Squad news


16 Oct 2009
Lassad, Guardado and Filipe Luis were starters with their national teams; the best news was for Filipe, who finally had the chance to debut with the first squad of Brazil during an official match.

Filipe Luis finally fulfilled his dream and debuted with the senior squad of Brazil during an official game. It was during the goalless draw against Venezuela that was played in Campo Grande as part of the last matchday of the South American region.

Despite that Brazil was already qualified for the World Cup 2010, coach Dunga used a lineup that can be considered as the starting one for South Africa, a squad composed with names like Luis Fabiano, Maicon, Julio César, Kaka, Gilberto Silva and Luisao. Filipe had a solid performance on defence and what called the attention was to see him taking the corner-kicks on the left. At minute 76, Depor’s left-back was replaced by Chelsea’s defender Alex.

Meanwhile, Andrés Guardado played with Mexico at Port Of Spain during the 2-2 draw against Trinidad & Tobago. The Mexicans were already qualified for South Africa 2010 and despite some modifications in the formation coach Javier Aguirre used Depor’s winger as a starter. His best play occurred at the 41st minute and it was a strong shot from the edge of area that local keeper Marvin Phillip cleared to corner-kick. At half-time Guardado was replaced by UNAM’s striker Pablo Barrera.

The other Depor’s player in international action was Lassad Nouioui, the striker was a starter during the 0-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia at the Rades Stadium in Tunis. It was a friendly game ahead of the crucial meeting against Mozambique in November. For Tunisia, this was their first defeat at home since Portuguese coach Humberto Coelho took charge of the team a year ago. Lassad was replaced at half-time and didn’t have a good performance.
His participation in this match and his probable inclusion in the game against Mozambique were commented in an Internet blog wrote by a Tunisian analyst, “After a few relatively good touches he just never settled into the game and wasted the few opportunities he had to create something when he got the ball. He may have great technique but he still just doesn’t look comfortable and who can blame him as it’s, technically, only his first match with us.

A mediocre outing is no reason to give up on him though but if its between him or Chermiti next month then I know I’d go with the latter because Amine not only knows Africa better but he has a well established history of delivering on big occasions. Plus he’s back in shape and scoring at club level, having tallied two goals with Al Ittihad today in their friendly against Egypt’s Harras Al Hoodood (thanks to Hany for pointing that out). Lassad will have plenty to give us in the future and no one is going to make a definitive judgment after a single half, but for now I think we need players who know the team better and have started big matches on our continent.

Now coach Lotina expects for the arrival of these three men in order to decide if they will be starters against Sevilla FC. Lassad was arriving on Thursday’s night to La Coruña, while Guardado and Filipe are landing on Fridays’ morning (10h00 CET), reason why the coach delayed the last training session of the week to 11h00 (CET).



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