I'm sorry but this is so wrong... Mutu is actually still a great player, last season he should have had 20+ goals in Ligue 1 but got unlucky hitting the woodwork a lot, and still managed to score 11. I've seen him this season so far as well, and he's still an important player for his team in France and should definitely be at least called as backup for the NT, although imo he should be starter. He is still a big player, at least for scoring goals and having that extra touch of class.
As for our defense, I wouldn't say it's 'vulnerable' and weak at all, and most certainly not as weak as the Hungarian defence.
As for the midfield, we have too many to even consider.. sadly Piturca hasn't given enough chances to some of them that could be starters easily, but there is a lot of depth here.
So much creativity and quality here it's not even funny... it's a shame we have Piturca as coach, else we'd have tried 3 or 4 different midfields in friendlies and could have been successful each time.
Now for the strikers, this is definitely our weakest area at the moment, but there are definitely very decent/good options available, Piturca just doesn't use them.
Even without a complete Romania, and one coached under Piturca, we are still a dangerous side and are no way a team that Hungary should be overlooking...
I don't think that anyone in their right mind would takes this game lightly, except some drunk fan in a kocsma or an youtube comment section fighter. But can we stick with the teams available, not the possible, ideal, fantasy Ro or Hun or Ger or Brazil teams? I never understand this fantasy talk - what if... we could.. if only HUszti... baloney. The team is the team called up, with the coach in charge, and the tactics (or lack thereof) employed.
ROmanian defense is terribly vulnerable, not on paper, but in fact. This is not an unfavorable comparison with Hu NT defense, whose problems are well-advertised, although in fantasy football one could say, but wait ROli is so tall and intelligent and internationally versed, and Korcsmar serious and determined, and Kadara, and Vili, and other such nonsense. Fact is, what it is - what was shown on the field. I am glad Netherlands NT exists, to act as a bucket of water on the fans' hot brains. But what if, could have been, if only, the referee... No. 0:4 at home is a clinical diagnosis of defense and team work, applied by a specialist doctor from the Low Countries. But if only, a different coach, I know a player who could be called up... and it was a bad day... Reality is the game played on the field.
That reality is that Hu-Ro was 2:2, after a game in which Hu would have deserved to win. The same objective reality is that in Bucharest, Romania has the first chance, naturally given the home advantage, and in foci terms bc of the Hu defensive system holes. That's just the way it is.
Nobody knows what the game will bring, until the day of the game. But I would not be surprised by a RO win, bc of the defense. But the lack of tactics, of a consistent team and style, the individualist way in which phases are constructed in the RO team (similar to Tur), the lack of play at many Ro players working abroad, and the same vulnerable defense that played in Bp and Dutchland, combined with an ever-dangerous attack on Hu NT (the strength of this team), their un-natural enthusiasm and , thankfully, thankfully, excellent atmosphere at the team and (sometimes) dedication, gives some hope to Hu fans.
I still say that Ro has the first chance, because of what I mentioned, and of course talented players (even if many are somewhat neglected at club now), and teh fact that they will be very motivated. But this RO team is suffering, suffering, from not being an actual team (in footballing/tactical terms). This Piturca randomness and lack of continuity, backed by the same at FA level, is very destabilizing. Same with Tur, individually talented players, but not a team (tactically).
Ok, but did I say or did I not say that Ro has clearly the first chance in this game? It does. The rest will be decided not on forums, but in 90 minutes, on grass (not that
Footnote: Of course I stand by my assessment of the Latin-Slavic-Eastern predilection to glorify past myths and do the most fantastic blunders therefore. Although I must admit I always enjoy hearing some new manifestations of the same, it is adorable. Ah, Maradona the manager of Argentina NT, that was so much fun at the World Cup, I could not stop laughing!!! Epic.