Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXV

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  1. alphonso: …and by the way you cheated, the brief was two new players on the park and one on the bench, you steamrollered in 5 new ones and didn’t bother with a bench

    Alph

    Poetic licence Alph. I assumed Ederson and Silva (B) were already established in the squad to such an extent that they are virtually home grown. Walker and Mendy were the new ones and I don’t want Sanchez anyway so am happy to swap him over for Jesus.

    The golden rule is never play cards with a geezer with a bent deck.

    I remain

    Berko

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  2. berkozboy: Not a bad side really.

    …………………………………………..

    No not bad at all Berko, but whilst my selection would probably let in 3, I am fairly sure that having shoe-horned in Sane and Jesus we’d score 5 Smile

    …and by the way you cheated, the brief was two new players on the park and one on the bench, you steamrollered in 5 new ones and didn’t bother with a bench Smile

    Alph

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  3. alphonso:
    OK, didn’t get it the first time; wasn’t going to post again until someone else had but it caught my eye this morning and bingo, the penny dropped

    Excellent.

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  4. alphonso: Now I’m definitely not posting again until someone else has. I’ve been thinking of taking up long distance running as a hobby!

    Promises, promises….

    The problem with team selections at the moment is that we are constantly trying to stuff quarts into pint glasses. This results in unusual team formations as we attempt to shoe-in the must-plays and still keep an appropriate game-winning shape. It’s not easy.

    I think your 343 proves this. Asking KDB and Sane to act as defenders when we are out of possession and press opponents is not their game as they showed last term. They are quick enough to get up and down the flanks but with them in this role opposing wingers will probably opt out of wearing shin pads, safe in the knowledge that full contact is unlikely.

    Truth be told I thought a back 3 would be a good bet at some points last term but am less convinced now. We have player in the front 6 who are world beaters and will score goals. Why muck around taking the risk of conceding as we have done by playing a system that does not suit our CBs. Vincent and Stones could prove to be rock solid but they need proper FBs to ensure that we are not pulled apart and undone by sides who break quickly and get behind us.

    I think that we have to play a back 4 and hope that Walker and Mendy are part of it. Given that GunDog, if fit will be the pivot, this means that the back 5 are selected leaving Pep with the options of a Plan A where we go with wide men or narrow in a Plan B with 2 or 3 front men using the FBs in the overlap. It means perming 5 from 2 Silvas, KDB, Sane, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero and possibly Sanchez; a delightful dilemma we can agree.

    As I have mentioned before I think that the most logical set-up would be as follows.

    Ederson
    Walker Stones Kompany Mendy
    Silva (B) KDB GunDog Silva (D)
    Aguero Sanchez.

    This allows the width to come from the FBs as I mentioned and a highly fluid attacking threat in the middle. It also creates 8 problems for opponents and I can see that it would enable Pep to play a sort of 28 formation when we have the ball. It places a huge onus on GunDog to hold it all together but on the evidence he is quite capable of executing this role.

    Not a bad side really.

    I remain

    Berko

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  5. Valentino Azzurro: Reports coming in that Claudio Bravo is set to go to Lille on loan as a replacement for goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. The latter must be shitting himself.

    …………………………………..

    Smile
    OK, didn’t get it the first time; wasn’t going to post again until someone else had but it caught my eye this morning and bingo, the penny dropped Smile

    Whilst I’m here, looking fwd to another week of the Sun and Star strongly linking us with every decent player on the planet and the click baiters cheerfully re-publishing, I’ll share this.

    Last evening we passed a littletime choosing a team to start the first game of the season assuming that we could only bring into the starting lineup two players that weren’t at the club at the end of last season, with one more on the bench.

    My instinct first went with strengthening the back 5 and trusting the existing forward 6 but I ended up with this for some reason. Not entirely sure why!

