Can FC Vaslui beat the odds?
Trashed by Rapid Bucharest in the opening round of the new season, FC Vaslui got the needed wake-up call ahead of its debut in the Champions League’s preliminary rounds. Against a direct 4-3-3 deployed by former national team coach Razvan Lucescu, Hizo’s men often struggled and the defense simply failed to protect a young keeper who looked as a liability whenever he was in goal, in place of the more experienced Dusan Kuciak.
The club’s owner, Adrian Porumboiu, says that the players were already thinking of Tuesday’s game against Twente, and you could see that in the performances of two key players, Wesley and Adailton. The problem is that, even if the two Brazilians will play closer to their potential tomorrow, the back four and the central midfielders will be under pressure to deliver a more focused and effective performance. Or maybe that’s why Porumboiu “would accept even a loss in the first leg, as long as we manage to score.”
Twente are favorites, agreed, but I expect a better game from Vaslui, who last year created enough problems to French champions Lille. They’ve played for more than a year with pretty much the same team, so Friday’s loss might have been just the worse we’ll see from this team during the current season. I expect a game with goals at both ends, with the experience and quality of the offensive trio formed by Sanmartean, Wesley and Adailton to create a lot of problems for Twente, who should be really careful not to give away too many free-kicks in their third…