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1 hour ago, Stoppy2000 said:

You do remember the start of the season when spurs had a horrendous fixture schedule I presume? 

I'm not really calling out Spurs, I do remember that as it reminded me of the start to our 19/20 season with the Europa League qualifiers.

 

It's more the lack of consideration for the second year running.  Last season we played City then Liverpool 48 hours appart, this season it was Spurs then United.  All four clubs being top six clubs, all four clubs given an advantage, not their fault, but not really fair either.

 

It was common in the Championship to play three games in eight days, but the difference between two and three days seems to make quite a difference, and it was the same for all teams in that division.

 

You could see the players tire last night in relation to their opponent.  OGS said before the game he was hoping to take advantage of this difference, and to his credit he brought it up afterwards too.

 

I don't really see why our game couldn't have been played today, as Spurs and Liverpool were given that break, and it only seems to be to satisfy the TV company.

 

It wouldn't have bothered me had it not clearly affected the result.

 

Having said that, I'm happy with the direction the team is going, it's a transition season so results are less important so long as we stay up.

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12 minutes ago, dr_manhattan^ said:

I'm not really calling out Spurs, I do remember that as it reminded me of the start to our 19/20 season with the Europa League qualifiers.

 

It's more the lack of consideration for the second year running.  Last season we played City then Liverpool 48 hours appart, this season it was Spurs then United.  All four clubs being top six clubs, all four clubs given an advantage, not their fault, but not really fair either.

 

It was common in the Championship to play three games in eight days, but the difference between two and three days seems to make quite a difference, and it was the same for all teams in that division.

 

You could see the players tire last night in relation to their opponent.  OGS said before the game he was hoping to take advantage of this difference, and to his credit he brought it up afterwards too.

 

I don't really see why our game couldn't have been played today, as Spurs and Liverpool were given that break, and it only seems to be to satisfy the TV company.

 

It wouldn't have bothered me had it not clearly affected the result.

 

Having said that, I'm happy with the direction the team is going, it's a transition season so results are less important so long as we stay up.

 

Last season we were expected to play a league cup fixture in Anfield 24 hours before we played in the CWC the other side of the world.

 

I think we were allowed the West Ham league game to be rearranged though, yeah I agree it is all down to TV. 

 

Scheduling is shit in the world of English football. Either we accept it and tell Klopp to know his role, or we support the idea of sorting it out.

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Away from Premier League and stuff, Dundee United legend Jim McLean died last week.  He led them to a Scottish title (back when he was tilting against Alex Fergusons Aberdeen), a European Cup semi-final where Roma bribed the referee and a UEFA Cup Final.  He also was the kind of guy who had a massive chip on his shoulder against the entire world and would happily start fights in empty rooms. He made Fergie look like a model of placid calm. And this is well worth five minutes of your reading time, if only for the story of Duncan Ferguson and a paint pot.

 

https://www.nutmegmagazine.co.uk/issue-11/jousting-with-jim/

 

 

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Hopes for 2021? 

 

Now that Johnny Evans has signed a new contract, my main hope for Leicester is that we sign a decent striker to back Vardy up and have a nice run in the Europa League. Be nice for Euro 2021 to go ahead; but only if it's safe to do so (which seems nigh-on impossible). Would also like to see Messi turn up in the Premier League for a season or two. Rashford to get knighted. VAR to gain some semblance of consistency. PSG to fail in Europe. Fat Sam to fail miserably. Sheffield United to win a game. 

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2021 hopes?

 

That we get to a point where stadiums can be full, or at least mostly full again. Mostly. Probably a hope best saved for next season though.

 

On the pitch, more daft games like 7-2s and 6-1s, and less Large Samuel 1-1s.

 

Finally, that Liverpool sign a CB not made of biscuits, and win the league again just to please Gotters (I don’t think they will, still backing Man City)

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13 minutes ago, Stoppy2000 said:

An end to the phrase 'lets see what Peter Walton thinks'.


Let me just wait for what decision the referee makes so I can side with that.

 

Cheers Peter.

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2 hours ago, glb said:

2021 hopes?

 

That we get to a point where stadiums can be full, or at least mostly full again. Mostly. Probably a hope best saved for next season though.

 

On the pitch, more daft games like 7-2s and 6-1s, and less Large Samuel 1-1s.

 

Finally, that Liverpool sign a CB not made of biscuits, and win the league again just to please Gotters (I don’t think they will, still backing Man City)

 

Bet he can't wait to see Hendo lift the title again, then pass it onto Bobby, Mo, Baby Keith, Robbo, Fab, Taki and finally Kloppo.

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