Wednesday, September 15

Arsenalistas? Accept no cheap imitations

Braga (aka arsenalistas) who are they?
Well they pipped porto to second last year in the liga
Seem to play counter attacking football in a 4231 in their last game v porto on weekend which they lost 3-2
Braga let porto have lion share of the possession just keeping it tight and trying to catch them on the break. But Hulk was on form and they couldn't cope
Apparently their defensive midfielders where drawn out by porto and left huge gaps for Hulk to exploit. As seen in this goal from valera

You can feel the game be played in a simliar fashion v us
for you more tactical geeks out there can highly reccomend Arsespeak post on braga
definitely the definitive pre match scout on braga.

Alan is the brazilain to watch out for he plays wide on the right
Lima is the goal scorer

In last four prem game we've restricted our opponents to just ten shots on target
Which bodes well for the braga game seeing as there two on the weekend came from pot shots out side the box second from lima is a bit special

To us
TV and diaby are out
So same centre back pair of seba and kos will probably continue
and would think denilson will pair up with song in the doble pivot in the 4231 we play.
Nasri's back but not sure if he'll start seems a bit much after being out for a month. Rosicky looks in top form and him and arshavin should be enough to draw out braga defensive midfielders so that cesc can work his magic for chamakh and vice versa.

So he we go
against the arsenalistas from portugal
come up against the real thing
Accept no cheap imitations

RSD out



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