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Lazy Berba's Place Is Under Threat

Dimitar Berbatov played very poorly in his nation's last two World Cup qualifiers, against Italy and Georgia. Both games ended in 0-0 draws which indeed confirms that these were not the strikers' days.

The United striker has been under severe criticism in his homeland since these matches as they perceive him to be lazy and not committed enough.

"Berbatov was very far from his real qualities. If somebody doesn`t want to play for Bulgaria he will not be picked," Bulgaria coach Plamen Markov said.

"Berbatov`s job is to score goals and Bulgaria to win games," said Bulgarian FA's vice-president Yordan Lechkov.

"Berbatov ran just 2,000 metres against Italy when normally a player runs between 9,000 and 10,000m during 90 minutes. Berbatov is the captain and must lead the team, he has to give his best on the pitch."

Well, that's a tasty affair we have here. Berbatov, of course, is easily the best Bulgarian player, ahead of the Petrovs. His quality speaks for itself yet he's stuck with the image that he's lazy and brooding and individualistic.

I was worried about these attributes when he signed but I must admit that so far I'm pleased with his workrate. It's not in the Rooney/Tevez/Park category but certainly better than what many predicted, barely hiding their glee.

Only 2000 metres? Quite difficult to believe though I know full well that the accusation that Berbatov doesn't like to play with footballers below his own quality is indeed true - it was all too obvious at Spurs that he craves better teammates. Not a very likeable attitude, true - but if he continues to put in performances similar to the one he gave at Ewood then I don't care that he can't be arsed to work in the Bulgaria team.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 17 2008

Time: 8:53PM

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Sulky's at it again
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17/10/2008 21:21:00

As the most important player for Bulgaria, it is normal that he is be the only one being picked. on. Which is really not fair when there are 10 outfield players! Against Blackburn he was tracking back fine, he covered a lot of the pitch in that game. I couldn't care less what he did for Bulgaria anyway! They can sod off if they can't appreciate a player of his quality.
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17/10/2008 21:46:00

He is just saving his energy for Man UTd :D
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18/10/2008 04:11:00

have 2 agree with reddevils4ever89 its good news 4 united because he can play more games for us :D
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18/10/2008 15:16:00

has had his impressive moments but has not been as good as Tevez has been and I don't see why Tevez is always left out now.
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20/10/2008 03:53:00

I'd always prefer Tevez to lazy Berba but hey, if you overpay for a player I guess you have to play him, right?
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21/10/2008 15:36:00

I guess so, but buying Tevez won't be cheap either.
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27/10/2008 01:33:00

This is exactly why we let you get this sulker. Our masterplan was to force you to bid more for Berbatov, pulling funds away from Tevez's transfer. This way Manchester City will be able to make Carlos an offer he (and his agent) can't refuse in january. And you won't be able to respond. Today Manchester, tomorrow the world!!! hee hee hee.
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