2023/24 Premier League & General Football Discussion

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Congrats to @Famine and Wednesday
 
Aston Villa fumbled in their top 4 quest losing to Brighton at the AMEX ('mon the seagulls), opening the door for Tottenham who duly did the most Spursy thing they could and got battered by Liverpool. Elsewhere, Chelsea hammered the hammers.

Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea 5-0 West Ham
Liverpool 4-2 Tottenham
 
In April 2022, I wrote:

So far you've had a new manager who'll come in and stop the rot every 2.5 years, and a billion pounds (a literally billion actual pounds) spent in nine summers (just summers) on an average of four new players at a time. What you have to show for it is a Community Shield, an FA Cup, and a Europa League, and crushing embarrassment.

And you're doing the exact same thing again this summer - and you think this will work this time?

Going well, I feel.

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Also Sheffield U****d have set a new Premier League record: tied on 100 goals conceded in a season with Swindon Town, but the first to do so in a 38-game season.

It seems they're odds-on to set a new record outright...
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Man U should just rebuild from scratch, honestly. Maybe keep Mainoo and Fernandes, but the rest can all go. Wouldn't be hard-- I think they ought to go after some Madrid players that would be displaced from Mbappe's arrival. Speaking of, Mbappe should have just taken the billion dollars from Al-Sauker Klyub. PSG is also a mess-- albeit a significantly more successful mess-- and might go through similar disbanding sans Mbappe. Who knows.
 
Interesting that Man City and Arsenal both face the other's main rival in their penultimate game - however, one would have to say that Arsenal have the easier task against Man U than Man City will have against Spurs. Man City with the 2 pt advantage however, makes them super-strong favourites for the title.
 
Burnley are relegated after their defeat to Spurs, Luton are all but down after they lost 3-1 to West Ham but Forest also lost 3-2 to Chelsea, the gap between the two is three points going into the final day next Sunday but Luton's goal difference is worse.

Man City beat Fulham 4-0 with title rivals Arsenal playing Man United on Sunday, City play their game in hand away to Spurs on Tuesday.
 
Kenny Miller insisting that Rangers' Lundstram legbreaker tackle wasn't a red card is a total embarrassment :lol:. What a fool. What do you guys think about the No Away Tickets alloment/policy for these Scottish Prem games? Is it only for the celtic-rangers derby? They should do that in the EPL for big club derbies to make the games a little more interesting. But I guess you would miss out on gems like this:

 
The Old Firm is politically, culturally, socially and even ethnically charged. It's safer that way without knowing what the best compromise is. Kenny Miller's meltdown made Kris Boyd seem normal and that takes some doing. Chris Sutton is usually gleeful when Celtic win but his reactions whilst Miller frothed did make me laugh.

Kylian Mbappe losing his final home game for PSG also feels like a victory for football, following on from my comments about Dortmund in the week.
 
0-0 at the break between Spurs and City. I hope it stays this way for an intense final day. Table is as it stands.
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Game finished 2-0 to City with Haaland getting both. Son had a massive chance when he was one on one with keeper but Ortega saved and this was at 1-0, there were some chants of 'are you watching Arsenal' from sections of the Spurs support and some Spurs fans were doing the Poznan, didn't see the game but heard that the atmosphere was weird.

It means City go two points clear at the top going into the final day on Sunday, City are at home to West Ham and whereas Arsenal are at home to Everton, you would expect both to win.

It also means that Aston Villa are now guaranteed a Champions League spot next season with Spurs losing, what a fantastic achievement for the club.

Man United player exodus has started with Raphael Varane confirming he will leave the club in the summer, he will not be the only one!
 
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Allegri has been sacked by Juventus. Once again, this summer's manager market is more interesting than the playing market which is actually a breath of fresh air in my opinion.
 
Arne Slot says he will be next Liverpool head coach, its not confirmed by Liverpool themselves yet but it does look that way.

Leeds v Southampton in the Championship play off final.
 
