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There's no doubt PG has settled on a system that suits him and suits his players, such that he is building what looks to be the best team in Europe right now.

But it would be a mistake to believe that football has now reached peak evolution i.e. that his is the only way to play.

I mean, what if PG had a 26 or 27 y.o. Ronaldo, Lewandowski or Zlatan on the books? Or even a Sergio Aguero at that age? Would he still not try to find a system to fit them in?

Remember, it's still only a season and a bit since Liverpool were producing a similar standard of football with Mo Salah playing as a "real" No.9 - Bayern, too, with Lewandowski.

And then there's this:
https://www.90min.com/posts/the-night-jose-mourinho-parked-bus-stunned-the-camp-nou-inter-barcelona


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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Some great points made here from Carragher


Not bad for someone who was morphing into Mourinho 6 months ago.
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Originally posted by BrendanD88 BrendanD88 wrote:

Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Some great points made here from Carragher


Not bad for someone who was morphing into Mourinho 6 months ago.

I was wrong. 

Just like you have been countless times on here. 
Thiago best midfielder in the world, Kante in the top 5 over rated players in the world, Kyle Walker pathetic at football, EPL definitely not the best league in the world, I could go on


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All correct calls. 
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Champions again in what was a strange season. 
Worst start in 8 years, probably down to the lack of a pre season, and were sitting in 11th or 12th in mid November. I remember when Liverpool went to Palace and won 7-0 in December, I and most others thought they would cruise to the title again. Some were even saying Tottenham could win it for a while. In the space of 5 or 6 weeks City were top and in all realism had it won. 

Different to the other title wins, this isn't a swashbuckling attacking side who put 5s, 6s or 7s past teams, with the likes of Sane, Silva and Aguero on fire like previous seasons. The team was rebuilt so that it actually plays best with no strikers on the pitch. 

The Dias signing was massive as was the resurgence of John Stones. I recall many games this season were City would score and then be content with sitting back, preserving energy in what was an unforgiving fixture list for all clubs and seeing out the win comfortably. Pep said in an interview midway through the season that they are running less in games this season for that reason. When you had the defence to rely on it could be done. 




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Well done to City, obviously best team this season.

Agreed strange one and City probably wont reach 90 points compared to last 3 seasons with City and Liverpool hitting record numbers.

I think next season could be a cracker.

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Yeah the number of points that City and Liverpool have amassed in recent seasons was never gonna be done this year in the condensed season
Every club had its fair share of shock results 
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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Champions again in what was a strange season. 
Worst start in 8 years, probably down to the lack of a pre season, and were sitting in 11th or 12th in mid November. I remember when Liverpool went to Palace and won 7-0 in December, I and most others thought they would cruise to the title again. Some were even saying Tottenham could win it for a while. In the space of 5 or 6 weeks City were top and in all realism had it won. 

Different to the other title wins, this isn't a swashbuckling attacking side who put 5s, 6s or 7s past teams, with the likes of Sane, Silva and Aguero on fire like previous seasons. The team was rebuilt so that it actually plays best with no strikers on the pitch. 

The Dias signing was massive as was the resurgence of John Stones. I recall many games this season were City would score and then be content with sitting back, preserving energy in what was an unforgiving fixture list for all clubs and seeing out the win comfortably. Pep said in an interview midway through the season that they are running less in games this season for that reason. When you had the defence to rely on it could be done. 






I think this current team is the best peps “produced “since he’s been at the club.city still have the odd moment that would have you jumping behind the sofa during games but this side is the most solid of pep rein.Dias,gundogan,KDB,foden,marhez the list goes on and on of consistent high performances all season....hopefully the icing on the cake is the champions league.
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Originally posted by Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio wrote:

Champions again in what was a strange season. 
Worst start in 8 years, probably down to the lack of a pre season, and were sitting in 11th or 12th in mid November. I remember when Liverpool went to Palace and won 7-0 in December, I and most others thought they would cruise to the title again. Some were even saying Tottenham could win it for a while. In the space of 5 or 6 weeks City were top and in all realism had it won. 

Different to the other title wins, this isn't a swashbuckling attacking side who put 5s, 6s or 7s past teams, with the likes of Sane, Silva and Aguero on fire like previous seasons. The team was rebuilt so that it actually plays best with no strikers on the pitch. 

The Dias signing was massive as was the resurgence of John Stones. I recall many games this season were City would score and then be content with sitting back, preserving energy in what was an unforgiving fixture list for all clubs and seeing out the win comfortably. Pep said in an interview midway through the season that they are running less in games this season for that reason. When you had the defence to rely on it could be done. 



You were only mocking the SkySports pundits for writing City off at this point earlier in this thread!

In all seriousness I thought it was Spurs' season, Kane and Son were beyond anyone else at that point.
Then everyone else including Spurs decided to be sh*t from then on.


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It was some turnaround in fairness.
They lost to Spurs and Leicester and drew with Leeds and West Brom in the first 7/8 games. They didn’t look like champions.

But I think they beat Chelsea away and that give them confident to go on and win something like 20 games in a row in all competitions. 

This was a league won on defence rather than scoring 100 plus goals.

Whatever they are paying Pep he is worth it. Over the last 5 years:
3 PL titles 
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Originally posted by coyne coyne wrote:

In all seriousness I thought it was Spurs' season, Kane and Son were beyond anyone else at that point.
Then everyone else including Spurs decided to be sh*t from then on.

It's a bit like vaccination - it needs a while before it takes full effect.

Only Mourinho was injecting them with the virus, not the vaccine.


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