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  1. How good was it to see a Greece side play the last week. First we keep Italy at bay until the penalty and to be honest if Koulouris bagged his chance anything could have happened. Then we come out and play football, with Bosnia. Like a steam train. I could not believe Masouras had 7 chances in 30 minutes of football. Incredible. So to say I'm excited is an understatement. Here are my big takeaways. Hatzidiakos is a class back. He's positioning in set plays is good. His passes out of defence are smooth, crisp and hit the target. He was nervous with Italy, but he makes passes which allow mids to transition into attack better. The clearance off the line with Bosnia was brilliant. Stafylidis was compact and solid, and for me has just played his two best games for the NT. Nothing was getting through the LH side of the backline. His shot that hit post shows that he will be a threat outside the box. Worthy captain. Kourbelis had his best two games for Greece. He's got a good engine and we need that. Together with Galanopoulos their link up play with the other mids and forwards was something new and one of the main we reasons we created many chances with Bosnia. Limnios has great pace, is talented and is only 21. He can take on defenders and that is something we haven't seen much in the past. Hard to see him not get a big contract to one of the big leagues in Europe in the future. He is a strong boy too. He is a big introduction. Together with Bakakis they can be a formidable tandem on the RH side. Pavlidis is a class act for me. A real target up front. He is more than just a striker but links well with the other forwards and can defend when needed. His finish for the goal was top draw, and so to was the dummy which led to a golden opportunity for Mantalos. He is only 20. Bakasetas strength, and his run and movement was quite good. He didn't score, but in the Italy match he was in great position to score on 2 occasions and also made a brilliant pass to Limnios. He needs to get better at finishing at NT level which should be a strength but is not showing. A fit and healthy Fortounis would come straight in to his position. Area we need to improve is in finishing. Koulouris, Masouras, Bakasetas and Mantalos all had chances they should have scored and we need to get better. Depth in attack. There is nothing better than having options in attack or off the bench. Fetfatzidis and Donis are two players on their day are good enough to start and impact a game but if not, then they are also good options of the bench. Their weakness I think is the defensive side of their game. There are other players I am excited about also, such as Giannoulis and Vrousai who are both young and skillful. Vrousai they say is one to really look out for. Slowly, the Greece team is starting to show it has a heart beat and there is plenty to look forward to. I can't wait for the next two qualifiers, which we can win and then it's onto the Nations League which by then should bring our FIFA ranking back up and set us up well for World Cup qualifiers.
  2. So the real reason Vlachodimos wasn't picked in the Italy match was due to a rib injury, which will keep him out of the Bosia match. Meaning our no. 1 and no. 2 goalies are both out injured. https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/ethnikh-elladas-skeftetai-allages-o-fan-sip.5618012.html
  3. One thing about Van't Schip is to expect the unexpected. To start Paschalakis after not selecting him in the original team squad was a strange one. I would have liked to know the thought behind that one. Another surprise was Bakasetas in the no. 10 position for the first time. While he did not score, his pass to Limnios was brilliant, he was involved in all our three scoring opportunities. Also, in the first half he covered a lot of ground as all players were behind the ball when defending, which was a tactic. I had a feeling after the Armenia loss that team selections would get interesting and it has. Interesting to see what qualities this coach rates, and how the team performs in the next 3 matches. From what I can tell, egoism, arrogance and lack of discipline are attributes that are not going to get you in this team.
  4. Italy had 79% possession but didn't really create anything. Greece not afraid to press up and on occasion box them in their last third. Limnios doing well on the RHS. The longer it stays 0-0 the more interesting it will get as I'm sure Italy will press and we may be able to get them on the counter.
  5. Going to plan. I have to say the tactics are spot on. As players get tired, JVS can bring on Donis and Pavlidis and see what they can do. Zeca is a workhorse.
  6. Team is largely made up of inexperienced players, players who have disappointed, who have been shunned in the past or who have failed at club and international level. This will be interesting. It’s too early in the morning to be watching a horror movie.
  7. Greece needs a win more than Italy needs a win. Italy will qualify regardless. If we draw or lose then we are out mathematically. So while the score is 0-0, we should approach this match as do or die and try and win it. Any winning score will do. Even 1-0, with just 1 attempt on goal would do.
  8. Barkas is out with injury also https://www.to10.gr/podosfero/superleague/742879/minyma-tis-aek-ston-barka-pic/
  9. Willem II vs AZ played yesterday and featured 3 Greece players. AZ are third in the league whereas Willem are 10th. Pavlidis, Vrousai started for Willem and Hatzidiakos subbed in 2nd half. Willem's goal came from a chest pass by Pavlidis to Vrousai who did well to control the ball and then deliver a good pass for the goal. Pavlidis has quite a presense. He had some great chances including a missed penalty, that ballooned over the bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib2--cgjPWU
  10. Game is at the Olimpico in Rome - 13/10/2019. While we may be without Soc and Manolas, it will be a huge opportunity for Greece players against one of the top football nations. I hope to see a hungry, motivated team with something to prove, and try to take it up to Italy. At least try and make them earn it.
  11. This guy must be also knocking on the door. https://m.sport24.gr/football/EllinesExoterikou/o-fountas-skorarei-me-mania-kai-trelainei-thn-aystria.5611095.html
  12. Squad announced Μπάρκας, Βλαχοδήμος, Διούδης, Μπακάκης, Γιαννούλης, Σιόβας, Τσιμίκας, Σταφυλίδης, Χατζηδιάκος, Λαμπρόπουλος, Σιωπής, Κουρμπέλης, Ζέκα, Μπουχάλακης, Βρουσάι, Γαλανόπουλος, Μάνταλος, Κουλούρης, Μπακασέτας, Παυλίδης, Δώνης, Λημνιός, Φετφατζίδης, Μασούρας, Ρέτσος https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/oristiko-xwris-manwla-swkrath-kai-samarh-h-ethnikh.5610395.html
  13. This one is on the coach for me. You are playing away and are up 1-0 at HT and leave the one guy who done very little and with a yellow card come back on the field in 2nd half. Maybe that's harsh and granted the ref's decision to dish out a 2nd yellow and subsequent red to Benzia was brutal, the coach should have taken action at the break. Also that missed opportunity at the 85' was devastating, brutal as it would have given Oly the lead 2-1 and I think the team would have won it with 10 men. You could tell it was such a psychological blow to many of the players and while not making excuses, I think it was a contributing factor to the loss of concentration on set pieces at the end.
  14. No Soc, Manolas, Toro and Samaris - wow https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/ethnikh-o-fan-sip-kovei-manwla-swkrath-samarh-kai-torosidh.5608259.html
  15. Two players currently in good form are Velios and Diamantakos. https://www.contra.gr/podosfairo/diamantakos-o-punk-for-stin-ypiresia-tis-zankt-paoyli.7502302.html?utm_source=Contra&utm_medium=TopStories_article&utm_campaign=24MediaWidget&utm_term=Pos3 Even though Velios and Diamantakos were not too good when they started for the NT they should not be disregarded if their form is good. Along with Mitroglou, Koulouris, Masouras, Fetfatzidis and Pavlidis we have some forward options. The problems are central and DM positions.
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