Oh where to begin...where to begin....
I still cannot believe they scored on a PK and 3 - 3!!!!
- set-pieces. In the past 3 years, I think Braga has scored 6-7 goals on us off of set-pieces.
The Defense: Terrible, even awful at times. If they are not commtting stupid fouls near the area, then they are just ball-watching. Quiroga let the Braga defender waltz into the area on the 1st play that led to Braga's PK. The marking on the 2nd goal was atrocious. I still don't like Quiroga, and I hope to God Hugo never EVER plays another game for us. I don't understand how that idiot ever played in Serie A. At the rate we're going, I'm expecting us to sign
The Midfield: Did anyone else notice how our midfield improve after we took off the old legs (Paulo Bento, Barbosa) and brought in some youth (Carlos Martins, Ricardo Fernandes)? I don't know what happen to him, but Paulo Bento is losing it very quickly. Barbosa was crap. The only bright spots were Tello and Rui Bento. Poor Bento covered so much ground yesterday that I thought he was going to collapse. I agree completely with Eng66 - Tello's goal was awesome!
Attack: Quaresma played real well, though his crossing was quite suspect yesterday. Kutuzov finally did something yesterday. However, Niculae is not looking well. He is not the same player he was before his injury. He plays as if he is afraid of a little physical contact. He also gets knocked to the ground more than I ever remembered.
Goalkeeping: Had it not been for Nelson, this could have been 5 or 6 goals at the half; he made 3/4 beautiful saves in the 1st 20 minutes. I don't think the PK nor the 2nd goal were his fault. The 3rd bounced off the wall, which you can't blame him either. However, I think he's partly responsible for the last goal. Though everyone was tricked, the wall was badly made and that's his fault.
Tactics: It's too phucking simple to beat us: Step 1) win the ball in the front of your area, Step 2) play a pass to your attacking mid or a striker who checks back for the ball Step 3) both Bentos collapse on the said player, who in turn plays a one-touch ball out to the wing Step 4) the Player on the wing has miles of space to work with, thus creating a 2v1 or 3v2 situation against a slow footed defense. Our team keeps no shape whatsoever. There is open space everywhere and poor Rui Bento can't cover it all by himself. My cousin's Girl's high school team does a better job of covering space.
Solution: I think we need to go back to a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1. Play a back four with Prates, Beto, Contreras, Rui Jorge. Rui Bento at trinco, Tello on the left, Quaresma on the right, and either Ricardo or Carlos Martins at attacking mid. Kutuzov/Niculae up front.