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post #41 of 86 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 08:30 PM
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Yeah, it must be tough for Ronaldo having bums like ÷zil and Alonso feeding him. It's not like they are world class passers or anything.

I agree about Spains striker problem, although it should be an easy one to fix if Del Bosque just get his finger out of his ass and play Llorente for the remainder of the tournament. Torres has been rubbish for two whole seasons now, and in no way does he deserve to play ahead of Llorente. Still, Spain with a rubbish striker is still Spain, with like four thousand world class midfielders in their squad. You're confident you can turn them over?
I know right? I feel his pain

And yes, I am confident in Portugal. We are a top 5 country and they didn't exactly impress me against Croatia.

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I know right? I feel his pain

And yes, I am confident in Portugal. We are a top 5 country and they didn't exactly impress me against Croatia.
In the world? No.

In Europe? Arguably.

I'm not even gonna bother watching Germany - Greece tomorrow, gonna get drunk instead. We all know how that one is gonna go. Saturday and sunday though, GREAT games, both must watch. I have a feeling Italy - England might be a classic.


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Norwegian media speculated that Ronaldo's shouting towards the camera after the goal was a "message" to Messi. I don't know if I believe that, but I wouldn't mind the two greatest players in the world having a feud that will help them push eachother to new levels on the pitch. Messi is still a small step ahead of Ronaldo right now though, sorry to say Inter, but it's true.

You Portugal guys over me, how far do you reckon your team can go? Czech Republic was a breeze, but Spain are likely waiting in the semis, and if you can get through them, I suspect it will be Germany in the finals. That's the two best national teams in the world today. You think CR7 can pull you all the way through? If he does, that will be the work of a true all time great, he will have a foot up on Messi who is yet to make a mark in the WC, and really put himself in the Pele/Maradona discussion.
I suppose you didn't see the today's game.
It was so much more than Ronaldo, the all squad was superb.
It was the biggest display of domination of Euro 2012 so far imo.

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In the world? No.

In Europe? Arguably.

I'm not even gonna bother watching Germany - Greece tomorrow, gonna get drunk instead. We all know how that one is gonna go. Saturday and sunday though, GREAT games, both must watch. I have a feeling Italy - England might be a classic.
No? I suppose our opinions differ. I suppose your opinions also differ from last months Fifa world rankings. To say "arguably" for Europe is just ignorance mate.

I'd love for you to name 5 European teams better than us.

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I suppose you didn't see the today's game.
It was so much more than Ronaldo, the all squad was superb.
It was the biggest display of domination of Euro 2012 so far imo.
Oh I absolutely watched the game, I have watched every Portugal game in the tourney along with most of the other games.

All the squad playing superb is a bold claim, Coentr„o and Veloso played well as they have done in every game, the defense as a unit looked very solid, but the team showed weaknesses aswell, like squandering many passes in the final third. Portugal being the better team was clear as day, but let's get real, Czech Republic are way out of their depth in a quarterfinal of the Euro's and any other team that went trough the group stages, bar Greece, should have no problem beating them. For the biggest display of domination, look no further than Russia's game versus the Czech's the very first day of the tourney. Russia passed the ball quicker and penetrated the defense more often than Portugal was able to.

To set the record straight, I am 100% behind Portugal in a eventual semi final versus Spain. I really hope you chew them up and spit them out, crush their souls and send them home in shame. Will it happen? That's another story. But I feel like the football gods are smiling down on you at the moment, more so then Spain.

Inter: Five best national teams in the world based on relative squad strength in no particular order: Spain, Germany, Holland, Argentina, Brazil. On second thought, Italy probably is a better team then Brazil right now. Gotta think about that one.

In Europe: Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy and I'll give the last one to Portugal, ahead of France.


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The thing is... we just beat Holland 2-1 and sent 3 balls at the post, could have been a beatdown!!!!

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Good on you for mentioning the Holland game, Portugal impressed me more in that game than in this last one. Your midfield, again with Veloso as the standout performer did a great job in bossing the midfield and regaining possession of the ball quickly after you lost it. That's exactly what you will have to do against Spain, who are notoriously good at passing the ball around in midfield. I feel if you can break up the play in midfield often enough against Spain, you have a good chance of counter attacking them to shreds with Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos is a bit of a weak link in the spanish defence playing as a centre back, and I've never really rated Arbeloa either.

What Portugal is desperatly lacking though, are options from the bench. That's where Spain have a big edge on you. Quaresma is a decent option I guess, but the guy is so hot and cold. Hardly a player able to carry a team who have fallen on hard times on his back.


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England, we're waiting for you. Let's do this.
They need to beat Italy first mate, whic something tells me they won't do.

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