Thursday, October 23, 2008

UEFA Cup Open Thread - Updated

You were good when you wore this shirt. What happened?

[Ed. Note: I'm still in a daze over Beckham joining Milan after Christmas, so forgive the light, well, non-existent posting this morning. Thoughts on that at some point.]

See, I told you there'd be barely any goals in the CL yesterday. Tuesday stole them all, dammit!

Considering we have Villa and Spurs fans reading along, today is their day. All the big clubs are tucked up in bed after their big, important European adventures, and today, it's the kids' turn in Little Cup. To which exotic destinations will these brave clubs travel? What languages might they need to speak? Will we have heard of any of the teams they're playing?

(I could keep going, but I won't)

In light of David Bentley's "bit shit" comments last night, which surely served as the perfect digestif to Juande's long lunch spent staring into the abyss and drooling, we will have some fun watching just how Spurs manage to corral their flabby, directionless collective into a coherent 90 minutes in Italy. Or maybe Ramos will just use the opportunity to check out Serie A "wanted" ads.

After the jumps, lineups, fun, and your colourful comments. It's a good day to be alive.
Udinese v. Spurs
Udinese: Handanovic, Motta, Coda, Domizzi, Lukovic, Inler, D'Agostino, Isla, Sanchez, Quagliarella, Di Natale.

Subs: Koprivec, Sala, Ferronetti, Pasquale, Obodo, Pepe, Floro Flores.

The Serie A club known as the "Little Zebras" are at virtually full-strength, anchored by an alarming number of Chileans. Alexis Sanchez and Mauricio Isla anchor the midfield, and the strike partnership of Italian National side fringe players Antonio Di Natale and Fabio Quagliarella should thrive against the visibly-aloof Spurs back 4.

According to his wikipedia page, Di Natale is "well known known for scoring impressive goals." Considering the form of Spurs at the back this season, any goals he scores tonight will seem rather ordinary and run-of-the-mill by comparison to previous tallies.

Spurs: Gomes, Hutton, King, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Zokora, Jenas, O'Hara, Bale, Bent.

Subs: Cesar, Dawson, Gilberto, Gunter, Modric, Campbell, Giovani.

Gomes has been warned to not injure any of his own tonight, and we see rare starts for Assou-Ekotto and Jamie O'Hara. The center-back pairing of Samson-esque Woodgate and Samsonite-esque Ledley King should provide some comedy this evening. And yes, Ramos looks to be employing UF's favourite formation, the 4-5-1.
Other games tonight:
Aston Villa v. Ajax (kick off: 3.15pm ET)
Braga v. Portsmouth (kick off: 3.15pm ET)
Spurs are still losing 1-0 from a 1st half penalty given up by Gomes, which is a shame as he's been superb since. Jamie O'Hara did manage a rather Barton-esque feat of greatness in getting 2 yellows within a minute and taking an early bath. Close to the end there. 1-0 Udinese still.

Aston Villa v. Ajax

Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Laursen, Shorey, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Barry, Milner, Agbonlahor, Ashley Young.

Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Harewood, Davies, Knight, Salifou, Gardner.

Expected line-up, right? O/U on number of misplayed passes for Reo-Coker currently set at 102.

Ajax: Vermeer, Silva, Oleguer, Vermaelen, Emanuelson, Lindgren, Sarpong, Vertonghen, Suarez, Huntelaar, Gabri.

Subs: Vonk, Van Der Wiel, Cvitanich, Leonardo, Sno, Anita, Schilder.
Braga v. Portsmouth

Braga: Eduardo, Frechaut, Moises, Alberto Rodriguez, Evaldo, Vandinho, Alan, Matheus, Aguiar, Renteria, Meyong.

Subs: Mario Felgueiras, Mossoro, Paulo Cesar, Jorginho, Stelvio Cruz, Cesar Peixoto, Joao Pereira.

4-5-1, probably? No clue. I hear Renteria is good.

Portsmouth: James, Campbell, Pamarot, Armand Traore, Distin, Davis, Diop, Hreidarsson, Little, Defoe, Crouch.

Subs: Ashdown, Utaka, Mvuemba, Hughes, Kanu, Belhadj, Wilson.

Nothing outrageous here either. Seeing a Traore in the starting XI is instant cause for concern. The Traores don't make things easy for their teammates, oh no sir. Little and Large continue to spearhead a decent Pompey attack.


Mike Georger said...

he'll look good in a red shirt after the great january firesale of 2009

JT said...

Udinese up 1-0 from the penalty spot. I assume Leadfootly King was involved.

Keith said...

Now, now. . . Villa/Ajax is actually a biggish match. Both could conceivably be in CL within a year or two.

Mike Georger said...

Antonio Di Natale puts Udinese in front from the spot after Heurelho Gomes has a shocker. The Spurs keeper fails to deal with a simple backpass and ends up fouling Fabio Quagliarella. He is perhaps fortunate to get away with a yellow card.


(this new commenting box sucks)

Mike Georger said...

hm, it was making me log in each time now its not, i take it back i guess

JT said...

Keith: it was a wind-up. I will be paying attention once the Heurelho Gomes Comedy Hour is finished.

As for the comment box, yep, it's awful. Need to figure out if we can revert to the original.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Much better!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Bale comes close to equalizing with a wicked free-kick.

ü75 said...

Score updates:
CSKA 3-0 Dep. La Coruna (FT)
Schalke 3-0 PSG (70')
(who the fuck are)Zilnia 0-2 Hamburg (70')

ü75 said...

(wtfa)Zilnia score. 1-2 now.

ü75 said...

Even better, I've been misspelling it. It's MSK Zilina, not Zilnia.

They are Slovaks.

Keith said...

@ JT/LB: Fully aware of the windup, I just wanted to make like Gareth and throw my toys out the pram.

I actually dug the "new" comment box. . . it's efficient

JT said...

And Jamie O'Hara sees red

Keith said...

so that'll be a 4-3-3/worst formation ever hybrid with Carew out. I don't know if I like the idea of Gabby as a lone central striker- might work better with Gabby down the right, Milner down the left, and Webcam drawing penalties in the center.

Keith said...

Laursen on 8 off a Villa Corner. 1-0.

Eladio said...

I know Spurs are down, but where's Likely Lad been lately? While I consider 99.97% of all Spurs fans complete cunts, I don't wish him harm. Has anyone checked in on him lately? Removed all meds from his bathroom? Replaced all kitchen implements with plastic spoons? Confiscated all belts and laces?

Keith said...

2-1 through Barry on the stroke of halftime. van Basten has tried to rejuvenate the Ajax squad through two subs at around the hour, but so far hasn't worked.

Keith said...

HA! Gardner gets booked within 5 minutes of coming on for Nigel "Puts his right foot in" Reo-Coker.

Keith said...

Crap. Now Gabby's hurt. I'll take the three points off ajax, though.