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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old September 29th, 2013, 12:23 Thread Starter
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Zenit v Austria Vienna (Champions League Match 2)

We are absoloute smack bang in form, banging in 12 goals in just the past week alone.

I expect us to give Vienna a thrashing and get our CL campaign up and running.

Shirkov is back in training whilst Malafeev is still out.

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Lodygin
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Hubocan
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Witsel
Fayzulin
Shatov
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Bystrov, Criscito, Neto, Anyukov, Bukharov, Zyrianov, Arshavin and Tymoshuck.

Decent strength in depth and Shatov, Smolynkov and Lodygin have earned there place in the team after much crisiticsm initially about their signings. All 3 in the next Russia squad too.
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I wouldn't be surprised if we see Neto instead of Hubocan since Hubocan was quite poor against Spartak. Not sure if Spalletti trusts Shatov enough yet to give him the start in a CL game but it would be great to see.

Whoever plays though, this is a game that we should be winning regardless. Hopefully Kerzhakov plays more relaxed now that he has the record and the goals start flowing.
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Arshavin will start, he did the press conferance.
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post #4 of 57 (permalink) Old September 30th, 2013, 17:52
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Shatov has been money in the last couple of games.

He has earned his spot imo.
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post #5 of 57 (permalink) Old September 30th, 2013, 18:30
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Shatov has been money in the last couple of games.

He has earned his spot imo.
The question is where though. We've been playing him everywhere: out wide, behind the striker, d mid, etc. I don't think Spalletti knows.
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Arshavin will start, he did the press conferance.
I guess this likely means that Shirokov is not ready to start yet.
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I don't see any special names in Austria's side. Thrashing is very possible. 3-0 at the very least.
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I don't see any special names in Austria's side. Thrashing is very possible. 3-0 at the very least.
Sounds like an Austrian version of CSKA Moscow.

No doubt they have more fans though, CSKA are moving there matches around Russia to try and crack the 10k barrier for the first time this season.
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Sounds like an Austrian version of CSKA Moscow.

No doubt they have more fans though, CSKA are moving there matches around Russia to try and crack the 10k barrier for the first time this season.
CSKA averaged a higher attendance last season than Austria's stadium can hold.
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Ansaldi failed a medical test and surprisingly Arshavin doesn't start. Very strong bench.

Lodygin — Anyukov, Lombaerts (c), Hubocan, Smolnikov — Witsel, Fayzulin, Shatov, Danny — Kerzhakov and Hulk.

Subs - Baburin, Criscito, Neto, Shirokov, Arshavin, Tymoshchuk and Bystrov
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Spalletti broke the press conference tradition! What's wrong with Ansaldi btw?
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Zenit attacks from the beginning of the match, it's a matter of time when they will score.
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Witsel sent off. Harsh.

Real if Zenit drop points


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Pathetic this red card.

Gazprom sponsor the cl but russian football have no power in european footy,lol......

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Zenit not playing well before the sending off and Austria Vienna doing surprisingly decent so far.

This Austria Vienna side lost to a regional side in their domestic cup recently and lost their last league match to the bottom team in the league plus have a few first team players out injured tonight
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At least Austria might push forward a bit more and Zenit might be able to catch them on the counter.
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That tackle was not for the red card. Pathetic...
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Zenit not playing well before the sending off and Austria Vienna doing surprisingly decent so far.

This Austria Vienna side lost to a regional side in their domestic cup recently and lost their last league match to the bottom team in the league plus have a few first team players out injured tonight
yeah but russia footy is a joke.....

no surprise spartak was eliminated by st gallen.
last cska by aik and so on.

there is lack of modern training facilities,stadiums....

but who gives 40 million for witsel deserves nothing.

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Gazprom sponsor the cl but russian football have no power in european footy,lol......
Heienken has for ages and we Dutch are a laughing stock but of course yeah, Heineken has no flagship club like Gazprom with Zenit and to a far lesser extent, Schalke


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