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Unread postby Dan McCooey » Tue Apr 9, 2013 11:20:06 am

Is this that same crappy pitch with the weeds, puddles and small boulders in it, that we played on last year? Or am I confusing it with a different CCL game? :???:
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Unread postby Llarian » Tue Apr 9, 2013 11:24:24 am

Dan McCooey wrote:Is this that same crappy pitch with the weeds, puddles and small boulders in it, that we played on last year? Or am I confusing it with a different CCL game? :???:


Different one. Santos' stadium is actually quite nice.
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Unread postby JerrarDAtkinson » Tue Apr 9, 2013 2:39:14 pm

SimonM wrote:Great post, JerrarD. One small observation - you mentioned about doubling up on Santos Laguna's wide players and forcing them inside. If Carlos Darwin Quintero plays in midfield in the second leg, as he did in the first, then he is a guy that you want to keep out wide. Not only does he have that great shot on him, he is also very adept at drifting in and threading through-balls to the frontmen. He's not really a 'get to the by-line, swing in a cross' type of player for the most part. So I think we would be better off playing narrower, try to squeeze the space in the middle. Santos Laguna won't commit a whole lot of men forward, so the focus needs to be on stopping the quick counters..


yeah good point about Quintero. It obviously depends on what part of the field we're defending in. closer to our goal, we'll want to force them wide. I guess the match up matters as well. Yedlin will have a better time forcing him down the line than Leo, since he will be more likely to be able to keep pace.


SimonM wrote:Other than that, totally agree with everything you say. Keep it tight and don't take too many risks, at least for the first hour. Put yourselves in a position to steal it. It kinda sounds like EJ will be starting on the bench, so probably start Ochoa up top on his own, where he did a decent job in the first leg,.


Agreed Ochoa wasn't bad. He got roasted by supporters for cocking up a good chance, but overall his movement and work rate were very good, and he helped the team a lot. too bad he just doesn't have that extra bit of quality.

So I guess now the spot left open is between Evans and Rosales for the third attacking midfield position As unpopular as the call may be, I'd opt for Evans on the right at this point. He'll be full of running and provide some support for Yedlin to get forward. He won't create much but if Martinez and Joseph can get into a good rhythm we won't need him to.
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Unread postby inveen » Tue Apr 9, 2013 3:01:15 pm

Reach into your bag a third time JerrarD, Evans didn't make the trip south.
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Unread postby Llarian » Tue Apr 9, 2013 3:05:12 pm

Any Academy players we can bring with us? :P
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Unread postby finnfan » Tue Apr 9, 2013 4:29:14 pm

Finally those who have wanted to see Zakuani as a forward get to see it. Will be interesting to see how it works.
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Unread postby JerrarDAtkinson » Tue Apr 9, 2013 4:44:26 pm

inveen wrote:Reach into your bag a third time JerrarD, Evans didn't make the trip south.


ah jeezus who the hell has time to learn these things anyway?!
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Unread postby YukataNinja » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:01:44 pm

Anyone have working feed links?
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Unread postby Ollie Board » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:04:00 pm

YukataNinja wrote:Anyone have working feed links?

http://www.firstrow1.eu/watch/179973/2/ ... rs-fc.html
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Unread postby Ollie Board » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:14:43 pm

What the hell Eddie. What a half assed finish :(
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Unread postby finnfan » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:19:01 pm

The first ten minutes have shown it would have been silly to not even try to win this, like I saw some people suggesting. Still not very likely at all, but clearly we do have a chance here.
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Unread postby Ollie Board » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:22:21 pm

finnfan wrote:The first ten minutes have shown it would have been silly to not even try to win this, like I saw some people suggesting. Still not very likely at all, but clearly we do have a chance here.

Judging by those first 2 efforts we're doing our best not to win this. :oops:
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Unread postby finnfan » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:23:33 pm

I see positive in chances created, you see negative in chances wasted.

Anyway, the next 5 minutes shows just how unlikely this is.
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Unread postby Ollie Board » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:28:42 pm

Balls. Only got ourselves to blame. Should be 2-1 up :(
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Unread postby finnfan » Tue Apr 9, 2013 5:34:04 pm

We needed two goals anyway, so in a sense the mission hasn't changed. Would be nice to have the ability to concede one though.
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