A copy and paste from my post in the secret portal witht he hopes of creating some discussion, lest I be forced to work this week instead...
With every new season, hope springs eternal among us Pollyannas. Rui's been working hard to help us forget an unforgettable 4th place finish that saw 3 coaches crash and burn during its season. Should be noted that the last time we won our opener, we won the championship. Anything short of a spactacular opening will have fans jump ship and scream for Quiques' head after 1 week.
Likely starting 11-
Pereira, Luizao, Katso, Leo
Urreta, Yebda, Martins, Reyes
Many new faces, but some old doubts remain, RB, to me, being the most obvious one. There are questions whether Yebda can fill Petit's role as enforcer as well. He's showing some positive glimpses as a guy who makes a decent pass, but seems to shy from the big tackle ala Binya - whose aim is to maim - or Petit. He needs to show some toughness there. Or I think we'll see Binya or the young Felipe Bastos if he can't stop the counter.
On the other hand, I'm dying to see Reyes and Aimar play together for a full game. Aimar's one-two touches are brilliant. With two speedy wingers like Urreta and Reyes, he could really make holes in opposing defenses. Cardozo has been playing brilliantly, showing that he can score frequently with service from the wings.
Can't wait to see how it pans out.