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I didn't want Norway...we want a revenge against them but they are good and now they have Haaland...
I think they want a revenge, as they weren't able to beat this weak Romania :D They failed in the qualifying because of us.

The importance of this NL is quite relative. But I expect we'll be stronger than in the previous one.
 

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If we finish as group winners, we'd get another chance to qualify to the WC, very likely. If we finish 2nd, we might get another chance. Else, it doesn't matter.
 

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We’ll be stronger, but Norway will be too.

If Haaland is fit against us.. well, even without the players at Dortmund around him (look at how he was in CL with Salzburg), he will be lethal. Any opportunity in the box and it’s almost certainly a goal, we need to close him down quickly and hard, but I feel well give up a lot of fouls with our defenders right now vs him.. he is so insanely quick and strong on top of being a merciless, consistent finisher. It will be difficult.

Plus they have Berge and Ajer who are in decent moments at Genk and Celtic.

The rest are not bad, Austria could be tricky too, and Northern Ireland are a defensive unit that even big teams have found hard to crack.. but no impossible games anyway, still an open-ish group especially if our lot continue to improve and with Radoi at the helm.
 

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I read that WC groups offer only one direct spot, is that right? It's almost impossible for us that way.

And the second placed go to a playoff
 

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It's getting harder every time. We are in a low level but the competition for spots is huge. Basically we need to end on top of a big team on the groups or win a playoff, against a hard team for sure
 

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Well yes. What we really need is a great generation. It may not be exactly the same thing as in the U21 Euros, but if these kids from the previous U21 + a few like Mihaila can't do it, who can? At least they proved they're among the best in their generation...
 

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Depth check:

ST:
Puscas
Alibec
Andone
Tucudean (? started getting mins again)
Keseru
Stancu (I think he is injured and won’t be coming back I guess)
Petre
Dragus

LW:
Mitrita
Coman
Paun
Costache
Mihaila
Ivan
Torje

AM:
Hagi
Maxim
Budescu
Olaru
Bicfalvi
F. Tanase
Morutan

RW:
Man
A. Baluta
Hanca
Deac
Sorescu

CM:
Nistor
Cicaldau
R. Marin
Stanciu
M. Marin
Dragomir
Anton

DM:
T. Baluta
Cretu
Bordeianu
Nedelcu
L. Filip

LB:
Bancu
Ganea
Stefan
Velisar
Pantiru

CB:
S. Radu (I don’t know why I bother naming him anymore but anyway)
Chiriches
Nedelcearu
Tiru
Burca
Rus
Balasa
Pascanu
Tosca
Miron

RB:
Manea
Boboc
Cretu
Benzar
Butean
Matel

GK:
Tata
I. Radu
Nita
Lung Jr


Mostly natural positions considered, we could still use Boboc at LB or Maxim at RW for example.
 

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It was said Stancu might come back, but yeah, don’t see it now.

There was talk about Radoi convincing Radu to come back too, not that I had my hopes too high or anything, which is why I mentioned him but also said I don’t know why I still do ..

As for Sapu, well, no disrespect to him but he’s just way too old at this point and gives a lot of fouls, plays at even lower level than before. We might have a defensive crisis but I still think we have better options atm and for the future. Manea is great, Cretu is decent, Benzar is good when he’s playing.. at CB we should have Chiriches back soon, Nedelcearu might be going to a decent league this summer while he still plays in Russia, Burca has been a key man for CFR in their European campaign and domestically, Tosca plays in Turkey, Rus has a future although I hope he leaves Hungary, Tiru doing nicely in Poland, Pascanu doing well at Voluntari now but doubt he stays there long, etc.
 

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Mirel Radoi:

”Temporizarea lipsește foarte mult la echipa națională. Din dorința de a face mereu lucruri mărețe, jucători precum Stanciu, Nistor sau Ianis își depășesc zonele terenului. Această temporizare, nouă ne-a adus un mare avantaj la echipa națională de tineret. Împărțim terenul în trei, zona 1, zona 2, zona 3.

În zona 2 vrem să avem o posesie pazivă prin care să atragem adversarul înt-o zonă, după care, pentru că avem jucători de bandă foarte buni, 1 contra 1, încercăm să avem o posesie pasivă în partea dreaptă, pentru a schimba jocul în partea stângă, pentru a avea o relație 1 contra 1.



Avem jucători ca Man, Mihăilă, Coman, Costache, care exploatează spațiile foarte bine, jucători cu o tehnică în regim de viteză foarte bună, ceea ce este un avantaj foarte mare


About CBs:

Dacă n-am știut până acum cine sunt fundașii noștri centrali titulari, acum, după pandemie, nici atât. Alin Toșca joacă fundaș central în partea stângă în sistem de trei. Iulian Cristea a jucat și mijlocaș central, a fost accidentat. Vlad Chiricheș a fost mereu accidentat în ultima perioadă.

Singurii care au evoluat constant pe pozițiile lor sunt Gabi Tamaș și Grigore. Burcă a jucat și în bandă. Pentru noi nu vor conta doar evoluțiile de la echipele de la club, ci și cum se prezintă la antrenamente.



About LB:

Nicușor Bancu a jucat fundaș stânga la echipa de club cu opt sau nouă antrenori. Și în momentul de față joacă fundaș stânga la Craiova. Dacă Bergodi, care e italian și care ne poate da lecții tactice, joacă cu Bancu fundaș stânga, înseamnă că e o variantă bună pentru acest post, mai ales să îl are și pe Bogdan Vătăjelu.

