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Old October 8th, 2018, 10:13 Thread Starter
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NL: Lithuania vs Romania

Thursday, 11 October. 21:45

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Portari: Ciprian Tătărușanu (FC Nantes, 53/0), Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest, 27/0), Florin Niță (Sparta Praga, 2/0)

Fundași: Romario Benzar (FCSB, 13/0), Cristian Manea (CFR Cluj, 4/1), Cristian Săpunaru (Kayserispor, 29/0), Alin Toșca (PAOK Salonic, 13/0), Gabriel Tamaș (Hapoel Haifa, 65/3), Ionuț Nedelcearu (FC Ufa, 2/0), Nicușor Bancu (U Craiova 1948 Club Sportiv, 5/0)

Mijlocași: Răzvan Marin (Standard Liege, 12/1), Tudor Băluță (FC Viitorul, 1/0), Adrian Stoian (Crotone, 2/0), Paul Anton (Krylia Sovetov, 5/0), Alexandru Chipciu (Sparta Praga, 37/4), Dorin Rotariu (AZ Alkmaar, 7/1), Nicolae Stanciu (Sparta Praga, 24/9), Constantin Budescu (Al-Shabab, 12/5), Alexandru Maxim (Mainz, 30/2), Alexandru Mitriță (U Craiova 1948 Club Sportiv, 5/0), Florin Tănase (FCSB, 3/0)

Atacanți: Claudiu Keșeru (Ludogoreț, 25/6), George Țucudean (CFR Cluj, 6/2), Denis Drăguș (FC Viitorul, 1/0)

Budescu is apparently out.



Head to head: 11 games, 10 Romanian wins, 1 Lithuanian win.

Our balance against Lithuania is the best among the teams we have faced more than 5 times (91% of wins), only with the exception of Luxembourg and Faroe (100%).
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Aritificial pitch. We don't usually do too well on those.
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Romania have won all matches against Faroes? You're better than I thought.
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Well, we're better than Greece
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It's incredible that onece Budescu is finally considered by a coach, he goes to Arabia, loosing much of his fitness, and then start to get injured, so we basically can't use him for the whole NL

This is not little if we consider that in form he is our best player
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We will play in red kits, first time in the JOMA era apparently.
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So how would you play in Vilnius? And take in consideration that we need the 3 points.
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Tatarusanu

Benzar -- Sapunaru -- Tosca -- Bancu

Marin-- Stanciu

Stoian ------ Maxim ------- Mitrita

Dragus

Is one option. I don't really know Lithuania, so maybe one could maybe do Anton instead of Stanciu, Stanciu instead of Maxim...

It's likely that Contra might rest a few players for Serbia... And I think we'll see Tamas as CB instead of Tosca, maybe something like:

Tatarusanu

Benzar -- Sapunaru -- Tamas -- Bancu

Marin-- Anton/Baluta

Chipciu ------ Stanciu ------- Mitrita

Dragus/Keseru
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It's a bit unpredictable what Contra will do.

The main question is where he will place Stanciu. I don't know if he'll consider the couple Marin-Stanciu solid enough for central midfield.
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I have a feeling he’ll use Stanciu at CAM, at his best he can be a constant danger in that role, especially against Lithuania, with his passes, dribbling, and distance shots. In midfield I’d couple Baluta with Marin vs Lithuania. It’s bold but I think it could work. Anton vs Serbia, unless Baluta really knocks our socks off on a Lithuania debut.

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So how would you play in Vilnius? And take in consideration that we need the 3 points.
I think we have to use the best we got, cause winning is never granted anymore. If things go well maybe we can rest important players. In any case Serbia will also have a tough game vs Montenegro

Stanciu should play CAM IMO, he is our most decisive player and even when using him as CM might seem more offensive, we waste him (when we have Budescu it's different)

Then I guess Mitrita, Stoian or Rotariu and Tucudean would be my choices upfront

Baluta could work with Marin, in order to give him some minutes.

Tosca-Sapunaru seem as the best choice for CD, a weak one I must say
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https://www.prosport.ro/fotbal-inter...-acum-17551893

Prosport says that for the game "vs Lithuania on the National Arena on Thursday" 32000 tickets were sold


WOW... such brilliant journalism.

"Suporterii români sunt dornici să vadă la treabă reprezentativa României. În acest sens, au cumpărat un număr impresionant de bilete pentru partida din Liga Naţiunilor cu Lituania. Meciul va avea loc joi pe Arena Naţională, iar cu o zi înainte de meci au fost achiziţionate peste 32.000 de tichete."
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Onlinesport says:

Tatarusanu - Manea, Tamas, Sapunaru, Bancu - Marin, Anton - Chipciu, Stanciu, Dragus - Tucudean.
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Digi says:

Tătărușanu - Cr. Manea, Săpunaru, Tamaș, A. Toșca - Stoian, P. Anton - Chicpiu, D. Stanciu, Drăguș - Keșeru

Clearly they don't know

They also give an 'offensive' team:

Tătărușanu - Cr. Manea, Tamaș, Săpunaru, Bancu - R. Marin - Chipciu, N. Stanciu, Mitriță - Keșeru, Țucudean
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In theory the starter should be Mitrita and not Dragus, unless Contra wants to rest him for the next game.
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I think onlinesport is the closest. Maybe even digi’s offensive team. But yes, Contra is not so predictable

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GSP says Tamas and Keseru starters.

Tătărușanu - Cr. Manea, Tamaș, Săpunaru, Bancu - P. Anton, R. Marin - Chipciu, N. Stanciu, Mitriță - Keșeru


I think that will be probably the team.

I'd play with Benzar and not Manea tonight.
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