Rafael da Silva - 2013/14 performances

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    amolbhatia100 Barbiturates ain't got nothin' on me

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    He's dealt with some very very good players extremely well. In fact IMO his best performances have come against the better players a lot of people were worried how he'll perform against. Even against Ribery, although he got sent off, I thought he was great.

    Was terrific tonight I thought. Gave Bale absolutely no space. Bale beat him once, I think, but other than that occasion he stuck to the Welshman like a magnet.

    Definitely under the 'special' talent category for me.
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    Surprised when he came off, had Bale in his pocket all game, hope he wasnt injured.
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    He was great today. Kept Bale so quiet that I was wondering if he was playing or not after 20 minutes.
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    amolbhatia100 Barbiturates ain't got nothin' on me

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    Funnily enough Wes actually seemed intent on getting forward more than Rafael.

    Also, as he (Rafael) gradually starts feeling completely as ease defensively in England, we'll start seeing a lot more of his talents going forward.
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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    Rafa has been injured recently so maybe just easing him in?
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    Was listening to the match on the radio, hardly ever heard Bale mentoned. I forgot he was playing.
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    His defending was refreshing. Long may it last. I have hated that retrieving moves of our recent right backs.
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    wr8_utd :'(

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    He's class. What a brilliant signing he's been. Talk about value.

    Give him a 10 year deal incase Madrid becomes his dream in a few years.
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    Good point about him raising his game against tough opponents, great quality to have.. some of his more dodgy displays have been against average widemen where he isn't sure whether to take the game to the opposition or sit back a tad and relax.
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    RedSky Matt Smith's sinister twin

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    Frankly, I was more worried when Brown came on the pitch.

    Rafa's been brilliant in October. Long may it continue!
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    Agreed. I thought, barring injury or general tiredness (he wasn't showing either), it was a bad decision by Fergie. Rafael had been one of our better players up to that stage and had almost entirely neutralised Bale.

    Although on second thoughts, had Crouch come on at that stage? Maybe we wanted Brown on there for a bit more height?
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    crouch wasn't on but Pav was and Fergie was obvioulsy expecting a bombardment late on

    Rafa was excellent though, Bale had no answer to him

    i another season or 2 he's gonna be some fullback this lad
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    Very good game tonight, Bale only got any real foothold in the game when he started to drift central from receiving the ball. I'm hoping he went off for tactical reasons (Pav height) as opposed to an injury.
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    No injury, I think Rafael went off because he will start again on Tuesday night, plus Fergie thought maybe he was a bit tired, and with Brown being back now, it was a win win...

    We all worried about Rafael, and it was Evra on the other side that was having the trouble :lol::lol:
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    He is only 20 and especially for defenders they need time for their bodies to develop and strengthen.

    Contrast this to the way Arsenal are handling Gibbs.
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    He seems to excel against the better opponents. A very useful quality to have.

    Tonight he marked the attackers very tightly and gave them no space to operate. And of course his pace always got him out of potentially tricky situations. He's improved the defensive side of his game in such a short space of time. Dare I say it, he looks solid now. But I still want to see the attacking exuberance he displayed when he first came here. That will make him a complete player.
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    To be fair Evras always struggled against Lennon, but today i thought he was excellent to, dont remember Lennon getting any change out of him today.

    Spurs main threat came from Van Der Vaart and to a lesser extent Modric.
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    1st half, he worked the little give and go 3 times, because Evra kept charging at him, and Lennon kept blowing past him, but in the 2nd half, that all changed.

    Not totally his fault, Park drifting and popping up all over the place meant Evra was a bit exposed in the 1st half.
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    Yes i remember that one now, but in a sense thats whats most impressive, normally Evra really struggles against Lennon or at least Lennons given him some nightmares in the past and you'd be able to vividly remember at least 3 or 4 instances where Lennons got the better of him, but today i hardly saw Lennon all night, he was invisible for 90% of the match and thats great testament to God himself.
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    amolbhatia100 Barbiturates ain't got nothin' on me

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    It's eerie how similar what I said half an hour back was. Even the wording!
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    wr8_utd :'(

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    Evra was very poor in the first half but improved a lot in the 2nd.
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    First half Lennon did well...well usual Lennon, give and go and shite cross, but second half it must have been about 70mins or something and he dribbled in field from his wing, not really threatening...but it must have been the first time I noticed him that half as it surprised me to be seeing him on the ball

    But can only echo the surprise at Rafael coming off, hope it wasn't injury, as this past month, he's been very good, in particularly defensively and is making that RB spot his own
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    I think today or at least id like to think today Rafael showed everyone hes easily the best right back at the club, hes a fabulous player, this is the same Gareth Bale who roasted Maicon in the San Siro a week ago, and yet Rafael had him well under control all evening, his defensive game has come on leaps and bounds.

    I hope the lad gets a long run now, hes a level above anything else we've got competing for that role in my opinion.
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    Lester Freamon Aka Caveman

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    I'd be very surprised if Rafael isn't first choice by the end of the season. Excellent display today. Mature controlled defending combined with (often ignored) good attacking runs. I think he came off because SAF reckoned we would need the aerial strength of Brown. We didn't in the end.
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    He was bloody brilliant tonight, I love the kid and can't wait for that position to be his nailed on. Didn't understand the sub, but maybe SAF just wants to give Brown some minutes on the pitch.
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    Yeah was gonna start a thread about this.

    Bale's a decent player but the hype was getting silly. That's nearly 180 consecutive minutes he's spent in the pocket of Pee Neville and Rafael, the chimpy faced gimp.

    Fingers crossed wee Rafael didn't pick up a knock, that was an outstanding defensive performance.

    Mind you, Wes is looking good too. His Scholesque scoop over the top to Nani hasn't been getting enough praise due to the farce that ensued.
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    He's gotten back that little bit of pace he lost when he was bulking up, it just gives him that little bit of impetus.
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    Rio agrees and I agree with Rio.

    Rafa da silva was Major 2day, defending was top drawer against the in form Bale. The defender in me made me highlight that!
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    Saying that Wes was excellent, good pair to have fighting for the rightback spot.
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    He looked so calm about the whole thing. Caf muppets (myself included) were getting into a frenzy on how Bale was going to tear us a new one and it was like Rafael didn't see what all the fuss was about. He just approaches every game the same.

    He actually doesnt get enough credit at times for the quality of his defending.
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    He really needs to slow down with these tweets
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    He's been brilliant since his debut, and has had good performances against Robinho, Ronaldinho, Ribery and Bale. There arent too many better players who play wide left that he's yet to face.
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    Bale was never going to trouble him.
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    That is a myth really, he "roasted" or rather outpaced two players in their mid thirties in Zanetti and Cordoba. Maicon was playing on the wing when Bale scored 2 of his goals.
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    amolbhatia100 Barbiturates ain't got nothin' on me

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    To be fair Bales better than decent. Tore into maicon the other week. He's young and young attackers usually take their time to start performing against bigger teams.

    Rafael was.brilliant. I love his attitude. It was so clear that he was taking this as a challenge and was.determined to win. No half heartened, lazyness, not one iota. Brown was very good too. Our two best right back performances of the season and both in the same.game!
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    Was fantastic against Bale.

    Going to be a great RB if he can keep improving and stay fit.
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    agreed..

    Brown's pass for the Nani penalty appeal was orgasmic...
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    I agree.

    Still hasnt played Ronaldo or Messi yet though :nervous:
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    Rafael came off due to injury.

    He tried running it off, but did not work. Rio signalled to the bench for replacement.

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