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post Sep 19 2021, 12:45 PM
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I disagree. We never played high for a moment because Liverpool simply didn't allow us to make 3 passes in a row, let alone play our game. They forced us to sit back and park the bus, and from then onwards it was a barrage of Liverpool attacks that we tried to fend off in the best way we possibly could.

The two goals were circumstantial. That's what I meant by lucky in my previous post. They were not the result of the game we were expressing or anything, simply because we didn't express jackshit.

Again, I'm disappointed by the way we approached this match and by the performances of nearly all our players. We could have and should have done better, but as Fillipo said we faced it like another average Serie A game. Huge mistake.

But isn't this what Isaid? That we should have approached the game differently and with a different setup to our usual one. We generally always try to play our game in the league, this was a game where we should have adapted to our opponent

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That doesn't mean we shouldn't put our maximum effort in the CL this year. It's not like we achieved CL football and then the competition can go to hell. It doesn't work like that.

Yes, making CL every year is vital and management knows it, but the team has the utmost obligation to put 110% in every CL game, especially in a group of hell like ours. Whether we make it or not is another matter, as long as the performance and effort are there. And tonight they simply weren't.

I never said we should blow off the CL because we don't have a chance. We are a Pot 4 team because we did this in the EL so our co-efficient went down the drain over these last 7 years.

But I do think we should be realistic about what our chances are in it and not lose sight of our most important objective this season, which imo is still the league

Looking at the rest of the teams right now, we have a serious shot of challenging for the competition. That's is my biggest ambition right now for this team. Big CL performances will only come with experience and know how, which is something this team does not have. But as long as we keep doing well in the league, we will be able to gain that
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post Sep 19 2021, 02:02 PM
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We should still give it a shot, at least to pass the group stage. We had the most difficult match of the group, which we could have tied if we were a bit more attentive. Now we have to focus on making as many points as possible against Atletico and Porto. And they are not prohibitive opponents by any means.

Atletico are a top team on paper but this year they've been struggling big time to win. 0-0 vs Porto, two draws in the league (remember the insane 98th minute own goal of Villareal), and three minimalistic wins against low-table opponents (with another 99th minute goal against Espanyol). Not to mention they play a very defensive and low-tempo game which might suit us.

Whereas Porto are totally at our level and within our possibilities to win both times.

We must at least try.
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post Sep 19 2021, 02:05 PM
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 19 2021, 02:02 PM) *
We should still give it a shot, at least to pass the group stage. We had the most difficult match of the group, which we could have tied if we were a bit more attentive. Now we have to focus on making as many points as possible against Atletico and Porto. And they are not prohibitive opponents by any means.

Atletico are a top team on paper but this year they've been struggling big time to win. 0-0 vs Porto, two draws in the league (remember the insane 98th minute own goal of Villareal), and three minimalistic wins against low-table opponents (with another 99th minute goal against Espanyol). Not to mention they play a very defensive and low-tempo game which might suit us.

Whereas Porto are totally at our level and within our possibilities to win both times.

We must at least try.

Yes agreed totally. I want to see us give our best in the CL, if for nothing else, than for the legacy this club holds in that competition.

My point was that we must not lose sight of where we came from. Maybe I wasn't clear in my previous posts. I don't want us to half @ss the CL simply because of a defeatist attitude. But I don't want to see Milan fans lose their sh!t either over the opening game against Liverpool at Anfield either. Where aside from the opponents being a very good side, there were some clear nerves in our general play. Players I wouldn't expect to make certain mistakes were making basic errors. We just have to be patient with this side, it was the 3rd youngest side that started from matchday 1 if I am no mistaken. So these growing pains are to be expected.

We're not rocking up to these away pitches with the star studded sides of the early 2000s
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