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Post #531001  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:26 am 
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Talk this morning that if we land Ben White that Newcastle can take Saliba on loan. They still want Willock as well.

Part of me just wants us to give Saliba a chance but if we are determined to loan him then definietley getting him in a premier league club is essential


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Post #531002  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:29 am 
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Turkeys still think Christmas is a great idea

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Post #531003  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:10 am 
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What’s the logic behind the location of games? For example, both Germany’s games have been played in Munich, which I’m comfortable with as I want them to win it. Yet I accept it seems an unfair advantage.

Although I only saw brief moments of them, haven’t all three of England’s (including tonight’s) been played at Wembley? I heard somewhere that the final will also be at Wembley whatever teams reach it. Again, why are England (should they reach the final) getting an unfair advantage?

Why aren’t the matches being spread around a bit more? Covid, or are they not bothered about giving some countries an advantage despite there no longer (as far as I’m aware) being a host nation like there used to be?


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Post #531004  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:17 am 
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Turkeys still think Christmas is a great idea

https://twitter.com/bylinetv/status/140 ... 45190?s=21

I have regularly seen reports as to how Brexit is affecting the general populace negatively. I have yet to see a single example of a benefit.

Hopefully somewhere along the line…..

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Post #531005  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:17 am 
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Chelsea and PSG are chasing Hakimi, the brilliant attacking right back currently playing for Inter. Talk of £60m. I understand PSG going for him as I don't think they are that strong at full back but Chelsea already have Reece James as a very good right back.
If Chelsea get Hakimi I wouldn't be adverse to us signing James as a home grown right back. Undoubtebly there would be cheaper non-english options though


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Post #531006  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:48 am 
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long time gooner wrote:
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Turkeys still think Christmas is a great idea

https://twitter.com/bylinetv/status/140 ... 45190?s=21

I have regularly seen reports as to how Brexit is affecting the general populace negatively. I have yet to see a single example of a benefit.

Hopefully somewhere along the line…..


The vaccine rollout would be rightly lauded as a success however our desperation for a remedy was definitely heightened by us being riddled with covid. So yes maybe you got a jab a couple months quicker because of it. Not sure that’s logical justification for wrecking several industries though


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Post #531007  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:57 am 
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I’d start Saka tonight. Southgate won’t but if there’s a player who can pick out Kane it’s him.


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Any idea when the club starts pre-season training. I think our first game is 14 July at Hibs. Would be ideal to get all our new players to training for pre-season, or is that too weird an idea. So we may need to make things happen.

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Any idea when the club starts pre-season training. I think our first game is 14 July at Hibs. Would be ideal to get all our new players to training for pre-season, or is that too weird an idea. So we may need to make things happen.

It's obviously ideal to get everyone in for pre-season, but it never really works like that for any club. Especially considering the amount of business we're seemingly looking to do. I think we'll get a couple of players in before July 14th though, but I would expect more arrivals after that as well.


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Any idea when the club starts pre-season training. I think our first game is 14 July at Hibs. Would be ideal to get all our new players to training for pre-season, or is that too weird an idea. So we may need to make things happen.

It's obviously ideal to get everyone in for pre-season, but it never really works like that for any club. Especially considering the amount of business we're seemingly looking to do. I think we'll get a couple of players in before July 14th though, but I would expect more arrivals after that as well.

Hopefully we won’t repeat our normal practice of getting them in at the very last minute of the transfer window and well after the season has started.

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Bernard wrote:
What’s the logic behind the location of games? For example, both Germany’s games have been played in Munich, which I’m comfortable with as I want them to win it. Yet I accept it seems an unfair advantage.

Although I only saw brief moments of them, haven’t all three of England’s (including tonight’s) been played at Wembley? I heard somewhere that the final will also be at Wembley whatever teams reach it. Again, why are England (should they reach the final) getting an unfair advantage?

Why aren’t the matches being spread around a bit more? Covid, or are they not bothered about giving some countries an advantage despite there no longer (as far as I’m aware) being a host nation like there used to be?

Hi Bernard,

It isn't Covid related. The format for Euro 2020 which was agreed several years ago was that it would be played in cities all across Europe.

With the exception of largely empty stadia, I think it is the biggest negative about this tournament. It is daft that a number of countries get to play their games at home while others are travelling all over the continent.

Also, there is something missing in not having a host nation.

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Post #531012  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:42 pm 
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A few leaks that Saka is starting tonight. Hope so and hope he has a fantastic game.

Partey is also taking the number 5 for next season (his favourite number). It was Sokratis when he joined.

Some prominent numbers not taken.
4, 8, 10 with no one in them. 11 probably available when Torreira leaves. Expect Smith-Rowe to take the No.10.


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I see that the Champions League is starting tonight. A qualifying round involving such as teams from San Marino and Kosovo. I hadn’t realised that it started in June.

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So more pre-season fixtures added in. This though is for mental health charity Mind. Only Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, Aug 1-8.

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/footba ... 42043.html

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Post #531015  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:57 pm 
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Grealish Maguire aaaaandd Sakakakaka….


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Post #531016  Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:58 pm 
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Might watch this one


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Could've sworn I saw TG on the Independent live sit of fans arriving at Wembley. :14laughter:

Easy to see, he was flailing his arms in exasperation. :angel9:

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Zed wrote:
Could've sworn I saw TG on the Independent live sit of fans arriving at Wembley. :14laughter:

Easy to see, he was flailing his arms in exasperation. :angel9:


*shot*

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I’d start Saka tonight. Southgate won’t but if there’s a player who can pick out Kane it’s him.