    ………………….Ederson
    ……..Stones……Kompany…..Otamendi
    DeBruyne….Gundogan….Silva(D)……Sane
    ……..Jesus……..Aguero…..Sanchez

    Bench: Bravo, Kolarov, Adarabioyo, Garcia. Fernandinho, Silva(B), Sterling,

    Now I’m definitely not posting again until someone else has. I’ve been thinking of taking up long distance running as a hobby!
    Cool

    Alph

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  6. berkozboy:
    A number of reports suggesting that we’re about to ‘swoop’ for Dani Alves.

    At 34 yrs old I sincerely hope that this is for the back-up RB role to cover Walker or AN Other in a policy of 2 for every position. This would make sense and allow Maffeo an extra year on loan to play every week against top tier sides and then return to take his place in our first team squad in the 2018-9 season.

    I remain

    Berko

    We probably won’t need to “swoop” Berko.
    At 34 Dani won’t be as quick as he used to be, with the arthritis, dodgy tendons, ligaments etc that 16 years at the top of football seems to bring with it. Instead of a swoop, a casual “alighting” would probably be adequate; along with an open cheque book of course Smile .

    I recall being excited at the signing of Maicon who at age 31 was going to give Zaba a run for his money.

    Yeh, well that went well. Rolls Eyes

    Then there was Michael Tarnat, a former German international and very good player with Bayern Munich. When he arrived around 2003/4 season I was more than hopeful despite his 34 years. We desperately needed some quality pretty much everywhere but especially at LB. He turned out for around half the games that season, injured the rest of the time, and although he never shirked and did his best to earn his corn, most of what had made him a very good LB had been used up and regrettably he wasn’t very good.

    That is not to say I’m against having Dani Alves as “backup”, I’m just not sure, and in particular about whether being a “backup” what he has in mind and, even if he is fit for half the games, will this be when he’s needed and will he still be able to perform well enough?

    He won’t come cheap that’s for sure but if it buys time for Maffeo to make the case for a 1st team place at City it would be money well spent. To achieve that Maffeo has to step up enough to nail the 1st choice RB slot at Girona, and perform well in La Liga. Bearing in mind that he probably has only a 1 in 4 chance of achieving those things it wouldn’t necessarily be a failed gamble. He could fall short but still enhance his value more than enough to cover the cost.

    Any news on Adarabioyo? The last I heard he has a lucrative contract offer from City but as yet has not signed on the line that’s dotted. If he leaves because he can’t get a CH starting role at City yet there will be an enormous outcry which I won’t be joining in.

    At 19 years of age, learning their trade at a top club, only the most exceptional talents [Sane/Jesus/Neymar etc] can reasonably expect to be starting games and Stones, Sane, Sterling and Jesus will sit on the bench quite a bit this coming season despite having cost a few bras and a jambes. As a CH he probably has another 5 years of growing into the role before he achieves the best he can be and nobody knows how good that will turn out to be. If he stays and we don’t sign another CH he might get some game time at City this coming season. Alternatively he could have a season long loan to an appropriate level of club and gain more regular competitive experience that way whilst remaining a City player with all that can bring if he applies himself and proves good enough.

    Tosin is a Manchester lad and is doing what almost every young City supporter would love to do. He has to do what he considers is best for his career of course but should carefully consider the career of Dickhead Etuhu who took the money and left at age 19. He had been given 13 starts at City during 2001 but had declined to sign a contract extension wanting more than the money on offer as allegedly his agent had an offer from Millwall of quite a bit more. Having brought the youngster along and promoted him to the first team KK was not amused and sent him to think it over with the stiffs. When Millwall realised they couldn’t get him on a free but would have to pay up to £600k in compensation they backed out and so Etuhu went to PNE for a fee of £300k.

    He spent 5 seasons playing Div One and Championship level at PNE and Norwich before he made it back to the PL, playing 110 games with Sunderland and then Fulham at the cutting edge of world football. He dropped out of the FL at the age of 32 since when he has played a few games for a Swedish club and is now listed as a free agent.

    Alph

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  7. A number of reports suggesting that we’re about to ‘swoop’ for Dani Alves.

