Copenhagen vs Rosenborg by 20Legend
It is a very important match for FC Copenhagen despite the fact that it is only a club friendly. The match against Rosenborg will be their last chance to test themselves before heading back into the Danish league after having had their winter-break. Their Norwegian coach, Stale Solbakken, has stated his clear plan of what he wants to achieve from the upcoming game against the Norwegian champions form last season. He wants to use his best men and hopefully taken the answers he gets on whether he will start with the same lineup against Esbjerg next weekend. His vision is therefore to use his best lineup available as the said to the official homepage as well. Their 1st keeper Stephan Andersen is out with an ankle-injury. It is therefore decided that the back-ups Robin Olsen and Thomas Kaminski will take one half each in the match against Rosenborg. The reason is that Solbakken wants to consider who he shall use once it gets to the official games. Youssef Touthou is struggling with a thigh-injury he got in an earlier friendly against AIK in Dubai. In addition to that, Danny Awankwaa will be rested until Monday as he also has a minor thigh-injury. Otherwise FCK has their best players available for tonight’s game, but no lineup is predicted yet.
Rosenborg finally became champions again last season after playing some of the best football they have ever done in the clubs history. The team was extremely well balanced and their close chemistry all the way from the directors, staff and down to trainers, the manager and the players brought memories back to the golden 80’s and 90’s. Their season did off course bring attention from bigger clubs in Europe on certain players and Tippeligaens top scorer Alexander Soderlund (St. Etienne) and last season’s MVP in Tippeligaen, Ole Selnaes (St.Etienne), were both sold to France. In came, amongst others, a notorious goal getter from Haugesund, Christian Gytkjaer who will do his best to cover the gap that Soderlund left behind. He knows the league well and will be an interesting addition to the club at this particular time.
Rosenborg has slightly started playing their club friendlies as preparation for another season that is only three weeks away. They have met Byasen from 2nd Divison which they beat 3-1, before smashing Kristiansund from 1st Division by the score 7-1 with a lot of changes underway in the game. Their first real test came against a top opponent for next season in Tippeligaen as Odd got beaten by 1-0. It was a really close match with not a lot of chances, but a major mistake from Odd’s keeper made the result, as he kicked the ball into the back of Rosenborg’s Matthias Vilhjalmsson in the 54th minute and the ball slowly eased into the back of the net.
It is not a lot more to say about the two teams, but the fact that FC Copenhagen brings up their best lineup is worth attention to this club friendly. Rosenborg has not stated the squad or any details about a possible lineup just yet, but it has not been any big news about injuries from their camp either. It will be an important test for both teams, but it will also include some changes on both keepers in FC Copenhagen, but probably also on the players on both teams as the game progresses. FC Copenhagen has also met more competitive teams overall (Lyngby, Malmo, AIK and Guangzhou Evergrande) than Rosenborg has done (Byasen, Krisitansund, Odd), and their season is much closer to start again compared to Rosenborg, who has three more weeks to prepare. However, I think we could see quite a few chances for both teams tonight, as it is a club friendly with players with various match-fitness, but both teams have also got some of the best individual players in Scandinavia on their teams. The creative squads and the fact that two of these big clubs faces each other, speaks for goals tonight. I believe that over 2.5 goals will be a nice pick. I will update with information about the lineups as I expect them to arrive closer to kick-off.