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    Easy win as expected

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    Rovers victorious in derby

    It was high time that we would win our first Premier League match of the season so on Saturday 17th September we made the 19.2 miles trip to play Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.

    And after a very nervous first half we had already been shown four yellow cards! In fact, Marichez was shown his card in the very first match minute when he made a sliding tackle but took the man rather than the ball! But it ended well, because just before the break Van Beek crossed the ball low and hard from the right and Bernat was left with a simple finish to score his first ever goal for Blackburn.

    It was an important goal for the match, but also for Bernat. At Rovers we believe that the modern full-back has to go forward and attack and Marichez and Bernat have the instructions to do so whenever they have the opportunity. And if truth be told, they are all for it!

    Now because of all those yellow cards we started the second half with Agüero for Di Bari and with Praet for Suárez and we played a lot more more cautiously, but nevertheless ten minutes into the second half Cataldi picked up a knock and had to go off injured. So we did the only thing we could do and we brought on Serrano as our third and final substitute.

    But although we played more cautiously, we were also more effective and with twenty minutes remaining Bernat passed the ball into the area and Dennis Praet scored with a diving header!

    Eight minutes later the match was decided. This time Wanyama sent the ball into the area looking for Marichez who got well above Cresswell to win the ball and score with a superb header. And it was Marichez' very first goal for Rovers as well!


    A great game for our new full-backs with both of them finding the net! Praet also did well replacing Cataldi. Bernat was named Man of the Match.


    Fortunately there were no further cards in the second half and so at the end of the day it was a fairly comfortable and crucial first Premier League win of the season!
    Spoiler!

    We are still in the honeymoon stage after these two fantastic wins, with two clean sheets and seven goals, but we have a long way to go yet and there's another European game coming up next!


    Also, Cataldi will be out for ten days or so. In fact, he might just lose his place to Praet this way if he's not careful. After all, Dennis Praet had an excellent season last year and showed every sign of becoming a quality player.




    Our next fixture

    So we shall have travel to Turkey next to play Beşiktaş J.K. at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul. Perhaps to the best team in the Champions League but Turkish fans can be pretty fanatical to say the least...


    Ertugul Ersoy is arguably their best player; a solid defender who inspires confidence in the rest of the Beşiktaş squad. The good news is that their main striker, Enes Ünal, is out with a twisted ankle.


    As for us, Dennis Praet will obviously replace the injured Danilo Cataldi and László will be our goalkeeper for this European game.

    A lot is expected of our full-backs again and obviously a lot is expected of Di Bari as well!

    Last edited by samsami; 12-05-18 at 08:05 AM.

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    nice result vs Bolton, good performance for Marichez after playing all the game with a yellow card.
    Besiktas going iodine on your ass, good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by evesham View Post
    nice result vs Bolton, good performance for Marichez after playing all the game with a yellow card.
    Besiktas going iodine on your ass, good luck
    Thanks. We'll be careful

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    Cracking result But an expected win V Bolton

    Tougher encounter next - would expect at least a draw though

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    You showed Bolton who's boss with a good win to start climbing!
    Go check out my YouTube channel with lots of CM 01-02 related video's!

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    Matic and Martins Indi leaving Rovers?

    Just before the trip to Istanbul Nemanja Matic totally unexpectedly informed us that he wants to leave Blackburn Rovers.


    One of the reasons Matic wants to find a new club is that at his age he finds it hard to play ninety minutes twice a week or so. So he wants to find a club with a less demanding schedule. Perhaps he also thinks there is too much competition for him at the club with the likes of Wanyama, Besic (who has just signed a new contract!) and Jordy Clasie.


    Be that as it may, we reluctantly allowed Matic to start looking for another club. We would rather have him play out his career at Ewood Park but we certainly don't want unhappy players in our squad.


    Just two years ago Matic joined us on a Bosman free transfer and after a somewhat disappointing first year he played brilliantly last season when we started playing with two defensive midfielders. In fact, having Matic play alongside Wanyama was the key to our success last year. Especially when Di Bari was having a dip.

    So Matic has been absolutely invaluable for us as we won both the title and the Europa League, but there's no denying that he is getting on in age. In fact, Matic is already 35 years old, just like Agüero.

    And yet, he could be important for us again, this season...
    Spoiler!

