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You Are The Ref
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I dunno, it's kind of depressing, isn't it, how the very best teams nowadays can put out reserve teams in the League Cup- even against respectable opposition, utterly disrespecting the competition, yet still managing to win comfortably away from home. I mean, look at Man Utd strolling past Crewe last night, Palace easing past Charlton and Arsenal beating Man City. It really does highlight, for me, the immense gulf between the very top teams, the ones who can pick two, or even three class players in every position, and the rest of the mediocrity you see scuffing about in the lower reaches of the Premiership.

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Yes, picking three goalkeepers would make it pretty unfair.

Sorry. Just saving you from the fate of nil.

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C'mon...it was CREWE we were playing after all. We could have played eleven Ralph Milne clones and still won.
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At least Barcelona fielded a strong team in the Spanish cup last night against a 3rd division side, Gramanet, with Giuly, Larsson and Messi as the three forwards. The result? Gramanet won 1-0 after extra time.
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I think the League Cup is actually more interesting that way to be honest. Arsenal Reserves may be still too strong for most teams, but they are after all less formidable than Arsenal first team so the opportunity for lower order sides to progress is undoubtedly higher which raises the excitement factor somewhat.

It's also a chance to see on television highlights some of the up and coming players from the academies that you would never get to see unless you were dedicated enough to follow that team's reserve side.

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It really does highlight, for me, the immense gulf between the very top teams, the ones who can pick two, or even three class players in every position, and the rest of the mediocrity you see scuffing about in the lower reaches of the Premiership.

Except that Arsenal did exactly the same last year in the League Cup and were utterly stuffed by Middlesbrough (and similarly against Blackburn a couple of years back).

True, their youngsters looked competent last night - but Man City's performance was shameful...

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I dunno, it's kind of depressing, isn't it, how the very best teams nowadays can put out reserve teams in the League Cup... I mean, look at Man Utd strolling past Crewe last night, Palace easing past Charlton and Arsenal beating Man City.

Palace win two games on the trot and they're one of the "very best teams nowadays"?

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Croute au fromage et oeuf au plat
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A chance for me to see ex-claret Senderos too.
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Arsenal reserves reached the semi-finals and lost 2-1 (Reyes scoring an own goal on his debut) and 1-0 to Middlesbrough. Whether that counts as being 'utterly stuffed' is debatable.

They did get battered by Blackburn though.

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That was after we missed the match winning penalty at their place in the third round.
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Which you heard about second hand of course.
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Do Arsenal have any English trainees/reserves? It's just that every time someone's name was mentioned by the commentators, they then said he was from anywhere but North London.
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No, Craig, I've already pointed out that that's the only time I saw them last season.
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Croute au fromage et oeuf au plat
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I think they have more Genevans than English youth...
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er, Arsenal, that is. Not the Millers. Before anyone gets the wrong idea.
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