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How on earth is that given as a red?
Intent isn't a requirement. It was certainly reckless.
Intent doesn't matter.
Yeah, the de Jong kick was straight to the chest and I think it was a lot more reckless than this one.
Also, the kick did not hit the chest, it hits Arbeloa's arm as he flies by.
You don't go studs up over the waist with a player anywhere near you and expect to stay on the pitch.
I can see that point of view, and I agree as a general rule when a player knows the opponent is nearby. In this case though I think it's extremely harsh because there was no indication that Nani had seen Arbeloa. A yellow is justified, but a red is far too much.
You go flying with your spikes high you can't complain too much. I thought it was a solid yellow even though I'm not sure Nani was innocent. He pushed off with his spikes. Yeah, I don't think he saw him, but he did push off and his spikes were high. It was very much at a minimum a yellow, and as high spikes are such a dangerous play, and its a fool's game to judge intent, I had no problem with the red. You let your fate out of your hands when you go high with your spikes, no sympathy from me.
The red card is obviously the big story, but I think it's unfairly crowding out the story of what a ridiculous game Diego Lopez had. He got off his line very well to stuff a couple of one-on-ones, made some great reaction saves, and commanded his box well, too. You can't ask for a better performance from a keeper.
"Every call has gone Real Madrid's way?" Other than the red (which is obviously a big deal), I haven't seen any particular incorrect calls. Just because a ManU player goes down in the box and doesn't get a penalty doesn't mean "every call has gone Real Madrid's way".
Wynalda's commentary was also typically ridiculous.
An excellent performance, but I think ridiculous is a better term than you meant, between punching Vidic in the head then falling down after he saw Vidic down, wasting several minutes off a shoulder check from Van Persie that was nothing, and spending 3 years before every goal kick.
Surely NBC can get better talking heads than Fox, right?
Does anyone think Mourinho was so gracious last night because he didn't want to alienate his next employer?
I hope Maradona gets the Montpellier job. More crazy!
Mourinho doesn’t want to create robots or automatons. They’re predictable and he doesn’t want his teams to be that way.
“When I set about studying opponents and attempt to identify their behaviour, their tactics,” he explained. “I often realize that the development of their playing dynamic is more a mechanical automatism than a true playing dynamic.”
Mourinho’s method, as defined by Corriere della Sera columnist Sandro Modeo, is instead structured but open, robust but plastic.
“The objective,” he said, “is that the players understand the playing system and trust it, that they take some initiative because they’re convinced that it’s the best thing to do and not because someone else says: ‘Do it that way’.
“I know where it is I want us to get to, but instead of telling them: ‘Go that way,’ I want them to find their own way there.”
Psychologically it’s much more satisfying and validating to find the solution to a problem yourself than have someone else solve it for you. Mourinho understands this. He calls it ‘guided discovery’.
I mention all this because I think it’s what we’re seeing at Tottenham under Andre Villas-Boas
“In general, I work a lot on the philosophy and the way of expressing potential during matches, physically and psychologically,” Villas-Boas explained. “We therefore simulate all the situations that players could encounter during matches so that they might automatically adapt, so they know how to adjust mentally, make the right decision...
“We work a lot on instant decision-making for the good of the team. You can teach them things individually but the decision on the pitch belongs to them. And sometimes it’s not exactly what the manager has taught. Instinct is so vital because everything changes very quickly in game situations. Of course you want to see the team play attractive attacking football. But with great freedom of decision. The players take more pleasure in it. You teach them how to manage an experience, they take the decision.”
Make of that what you will.
I read the graciousness as roiling anger at his team for getting stymied by Tom Cleverly and Ryan Giggs for an hour before the red card bailed them out. Mourinho's leaving the sidelines before the first half whistle fits here, too.
This is a highly believable system for comparing teams.
I prefer the one I saw that had Dembele's face adorned with giant antlers and the moose's chin beard thing.
Someone needs more internet porn in his life.
Hey, Bob Ley is a Spurs fan. Good for him.
ESPN: On Wednesday, you spoke of MLS’s goal to be one of the top leagues in 2022. Is it fair to say that any expansion of the salary cap has to be preceded by a comparable growth in revenues?
DG: Yes. Clearly, in order to be one of the top leagues in the world we just need to grow the overall scale of our business. That means even more energy with Soccer United Marketing to grow our commercial business, both on the sponsorship and merchandising side, but also to continue expanding on our experience and activity in the digital space and our broadcast partners. We’re confident that if we’re able to exponentially grow our revenue base, then we’ll be able to, as we have in the past, invest more into our product.
Our other resident celebrity.
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In the Arsenal game, the Bale goal, the Lennon goal, and the Siggy one-pass-too-many were each classified as big chances, while Arsenal had no big chances.
I know it's subjective, but jeez. RB will surely vouch for the fact that the Shooty/Mattbert demographic felt very strongly that the Bale chance was "a subjectively classified situation where a player 'should' score, either one-on-one with the keeper or otherwise in excellent scoring position."
Also, MCoA, a question regarding your spreadsheet: Would it be possible to generate an equivalent of basketball's unit +/- stats for the various 11 man rotations teams use? Don't know if Opta tracks starting lineups/substitutions and the like, and even so the sample sizes probably make it pretty useless for soccer, but it would be interesting to see.
What are you talking about? Harry would have buried that in his playing days.
Oh I know the reference. Just couldn't resist a dumb pun.
I would have thought Giroud being through on goal 1v1 with Lloris until Vertonghen intervened would be classified as a big chance. Same for Benny's cross that Bale somehow put over the bar from about four yard out with the goal gaping.
Also, MCoA, a question regarding your spreadsheet: Would it be possible to generate an equivalent of basketball's unit +/- stats for the various 11 man rotations teams use?
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