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  1. Azpiliqueta. Carvajal may be younger but I think Danilo may take his place for Real. _____________________________________________________________________________________ I'm trying to decide between some D©s to make some money on short-term; who would you recommend? Musacchio Mangala Inigo Martinez Abdennour Juan Jesus Martins Indi Bartra I'm currently thinking Bartra even though his playing time is limited at Barca.
  2. Easily the worst league review (as of today) for the end of the season, I really hope they make up for it tomorrow but I have my doubts. Not much of a biggie but I'm also very surprised that Patrick Roberts hasn't been upgraded after his big-money (for an inexperienced teenager) move to a big club. Hopefully a sign of things to come!
  3. Lloris for me although Hart has more chance of rising at Man City then Hugo does at Spurs. My question; Is Milik really worth keeping now? I'm thinking about swapping him for Mitrovic now that he's move to the Premier League. No multi-quote really has killed this thread
  4. I spent enough time reading that, let alone trying to type a reply You're definitely passionate about your opinions, I'll give you that! Hopefully, Busquets will get injured for a long period or leave and then we can see how successful Barca are. I don't know about you but it's nice to read other peoples opinions even if you disagree P.S. Do you split the quotes up manually or is there some button I'm missing?
  5. I would because Mane is younger and Austin will probably peak at 88/89 unless he joins one of the top teams which looks unlikely. I have to agree New Dawn Fades. SM have been generous with Southampton players, I'd have probably put Mane and Wanyama as less than 50% or less to rise now that the season is over. It's worrying how inconsistent SM are though. What are the chances of Benteke getting a +1 as soon as he joins Liverpool?
  6. Haha' date=' that was a very poorly worded question but it was typed 10 minutes after I woke up so I have an excuse Your elitist sounding opinion (whether you mean it or not) gets in the way of good points. The reason I brought stats into play is because I can't exactly just make a comment without reason. Would you have rather I just said that Busquets isn't important to Barca because that's what I could've done if I was lazy. You think that you watch football with a critical eye? Maybe others do too and they have different opinions. Some people prefer Messi, some people prefer Ronaldo and I'm not just talking about two forumers on a popular football game, I'm talking about some of the very best players, managers and analysts. Pele said earlier this year that Ronaldo is now better than Messi so I guess he knows nothing because he doesn't have your critical eye? I didn't really want to mention attackers but there's no other defensive rivalry that many debate. You won't like this but like I've said what if Mascherano's is different to someone elses? Obviously he is going to say things like that about his team-mate. If you like, I'll find some other quotes from other quality players that will make you laugh if you request and I've got the time. I'm surprised you didn't mention Lahm as he, in my opinion, is one of the closest you'll get to a player of Busquets' skill-set. I agree with all your points on the players except that Yaya is a poor DM and shouldn't be mentioned among them players. The thing is, if you put one of them players in Busquets' place, how much worse would Barca play? Do you think they would finish behind Real in La Liga and be unable to beat top European clubs? It's not like they've won the treble each year Busquets has played even though two is a stunning accomplishment. This is basically what I'm trying to say. As important as Busquets is to Barca, they would still easily be the best team in the world and would still be very successful with another player of similar (or below for your sake) quality and would still be competing and most likely winning the biggest trophies. I don't think Suarez is irreplaceable to Barca. Sure, he's brought that extra bit of quality and bite to the Barca attack compared to previous seasons but someone like Aguero could do the job. Before you mention Argentina, remember that a lot of players play different for their clubs and countries. Speaking of which, I'd be interested to hear your critical eye analysis on Busquet's World Cup last year. Barca weren't doing too bad without Suarez at the start too. I agree with all your points about Messi (obviously), Neymar (who's only going to get better) and especially Pique. I too used to think that Xavi and Iniesta were irreplaceable but well, they've been pretty much replaced. I've always disliked Dani Alves but that's mainly due to people calling him one of the best defenders which is complete nonsense as his defending is poor at best. The word defender should be used to describe centre-backs and defensively minded full-backs. The attacking side of Alves' game is quality though and that's why he's thrived at Barca. Your posts have definitely matured and become more realistic since I first set sight on your posts so thank you for that, I'm sure I'll be looking at you for rating predictions in the future I got logged out twice while typing this... now I feel like I could've been doing something better like watching an hour video on Busquets' best positions, tackles and passes
  7. Was expecting a reply like this from someone that for some unknown reason thinks he knows better than everyone else, the internet, eh? I'm on my tablet so I'll have to keep this short but if Busquets wasn't a player then Barca would sign another player of similar quality in his position and would easily do as well, hell maybe they could get another quality CB and move Mascherano back to the position where he plays so well for Argentina. It's not like I'm saying they'd play Song there instead or something. Yes, he is important to Barca but saying that they wouldn't win the treble without him is just crazy in my mind. I'm curious as to who else you think Barca wouldn't win the treble with?
