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We're back in league action hoping to have a fit Javi Garcia playing, the opponent is Academica de Coimbra playing at home.



Players called up:

Keepers: Artur and Eduardo;

Defenders: Maxi Pereira, Garay, Miguel Vitor, Emerson, Jardel and André Almeida;

Mids: Javi García, Gaitán, Witsel, Aimar, Bruno César, Nolito and Matic;

Forwards:
Saviola, Nélson Oliveira, Cardozo, Rodrigo and Yannick.

Need the 3 points to stay in front :thumbsup:
 

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We're back in league action hoping to have a fit Javi Garcia playing, the opponent is Academica de Coimbra playing at home.



Players called up:

Keepers: Artur and Eduardo;

Defenders: Maxi Pereira, Garay, Miguel Vitor, Emerson, Jardel and André Almeida;

Mids: Javi García, Gaitán, Witsel, Aimar, Bruno César, Nolito and Matic;

Forwards:
Saviola, Nélson Oliveira, Cardozo, Rodrigo and Yannick.

Need the 3 points to stay in front :thumbsup:
We need Saviola in this game. Academica isn't interested in a game, so you can sacrifice Matic here and introduce Saviola. Drop Witzel, and switch this to a game of speed rather than force.

10 minutes into the second half, if no score yet - get Nolito in immediately. You don't want to get this to the point where the team gets desperate.
 

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very poor first half...even if we did have about 66% possession, we didnt really have a decent shot on goal

speed is the key here no doubt, if we keep playing this slow carrossel, its gonna end in a draw, and we cant afford that
 

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Jorge misunderstood on my phone call on my bat phone.
But Oliveira is just fine too.

There's only one move left...
 

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nolito in for gaitan :D

and Benfica already missed 3 goal chances, with 1 for Acadèmica

the game is on fire :D
 

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Oliveira added the dynamic I was looking for with my call for Saviola. I'd have left Gaitan on, though.
 

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I'd have taken out Maxi, who looks exhausted and not himself.

Despite Aimar looking tired, I'd have left him on, game has more purpose with in the game.

There's no time to recover either. They're going to have to come up with the energy bars in the next 7 days because things are going to intense up, not ease.
 

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Gaitan was playing very poor...having said that, huge mistake by Jesus when replacing Aimar with Djalo :palm:

True that Aimar was exhausted but Bruno César can not play that position, and Saviola should have been the one subbed in

anyways, frustrating draw, as we missed several goal chances, in a game where Académica's only concern was to keep it 0-0....

big up to maxi and nelson oliveira for a well fought game :thmbup:
 

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Maxi doesn't ever stop putting in the effort. But he's spent. He needs to rest or we'll continue to see a player who'll be a shadow of his former self. You love that kind garra, but he's not doing the team or himself any favors. He needs to sit a game.

Rather than taking out Gaitan, I'd have taken out Maxi. For Saviola, not Djalo.
 

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Good result. :)
 

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Go Feirense :D
They held us to a 0-0 draw in the first meeting, so anything is possible, although I definitely expect a win at the Dragao tomorrow.
 
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