    At 34 yrs old I sincerely hope that this is for the back-up RB role to cover Walker or AN Other in a policy of 2 for every position. This would make sense and allow Maffeo an extra year on loan to play every week against top tier sides and then return to take his place in our first team squad in the 2018-9 season.

    I remain

    Berko

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  8. Here’s my 443 selection for this transfer window:

    …………………..Hart
    Fernando, Denayer, Mangala, Delph
    Nasri…………..Mooy…………Nolito
    …….Kelechi…..Bony……Unal

    It’s not that I necessarily want all of these to move on, which is why I left out Roberts, but there are good reasons for toughening up on our stable clearing and stop allowing players to run down their contracts on loan. If a player is no longer needed, and there is no likelihood of them being needed in the future, it is irrelevant what was paid for them. Everything is worth what another party is prepared to pay and a player contract is no exception. Get the best price possible at the time and move on.

    The value of selling on players brought in for development is becoming clearer year on year. Huws, Rekik and Lopes brought in around £15m a few years back and whilst we had harboured fond hopes that at least one of them (Lopes probably) would nail down a role at City, those receipts made us think. After all, the received wisdon of the time was thatCity gives away their players or keeps them hanging around taking the piss, like Danny Mills and Laurent Charvet and many others, don’t they?

    This summer 5 first team players have been released at the end of their contracts and under normal circumstances that would be as many players to replace as most managers and club money men would want to deal with. City however are likely to add to their clear out by moving on at least some and I suspect, that if it were possible, all of the team above. That would be an unheard of total of 16 although five of them have been long gone on loans in reality.

    Why are we likely to have is this major change now?

    My guess is that Abu Dhabi has no intention of messing around. The club has stabilised in the top financial bracket of world football and the team competes at the highest level, has done so now for a few years, and is there to stay. Abu Dhabi has waited patiently and has nailed their man, the one that they have been working towards since the early days. Was that not the case why would they have modelled their Academy, the future of the club, on an upgrade of La Masia at a cost of £150+ million? Why would they have recruited the best available, highly experienced Barca executives to provide the leadership?

    Having got the infrastructure and finances in place and the leadership they desired I would imagine that they have no intention of growing organically. Pep has served at two of the world’s three top clubs, has had great success with a style of football that people flock to pay to watch and has moved from each after a relatively brief tenure. I do not expect him to move from City any time soon, this is a greater challenge, and this is an opportunity to build a dynasty rather as John Cruyff did at Barca many years ago. I could be hopelessly wrong but I expect that this summer and next to be ones where Pep’s seal is set on his team.

    FFP is not dead in the water, we just happen to be well within limits. My understanding is that City can spend around £160m within limits provided the deals are structured suitably. £78m has already been committed for a keeper and a young creative midfielder and a further £80m+ is needed for essential investment in full backs. There is a strong argument for the recruitment of a leader of men at CH and Pep has made it clear that we do not score enough goals.

    If Abu Dhabi sticks to the buy young and develop system that has worked well in the main that would mean more players like Big Ed and Bernardo Silva, but if they are determined to win big next season then it would seem to me that this is the main argument for bringing in Sanchez and Bonucci, two player arguably passing their prime but awesomely effective right now.

    If Sanchez plays his cards sensibly it will happen and a 20+ goal scorer joins Kun and Jesus to give us more than one 20 goal man for the first time since the days of Dzeko, Tevez and Kun, and later Kun and Yaya in his prime. Bonucci is another player who fits into that scenario. He and Vince would be special and if Vince’s fitness is still an issue Bonucci would the main man at the back and Stones a talented apprentice.

