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  1. PaoOle

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Watching the WC everyone is coming to same conclusion: Speed and constant running in the midfield is everything. IMO, Taxchidis and Samaris don't cut it. We need to find 2 more athletic midfilders to play along Zeka. This is the key; I hope androutsos shows that he can play at top level, and kourbelis can help for sure. Also a reliable golie goes a long way; I don't see anyone capable of stepping up.
  2. "Skillwise he is limited" If you check my posts, you will see that I am a huge Zeka fun. While I can see why people may say such a thing, they are wrong. Zeka has skills needed in modern soccer: Fast; can run all day, can defend, can pressure, can curry the pall forward, can play multiple positions, can play on the middle as well as the wing. His passing is also OK (he improved a lot in the last couple of years). If he had any more technical skills he would be playing for a top top club. As I said before, I am surprised that Olymbiakos and PAOK did not tried to get him when he was a free agent. Imagine a midfield of Milivojevich, Zeka and Ofoe. Not bad.
  3. PaoOle

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    I am almost certain that Kourbelis will do better that Tsiolis and, given the way Samaris is playing, he will play better than him also. IMO, Tsiolis has been doing the job he is asked, but Kourbelis can do it a little better. He has been playing for PAO, for almost a year; last year he and Zeka composed the best def-midfield duo in the super-league. Watch all the debris in the second half; they were the best (except the 4-O in toubma where Zeka did not play). Playing along Zeka helps but is he is strong, faster than both Tsiolis and Samaris, can also play CB. Furthermore, he can pass a little (if you pay attention you will see it). I like Siopis (but have not seen him much), In this post I am comparing Kourbelis to Tsiolis/Samaris and not Siopis; Actually, a midfield of Kourbelis, Siopis, Zeka and Stafilidis is the best defensive midfield that we have (however, Stafilidis play like s%$#! in Croatia); all of them are aggressive, can mark and run.
  4. Also refs same crap; Zeka got the ball early on; we had 2 players moving in the box and he gave handball.
  5. Retsos cannot cross; need to put Stafilidis in and fortounis for bakasetas.
  6. However notice that Zeka came to PAO as RM. skibbe wanted a defensive lineup and both Samaris and Taxtdidis cannot play on the wing. With Mantalis and Donis out he had limited choices. He could have played ------Tsiolis Zeka Lazaros ------------- Stafilidis He went for defence (given that Zeka can play and played Mandalos position well) but Samaris and Stafilidis played horribly. This is the issue; Change Samaris with Siopis or Kourbelis and have Stafilidis play his usual aggressive game and we will do better.
  7. PaoOle

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    One problem I see for people that express an opinion on players is that they don't see them play every day, day in and day out. People follow their favorite team, but other than that they see other players 3-4 times a year. As a PAO fun, I have complete kwoledge of Kourbelis (+) and Koutroubis (-). However, how much my opinion on Pelkas or Bakakis is really factuall. As most people I can see that Pelkas has skills (ξερει μπάλα); however, is he consistent, can he mark, can he run the whole game, does he makes stupid decisions. Honestly I don't know. However. I know that Kourbelis is better than Tsiolis and Samaris, especially Samaris plays now for the NT.
  8. Also, KPaps did Not play well imo; He has lost speed; seems heavy and not in control. Manolas is much better.
  9. IMO, Sokratis, Zeka, Mitroglou and to a lesser degree Fortounis were the only ones that pay OK. The rest play horrible (except Tsiolis that was the usually average)
  10. Exactly, they as prone to pressure; but we need to press more.
  11. First goal on Karnezis (& some Tsavellas) Second on Maniatis + CB's Third on Tsavellas
  12. Worst defensive play ever; everyone in defense and 2 def mids are 2 steps slower. The refs play 70% croatis.