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Didn't Donovan want to stay in Everton after the loan was done?
LA will never let go of him if they have a choice though.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
Yeah I've noticed they don't pay their players all that much. The one guy they do pay a ton (DDR) has been garbage and spends more time on the bench than anywhere else.
Also seems like there is no chance Pjanic or Marquinhos stay longer than 4-5 years. This "youth project" has it's consequences it seems, because the bigger clubs want them before too long, and they'll outbid Roma if it comes to that. Marquinhos has more reason to stay than Pjanic, with the loyalty the club showed before things started to click, but he'll be a huge name before too long and the owners most likely won't pay him anywhere close to what he could get somewhere else.
Would Mancini or Ancelloti stay in Roma long term? With so much turnover it has to be frustrating for the younger guys at the club.
Roma fans want Spalleti, or whatever his name is, back from Zenit. He'd come back, but I'm not sure if the club goes in that direction. It'll be interesting to watch for sure though.
Zusi currently has Donovan's spot, but Shea could take it over if he can get back into form.
Back line looks like Cameron and Omar Gonzalez. The problem (for the lack of a better term) with Cameron is he plays fullback for Stoke & switches over to CB for USMNT. He's been really solid though & Omar Gonzalez seems to have a really good shot at the other CB spot.
Chandler has fully committed to the United States.
I'd say you answered your own question.
Not much chatter on the Copa del Rey match here, but I will say this... Raphael Varane was the Madrid MOTM for his defensive performance today before he even scored the equalizer in the 81st minute. If he keeps up at this pace, he could be a very very good player. For those that don't know, Varane is a 19 year old French defender who signed in 2011 after being recommended by Zidane. At the time, many thought Zidane was acting out of his role when he was pushing so hard for a relatively unknown player at the time. So far, so good.
I watched the match. I became a Varane fan when he was forced to feature in their CL match against City back in Sep. Tall, physical, good pace, good positioning, and a real aerial threat from set pieces. His tackle on Fabregas in the box was sublime. It was a red if he wasn't perfect but he was. Essien had a good match at RB...I always like to see him play well.
Sadly, I also had to endure the final 8 mins of the CFC match........
Goodson was the other CB against Russia. He's mediocre.
No Italian manager stays long term. They've all bounced around amongst the big Serie A clubs...some w multiple stops at the same place. All the big names...Mancini, Ancelotti, Ranieri, Capello...would come if they needed a job. Spaletti was Roma's glory man, and was forced to resign due to a 12 month span which was better than what they're currently experiencing. He took that club to heights it hadn't seen in a long time...only to see expectations surpass reality. Due to how he left, the Ultras will always take him back (ala JoMo at Chelsea).
One issue I will raise...DON'T ever talk that way about Daniele de Rossi. He's having a poor year, but the man is an utterly brilliant footballer. He delivered one of the best singular performances I've ever seen against Spain in the opening match of Euro 2012. A DM moved to sweeper in a 3 man back line against the best team in the world...and he was flawless. He's kept Roma above water for a lot of years. I'd take him at CFC in a heartbeat.
Watched the Italy v. Spain game, he was superb. Playing that well at such a vital position in their formation, when it wasn't his natural position, a joy to watch. One of the moments I took away from Euro '12.
De Rossi is one of my favorite players, so I obviously agree with your assessment. I'm not one to make excuses for these guys as they're making ridiculous amounts of money, but De Rossi has proven time and time again that he is THE MAN in Italy since Totti/Maldini/Del Piero left or took a back seat. Remarkably, during Euro12 he had a sciatic nerve injury and still played that well. I read an interview he did after the fact and he said that he couldn't feel his foot/leg. Just crazy in soccer to feel that way and still preform. In the same interview he said that the new system that Roma is playing in this year is different than anything he's played in before and although he's had his struggles, he will do everything he can to make it work.
Really unfortunate he just suffered the groin injury as well recently. Tough year for him, but I'm sure he'll bounce back.
Well I will say that poor is putting it lightly. He doesn't fit with what Zeman's system wants him to do, at least he doesn't play like he does, as he has been slow(er) to move up on the attack or distribute the ball as quickly as a guy like Tachtidis does. He obviously has the skill to do so, but he simply hasn't yet this season.
Its possible he's staying back because he's reluctant to leave a young player like Tachtidis all alone on a counter attack, Bradley has done the same thing apparently and it isn't out of the question that two sons of well regarded coaches would recognize such a weakness, but the fact is he doesn't fit in with "Zemanlandia."
Its unfortunate, but it looks like Zeman will be leaving soon, so hopefully that's enough to turn things around.
About Spaletti, I've only heard or read good things about him. The 4-2-3-1 he ran was wonderful for Totti and a lot of Romans would like to go back to him/that formation. Also, his comment about Roma being "tattooed on my balls," is pretty funny. Guy seems to love Roma.
Apparently him and Zeman don't see eye to eye on everything, as Zeman has been frustrated by him not strictly performing to what Zeman likes from his registas.
