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The FA CUP Fifth Round ** Spoilers ** [2nd - 5th March 2020]

Discussion in 'The Football Stadium' started by Cosimo, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Cosimo

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    [​IMG] Fifth Round Proper
     
  2. robfosters

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    Decent lineup from us tonight. Mari making his debut. Hopefully this will be a panic free night.
     
  3. explicit4u

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    Well that’s our DM gone for the season if it’s as bad as it looks!
     
  4. robfosters

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    PAPA!
     
  5. The_One

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    Hopefully we continue this now, win our game in hand and were level with spurs and right in the mix for European qualification again
     
  6. Somnambulist

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    Sigh, another serious injury (unless it somehow wasn’t but it looked bad). Bit of a slow start but grew into the game and the goals were well-taken, although probably just as well Pompey made half a dozen changes as it made it a little easier. Good volley from Papa and a typical Eddie goal. Mari slotted in okay although given the amount of time/space the players had most of the time it’s hard to say much.

    I think it’s safe to say at this point Arteta does not fancy AMN at all in any way and nothing he’s doing in training is convincing him otherwise.
     
  7. Flaevius

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    Torreira is ostensibly fine according to match commentary. The way he fell, I thought it may be a stomach muscle pull or possibly a cracked rib, but not serious.

    Reasonable performance to get the job done after a languid start: nice goal from Sokratis and fortunate one from Nketiah, but Martinez wasn't overly troubled and Portsmouth never looked likely to fight back. Nelson looked sharp after a prolonged absence.

    Re: Maitland-Niles, I am not surprised Arteta has iced him. He isn't good enough in any position, a level or three below most of the younger crop. A direct comparison is Saka: equally out of position at fullback but plays a progressive game, has good interplay and a lot of production, and hasn't been found wanting defensively. Then you have Maitland-Niles: careless in possession, inconsistent in attacking areas, and defensively weak. I don't care for players who just run around a lot, but AMN never seems like he is really expending for the team, he's far too relaxed.
     
  8. Mark1989

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    Adrian, Williams, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Lallana, Jones, Minamino, Mane, Origi

    Happy with that line up although I'd of gone with ox myself in middle
     
  9. chroniclard

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    Hmm, anyone watching via iplayer website, barely works for me. BBC is usually decent stream....
     
  10. Mark1989

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    Adrian does a brilliant save to them gift them a goal :(
     
  11. robfosters

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    Lol Adrian!
     
  12. Pigeon_Killer

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    Poor from Adrian but you expect the odd mistake from him, you don't from Fabinho who still looks a mile off match fitness.
     
  13. Mark1989

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    He has been off it for weeks now, doesn't seem to be getting better with each game though which is strange if it's just fitness issues
     
  14. Mark1989

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    Well that's just insane, kepa should of been beaten there but saved the lot! :(
     
  15. Pigeon_Killer

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    Maybe not match fitness but definitely sharpness, he wants too long on the ball.
     
  16. adam cool dude

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    Why isn't Klopp playing a full strength team here? I guess he just wants champions league then.
     
  17. Pigeon_Killer

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    I think so although I'm surprised so many first team players are involved.
     
  18. Mark1989

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    Minamino looks really sharp so far, good runs and working well too
     
  19. omnomnom

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    You have to play the Lallanas at some point in the season so why not now?
     
  20. Mark1989

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    Origi just isn't good enough