Haller/Anderson: Here’s the news we couldn’t break before the game

Ok, here’s the news we couldn’t break before the game as we couldn’t, and never will, give opposition sides a clue of Manuel Pellegrini’s team plans.

Felipe Anderson and Seb Haller were never in the frame to play today with both receiving nasty knocks during the game against a very physical Mancehster City.

We learned some time befre the weekend that the Brazilian suffered a DOUBLE  dead leg during last weekend’s game whilst the club’s record signing ended the game with a badly swollen knee.

Maybe I’m being overly cynical but it doesn’t seem a coincidence that our two marquee signings over the last two summers are the pair that should find themselves in trouble at the end of the game against the champions.

And it may explain why Manuel Pellegrini  – not the most controversial of managers – made a point of expressing the view that they had committed 13 fouls.

Both will be monitored carefully through the week and hopes are reasonably high they will be involved against Watford – with two defeats to their name so far – next weekend.


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10 comments on “Haller/Anderson: Here’s the news we couldn’t break before the game

  1. It’s just typical of a Pep side ..if they get by you just be suttle when you FOUL and make sure you break their rythem
    And now bi g players are side lined and they just press

  2. Let’s hope so, as I have said many times imho what Guardiola teams get away with is ridiculous. They constantly foul and yet if you tackle them they roll around like they have been shot. VAR should be used to retrospectively penalise them.

    • 32, I completely agree. I would like to see it more real-time though; some sort of appeal. Suggestion would be managers get 4 subs, and for a failed appeal they loose one. Not sure that’s the way but something needs to happen. What about a dive on 25 meters, free kick into box, bit clammer and goal – I daubt VAR would be included in those examples. Real time or not, there should be penalties if ref don’t see it, regardless of the current criteria ( but the tech needs improvements)

    • I really think retroactive yellow cards for fouls or simulation (diving in the states) would work well in all sports.

  3. Ah … a conspiracy theory … Why cant you see that we are awful instead of blaming VAR , the ref , the stadium etc etc . Look at the team . Smaller squad than last season ..a direct swap centre forward , a midfield player we don’t need , two rubbish back up goal keepers . Noble is still there and we have no full backs .

    We are rubbish and doomed to a Winter of dispare

  4. How many injuries did Spurs have after today’s game against City ?,

  5. Behave people city are a class above the rest in the premier and liverpool dont do any thing like foul or bad against other teams or even Brighton today didnt have physical players. It’s only noble who we have doing anything like the other sides have and that’s because we play complete attacking football which is why Pellegrini after winning the premier with city was disposed of for pep who knows what’s needed against every club to beat them and that includes targeting haller Anderson and wilshire who took more stick in that game than anyone luckily surviving from rod the butcher. Imo

  6. It’s the same story today with Man City v Spurs, 13 fouls v only 4 by Spurs, and yet only one yellow card. The Press need o start highlighting these statistics, and what that the referees are clearly not doing their job.

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