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Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Dimples » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:02 pm

If everybody is fit and we have a must win game, what is the centre half pairing that:

1. The two Pep would play?
2. The two you would play?
3. Why

Me:

1. I have no idea
2. Stones and Laporte
3. Speed, ball playing ability and age profile
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Wonderwall » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:06 pm

Otter and Laporte for me, right and left footed. Prob not first choice right now but will be next season. Laporte just needs to adjust to his new surroundings and way of life.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mikhail Chigorin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:15 pm

Wonderwall wrote:Otter and Laporte for me, right and left footed. Prob not first choice right now but will be next season. Laporte just needs to adjust to his new surroundings and way of life.


Same here WW.

Longer term, it ought to be Stones and Laporte but it would be hard on Otamendi, at the moment, if he were dropped down in the pecking order.

I wonder if the possibility of playing three centre backs will re-surface at any time ??
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby mr_nool » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:16 pm

Mikhail Chigorin wrote:
Wonderwall wrote:Otter and Laporte for me, right and left footed. Prob not first choice right now but will be next season. Laporte just needs to adjust to his new surroundings and way of life.


Same here WW.

Longer term, it ought to be Stones and Laporte but it would be hard on Otamendi, at the moment, if he were dropped down in the pecking order.

I wonder if the possibility of playing three centre backs will re-surface at any time ??


In pretty certain it's on the cards again when Mendy is back.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby nottsblue » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:25 pm

Can actually see Stones as a DM myself.

Thus the two centre backs for me are Otter and Laporte
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mikhail Chigorin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:27 pm

nottsblue wrote:Can actually see Stones as a DM myself.

Thus the two centre backs for me are Otter and Laporte


I think you've mentioned Stones as a DM before NB and it certainly has some appeal to it, giving the flexibility and multi positional aspect that Pep seems to like.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Swales4ever » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:52 pm

Dimples wrote:If everybody is fit and we have a must win game, what is the centre half pairing that:

1. The two Pep would play?
2. The two you would play?
3. Why

Me:

1. I have no idea
2. Stones and Laporte
3. Speed, ball playing ability and age profile


Me:
1. most on form of the moment - He knows best. Maybe, with a well earned, sympathetic edge for Otter, out of the miracolous improvement he has hard worked under Pep's guidance. I still have that recent coast-to-coast pitch cutting deliver on Sane's foot rumbling on my mind (think one of the two recent Arse ties)
2. Stones (most potential of all, only confidence to fix to steady on.) and Laporte.
3. Speed, ball playing ability and age profile

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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Saul Goodman » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:21 pm

Hah. This thread sounds familiar.

Currently it has to be Vinny and Otamendi
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Wooders » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:28 pm

A fit Kompany is an absolute must for me
Otter has earned all our respect but I feel that Laporte is more rounded and still learning the league - so Kompany and Laporte por moi
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mase » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:34 pm

Wooders wrote:A fit Kompany is an absolute must for me
Otter has earned all our respect but I feel that Laporte is more rounded and still learning the league - so Kompany and Laporte por moi


Otter has been our best defender this season.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mikhail Chigorin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:15 pm

Saul Goodman wrote:Hah. This thread sounds familiar.

Currently it has to be Vinny and Otamendi


.....or even Vinny and Tosin ?? :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby KinkyKinkladze » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:28 pm

Stones and otamendi for me. Would be stones and kompany but it's difficult to rely on Vinny unfortunately.

Stones' class alongside otamendi's tenacity. You look through any successful recent cb pairing, that's always the winning combination. Terry/carvalho, vidic/Ferdinand, Vinny/lescott etc

You have two of the same and you either dally around or you have a red card every game. Intelligence alongside blood and thunder wins everytime for me, and stones/otamendi is our best combination for this for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mikhail Chigorin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:39 pm

KinkyKinkladze wrote:Stones and otamendi for me. Would be stones and kompany but it's difficult to rely on Vinny unfortunately.

Stones' class alongside otamendi's tenacity. You look through any successful recent cb pairing, that's always the winning combination. Terry/carvalho, vidic/Ferdinand, Vinny/lescott etc

You have two of the same and you either dally around or you have a red card every game. Intelligence alongside blood and thunder wins everytime for me, and stones/otamendi is our best combination for this for the foreseeable future.


Just as a matter of tongue in cheek interest KK, when Arsenal had their famous back four of yesteryear, which one of Adams and Keown was the "intelligence" and which one was the "blood and thunder" ?? :? :? :? :?

I'm struggling a bit with that one :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby KinkyKinkladze » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:50 pm

I did say recent!
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Saul Goodman » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:45 am

Mikhail Chigorin wrote:
Saul Goodman wrote:Hah. This thread sounds familiar.

Currently it has to be Vinny and Otamendi

.....or even Vinny and Tosin ?? :roll: :roll: :roll:

Huh?
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Nigels Tackle » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:28 am

Saul Goodman wrote:
Mikhail Chigorin wrote:
Saul Goodman wrote:Hah. This thread sounds familiar.

Currently it has to be Vinny and Otamendi

.....or even Vinny and Tosin ?? :roll: :roll: :roll:

Huh?


i'd play fern ahead of stones and laporte
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby littlebig » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:01 am

1/ Who knows. I think Pep likes to keep them all guessing, maybe to ward off any complacency. And also he may not knwo his best pairing. But it's crazy how much he changes this partnership.

2/ Vinny and Otamendi for me. But as we all know Vinny is unreliable. Stones Laporte is probably seen as the future but Otamendi is just performing at such a high level.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Fidel Castro » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:12 pm

Otter and anyone but Stones atm, he has been utter turd since returning from injury.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Mase » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:24 pm

Fidel Castro wrote:Otter and anyone but Stones atm, he has been utter turd since returning from injury.


Either he’s not fully recovered from injury or he’s got zero confidence whatsoever.
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Re: Who are the first choice centre halfs?

Postby Douglas Higginbottom » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:29 pm

Saul Goodman wrote:Hah. This thread sounds familiar.

Currently it has to be Vinny and Otamendi


100% has to be Vinnie , if fit, and the Otter and I expect Pep's selections will show that for key games.
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