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Saka is finally playing :53big-emoticons:

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So Grealish provides the chance for Sterling BUT that was Saka all the way.

The ability to beat a man in mf sets Saka apart.


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Blind referee. Can't spot the foul and yet gave Saka a talking to.

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It won't be long before the top clubs start baiting Saka. Arsenal need to show ambition and progress much faster to retain Saka's loyalty when it happens.

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I think there's an interesting stylistic dilemma for England this tournament with your attacking options. Guys like Foden and Mount are brilliant players, but more team oriented, works well in a system but doesn't provide the same cutting edge as guys like Grealish, Rashford and Saka. Maybe the latter is better suited for a tournament like this, where almost every game is a decider.


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Saka the best player on the pitch in that half. Showed what England have missed in the first two games. A willingness to drive with the ball. Everything good England has done has involved Saka


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Hazuki wrote:
I think there's an interesting stylistic dilemma for England this tournament with your attacking options. Guys like Foden and Mount are brilliant players, but more team oriented, works well in a system but doesn't provide the same cutting edge as guys like Grealish, Rashford and Saka. Maybe the latter is better suited for a tournament like this, where almost every game is a decider.

Grealish is an absolute gem of a player. I can't understand why he isn't a fixture in the team.

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So Grealish provides the chance for Sterling BUT that was Saka all the way.

The ability to beat a man in mf sets Saka apart.

Love how he just kept going after driving the ball forward from his own half. His run into the box for the cross from Grealish pulled the Czech defense apart and left Sterling completely open, brilliant stuff.


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dec wrote:
Bernard wrote:
What’s the logic behind the location of games? For example, both Germany’s games have been played in Munich, which I’m comfortable with as I want them to win it. Yet I accept it seems an unfair advantage.

Although I only saw brief moments of them, haven’t all three of England’s (including tonight’s) been played at Wembley? I heard somewhere that the final will also be at Wembley whatever teams reach it. Again, why are England (should they reach the final) getting an unfair advantage?

Why aren’t the matches being spread around a bit more? Covid, or are they not bothered about giving some countries an advantage despite there no longer (as far as I’m aware) being a host nation like there used to be?

Hi Bernard,

It isn't Covid related. The format for Euro 2020 which was agreed several years ago was that it would be played in cities all across Europe.

With the exception of largely empty stadia, I think it is the biggest negative about this tournament. It is daft that a number of countries get to play their games at home while others are travelling all over the continent.

Also, there is something missing in not having a host nation.

Thanks dec. you’re right it seems daft to give what seems like so many countries having so many home games. If there’s a host nation one can understand them having an advantage. But why should England not only benefit from all their group games being at Wembley, but the final if they reach it when they’re not the host nation? Will their knockout rounds before the final be at Wembley too?


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Zed wrote:
Could've sworn I saw TG on the Independent live sit of fans arriving at Wembley. :14laughter:

Easy to see, he was flailing his arms in exasperation. :angel9:

Did he have his ‘Xhaka For The Guillotine’ t-shirt on?


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I’m watching Scotland bromley. Sadly 1-2 down with some twenty minutes left, with them needing to win to qualify.

EDIT: Scotland are 1-3 down now with ten minutes left. Realistically it’s all over for them. Shame, I really wanted them to win.


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Something is up with Kane. He's either carrying a knock or just badly out of form, he's not moving well at all, not attacking crosses or making good runs.


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Watching Pickford and Maguire try to play out from the back gives me PTSD from the Čech days


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Oh no Kane, that trick is only good with English referees in the EPL.

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Mings on for Stones, that'll sort that out


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Bernard wrote:
I’m watching Scotland bromley. Sadly 1-2 down with some twenty minutes left, with them needing to win to qualify.

EDIT: Scotland are 1-3 down now with ten minutes left. Realistically it’s all over for them. Shame, I really wanted them to win.

Outclassed I'm afraid Bernard. No complaints.


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What a goal by Modric


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Something is up with Kane. He's either carrying a knock or just badly out of form, he's not moving well at all, not attacking crosses or making good runs.

Crook back from continually backing into players, fouling them and being given permission by English refs.

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Bernard wrote:
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Hi Bernard,

It isn't Covid related. The format for Euro 2020 which was agreed several years ago was that it would be played in cities all across Europe.

With the exception of largely empty stadia, I think it is the biggest negative about this tournament. It is daft that a number of countries get to play their games at home while others are travelling all over the continent.

Also, there is something missing in not having a host nation.

Thanks dec. you’re right it seems daft to give what seems like so many countries having so many home games. If there’s a host nation one can understand them having an advantage. But why should England not only benefit from all their group games being at Wembley, but the final if they reach it when they’re not the host nation? Will their knockout rounds before the final be at Wembley too?

Their next game (last 16 will be at Wembley). No quarter finals are at Wembley. Both semi finals and the final are at Wembley.

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Nice one. Saka is man of the match. Well done that man.

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Thanks dec. you’re right it seems daft to give what seems like so many countries having so many home games. If there’s a host nation one can understand them having an advantage. But why should England not only benefit from all their group games being at Wembley, but the final if they reach it when they’re not the host nation? Will their knockout rounds before the final be at Wembley too?

Their next game (last 16 will be at Wembley). No quarter finals are at Wembley. Both semi finals and the final are at Wembley.

So if England reach the final, the only game they won’t have at Wembley will be the quarter final. One single game off having the home advantage England had in Euro 96 as the home nation? What a joke. Hope they get knocked out.


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