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CFR should forget the dream and prepare for a nightmare

September 27, 2010 1 comment

“I’ll never forget that match, but I am ready to produce another similar performance. I think we could qualify from this group!” These are the words of the Argentinian Juan Emmanuel Culio,  the man who stunned Olimpico two years ago with a winning brace that probably delighted the bookmakers and offered CFR the right to dream in a group that also featured the mighty Chelsea and Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux. Should the world think twice before writing off the Romanian champions, ahead of Tuesday’s clash? Not really.

With Pereira gone to Porto and Muresan injured, Culio needs to deliver on his own

Even though Culio looks in decent shape, you can’t say the same about a team that will probably feature just four of the “heroes” that produced one of Champions League’s biggest surprises. Stancioiu should start in goal, the experienced Panin will play at right back, while team-captain Cadu will try to keep things tight at the back, an impossible mission looking at CFR’s recent games, including the 2-1 home win against FC Basel.

Leaving aside Sorin Cartu’s problems in finding a winning formula, the team suffered another huge blow on Friday, in the hot derby against Universitatea, losing the valuable Gabriel Muresan, the anchorman, a vital player in defense, a hard tackler in midfield and a good organizer when CFR’s in possession. With the Portuguese Dani recently sold, Cartu finds himself in a surprising position, knowing the number and the quality of players available in theory. He uses a centre-back as a left back, but the winning gamble on the massive Ionut Rada from the first match might soon be regretted, will have to shuffle his cards in midfield, moving Emil Dica and Emmanuel Culio from the flanks (where they played on Friday) into the middle, as the Argentinian Sixto Peralta has not been registered for this competition, which also happened to the often decisive striker Cristi Bud. Read more…

Sorin Cartu promises attacking football from CFR Cluj. But not tonight…

September 15, 2010 1 comment

Cartu gives credit to Romanian players against Basel

The man’s nickname is Sorinaccio and that’s the perfect description of a coach who could have inspired The Special One, ahead of the (in)famous Barcelona – Inter Milano. Asked to step in and ensure survival for several small clubs, in recent years, he went to CFR labelled as a ultra-defensive coach, but ready to prove everyone wrong. In his first press conference, he spoke about his intentions to build an attacking team, deployed in his favorite 4-4-2, and we can agree that he has what it takes to do it, only by looking at his offensive weapons. Mandorlini’s hard to explain transfer policy brought together no less than six natural strikers: besides Lacina Traore, Yssouf Kone and Cristian Bud, CFR signed Sasa Bjelanovic, Ferdinando Sforzini and Anselmo Ramon. Only three of them are fit right now, Traore, Bud and Sforzini, while Bud’s unjust omission should “help” the new coach to make a cautious approach, at his debut in the Champions League. Read more…

Did Mandorlini fall asleep during CFR-Steaua?

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Andrea Mandorlini

CFR has already a three point advantage at the top of the Liga I standings, getting four points in two rounds, against the main rivals in the fight for the title, Unirea Urziceni (1-0 away) and Steaua (1-1 at home). Still, the awful performance from last Sunday’s game should push the panic button in Gruia, as I’ve never seen this strong team play so poorly since its promotion in the top flight! Read more…

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