Sunt momente în care Nicușor Bancu pare că este expus în duelurile unu contra unu, dar noi nu jucăm unu contra unu. Dacă va juca Bancu la echipa națională fundaș stânga, voi ști că fundașul central din stânga și mijlocașul de acolo vor dubla acea zona



About Marin and Maxim:

”Răzvan vrea să plece la o echipă unde să joace. Vrea să fie împrumutat. Apăruseră variantele Standard și Bruges, dar Ajax nu i-a dat drumul.
O să îl convocăm sau nu? E o discuție pe care o am cu staff-ul meu.”

”Maxim m-a impresionat. A fost și Dică și l-a văzut. La el e un singur semn de întrebare. Exceptând perioada cu antrenorul Bruno Labadia, când a jucat meci de meci, sunt momente în care nu mai evoluează. Poate nu se mai implică, poate se relaxează din cauză că își știe valoarea.

El joacă bine la început, apoi urmează problemele. Dar e un fotbalist care poate acoperi mai multe posturi”



About Gabi Iancu:

Gabi Iancu poate fi o soluție pentru echipa națională. Nu îi e teamă să primească mingea, vine mereu să primească, chiar dacă a greșit, asta înseamnă că are personalitate. Apare din mijlocaș dreaptă în poziție de nr 10.
E jucător de execuție. El, Nistor și Stanciu. Pentru un alt antrenor poate părea că Gabi Iancu nu îndeplinește criteriul tactic, dar mie îmi plac jucătorii ăștia.
 

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So far I agree with Radoi in most that he says. He mentions something we've said many times, about the positive transition, posetion in midfield and taking advantage of our technical players

He seems to rate Nistor, that is good news
Stanciu, Maxim and Nistor could provide the necessary experience on midfield, considering we could have a very young team
 

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So at CM and AM we seem to have a lot of depth

Imagine then if Mihaila and Coman, Man and Costache also confirm.. more great options on the wings too, plus Mitri and Maxim can play in those positions respectively (Maxim is best at AM, though), etc.

Then we are left with just striker and defensive issues.. Puscas, Andone, Bus?.. Munteanu and Gante are a long way out still.. Petre needs at least one more season to be better prepared imo. No more Keseru where possible, even though he can be clutch against smaller teams... maybe just for those coming off the bench if first choice isn’t working. Tzucu when he’s back ?

For defence, Chindris moving abroad and acreally playing would be a great bolster to a fit Chiriches or Nedelcearu otherwise. Balasa, Cristea, Pascanu are other options too.

Manea has to be our future RB along with Ratiu, but the latter needs a loan from Villarreal bench and Manea should try for a decent league abroad at some point soon.. Benzar is waste lol.

At LB we need big help, Bancu is not so hot defensively but is decent option for now I guess, but maybe Stefan or Velisar as options for future.. there is also Boboc who is more RB but can play LB fairly well too. Cristian Ganea if he finds himself at a good level going back abroad again would be nice, he can pass well and has great set pieces too. But it’s one of our most worrying areas for sure.

GK, Tata for now but Radu needs a loan or transfer next season, if he is just going to sit the bench for Inter behind Handanovic I don’t see the benefit really.. they said they’re keeping him for next season but i don’t know.. maybe he will get his chance in some games, especially cup, but if he could take Handanovic’s spot sooner rather than later that would be a dream..


ST: Puscas, Andone, Bus, Alibec, Tucudean, Keseru, Petre, Dragus, G. Ganea, Markovic, L. Munteanu

CAM: Ianis, Budescu, Stanciu, Maxim, Morutan, Olaru

CM: Stanciu, Cicaldau, Nistor, R. Marin, M. Marin, Dragomir

DM: Baluta, Bordeianu, Sut, Screciu, A. Cretu, Chelaru

LW: Mihaila, Coman, Mitrita, Maxim, Matan, A. Dobre, Baiaram, Pitu

RW: Man, Costache, Maxim, Ianis, Olaru, Neicutescu, Ciobanu

RB: Manea, Ratiu, Boboc, V. Cretu, Butean, Benzar

CB: Chiriches, Nedelcearu, Chindris, Pascanu, Balasa, Ghita, A. Rus, Cristea, Tosca, R. Grigore, Dragusin

LB: Bancu, Stefan, C. Ganea, Velisar

GK: Tatarusanu, A. I. Radu, Lung, Nita, Aioani, Vlad, I. Rus


Im sure Im forgetting plenty Im tired right now
 

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Good list. Buuut Chelaru? Where is he even playing?

Maybe it's because when time oasses we forget our awful performances, but right now we look ok, at least for the type of games that are coming this year. Then we would need some cohesion between the players, which shouldn't be that hard considering most have played together for a while and the U21's have great chemistry

Our big problems:

-We depend on Chiriches being fit, which is a gamble. With him, Nede would work well. And the rest (Burca, Chindris, Rus) can start getting games

-The LB. Bancu is alright, but against stronger rivals he isn't.

-I don't see any valid option for DM. Unless Marin can fill in, if he is playing, or Baluta is playing. Cretu is an option but right away it would be strange

-We depend on Puscas. Then, we'd need Radoi to make Alibec play his best

Our advantages:

-The backbone of Tata, Chiri, Stanciu, Cicaldau, Maxim/Ianis and Puscas looks good

-Quality and in form midfielders

-The young generation looking ready to start stepping up
 

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Yeah Im including a bunch of extra depth options who will probably never need to even be in the team for us lol but just to see an overview, and it’s a bit geared towards the near couple years too
 

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Yeah Im including a bunch of extra depth options who will probably never need to even be in the team for us lol but just to see an overview, and it’s a bit geared towards the near couple years too
Yeah but playing in Liga I or doing something relevant is an important criteria don't you think 😁

We are going to be very dissapointed if we put hopes on any young guy who do a good pass
 

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Yeah but playing in Liga I or doing something relevant is an important criteria don't you think

We are going to be very dissapointed if we put hopes on any young guy who do a good pass
Even when they show much more than that we still get disappointed but yes lol
 
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