|Sota: "Yeah, I probably won't even be playing."|
This is an exercise fraught with danger, and I'm bound to end up with egg on my face (I know, nothing new there), as no one knows the answers to two important questions:
- How much will the manager rotate the squad, especially in A.C.L. weeks?
- How much priority is he placing on the A.C.L.?
XEROX SUPER CUP v Kashiwa: Saturday 1.35pm
|Yeah, still blue & pink.|
Nothing I can do about it...
The possibility of switching back to five in midfield at times (away against the 'bigger teams'?) is still there, though Mr. Popovic strikes me as the sort of manager who will trust his players to do the business by taking the game to the opponent, not having his formation or lineup dictated to him by whoever we happen to be playing on the day.
All of the players appear fit and raring to go (with the exception of Takuji Yonemoto, who has had a couple of setbacks in the preseason), and the thing I'll be watching with most interest is how the three new combinations down our spine (Morishige/Kaga, Casual/Aria and Watanabe/Lucas) work together.
This XI gives us the opportunity to use the varied talents of Kawano, Sota Hirayama and perhaps even Kentaro Shigematsu off the bench in the second half to spruce things up.
A.C.L. Matchday 1 v Brisbane: Tuesday 6.30pm (Japan Time)