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  1. Haven't seen a game where we had so many shots on target that must've been the main objective and main weakness. Pavlidis was impressive. Great movement/runs/ and awareness of his team mates. Seeing Limnios and Fetfatzidis on the wings showed a way we could've played had we played true wingers instead of CAM on the wings. The pace, creativity on the counter attack made a constant threat. The defenders were dynamic and afford very little space. I would've like to see Limnios,Fetfa or Donis both play on the wings same time. His selections still worry me though putting both Mantalos and Bakasetas in there. Bakasetas must be a keener in practice or something becauses Coaches always love playing him. One of the things that saddens me is that this kind of performance does basically show that the problem with our team was a mentality one. This was far from our best 11 on paper without Fortounis, Manolas, Sokratis and possible a few others Mitroglou, Zeca, Donis Vlacho playing. But everyone seemed focused, tenacious, and looking to take the game to a Win.
  2. fetfa fortounis and donis would be a great front 3 and we've never seen it with a striker which people are saying Pavlidis is good
  3. they don't seem to care. for example Manolas letting Salinovic or whatever outpace him despite Manolas clocking one of the fastest sprint speed makes no sense unless he deliver doesn't care. It's like broken glass, I think after letting Faroe Islands beat us it's very easy to just let all pride slip away. We lost our pride as a football nation after that loss. After the Euro win we were highly competitive because we built ourselves a bit of reputation but eventually it got to our heads and we lost something along the way about what got us there.
  4. statistically speaking we dominate the games we are supposed to dominate barring top 10 opposition. The problem is just that we lack finishing. Our strikers are not the best and/or not in best form. Goals win games. So if we're going to go for Mitroglou we need to play attackers that can feed him properly. IE) Torosidis = crossing into him. Tsimikas = crossing into him. Fortounis = through ball splitting the defense. If we're going to start Koulouris, crossing is out of the question because he's not good in the air. We need to focus on ground balls. Again, Fortounis = through ball splitting the defense. Fetfazidis = ground balls from the wings (cut backs), Tsimikas = pinpoint ground ball cutbacks. Basically Koulours = cut backs or a split of the defense through centre. Mitroglou = aerial balls. Could also do a double striker diamond formation so we can get mitro in air and koulouris to bury the ground balls. Koulouris can also assist decently I think maybe. Mitroglou is left footed and Koulouris right footed so could work. Mitroglou Koulouris Donis Fortounis Fetfa Zeca Tsimikas Sok Man Torosidis Vlacho CM looks very thin with this not sure Zeca could do all the work just an idea. or cater to your striker. If we play koulouris we must play fetfa. Shame that holebas isn't on the team though as he's the finest crosser and has chem with Mitroglou. They're good friends german greek connection and party together in mykonos. Maybe they could come up with some plays while sipping Frappe. Honestly doubt mentality has to do with this I think it's just we've lacked potency in the attacking third. The desire is there. You need to cater to your striker.
  5. This is why Samaras was so good for us. He was able to create something all by himself and often isolated as a quasi LM/ST. I do think we have good players but finding the right formula of players and avoiding injuries is getting the thread in the eye of the needle. I think Mourinho would be an amazing coach for Greece but it's below his pay grade. Zeca should've definitely started. Guy always puts 110% shifts in there. His stamina is world class. Tsimikas is in form as hell and instead he starts Stafylidis who's dissapeared for 2 years. These coaches have made Fernando Santos look like a genius in retrospect but Santos understood Greek football having lived there for years and was foreign enough to be detached enough to make selections. Our defense was relatively solid but goals win games. If you're going to play Koulouris you have to drill the attacking mid on how to feed him. That's ground through balls and get the ball to him near the 6 yard box not hail mary lobs from the half way line (I've seen this done 5x times this game)
  6. Koulouris rarely scores from headers or aerial. Most of his goals come from good runs on his part and low ground through balls. Players like Tachtsidis, Fetfatzidis, Donis can provide that kind of service. Both of his goals in France so far have been on the ground.