    Returning to the opening gambit, those players would raise a return of around £130/140m even if prices had to be cut for the old hands and five of those players cost little or nothing! The other half cost around £125m. When the last time City planned a clear out and turned an overall profit? More to the point, that £160m budget has the potential to become a £300m budget! Even I could probably buy Big Ed, Mendy, Walker, Bonucci, Silva D, and Sanchez and a couple of promising youngsters for less than £300m. If Sanchez was definitely out I might chuck a few pounds at a luxury player, Mbappe for instance Smile

    Alph

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  9. Calgary Blue: I’ve given up on reading ‘reports coming in’. So many of ‘em are dead ends it raises hopes and expectations and often all for nought. I do this to myself every summer transfer season so this year I’ve decided to not pay any attention to these reports until we get official word – from Talksport

    LOL

    Tribal Football run them close LOL

    Alph

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  10. Valentino Azzurro: Reports coming in that Claudio Bravo is set to go to Lille on loan as a replacement for goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

    I’ve given up on reading ‘reports coming in’. So many of ‘em are dead ends it raises hopes and expectations and often all for nought. I do this to myself every summer transfer season so this year I’ve decided to not pay any attention to these reports until we get official word – from Talksport Grin

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  11. Reports coming in that Claudio Bravo is set to go to Lille on loan as a replacement for goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. The latter must be shitting himself.

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  12. alphonso: Bluedy eckerslike Valers – that’s a challenge.

    The closest I can get is a link to Jerry Garcia one of my guitar heroes of a long lost age (Grateful Dead) after that I’m lost……………

    Oh I give up – my brain hurts/….

    Alph

    Don’t beat yourself up, old buddy. You got it spot on. I thought “Jerry” would be too obvious so I changed it to “Cherry” Cherry Garcia, geddit. Incidentally Cherry Garcia is also the name of an ice cream flavour, by Ben & Jerry I think.

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  13. Valentino Azzurro: I believe their sister Cherry is about to feature in MCWFC’s midfield. We should be dead grateful.

    Bluedy eckerslike Valers – that’s a challenge.

    The closest I can get is a link to Jerry Garcia one of my guitar heroes of a long lost age (Grateful Dead) after that I’m lost……………

    Oh I give up – my brain hurts/….

    Alph

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  14. alphonso: This rumour and the further rumour that brothers Derek and Rodney Garcia are set to sign from FC Tootingham have as yet to be confirmed by by City.

    Alph

    I believe their sister Cherry is about to feature in MCWFC’s midfield. We should be dead grateful.

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  15. It would appear that since the mega succesful addition of Javi Garcia to the City squad the recruitment machine at City, realising the benefits of following a winnings streak, have concentrated efforts on a new and intriguing methodology.

    Manu Garcia was closely followed into the Etihad by Aleix Garcia and now we are about to welcome Eric Garcia, a 16 year old, highly rated CH who has already played U17 representative football for Spain.

    http://www.sport-english.com/en/news/barca/who-manchester-city-bound-defender-eric-garcia-6107492

    This rumour and the further rumour that brothers Derek and Rodney Garcia are set to sign from FC Tootingham have as yet to be confirmed by by City.

    Alph

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  16. On the 2nd part of your post, and from the relative safety of an obscure Scottish Glen, I think it highly unlikely. It is the desperate that take up arms and suicide vests, those who feel that they have nothing to live for and something for which to die.

    There are a depressing number of people who feel that way and so suicide killers will remain one of the more dangerous sources of what the rest of us see as mindless indiscriminate violence, but the corporate and political will of the Arab nations where oil wealth has flooded down to every level of society has no stomach for a fight. Even those who in the past have been happy to fund war are too comfortable to want to these days, which is probably why Qatar are being ostracised by Arab states including some of the most surprising.

    I could be hopelessly wrong but really do hope not.

    The Saintly says that I have developed “stopped clock syndrome” and should limit myself to two opinions a day, thus giving myself a chance Smile

    Alph

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  17. berkozboy: Apparently we bought Melbourne City for £7.2m…the entire club. Allegedly, we have just accepted a bid from Huddersfield for Aaron Mooey, who we got from Melbourne for nothing, of £10m. Very tidy return I’d say.

    I’ve been giving this some thought,it having also occurred to me and I fee a 3 scroller coming on Smile

    Alph

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  18. Just seen an interesting stat.