  8. I gave Ki +1 in my original review and took him out because the majority disagreed, I hate you guys!
  9. I've kept quiet on Busquets lately but that's an outrageous thing to say, even by your standards! Sure, they wouldn't have won it with 10 men on the pitch but I've checked up some stats that make an interesting reading; With Busquets in the team, Barca actually have a worse win rate than they do without him in La Liga and Champions League this season (both 100% win in Copa Del Rey). In La Liga, they have a 80% win rate without (4 wins, 1 draw) and a 78.78% win rate with (26 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses). In the CL, they have an 100% win rate without (3 wins) and an 80% win without (8 wins, 2 losses). If I was a madman, I could say that Barca are actually better without Busquets but we all know that's not true. While I know stats don't show everything such as the quality of opposition but Barca have lost against some weaker teams with Busquets and have beaten some quality opposition without him. These are the similar type of stats that most people would use as a reason to call Carrick under-rated too so I'd love to hear your argument on him sometime (unless you already have and I've missed it). Busquets is the joint highest DM© in the game with Lahm and Yaya (if he doesn't drop in the Prem review), it's not like he's level with David Luiz!
  10. Is it looking likely that Raphael Guerreiro will leave Lorient this summer? I really want him for one of my smaller teams but his external value is very high
  11. You're forgetting the fact that Kane started this season at 83. If he started at 88 then I'm sure he would've got 91 over the season like some of the above did. Next season, if he has another solid season, he'll get his 91, maybe 92.
  12. Just a quick sweep-over, think I only added Aguero and RLC to the list too but there's most likely a few others that'll get little rises. A lot of the bottom-half teams are probably hit and miss too
  13. I'm confused as to whether the last line is a mistake or sarcasm Both will be 93 unless SM screw Matic over. Sanchez should get 94, Fabregas and Silva will stay. Emre Can and Oxlade shouldn't be getting upgrades. Can may have had a good U21 Euro but in my opinion, he was shocking for Liverpool (granted he was being played out of position) and the rest of his team weren't much better. McNair should get a nice upgrade, I'd probably say +3 to put him above Blackett (who I don't think should rise). I would've said Ivanovic would have a chance at 93 but since Jordi Alba didn't get it, I'd be very surprised. I'm going to dig up the predictions I made earlier in the year and make a few amendments if needed now that the Prem review has begun
  14. My hopes for Azpilicueta to 92 have been dented. They can't (but probably will) put him level with Alba in my opinion.
  15. This is some top quality work man! I posted a list of likely risers in the other thread but this is next level I think some of the predictions may be a bit optimistic, I remember having Hagglund and Serna for before and they only got +5/6s despite playing a lot more games. Also, Shay Facey to be downgrade to 70 seems like it could be a mistake
  16. With La Liga possibly over, I wanted to review my predictions and though I might as well share with you guys too. Sorry it's not the most readable. I'm pretty happy with that
  17. I'd be surprised if they give Manduzkic 93 now they've only given 92 to Griezmann. Then again, SM loves to surprise me!
  18. I hope they don't forget Saul! Looks unlikely now that Gimenez 'only' got 88.
  19. I know we're done talking about Gimenez but I was taking a look at WhoScored today and noticed the top 10 for the Premier League. Look who is also 9th: http://www.whoscored.com/Regions/252/Tournaments/2/Seasons/4311/Stages/9155/PlayerStatistics/England-Premier-League-2014-2015 On topic, Valencia really seem to be splashing the cash this summer, anyone think either Santi Mina or Bakkali could be starters next year? Feghouli and Rodrigo seem to have the right wing covered but maybe on the left wing the two youngsters could feature?
  20. The ratings used to be super-high around 2009/10 when they added rating history, Torres and Rooney 96 and Gerrard 97 just to name a few! Granted they were great players back then (Rooney still is) but comparing that to the current ratings of the best players makes me laugh It's not surprising that he's 'achieved more' and played better in a much better team with one of the best defenders (and compatriot) alongside him. Marquinhos also has 77 more appearances (I DID THE MATH!) in major club competitions than Gimenez and while I'm sure Marquinhos has had a few bad games, he has proved to be a quality defender over multiple seasons. I was hoping for SM to give Marquinhos 91 myself but I wasn't really expecting it. I think in overall what I'm trying to say is; if Gimenez gets 88/89, no one should be complaining. If he gets 90, they should start the reviews over again! Hopefully we'll find out tomorrow.
  21. Oh yeah, I was just saying that as a possible explanatiion if he didn't rise (he got 91 this morning ). Paco also got +1 to 90 which is surprising to me. Seriously, look at the list of 90 rated strikers and name me one that has achieved less than Paco, you'll struggle. The CL finish definitely means a lot in this review though with 90s everywhere for Lazio, Sevilla and Valencia. Congrats on your correct prediction though I do watch La Liga, I just don' watch the 'little' teams unless they're getting hit for 6 by Real/Barca He only played twice for Atletico in 13/14 and displacing Lugano doesn't take much, he couldn't get in the WBA team! Being in the top 10 performers list is impressive but he still shouldn't really now only be level with the likes of Laporte and Marquinhos yet. I know that he'll go onto be one of the world's best defenders but who knows, he could get an injury and not be the same player when fit. This is just my opinion, I'm sure SM would have no problem giving a young player 90 so easily though! Cam, do you have an opinion on Gimenez? I'd be interested to hear
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