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I've had a few ales, so forgive me if I've not searched hard enough for another space to talk about THE FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MY LIFETIME WHERE INGERLUND ARE THE FAVOURITES!

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It's the hope that kills you!

That said, I believe we have the strongest team in the tournament this time, although France isn't far off. Our defence is our weak point, so we need to go attack first, but I'm not sure Southgate has that in him! In tournament football, you also need a decent slice of luck, but we're surely due some!

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42 minutes ago, Alex said:

I've had a few ales, so forgive me if I've not searched hard enough for another space to talk about THE FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MY LIFETIME WHERE INGERLUND ARE THE FAVOURITES!

Are we?!?!?

With Southgate in charge?!?!

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3 hours ago, Alex said:

I've had a few ales, so forgive me if I've not searched hard enough for another space to talk about THE FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MY LIFETIME WHERE INGERLUND ARE THE FAVOURITES!

I thought they were favourites with the press corp at every tournament. I keep thinking of the German team singing "Football's Coming Home" in 1996. 

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On 01/06/2024 at 17:39, My Blood Is Blue said:

 

That said, I believe we have the strongest team in the tournament this time

In attack, we have an absurd number of options. How many countries would be able to leave maddison, grealish and rashford at home?

That said, our defence looks shambolic. Stones aside. 

The overall team is not strong, as it so lop-sided. 

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2 hours ago, paulw66 said:

In attack, we have an absurd number of options. How many countries would be able to leave maddison, grealish and rashford at home?

That said, our defence looks shambolic. Stones aside. 

The overall team is not strong, as it so lop-sided. 

Plus we have a man from the Pochettino school of vibes over systems which is doomed to failure. 

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18 hours ago, Mark Kelly said:

@CarefreeMuratcan I see your boy got a great goal last night ! Turkey and Georgia both look like great sides don't they?

What a chaotic game. It's being called game of the tournament, but from my Turkish perspective I'm not happy.

Would you believe I'm actually disappointed. I would have preferred we went 2-0 up (the marginal offside) and saw a more comfortable game out. The way the game went it could have easily been Georgia 2-1 up or 2-2, our game management was terrible and we were willing Georgia to score at the end. Portugal will have a field day against us.

Georgia surprised me. They are the wildcard team, they qualified via the League C play-offs which guarantees that a lower ranked team a place in the tournament. So to come out and play like this is quite the achievement. They made the tournament by beating Greece on penalties in a 0-0 game despite having 10 men for most of the game. They play very fluid counter attacking football, and like Turkey have some great technique.

I hope they make it through alongside us.

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Can’t claim to be too bothered about England, so I might be off here. But isn’t this the first championship in some time where we don’t have any Chelsea players in the original starting XI? 

Sure, both Rice and Guehi are in, but Rice left very young and Guehi was a victim of the “let’s sell off our best talents for an accounting profit” strategy. 

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4 minutes ago, Sleeping Dave said:

Can’t claim to be too bothered about England, so I might be off here. But isn’t this the first championship in some time where we don’t have any Chelsea players in the original starting XI? 

Sure, both Rice and Guehi are in, but Rice left very young and Guehi was a victim of the “let’s sell off our best talents for an accounting profit” strategy. 

Guehi was sold about 10 months before the new owners came in. He left because he wanted regular first team football and was 4th/5th choice at the time.  Nothing to do with a “let’s sell off our best talents for an accounting profit” strategy.  But don't let facts get in the way of a twisted mind.

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47 minutes ago, Bob Singleton said:

Guehi was sold about 10 months before the new owners came in. He left because he wanted regular first team football and was 4th/5th choice at the time.  Nothing to do with a “let’s sell off our best talents for an accounting profit” strategy.  But don't let facts get in the way of a twisted mind.

I’m well aware when he was sold. Of course he was sold for an accounting profit. He was, at the time, one of the biggest defensive talents in the country. But when you lack a serious medium- to long-term strategy this is what happens. 🤷🏻‍♂️

And yes, so what if he was 4th or 5th choice at the time? Clubs with a plan find ways to integrate such talents into their long-term strategy. 

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