Monday, 22 April 2013

Season 5. Europa League final.

It was a great day for Nottingham Forest independently of result. The legendary club has returned into a fight for European trophies, and that’s the main thing. Though of course I hoped much to win. Moreover, I had slight advantages having won Premier League encounter with Chelsea two days before.

PL game in two days before the EL final

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Dominating with 2nd squadChelsea  Forest

Nottm Forest had backup players in the first eleven. Nevertheless, my boys managed to overcome the Blues in almost all components of football. Meanwhile, Chelsea used quite many first eleven players except for Siquiera, Jovetic, Shawcross, and Bartra.

Xavier Pitarque, Lee Wallace, and Thomas Drage were those who brought 3 points to Forest. Winning the match gave me two nice advantages:

  • Several Chelsea tired players.
  • Decreased morale level due the defeat.

My first European final with Forest!

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Chelsea was intending to win the cup setting up the best players for the game. I did the same thing. Had a slight hesitation between explosive Mason Bennett and experienced Lucas Podolski but decided to trust in English youngster. Now I don’t regret about that!

Simply watch all six goals scored in the Final:

I would divide the game into three stages:

1. Equal performance by both teams till the moment when Hazard suddenly scored curling ball from free kick. Chelsea took a lead with 2:1 score.

2.  I had to make some changes not to loose the Euro Cup. Thus setting Push Higher Up touchline shout helped much to increase pressure and create more goal chances. I had also refreshed flanks by substitutions allowing young talents Robert Perrett and Rick Stevens to enter and accelerate the match.

3. The decisive moment of the final is a marvellous free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Chelsea formed a very low-numbered wall because of long distance and Petr Cech wasn’t ready to make save after the Gylfi’s long shot. I should also single out young Xavier Pitarque who made two last assists coming from substitution bench. Mason Bennett might score the 5th goal but Cech didn’t allow to do that.

Chelsea - Forest Europa League final result

Stats

Jaded but happy

Nottm Forest players were completely jaded after the victory. See there’re four players whose condition is below 58%. It means they won’t recover soon but it really doesn’t matter because the Euro Cup is mine :)

On that background Mason Bennett has huge stamina! He played all 120 minutes and ended the game with 79% of condition. What a talent I have in the squad!

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Europa League stats dominated by Nottm Forest players

Well, yes. No comments there.

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So I accept congratulations from you! :) The season is nearly over, I should just play three last PL matches and finish at the 4th position that gives a right to play in the Champions League next season.

It’s great to feel my tactical approach works so wonderfully because Chelsea and other grands have perceptibly stronger squads at the moment.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.