Vlasic goal vanquishes the Galácticos in Moscow

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018 14comments  |  Jump to last
Nikola Vlasic scored the only goal as CSKA Moscow beat Real Madrid in the Champions League this evening.

It was the Croatian's second goal in the competition for the club he joined on a season-long loan from Everton in the summer.

Vlasic seized on a bad pass by Toni Kroos in only the second minute to advance and fire past Keylor Navas and the home side held out for the remainder of the game to go top of Group G.  

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 02/10/2018 at 22:41:29
Good luck to him.

Miles better than Davies or Schneiderlin yet they are still regulars doing what exactly?

Same with the blatant exclusion over Lookman who showed tonight again that given the amount of games that other waster DCL has had he would have done far more.

Tommy Coleman
2 Posted 02/10/2018 at 22:47:24
He had a superb game. MoM.
Peter Gorman
3 Posted 03/10/2018 at 00:25:26
Yeah, yeah, Jim – such as shame his attitude is so shitty.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 03/10/2018 at 00:44:00
He worked hard enough tonight, Peter.

We are supposed to be convincing him to stay yet take him off when he was growing into our most dangerous player tonight; makes perfect sense, that, eh?

Silva botched up tonight.

Mike Galley
5 Posted 03/10/2018 at 00:54:26
Jim, whilst I think that Calvert-Lewin will not make it as a Premier League player, I think it's a bit harsh to call him a waster. I think the one thing you can't fault the kid for is his effort.
Michael Williams
6 Posted 03/10/2018 at 03:23:54
I know it's CSKA Moscow so it's supposed to be a step down like most loans, but watching Vlasic score goals in the Champions League while Everton is trying so hard to get there is very strange.
Simon Smith
7 Posted 03/10/2018 at 09:16:49
Couldn't agree more Michael, seems crazy!

Jim I agree with you here too over Lookman, he was the standout player on the first half, always positive, always breaking through the lines trying to sneak in behind.

It was a huge error by Silva to remove him from the pitch. In fact, one of only 2 players ahead of the keeper and defence who quite simply couldn't be replaced (the other being Bernard).

Victor Yu
8 Posted 03/10/2018 at 11:07:40
Hopefully he will come back as a better player next year (if he is willing to come back).

And I agree — he is ahead of Davies and Calvert-Lewin for sure already.

Lookman should go out on loan if we are not going to play him much.

Martin Clark
9 Posted 03/10/2018 at 14:37:24
I think Vlasic will benefit greatly from this loan. He's getting games and champions league experience as he was told he couldn't be garenteed game time if he stayed. I just hope he is enthusiastic about coming back as reckon he could be our best option in the centre alongside Gueye and behind Siggy.

I also reckon Lookman needs a few chances as it seems people have written him off as having a bad attitude on little evidence or hearsay as he hasn't said anything. If going off effort on the pitch then a number of our players could be classed in the same way!

He looks like the kind of player who needs nurturing to mature into a match winner as he's got the attributes. I do hope he takes his chances when they come!

Matthew Williams
10 Posted 03/10/2018 at 15:44:18
Typical... just when we needed a winner at Goodison too!
Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 03/10/2018 at 22:01:26
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli! work hard, stay calm, pass and move, and get your reward at the end!
Simon Dalzell
12 Posted 03/10/2018 at 22:04:50
Schadenfreude Alert!!!!

We really shouldn't have to rely on Italian teams to cheer us up, should we?

John Malone
13 Posted 03/10/2018 at 22:51:45
I watched bits of Napoli vs the Rs and Spurs vs Barca before the difference in the quality of these teams to us is remarkable.

Every player is fast, strong can play football and make the right decisions at a fast pace, the one- and two-touch football between the lines is brilliant to watch.

The way Napoli flow as team through the middle down the channels and from the back is great; the only thing they were lacking was a cutting edge up top!

I only hope that Silva can implement that style to our team and is allowed to buy the players good enough to do so.

Martin Berry
14 Posted 04/10/2018 at 08:02:06
Marco's decision to send Vlasic on loan is vindicated. It's all about experience, learning, and potential improvement; so far, the player is doing all three.

He will return a better player; it's a pity Calvert-Lewin and Davies were not given similar opportunities.

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