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Sunday 26th March - World Cup Qualifiers (European)

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Routine win. 3-0.

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Gomez

Draxler - Özil/Müller - Schürrle

Khedira - Kroos

Hector - Höwedes - Hummels - Kimmich

Stegen/Trapp

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If we don't win then this is he last Scotland match I'll watching with Strachan as manager. The campaign will be as good as over. 

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Hopefully we'll stick a few in this afternoon.

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Was hoping to see younger 🇩🇪players get a start for today.  It should be an easy win so why go all out?  Löw said he would for the confederation cup. But I would like that trophy in the German display case

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We need a goal before half-time to open it up.

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30 minutes ago, Toony said:

I like that. Go for it.

I hate it, same old formation that has seen us fail time and time again. It's enough to get us through the qualifiers because quite frankly the opposition is pub standard but in tournament football it's pre-historic. 

In our last friendly against Germany we tried out three at the back with wing-backs high up the pitch. We played ok and looked relatively solid, so why not continue trying to perfect it? Why go back to a formation that constantly fails? 

 

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DEFOE! 

1-0.

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1 minute ago, LFCMadLad said:

I hate it, same old formation that has seen us fail time and time again. It's enough to get us through the qualifiers because quite frankly the opposition is pub standard but in tournament football it's pre-historic. 

In our last friendly against Germany we tried out three at the back with wing-backs high up the pitch. We played ok and looked relatively solid, so why not continue trying to perfect it? Why go back to a formation that constantly fails? 

 

That's a fair point, but I think it's more about playing to the opposition. Against teams that we should be beating I don't see anything wrong with using this formation, it worked in the last qualifying campaign.

I think in the games against the better countries, such as Germany for example, he'll use the formation he used the other night. I don't know why we'd play with three centre backs against Lithuania, the full-backs are still bombing forward today.

So far I think Southgate's doing an excellent job.

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4 minutes ago, Toony said:

That's a fair point, but I think it's more about playing to the opposition. Against teams that we should be beating I don't see anything wrong with using this formation, it worked in the last qualifying campaign.

I think in the games against the better countries, such as Germany for example, he'll use the formation he used the other night. I don't know why we'd play with three centre backs against Lithuania, the full-backs are still bombing forward today.

So far I think Southgate's doing an excellent job.

I get your point regarding using this formation against this opposition but let's be honest, we could use absolutely any formation and beat these minnows. 

I just think we should find a formation that suits our players (3 at the back with high wing backs perhaps?) and perfect it. Take Chelsea for example this season... Conte has come in and implemented his style and formation and he doesn't budge, regardless of the opposition. 

In my opinion we should play a formation, practise it and perfect it ready for the World Cup instead of trying something new for the odd game before reverting back to type. 

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1 minute ago, LFCMadLad said:

I get your point regarding using this formation against this opposition but let's be honest, we could use absolutely any formation and beat these minnows. 

I just think we should find a formation that suits our players (3 at the back with high wing backs perhaps?) and perfect it. Take Chelsea for example this season... Conte has come in and implemented his style and formation and he doesn't budge, regardless of the opposition. 

In my opinion we should play a formation, practise it and perfect it ready for the World Cup instead of trying something new for the odd game before reverting back to type. 

That's a fair point too, I just think the managers will see these games as the chance to rack up a few goals and would rather play an additional forward player than a third centre-back.

It's a difficult one.

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1 minute ago, Toony said:

That's a fair point too, I just think the managers will see these games as the chance to rack up a few goals and would rather play an additional forward player than a third centre-back.

It's a difficult one.

Who'd be an England manager hey? xD

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1 minute ago, LFCMadLad said:

Who'd be an England manager hey? xD

Absolutely my thoughts.

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Agree with Mad Lad again. Find that's becoming quite a habit these days! This is all just a bit drab really. It's just a poor situation. A weekend of games cancelled for this non-event.

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Seriously, I would bring on another CB and push the FB's right up to the last third as wingers to open up the pitch. Take off Dier because he's simply not needed  

 

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We've not looked as good as the other night but that's difficult to do when there's 11 players behind the ball a lot of the time. At least we've got the win.

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I don't know why, and I don't mean this as any slight on the Leicester fans whatsoever but...

i just can't get myself to cheer or even be slightly happy when Vardy scores! 

I don't know what it is? When I see his face I just want to kick it, very hard, with dockers on. 

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Just now, HoneyNUFC said:

At least 3 or 4 England players should have gone on the Lithuania team to even it up a bit

3 or 4 England players wouldn't look out of place if they did.

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