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Torn Asunder

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  1. Pleased he has moved on, and best wished to him in France. Will be very interesting to see how the cultured French players response to his shirt punching fire up tactics. Really hope we get Des back onboard
  2. We needed a new manager just for the tournament. Someone with some genuine international credibility. Its worked in the past and would be better than Arnold.
  3. I felt for Nathaniel ... he was brutally exposed ... Mbappe is a beast of a player. One on one, even at Champions League level he tears players apart. Arnie's plan of having an inexperienced young defender on him was a sheep to the lions scenario. France very quickly worked out how to completely annihilate us all over the park. I reckon Kewell was on the money, we needed to be a bit more aggressive at times, but this would have meant making subs much earlier. 3 at the back with two wing backs may have worked better and given us more cover ... Tilio should have got some minutes Without sounding dire, I doubt we will win a game this cup. Tunisia will overpower us, and we will have no answer for Eriksen. To me, that is where Football Australia fucked up - they should have brought in a new manager (someone with serious credentials) and instructed them to use it as a platform for next world cup, rather than a regression in result from the last cup
  4. Couldn't see a topic for this ... so here is one I predicted a 4 nil loss to France so pleased we at least scored one. Mbappe was in beast mode, Nathaniel needed some more cover Thought Arnold could have brought on our young attacking options a bit earlier to try and help us get forward a bit more, but the truth (reality) is Framce is 3 classes above and could have scored 8 Just as a note, the following players that played day have all had time at Melbourne City (Heart) Behich (our best player today), Goodwin, Leckie, McGree, Mooy
  5. TBH, that ref was shite all night ... he managed the game with no consistency or authority and looked out of his depth ... TBF, Wellington also look good for goals all game. Ufuk is a decent tactical coach and he beat our team structures with his positioning against our style. This happens most times when we get a decent run on and beat a few teams in a row. A better tactical manager comes along and works out how to beat it and PK doesn't know how to respond. They were just set up well to be effective in creating hesitation for our players moving forward, which then created a bunch of turnovers, that they were ready for, and when this happened, off they went There 2nd goal came from an exact moment like this, where Leckie held the ball too long in attack. He was seemingly in a good position, so our team moved into an attacking arrangement, but they created the turnover after he held the ball for a few seconds too long, and then went forward and eventually scored. This game was always a danger after the derby win ... the only consolation I take is that we didnt lose (Heart days we would have lost 2-4) Perth at home will be a good chance to bounce back. They will absolutely look at what Wellington did and try the same
  6. Should have been a penalty for JMac ... since when can you take a player out with a slide tackle? In general the ref was shite Looked a bit flat in the 2nd half ... we were not decisive with our passes today ... I think Leckie is better in behind JMac Least we're still undefeated
  7. Was fantastic watching. Very interesting to contrast the clear differences in cultures between clubs when comparing the first 3 episodes. From episode 1, you can see why Popovic is highly rated. Warren Moon's style is very casual and it was fascinating to see Charlie Austin's blow up against Connor Chapman - there was no way they were coming back from that against us in round 2. On PK, its pretty clear now to see why some players wont gel with his style, and get seemingly frozen out. His style is probably akin to Alex Ferguson ... this is a summary of Ferguson's style " Alex Ferguson leadership style is said to be tough, aggressive and loyal with high ethical standards and commitment toward and from the players. Many of his players highly regarded him and considered him as a disciplinarian with a hard character and a stubborn man." If anything, this little doco will be invaluable for future signings whilst PK is in charge. If you think about it, when a potential import player hears about Melbourne City and what the club is about, it would sound like a promising prospect ... but in reality, if a player rocks up and cannot accept PK's style, its gonna be a horror show. With a manager this intense, the players signed need to be comfortable with his approach upfront ... and now at least they can see it up close and personal ... players that respond to this style will do very well (like Berisha who seems pretty intense). Sort of explains why Noone, Jenkins, hightailed out of here at the first chance, and why the Italian guy got close to no minutes ... I'm happy with how we have improved this year so far. If PK can keep this up, even with his intense style, then all good for me. I do tend to agree with @jw1739 ... at certain times, it would not be a fun place to work!
