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Send your thoughts to theeditor@football365.com Dirty City I’m not sure whether this will make it in midst the dissection of the weekend’s action but hopefully this bold statement will intrigue enough to read on: Manchester City are statically far and away the dirtiest team in the Premier League. Allow me to elaborate… according to the FA disciplinary table, Manchester City currently rank as the second dirtiest team in the division, just behind West Ham. However, City are also top of the possession charts by a country mile (averaging 70%+, 15% more than Man United in second). That means the rate at which they have accumulated cards per minute of possession by the opposition is massively higher than anyone else in the division. Why is this? Well something that is often glossed over in the (to be fair, justified) praise for Pep-football is the completely cynical approach to tactical fouling, which has been rife throughout his history as a manager (Busquets being the lead disciple). Because his teams dominate possession so much, any hint of danger from the opposition can be snuffed out with a deliberate trip, taking the booking if it comes. By having so much of the ball, if this happens only one or two times a match, it’s no big deal in the grand scheme. I’ve lost count of the amount of times that during a game, when dominating play, they’ll play a rare, errant pass and the opponents will be on the counter, about to run at the defence, only for, say, Fernandinho to come across and deliberately take the legs of the player with the ball. Apart from the fact I’m a United supporter (and thus keen to pick holes in their success!) I’m also a striker when I play, and nothing annoys more than being tactically fouled. You do a bit of skill (rare for me) and beat a man, you’re running at a couple of ageing centre-backs and… the midfielder clips your heels on purpose and you get a free kick in a not particularly threatening area of the pitch. Maddeningly infuriating! So if I could change a rule in football it would be deliberate, cynical fouls where no attempt is made to play the ball, are automatic red cards. It would harm City and help me score a few more! Lewis, Busby Way   Pep’s PR I’m genuinely curious how City manage to do it – do we have any info on their PR department? Because it has without a doubt cast a spell over the media. I’m watching an absolute garbage fire of a match against Chelsea, in which the home team has managed an astounding 3 shots, of which I believe 1 has been on target, and was the winner. Fair play, typically that would be described as ‘professional’, ‘workmanlike’ or even ‘functional’. Not so. Us listeners of the US feed have been treated to such gems as: “how much would you pay to watch their training sessions?” and “everyone’s dream final would be Barcelona versus City in the CL” and 3 reminders that City are on track to win the league at Old Trafford. City will break the points record and deservedly will take the title as one of the absolute great top flight sides, but the coverage is absolutely nauseating for the neutral. I don’t even like Chelsea, but I wanted them to score by the end, just to hear the noises the poor commentators would have to make to explain it. Ryan (reminds me of LVG’s United, but with 300m of talent up front)   Chelsea blues Watching that “football match” has made me absolutely sick. What I have just witnessed would be like me turning up for work, taking a sh*t on my desk and just sitting in it for the day. I would not be paid for that and would probably be sacked. Are those players going to get paid this week? I don’t care if they absolutely despise Conte. They need to remember they play for the fans and the club. Managers will come and go but we will not. That was an absolute disgrace and everyone deserves to be fined. Conte should also not escape censure here. The way he setup and the tactics employed were absolutely laughable. Are we West Brom? We are the bloody champions of England, have some bloody pride. Even if we played brilliantly we may not beat City but I would still have some genuine respect for those involved. I genuinely can’t find the words to describe my anger right now. Conor(Seething in Dublin)   …That Chelsea performance was a total disgrace. No Chelsea team should accept defeat but it seemed Conte did. His tactics failed and he was far too slow to change. Unacceptable. He obviously wants out so thanks Antonio but bye bye. John   …Should we just finish the league now? Honestly, what’s the point in a competitive league if that’s what’s served up? Champions elect Vs reigning champions. Pep has created a fantastic team, a team that is so good, the opposition teams give up before they’ve kicked a ball. It’s disgusting! Wrap the league up now. City are deserved champions. The top 4 will stay the same and the bottom three deserve to go down. Spend the next few months revamping the league because this is unwatchable. Maybe extra points for a comprehensible scoreline and points deducted if you don’t score. “The Greatest League in the World” my arse! Bryan   What could have been In an alternate universe, the front six of – Hazard – Lukaku – Salah Fabregas – Kante – De Bruyne would’ve been decimating the league. Bharat   Neville’s memory Just before the 70 minute mark during the City-Chelsea game, Gary Neville wondered how teams in La Liga approached playing Barcelona. He said that’s what he wanted to know. The question was aimed vaguely in the direction of Thierry Henry. I thought his time with Valencia would have left him able to have a stab at that but then a quick google search reminded me of a 7-0 Copa del Rey defeat, so maybe not. Do you reckon he has his Valencia memories in a little mental box that never gets opened? Paul the gamer   Give us a game First off I’m a City fan so I’m happy with the result, but it feels like we just beat Burnley or Brighton (no disrespect) to those clubs, in fact they probably would have put up a better game. This is...

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Published By: Fottball 365 - Monday, 5 March







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