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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old September 21st, 2000, 11:43 Thread Starter
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Two matches played, this is the situation:

MAN U: 4 points ( 5-1)
PSV : 3 points ( 2-2)
RSCA : 3 points ( 2-5)
Kiev : 1 point ( 1-2)

day 3:

Kiev - RSCA

--> Kiev needs to come because they need the points to go to the second round. They will put pressure on RSCA the whole match like they did versus MAN U. It's going to be a very difficult match for RSCA, but if they can stabelise the defense and use the following tactics they will make it:

-----------------------De Wilde----------------------------

-Crasson---------Staelons-------Ilic--------------Dheedene--


-Radsinksi-----Vanderhaeghe--Stoica----Bassegio-----Goor---

-------------------------Koller----------------------------

A very offensife 4-5-1 with fast attacking wingers an a CREATIVE playmaker. Vanderhaeghe and Crasson will have to fight Husin on the left ( He is there accual playmaker IMO)
While Dheedene will have to help to cover the centre where Stoica will have much defensive probs.
Radsinski seems a pretty damn good right winger IMO and therefore he should try this spot. I remember a game in the beginning of the year where he gave two assists while playing a little bit more to the right.
It is going to a close game, which can go every direction. Kiev was impressive agianst Man U while RSCA is good if they don't have to make the game.
The outcome will much depend on the amount of tactical mistakes Antheunis makes this time and ofcourse the ability of RSCA to play there game on a field like that ( very bad grass).
Really unpredictable match.
Lets however say a draw.

PSV - MAN U

--> MAN U probably wants to win to secure there spot in the second round ( day 4 PSV at home is as good as won and that would bring them at 10 points after 4 days), while PSV realises that they need at least a point because they will probably lose in Manchester and have the tough trip to Kiev at day 5.
On a normal day PSV doesn't stand a chance, that is pure footballlogic ( just compare the form, the experience and the paychecks of the players).

So the situation after day 3 would be

MAN U : 7 points
RSCA : 4 points
PSV : 3 points
Kiev : 2 points

The following matchdays are to long from now to make detailed predictions and speculations, so lets take a quick look in the future and I promise it has a happy ending

DAY 4:

RSCA - KIEV : 2-1 ( if PSV can do it)
MAN U - PSV : 4-1

MAN U : 10 points
RSCA : 7 points
PSV : 3 points
Kiev : 2 points

DAY 5:

RSCA - MAN U: 1-3
KIEV - PSV : 2-1

MAN U : 13 points
RSCA : 7 points
KIEV : 5 points
PSV : 3 points

DAY 6 :

MAN U - KIEV: 2-1
PSV - RSCA: 2-1

FINAL STANDING:

MAN U : 16 points
RSCA : 7 points
PSV : 6 points
KIEV : 3 points

--> My conclusion after these speculations are:

1. The matches ( certainly the away) are the most important for us.
2. THe role of Man U winning versus everybody is important as well: nobody ( except maybe RSCA) may take points from them.

3. It's very weird that you can qualify with only 7 points.

Questions:

Is there something wrong with this speculations and analyse?

What do you think about the future of RSCA in the CL?

Does anyone prefere the 3th place to make a good run in the UEFA, because it's obious that we can't do much execept lossing our face in the second round.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old September 21st, 2000, 17:49
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I don't think Anderlecht will make it. Against Kiev they will only get 1 (maybe 3) points and against Man U and PSV they won't take many points.

I have been more optimistic some weeks ago but if Antheunis keeps risking to do stuff like this it will turn out wrong. He can't be lucky all the time you know !
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old September 22nd, 2000, 02:53
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Last year's UEFA Cup final featured two dropouts from the CL.
Maybe it would be better for Anderlecht to drop down in class now rather than get eliminated in the next round of the CL and have nothing left to play for in Europe?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old September 22nd, 2000, 09:42
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The key to this is the way in which we play. Sure we beat PSV and eliminated Porto with this long-ball tacktic, but we won't be that lucky all the time.

On the other hand if we go for combination-footbal, the way Anderlecht has always played, we can take on anybody. even Man U at home (cvds-stadion i mean) isn't impossible. Still you have to have the guts to do this. I'm afraid Aimé hasn't got that.
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