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  • Hobsey Hobsey Mar 30, 2010 20:16 Flag

    Team to face Benfica in Portugal?

    With the trip to Birmingham looming what do you think we should do?
    Johnson Carragher Agger Insua
    Gerrard Aquilani
    Kuyt Torres Babel

    Subs: Cavalieri, Benayoun, Ngog, Lucas, Kyriagkos, Pacheco, Kelly

    I think Lucas may start but surely these lot arent going to be too physical and i think we will need Babels pace on the break.

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    • The team we put out against Sunderland, obviously.
      They just looked so well balanced.
      But, with Maxi unavailable and now Aqua being a bit precious again I would love it to be:
      Play Aurelio if he is fit and give poor Insua a rest.
      Replace Maxi with Benny, our second most creative player when SG decides to play properly. And ffs Rafa, DO NOT stick him out on the left wing - HE HATES IT!!!!!!
      Babel has actually put in a couple of reasonable shifts lately and since Riera is persona non grata then he is really the only choice left for out there.
      Kuyt actually looked dangerous up front AND he stayed out of everyones way so the midfield and defense could build attacks with him or Torro on the end of them.
      As I said, the team against Sunderland actually looked pretty well balanced with Kuyt stuck up front out of the way, SG creating again in midfield AND still driving deep into the opponents penalty area whenever he could, Johnson playing the right wing role pretty well and even Babel chipping in with one or two good moments.
      All it needs is for Sami to come back and teach Agger how to head at goal from corners and they actually might turn into a good team.

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      • I'm a little sceptical to play Benayoun on the right Ajay due to the faact that they have a player that could destroy us in Angel Di Maria, the reson I'm sceptical is when Benayoun is out wide right or left he has the tendancy to drift into the middle and leave an almighty gap on either flank and Johnson will need as much help as he can possibly get, so I feel Kuyt will be pushed out to the right and Lucas will partner Mascherano to nullify the threat of Pablo Aimar.

    • Don't forget Lucas you guys. I did say he was rested on Sunday so he can play tomorrow. The spanish idiot does not stick with a winning team. That's too obvious.

    • I like the attacking intent of your team post Hob but I think Rafa will go for the protection of two DM's.

      Of course that isn't how we beat teams like Barca and Madrid away in europe but if it gets us through then i'll take it. After all we've haven't been that great away from home this season.

    • Think he will go back to type cast.
      Johnson, Carra, Agger, Insua
      Lucas, Mascherano
      Kuyt, Stevie g, Benni

    • I would go with your line up Hobs, best line up we can have at the moment.

    • we have brum 2 days after this so i think..

      Johnson Skrtel/Carra Agger/Skrtel Aurelio(if fit)
      Kuyt/Benny(can he play on the right?) Babel

      Subs: Cavaleri, Kelly, (one of the CB), Gerrard, Torres, Pacheco, Kuyt/Benny