Gojira wrote:vlad_impaler wrote:jensm wrote:
I would say Astrakhanockha have the best squad after Rostov; Postnova, Sabirova, Chigirnova, Ikhneva, Kochetova, Malashenko, Levsha, Samokhina, Kozhokar, Petrova. And they also som against Rostov 26-24 at home if im wrong. But, yes Lada is one of the favs now. Along with Vipers/Brest I guess.
After Rostov, yeah, I added that. Well, it's questionable. I also thought Astrakhan could be better as squad at first sight, but let's face it: Lada are 10-0-0! Dmitrieva is more mature than Sabirova who looks a bit lost in space this season. About Kozhokar, it's not like she was such a fantastic wing for Russian NT level (past level). Regarding Postnova and Kochetova, the first got older and Kochetova is full of injuries and overweight (poor girl, she is awesome talent).
Dmitrieva, Vedekhina, Snopova, Novoselova, Nosikova, Mikhaylichenko, Tarasova etc is the fresh blood. And UTKINA is a real goalie.
One thing is visible though, Astrakhan's bench is better if no injuries. I guess the bench of Lada is young. But experience isn't winning everytime.
I told you before and will repeat it now: Astrakhanochka have a crap coach. That's why they are underperforming. It's not enough to be the husband of Postnova to be a proper coach for a top team.
On the other hand Kuban' are developing well. Tref got Tarasikov as an assistant coach, so his hysterics are less in number. And consequently the team play better. Also there are fewer players there, so possibly less tension. I wouldn't be surprised to find them in the final.
Lada have an excellent starting line up, but their bench is short. Of course, Dmitrieva is one of the best of the world. But they don't have a proper pivot, and Utkina is far from either Sedoykina or Kalinina. Btw from your list only Mikhaylichenko is fresh, the others have been in the Superliga for years.
Utkina is good goalkeeper,but there is no chance that she is better than Sedoykina.Lada has fantastic back line:Vedekhina,Dmitrieva and Snopova and they really have chance to win title in EHF Cup.But they will lose away matches against Rostov-Don and Astrakhanochka in National Championship.