Allegri has been sacked by Juventus. Once again, this summer's manager market is more interesting than the playing market which is actually a breath of fresh air in my opinion.
Allegri needed to go. Can't have a brand new stadium like that with no hardware and no european matches to play in it. Torino isn't supposed to be better than Juve, lol.
 
Brighton have confirmed Roberto De Zerbi will leave after the final game of the season tomorrow.

Kieron Mckenna is current favourite to replace him.
 
Here are the games for the Premier League final day tomorrow.

Arsenal v Everton (TNT)
Brentford v Newcastle
Brighton v Man United
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Chelsea v Bournemouth (Sky)
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Fulham (Sky)
Luton v Fulham
Man City v West Ham (Sky)
Sheffield United v Tottenham

All games kick off at 4pm.

Man City are two points clear of Arsenal in the title race so its theirs to lose sadly, Luton not confirmed to be relegated but are three points off Forest with a worse GD of -12 so its going to take something miraculous for them to escape the drop, European places are to be confirmed too.
 
Wow, De Zerbi out? Wonder if he'll return to Italy or maybe go to a bigger club in England. Isn't Kieron McKenna in the EPL with Ipswitch next season? Why would he jump to Brighton? Money? I wouldn't think BHA would poach someone in the same league after what they pulled on Chelsea with Graham Potter. :lol:
 
Wow, De Zerbi out? Wonder if he'll return to Italy or maybe go to a bigger club in England. Isn't Kieron McKenna in the EPL with Ipswitch next season? Why would he jump to Brighton? Money? I wouldn't think BHA would poach someone in the same league after what they pulled on Chelsea with Graham Potter. :lol:
Sounds like his vision was different to the Brighton board and was irreconcilable. As a Brighton fan, it's a shame but also he had no plan B and no defensive tactics, if we couldn't outplay the opposition comprehensively then we simply lost 3-0+.

Mckenna has a similar vision to the Brighton board with youth and development. He's also young and has something to prove. Statistically promoted teams go straight back down, so it might be a more tempting project for him to join an established Premier league team with one of the best scouting and development setups.
 
Wow, De Zerbi out? Wonder if he'll return to Italy or maybe go to a bigger club in England. Isn't Kieron McKenna in the EPL with Ipswitch next season? Why would he jump to Brighton? Money? I wouldn't think BHA would poach someone in the same league after what they pulled on Chelsea with Graham Potter. :lol:
The Bayern Munich job is still open.
 
The Bayern Munich job is still open.
I think he'll get the Juve job.

Man U need a kale-salad-style cleanout. Start over with just Mainoo and Diallo.

Watching the Klopp tribute instead of the City trophy-hoist.
 
Arsenal 2-1 Everton
Brentford 2-4 Newcastle
Brighton 0-2 Man United
Burnley 1-2 Forest
Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
Palace 5-0 Villa
Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
Luton 2-4 Fulham
Man City 3-1 West Ham
Sheffield United 0-3 Spurs

Arsenal's title hopes on the final day lasted all of two minutes as Foden's early goal gave City the lead and that was pretty much it, Arsenal went behind and it was 1-1 there for a while before Havertz late winner, its Europa League for Spurs and maybe for Chelsea but that depends on the cup final on Saturday between City and Man United, speaking of United we suffer our worst league finish of 8th and with a -1 GD. Palace finish in the top half after a great end to the season with Glasner doing a great job.

Luton, Burnley and Sheffield united all down.

What is it about final days that are always goal-fests?!
 
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Sheffield United 0-3 Spurs
A new Premier League record 104 goals conceded and a joint record -69 goal difference with 2007-08 Derby County.

Only 28 defeats though, so not equalling their own joint record of 29.
 
I am now hoping and praying that Manchester United get spanked in the FA Cup, just so that Newcastle can get the final Europe spot.

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Liverpool have confirmed Arne Slot as their new head coach from June 1st, the Feyenoord coach signs a three-year deal and will replace Jurgen Klopp.

Interesting that Slot will be a head coach, Klopp was a manager.
 

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