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SL–R2: PAOK - AOK Kerkyra (27 Aug 17, 19:15 EEST)

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pash    1,245

It will take time to rebuild this team's confidence. One step at a time.

On the plus side, Leveque and Limnios look pretty good. Campos very dangerous as well.

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pash    1,245

Mak's about to come on. Biseswar also warming up. And I think I just heard that El Kaddouri is warming up as well.

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pash    1,245

Goal Mak! Left completely unmarked, easy as pie

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teke817    72

i would like to see Limnios play all 90' especially in a game like this ... kid needs to get all the minutes he can ... almost rather Prijo came off for Mak. Oh well. Let's put this away boys. 

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pash    1,245

This is exactly the kind of game where we should be playing the younger guys. Poungouras came on for Leveque, btw, with Crespo moving to LB. I still think Crespo as a fullback is an awful idea.

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pash    1,245

That's game. Team needs a lot of work.

PAO (10 men) is currently 0-0 vs Levadiakos at home

Panionios is beating Apollon Smirnis 2-0 at home

AEK about to start away vs Giannina

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Dutch Eagle    615

FT at PAO - Levadiakos and it remained 0-0. 

So the team that was relegated but got away with it snaches two points from us and them :cool:

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pash    1,245

The lord giveth, and the lord taketh away

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Bananas    976
7 hours ago, pash said:

That's game. Team needs a lot of work.

I read we had 60% possession and 21 attempts on goal whereas Kerkyra had 4 attempts on goal.  What more do you want ?!

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Bananas    976
2 hours ago, pash said:

The story's not just in the stats!

I know that patata.  That's why I made my statement so lame, hoping you would expand on your "team needs a lot of work" statement.

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pash    1,245

Perhaps most worryingly, the team looked gassed well before the first half was over. Fitness is a big problem here. I also got the impression that until the first goal, they were playing very disinterestedly - really no better than in the game-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. It's only because Kerkyra is of such a low standard that we were able to get this win. A team like Xanthi or Panionios would have broken us in half.

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Bananas    976
1 hour ago, pash said:

Perhaps most worryingly, the team looked gassed well before the first half was over. Fitness is a big problem here. I also got the impression that until the first goal, they were playing very disinterestedly - really no better than in the game-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. It's only because Kerkyra is of such a low standard that we were able to get this win. A team like Xanthi or Panionios would have broken us in half.

Thanks bro xxx ooo ;)

I hope Lucescu can get the fitness issue sorted out asap.  He has 2 weeks, which sounds like it's not enough, but it's a start and gives him some time to at least get cracking on it.

I find it incredulous that for a squad of professionals that is paid quite well, that such a situation was allowed to develop.  I mean, it's not their fault, they just follow what the manager says, but it's football 101 to have your players fit.  Talent you can't really teach.  Tactics and decision making you can teach depending on the player.  But fitness, that's easy.  It's unforgivable to not have your players fit for the beginning of the season, doubly, no triply so, when you know you have life and death EL qualifiers.

As for Lucescu, we will see what he is made of this season.  I'm not sold on him in the way same way I wasn't sold on Ivic last season.  Both were/are unknown quantities.  We know what he achieved with Xanthi but their goals and the pressure is different for Xanthi and different for us.  It's one thing when your goal is to be "hard to beat" and another when you are trying to play positively.

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pash    1,245

True, if he takes the Xanthi philosophy and tries to apply it to us, we'll have problems. We will be expected to attack much, much, much more than Xanthi ever was.

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