How good are the Russian side in this European Championship? Let's be honest they have a decent manager with a good record. But we have to remember that they are the youngest squad, and knocked us out of the group stage easily. Arshavin - A true class act, not to mention the center back and left back who both have amazing vision and shooting accuracy from distance. Does anyone else agree that we should be buying players from this side of the world while they are young, cheap, and in their prime? Remenmber, it was the Russian side that won the UEFA cup this year, surely they can help us to the next level?
Joe Holden, Posted 21/06/2008 at 23:44:27
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1 Posted 22/06/2008 at 20:43:50
2 Posted 22/06/2008 at 21:37:26
3 Posted 22/06/2008 at 22:37:49
4 Posted 22/06/2008 at 22:45:21
The Dutch couldn?t get going because of the quality of the opposition. It?s ok throwing 3 jabs and an uppercut in, followed by a right cross, but when you find out that you are going to get hit back more often and harder then you have to take a different approach. The Dutch weren?t good enough to do it cos the Russians wouldn?t let them, whilst still finding the time to attack themselves.
Whilst Arshavin might be out of sight now, there are still enough players in defence or midfield from that team who would be affordable and useful additions to our club. You can say the same about the Zenit side. They have got some pickings as well, as anyone who was at Goodison in early December will be able to confirm.
5 Posted 22/06/2008 at 22:57:47
6 Posted 23/06/2008 at 00:07:45
Guus Hiddinck came out and said he is amazed by how quickly the Russian players are to take on board new tactics and by their technical understanding of the game.
I think better qualified experts than us have also come out and singled out 4 or 5 of the Russian team as being special.
As for me they are the only one of the 4 semi finalists to actually get me excited.
The others were all dour and mainly by good fortune scraped through their ties.
7 Posted 23/06/2008 at 02:27:06
So what’s new?
8 Posted 23/06/2008 at 10:41:11
He said : "We were afraid of Holland; and when you are afraid, the only thing to do is to attack."
Everton are afraid of the ’Big 4’. When we are afraid we play negative defensive football.
Hiddink’s attitude is exactly the opposite to Moyes’.
9 Posted 23/06/2008 at 12:00:28
We sit back when afraid too fearful of making a mistake and actaully make it harder for ourselves by constantly inviting pressure. The hope is we can add some more quality which will give us more confidence to keep possesion and remove a bit of caution (& overrespect) of the big 4 & so on.
10 Posted 23/06/2008 at 12:22:02
As for being scared of the big 4 two seasons ago we took 9 points off them and were 2 up against the manure after 60 minutes. Its much less complicated than that if we are playing well and are in form we give the big 4 a good game (Man U at Old trafford, Arsenal at Goodison) ? if not, we lose.
11 Posted 23/06/2008 at 13:06:58
12 Posted 23/06/2008 at 13:15:18
This is the man who got S Korea to the semi finals, which was a team who was young, energetic & technically sound (v.similar to Russia). It comes down to the coach, who dispenses with what came before & has a clear mind of what type of players he wants in his squads. Plus a couple of gems like Zhirkov/Arshavin, like the Koreans had Park & Sun-Lee (the name is escaping me but I think thats the fella).
Makes you wonder why a nation like ours cant do it, its about players attitudes & coaches bottle.
But I dont wanna go off on a tangent & talk about England, when frankly they dont concern me, I just wanted to put my two bobs worth in about the success of the Ruskies.
13 Posted 23/06/2008 at 13:11:13