  7. Koulouris seems like he's better on the ground. So someone like fetfa would've been perfect to feed him through balls but alas
  8. Tsimikas should've started. He's been in great form for champions league olympiakos also, we didn't start our 4 best attacking third palyers Donis, Mitroglou, Fetfatzidis, Fortounis (Injury). Mitroglou Donis Fortounis Fetfa Kourbelis Zeca Tsimikas Manolas Sokratis Torosidis Vlachodimos I what I would've done. Since Fortounis was injured I'd just slot Vrousai or Pelkas in there as the CAM. Mitroglou can make something out of nothing as he's shown at PSV 2 goals playing on 15 minutes + target man / strength. pelkas I think is decent when playing central but I think he was put out wide again.
  9. just be honest. she might initially be offended but because you were honest it will also build trust. double edged sword though if she's a dumby might just choose to be offended. high risk high reward, baby!
  10. working like someone is trying to steal their girlfriends lmao that's a quote and a half
  11. Good point that they probably do care but they're going about it the completely wrong way in my opinion. I'm sure Zikos and Georgatos cared too but their attitude wasn't good for the locker room
  12. yeah seems they have heavy ego. They're like we play in top clubs in Europe, who's this little super league coach think he knows better than me. Not realizing that a lot of the reason why they're great players is because they are part of great clubs. The great clubs of Arsenal and Roma are able to mask the ego. This is different to our top class players before. They were more humble and did whatever needed to be done for the NT and never gave up. IE Salpingidis, Karagounis, Zagorakis. Hard working and humble players. Sokratis is a sore loser. Not captain material at all. Actually the only player who I think mentally is strong and a good example is Zeca. In all honesty Zeca should probably be captain. Sad. A non-Greek but he plays harder and hustles harder then any other Greek I can think of in the 11. The other ones waste precious energy getting frustrated. Zeca puts his head down and WORKS. We only have to beat Finland twice guys and we're back in it. It's not the hugest mountain to climb. (As well as win our other games and the Italy game can probably be lost/drawn. This is probably why Otto kicked out Zikos and Georgatos even though they were clearly part of the best 11 talent wise. Their mentality was cancer. A hard working player like Zeca increases the team exponentially. Maybe we should even play with our under 21s. Bring in Chatzigiovannis, Bouzoukis etc. I never thought I'd say that but yeah I finally see these guys are prima donnas. maybe something like this Koulouris Donis Bouzoukis Chatzigiovannis zeca(c) kourbelis koutris siovas retsos bakakis odysseas not sure. Sokratis very suspect though and it sucks because he's our best player but what he's saying is just so wrong. Kastouranis is friends with him and needs to knock some sense into him. I like Bakakis, Koutris, Zeca, Chatzi, Bouzoukis because they're very hard workers. Retsos and Donis also give me the vibe as well. I think Koulouris would feed off of that as well. I think Siovas is solid as well and elphantos who knows them says he has more brains than Sokratis/Manolas Odysseas I'm not sure on I mean he plays for Benfica but maybe even pasxalakis. Zeca and Kourbelis have good chemistry from the pao days even with this line up I think we should be able to beat Finland provided the cancer mentality dies a captain should motivate the other players and the only player I think that does that is Zeca for us.
  13. Sokratis's saying that we can't make it is loser mentality. Sorry. I'm from kalamata like him so I have a soft spot for him but that's a loser mentality. Not captain material and diva behaviour. He's good in the good times and a baby in the bad times. We've lost to Albania in qualifiers and some other minnows before. You gotta have a never say die attitude. This shows one of the main problems with the NT. The psychology is off. The talent is there because we're clearly better than Armenia. We're . underperforming. Team should invest in sports psychologists and some Tony Robbins seminars, seriously..
  14. Otto started making weird selections before he stopped being our coach. Like Charisteas on the wing. Euro 2004 had a lot of things going for it. Lotsa in form players playing in top leagues.
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