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Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:24

The international break is on and there are some good games up.
We can talk here about all the frienlies.

Italy-Spain tonight.

Probable formations:

Italia (3-4-3): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Acerbi; Florenzi, Thiago Motta, Parolo, Giaccherini; Candreva, Pellè, Eder.
(Sirigi, Perin, De Silvestri, Antonelli. Astori, Ranocchia, Rugani, Jorginho, Montolivo, Soriano, El Shaarawy, Bonaventura, Bernardeschi, Zaza, Insigne, Okaka).

Spagna (4-3-3): Casillas; Juanfran, Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Azpilicueta; Thiago Alcantara, San José, Fabregas; Mata, Aduriz, Morata.
(De Gea, Sergio Rico, Mario Gaspar, Nacho, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Koke, Sergi Roberto, Isco, Alcacer, Silva, Nolito, Pedro).

Italy trying out a 3-4-3 with new players due to injuries (Chiellini, Barzagli, Marchisio, Verratti)
Spain doing some experimenting with the squad too. I'm shocked Casillas is still starting.
Should be a fun match.



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I thought it'd get more attention in this section and there is no club football going on. We can delete it/move it if its not right.
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Re: March friendlies

Post by Doc on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:29

I really need to watch more Serie A. Watching the line up and genuinely only recognise about 6 names in their 1st 11.

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Post by rwo power on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:30

I'll keep it here for now. I will probably move the thread when the international break is over.

Looking forward to Germany vs England on Saturday and Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland tomorrow cheers

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Re: March friendlies

Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:39

@Doc wrote:I really need to watch more Serie A. Watching the line up and genuinely only recognise about 6 names in their 1st 11.


Its a weak starting 11. At full strength it should look more familiar. But from the new ones (the ones I feel are less recognizable):

Florenzi (@Roma) is there to stay. Very dynamic player, goes anywhere on the right side of the field.

Candreva (@Lazio) has been one of Italy's best performers for years. Complete player. RW/LW/SS/RWB/RM soft touch and great vision.

Parolo (@Parolo) very solid CM, box to box. Won't likely be a starter but is the "first sub" at CM. Good at making runs from the midfield.

The others: Pelle (Soton), Eder (Inter), Acerbi (Sassuolo), Giaccherini (Bologna) are average. All solid, but not outstanding players.
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Re: March friendlies

Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:42

Conte is f*cking retarded

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Re: March friendlies

Post by Doc on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 14:46

To be exact, the names I honestly recognise and know to some degree are Buffon, Darmian, Candreva, Bonucci, Motta and Florenzi. The latter being a fine footballer I must add, just not quite sure which position he really plays.

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Post by Hapless_Hans on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 15:03

Casillas... Unbelievable :facepalm:

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Post by rwo power on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 15:14

@Hapless_Hans wrote:Casillas... Unbelievable :facepalm:
Every coach has his peculiar ideas - look at Jogi Löw and Prinz Poldi XD

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Re: March friendlies

Post by Lucifer on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 16:16

Italy vs Spain ffs :bow:
Time to cancel that sleepover at my imaginary GF if u ask me

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Post by Don't call me James on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 16:21

Man those Spain-Italy line ups look depressing. Where have all the good players gone?

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Re: March friendlies

Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 16:24

Who is San Jose btw?
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Post by Don't call me James on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 16:24

@rincon wrote:Who is San Jose btw?


Used to be a Liverpool player Proud


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Post by Lucifer on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 16:25

FML. Didn't see the lineups :facepalm: that sleepover is still on I suppose.

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Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 20:47

DDG starts instead of Casillas

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Post by halamadrid2 on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 20:49

Lol that Spain line up Laughing

How in the world can VDB insist taking some players that were last good in 2013 is beyond me. Too many washed up players in there
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Re: March friendlies

Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 20:56

Ramos wow

Different beast for Spain

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Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 20:58

Vital from Ramos, so close to an won goal though
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Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:05

Good save from De Gea. Awesome game
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Re: March friendlies

Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:05

DDG with a save from Candreva's shot

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Re: March friendlies

Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:06

ufff how did Pelle not connect on that
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Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:07

@halamadrid2 wrote:Lol that Spain line up Laughing

How in the world can VDB insist taking some players that were last good in 2013 is beyond me. Too many washed up players in there


Surprised VdB didn't call up Senna and Capdevila

And now Italy with a close chance, Pelle just off it

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Re: March friendlies

Post by Kaladin on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:13

Florenzi with a shot/pass/make of it what you will

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Re: March friendlies

Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:15

Conte ffs :bow:
when is the last time we look this good in a friendly and with so many subs?
Spain hasn't had a shot yet I think

Also, San Jose actually looks legit
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Post by windkick on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:18

No Xavi, No Villa and Spain is back to it's pre-2008 success.

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Re: March friendlies

Post by rincon on Thu 24 Mar 2016, 21:40

The gameplan has worked perfectly but If we don't score soon then Spain is gonna get confident and find their game.

Giaccherini out for Bonaventura or Eder out for Insigne/El Shaarawy.

Candreva our best forward as he always is in recent years. Florenzi very good. Darmian has been excellent at CB, Astori as well. Parolo and Motta have been controlling the mid but they lack edge.

Spain looks clueless. Pique and Ramos their best players so far. De Gea hasn't had to do much but looks solid. Morata and Aduriz look dangerous but their midfield has been too shaky.
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