Today, starts new A lyga championship, and will be played 2 matches. Of course, both matches will be on artifical turf, because there are -20 degrees in Lithuania.
Suduva won championship in style last year, and finally interrupted Zalgiris dominance. There wer few reasons about this win, first of course very good coach, who prepared team tactically very good , good players, who had a league experience, and very interesting playing style, especially in europe. Suduva played with 1 forward in main matches, who tried to run after every ball, good midfield, and of course RB and LB, who was very important in attacks. Suduva reached last EL playoff stage, where they lost to Ludogorets, and it was the best Lithuania team performance in Europe.
About this season. Suduva kept almost all main players, but was some , who leaved.Main players was Mansoro, who came into team in the last matches, but was main midfelder, team wanted to keep him, but he went to the main rivals Zalgiris, Veliulis who went to Jonava and Abu Bakr who was main defender, and only becase he had injury, Suduva didint extended contract. So 3 important players left, but team reinforced with fantastic players, and Suduva are stronger then in last season. First of all, the most important transfer Acevedo, i really dont know, how Suduva could take player, whos market value is 1,5 million, watched him playing in Ural few times, and he is very smart and good midfelder, other player is Gayduchik, ex BATE player,withi this team played in europe, and have a lot of european experience, other players is defender Iharos from Rudar,very interesting midfeldier Ndaye who played in England Championship, Irtysh. So, team have very good players, 2 in ervery position, and it will help, when shedule will be hard.
Stumbras is new project with new Coach Barreto, and a lot of foreign players with young Lithuanian players. . Team didint played well in last season , only 7 place, and had to play playout matches with 1 league team Banga, who Stumbras won easily.. Team lost a lot of young Lithuanian players, but main firegn players, like Kore, Bouchareb, Marcos, Matcharashvili is in the team. Where was new arrivals, but i really dont know players who came, and will see them only in matches.Main player from Lithuanian is Galkevicius, good player, but prone with injuries.Team had training camp in Antalia, where they played with very famouse clubs, like Zenit, Dinamo, Cervena Zvezda, and of course lost them, but it was good experience for young Stumbras players.
Both teams played in supercup, because Stumbras won Luithuanian cup in last year, and Suduva won easily 5-0. Stumbras played very bad in that match, a lot of silly defenders mistake after 0-2 midfield didint existed, and in that match was only 1 team, Suduva.Stumbras played with only 2 Lithuanian players, and later left only 1, very shameful result. So, Suduva have better players, are prepared better, and i think will win without problems.