You're right! I'd rather be a supporter of the team that we saw on Wednesday evening, with only 2 players over 30, and lots of talent, than of Slovenia, for example. Why? Because Slovenia has several older players (Zahovici is like 32) and their main focus is on not getting goals, scoring through counterattacks and counting on luck. This qualified them to Euro 2000, it qualified them to WC 2002, they might get past the group stage but that is it.Now, I wonder, is it better to have a good team, with very skilled players but not qualify or have a bad team with unskilled players but who qualified to a major competition?
They will just have an ageing team and limited tactics. While our team seems to have a wonderful chemistry right now, which we'll get better with time, and which is based on young or very young players. Our team will shine at Euro 2004 and 10 years after that. If you take Chivu, who is just 21, you can realize that he'll play at least 12 years in the NT, probably 15. Same for Mutu, Codrea, Ghioane, Cernat, Radoi. Even Ganea, Filipescu, Ilie who are about 27-29 years old, will keep on playing for at least 4 years. So, we have a future!
Let's not forget that our biggest performance ever came after not qualyfing for Euro 1992. So, Portugal, here we come!