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Haalands going to get at least 30 goals for City this season isn’t he..... before the World Cup starts.

 

Theyve got 8 league games, 4 Champions league games and an league cup game against Chelsea so a goal a game and a couple of hatricks and he is all ready for a month off.

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I can't get over the brilliance of those two Manchester City goals.  You can do everything right and still lose when they have individual quality like that in basically every position.  Stones' goal was sensational,  but the Cancelo cross and Haaland volley were something else.  How do you defend that? 

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They’ve also future-proofed themselves for Guardiola’s eventual departure with Haaland’s signing. 
 

At least in Scotland they’ve got two sides that might win the league.

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10 hours ago, glb said:

They’ve also future-proofed themselves for Guardiola’s eventual departure with Haaland’s signing. 
 

At least in Scotland they’ve got two sides that might win the league.

But he's off to Real in a couple of years isn't he? That was the apparent agreement to get him to go to City in the first place. 

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I'd take that with a pinch of salt.  Real Madrid were all in on M'Bappe until they got very publicly jilted at the 11th hour.   They'll always get linked with players and Haaland may move on to Spain at some point.  He signed a five year contract at Manchester City and he'll still only be 26 when that expires so if he wants to be the most in demand free agent in football then it's totally an option.  Of course by then Newcastle United might be sweeping all before them and they'll get Haaland in on a million quid a week to help them retain the quadruple. 

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1 hour ago, Gabe said:

But he's off to Real in a couple of years isn't he? That was the apparent agreement to get him to go to City in the first place. 


Is that so? Did read/hear something along the lines of the agent/deal fees being more than the actual transfer fee.

 

I’ve long made peace with the fact City should win the league and, finally, the champions league this season, with everyone else is just jostling for position Now kind of want Haaland to obliterate the existing scoring records. Not just Premier League history, but Dixie Dean levels.

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Man City have had a run similar to Arsenal where they play all of the easy teams. They lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the charity shield and then have beaten West Ham, Bournemouth, Palace, Forest, Sevilla and Dortmund. They've then drawn with Villa and Newcastle.

 

While they have looked good, let's not get carried away just yet.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, spork said:

Man City have had a run similar to Arsenal where they play all of the easy teams. They lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the charity shield and then have beaten West Ham, Bournemouth, Palace, Forest, Sevilla and Dortmund. They've then drawn with Villa and Newcastle.

 

While they have looked good, let's not get carried away just yet.

 

 

 

They've scored 473 goals in that run of games though.

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7 minutes ago, spork said:

Man City have had a run similar to Arsenal where they play all of the easy teams. They lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the charity shield and then have beaten West Ham, Bournemouth, Palace, Forest, Sevilla and Dortmund. They've then drawn with Villa and Newcastle.

 

While they have looked good, let's not get carried away just yet.

 

 

 

They're also the only side in the league currently capable of regularly going on unbeaten runs, and have winning streaks of 18, 15 and 12 league games under Pep, as well as numerous more unbeaten runs.

 

Liverpool managed winning streaks of 18 and 17 in 2019 and 2020, but a winning streak of even half that first number looks well beyond this current squad.

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Don't forget there'll come a point where Pep finds having his genius play second fiddle to Haaland bashing in goals from nothing to be lacking in intellectual stimulation and start a process of self sabotage. It's who he is and is helpless to resist.

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Pleased that Ivan Toney has been called up to the England squad - well deserved.

 

In a standard 'pissed off that someone from my club hasn't been selected' post, I'd have loved to have seen Max Kilman get the nod.  Can't believe how consistent he's been over the past 15 months or so.  A superb centre half, comfortable on the ball, big, strong, rarely troubled by big strikers (well, he might have a job against Haaland on Saturday...)

 

I agree that Maguire shouldn't be in there.

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Shaw over Sessegnon also seems a bit silly, given that England are probably going to be playing with wing backs, and one is a fresh option playing that position regularly and in good form, and the other is well known to the manager already, in poor form, and not playing for his club.

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1 hour ago, the_debaser said:

Watching the highlights of the Man City game. What on Earth has happened to grealish? Has Pep managed to coach all the ability and positive attitude out of him? He’s a shadow of the player he was at villa. 

 

He's terrified of losing possession, so the type of player he was at Villa, carrying the ball and beating defenders with close control and tricky movement and turns of pace, has been sacrificed to a conservative, cautious approach that basically spends matches doing dummy runs, never being passed to, and making simple passes into the centre midfielder or overlapping fullback.

 

There's a timeline were Grealish takes what he had at Villa, adds more goals, and basically becomes England's knock off own brand Messi. Instead we got the one were he turned into a replacement cog for a winning machine that only requires he do exactly the job he's told and never make an error.

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As for England... lol. Southgate being completely unable to drop his favourites, ala Maguire, ludicrous focus on right sided fullbacks, and rocking up with a squad that has more centre backs than midfielders is classic.

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