    And Matic is not the only one who might be leaving the club. There have also been a couple of decent offers for Bruno Martins Indi.


    We currently have no less than seven quality defenders so Martins Indi does not get too much game time these days. Therefore we had put him on the transfer list and at least two clubs have already responded.
    Spoiler!

    We paid Ł2M for the Dutch defender several years ago now, but Martins Indi has never really broken through into the first team, although he has been a very useful squad player for us so we shall only accept a good bid for Bruno.

    At his age - Martins Indi is 31 now - we certainly want to give him the opportunity to find a club where he can play regular first team football.
    Spoiler!
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    Interesting to see. I do remember there were other players who wanted to leave at the end of the season and now with the return of the 'king' new players want to leave. I can imagine how they must feel, they have seen how diva di Bari was treated as a prince royal last season, altough he kept whining and bitching during the whole season. Apparently this has effected the team morale so much several players want to leave. Sungo left his kingdom in ruins and blamed Allegri for it, but now he has the difficult task to unite the kingdom people once more. #KickDiBariOut

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    Matic is a blow but he came in what he needed to do at Rovers and will leave a Champion

    Martins Indi I would say keep but his ratings not been great so you be able to replace easily

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    Big di Bari fan here. Give him a new 5 year contract and make him captain. After Shearer, Sutton and Sherwood the most influencial players ever at Rovers.

    bye bye to Bruno and Nemanja. They gave it their all but time moves on.

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    Goalless draw in Istanbul

    On Tuesday 20th September we played Besiktas at the impressive Vodafone Arena in Istanbul and in front of a packed and boisterous crowd of 41,890.


    We expected a Turkish onslaught and it wasn't for the lack of trying or the support of the home fans fans, but without Enes Ünal it seemed that Besiktas were more or less toothless and we passed our first real test of the season without too much difficulty!


    We obviously started very cautiously but we still created the first scoring opportunity with thirteen minutes on the clock when Di Bari played the ball past Kartal and went by the challenge of Sissoko before hitting low from long range, only Müller got across to tip it wide!

    Di Bari even created another chance just before the break but he was denied space by Arsian and so he put it wide. And the exact same thing happened to Ceyhun Kurt when Van Dijk and Bernat closed down the space and Ceyhun Kurt put the ball well wide of the goal.

    In the second half Besiktas were the better team but we fairly simply withheld the pressure, only because some of our players began to feel their age and we were afraid that the pressure might build on us, we brought on Clasie for Matic and Agüero for Mahrez. We also gave Serrano game time, but it made no difference and after a few more feeble attempts on goal by both sides the game ended in a goalless draw and with a cacophony of whistling from the home crowd.

    A fair result. In retrospect we might even have gone for the win today. Van Beek, Wanyama and Di Bari were our best players, but Müller was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    Of course Atalanta had no difficulty whatsoever defeating Ventpils (1-4) but we are happy with our draw and with our third clean sheet in a row!




    Our next fixture

    We will immediately have to focus on our next Premier League fixture against Manchester City, our fourth game in eleven short days!

    City have a formidable team. They play with two strikers and with Onomah and Ntcham trying to control the game from the midfield.


    We have no injuries or suspensions so we can play with our best possible formation and with the likes of Agüero, Besic and Clasie all starting on the bench!


    This will be our second big test - and many more to follow!
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    Good away draw in maybe your toughest group fixture on paper

    But not a top class team and would need to perform better to go deep in this comp

    Unsure if Man City are still a force. Team doesn’t look great but Gabriel is a beast up top who needs looking after!

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    Three games and 0 goals conceded, samsami certainly is back at Rovers!

    Looks like Allegri did do something right in buying those two full backs

    Shame that two of the title winning squad may be moving on but time stands still for no-one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Three games and 0 goals conceded, samsami certainly is back at Rovers!

    Looks like Allegri did do something right in buying those two full backs

    Shame that two of the title winning squad may be moving on but time stands still for no-one!
    You're right, of course. Allegri is no fool. He knows what players to pick and we certainly have two excellent full-backs now!

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    Ten-man Rovers upset Man City

    On Saturday 24th September we played Man City in front of a crowd of 33,406 who were treated to a fantastic performance by our team!


    For about half an hour nothing too much happened. Of course there were a couple of shots on goal but they went over the bar and it almost seemed as if the match might be heading to a goalless draw much like the Istanbul game.

