Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXV

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  1. alphonso: [OK Valers?]

    Alph

    Blissful, Alph. Made my morning.

    Re Alves: To see what he can still bring to a game it’s worth a rewatch of the Champions League final – ‘a game of two halves’ if I ever saw one. In the first, Alves’ technique and determination frustrated Madrid time and time again and he came roaring out of defence to set up counter-attacks, which helped keep Juve on course. In the second, the superior class of the Madrid attacking force eventually told, as I think we knew it would. The heads of the younger (in relative terms, Juve are quite a superannuated outfit) went down and by the end many had disappeared from the field, whereas the older guys – Buffon, Bonucci, Chielini and Alves in particular – battled on and their frustration with their younger colleagues is written plain on their faces.
    I see Alves more for his ability to deliver a telling 20 minute cameo and for his motivational qualities than I do as a set-in-stone RFB. “Worth a punt” is how I’d describe his acquisition. Unless of course he’s a decoy to lure his pal Dybala.

    The Girona project, I find really exciting. I won’t elaborate – Alph and Berko have said it all and I totally concur.

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  2. berkozboy: Reports suggest that Manu Garcia made a huge contribution to their promotion.

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    Interesting that you heard that Berko. I haven’t seen anything in print but maybe a month or so ago during a discussion about some of the players who had looked very good but were moved on, we moved on to the ones who were likely to follow in those footsteps. I mentioned Manu Garcia who seemed to have gone from being the next David Silva to mild obscurity and was assured by Winty that he was hearing very good things about the lad who seemed to have come to terms with the physicality, much as Merlin had had to do in his younger days.

    So here’s hoping!

    Alph

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  3. alphonso: There is a danger that we will be offering a shop window to Spanish football generally for the youngsters and whilst young English lads are out on loan with the lure of a return to the City 1st Team Squad, our Spanish players at Girona will have Barca down the road and the Madrid teams looking over their shoulders.

    On this note it would not surprise me at all to see us following the same path with NAC Breda following their promotion in Holland. Reports suggest that Manu Garcia made a huge contribution to their promotion. They now face opponents of the calibre of Ajax, Feynoord and PSV every week and this has to be a sensible route for players like Sancho, Foden et al in the seasons to come. In their case it may be far less likely to be a shop window and far more about a process of development.

    I remain

    Berko

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  4. Calgary Blue: Guys, can someone please clue me in to why we are seemingly so in love with Dani Alves? He’s 34, 2 years older than Zabba so likely a lot slower. I know he’s on a free, but I’ll bet his personal terms are more than what we paid Zabba. Is he really THAT much better of a RB? It seems like a Maicon type move to me and I’m unconvinced.

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    Calgers, I rather sneeringly posted something not dissimilar [but substantially longer Rolls Eyes] backalong in a response to a post from Berko. I have since moderated my opinion somewhat and am more in line now with Berko’s view in the post beneath this.

    There is an element of gamble; there always is when signing players with this amount of mileage. When Alves gets his next injury it could end his career [Ibrahimovich], it could be a bust [Maicon] or it could win you the PL [RvPersie]. What we do know is that whatever the result it will probably be a one season wonder [although we may be paying him for two] and by then Pablo Maffeo will have his second season in La Liga in his CV.

    I cannot imagine that Pep would have Txiki Begeristain chasing Dani’s signature if Pablo Maffeo was not part of the thinking. Maffeo is at a similar place in his development as Aleix Garcia, we’ve just seen less of Pablo. Garcia is very much in Pep’s scheming and it looks as though the same is true of Maffeo.

    I expect Maffeo and Garcia to lead the charge of City young talent to Girona and I won’t be surprised if more established players like Jason Denayer are sent there. Jason isn’t going to carve out a place in the City 1st team but he is very good. Why send him to anywhere else on loan and why sell him for a relatively low sum when his experience and ability can help the new la Liga acquisition in its first survival season? If that is in the thinking then why not also consider the future of Fernando who is being bandied about at £5m. Fernando is part of the tail at City and needs to move on but he is very much better than that and would be a valuable addition to Girona, so sell him to Girona, help the City bookkeepersa and Girona. Does a similar situation exist with Eliaquim Mangala?

    There is a danger that we will be offering a shop window to Spanish football generally for the youngsters and whilst young English lads are out on loan with the lure of a return to the City 1st Team Squad, our Spanish players at Girona will have Barca down the road and the Madrid teams looking over their shoulders. On the plus side the best of Spanish and Portuguese youngsters will know that joining the City Academy will provide excellent opportunities for them in the future. As yet we haven’t had an influx of Australian, USA or Japanese youngsters but we are getting some very impressive young talent through from South America via the Uruguayan based network.

    Back to Dani Alves. He can play RB or further forward and if he stays fit he will keep Walker honest [assuming the latter comes] and has the ability and experience to be an exceptional influence when we are playing those very tough Euro contests. With the likes of Alves and Vince in the dressing room I can’t see a lot of room for the sort of complacency that we showed all to often in recent seasons.

    The back up roles in every position require a level of ability and willingness to fight for a shirt necessary if we are to progress to any finals and be genuinely fighting for the PL title next season. There is no point in starting the season with the lip-smacking prospect of Walker and Mendy in the full back positions if 2 months down the line both are out injured and we have AK and F1 as our FBs! So how do we get back-up players in those circumstances? We bring in players who have the confidence and belief that they will be No,1 if not immediately, soon.

    Walker will be challenged big time if Alves comes, and although I am not convinced by Bertrand [who played a lot like Clichy in disguise last time I saw him perform], he might be the right one to shadow Mendy – if not , what is Roberto Carlos doing these days?

    [OK Valers?] Smile

    Alph

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  5. Calgary Blue:
    Guys, can someone please clue me in to why we are seemingly so in love with Dani Alves? He’s 34, 2 years olderthan Zabba so likely a lot slower. I know he’s on a free, but I’ll bet his personal terms are more than what we paid Zabba. Is he really THAT much better of a RB? It seems like a Maicon type move to me and I’m unconvinced.

    At first i felt the same Calgers. You are right he’s 34 but put that aside for one moment . His performances this season have elevated him to serious Balon D’or contender, seriously, and in any other world stripped of Messi and Ronaldo, who are contractually required to share it between them each year, he may have won it. He is freakishly fit and still very very quick up and own the wing and far more so than Zaba. Add to that that he is exactly a Pep clone in his thinking and his playing style and I imagine that the motivation is to have an option who is still not far off the top of his game able to gallop, cross, score, press and organise. I am persuaded to an extent and far more than I was when first he was linked. I think I said that he’d be excellent as one of two options in the way that Bertrand would be excellent as an option to Mendy. It also fit with the succession planning arrangements where an older guy keeps the chair warm for a year whilst Maffeo matures in La Liga.

    We don’t have him yet but if we did it wouldn’t be bad business.

    I remain

    Berko

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