- Mar 8, 2016
Smash this lot and take control of the group,sounds piss easy doesn't it.
I have to say that I'm not that familiar with Napoli - not that much of a fan of Italian football to be honest.
I had a look at the squad on Sky's website:
It looks like they play 4-3-3 (or possibly 4-4-2 as I think Mertens is more of an attacking midfielder). There are a few other names I recognise: Ospina I know from Arsenal, Insigne looked quite nippy when I saw him playing for Italy.
The timing of the match is interesting as this is Sarri's old club and having just played his new club it may give some indication of what to expect although the squad doesn't look anything like as strong as Chelsea's.
I suspect we will pick the regular back 5 with some minor rotation in midfield (Gini-Milner-Keita to start?) with the starting front 3 staying the same but leaving the option for Shaqiri and Sturridge to make meaningful substitutions in the second half.
Would hope to get 3 points from this as it would give us a commanding position in the group but a draw wouldn't be the end of the world.
Naples not on my list. Wife been there said it was pretty rough and kinda shitty.As an aside, is anyone going to the match? Naples is near Pompeii which would make for a fascinating excursion. In fact, Paris and Belgrade would both be interesting day trips as well. From that perspective it's a pretty decent group.
That's a pity. It's years since I've done the whole long-distance away game thing. I'm interested in history and archaeology so that sort of thing would appeal to me. I suppose that given the nature of most football clubs histories that the actual grounds aren't usually in the best parts of town - I mean, with the best will in the world, Anfield and Goodison Park are not really why Liverpool is a UNESCO world heritage site.Naples not on my list. Wife been there said it was pretty rough and kinda shitty.
Sorrento is just down the coast. One of my favourite destinations. Have been there more than once and try to give Naples a wide birth but no plans to go there this time.As an aside, is anyone going to the match? Naples is near Pompeii which would make for a fascinating excursion. In fact, Paris and Belgrade would both be interesting day trips as well. From that perspective it's a pretty decent group.
That statement tells us that Ancelotti is going to set his team up to stifle us.“The Dublin match is an experience, it has taught us many things, for example how not to play against Liverpool,” he said.
“It was a friendly match, we did not want to focus on the opponent.
This guy knows his football, because a lot of other players would have mentioned the obvious like Salah goalscoring ability or Mane's pace. And lastly, in the same article, may be some good news for us.....“Firmino is the most decisive player because he comes to play between the lines and opens the spaces to his team-mates,” said Insigne at today’s news conference.
Ancelotti was extremely critical of the referee when his Bayern side went up against Real, very critical... Might favour us for once?“Kassai reminds me of a bad memory for my former team and I am surprised by this appointment,” said Ancelotti.
“Not a long time has passed. Time usually heals things, but does not cancel them.
Clinical and two-footed to boot (or should I say 'two boots')Tough Game. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers in European Football and we can expect his team to be very very hard to beat.
Having said that, If we play to our strengths, we can expect a win, and that is what we should be pushing for.
My Team would be:
Cant ignore Sturridge at the moment. He offers us clinical finishing.
I will give him 50-60 mins, then get Firmino.
Sub Wijaldum and Salah for Fabinho and Shaqs.