- Dec 31, 2017
As long as we challenge for the league, and maintain that challenge until March at least if not win, and win a cup I will be happy.
Hope: can you also give us your 19/20 previewFunny how everyone talks about man city, and forgets that there is another Manchester team too which will fight for the title. In my opinion and applying simple logic, this will be a contest between five teams, as Arsenal will likely have to rebuild a little bit and are starting from a lower position. Chelsea on the other hand can't be discounted. They have already often won the PL title with a new manager on board. Having EL football on Thursdays could be a handicap for them though, hopefully they'll have a long run in that competition...
If we can mount together a good and consistent run in the league, we'll be among the contenders. But it's far from a foregone conclusion for the time being. Last season, we were a joy to watch more often than not, but there was not enough consistency to mount a proper challenge in the league. Will we be more consistent? Much will depend on the new signings bedding in right away. Especially Keita should be a key player for us. If he can stay fit and quickly integrate the way this team plays, then we should be able to become more consistent.
And of course, injuries. This has hampered us so often in the past that I don't really reckon anymore with anything else than an injury-riddled season. Players will be out, and it will then depend very strongly on who is out. Touch wood that our front three can stay fit most of the time, then we should maybe have enough depth to challenge for the title. But any crisis hitting the same area of the pitch, as we have witnessed repeatedly already, will see us losing points and the chance to contest for first place. So, luck is very much a factor here.
Truth be told, to see us as favourites for the title (as Mourinho tries to make believe people) would be crazy. The two manc clubs have invested far, far more than us over the last five years. Their squads are deeper, and studded with world-class players, especially the blue mancs. Meanwhile, Tottenham are quietly keeping their whole team together. They are among my favourites for the title. The fact they don't spend gazillions in the market this summer will work in their favour imo. They have an experienced, well-rounded, close-knitted squad, led by one of the best managers around. They will be strong, make no mistake, and it could easily end up to be their year.
So, we'll see how it goes, but I'd give us 20% chances at the very most to make it, luck playing a big part in it. Anyone expecting us to make it to 100 points or what not and to run away with the league title should forget it right away. The other clubs won't let us do that as easily as we'd want for.
I for one can see us as very strong in 19/20, if all the best players are still among us, and with all the superb players brought in this summer truly settled. This coming season is still very much about consolidation for me, not yet about winning the title.
Too many variables yet. I'll let you know when I see more. ;-) But yes, I can see us really really destroying the league and all other competitions if a few key factors go our way from next summer on (making it to the CL again, not too many long key injuries, keeping the core of the team together, further strengthening, etc.).Hope: can you also give us your 19/20 preview
We’ll win our group, no matter who we face. Given fair arbitration, we’ll walk the CL this season- we’ve taken a squad which finished second, robbed in the final, and improved upon it considerably.Who knows, they could still draw Real Madrid and Dortumund and not go through.
Coutinho maybe I can understand as the draw of Barcelona but its the way he went about it that shows his character but Can just doesn't make sense . he wasn't to know that juve would for sure sign Ronaldo so you can't even use him as a lureI just want to say this - I think this is the first time I can remember where it's completely on the players to perform. The excuse of players wanting to jump ship and move to another club 'to win trophies and compete' just won't wash any more. The club have invested heavily and literally have players in every position that every other club in the world would kill for, even RM and Barca. If they don't achieve, its on them. It can't always be everyone else's fault.
In that sense, Suarez and Torres's moves make more sense and Coutinho's and Can's far less so. I still don't understand why they'd jump ship just when they'd started to get the train moving and picking up steam.
I've said it before in various threads so sorry to bore anyone, but Emré's agent's plan was a fishing trip using the Juve interest to see first if Bayern Munich were biting and then when nothing came from our side of the Alps, to keep Juve as a back-up. He got a bit lucky the lad with Ronaldo, but good luck to him.Coutinho maybe I can understand as the draw of Barcelona but its the way he went about it that shows his character but Can just doesn't make sense . he wasn't to know that juve would for sure sign Ronaldo so you can't even use him as a lure
Have no problem with Can. Say out his contract and always gave his all. Goodluck t him. Didn't throw his rattle out of the pram like coutinhoI've said it before in various threads so sorry to bore anyone, but Emré's agent's plan was a fishing trip using the Juve interest to see first if Bayern Munich were biting and then when nothing came from our side of the Alps, to keep Juve as a back-up. He got a bit lucky the lad with Ronaldo, but good luck to him.