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  1. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    Pfft, there'll be no space for him with the likes of Nainggolan in there... ...Wait, what? Nainggolan didn't get picked? And he's immediately retired form international football? Ooooookaaaaaaayyyyy then. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44194179
  2. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    Yep, 5-2-3 is the shape. Walker as the right CB to allow his pace to cover the flank behind a marauding right wing back, and to also bring the ball forward to supplement numbers in midfield. Of the two CM's, we tend to play one deeper playmaker type - the role that Henderson has excelled at for Liverpool. This is our key position (and one that's overlooked in the press), as it allows two styles. Firstly, against most teams who will sit deep against us, dropping Henderson back allows him more time and space to pick out a pass. It's not dissimilar to Pirlo's role in his best years at Juve. And secondly, against more gung-ho opposition, he will be close to the defenders when we win possession, which allows them to feed him a simple pass and then he can hit longer direct passes looking for the pace of Sterling, Rashford or Alli. Our second CM tends to be the 'shuttler' type - getting up and down the pitch, linking the midfield with the attack, picking up defensive duties in the middle and filling in space in the attack. The main differences in our system seem to come in how the front three are lined up. Southgate has recently leaned towards a triangle, with a central Sterling playing behind two strikers - Kane and one other. But we also work well with the classic wider front three of a Central Forward who can hold the ball up (Kane), a direct attacking Left forward (Rashford or Alli) and a right forward who's job it is to find the space (Sterling or Welbeck). Having said that, we are set up to be structurally sound with the back 7 players, allowing the front three to roam and be more fluid. So it'll probably chop and change on a game-by-game basis.
  3. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    Annnnnd I time my post just as the squad is announced. Ignore me, and let's go straight to arguing about Adam Lallana only being on the stand-by list.
  4. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    If we're talking exciting young 17-year-old possible England call ups I'd like Phil Foden, who like 17-year old Sessegnon, is only 17 years old. The first reason being that we're a little short of quality in central midfield and there's a better chance he'll feature. And he was outstanding for the u17's, although 17 year old Sessegnon has been pretty special for the u19's too.
  5. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    From the Guardian's report of yesterday's Middlesbrough v Villa match: ...Fuckin' hell Louise Taylor, that's ice cold.
  6. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    How to turn something quite funny into something hilarious. https://streamja.com/dm6v
  7. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    I fucking love football.
  8. Pants McSkill

    EFL Championship 2017/18 - All Welcome!

    I just wanted us to be safe by now. Millwall were threatening to solidify themselves as a League One side, and with the amount of money pumped into the Championship in recent times, gaining a foothold in this division is becoming more and more difficult (parachute payments can fuck right off), especially for a team of our meagre resources. But to be in the playoff places so close to the end of the season, well it's a dreamland. We have an insane run in, but our ground is a hell of a pace to go, and if we're still in with a shout of making the playoffs on the last day then that Villa game will be one hell of an atmosphere.
  9. Pants McSkill

    EFL Championship 2017/18 - All Welcome!

    Millwall are in the Championship playoff places. I'm... I don't... How have we... Fuck me, this is sweet as nut.
  10. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    I missed that. I'll shut my fat fucking face then.
  11. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    Lads. Two defenders needed between an attacker and the goal innit. Which is usually one defender + the goal keeper.
  12. This swap thingy, do I actually have to play matches to earn these swappable bollocks to get that Modric card?
  13. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    I remember that goal vs us (how could you forget it?). It's one that being on the receiving end makes you go 'FUCK OFF!'.
  14. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2017/18

    THHRIKER! WALLOP! EAT IT! etc...
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