    But then it happened! Ten minutes before the break Jason Steele clipped the feet of Gabriel in the area and the referee pointed to the spot! Steele received the red card and László replaced Suárez. Onomah confidently stepped up while the crowd held their breath, but it was at a nice height for László, who guessed the right way and it was saved by our goalkeeper!!

    The crowd cheered but barely a minute later Coady almost scored when he tried to catch László off his line! However, it went just over the bar.

    Still, we had to finish the game with ten men and four minutes into the second half Gabriel tried the volley from a tight angle but again, it went over the bar.

    However, we did not merely defend. The crowd gave our lads an extra lift and with 53 minutes on the clock Di Bari struck the ball with fury and Hughes could only parry it but Ampadu chipped the ball forward to safety.

    We were under pressure now so with some twenty-five minutes remaining we brought on Agüero for an exhausted Riyad Mahrez. And just two minutes after that first substitution Marichez looked for Bernat to his left. Bernat passed the ball to Matic, who lobbed the ball forward towards Di Bari. And our striker managed to get round Hughes and score with a fantastic strike to cap a brilliant Blackburn move!!

    Ewood Park erupted with cheers! We knew we could beat them now! We brought on Besic for Matic and after twenty tense minutes we had done it!

    A fantastic win and yet another clean sheet! And Di Bari was named Man of the Match for the first time this season!
    Spoiler!

    A crucial win at this point of time where we cannot afford to drop many more points. Especially because we will have to play Chelsea and Tottenham soon!

    Spoiler!

    Steele has been banned for three matches. We appealed against the decision but in all honesty it seems a fair enough decision and for now we don't really care...


    And we accepted a new bid for Martins Indi who was more than happy to sign for Corinthians! Their new bid was actually higher than the amount we paid for BMI several years ago.




    Our next fixture

    As usual, there is no rest for the wicked and we shall be playing Atalanta next. They have a strong team with Amoroso as their key player who is an important part of the Atalanta defence.


    We will play with our usual formation and with László as goalkeeper. Cataldi will replace Praet, though.

    Last edited by samsami; 12-05-18 at 08:08 AM.

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    wow, you got out of Jail with the missed penalty, Fine 10 from Di Bari

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    Man City no great shakes now IMO so a decent win but always better with 10 men

    Indeed that missed penno was huge - maybe Laslao was making a point of being dropped?

    Atalanta next - always have a tough game against then no matter what DB

    Good deal on BMI by looks of it

    Will Lazlao keep his place if he performs well in next 3 games? How old is Steele now? Screenie of his att's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Will Laszlo keep his place if he performs well in next 3 games? How old is Steele now? Screenie of his att's?
    Steele (33) has always over-performed. Never mind his atts
    Spoiler!
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    Still got very good at's IMO for his age - at least a couple of more years in him yet - maybe he can play until 37 and out "Big Rog" at Swansea!

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    Wow, great win given the early red card and a penalty for Man City!

    Could this be the start of László becoming the new number one after all? Certainly took his chance with both hands there.

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    Rovers impress in Europe

    On Tuesday 27th September we played Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio in front of a crowd of 36,157 and after having scored a great goal just before half-time we demolished our Italian opponents in the second half!


    Now there was never really any doubt about who were the better team but we failed to find the net until seconds before the break when Bernat jinked past Rolán and floated the ball into the area from the left. Our other full-back, Marichez, got up to head at goal and he scored!

    As one pundit already pointed out, Allegri did at least one thing right!

    Now that goal just before the break was just what the doctor ordered. And less than ten minutes into the second half Suárez shot for the top corner and although Sarr did get his fingertips to the ball the rebound fell to Cataldi who doubled our lead!

    Seven minutes later Di Bari scored with the assist again coming from Bernat and that goal obviously decided the game. And although we did bring on Praet and Agüero for Suárez and Cataldi the match more or less petered out after that third goal.

    But there was one final goal when Bernat (yes, Bernat again!) whipped in a corner and Di Bari got up above the goalkeeper and completed his brace!

    A fantastic evening! We played as well as in our better games last season and we never gave Atalanta any chance. We had no weak link today, but Juan Bernat with his three assists was named Man of the Match for the third time this season already!
    Spoiler!

