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Panthera Tigris

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Cracking goals, especially the first one.
Early days. But thoughts on Leed's start to the season?

The Man U drubbing was not dissimilar to the opening of their campaign against Liverpool last year. The score didn't tell the full story. Very much the epitome of their high risk, high reward game style. And in those instances it didn't come off.

Against Everton at Elland Road, Leeds were probably the better side, but came away with a 2-2 draw.

I thought they were a touch disappointing against Burnley on the weekend. May have been lucky to get out of it with a 1-1 draw to be honest, against a side no one really rates that highly. Can't really get a read on it. I was optimistic at the beginning of the season, after their great first year back, last season. But have this fear that perhaps the fairy tale run has come to an end and the other sides have begun to work them out and expose the high risk elements of their game. Haven't looked as convincing as last season. Could be slugging it out in the bottom quarter for survival.
 
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Early days. But thoughts on Leed's start to the season?

The Man U drubbing was not dissimilar to the opening of their campaign against Liverpool last year. The score didn't tell the full story. Very much the epitome of their high risk, high reward game style. And in those instances it didn't come off.

Against Everton at Elland Road, Leeds were probably the better side, but came away with a 2-2 draw.

I thought they were a touch disappointing against Burnley on the weekend. May have been lucky to get out of it with a 1-1 draw to be honest, against a side no one really rates that highly. Can't really get a read on it. I was optimistic at the beginning of the season, after their great first year back, last season. But have this fear that perhaps the fairy tale run has come to an end and the other sides have begun to work them out and expose the high risk elements of their game. Haven't looked as convincing as last season. Could be slugging it out in the bottom quarter for survival.
I was surprised that they didn't sign many new players for this season. Firpo is a new signing who I don't think has played yet, so hopefully he can add something. There's talk of Dan James from Man U signing on, perhaps as early as today.
I'm a big fan of Meslier, he'll be a world class keeper, if not already.
 

Panthera Tigris

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I was surprised that they didn't sign many new players for this season. Firpo is a new signing who I don't think has played yet, so hopefully he can add something. There's talk of Dan James from Man U signing on, perhaps as early as today.
I'm a big fan of Meslier, he'll be a world class keeper, if not already.
Yes I think what you point out is perhaps representative of the strategy of attempting to do things financially sustainably. Employing Beilsa as manager was indeed an inspired move. And I'd suggest a disproportionate size of their budget has gone into that.

But you can see them not really going down the rabbit hole of trying to keep up with the Joneses of continually paying over the odds for players. Which is a self fulfilling death spiral for the overall financial health of the game in England. But on the flip side of that. Their competitiveness on the park will plateau at this top level. And it will predictably see them treading water.
 
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Yeah, big fan of Leeds and Bielsa who will continue to overacheive in the PL... amazing they did so well last season and didn't yoyo back down into the Championship, or at least finish in the bottom third. I see them doing similar this season, will play attractive football, ship some goals but score a lot too. Also shout out to Patrick Bamford, had a lot of doubters but there's no doubt he's a class PL striker.

I see Postecoglou as a similar type of manager to Bielsa - has a vision for how football can be played which he'll stick to regardless of individual results, which means you'll sometimes lose to more pragmatic sides. Not saying Ange is at Bielsa's level yet though of course.
 
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Panthera Tigris

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Yeah, big fan of Leeds and Bielsa who will continue to overacheive in the PL... amazing they did so well last season and didn't yoyo back down into the Championship, or at least finish in the bottom third. I see them doing similar this season, will play attractive football, ship some goals but score a lot too. Also shout out to Patrick Bamford, had a lot of doubters but there's no doubt he's a class PL striker.

I see Postecoglou as a similar type of manager to Bielsa - has a vision for how football can be played which he'll stick to regardless of individual results, which means you'll sometimes lose to more pragmatic sides. Not saying Ange is at Bielsa's level yet though of course.

Re: 2010/2011 English Premier League

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i'm similar. i've always been interested in the EPL and watch a lot of games, especially before and after daylight savings... but i'm way more interested in the a-league because i see my team play live every second week.

like barnzy, i have never chosen an EPL team. i have always kept an eye on the teams where aussies play and have intimated at times that i follow liverpool. i don't really, i just enjoyed the city when i visited 7 years ago... plus i don't wanna be categorised as a bandwagon jumper (although i guess the reds aren't big 4 team anymore).

i have always favoured teams over others for stupid reasons. eg. i hate chelsea because they're toffs. i prefer man city over manure because of their underdog status in that town. i did like hull because they're the tigers. i like blackpool because i have family there (as well as southhampton). i quite like arsenal because i admire the way they play...

but i need to pull my finger out and chose a team. i'm seriously considering everton... but if anyone out there is willing to provide me with a convincing argument as to why i should support their team, well i'm all ears...
Despite being Leeds as my undoubted no.1. Also intrigued to see how Brentford perform and will treat them as my second team, that I have a soft spot for. A club even more than Leeds, trying to find innovative ways of doing things, in order to not partake in the debauchery and grotesqueness of ever higher, eyewatering costs and debt that undermines the long term health of the sport. Very much a club based on the principal of living within one's means. The Bees have started very positively too.

If Ian is looking for a team to adopt, the Bees making their first top flight appearance in 70 odd years might be worth looking at. Until only the last year or so, they were still playing in their quaint little stadium that was very much an entrenched part of the local community fabric. In some ways, a bit sad to see them move 800m up the road to their new stadium. Griffin Park really was a nostalgic part of a past era.

 
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Panthera Tigris

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How old is that post? I choose Spurs many years ago. I saw my first Spurs game in 2011, so it must have been a couple of years prior
Apologies Ian, must have accidently clicked on it fat fingering the phone. Didn't realise I got onto an early page until I just reread it then.