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OPEN THREAD: October 1st, 2021

Another issue of your Daily Merengue!

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The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail, Ezek Ix or NeRObutBlanco.


I’m totally fine with our club reaching out to riola to secure haaland for us. Regardless of his exorbitant commission and nature. Something our board/flo are hesitant to do with good reason.


According to Marca, our board is growing impatient with Hazard. I highly doubt he has any time left on the clock. Only thing left now is to throw away the clock. I’ll summarize hazard’s time here as this: We’ve been trying to wear a house clock as a smart wrist watch. Hazard is good up on the wall. In his time, he once used to beautify all the other furniture in the house. But in the age of smart phones and smart watches, a house clock’s relevance will continue to wane in a modern home. When your thermostat has a clock, your microwave has a clock, your TV has a calendar & a clock, your fridge can tell you what time it is etc.

The nature of a clock is to tick at a set pace regardless of what’s happening in the house. When you’re at home or on the job panicking, your clock doesn’t run any faster than it would on any other day. Nor will it go slower when you need more time for stuff. At the end of the day, your 24 hrs is the same as everybody else’s in your time zone. Yours doesn’t finish any faster or slower than the next person.

That has been hazard’s attitude his whole career. Non-chalant. Whether you praise him or boo him, it won’t make him work any harder than he wants to. I understand that he’s said himself, he doesn’t want to be the best player in the world or anything of that sort etc. And that he just wants to play football. Unfortunately for him, he came to the wrong club, as that isn’t permitted here. Right now, he’s trying to get back in some form & did farely well against sheriff. Yes we can all blame injuries and we’d be right BUTT to an extent.

If you look back on his time at Chelsea where he rarely got injured & even kept going after some nasty tackles in the PL. You’ll notice that Hazard has always been the same talented guy, who never got worse nor did he bother to get any better. Just the occasional dip and rise in form and the odd 17 or so goals at seasons end. Ancelotti has said he needs to begin tracking back etc. And at 30, this could be a challenge for hazard because gone are the days when he could afford to not do so. As he no longer plays in a team with a structure that grants him full immunity from defensive responsibilities.


UEFA has dropped all disciplinary actions against us, Barca and Juve for the super league. Following a ruling in our favor by the same court they tried to punish us through.

UEFA are now opposed to the world cup being held every 2 years. At least till both sides can decide on how the cookie crumbles into their pockets. Its crazy that arsene wenger is the one spear heading this. I’m sure that its not entirely his idea. But this will only harm the players IMO.


Gareth Bale has significant tear, per wales head coach. Our Femenino side lost to real sociedad. Haaland prefers us over PSG.

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