  8. I'm pleased to see that he is coaching better this season. Seems like we are better at managing games, and also it's good we are seeing subs PK also seems slightly calmer on the sidelines and even his pressers have improved Glover is also playing better ... Seems like there was some genuine introspection after last year's GF loss and improvements have been made Also seems like we finally have a full contingent of quality foreign players ... this helps heaps. Leckie also is looking great This is what should be expected as a minimum every season
  9. Good atmosphere... decent turnout from Geelong ... ref is shite. Berisha looks the real deal, along with Lam.
  10. On the verge of his second World Cup, Socceroos veteran Aziz Behich is just trying to take it all in https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-06/aziz-behich-is-grateful-for-it-all/101478734?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web Absolute champion ... loved watching him play for us back in the day. He was a warrior on the pitch and always gave 100%. Hope he has a great World Cup
  11. CFG getting some more global exposure 🤦‍♂️ https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/man-wearing-australian-football-team-shirt-arrested-for-heckling-prince-andrew/news-story/d95760df9a87b0cd2d0293a516846324
  12. A shitty loss against a team that shouldn't be playing in the Australia Cup ... well that was no surprise!! However, if our new recruits, and best starting 11 doesn't lift our performances (despite the idiocy of our coach), then this game is a harbinger of our season to come. Two things summed it up for me. 1 - Galloway half heartily warming up in the 80th minute, and showing zero interest or effort as he knew that he was not coming on, even though the game called for some fresh legs 2 - in the 4th minute of stoppage time, with the wind at our backs, we had free kick just back from the 1/2 way line ... rather than getting everyone forward for one last set piece attack via a long ball, the ball is meekly passed into midfield, then return passed back to the free kick taker ... then whistle blows ... What the actual fucking fuck? We really are that dumb as a team in not being able to recognise that sometime a Plan B is needed! Already starting to regret my membership renewal
  13. who got free Paramount? Even as a member, we only got a discount on it last season ...
  14. Makes total sense that Wellington are in the Australia Cup. I guess Australia was allowed to compete in Eurovision
  15. To remind myself not to get overhyped, I just read through the Pucciarelli thread (so much optimism at the start), but a true life tragedy! It all depends on how PK rates him, otherwise may just end up as another witches hat at training
  16. This is very well said. How frustrating must it be for a player to be in the squad, do all the work at training, be named on the bench, see that the game situation is calling out for an impact sub, but then be given very little to ZERO game time (regardless of the ultimate result) ... Especially when the likes of Jammo or Leckie, and even JMac, are played till they are so stuffed that they are providing a negative contribution. This approach deprives players of chances, but also of hope ... they would feel that they will have no chance to make a positive contribution, as well as not be able to actually do the job that is their paid profession. And with a short career window of opportunity for most players, to be frozen out, with no real chance of things changing would be devastating
  17. For a kid with raw talent, who could absolutely come on and create attacking opportunities, and who was developed by the club, as a true fan of the team he played for, it would have been devastating to watch from the bench week after week, especially when he knew the game needed a spark ... only to not get any real chance or minutes ... no minutes in the GF either. I remember a game where he ran on for about 15 seconds, then the final whistle went Fuck the way PK managed this kid. Killed a crucial year of his development. I don't blame him for leaving ... I hope he scores against us, runs to PK and stares him down.
  18. If you look at this year compared to last in terms of tactics and use of subs its chalk and cheese. I think we really missed Des Buckingham. I actually think he was the brains for the team last year, with Paddy being the one to fire the boys up. I've mentioned it before, but the assistant coaches seemed to have very little say or influence this year. I saw some disharmony on the sidelines when the tried to get PKs attention about subs, to the point where they looked to have cracked it. I also noticed that this year, our LB / RB didn't come inside as much, and we were always reluctant to attack through the middle. I remember many times when we had the ball in transition, and looked good for an attack, only to pass it sideways, often twice, which 99/100 killed any attacking momentum. Personally, I just don't think he has it in him ... he has regressed, and when it came to the crunch, on pretty much every occasion he failed.
  19. PK needs to be gone. He is a spud
  20. No hysterics required. Outplayed and outcoached. Tonight all our team's and coach's shortcomings were brutally exposed. We were never in it. As easy as you like for WU who deserved to win.
  21. I'd start same line up as against Adelaide, with Griff in from Gomulka. Tillio comes on as an impact player. Flo may have 70 minutes max in his legs. Leckie can go to 10 when he comes off. Leckie is a big game player and seems to have hit form at the right time. Nabbout also is due a goal. I hope we can blow em out of the water in the first 30 If things go pear shaped, Bos needs to come on at the same time as Tillio. Also, if we need to lock down a lead, Gomulka then should get some minutes
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