As ever, Toffeeweb is awash with exaggerated extremes on both sides.
Last night we ground out a win against a clearly technically superior side. It was a bit like the old days, when the spirit of the English side won the game through sheer bloody-mindedness.
The win only proves that we won the group, a game early, with a so-far 100% record. As someone who takes issue with Moyes when he fucks up, I'm happy to praise him for our fine current run. Given that a mediocre Boro side got to the final two years ago, who knows what this team could do?
I'm happy to keep dreaming ? I hope we can learn from another side who showed more composure on the ball and had better movement. Imagine how good we could become if we could fix a bit more of that onto our exisiting winning skill and spirit!
Paul Tran, Posted 06/12/2007 at 09:50:08
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1 Posted 06/12/2007 at 11:18:34
I was impressed by their captain, Tymoschuk though. He looked like their best player, was very comfortable on the ball, athletic, distribution was good and played a great defensive midfield role ? also he filled in at centre half and did really well.
I think we are vulnerable if Carsley gets injured because we have no real back-up of quality as a defensive midfielder (we all know Neville and Jags arent the answer)... So what do you think about a swoop for him in January? Maybe he has the Goodison bug now he's been here.
Arshavin looked a good, intelligent player as well, as did the centre-forward they took off ? but their captian stole it for me as their best player who could compliment our side.
2 Posted 06/12/2007 at 12:47:15
3 Posted 06/12/2007 at 13:53:00
i did not get a chance to see the game. But, if you all say he is good, I believe it.
He is already linked with the Toons and is quoted to be happy to be linked to them !
4 Posted 06/12/2007 at 14:16:46
Here is a snippet about him I have copied,
Andrei Arshavin has played in various positions on the field, starting as a right midfielder, then as an attacking midfielder and as a striker. He won the Russian Premier League Award for the player of the season largely because of his ability to play well as a winger, playmaker and as a striker. He is known for superb pace, dribbling qualities, vision, technique and passing. These attributes and his hard working nature have turned him into one of the most important players for his club and country.
5 Posted 06/12/2007 at 14:32:54
The great teams of the mid-80’s didn’t have everything their own way. They had to dig in and grind out results when necessary. Is it selective memory, or do I recall that one of our hallmarks was the ability to force late victories?
Moyes is quoted on Viginmedia as saying that Arteta and Pienaar were better than anything they had and Lescott was the best player on the field. As others have said, you could imagine a couple of Zenit’s players fitting well into our squad, and I agree. But just think about what that means - five years back we might have wanted most of them !
One last point, about 4-5-1 vs 4-4-2. Tim Cahill spent most of the game not doing what he’s best at, up the field, in and around their box. When at last he did get in there - a good and ultimately well-deserved win.
January in Europe - here we come.
6 Posted 08/12/2007 at 17:34:47