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One of Two?

As England prepare to face Brazil, in a prestigious friendly international at Wembley on Wednesday night, they will do so without the services of John Terry.

As we all know, JT opted out of international football after the Football Association saw fit to ignore what had gone on in a court of law and punish JT.

It appears that one man, the legend that is Ronaldinho, could well be very relieved with Ronaldinho remarking that JT, along with the legend that is Paulo Maldini are the two toughest men he has come across on a football field!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 5 2013

Time: 4:32PM

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England's loss.
SpanishBlue
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05/02/2013 18:19:00

And JT's too I suppose, given that he actually cares deeply for his nation, in spite of how they have treated him.
SpanishBlue
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05/02/2013 18:20:00

Mine too come to that, as an Englishman and an England fan!
SpanishBlue
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05/02/2013 18:21:00

Ronaldinho?? He was a menace for defenders in his days, I am just suprised he declined so drastically
Desmondadonis
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05/02/2013 21:52:00

Great lad,missed those mesmerizin skills of his...Ronnie!! Go skin them alive
Ken4CFC
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05/02/2013 23:51:00

Ronaldinho: best naturally skilled & flamboyant footballer I've ever seen. Pity he "declined" early on, whether or not due to lack of motivation as he'd won everything...who knows, but for him to acknowledge the "footballing" JT means a lot for our academy.
@Mq
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06/02/2013 07:13:00

Perhaps we should make JT part of the youth team coaching, or better yet make him the defensive-coach reporting to the Manager, although I see a "war" when you have a club legend in your staff. Just ask AVB :)
@Mq
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06/02/2013 07:13:00

England's loss, chelsea's gain....we need him back to full fitness asap though. He wasnt back to his best yet against the toon and was responsible at least one of the goals conceded. We lost that game so much improvement required.
JohnnyOz
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06/02/2013 09:16:00

so he was "responsible" for 1 of the goals?? And yet Rafa gets the blame...*smh
@Mq
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06/02/2013 10:54:00

Rafa is the manager so he is responsible mq...and if it was a one off game that we'd lost due to individual error, you could maybe argue that Rafa isnt culpable....I think our record is something like won 1 in 6, so Rafa is more than fully responsible imo...conceding late goals game after game is not an accident - either the boys arent playing for Rafa till the end of the game or our tactics are wrong...either way needs to get it right very very quickly.
JohnnyOz
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06/02/2013 13:42:00

It's amazing, but not surprising, that so many players claim that Terry is the toughest defender they've played against.
Hazzabee
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06/02/2013 14:24:00

Given that everything that occurs on the pitch is down to the action (or inaction) of a player or players @Mq, then your argument implies that a Manager has no affect whatsoever. Not a very clever argument, I'm sure you'll agree.
SpanishBlue
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06/02/2013 14:44:00

My argument SPANISH is, 1) when you are "outplayed" tactically and clearly the team has no control of the game, then you blame the Manager. 2) When the Manager chooses the "wrong" player for a position and we concede a goal thus not winning as a result of the player, you blame the Manager. 3) When the Manager is too hesitant to act despite it being evidently clear we need subs, and there are "healthy" alternatives on the bench, you blame the Manager.....BUT....1) when the team "owns" the game for a majority (70+ minutes) leading well but concedes as a result of player error, you have to blame the players because the Manager got his tactics and team selection right but the players relapse in the last stages of the game cost us the game. 2)when a player (striker) get's numerous chances to score but doesn't, you also blame them. 3) When the defenders don't do their job effectively (defend) like vs Reading and the "Terry" goal vs Newcastle, you have to blame the players. 3) When the midfield doesn't protect the defense and as a result of that the opponents find gaps to make goal scoring chances then you blame the player(s) involved..........
@Mq
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06/02/2013 15:18:00

in this instance, Rafa get's all the stick even for players basic errors (Ivanovic cost us vs Swansea and players missed chances to score when we played away but it's "Rafa's fault" we didn't qualify). It's a good thing Roman doesn't have advisors like the "experts" we have on VC, otherwise we'd be worse off by now
@Mq
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06/02/2013 15:18:00

It's actually 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats JOHNNY and let's see....1) Reading game we drew - you can't blame Rafa for us conceding in the 87th & 94th minute. 2) Southampton game we drew - I don't wanna lie ;) so I won't comment on that 1, don't remember well what happened. 3) QPR game we lost - We created 2 or 3 chances we didn't take only to concede in late stages of the game. More luck than individual error then. 4) Newcastle game we lost - Lamps went to score, leaving a hole in the middle that left the defense exposed. And Terry was "responsible" for the other goal......so why always Rafa (and ultimately Roman)??
@Mq
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06/02/2013 15:23:00

@mq in the past you used to blame RDM almost everytime something went wrong , and also insulted him using bertrand on the wings , how come that has changed all of a sudden ????? just curious
Don capon
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06/02/2013 19:02:00

Lol@mq 'why always rafa??' i think that would make a good title for an article,u and i know the obvious reasons:hatred,vandetta,bigotry,reprisal e.t.c..the VC 'experts' will never rest till they get their pound of flesh
Ken4CFC
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06/02/2013 22:12:00

I used to blame him for tactical reasons DON but there were instances where I blamed the players instead (Lamps for abandoning the pivot, TorrMented1 for fluffing chances). You'll note there was a time when even I agreed he had made the right player choices, even when we'd draw I wouldn't blame him until the day he said "maybe we sacrifice offensive options"....I lost any growing faith I had in him. He tried to play defensive and Juve hit us 3nil. I agree 100% with Roman sacking him, we would've been murdered by Man$hitty and lost the fear of other "big teams" something we still have (somewhat) as evidenced vs Ar$e's
@Mq
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07/02/2013 06:32:00

@Mq, your stand is very firm and you want fans to be responsible of their decisions but unfortunately CFC are prisoners of their prejudices and favoritism. They will praise the manager when he plays certain players even though the team plays badly and admonish the coach when some players do not play. For example they complain about the lack of pivot players while they do not want one of the player to be benched. How on earth will any coach correct the pivot without accessing all players in the pivot?
derfmesh
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07/02/2013 08:16:00

Well said DERFMESH
@Mq
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07/02/2013 12:39:00

 

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