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Euro 2020 Group J - Finland vs Greece (5 September 2019, Ratinan Stadium, Tampere)


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Group J Standings for fun   Italy-15 Finland-12 Bosnia-Herzegovina-7 Armenia-6 Greece-4 Liechtenstein-0

These are the dark ages file, we previously lost 4 games straight in 1995 but that team recovered and played football, that team would put 3-4 goals on this lost group of players. We are the worst we

https://www.sdna.gr/podosfairo/euro/euro-2020/article/633773/oi-dokimes-toy-fant-sip-enopsei-finlandias O Ολλανδός τεχνικός στο διπλό της Τρίτης χώρισε τους παίκτες του σε δύο ομάδες. Στην πρώτη

The one thing I like about his press conference is speaks realistic and is not setting people hopes to high he knows there is lots of work to do.. he’s being realistic.. he know how important getting a result in Finland is but he’s being realistic as he has had no time to work with the team..

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It stinks that we are without Fortounis, Donis and Mantalos. With those three in the lineup Greece is clearly better than Finland. Let's hope they keep a clean sheet and score off a set piece and get three points. Time for Sokratis & Manolas to step up there game and lead the team especially since they lobbied to get rid of Ange. 

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I really liked what he said, I hope the players can step up and do something special. With so little time for Finland he is at least clear on somethings, and he wants energy in belief in the players, something we really lack and need so that in itself is a big positive 

Giannoulis of PAOK has also been called up, good player. Although we seem to be stacked strong at LB. 

Big question is who will play behind Koulouris now... I have a feeling it will be Pelkas

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I agree since there is so little time before the Finland game is the coach seems to understand not to complicate things we wants to keep it simple and have a very basic game plan which is a good idea don’t try to change to much all at once as we don’t have time to go through the iOS and down of a new style.. He wants speed and energy.. I’m pretty sure Pelkas will be the guy starting... he’s definitely not my first or second choice either but seem like we don’t have a better option.

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I just through... in a 4-3-3 will he play Pelkas in the middle or have the traditional combo of Zeca-Kourbelis-Samaris behind the front three... I personally really dont want to see Samaris start would would prefer say. Zeca - Kourbelis and Pelkas or Fetfa with them. 

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Atm I think it would be best to play 4-2-3-1....with Pelkas/Fetfa dropping back to organize the attack although I don't see that as their strong point....they both play better as a 9 rather than a 10. It's the transition that's going to be a problem however you slice or dice it....always was even when Fortounis/Mantalos are healthy.

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We will see a 4-3-3. I think Bouchalakis should start in midfield. With Zeca and possibly Pelkas. We need energy in the middle. I think we will see a front 3 of Masouras Koulouris Vrousai.

We need speed and energy. That’s what he has to implement. Aswell as keeping the defence tight. The team has to defend and attack as one. 

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https://www.sdna.gr/podosfairo/euro/euro-2020/article/633773/oi-dokimes-toy-fant-sip-enopsei-finlandias

O Ολλανδός τεχνικός στο διπλό της Τρίτης χώρισε τους παίκτες του σε δύο ομάδες. Στην πρώτη ήταν ο Πασχαλάκης στο τέρμα, άμυνα οι Μανωλάς, Σιόβας, Μπακάκης και Σταφυλίδης. Αμυντικά χαφ οι Ζέκα και Μπουχαλάκης, μπροστά τους τριάδα με Μασούρα, Κολοβό και Πέλκα και στην κορυφή τον Κουλούρη.
Στην άλλη ενδεκάδα βρέθηκαν ο Βλαχοδήμος κάτω από τα δοκάρια, τετράδα στην άμυνα με Γιαννούλη, Παπασταθόπουλο, Κουρμπέλη και Τοροσίδη. Αμυντικά χαφ με Σιώπη και Σάμαρη, στις δύο πτέρυγες τους Λημνιό και Φετφατζίδη και στην επίθεση τους Βρουσάι και Παυλίδη.

Apparently he is experimenting with  4-2-3-1 vs 4-4-2 formations....a good sign that he's at least looking at all options.

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Going into this game on Thursday a result is not good enough we need to win, we need 6 points in our next two games if we want any slim chance of qualifying.. a loss or a draw eliminates us.. You have to also expect Bosnia to get 6 points as they are playing Liechtenstein and Armenia... We have dug ourselves a huge hole and only 6 points will give us hope.. I also agree with a previous poster that it’s time for Manolas and Socrates to put up or shut up, they went out of there way to demand Ang gets fired which I agree with so it’s time for them to step up in a big way..  I don’t have big  expectations but who knows maybe we can finally get a much needed win..

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Van Skip is going to compress the defence cause there were too many gaping holes that teams were punching through. The structure will be typical of the Greek teams prior to 2014 World Cup, stubborn defence and one goal results in next the two matches. Manolas, Sokratis and Zeca screening should look more effective this time around.

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Pukki got a hat trick against Newcastle but the defense was porous. Pukki had numerous chances throughout the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LGsX6jBRW8

Greece is capable of playing tough defense even though it has been there lately. 

Interested to see how Greece plays. Do they come out as a team and play to the level they should be at; or do they look forward their vacation on the Greek islands. 

Their backed into a corner but it's not like they have to beat teams that are unbeatable. 

Greece has to go for the win in Finland but being patient is the key. It's still a 90 minute game the last time I checked and Finland might be taking Greece lightly since Greece has never won there before. 

Good luck to the team. 

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21 hours ago, J1078 said:

Going into this game on Thursday a result is not good enough we need to win, we need 6 points in our next two games if we want any slim chance of qualifying.. a loss or a draw eliminates us.. You have to also expect Bosnia to get 6 points as they are playing Liechtenstein and Armenia... We have dug ourselves a huge hole and only 6 points will give us hope.. I also agree with a previous poster that it’s time for Manolas and Socrates to put up or shut up, they went out of there way to demand Ang gets fired which I agree with so it’s time for them to step up in a big way..  I don’t have big  expectations but who knows maybe we can finally get a much needed win..

If Greece win we are in great position going forward as we get Liechtenstein next and Finland plays Italy where they will be fortunate to get a result . So hopefully after match day 6 Greece will be sitting on 10 Finland 9. Hopefully Armenia can tie Bosnia as Bosnia is known to slip up from time to time. 

 

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6 hours ago, Bardouuu said:

you guys think Torosidis will start considering he hasn't been playing much at all lately? 

Agonasport says he will most likely be starting. I can see that happening for his leadership and also to satisfy Sokratis and Manolas. 

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9 hours ago, Ellada2004 said:

Agonasport says he will most likely be starting. I can see that happening for his leadership and also to satisfy Sokratis and Manolas. 

I don’t know why Sokratis and Manolas are so adamant about having Torosidis in the team. I know they are good friends but Torosidis is not the player he used to be. I also think Sokratis and Manolas can’t handle the dressing room by themselves. They need Torosidis for that as I believe he is a good leader for that and they aren’t. The team seems divided because if this. I hope it’s not the case.

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