EPL Matchday 38

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I mean I think the context was "Worse defending champions at this point" because it was always pointed out Leicester and yourselves finished pretty far off first, but that at that point in the season they had been performing better. Don't think anyone was definitively calling them the worst defending champions.
Chelsea were in 10th place at the same stage of 2015/16. Leicester were 15th after Round 29 of 2016/17.
 

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All you worst defending Champions ever can bow down to the Man City team in the 30's that got relegated the season after winning the title.

TBH I think we've been referred to us the worst defending Champions every year we didn't back up a title win. It's just something teams get called. Not something anyone should get bothered by, 95% of football would love the opportunity to put together a bad title defence.
 

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All you worst defending Champions ever can bow down to the Man City team in the 30's that got relegated the season after winning the title.

TBH I think we've been referred to us the worst defending Champions every year we didn't back up a title win. It's just something teams get called. Not something anyone should get bothered by, 95% of football would love the opportunity to put together a bad title defence.
To have a bad title defence you gotta have a title to defend I guess.
 

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Well 2 teams handled it better.
The hurdles he's talking about was having all our senior centre backs out injured (VVD, Gomez, Matip), then both our makeshift CBs (Henderson and Fabinho) get injured, and also both CB jan signings (Kabak and Davies) get injured. We got into the top 3 with a centre back partnership where one guy was a bench player for a 2nd div german side and the other was playing non-league for Kidderminster Harriers last season.
 

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The hurdles he's talking about was having all our senior centre backs out injured (VVD, Gomez, Matip), then both our makeshift CBs (Henderson and Fabinho) get injured, and also both CB jan signings (Kabak and Davies) get injured. We got into the top 3 with a centre back partnership where one guy was a bench player for a 2nd div german side and the other was playing non-league for Kidderminster Harriers last season.
To be fair, missing Gomez and Matip wasn't anything. In fact it probably led to a better pair of CBs in Henderson and Fabinho playing. Less goals were leaked with those two at CB than Matip.
 

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The hurdles he's talking about was having all our senior centre backs out injured (VVD, Gomez, Matip), then both our makeshift CBs (Henderson and Fabinho) get injured, and also both CB jan signings (Kabak and Davies) get injured. We got into the top 3 with a centre back partnership where one guy was a bench player for a 2nd div german side and the other was playing non-league for Kidderminster Harriers last season.
All better than Holding or Mustafi.
 

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To be fair, missing Gomez and Matip wasn't anything. In fact it probably led to a better pair of CBs in Henderson and Fabinho playing. Less goals were leaked with those two at CB than Matip.
I rate Matip highly (although he's made of paper and is turning 30 soon) and Gomez not so much. Fabinho and Hendo did well but the problem was our midfield got severely weakened. We also won 0 games with Fabinho at CB in 2021, once he got put back in midfield we went on a late run.

All better than Holding or Mustafi.
Kabak should be available, I'd sell Ben Davies to you for 4mil if I could also.
 

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I rate Matip highly (although he's made of paper and is turning 30 soon) and Gomez not so much. Fabinho and Hendo did well but the problem was our midfield got severely weakened. We also won 0 games with Fabinho at CB in 2021, once he got put back in midfield we went on a late run.
Yeah but you also couldn't score
 

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Yeah but you also couldn't score
My point is Fabinho's move back into midfield, whilst not directly scoring or assisting, majorly helped team balance and all of a sudden we started scoring and winning again. Whatever our midfield was before (EG: Thiago or Gini in the 6 instead of LCM/RCM, with Jones or Milner or whoever also there) wasn't working.
 

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The hurdles he's talking about was having all our senior centre backs out injured (VVD, Gomez, Matip), then both our makeshift CBs (Henderson and Fabinho) get injured, and also both CB jan signings (Kabak and Davies) get injured. We got into the top 3 with a centre back partnership where one guy was a bench player for a 2nd div german side and the other was playing non-league for Kidderminster Harriers last season.
Oh.. injuries sh*t that’s rough. First and probably last side to have them.
 

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Oh.. injuries sh*t that’s rough. First and probably last side to have them.
I hope Liverpool do think that everything is fine and dandy and it was just pure dumb luck with injuries that stood between them and success.
All I said was it was a good effort to come 3rd with 7 CBs out. I'm not complaining that it's cost us anything.
 

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