride.

      The city "fans" my lad showed me on social media seem to be glory hunters who have only started "supporting" in the last few years.
      The half empty stadium for European nights tells the story.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #155: Aug 05, 2019 03:06:52 pm
      They looked pretty damned good in the period where they scored, I was fearing the worst then as they kept slicing through our defence for about 10 minutes.
      On the other hand if Mo had worn his shooting boots today and had Sadio next to him then I'm convinced we would have won the match quite easily.

      All in all a very impressive display from the lads and I'm a hell of a lot more confident than I was a few weeks ago, still think we have a lack of depth in attack but we have more attacking threat from midfield now so should be able to compensate if we have to.

      I want to hand it to you for being so positive. YNWA
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      Reply #156: Aug 05, 2019 03:31:01 pm
      I cant see how we may have closed the gap. City have strengthened in midfield in a position Pep clearly wanted to sort out having failed to sign Jorginho last season. Meanwhile we haven't added anything to our first team.

      It also cant be in work in pre season which for us has been pretty chaotic and pretty frustrating with real key players away on holiday after playing with their national teams for a lot of the break. I dont think that will bode well for the season ahead long term.

      City have lost Kompany who was fading as a player but a  big member of their team as a captain. Hopefully that makes an impact.

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      Reply #157: Aug 05, 2019 03:38:36 pm
      I cant see how we may have closed the gap. City have strengthened in midfield in a position Pep clearly wanted to sort out having failed to sign Jorginho last season. Meanwhile we haven't added anything to our first team.

      It also cant be in work in pre season which for us has been pretty chaotic and pretty frustrating with real key players away on holiday after playing with their national teams for a lot of the break. I dont think that will bode well for the season ahead long term.

      City have lost Kompany who was fading as a player but a  big member of their team as a captain. Hopefully that makes an impact.

      Rodri was an addition for the squad as opposed to the first team , he is there for when Fernandinho is not playing, also think Rodri doesn’t really offer anything and it’s a strange buy off the back of an ok season in Spain
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #158: Aug 05, 2019 04:12:27 pm
      Is it, not from what I saw from the stands. They're not that f**king good.

      Head to head we match up well against them because defensively they are not that great and we go at them, but to win the title there are 18 others teams to play against most of which won't do that. Last year they played half the season without KDB, undoubtedly a top player in the sport, and still beat us by what works out to be 2 points due to GD. They have a deeper squad to deal with the schedule and are better at breaking down sitting teams. They are simply better suited than us at grinding out a long season with lots of games from league and cups, and that has not changed from last season to this one.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #159: Aug 05, 2019 04:34:03 pm
      Sadly don't think we can look last year city won league cup fa cup premier league if should beat spurs in champion league, we only had premier league and champion league go for still could not win league, city can play two teams in that they best squad team in Europe, we one best 11 in league but we lack squad l think maybe couple more top players push on these year
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      Reply #160: Aug 05, 2019 04:36:18 pm
      Next year season think we better chance win league city players some will be gone best players because of age, maybe transfers ban on way and hunger think we drop hard win 4 on row
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #161: Aug 05, 2019 04:41:22 pm
      Poor first half better in the second half but the difference is finishing post bar off the line twice. City are more clinical
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #162: Aug 05, 2019 04:54:00 pm

      huh?

      we lost to a penalty shootout.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #163: Aug 05, 2019 05:35:58 pm

      How? Sterling sh*t himself in a 1v1 where he could have squared it for a tap in.
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #164: Aug 05, 2019 05:48:54 pm
      Man City needing another £100 million to close the gap on us after watching us yesterday..

      We’re going to be f**king lethal this season..
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #165: Aug 05, 2019 06:21:14 pm
      Although we drew the match yesterday, Man City won the Shield via penalties. At the end of the day, Man City walk away winners, and got the better of us. That's what it's about. That's what happened last season. 1 point. We played better than them for much of the season, and arguably better in the head to head, but Man City picked up the trophy.

      So have we closed the gap? Evidently not. Not yet. We are still in the moment of not doing enough.

