The BIG expectationS
I really thought that we are going to win the game but it seems that the Danes were on another opinion. I expected Balakov to lead the team to the win and in front Petrov with Gonzo or Berbatov to make the deadly duo and to score the decisive goals... But after that I heard the SHOCKING news that Chomakov and Aleksandrov are out of the team because there is no place for them in the group (
) The coach Mladenov was very hard in his decision... it seems that he made it without help from the... you know who (
What happened actually...
Very boring first half. Only one two shots from Gonzo and Berbatov if Im not wrong. Stilian Petrov, our soul in our central midfield, made his WORST performance I've ever seen. After the 25th min. Balakov totally disappiered. I expected more from our captain. All players played really bad, but Gonzo didn't get many chances and when he got them, he missed, the same about Berbatov, but this was not their fault. Our defense made stupid mistakes and the Danes could open the game. Im not sure, but I think that there was a situation where the ref. didn't give a penalty for our rivals. In the last 15 minutes there was a rain already and this was a vey good news for the physically strong Danes and naturally bad for our squad who is "filled with technique players".
End Of The Firt Very Boring Half.
The pitch is already awful due to the rainy weather and I am in bad mood because I feel that we are not going to win the game. 46' and from a very stupid situation the north Europeans score with the help of their luck and a mistake from our defense and goalkeeper Zdravkov. Here is the time where our rival gets psyhological advantage, our team is very confused and our coach, Mladenov (
) MUST make changes in the squad!!!... but he doesn't. Mladenov needs 20 minutes to understand that our NT is in need of fresh blood/aid/air. Btw in these 20 minutes Berbatov plays just like Pippo Inzaghi in his worst moments and I think everybody knows what does it mean... just AWFUL, fully DISASTER! And so, here is the time for the changes... be ready... we got a surprise... IN: Martin Petrov and Ianchev... OUT: Stilian Petrov and Georgi Ivanov!$%#?~ What the hell... Gonzo didn't play his best match but nor Berbi made this and when you consider the fact that HE, Berbi, missed many chances you understand that Gonzo had to stay, but NO, Stoicho had sth different in his mind.
Howver, our team is still confused and pathetic, but the end is near and like it or not, the pleyrs must move their asses... from the 65th minute till the end was very tensed - we attack much, but still don't make sth serious except tha last 10 minutes and the Danes, on counters, made folls of our defense. It was a pure luck for us that they didn't score. Btw, in the last 20 minutes our BG players made so much ridiculous misses and I was very sad and very disappointed. Berbatov was the most pathetic player Ive ever seen (but why am I surpised?!
), Petrov made the biggest miss after a mess in front of the Danes line, Svetlio Todorov came on for Milen Petkov and make a beautiful but unforunately unsuccesful shot and of course when you attack with 9 men it is more than obvious that your defense suffer and this is how we got the 2nd goal althought I think that there was AN OBVIOUS offside.
I told you that we have no style. I told you that this match must be played very well tactically and with the best people we have. Why Chomakov was sent home? Why was Aleskandrov? In my opinion Stoicho Mladenov is one very average coach who still calls in the BG NT a player who hasn't played football for 4 months and has no club - Predrag Pazin. Best regards, Pazo is great when he is in top form, but this is the NT and if he doesn't have a team he shouldn't be IN. For me Stociho didn't put the right paople on the positions and this was our main problem.
And no, even if we get qualifed for the WC (
) I still will consider Stoicho Mladenov as a weak coach with no stron character and is very poor when he chooses formation and starting line ups...