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2009/10 Futebol Clube do Porto European Thread

We've been drawn with...

Chelsea
Atletico Madrid
AEPOEKE(something like that)

Decent group, we'll progress in 2nd place. I don't think we'll get a 1st place finish like the last 2 years.

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3rd or 4th for you I reckon
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lol.

How did you guys do for your group draw?

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Porto stand a decent chance. Good luck! :smileani:
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Atlético seems stronger this year and Porto seems weaker but it's still early to tell. Good luck anyway.

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Thanks my dear rivals.

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Jesualdo has named 19 players to travel to London for Tuesday's first CL game at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

Diego Valeri has been excluded from the squad that beat Leixoes 4-1 yesterday, while Sapunaru and Fredy Guarin have been added.

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GK: Helton, Nuno Espirito Santo
DF: Cristian Sapunaru, Jorge Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Maicon, Alvaro Pereira
MF: Fredy Guarin, Fernando, Tomas Costa, Raul Meireles, Fernando Belluschi
FW: Cristian Rodriguez, Silvestre Varela, HULK, Ernesto Farias, Falcao, Mariano Gonzalez

Injured: Orlando Sa, Miguel Lopes
Not Called: Diego Valeri

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Two surprises as Jesualdo goes with Mariano, his English killer, over Falcao, as well as the physical Guarin over Belluschi's creative style.

We'll see, I'm not optimistic for this game but we can afford to lose this one and still progress. A draw would be really nice, though.

Helton
Fucile - Rolando - Bruno Alves - Pereira
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Fredy Guarin - Raul Meireles
Mariano - Hulk - Rodriguez

Bench: Nuno, Maicon, Sapunaru, Tomas Costa, Belluschi, Varela, Falcao

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FORÇA PORTO!!!


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Hats off to Porto for this first half. Great determination to win the ball from Chelsea and some dangerous moves upfront. Just a shame that Mariano is such a waste of space of a player.

It's clear that Chelsea is missing very much the presences of Deco, Bosingwa and, above all, Drogba, as those playing in their places have been close to woeful, but they're not exactly playing with their B-team.

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Good game guys, hard fought but Chelsea didn't look like the same Chelsea we're used to seeing.
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1-0 to Chelsea FT

Porto had a great game and with a bit of luck could have even grabbed a point but it's also true that Helton tonight saved your asses.

Looking at Atlético's form and also after their result tonight you'll probably cruise to the knock-out stages behind Chelsea.

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i must have seen a different game..... porto was about 80% of the time playing in their own half of the pitch, and was very lucky not to suffer more goals. The 1st half specially was dreadful

jesualdo was clueless by insisting on having mariano on the filed for all the time he did, as hulk was a lonesome man for more than half the game. Rodriguez had a terrible game aswell, which didnt help , so hulk's efforts were fruitless

once varela and falcão finally got into the game it was clear to see how things might have been different if jesualdo had taken a different option from the start

varela is in a real great shape, and was really close to score towards the end of the game, and even guarin stepped up once he and falcão got into the game, and he himself was really close to score

a totally different porto since the change happenned, and had it been made a LOT earlier, porto might have had something to say

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Proud of the boys, but the streak continues as we cannot win in England.

Atletico and the other team tied, so I don't have any concerns for our qualification as we'll beat Atletico ourselves.

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why is Jesualdo such a coward?

I have no doubts if he fielded two proper attackers next to HULK (and two regular attackers) we could have even won the match.

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This team is actually setup perfectly for a 4-4-2. Two hard working wingers with one fixed striker next to a mobile forward.

Helton
Fucile - Rolando - Bruno - Pereira
Varela - Fernando - Meireles - Rodriguez
Falcao - Hulk

That should be the team.

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I like the 4-3-3 that we've played in recent years, I like Varela but in big European matches I think he's better as a 60th or 70th minute sub who can use his explosive pace to destroy tired defenders.

We just need to gel Valeri in the team, he's too good to be on the bench. If he settles, the team is perfect.
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I didn't see the first half at all Ana, but second half was all Football Corrupto do Porto. Varela's in great shape and Falcao's very dynamic.
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