      Nothing looks like changing just yet? Man City strengthened over the summer. We did not. So, now face the reality of having to excel and hit above our weight yet again. Man City can go and put in another storming season without much push. We will have to really push hard to go and do what we did last season. Think of all those match defining moments aka Origi. Now we have to go and do it all again.

      Unless we click, and stay clicked, whilst Man City mess up, we will face de ja vu come May 2020.



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      Reply #166: Aug 05, 2019 07:33:02 pm
      I disagree. I think we can win the league. I think we can beat City to the finish. Here is why I believe this....

      Anfield is a fortress, half our games are there. Every team in the league is dreading their trip to us.

      Fabinho. He didn't start playing until later in the season. He truly may be the difference this season with a few extra games for us.

      Kieta. We all know he is better than what he showed last year. We saw it at the end of last season. If he is healthy it could be huge. I see him forcing Gini on to the bench permanently by seasons end.

      Lallana. This is the wild card, but if he ca. Stay healthy he will be utilized in some key moments. He is the trickiest player we have in the middle, completely different than any other player we have. There are games in which his services will be needed to unlock the parkers. Its asking a lot for him to stay healthy, but if he does he will be this seasons Origi

      Ox is healthy

      Our front 3 is amazing and will be again this season

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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #167: Aug 06, 2019 12:24:16 am
      Like I said, neck and neck all season. Get ready for a fun ride.
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      Reply #168: Aug 06, 2019 09:23:51 am
      We hit the framework twice and only an unbelievable goal line clearance prevented City from going behind.

      They're an excellent team so they were always going to create chances but I thought we looked more dangerous overall. City are the ones under pressure and they know it. We got their number lads. It's going to be another wild ride...
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      Reply #169: Aug 06, 2019 10:21:37 am
      From Sunday’s display  what jumps out is our pace and aggression have improved immeasurably to the extent that Citeh were unable to present any real threat, beside the scrambled goal early in the first half.
      There will be some trepidation in the Citeh camp as the season approaches.
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      Reply #170: Aug 06, 2019 11:06:07 am
      when a team gets 97 points in a season, with only one defeat and wins the ChL you cannot ask much.
      The team looks like it needs just a little bit of fine tuning to perform at its best.
      The biggest advantage of City last season, was that their core players have played together for at least 2 to 3 years. Meanwhile we had players that were first timers like Fabinho, Alisson, Keita, Shaq.
      That advantage no longer exists. Our players have a full season together with each other and I think the overall performance will be better.
      The only thing that troubles me is a situation where some key players are injured or in bad form. I don't think that we have the quality on the bench to replace them. Last year City lost De Bruyne 4 times due to injury (almost 3 months in total) and they haven't been affected. And also their squad depth allowed them to go full front on 4 different competitions (3 domestic, and CHL), while we were focusing on 2.
      So, we need a couple of top notch replacements and I believe we can be in a very strong position.
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      Reply #171: Aug 06, 2019 06:24:43 pm
      If we let Coutinho join Spurs without an attempt you would have to question the club.

      Get him on loan with a view to resigning next summer. Simple. Do not let him join a rival!
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      Reply #172: Aug 06, 2019 06:32:04 pm
      If we let Coutinho join Spurs without an attempt you would have to question the club.

      Get him on loan with a view to resigning next summer. Simple. Do not let him join a rival!

      We moved on from him

      He paid to leave , he faked an injury to ensure he left - little snake can rot. Thought we had more respect as a club
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #173: Aug 06, 2019 07:06:49 pm
      If we let Coutinho join Spurs without an attempt you would have to question the club.

      Get him on loan with a view to resigning next summer. Simple. Do not let him join a rival!

      Since when have Spurs been our rivals?
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      Re: Have we closed the gap on Man City this summer?
      Reply #174: Aug 06, 2019 09:03:38 pm
      I feel boss will just say before play u23 younger players in league cup and fa cup even if playing one top teams in both he just play first 11 in premier league and champion league,same as last year we don't have squad win all cups

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