Teams: the Toothless Lions
Honestly, don't see how we can get points from the two forthcoming games. My (subjective) opinion on the players called by Lyubo is that the majority of them are completely out of form, or in declining form. I see agents' shadows over this team, which is basically a shame. I thought Lyubo was braver....
Bulgaria's group for he games with the Croates (Friday, Oct 10) and the Norgies (Monday, Oct 13):
Mihaylov ID (Mersin ID) - Hasn't played competitive games for ages
Vladislav Stoyanov (Ludogorets) - Makes silly mistakes lately
Bojidar Mitrev (Lokomoiv Sofia) - I wonder what the reason for calling him is, as we have at least 4 keepers at his level or above, and in better shape
Bodurov (Fulham) -Judging from the English media, he is not at his best at Fulham, but at least is a regular there
Zanev (Amkar) - he's been injured for a while, and I am not sure if he's fully recovered yet
Yordan Minev (Ludogorets) - no comment. Two sure yellow cards if he is a starter in the two games, unless he is sent off in the first one, then he would not get a yelllow in the second one...
Yordan Hristov (Botev) - massively declining form
Apostol Popov (CSKA) - the whole world is wondering why he is in the NT as he doesn't play even for his club
Iliya Milanov (Litex) - The brother of Georgi Milanov, not is brilliant shape. But do not forget Lyubo was the manager of Litex once in upon a time...
Alexandrov (Ludogorets) - Why? He made crucial mistakes in both Ludo CL games against Pool and Real M. I don't want to see him on the pitch for the NT (well, I would allow him to warm up by the 70th min., just in case...)
Vesselin Minev (Levski) - No comment about the second Minev brother in the NT either. They are simply no NT level.
MIdflield and Forward:
Manolev (Dynamo Moscow) - One of the few in decent shape, but he is not a regular for his club, so why should he be in the NT?
Slavchev (Sporting CP) - I like him a lot, but he is not even a starter for the youth team of Sporting. I hear he is not confident in himself at all
Georgi Iliev (from somewhere in second Chinese league) - He was the author of the great pass for the first goal of Bulgaria against Azerbaijan,so I assume Lyubo's choice is right here. But still, second Chinese league against starters for Real M, Liverpool, Barcelona...
Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) - Decent shape, one of our young lions who can really influence a game
Dyakov (Ludogorets) - Two more sure cards for our NT in this miniseries of euro qualifiers
Gadzhev ("Левски") - Another desperate attempt of Levski to sell him abroad...
Zlatinski (Ludogorets) - Now shows little of what he used to
Alexandrov (Ludogorets) - The most in-form player among the squad called, I think
Popov (Kuban) - Returns after injury, don't know what to expect
Tonev (Celtic) - He is not a regular in Celtic. CELTIC. Got recently thrashed 6:1 in aggregate by Legia Warsaw
Nedelev (Mainz) - He doesn't play competitive football, and all of a sudden is called in the NT. May be he needs to move away from Germany?
Galabinov (Livorno) - Livorno...
Micanski (Karlsruhe) - Karlsruhe...
Gargorov (comes from the same place as Georgi Iliev; don't ask me the name) - May be this chinatown somewhere in the Celestial Empire has a football-skills stimulating rice, I don't know
Ventsislav Hristov (Beroe) - Well, he saved our asses last time in Baku, but still far from NT standards. I would have called someone among Despodov and Minchev from Litex (19-year old, with with big potential).
What say you?
Last edited by Beaux Balkans; October 5th, 2014 at 07:07.