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With memories of the golden years (80's) of the albanian football still fresh on her mind, Albania is now attempting to recreate its strong football legacy. As young players start making their names abroad, the future is looking bright for Albanian football!

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Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:38 pm

Dallku wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:18 pm
Btw proof 727876535432 Roshi is god tier for Albania. Is it sad? Sure... but it's also true.
Something like 12 G+A in last 14 games so good for any NT those stats are.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm

Broja is fine. He just turned 19 in September and these 2 games were his pro debut as a starter. It's not like he's missing sitters. He's just getting no service.

Cikalleshi is the main striker for now though.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:56 pm

Aurora Bulkualis wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm
Broja is fine. He just turned 19 in September and these 2 games were his pro debut as a starter. It's not like he's missing sitters. He's just getting no service.

Cikalleshi is the main striker for now though.
He's not missing sitters because he doesn't get in positions to have sitters. His movement is bad and loses most duels with defenders. Today he committed a million fouls because they were owning him like a little bitch.

You know a player is terrible when the #1 excuse of him is his age. If age is the problem maybe he should be in the u21 and not the senior team.

Cikalleshi, Hysaj, Roshi and hell even Sadiku.. I'm scared to say Balaj.. we are being delusional if we think these young players can replace them anytime soon(at least).

Albania needs to hit the jackpot in midfield/attack like it hit with Kumbulla and previously Hysaj on defense. Players who can dominate bad competition are needed.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:58 pm

I remember at least two occasions where he made a good run only for the ball to be terrible.

Anyway playing two WBs and 3 CMs who don’t create is a recipe for disaster . We can see it but the manager can’t
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:11 pm

Dallku wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:18 pm
Btw proof 727876535432 Roshi is god tier for Albania. Is it sad? Sure... but it's also true.
Sad but true.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:47 pm

Dallku wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Aurora Bulkualis wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:40 pm
Broja is fine. He just turned 19 in September and these 2 games were his pro debut as a starter. It's not like he's missing sitters. He's just getting no service.

Cikalleshi is the main striker for now though.
He's not missing sitters because he doesn't get in positions to have sitters. His movement is bad and loses most duels with defenders. Today he committed a million fouls because they were owning him like a little bitch.

You know a player is terrible when the #1 excuse of him is his age. If age is the problem maybe he should be in the u21 and not the senior team.

Cikalleshi, Hysaj, Roshi and hell even Sadiku.. I'm scared to say Balaj.. we are being delusional if we think these young players can replace them anytime soon(at least).

Albania needs to hit the jackpot in midfield/attack like it hit with Kumbulla and previously Hysaj on defense. Players who can dominate bad competition are needed.
We could barely put 3 passes together in the final third. That's a systemic failure.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:05 pm

It's quite clear to see why we can't score:

(1) We have a freaking CB as a wingback. Even some fullbacks have trouble adjusting to wingback position because it's a lot higher up the pitch, and is a lot more demanding offensively.

(2) We're playing with two central strikers who need service to score, and can't create their own shots.

(3) Playing amateurs like Laci in central midfield. Also, I love Abrashi's energy and effort but he has to be paired with good passers.

On player selection, Kallaku is the best on-the ball player we have, and that's not debatable at all. To me it was a crime that Kace never played, even though the biggest team we ever beat (France) was due to his goal and him starting.

We used Kace's height as an excuse. Kallaku is 6 feet tall. He might not be buff, but stature is not a problem anymore. No more excuses. The guy's set pieces are also way better than Bare's. He can score direct free kicks.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:20 pm

I get some of you guys might think Broja had a poor game (in which he did) but please don't use this as an opportunity to be revisionist and advocate for Cikaleshi. One is a player who just turned 19 with 4 professional appearances while the other is a 30 year old striker who scored 8 goals in the Turkish first division last year (aka on the same level as Seferi)

I'd rather use these remaining qualifying matches to experiment with new players and tactics to get us ready for the next qualifiers.

As for Reja he needs to be sacked. Way too many questionable lineup choices that anyone with a brain would get right. He doesn't understand the concept of having wingbacks that can provide width which is the most crucial part of a 3-5-2.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:29 pm

Aurora Bulkualis wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:05 pm
It's quite clear to see why we can't score:

(1) We have a freaking CB as a wingback. Even some fullbacks have trouble adjusting to wingback position because it's a lot higher up the pitch, and is a lot more demanding offensively.

(2) We're playing with two central strikers who need service to score, and can't create their own shots.

(3) Playing amateurs like Laci in central midfield. Also, I love Abrashi's energy and effort but he has to be paired with good passers.

On player selection, Kallaku is the best on-the ball player we have, and that's not debatable at all. To me it was a crime that Kace never played, even though the biggest team we ever beat (France) was due to his goal and him starting.

We used Kace's height as an excuse. Kallaku is 6 feet tall. He might not be buff, but stature is not a problem anymore. No more excuses. The guy's set pieces are also way better than Bare's. He can score direct free kicks.
I do agree with Laci being a scrub. I don't even know what he's good at. I think if we don't have proper wingbacks you can't play in a 3-5-2. Wingbacks need to provide width to give the midfield some space and to provide some threat from the flanks. It's why every game looks like a damn rugby match because everything is so compact.
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:32 am

artan wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:20 pm
I get some of you guys might think Broja had a poor game (in which he did) but please don't use this as an opportunity to be revisionist and advocate for Cikaleshi. One is a player who just turned 19 with 4 professional appearances while the other is a 30 year old striker who scored 8 goals in the Turkish first division last year (aka on the same level as Seferi)

I'd rather use these remaining qualifying matches to experiment with new players and tactics to get us ready for the next qualifiers.

As for Reja he needs to be sacked. Way too many questionable lineup choices that anyone with a brain would get right. He doesn't understand the concept of having wingbacks that can provide width which is the most crucial part of a 3-5-2.
Cikalleshi is not good enough for a team that wants to finish 1st or 2nd, but he's more than good enough for League C.
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