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  1. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    3rd 4th place play-off is a pointless game really.. Made only to fill tv schedules, and determine a position no one really wants anyway - could be done on results, goal diff etc. It should be a celebration of football, and a lead up to the final. Maybe it needs to be a player of the tournament team vs a rest of the world team, north vs hemisphere, or something similar to get fans excited and maybe bring in players that play for small / lesser nations that otherwise wouldn't get a game at the world cup? Just something to add a bit of competition in there? Even a guaranteed spot at the next w/c?
  2. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    My initial thought was Delph / Rose for Young / Alli, same formation. Dier and Henderson is too negative for me. Sterling should have stayed on, even if pushed a little to the left to stop their full back from camping in our half and pinging crosses. Having said all that - someone needs to teach Rashford to stay central. He drifts to the wing far too much. Getting the ball to the position where he can cross, but there's no-one in the box. Pretty obvious gaps in the squad of creative central midfield, left midfield, central striker(s). We have to use the next couple of years trying to find players to fill those gaps, not just coasting through a dozen easy qualifying games and learning nothing. Get some B international's lined up and give the kids who have won their age groups some experience they are unlikely to get at club level for another 2 or 3 years.
  3. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    To me the issue wasn't Lingard, Sterling and Alli dropping off. Firstly Sterling terrifies defences with pace and skill, and taking him off allowed Croatia to push forward their defensive line -taking him off and putting Rashford on the wing was a strange decision. Secondly Young got tired early second half (one game too many?), and essentially left Alli to be playing both left-back and left hand side of central midfield. This never got addressed. Thirdly and hardly mentioned Kane stopped running and ended up playing nowhere near a centre-forward position - essentially enforcing the lump it forward we saw at times. However, the biggest issue was not scoring a second goal in the first half.
  4. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Southgate too slow to change things, Kane is pretty much useless outside the box and can only do 70 mins, Sterling better but decision making awful, Young should have been replaced by Rose, 2 sloppy goals conceded, etc... All matters nothing, when you see a team trying, risking things, committed. Take this team vs the one that surrendered to Iceland, to the one that couldn't get out of the group vs Costa Rica and Honduras. Those all where far better rated than this. That's what we take from this, a bit of bloomin pride.
  5. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Full team vs Belgium, or reserves? 😂
  6. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Croatia just about deserve it, shame to lose to such a crummy goal. Overall, a lot to be proud of.
  7. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Kane gets to 70 minutes and can't run. Alli off Delph on for me
  8. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Good half, shame only to be one up. Keep going, get another goal.
  9. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Come on England, just give it everything. Don't die wondering.
  10. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    The ball must have been in play for a good 4 or 5 of the last 25 minutes of that game. Unbelievable time-wasting by France and stupid free-kick given away by Belgium. Well we are in the last 3.
  11. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    They have been giving unsold tickets to local kids. There's always loads of corporate tickets, I'd imagine that's where the Thai kids ones would come from, not that I can think of anyone who would begrudge them one to be honest - better than giving them the likes of Maradona.
  12. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    There were tickets on sale via the FA at face value for every game so far. Only this game has sold out, and that was only on Monday. Fifa still selling tickets on official site for tonight's game. Only cat 1 and 2 left and they start at around £450 each
  13. Baz

    Blackburn v chorley fc

    That's a quote you don't hear in England very often.
  14. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    I think both semi-finals are pretty much 50:50, it's whoever shows up that will win, in both games. Croatia have some superb players, but also realistic in that they have some that aren't as well. IMO our best opportunity is to be positive as I don't think we can do long defensive shifts without conceding, and we have some serious firepower going forward. I think we start unchanged (bar injuries), but Southgate needs a different plan if we see ourselves becoming overrun in midfield.
  15. Baz

    Brexit Thread

    Theresa May found a soft-Brexit position she felt delivered Brexit but with the minimum risk to the economy, the entire cabinet agreed for a whole 48 hours. Now this. Sounds to me that the far right of the Tory party will not accept anything bar a hard Brexit, and they are more than willing to do so no matter what cost to the economy / jobs etc. The worst current position is that the backstop position is cliff-edge hard Brexit - a position even Rees-Mogg now describes as not ideal. Next time the Tories start their general election campaign based on their economic prowess, the people should remember that a large % of them would never compromise their ideology to protect your job.
  16. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Thought Sterling was much more of a threat yesterday. Looks a completely different player running at people or playing on the shoulder looking for a ball over the top. He's no natural goalscorer, and often makes the wrong decision, but he's still a threat. I'd be surprised if Southgate changes anything, thought the performance yesterday was pretty good given the nerves etc. Croatia are pretty much big physical lads at the back, and not quick, must be able to make some chances vs that.
  17. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Very good professional performance by England today. We could easily have had 4 or 5 bar poor decisions and finishing. However Sweden where poor really, and looked like they are missing the odd top quality player they have had in the past. Watched Russia v Croatia, Croatia a class above but must be worrying how a poor Russian side scored twice, and forced penalties. Given the semi is Weds, hope that the extra time will make heavy legs for Croatia, and that they may have picked up a couple if injuries too - their keeper for one was struggling.
  18. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Agreed, poor decision .However was interesting when they cut to the referees room, and they had multiple tv's, and they had different views to what we see on TV. 1 clearly was the same though, but no one was looking at that one.
  19. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Go on Belgium, make Neymar cry.
  20. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Sterling doesn't fit in the formation because he's primarily a winger who gets the ball to feet then runs at people. Playing centre forward he has to play the majority of time back to goal, with very little time and space afforded by defenders. He's not clinical or strong enough to play centre forward, and not good enough defensively to play wing-back. He's had 3 games now, and not proved himself. I'd look to give someone else a chance.
  21. Baz

    Brexit Thread

    Well it appears vote leave have been found guilty of breaking the law. Accordingly the result should now be declared null and void.
  22. Baz

    New Deal for Darragh

    Great news, got the potential to be playing in PL for me. Got to think the team spirit Mowbray has got in this squad is a key factor in these renewals.
  23. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Phew! Totally deserved to win in normal time, but we where hanging in from the point we put Dier on and stopped being positive. Colombia deserve to go home after so much dirtyness, but I'm still worried we create very little from open play. On the other hand we look better than an Allardyce team from set pieces. Sweden next up, tough opponent, much better in the air too, so may negate that specific threat. Thought Stones was very good in particular tonight.
  24. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Took about 10 minutes to take the pen
  25. Baz

    World Cup 2018

    Wow. Belgium a bit over-confident? Not working hard enough.
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