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23 hours ago, blue blood said:

I have taken it upon myself to do a spot of translationing.

 

 

A complicated battle in England, where the opponent is, theoretically, the strongest team in the group. On the pitch the conversation may be different. We'll see.

Good luck, SC Braga.


Leicester with some savings in today's game.


I already mentioned it in the topic of the game with Zorya, but I emphasize again: we cannot lose both games with the English.
A scenario in which they have 12pts and Braga 6 at the end of the 4th round can make life very complicated. Those behind are guaranteed to score and Leicester doing 12pts guarantees 1st place in the group, then playing in savings in the second leg against Zorya and AEK.


They are a very strong team, much more than Wolves. If we are not focused, it can fall apart. A tie would be an excellent result.


The only question is whether Gaitán will play in the place of Ricardo Horta because the other 10 are right. Honestly from what I have seen Gaitán would rather bet on another player.


The first game will be decisive ... as I think they will be better prepared in the return game, and for us it will be more difficult to surprise in the second game. I honestly think that Carvalhal will (or would be prudent) change something in the middle, in order to better control the verticality that they print in the game, and we are not very strong in closing the lines (especially on the right).


They are in incredible shape, even today they gave 4 ...
What stands out most about them is the effectiveness of the offensive process, they always manage to create danger in the attacks they make, shoot the goal with great ease.
In my opinion, they are much better than Wolves.


I found this graph on Reddit in relation to the attacks made and suffered by Premier League teams.

Leicester is a team that suffers a lot of attacks, and that does few (even more attacks than the ones it does), which tells us two things:
 1) it would not be abnormal to have a good amount of time in possession of the ball, and it would be VERY important to take advantage of some of the opportunities that Leicester is giving to work in the most effective way possible (if we are the team with more attacks in the first round of the Europa League , it would be useful to take advantage that Leicester ends up allowing many attacks, and to make some - the attacks alone are worth 0)
 2) it is necessary to be very careful with Leicester's attacks, because if they don't make many attacks (they have the same goals as Liverpool, for example, see the number of attacks they need for the same 17 goals) and they have the goals they have means that each attack they make is very dangerous. More than ever, we will need an above average defense, and with the security that these last games have shown.


What I interpret from here is that Leicester is a team of counterattacks / short attacks.
For me, in this next game it can even play in our favor because I very much doubt that Braga will take over the game and will certainly adopt a more defensive posture to play on the counterattack. If so, Leicester may be in an uncomfortable position because they are used to the opposite, that is, they play on the counterattack and the opponent takes on more of the game.

 

Thanks for that.

 

You even took the time to invent a new word. :giggle:

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I was full of confidence after the Leeds game but feeling more apprehensive the closer we are to the game. Braga are going to be an interesting challenge, if I was to make some assumptions and use stereotypes then I'm expecting them to be clever, able to use the darker arts, probably go down easily and will try an influence the ref, they are also experienced in European football. 

 

 

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5 subs is useful to us in europa league, we can take a gamble with having Vardy on the bench and bring him later in the game. I'd be surprised if he started, I don't think there will be many changes, just 2 or 3 would be my guess and the defensive 5 will probably stay the same. 

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1 hour ago, RowlattsFox said:

I was full of confidence after the Leeds game but feeling more apprehensive the closer we are to the game. Braga are going to be an interesting challenge, if I was to make some assumptions and use stereotypes then I'm expecting them to be clever, able to use the darker arts, probably go down easily and will try an influence the ref, they are also experienced in European football. 

 

 

I finally feel like we are now utilising the darker arts more these days, specifically Tielemans who is happy to take a yellow, sometimes very early in the game and not let it affect his performance at all. Some grst "professional fouls" (before that used to be a swear word and sending off offense{not sure where we are with that these days}) I even specifically noticed commentators applauding it with Che had no choice etc. 

 

And also Maddison, histrionics aside, has played a few good ones I've noticed (I think) 

 

I feel it just comes with a better quality of player all round (pretty sure Ricardo and Castagne as well) 

 

Or maybe it's just those "bloody foreigners l, comibg over ere taking our jobs etc. 😱😂🤐

 

Either way, do do doo do do. I'm loving it! 

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Eu não posso acreditar que você realmente traduziu isso seu idiota ... Você pode me dar uma risada rápida emoji por favor? Estou tentando construir uma base de fãs do FT. Eu amo Jamie Vardy

 



Their President seems to be a bit of a Covid conspiracist - reckons if they're missing Fransergio then we shouldn't be allowed to play Vardy... Imagine Susan Whelan saying something like that lol

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15 hours ago, Sunbury Fox said:

Amazing how after 3 seasons of possession football, we are now again being labelled by everyone as a counter attack team, off the back of a few away matches where we've been heavily depleted and had to play conservatively as a result. 

...I don't think it ever went away. I felt it was a very successful way to play and glad to see we are playing this way again!!!

Certainly circumstances have dictated the tactics so......hurray for serendipity.

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