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So it`s Middlesborough away

in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Need to take this competition seriously this season. Tricky tie, need a strong team, no excuses for resting players. Not in the League Cup, CL doesn`t start again until Spring, not going to win the Prem, so I would be making winning the FA Cup a priority.

Would be playing all the big guns this year, get on a roll, and really go for it.

I love the FA Cup, or I used to before teams treated it as a training session for their squad players. Let the players give it everything, they are always ready for International Football and they should be for FA Cup Duty. I think Mourinho will give the FA Cup his best shot this season.

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

Yes I think Mourinho will make it a priority this year. So he can keep up his reputation of winning trophies.

However playing weakened sides in the early rounds and just scraping past the likes of Newport County doesn't make us more likely to lose in the semi finals when we get drawn against a big team.

Or to put it another way, hammering lower league sides on the way because we put out strong team doesn't count for anything if we can't beat the big sides in the semis and final.

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

comment by Brother (U20548)
posted 11 minutes ago
Yes I think Mourinho will make it a priority this year. So he can keep up his reputation of winning trophies.

However playing weakened sides in the early rounds and just scraping past the likes of Newport County doesn't make us more likely to lose in the semi finals when we get drawn against a big team.

Or to put it another way, hammering lower league sides on the way because we put out strong team doesn't count for anything if we can't beat the big sides in the semis and final.
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Reminds me of England...Excellent during the qualifiers then when the real things comes, oh dreadful where art thou!

Except maybe the last England...Then that's rare!

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

I am all for playing a strong side in the FA Cup but i'd like the bench to include some youngsters like Parrot for example.

Speaking of benches, I wonder how long it will be until we adopt the same approach Italian football has with benches of up to 11-12 players.

posted 6 days, 11 hours ago

Middlesbrough are struggling in the Championship, Woodgate and Keane may not still be there when we play them.

It would be nice to win the FA Cup, but top four and the CL will be Mourinho`s priorities.

posted 6 days, 10 hours ago

Sandy, would of struggled against Boro if Poch was still here. I’m a lot more confident of hopefully getting a much needed trophy under Mourinho. He will take the Fa cup seriously.

comment by Bales (U22081)

posted 6 days, 9 hours ago

comment by Billy The Yidd (U3924)
posted 1 hour, 16 minutes ago
Middlesbrough are struggling in the Championship, Woodgate and Keane may not still be there when we play them.

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It's looking like Warnock, which will be fun

Regardless of their form Jose needs to put a strong team out - he'll have the fans on his back if we don't at least have a decent run in it.

posted 6 days, 9 hours ago

Has Mourinho won the FA tin pot in the past?
If not, then maybe he'll give it our best shot.
But remember ....... we're still in the CL....
and THAT is what I'd like us to win.
This is Kane's year!

comment by MKspur (U9129)

posted 6 days, 9 hours ago

comment by JustCallMeTed (U21528)
posted 7 minutes ago
Has Mourinho won the FA tin pot in the past?
If not, then maybe he'll give it our best shot.
But remember ....... we're still in the CL....
and THAT is what I'd like us to win.
This is Kane's year!

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Once with Chelsea

posted 5 days, 22 hours ago

we play Liverpool a week later. full 7 days rest though.

If they make it though they'll have. league cup SF between their fa cup tie vs everton and their game at ours

posted 5 days, 20 hours ago

full first team to play

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