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em: 12 de Agosto de 2008, 20:02
Não sei se acertei na secção do fórum onde colocar este post, mas acho que será do interesse geral, ou pelo menos de quem costuma "trabalhar" a Premier League, divulgar as análises individuais para cada equipa da Premier League feitas pelo The Guardian.
A maneira mais fácil de as encontrar é googlando por "Premier League preview No #" - sendo que a mais recente é a nº 11, do Man Utd.
São bastante porreiras, com aquele humor tipicamente britânico e com bastante informação útil.

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Premier League preview No11: Manchester United
Short up-front yet strong as ever in midfield and defence, despite their success United remain a work in progress

    * Barney Ronay
    * Monday August 11 2008 09:50 BST
    * Article history writers' prediction: 2nd
Odds: 7/4

This remains an unusual Manchester United team. Back-to-back Premier League titles, champions of Europe, but still there's an air of work-in-progress about them. Perhaps part of the appeal of Alex Ferguson's current squad is this sense of obvious strengths making up for less obvious but still significant weaknesses.

Last season a surplus of attacking verve in midfield, combined with the deep-lying wiles of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, more than covered up for the lack of a top-class and regularly available centre-forward. Wes Brown's diligence, along with the attacking mobility in front of him, made light of the absence of a regular right-back. And the rock-solid Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra played at least 32 league matches each, camouflaging the absence of a similar title-winning aura among their man-for-man replacements John O'Shea, Danny Simpson and Gerard Pique.

For all this sense of space to grow within the squad, the summer has yet to see a single senior signing, though hanging on to Cristiano Ronaldo may feel like one. Roma may have been furious that United lured Davide Petrucci, but, though he's been lauded as "the next Francesco Totti", he's unlikely to be ready for first team action at the age of 16. The same probably goes for Fabio and Rafael da Silva, the 18-year-old Brazilian twins who made their first appearances for United during pre-season after signing from Fluminense in January.

These are unusual times for the manager. Having effectively given himself another two years in the job by hinting he intends to retire before he's 70, Ferguson would seem to have two obvious targets in terms of trophies. Another league title would match Liverpool's record of 18; another European Cup would match Bob Paisley's record of three and put United in the elite of European champions, alongside Milan, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Ajax.

With two seasons left in which to achieve this, no wonder he was determined to hold on to his top scorer. He would also have liked to hold on to Carlos Queiroz, who became Portugal manager this summer. In addition to his considerable tactical input, Queiroz offered important language skills, with Nani, Carlos Tevez and Anderson still "adjusting to the English language".

There are problems on the pitch too. The absence of an orthodox central striker, which seemed like an oddity or even a tactical innovation last season, could be a real problem this time around – it was certainly dreadfully apparent during the Community Shield (not that there was ever any doubt, but we can now conclusively say Darren Fletcher is not the solution). The team that kicks off against Newcastle on Saturday will be without Ronaldo, Louis Saha and possibly also Wayne Rooney. Potential young replacements Danny Wellbeck and Manucho will be unavailable too, the former injured, the latter awaiting a work permit. Frazier Campbell was terrific in the Championship for Hull last season, but Ferguson won't be comfortable relying exclusively on him, especially with imminent trips to Liverpool and Chelsea. Given how strong the latter look, this is not a season in which to make a slow start.

On the plus side United's defence conceded just 22 goals in the league last year, a club record. This part of the team will be strengthened further by the return from injury of Gary Neville, who yesterday played as if he'd never been away, and Mikael Silvestre. Owen Hargreaves should be fit to lend a spiky presence to the heart of midfield. And Ben Foster is fit and ready to put pressure on both Tomasz Kuszczak and Edwin Van der Sar.

Ferguson believes his team is equipped to repeat last season's double. If they start well and Rooney and, in particular, Ronaldo return to a winning team anything is possible.

On the other hand, United were rescued in numerous matches last season by timely and inspired interventions from their roving winger and leading scorer. It seems almost inconceivable Ronaldo could be so influential on so many occasions this time around. Ferguson has talked about giving Rooney more attacking responsibility this season. If United are to maintain last season's standards, Rooney will need to rise to it.

IN: Davide Petrucci (Roma - £200,000)
OUT: Gerard Pique (Barcelona - £6m), Kieran Lee (Oldham - free), Chris Eagles (Burnley - £1.25m), Conor McCormack (Triestina - free), Ritchie Jones (Hartlepool - free)


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em: 12 de Agosto de 2008, 20:16
Eu acredito sériemente no Chelsea este ano, se segurarem Lampard e Drogba mesmo depois do Inverno, são sérios candidatos a ganhar tudo, só aquele meio campo com a força do Essien, a eficácia do Lampard e a classe de Deco e Ballack, com o matador Drogba mais a defesa que para mim é a mais completa, espero que Bosingwa se adapta bem e rápido ao campeonato inglês. Têm os ingredientes todos...

Quanto ao Man utd, o artigo acima diz tudo, equipa brutal mas... Scholes e Giggs os anos vão passando, Andersson e Nani ainda são promessas falta serem certezas, agora falta-lhes Defesa Direito de nível mundial e o PL de raíz.

Mas espero que este ano a luta seja a 3...
"os grandes homens falam de ideias, os homens médios falam de coisas, os homens pequenos falam de outros homens"


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