    Apparently we bought Melbourne City for £7.2m…the entire club. Allegedly, we have just accepted a bid from Huddersfield for Aaron Mooey, who we got from Melbourne for nothing, of £10m. Very tidy return I’d say.

    These Arabs are cunning buggers.Heaven forbid they ever stop fighting each other and set their sights on us.

    I remain

    Berko

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  19. alphonso: The reason was clear to see from where I sat. France were better at playing football than Engurland were

    …and will be for some time Alph.

    We do it to ourselves every time; watch on as we pants our qualification group opponents from Slovenia, Slovakia, Wales and other outposts; create totally disproportionate levels of expectation for the team and then inevitably sigh with resignation when we see our limitations exposed as soon as we come up against real opposition.

    In the past 50 years we have had a cadre of players of modest ability that won nothing in International competition and in the present we are even worse off. Certainly as individuals some of them have craft and technique but we do not have the sophisticated thinking at coaching level that will enable them to compete against the more gifted squads with cohesive tactics that can mitigate the obvious limitations mentioned above.

    We can only hope that in the future, by which I mean the next 4 to 5 years, after the wholly predictable WC and Euro performances from the present group, the generation that have just come through as U20 WC winners will be augmented by the talents of Sancho, Fernandes and Foden and give us a really competitive edge. Of course the FA will undoubtedly aim to maximize the likelihood of failure by bringing some old blazered booby like Trevor Brooking out of retirement to run the show.

    Sigh.

    I remain

    Berko

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  20. berkozboy: Manchester City Premier League fixtures in full

    …………………………………………………….

    Well the first 10 games look a doddle, 30 points after 10 games’ll set us up nicely.

    Glad to see that Sterling got away so lightly Berko. I was a bit concerned at the time.

    I rather suspect that the Meejah missed the point reference Engurland’s defeat at the hands of the Johnny Foreigner. The reason was clear to see from where I sat. France were better at playing football than Engurland were. Bit of a beatch but there you go!

    Seemples

    Alph

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  21. Valentino Azzurro: Manchester City Premier League fixtures in full

    7 PL games in December ?

    Clearly this will change beyond recognition when the BT Sport and Sky schedulers get to work.

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  22. Didn’t see the game Valers but apparently the culprit in the Mendy incident was a pitchside digital media unit into which he collided. On the advice of the ref, FIFA has issued Sterling with a 15 game ban for malicious intent and suspected adultery whilst the pixelated panel escaped with a warning and a 30 Euro fine.

    Today’s meejah scapegoat for the latest England cock up is Stones, naturally. The reports make little mention of his actual performance but do mention his fee from Everton, his struggles with City and the mistakes that he has made that have costs us in league and cup competitions. I’m sure Hart will be delighted not to have played. Tossers.

    I remain

    Berko

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  23. Manchester City Premier League fixtures in full

    August

    12 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

    19 Everton (h)

    26 Bournemouth (a)

    September

    9 Liverpool (h)

    16 Watford (a)

    23 Crystal Palace (h)

    30 Chelsea (a)

    October

    14 Stoke City (h)

    21 Burnley (h)

    28 West Bromwich Albion (a)

    November

    4 Arsenal (h)

    18 Leicester City (a)

    25 Huddersfield Town (a)

    29 Southampton (h)

    December

    2 West Ham United (h)

    9 Manchester United (a)

    12 Swansea City (a)

    16 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

    23 Bournemouth (h)

    26 Newcastle United (a)

    30 Crystal Palace (a)

    January

    1 Watford (h)

    13 Liverpool (a)

    20 Newcastle United (h)

    31 West Bromwich Albion (h)

    February

    3 Burnley (a)

    10 Leicester City (h)

    24 Arsenal (a)

    March

    3 Chelsea (h)

    10 Stoke City (a)

    17 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)

    31 Everton (a)

    April

    7 Manchester United (h)

    14 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

    21 Swansea City (h)

    28 West Ham United (a)

    May

    5 Huddersfield Town (h)

    13 Southampton (a)

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