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From the Guardian MBM. They're stealing my material!
Who could they replace him with?
Those guys were always the exception, I don't think the chance of scoring another such manager has diminished much since they were appointed.
I think the days of finding a new Sir Alex or Wenger- guys who will stay at the same team for decades- are looooong gone. So if you're United you hire the absolute best manager who is willing to manage your team at the time, which probably was Mourinho last year. It's certainly not Moyes or Martinez.
Man City draw away against a good team
Aren't Mourinho teams supposed to be defensively solid? Chelsea have given up 3 goals each to noted offensive powerhouses Sunderland and Stoke in back-to-back games.
Is there a way to do picture in picture on the NBCsports website?
I feel like Spurs had about that many in the Newcastle game.
Why, Lloris, why
Question (because I honestly don't know): Had it gone past the keepers to a 12th shot... How does that work? Does the person taking shot #12 HAVE to be the one who took shot #1? Can they re-shuffle the order once you get back to #12?
(it doesn't have to be #11, if a team is down players due to injury or sending offs, the lineups are reduced to the remaining number i.e. the team with more players deselects the appropriate number of players to make it even)
"Under Guardiola the team became more disciplined with a greater focus on possession and a disciplined and aggressive pressing style. He often played a high defensive line with the full backs (particularly Daniel Alves) pushing high up down their respective sides while relying on the passing of Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta to retain possession whilst employing pressing style without the ball"
That's interesting, I would have assumed it would be like the NBA and the opposing manager would get to choose somebody off the other bench to take it. With the rule the way it is, a team could contrive to have a few of their worst penalty takers sent off in the last seconds to give themselves an advantage. Of course, that would only help if the other team had notably better penalty takers than your team or you had a famously bad penalty taker or two (a Shaq or Ben Wallace of penalty taking). Players might be reluctant to take the resulting suspension but it would probably be worth it to win the World Cup or Champions League.
Well it also only helps if the shootout is still tied after kick #5, and #6, and #7, and #8, and #9, and #10... Probably >99% of all shootouts are long over by then. Seems a pretty risky for a slight increase in win expectancy, less than 1% of the time. You probably lose more, by risking conceding down a man for the last min or 2 of the game.
Serious question: If you ran a soccer, what one out-of-the-box directive would you give your team?
Myself, I'd want to treat each possession more like a basketball possession. Working yourself to taking a good shot is much more important then making a risky cross-field pass. Give the guy with the ball two options to pass at all times. No goalie punting, no goal kicks up for grabs (Unless your guys are being utterly covered.) No wild clearances unless necessary. No wild clearances when in time wasting mode unless necessary. Too often I see guys when they are time-wasting hoof it down field for no reason. Grats, you just wasted 4 seconds.
Well, I said *one* thing. Otherwise I also would have also said something along the lines of "Don't guard space". If you don't have the ball, and you're not guarding anyone or providing a pass outlet, then you are useless.
Under a different topic-I was surprised to discover in FM 2013 that when you transfer in a player, you aren't buying their existing contract like in baseball. They get to renegotiate their contract.
It's funny that you say that, because one of the few things I would virtually always instill my team to do, is to attack open spaces
Can people get sent off between the end of a game and the start of a penalty shootout? If so, AC Milan could have 10 players rumble with the other team during that time and allow Balotelli to take all the penalties (I know he's missed a couple now).
Accommodating Wilshire is causing problems for Arsenal. He's roving but no one is covering. Arsenal has looked a lot better at the end of the first half.
Is Lukaku the best player that's ever been on loan? I mean, best at the time of his loan.
It's true isn't it that a ref (generally) won't call full-time while an attack is in progress? That's so weird when you think about it. I remember that the old NASL used to stop the clock anytime that play stopped. I wonder how much the actual length of games were compared to today.
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