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Cadú calm amid storm at CFR Cluj

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 18.45CET
Changing coach 48 hours before a game is hardly ideal yet CFR 1907 Cluj captain Cadú is calm and remains convinced his side can make their usual winning start to European competition.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Cluj-Napoca

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Tournament statistics

CFR ClujBasel

Goals scored6
 
8
Attempts on target30
 
25
Attempts off target33
 
41
Corners19
 
44
Offsides20
 
24
Fouls committed102
 
95
Yellow cards12
 
9
Red cards1
 
1
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 18.45CET

Cadú calm amid storm at CFR Cluj

Changing coach 48 hours before a game is hardly ideal yet CFR 1907 Cluj captain Cadú is calm and remains convinced his side can make their usual winning start to European competition.

Changing a coach 48 hours before any game is never ideal, less still ahead of a UEFA Champions League group stage opener. Yet CFR 1907 Cluj captain Cadú is unconcerned and remains convinced his team can make their usual winning start to European competition.

I feel sorry for Mandorlini because by coaching us to the double he earned the right to lead us into the Champions League this season
Cadú

Andrea Mandorlini guided CFR to a league and cup success last season but paid the price for a poor start to their title defence, Friday's defeat by FC Rapid Bucureşti leaving the champions 12th in the table. His replacement is Sorin Cârţu, 54, a double winner himself with FC Universitatea Craiova in 1990/91.

"We have changed coached before so we're used to it; we know how to handle it," said Cadú. "Our league form hasn't been good enough and we know we must improve but we are players who get on with the job. I feel sorry for Mandorlini because by coaching us to the double he earned the right to lead us into the Champions League this season, but he is not here – now we have Sorin Cârţu; we want to get started under him."

Cadú is one of eight survivors from CFR's last UEFA Champions League campaign, which began with a fine win at AS Roma. Last season they started life in the UEFA Europa League by beating FC København 2-0, a feat the Portuguese centre-back is adamant they can repeat this time round: "Basel are a very good team – they have experienced players and their coach plays attacking football but we're confident we can win."

Midfielder Gabriel Mureşan echoed his captain's thoughts while stressing that a positive attitude will be crucial. "Basel are a well-organised team but we can win," said the Romanian international. "Everyone wants to improve on our recent form and we are well-known for having a very good defence – we've been together for a long time now. This should free up our inventive players to create more opportunities. We know we must score."

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