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  1. I can't find a reliable source to easily see how many goals we've scored in all competitions by year. But I can for league games only, so let's use that. Wiki says Messi has scored 441 league goals since his debut in 2004/05 (in 482 appearances) Since that time, Aston Villa have scored 783. it's probably fair to exclude 04/05 as Messi only made 8 appearances and only scored 1 goal. So doing that it's 440 vs 738 I suspect if you did all competitions it would be much closer, but we'd still have scored more as Messi has scored 630 total. Our numbers are also massively inflated by three high scoring seasons. One of the MON seasons where we scored 71, and our final 2 seasons in the Championship where we scored 72 and 82 respectively. If you take those seasons out of both goal sets and leave out 04/05, it's 360 vs 513 So yeah we've scored more than him. But not exactly by a huge amount! And the fact I even had to check speaks volumes!
  2. Yep. But considering Barcelona scored their 9,000th goal the other day, it's still an unbelievable stat
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    Dean Smith

    Then why did this squad look ten times netter earlier in the season? And I don't agree that we've looked ok since the restart, I think we've been as bad as we've been all season. Certainly our attack has been the worst it's been since probably the Lambert era.
  4. Baggio only played in one world cup final. He played the whole game and missed the deciding penalty.
  5. I think the notion that he's not trying is utter utter bollocks. He's the only one out there who looks like he gives a shit. Unfortunately he's surrounded by shit players, playing shit, under a shit manager. He's not Messi. He can't dribble it around whole teams and score.
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    Dean Smith

    Yeah if I'm understanding you right it's this kind of thing that's really irritating me. The insinuation that Smith is doing the absolute best he could do with the players he has (and also the insinuation that he had absolutely zero to do with transfers) We have shit players. They're not as shit as they look right now. It's possible for our players to be shit AND Dean Smith to be doing shit too. And that's exactly what is happening.
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    Dean Smith

    I actually don't believe Smith should go. It's just getting frustrating seeing people in this thread saying he couldn't be doing any better. He could be doing better. How much better? Who knows. But he could be doing better than the utter dross he's served up since the restart. Again, this is worse than we've been all season. He himself has performed better with this squad this season. It's our most crucial point of the season and we are worse than ever And I don't agree on the creating chances bit. We barely create any chances. 2 goals in 5 games since the restart isn't a coincidence. It's a complete lack of attacking organisation and ability.
  8. Messi has scored or assisted more than 10% of Barcelona's goals. Ever.
  9. There has been a massive reluctance all season to overturn decisions. Almost like VAR is being used primarily to justify the decisions that refs make. It's massively broken. I still think the primary mistake they're making is not letting the refs use the screens. That should be how it works. That way all VAR is doing is telling the ref you MIGHT have made a mistake there. Then let the referee review his own decision with different camera angles. If he still makes the wrong decision then fair enough, it'll never be perfect. But at least it'll be more consistent.
  10. I admire people’s optimism in thinking he’s a good player. But I’m not sure where it comes from. He looks shit to be frank. I think Wesley is actually better, and I don’t particularly rate him either
  11. Exactly. If the title race was still a race I’m sure a fair few of those losses would have been wins. They’ll be in the title race again next season. It’ll depend on how much Liverpool can keep up their dominance of this season
  12. I know I’ve been massively wrong about how effective VAR would be. But this is yet another example of the technology working, but massive incompetence meaning it’s used appallingly. I don’t know what they’re playing at
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    Dean Smith

    We have the rest of this season where we’ve been performing better. We are getting worse and worse and worse. His hands are tied a certain amount. But he’s doing a really shit job at the moment.
  14. Agreed. When my dad was having cancer treatment and had to go the hospital every week, often multiple times, I was dumbfounded that he had to pay to park every time (or my mom had to pay to park when she'd take him) He did get this card that gave him some sort of discount, so he wasn't paying the full amount. But still.
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    Dean Smith

    I understand the recruitment argument. I really do. A massive amount of blame has to go to that side of the club. But the absolute refusal to put any of that blame on the manager is a bit tedious to be honest. Smith could and should be doing more with this group of players. We are utter shit.
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    Dean Smith

    Utter garbage. I think he's finished. Regardless of what happens for the rest of the season. We are completely useless.
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    Wesley Moraes

    Well exactly. So I think it’s a little rash to say he has absolutely no blame in the striker situation. He might have said he only needs one striker. He might have specifically asked for a player like Wesley, or Wesley specifically. I agree that recruitment has a lot to answer for, and Smith largely isn’t to blame for that. But I don’t necessarily absolve him of everything
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    Wesley Moraes

    How much influence does Smith have though? If it’s zero then I agree it’s shit for him to be left with those striking options. But does he tell the board who he needs? Or what kind of striker he needs? Does he say “no I only need one striker and use the money to buy more midfielders” Or does he literally do nothing and just uses the players he ends up with? I think it’s very hard to gauge how much blame, if any, sits with Smith
  19. I agree. That's why I said earlier in the thread that a 0-0 is the only way I see us getting anything from the game. I don't think we'll score. I certainly don't think we'll score twice. I'll obviously be absolutely thrilled if I'm wrong!
  20. That was then, when we looked competent. We've scored 2 goals since the restart, and one of them was the Newcastle keeper chucking it in his own net. I'll be thrilled if I'm wrong, but I can't see us scoring 2 goals in a game vs man utd at the moment.
  21. It's a Villa game vs Man Utd. If that happens then Grealish will take it, fire it against the crossbar, it'll rebound halfway up the pitch, hit Marcus Rashford in the arse and trickle through our goalkeeper's legs to win them the game
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