Matchday 1: FC Porto vs. Liverpool FC [R]

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  1. YNWAYNWA

    YNWAYNWA New Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
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    Length: 2 hr 15 min LIVE
    ESPN2 (US)
    UEFA Champions League
    Porto (Portugal) vs Liverpool (England)
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    http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/index.html
     
  2. Springbok FC

    Springbok FC New Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Los Angeles
  3. Bobinhood

    Bobinhood Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    Toronto
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Big game, big game. :) Actually, it is, a good road draw to the strongest group rival will get us off and running in style, i think its good scheduling provided we can get a result.

    Given the Reserve game Tuesday where all the non-internationals played a half, than the international games Sat-Wed then the game against Pompey and the injuries to cara stevie and finnan, as well as rafas penchant for blooding youth in situations like this, im confident, in fact i will announce right here, that i cant name a starter other than Riena. After the Portsmouth game i expect to have an inkling about maybe 3-4 by process of elimination. maybe.

    amazing.
     
  4. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Thats an interesting point Bobinhood.

    So this should be a good game, but I really can't be sure we will come away with a win. I think a draw would be a good result.
     
  5. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    on paper Porto is the competition in this group. giving away two points would be a bad move, so Benitez is going to play for no worse than a tie. an away goal would be nice, but a nil-nil draw would be a good result.

    to accomplish that, the Reds must have the ability to maintain midfield dominance, keep Porto from sustaining attacks and keep shots to a minimum.
    i just cannot see Benitez starting anything less than a winning EPL side. he won't want to end up second in the group and face the likes of AC Milan or Barca in the knockout stage with the second leg away. that's a prescription for elimination.

    the next three EPL matches are Birmingham, Reading and Wigan. only Birmingham is at Anfield, but Reading has started poorly and Wigan's two wins were against Boro and Sunderland at the JJB. that doesn't sound like a side to worry about.

    i know that we play one game at a time, but Liverpool is a very deep squad, and the time to play cagey with the kiddies in a CL tie isn't now.
     
  6. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Do we want the mods to amend the title to make this the game thread?
     
  7. AussieLFCfan

    AussieLFCfan Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    yep.
     
  8. zenden

    zenden Member+

    Nov 12, 2006
    yo estoy en Europa
    Club:
    CD Chivas de Guadalajara
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    I know it's early, but screw it

    -------------------Reina------------------
    Finnan----Hyypiä-----Agger----Arbeloba
    Gerrard----Sissoko----Alonso----Yossi
    --------------Kuyt----Crouch-------------

    Subs:

    Itandje
    Carragher
    Risse
    Masch
    Leiva
    Babel
    Voronin
     
  9. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    ------------------Reina------------------
    Arbs-------Carra------Agger-----Riise-
    Pennant---Masch-----Gerrard---Babel
    ------------Torres-----Kuyt-------------

    Subs
    Itandje
    Aurelio
    Sami
    Sissoko
    Kewell/Voronin
    Benayoun
    Crouch
     
  10. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    can't play Torres in every match. go with the big guy. stork city.
     
  11. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    That's true, would we sit Torres for this bench or just not put him in the squad for this match?

    All I know is that Masch will sit on the weekend against Pompey but then we will release him on the Porto team.
     
  12. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    if you have Babel, Kuijt, Crouch and Voronin in the squad, you don't need Torres. if your starting 11 includes Pennant and Babel, you can sub Benayoun for a forward and put Babel up front, a position he's familiar with. if Babel can't play 90 minutes in the CL, he needs to go back to U-21 matches.

    i wouldn't take Torres to Porto.

    and if Gerrard plays against Pompey, I wouldn't take him to Porto either.

    but i wouldn't start him against Portsmouth.
     
  13. Springbok FC

    Springbok FC New Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    So? Where are ya, then? ;)
     
  14. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Don't look at me! :D Me aint got me greasy paws on this section of the site!

    Matt? 26? 'Ello?

    I havent seen 655321 for a while actually- can someone tell him the new season's started! :p
     
  15. AussieLFCfan

    AussieLFCfan Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    --------------Reina--------------
    Finnan---Carra---Agger---Arbeloa
    Pennant---SG-----Masch---Riise
    --------Kuyt-------Crouch------

    SUBS: Itandje, Torres, Hyypia, Alonso, Kewell?, Sissoko, Babel.
     
  16. Springbok FC

    Springbok FC New Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    I was just thinking that, too. Where is Little Alex?
     
  17. liverbird

    liverbird BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 29, 2000
    Mars
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Put Torres on for Crouch and I think you've got it.
     
  18. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    SoCal
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    --------------Reina--------------
    Finnan---Carra---Agger---Arbeloa
    Pennant---SG-----Masch---Riise
    --------Kuyt-------Crouch------

    SUBS: Itandje, Torres, Hyypia, Alonso, Kewell?, Sissoko, Babel.

    perfect!

    when i said "don't take Torres to Porto", i assumed he would start against Pompey. now that he's only played 20 minutes in that match, he starts against Porto, i think.

    Benayoun would be an acceptable exchange for Riise, since he certainly has adequate international experience, but Riise will be very eager.

    if Kewell isn't match fit, then Benayoun is on the bench in his place.
     
  19. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Yep.
     
  20. Suss

    Suss Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    New York
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Unlike in the league, draws away from home are acceptable in the Champions League. Maybe thats why we've had so much more success in Europe in the past.

    I think we will look to get a point. Maybe even Mascherano and Sissoko in midfield if Gerrard is still not fit. Xabi, Arbs, and Finnan are all struggling with injuries.
     
  21. AussieLFCfan

    AussieLFCfan Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Riise and Momo to miss Porto match.

    Aurelio in squad.

    http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N157011070917-0924.htm

    Revised lineup;

    ---------------Reina--------------
    Finnan---Carra-----Agger---Arbeloa
    Pennant----SG-----Masch----Babel
    ---------Kuyt-------Torres--------

    Subs: Itandje, Alonso, Crouch, Hyypia, Aurelio, Benayoun, Leiva. :D
     
  22. liverbird

    liverbird BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 29, 2000
    Mars
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    That would be my teamsheet.
     
  23. Red Bird

    Red Bird Member+

    Sep 30, 2003
    Oxford
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Apparently Porto have some injury doubts which include their first choice goalkeeper, a central defender and a striker. But they are a tricky side, particularly at home and against English teams.

    I like AussieLFCfan's selection.
     
  24. Ricardo76

    Ricardo76 New Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    Lisboa
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    Good to see Liverpool, my fav foreign team playing with a rival.
    Be advised Porto can do it, they have never lost against an english team home.
    Benitez should take this game as a final because half of the qualification is half way made if Liverpool wins this game.
    The thing is if Benitez thinks a 0-0 is enough to start. This would be the wrong approach to play with Porto at home.
     
  25. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Re: CL Matchday 1 at Porto

    I don't think anyone, least of all Rafa will be going out for a 0-0 draw. An away goal is 'huge' in a fixture like this even if it's a 1-1 draw but I can't see 10 men on our team romping downfield to camp in Porto's penalty area...:)

    By the way, didn't Barca say they'd never been beaten at home or even had a goal scored on them at the Nou Camp by an English team...???
     

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