Thursday 26 -Nov from 20:00 in the Europa League takes place the meeting between CFR Cluj and AS Roma.
CFR Cluj in Decline
After the miracle with UTA did not succeed, what chances would it have to make the one with Rome ?! Petrescu’s speech before the matches is terribly diluted. It arouses smiles, maximum compassion. He does not confuse his opponents, he no longer mobilizes his own. It has to change, tactics, approach, rhetoric. Internal problems, dissensions, injuries grind a tired, aged, blazed CFR. The last few weeks have seized, not to mention coveted, the mechanism and it should be reinvented in order to be able to hope for something at the end of this year. Regardless of the competition we are referring to.
We know that the group is thin, we find the diseases with Sars Cov, but the lamentations do not help. For evolutions, for the fight, it is necessary to access the strategic reserves that we saw that they have, at the end of last season. Then the people of Cluj acted as a commando of elite troops. They made a landing in Oltenia, they beat Craiova in Cetate, they took the title and that was it. But they went with the mentality and attitude of conquerors. Not like at the beginning of this month in another city, the eternal one. If he doesn’t give up the crying tone by Thursday, if he doesn’t shake a little, I’ll take five more from Rome.
These are the matches for which you work for a year in the domestic championship, here are the lights, the spotlights, the ramps. No more whining !!! They are injured, they are infected, they are all kinds of worries. The healthy ones to enter and defend a coat of arms built hard, in time, and with a lot of work. I have learned in recent years that they at CFR fight in any conditions and with any opponent. The locomotive of Romanian football and other metaphors. We need a mechanic, not mites. The match with Rome can be the ideal occasion. I don’t know if it’s necessary to beat, but at least to stop the total derailment and get back on track. I know, it’s Thursday’s test until Thursday and that’s the first big emotion, but only in the Covid test they have to be negative. Otherwise optimistic and confident. The recent past does not hold with them. Three defeats, two consecutive ones at home (1-2 with Gaz, 0-1 with UTA, the humiliation in Rome), the tormented equal with the boys from Bern plus a tormented defeat in Pitești, on the field of a team with which they had childishly threatened not to play. An unworthy record of a champion. Triple champion even!
Rome, at full speed
Rome is going through an excellent period. Basically, in the last ten matches played, they are undefeated in all competitions, gathering three draws and seven victories. Basically, the last defeat was suffered in the championship in mid-September (0-3 with Hellas Verona). Since then, Fonseca has found the settings that will lead the team to the podium in Serie A, 3rd place, after Milan and Sassuolo, 3 points behind, but also on the first position in the Europa League group.
CFR’s hopes could be somehow fueled by a lighter approach to the game from opponents. Fonseca is expected to judge Thursday’s match in the key of the next championship game, a derby with Napoli. In addition, there is already a lead in European competition, plus the tendency to take the game with an opponent you have already outclassed less seriously. To this can be added the tendency of Western European bands to use until Thursday a European Thursday for small adjustments and to give minutes to those who evolve less. Some of the right holders are expected to remain in Rome.
From here they leave, but even with a Rome one hundred percent unconnected, the CFR’s mission is close to being impossible. And not that Petrescu says it, he would say it anyway … We all believe it!