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Post by M99 on Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:33 am



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Post by Thimmy on Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:49 pm

@futbol_bill wrote:Not bad for such a mediocre team as Myesyats called them. And @Hans don’t call me Dear!


I didn’t watch the match, but based on what I’ve seen from most of the current, young stars on the team, they seem more about hard work than talent. And that’s fine as long as it produces results, but I don’t think the impression of mediocrity is farfetched, considering Spain’s lofty standards. I watched Oyarzabal a lot when Ødegaard played for Sociedad, and I still don’t quite get his hype.
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Post by futbol_bill on Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:13 pm

Maybe you’re right or maybe not.

Could it be that your judgement is based upon who is “good” enough for Madrid?

You have Canales, Morata, Reguilion, Llorente all playing well for NT. All of them rejects by Madrid. You also have perennial starters being successfully replaced DeGea, Carvajal, Busquets, Ramos. If you remember back to the team of 2008 - 2012, you had the staters and then a big drop in talent to the B team. This current team has a roster of 30 - 40 almost all interchangeable. Enrique keeps making new call-ups leaving out whoever isn’t playing, injured or out with possible covid and constantly changes starting lineup and yet, the team seems to be always up to the task.

This team may not have the recognized top talent as in that period of 2 Euros and a WC, but it does appear as if they can challenge.

I wouldn’t place any bets on them yet, but at same time I wouldn’t underestimate them either.
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Post by Thimmy on Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:47 pm

I judge them like I judge most players, based on their average performance level for their club teams. Granted, I’m not familiar with all of these young players. Some of them may be hidden gems, for all I know. It is hard to determine how a national team will perform based on the talent they have at their disposal, though.

Greece didn’t have a particularly talented squad back in the early 00s, yet they won the Euros. Internationals are a different environment from club football. I mentioned this in a different thread. I’ve seen many players in their late 30s who performed far above their club level, on the national stage. History had also seen many high-profile players flop for their respective countries. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

With that said, I still think it’s interesting to observe and discuss these players, even though internationals are so much more unpredictable than club matches.
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Post by Thimmy on Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:59 pm

Due to covid, Norway were handed a 0-3 loss by FIFA for not participating in the match against Romania. They need 1 point against Austria, in order to top their group, and again, due to Covid, an emergency team consisting of young, mostly debutants on the national level who have had Covid over the past 11 months (which allows them to travel in and out of the country without going through quarantine), will be playing against them.

Jens Petter Hauge of AC Milan was expected to get his national team debut, but was ultimately not allowed to do so, as a previous Covid test he took was a "false positive". We need at least a draw, and we're fielding a lot of players I've hardly even heard about Mad
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Post by rincon on Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:25 pm

This should be our starting front 3 in the absence of Zaniolo.

Insigne, Belotti, Berardi, killing it tonight. Insigne continues to be the best player for Mancini. Berardi finally getting his starts after being clearly the best RW for over a year. Belotti is understanding them perfectly. These 3 are winning the match atm.
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Post by Robespierre on Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:10 pm

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Post by Robespierre on Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:21 pm

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Post by Robespierre on Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:00 pm

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Post by Robespierre on Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:07 pm

Put a thumb up on this post if your National Team is going to play the Uefa Nations League semi-finals.
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Post by Hapless_Hans on Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:11 am

@Robespierre wrote:Put a thumb up on this post if your National Team is going to play the Uefa Nations League semi-finals.


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