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What a day to give Man City the lead.
Been saying it all along, it's City's title.

Liverpool caved - McManaman was right - the wheels came off the season last week. I've been thinking it's coming - we've not been playing well for a long time - just well enough. But the inability to finish against United and Arsenal and City when we had them on the ropes struck me as more than just bad luck - it's a mental block.

As soon as Arsenal learned Liverpool binned it, the pressure was off them and they caught our disease.

The levels you need to be at to compete with City are ridiculous and something, sometime, has to give tbh.
 

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I'm at a loss with what little progress is being made from the top, but looks like Moshiri might not hang us out to dry should things not progress.

I just wish we had Ryan Reynolds.

Tonight looks like it was a complete farce, expected a loss but are the team even trying...

With the exception of Liverpool (or shit! How they've been playing maybe it's good?!) we have a literal run in with the low lying teams. We have to get it on no excuses. (There'll be excuses)
 

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Shame but I don't think it'll matter, City should destroy Man U in Final.
 

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Massive win today, we should just need a few more points I think

Popcorn inducing at full time though with the social media team for Forest going rogue and complaining about the disregarded penalties, accusing a VAR official of bias.

While they have been hard done by previously (and maybe today?), I can't see why they would accuse the VAR official of bias... Both Forest and Everton were almost on equal tidings, therefore it wouldn't have served Lutons' interest for 3 points to go either way, a draw would have been more suited to them?

That's going to come back to bite them, no matter how much support they conjure
 

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Well. At least there's Deadpool to look forward to.

But knowing my luck, that'll be shit too :(
 

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Effectively sealing safety with a massive win against your local rivals while simultaneously derailing their title challenge. Happy @Gray, most likely.
 

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Cloud 9 now haaa. This was the match I expected even a draw would be hard to achieve, relying on the other relegation fodder matches.

Double whammy for possibly saving our season and also ruining the title hopes of Liverpool.
 

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Waits for new points deduction because surviving the season wasn't part of the plan
 

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It's all well and good for these caps to regulate the salaries, but won't this weaken the league against the other European countries or dare I say Saudi/Qatar if they don't have such a regulation?

Plus, how easy will this be for the "big" clubs to circumvent the rules, and offer players other large incentives, whether it be in-game incentives or even large "sponsors" that go through a third party company?
 

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It's all well and good for these caps to regulate the salaries
They can't do that. Against the law. Salary caps work in favour of the business and not it's employees. So all that would happen is that mahoosively rich clubs would return all the cash to the shareholders, rather than the players. This is how it used to work.

but won't this weaken the league against the other European countries or dare I say Saudi/Qatar if they don't have such a regulation?
Yes. But it's no reason not to regulate.

Plus, how easy will this be for the "big" clubs to circumvent the rules
City :)
 

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Isn't there already fears clubs are trying to circumvent the financial rules with various shenanigans? I remember reading about players being bought by Saudi teams and paid millions then loaned at no cost to teams also owned by the state

Though ill admit I don't know if this actually happened or was just a fear
 

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Isn't there already fears clubs are trying to circumvent the financial rules with various shenanigans? I remember reading about players being bought by Saudi teams and paid millions then loaned at no cost to teams also owned by the state

Though ill admit I don't know if this actually happened or was just a fear
City Football Group have literally destroyed Troyes in France, 2 successive relegations from Ligue 1 to 2 last season and from 2 to the Championnat National this. They used Troyes to buy the Brazilian starlet Sávio when he was 18 and he's never played for them - he was loaned out for his first 2 seasons, first to PSV and then to Girona (another club they own) before being "sold" to Manchester City (who they obviously also own) for next season. Troyes was already in a rare mess before being bought but they've just been used as a conduit to funnel players into CFG's network of clubs, all while dancing around various financial rules in other leagues. It's sickening for their fans.
 

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Madness to take Kane off (assuming he wasn't injured of course), that's all I'll say. He's absolutely elite at helping his team see out squeaky wins, I can't think of a forward player I'd want on the pitch more than him in those circumstances.
 

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Clubs will vote to keep it. It's their money they give a shit about - and like I say, it's a long-term advertising play. They're in business.

Fans'd get rid. Especially matchgoing fans.
 

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Must be especially galling for the 'arse given they've spent nearly double what klopp spent ;)
 

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