    Of course there are three games remaining and we still have to play the difficult away game against Atalanta, but surely we should be able to qualify from our group now!




    Our next fixture

    And it's Chelsea next!! Over all these years in the Premier League Chelsea have by far been the toughest opponent to cope with and it probably won't be any different this season.

    Chelsea have a world class team. Gareth Bale and Harry Wilson will attempt to control the game from the left midfield, at least according to our scouts. And they should know.


    Now because Steele is suspended we will have László as goalkeeper and Frank Sweeney as backup. Cataldi will play and so Dennis Praet will start out on the bench again.

    Praet will be sitting next to the likes of Sergio Agüero and Muhammed Besic so he will be in good company.

    Last edited by samsami; 12-05-18 at 08:09 AM.

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    That is a one hell of a European performance - nearly the entire team were immense

    Di Bari showing his home country what he can do!

    1 more win and qualification should be good

    Chelsea is a BIG test next.................

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    Oof, poor Atalanta didn't know what hit them!

    Hope you keep up the clean sheet record against Chelsea too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Oof, poor Atalanta didn't know what hit them!

    Hope you keep up the clean sheet record against Chelsea too!
    Yes, but they have always been the opponents we fear the most.

    Except for that one particular time with Spurs which I'll never forget!!!
    Spoiler!
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    Rovers denied victory over Chelsea

    On Saturday 1st October we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it very much looked like we would defeat our rivals this time, but we were denied a victory when Luan scored a late equaliser to cancel out Suárez's opener.


    As expected, Chelsea came out with a very attacking formation but frankly, they were lucky that referee turned a blind eye when Bale went in with his feet high when challenging Wanyama. A free kick was given but no card of any colour was pulled out for Bale.

    And Chelsea almost scored an early opener when Klaassen shot on the volley, but László got down to turn the ball behind. And there was more danger when Lucas tried a volley of his own, but the ball went clean over the bar.

    Then, with still only just eleven minutes on the clock it was Di Bari's turn, but the ball hit the woodwork and went over! And barely a minute later Batshuayu powered a header at goal and hit the bar!

    Things settled down after the quick start until Batshuayi tried a volley, but László superbly pushed it away from danger. However, Bale was first to the rebound and he squared the ball for Batshuayi who found Van de Beek, but Wanyama tackled Van de Beek and played the ball forward to Cataldi.

    We immediately tried to counter but Klaassen tackled Cataldi and so an indirect freekick was given. Mahrez lined up the free kick and sent the ball into the area where Denis Suárez got up to head at goal and scored his very first goal of the season to silence the home crowd!

    In the second half we made one substitution as we brought on Akpoguma to replace Van Dijk, who had been shown a yellow card. Chelsea were the better team now and Batshuayi came close when he hit a fierce shot, but it went just wide.

    Some of our players were fatigued and after we had brought on Agüero and Praet we also created one or two chances. Agüero attempted a curling shot himself but he sent the ball high and wide of the goal.

    As the clock ticked down we began to look at each other on the bench. Would we finally win a game at Stamford Bridge again? It certainly looked like it! But then, right after the fourth official had indicated the added on time Harry Wilson advanced down the left wing. And from the outside left position Wilson chipped the ball into the penalty area where Batshuayi headed it down for Luan. The Brazilian striker got free in the box and he found the net with a vicious low shot! Chelsea had scored a late equaliser!

    In the final match minute Mahrez had one last go from long range but he put it wide and so the game ended in a 1-1 draw...

    Based on match stats in was a fair result. And in fact, Chelsea showed more individual class than we did. Even so, Suárez was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    We have a long way to go yet and a win today would have been nice, but of course a draw at Stamford Bridge is nothing to be sniffed at.

    It's just that it would have felt so much better if we had been the ones to score that late equaliser!

    Spoiler!


    Our next fixture

    Our final game before the international break will be against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Palace have quite a strong team and Roberto Stellano prefers them to play an attractive attacking formation with Arkadiusz Milik as their main striker.

    Remarkably, none other than our good friend Nathaniel Chalaboh is the rock around which the Crystal Palace defence is built this season!

    And another ex-Rovers player, Linus Wahlqvist, will start out on the bench.


    We will play with our usual formation with László between the sticks and Praet as attacking midfielder. Cataldi will start out on the bench this time.

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