Awesome to have a visiting fan here to discuss, welcome! Can you give us a preview of your squad's strengths and weaknesses, as the match gets closer? Look forward to a lively playoff round!
Goalkeeper ( Dante Stipica ) is good, but still not good enough ( or at least has to prove himself to us xD ) as our last one ( Lovre Kalinic ) whom we sold to Gent during last winter ( that was the deal that finally brought us back to positive balance ).
Centreback x2 ( Borja Lopez and Zoran Nizic ) - they seem like real powerhouses for us this season so far and work really well together. The only slight weakness that might prove to be are defensive set pieces as we tend to cover space more than mark man which led to receiving 1 goal in the only league match we haven't won ( after leading 2:0 ), butthen again they've resolved a lot of similar situations without problems and are pretty high so in general that shouldn't be a problem
Left back ( Memolla ) - it's his 2nd season here and after years and years - we might finally have a centre back that actually plays good. He wasn't that good last season but has developed since. He does have a replacement ( Formitchow ) that we got here on free transfer in the last transfer window but he's just a back up for now.
Right back - we really don't have a genuine right back. Last year a central midfielder played that role ( Juranovic ) and actually was quite decent which brought him to Croatia B team for some tournament but suffered a bad injury that led him being injured for months. After him Tudor, right winger filled the spot and in months to come learned to play defense ( made it to B team too but as a winger ) and was a decent player for the position, but a month or so ago - he got injured as well ( should be back soon ) which made Juranovic ( who just got back from his injury ) right back again.
So this position might be our biggest weakness
Defensive midfielder(s) - I think we'll play with 2 against you guys with 1 being Radosevic ( a true bulldog - agrresively attacking the ball as soon as the opposition takes control of it ) and the other one Savvas, greek which has its good and invisible games both but is good in winning air duels and is better technicall player than Radosevic.
Central midfielders - Hamza Barry - a decent technicall player who still has a lot to improve but is certainly playing better than last year
Right wing - Nikola Vlasic, our best player at age 19 only - he loves to take opposition left backs 1 on 1 but is familiar with going through to the middle as well if the flank is too crowded. Very hard to take the ball from and doesn't fall easily ( there were a couple of situations against Brondby where he'd take on a couple of their players and either pass them all or ended with a foul on him. He's playing the season of his life and knows it, our main strength.
Left wing - Ante Erceg - he's more a forward than a winger. Can be invisible for entire game and then score 2 goals out of nowhere like he did against Brondby, has a great sense of finding himself in goal scoring opportunities, our target man for fast breaks.
Forward - our coach forces last year league's top goal scorer Futacs who isn't in his best form yet. He's a big man who likes to get the ball into his feet while carrying opposition centre back on his back and then just lay the ball off to one of our midfielders. He's very aggresive player that tends to get yellow carded but makes the opposition get them as well, there's always a battle for position between him and the man who marks him. He's isn't fast, but should be allowed any space around your box - he'll probably shoot. We do have other options there such as Ohandza, our jocker from the bench who is a better player by my standards- just had a lot of injuries which finally seem to be the past. He's diff type, likes the ball to be directed in the space in front of him and very good in 1 on 1 situations.
Anyway, we'll probably go on defensive style lurking fast breaks through Vlasic or Barry and be knocking the ball towards Futacs all the time hoping he can take control of it just enough time to lay it off to our incoming midfielders and thus continue the break.
Vlasic the main strength and right back possibly the main weakness.