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  1. I basically agree with everyone about Russ. If I had to pick a person he's most like, it's probably Sam Piette. He sits deep, jockeys, eventually gets the ball and then passes it around til someone better can make a play. He's not nearly as physical or as good a ball winner as Sam, but he's a better passer. His effort level is 9/10 just like Sam. Really durable. I never look forward to seeing him on the pitch, but I will miss him when he's gone.
  2. Put it this way - the shanked/crappy crosses far outnumbered the nutmegs... ...and it wasn't entirely a coincidence that things turned when he (and Cavallini to be fair) were replaced...
  3. He actually looked very good out there in his first match back in an unfamiliar role. Godinho on the other hand...
  4. Could probably show him a thing or two about how to jockey Phonzie... ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. There's a saying - the way you practice is the way you play, and the way you practice is why you play. In other words, you'll never see the pitch if you don't show it in practice. I remember watching some footage of Bayern training scrimmages, and saying to myself "Holy #$%^, someone is going to get seriously hurt!" We're talking full-speed, shoulder-barging, slide-tackling scrimmages. And sure enough, people have been seriously hurt in Bayern scrimmages. And there have been full-blown dust-ups too (note to John Herdman - it's not necessarily a bad thing). But when they take the pitch for real, there's a reason that team is the best in the world - absolutely relentless, fully fit and on it from the first minute - it's because they practice that way. There are a few people who don't have to practice hard every day (e.g. Allen Iverson). Ballou, you are not one of them.
  6. I don't know if you can question Rusty's intensity. That's the one thing he brings every game - effort. He definitely lacks a bunch of the physical attributes you want, but then every year with the Whitecaps it's "Any team that starts Russ Teibert is clearly useless - c'mon and replace the guy already!" And then every year we trot out some shiny new midfielders, and by game 5, lo and behold, Trusty Rusty is starting again. Put it this way, Teibert will rarely win you a game, but he'll never lose you one either. And in Vancouver, that's pretty much the definition of success...
  7. I mean we're all just speculating since we haven't seen the practices, and the coaches haven't been completely specific about the issue. Is it his attitude in practice or with his teammates, is he not trying hard enough, is he not able to learn what they're teaching, is he physically not capable of doing what they're asking - these are the questions. But the fact is, it has been almost 4 years since he signed with Barca, and we've not seen any real sign of improvement (if anything, it's been a regression).
  8. I do agree that the "big fish, small pond" mentality can work against some players - they don't realize that when they get to the big pond, the things they did to get there are not nearly sufficient to be able to stay there. But tbh, there are many many kids in the same position (I mean, Alphonso Davies, etc.) - enough that it's really tough to use it as an "excuse". Still, it's sad.
  9. It was an important game, a statement game for Bayern - against the team they were tied with at the top of the table. If I'm Nagelsmann and Phonzie is ready to go, I play him... ...because how can you not? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And, tbf, after Davies left, they were outscored 1-0, so maybe he was indispensible. ๐Ÿ˜‰) I think Nagelsmann also views the game against Benfica as a) not as hard; and b) not as important. Bayern will qualify from that group regardless of how that game goes (famous last words ๐Ÿ˜‰).
  10. Wow. That doesn't sound good at all. Is it the end of the line for Ballou?...
  11. I Googled "running through the 6 with all my woes" and got this Drake thing: โ€œWoe is my crew. It stands for โ€˜working on excellence.โ€™ Itโ€™s just my whole brand and my whole movement and my way of life for everyone.โ€ Drake said. โ€œI want everyone to work on excellence. So, all my friends are my Woes and I feel anybody working on excellence in life is a Woe in life as well.โ€ All I'm going to say is I do not understand this generation. Oh well. ๐Ÿ™„
  12. Boomer here. Hand raised. โœ‹ Translation required.
  13. The only other thing I wanted to say about Davies is regarding that first goal. On that corner kick, and the preceding two that he took, he was absolutely pounding those in-swinging balls into the near post - the velocity, trajectory and placement made them almost impossible for Panama to deal with. The first two almost went in, and when the third one did, it was like it was just inevitable - they were that powerful and vicious. I mean I have not been all that impressed with his set pieces up til now, but that was some exhibition. Again, he was really on it last night. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  14. Yeah, either quantum mechanics (how to be in two places at once) or special relativity (what happens when a body approaches the speed of light)...
  15. I agree and I have to say there is literally no one else in the world who scores that goal. Maybe Kylian Mbappe on a good day has the blistering pace, silky touch and sniper finish to actually be capable of it, but he would never put in the absolutely ridiculous effort to sprint 60 yards to meet the defender and steal the ball off the touch line. Very few could and no one would. That was a one-of-a-kind goal by a one-of-a-kind player.
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