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Guzan or Friedel - Decision Time Looms

We have to some degree done this one to death already, but Carling Cup Final, does Monny keep faith with Guzan or go with the experienced Friedel?

It appears the weeman hasn't quite decided himself according to an article on SSN where he admits he still has time to take this difficult decision.

'Lots can happen. I don't have to make a decision yet.'

Says O'Neill, who you suspect has already actually made that decision. To be fair given our Cup runs this year you would expect Guzan to be in for Palace this weekend, and whilst I'd like to see Monny keep faith with him for the Final, I think Guzan is going to have to make do with the Semi's for this year.

That said, if we continue to progress in the FA Cup, nothing stops the keepers from having the finals shared between them. Friedel maybe for the FA, Guzan for the Carling.

Seems a fair way around it.

The biggest indication favouring Friedel, is probably in the words:

'We're not just going to Wembley, we're going there to win.'

Now we all know Guzan has been superb in the rounds so far, but he was uncharacteristically discombobulated against Blackburn. Whether it was just a bad day at the office or the 'occasion' got to him probably matters not now, but Monny won't want to risk those little hiccups in a Final, and given that Friedel seems to be getting stronger with every game lately, he has to be a shoe in you'd have thought.

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Date:Saturday February 13 2010

Time: 2:01PM

Your Comments

it was interesting to see on sky sports news the other day that villa play the 18th least balls over 30yards (ie long balls) in the league. only pompey and arsenal play fewer. meanwhile spurs with their 'football' were top. hmmm...
NorthcliffeBandit
it was interesting to see on sky sports news the other day that villa play the 18th least balls over 30yards (ie long balls) in the league. only pompey and arsenal play fewer. meanwhile spurs with their 'football' were top. hmmm...
NorthcliffeBandit
Guzan should play tomorrow, thats his chance to cement his place in the final with a solid display, Brad senior is a better keeper, but Brad junior got us to the final with his heroics and he may well be our new no1 for the next decade, so it would be great experience for him.
johnmurphy3112
Guzan should play tomorrow, thats his chance to cement his place in the final with a solid display, Brad senior is a better keeper, but Brad junior got us to the final with his heroics and he may well be our new no1 for the next decade, so it would be great experience for him.
johnmurphy3112
Long time since we have been to a Wembley final, we are playing the finest in the land (horrible to say but true) costs a hell of a lot of money for us all to get there, we want to have as good a chance as we can at winning.

Has to be Friedel. He is on tip top form, made some massive saves v Spurs and Man Utd. Guzan will get his time but for me now, sentiment aside (did think earlier on MON would be bound to stick with Guzan) it has to be the best keeper we have, that is Friedel surely?

Would play Guzan tomorrow though.
The Fear
Long time since we have been to a Wembley final, we are playing the finest in the land (horrible to say but true) costs a hell of a lot of money for us all to get there, we want to have as good a chance as we can at winning.

Has to be Friedel. He is on tip top form, made some massive saves v Spurs and Man Utd. Guzan will get his time but for me now, sentiment aside (did think earlier on MON would be bound to stick with Guzan) it has to be the best keeper we have, that is Friedel surely?

Would play Guzan tomorrow though.
The Fear
wish those stats were online northcliffe, would have enjoyed doing an article on that!
The Fear
wish those stats were online northcliffe, would have enjoyed doing an article on that!
The Fear
Friedel all the way, we have to play the strongest side. Sorry Guzan your chance will come. Five in the midfield for me in the final.
ShaneBlack
Friedel all the way, we have to play the strongest side. Sorry Guzan your chance will come. Five in the midfield for me in the final.
ShaneBlack
i do have to say, from what i've seen of brad jr, he could be one of the best penalty stoppers in the game today.
revival4us
i do have to say, from what i've seen of brad jr, he could be one of the best penalty stoppers in the game today.
revival4us
I too go with Friedel, what with it being a major cup final and the seniors recent great performances
reza
I too go with Friedel, what with it being a major cup final and the seniors recent great performances
reza
I think it will depends on his performance against Palace today, if hes shakey like he was against Blackburn, I think MON will go with Friedel, but if he puts in a good performance like he has done I think he will go with Guzan, I'd want Friedel in goal in the final though!
AvdomFc
I think it will depends on his performance against Palace today, if hes shakey like he was against Blackburn, I think MON will go with Friedel, but if he puts in a good performance like he has done I think he will go with Guzan, I'd want Friedel in goal in the final though!
AvdomFc
 

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