Posts Tagged ‘Steaua tactics’

Dumitrescu keen to build “his Steaua”, but forced to play in Europe with Piturca’s team

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

There was a hot debate regarding the credit that Ilie Dumitrescu deserves for Steaua’s results, with a team assembled during the summer by Victor Piturca. It ended quickly and in the least expected moment, after a game that registered an outcome that speaks about the beauty and unpredictability of the game: Unirea Urziceni won 1-0, fielding the likes of Musat, Muzac, Lupu or Tosca, youngsters loaned from Steaua’s reserves, to make up for the loss of Brandan, Galamaz, Bilasco, Apostol or Onofras, all used by Dumitrescu, in the Saturday’s and the season’s biggest surprise.

Steaua's losing eleven against Unirea Urziceni

It’s hard to explain Dumitrescu’s choice for a first eleven that had the ball 70% of the time, but couldn’t find a way past the last mohicans: Maftei, Nicu, Todoran or Paduretu. If pairing Bilasco upfront with Stancu made some sense, as the two had played a game together for the national team, offering a start to Brandan was wrong, as the Argentinian, as good and as experienced as he is, had joined Steaua with just two days before the game! Steaua was only starting to get some cohesion in a first eleven that will have to be used in Europa League, as only Apostol and Ricardo Gomes (of all the players brought from Unirea) have been registered for the competition, and Dumitrescu would have been at least less exposed to criticism, if he had limited his implants to replacing key injured players like Tanase or Kapetanos. Now, he comes after a shocking result and has sent the wrong signal to the likes of Abrudan, Angelov, Surdu and Nicolita, who realized that their playing time will be severely limited once the European adventure is over. It’s going to be interesting to see Steaua against Liverpool, and, chances are – depending of Hodgson’s care for the Anfield idols – that it’s going to get ugly, if the Reds will field a strong formation. Read more…

Steaua’s surprises for Grasshoppers

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Steaua's tactics versus Victoria Branesti

Ilie Dumitrescu’s debut on Steaua’s bench came with two changes in the first eleven, both easy to anticipate. Pantelis Kapetanos, considered a key player by Dumitrescu, was handed his first start of the season, even though the Greek’s performance proved that he’s quite short of match fitness. “Kape” missed three good chances to score, but was the one that suffered the invisible foul inside the box that eventually decided the game and helped a lot during the game with his intelligent movement, creating channels for the excellent Bogdan Stancu, pulled back in a role that hasn’t affected his impressive efficiency from this start of season. Another player to get a first appearance in the red and blue outfit was the Brazilian right back Bonfim, appreciated for his offensive approach, but quite inconsistent in defense. 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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