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Not exactly a memorable day. Next game is on Tuesday, which is when or Champions League campaign kicks off, at home to Rosenborg. Questions include;

Is there any chance that Drogba, and/or Lampard might be fit to play on Tuesday?

And if not, where exactly can we expect (or at least hope) for the goals to come from?

Could this be Our Year for the Champions League?

Early League form has been dire. Roll on Tuesday.

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If Lampard or Drogba isn't 100% fit then I hope they will be rested. Rosenborg isn't a bad team but we should have no problems beating them so I really hope that JM rest a few players for the game against ManU which will be a more difficult task.

So any player who isn't in perfect health should be left out or perhaps put on the bench.

I wouldn't mind seing us play:


Ferreira - Ben Haim - Alex - Cole (can't think of a substitute there)

Sweepy - Sidwell - Maka - Malouda

Pizarro - Sheva

Perhaps give a young lad a chance? What about Sinclair or perhaps Hutchinson since he played well in pre season?

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yes- pizarro/sheva.

felt sorry for kalou- for some reason all our free kicks were aimed at him and a lot of difficult long balls to him without much angle... however, if we have to do that even in drogba's absense (and even then it shouldn't be a primary tactic), then pizarro makes more sense.

good call on carlo- should play.

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yeah carlo!

would like to see ferriera involved...

how about:


ferreira...b-haim...terry.... cole





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I know Rosenborg have had good results against big teams in the past but we should still be able to beat them with pretty much any squad we put out.

My team would be (in a 442)

Carlo - a bit selfish but i dont want him to leave so give him games

Paulo - if hes ever gonna get any confidence he needs to play especially against smaller teams

Alex/TBH - im not really bothered which one

JT - we find i difficult enough without lampard so imagine if we had neither Lamps or JT

A Cole - thats assuming bridge isnt fit

J Cole

Essien or Maka

Sidwell - i thought he played well against blackburn and he hasnt had many games

Malouda - Give SWP a rest

Sheva - if he gets a goal or two then he'll get some confidence that he badly needs

Pizarro - id like to see how hed work with sheva

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I want to win this game... So having Lampard and Drogba fit would be a huge boost. On a selfish level, I'd have them both on, even if only 50% fit. However, the Manc game at the weekend will no doubt be a tougher test - and we need them for that.

I wouldn't mess about with the back 5 (unless Ricky is back) - it looked fairly decent against Blackburn. I take it Bridge is a while off yet?

Mikel didn't offer anything new/needed against Blackburn. If people thought Sidwell was useless... I think Jose will save Maka for the Mancs (a midfield of Essien, Maka, Lamps please God 128.gif ) so we could see Sidwell, Essien and Mikel all start this game in the middle.

SWP & Cole on the flanks, Joey on the left so he can cut in on his right. Having said that, I'd like Cole 100 for the Mancs, so maybe Malouda instead.

Pizarro and Kalou upfront.

Then Sheva to come on and score a stunning hattick 128.gif128.gif128.gif

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Lampard and Drogba are still out, as well as Pizarro:

Jos? Mourinho has confirmed the continued absence of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba for tomorrow's Champions League opener with Rosenborg.

The duo missed Saturday's draw with Blackburn and are also out of tomorrow's clash with thigh and knee injuries.

They join Claudio Pizarro (calf), Michael Ballack (ankle), Ricardo Carvalho (upper leg) and Wayne Bridge (hip) on the sidelines.


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Hello from Trondheim!

Off to London tomorrow morning, it'll hopefully be a nice experince. If we don't play better than we have been lately, we could lose 5-0 or more though. But on our best, this team could surprise many teams in Europe.

And yes, we are the team from little Norway, having beaten the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus at home and Borossia Dortmund away, though that's a few years ago.

Our team should be:

GK: Hirschfeld. Decent canadian international.

RB: Strand. Our biggest hero, being here his whole career and having over 100 games at top level in the european cups.

CD: Christer Basma. Getting old and slow, and playing him says alot about our defence.

CD: Miika Koppinen. Finnish mad man, decent no-noncence defender.

LB: Micke Dorsin. Swedish player, very strong and good going forward, but horrible positioning when defending.

RW: Per Ciljan Skjelbred. Will run his heart out, decent technique but still young and makes some silly mistakes from time to time.

IM: Marek Sapara. The star of our team, very dangerous free kick and brilliant technique and passes, but a bit slow and doesn't offer much when defending.

CM: Vidar Riseth. Having played at numerous clubs in Europe, including Rangers among others, he has alot of experience at this level and will run and tackle throughout the whole game.

IM: Alex Tettey. Youngster with excellent lungs, but as with Skjelbred he loses the ball too often.

LW: Abdou Traore. Very talented youngster with an excellent technique and a good shot, but does too much on his own at times.

FW: Yousuff Kon?. Great shot, good technique, good jump, very dangerous inside the 18 yard box, could be our goalscorer if given the opportunity. Has scored 6 goals in the four qualifier-games!

All I want is 11 players in white playing their best and making us supporters proud. I'll be singing my heart out at the bridge, and hope it will be a great atmosphere at the game.

PS! Du kainj itj kj?p klubbsj?l ferr p?ng!


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I doubt we will rest anyone for this match, first match in the group, a must win against the so called weakest team in the group. If we drop points here there will be a riot in the board room.

I expect a comfortable 2:0 win, but with how the team is going these days, we can't take anyone for granted icon_rolleyes.gif

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I think the team will be:












Subs: Carlo, Ben Haim, Maka, Sidwell, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Sawyer.

Is Sinclair registered to play in the CL? I remember looking at our squad list and not seeing his name down there.

My prediction: 3-0.

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dorsin- CM hero.

okay... sorry but I think rosenberg are possibly the worst side in the groups.


ferreira................ben haim................terry...............cash


.........................................obi mikel



hopefully mikel getting close to the strikers as often as possible. and the team resists the urge to play 50 yard straight passes.

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No Pizarro unfortunately. He is still injured. Sinclair is not one of the 23. The last 2 places could only go to youngsters who have been at the club for 4 years between the ages of 15-19 I think. I think the problem is that most of our youngsters have not been with the academy long enough yet (Sinclair included). If we included Sinclair it would have to be at the expense of one of the 23 existing players.

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Team news

1 Petr Cech

35 Juliano Belletti

33 Alex

26 John Terry ©

3 Ashley Cole

10 Joe Cole

4 Claude Makelele

5 Michael Essien

15 Florent Malouda

21 Salomon Kalou

7 Andriy Shevchenko

SubsSubs: 23 Carlo Cudicini, 22 Tal Ben-Haim, 20 Paulo Ferreira, 9 Steve Sidwell, 12 John Mikel Obi, 42 Lee Sawyer, 24 Shaun Wright-Phillips.

SWP on the bench icon_eek.gif

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