From what I've heard he is a very skilled player, but he doesn't fit in Zemanlandia so far. Zeman picks fit over skill, so lately its been Tachtsidis or Bradley over DDR.
Maybe once Zeman is gone things will turn around?
I certainly wouldn't classify him as an athletic, box to box midfielder who would thrive in an uptempo system. The 4-2-3-1 doesn't ask for that from the two pivot men. It actually allows them to dictate tempo, which is one of De Rossi's strengths. With fullbacks pushing higher up the pitch, the CBs typically play a half/half high line. The vulnerability is an unmarked run to split them, which is where a defensive minded pivot like De Rossi is so crucial. He becomes a pseudo sweeper. If Roma paired Bradley and De Rossi as their 2 pivots, it would still grant Bradley the ability to push forward w cover from De Rossi. Plus, De Rossi would have more opportunity to launch diagonal entries to the wingers, another of his strengths which is crucial in a 4231. With Osvaldo up top and several young wingers, Roma could make the transition. The biggest challenge would be getting the front 4 to track back consistently.
I really like this kid and hope he keeps it up. If he does, it will be interesting to see which CB is left out once the team is fully healthy. I like Ramos at CB but understand that Real Madrid has no elite RB when Ramos is in the center. Arbeloa is solid for Madrid/Spain, but not elite. Pepe in the center is Jekyll & Hyde and really scares me, especially in big games. He is likely to be either a rock in the middle or have an explosive temper tantrum and get sent off. There is no middle ground with Pepe. The good thing with Varane is he is capable of playing DM as well. I agree that Essien has been solid. I've been pleasantly surprised with that transfer. Diego Lopez looked pretty decent in goal as well yesterday. We'll see if that lasts.
All in all, Madrid will take the draw (even though they are behind on away goals) and live to fight another day. RM created a lot of chances but couldn't finish. Karim Benzema seems to have regressed this year. A good poacher like Ruud van Nistelrooy would've had 3 goals yesterday with the chances created. Ronaldo even missed some good looks yesterday, which is unusual recently.
Despite the horrible season so far, Madrid has performed pretty well overall against Barcelona (Spanish Supercup victory, La Liga draw, CDR draw). Hopefully this gives them some confidence going into the Manchester United CL tie. Speaking of United, I read an article yesterday on Ferguson complaining about the horrible field conditions at Old Trafford. How can such a huge club in such an important stadium have such pitch problems?
I hear you on Pepe...definitely feast or famine. Lopez's late save on Alba was brilliant. He'll be solid. Also agree with you on Benzema. He didn't have the greatest Euros either. He has more talent, but I feel like Higuain is more consistent. Plus, Hig offers far better off ball work rate up top.
As far as Manchester's pitch, so many fixtures combined w so much rain/snow makes it challenging for any club.
I am really anxious for this slate of CL ties. Only a few more weeks.
For those who haven't seen, Becks to PSG.
Well I think I'd be in favor of Spaletti based off of what you've told me. Apparently that system was great for Totti too, for whatever reason.
Bradley has really struggled in the third quarter of the pitch this season, his passing percentage drops considerably, he turns the ball over more, and as a whole has been ineffective. I get the feeling that Roma fans will criticize him no matter what he does, but the complaint right now is his prowess in the offense once they've made the transition. He's been very solid in the midfield though, and seems like a coach's type of player- doesn't turn the ball over, rarely out of position, high percentage passer.
Roma also has Destro, who has been pretty electrifying except for the tiny detail of actually finishing off these great runs he has. He moves off of the ball very well, and has a very high potential as far as I can tell. I like Osvaldo as a player though.
One thing I've noticed in a short time of watching Roma, Totti is a genius on offense. The way that guy sets up the other forwards is amazing. Of Destro was finishing his chances like a high level professional should, this Roma team would be higher in the tables for certain. They've scored a decent amount of goals recently, but the percentage they finish versus the amount they've had due to Totti and Pjanic seems low.
Looks like Zeman got his way, Stek is moving to Fullham now.
Frustrating to see the better player moved because he didn't get along with a manger who will only be here for one season.
However, after a few years in Italy, he still doesn't speak the language.
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Totti is a genius. A narcissistic genius, but brilliant nonetheless.
It was so funny when ESPN tried to make a huge deal out of Beckham not being chosen as one of England's senior players for the Olympics. He's not that good anymore.
I'll be interested to see if he starts for PSG or just is a substitute.
They did the same over Ronaldinho being left out. They also seemed to think the Olympics were a major soccer tournament.
In Brazil, it is. Mainly bc they still haven't won it.
Who do you got for the US roster for Honduras Feb 6?
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Daniel Sturridge has been a godsend for Liverpool. Really liking him partnered up top with Suarez and he adds a much needed speed element to the Liverpool counterattack.
Pepe Reina is brutal. Liverpool need to make a change at GK this summer.
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