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  1. It's a two year extension? Doesn't seem too crazy, if it stops him from going elsewhere, given his form I expect there are other teams would would be willing to give him a bumper long-term contract. We will definitely have to be managing his minutes towards the end of it though. Arguably that's already the case - his best recent spells of form have come after extended periods of not playing. I'm a bit worried that if he keeps playing a game every 3-4 days as he has done since the restart, it won't be long until he looks like his legs have gone again. But if he's rotated with McTominay and Fred, particularly as they were both in excellent form before the restart and so they deserve to be playing more than they have been. I think bringing Fernandes in and Pogba coming back in has helped Matic massively. Obviously the team as a whole has benefitted, but given Pogba now has a lot less of a burden to shoulder creatively, it's had the knock on effect that he can concentrate more on starting moves off from deep and he's also more able to contribute defensively. So Matic's role can become much more reserved, all about covering the gaps at the back, and keeping the ball moving. If he senses the opportunity to do anything a little more spectacular - his volleyed pass against Brighton certainly qualifies - then great. But we really don't need the deepest midfielder to perform an all-action role anymore. Carrick was still good for us well into his thirties in a similarly reserved role.
  2. Not saying anything new here, but he's so dependable when he gets the ball in those kinds of positions. 18 with that kind of composure and confidence, insane.
  3. I don't know - crowd seemed to think that wasn't too far off.
  4. I'm making this the "HZD on PC" thread. A release date has been announced (7th August) and a trailer is on the youtubes: edit - The price will apparently be $50. I definitely won't bite at that price, but I'm sure there will be a sale down the road. another edit - Steam is showing £33 for preorders which doesn't seem too shabby. But I think I need to buy a new TV and probably also upgrade my PC for this and Cyberpunk, so no rush.
  5. I gues Moura should've just kept his hands to his sides and let his face break his fall.
  6. Chelsea are playing Liverpool at the same time, so if anything it's an advantage.
  7. Bump, apropos of nothing. Been rewatching the original series a bit and yeah, quite concerned about whether a live action adaptation is possible at all. The idea of bending is uniquely suited to the context of a cartoon primarily aimed at children really - you get to have brilliant fight scenes with high stakes and intense emotions, without it ever coming across as too violent or making the more whimsical elements feel out of place. I don't know why you'd just throw that advantage away. I have a feeling a "remaster" would be more appropriate, basically. This would still add value because I imagine a lot of people (children particularly) wouldn't be prepared to watch it as it is currently on Netflix, with the 4:3 aspect ratio etc. I see Into the Spider-Verse as being a target they could aim for in terms of quality - it very much has its own look and identity, and has the kind of playful visuals that any Avatar adaptation would need to make its gags work. Live action probably means an astronomical budget would be required to do it justice, and the casting would be incredibly difficult. Trying to cast Aang and Toph means finding two 12 year olds (or at least children who can pass for that age) who have brilliant dramatic and comedic chops, as has been said. But, and I think this is the part that makes it extra difficult, they would also need to be able to pull off the physical aspects of the role believeably. With a cartoon you can just have actual martial artists doing motion capture / reference for rotoscoping (as I suspect they did for the original series). There's also the need to avoid whitewashing of course, which probably applies regardless of how they choose to produce the show, but it's another criteria that makes finding the right child actors seem extra difficult, and I would say bordering on impossible.
  8. Alright, maybe instead of "better" I should've said "less bad". Probably the right decision from the Norwich player's POV - if Ighalo gets on the end of that ball he probably wins the game for us.
  9. lol, the fake boos and whistles
  10. Yeah, better than potentially another 90 though right?
  11. Can't say that isn't deserved. *edit* okay apparently you can, but I disagree, Norwich have been the better side so far imo
  12. Fantastic last-gasp clearance, that.
  13. Bailly has looked pretty rusty and Dalot hasn't given him much protection - I guess that's the logic behind bringing Williams on. Should shore up that side.
  14. Lingard one of the few premier league footballers who doesn't live with a professional hair stylist, I see.
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