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han2503
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I'd definitely take both

We need to try to offload Suso and maybe even Piatek at this point
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Posted on: Jan 19 2020, 08:07 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 19 2020, 08:00 PM) *
I think we switched to 4-4-2 because Ibra asked Pioli to play alongside another striker. And I like having another striker next to Zlatan. I also like having Bennacer and Kessie in the double pivot.

What I don't like about that system are the wingers. Bonaventura, Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Suso. They're either inadequate to play there or are just not good enough.

That's why I think 3-4-1-2 would work best, because it retains those two positive aspects I mentioned earlier and also allows for 1) Conti and Hernandez to be less defensive-oriented, and 2) have Paqueta back in the game. But I doubt we'll ever go this route.

I get your points, but I've never really seen us do well with a 3-man back line, not to mention the other issue you mentioned re the center backs - or lack-there-of

I agree about Kessie and Bennacer in a double pivot, that's why I restate my earlier point re a 4-2-3-1

Conti--Musa-Romagnoli--Theo
Kessie--Bennacer
Suso/Samu--Paqueta--Rebic/Hakan
Ibra
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 16 2020, 02:05 PM) *
If we wanna keep playing with 4-4-2 we need to buy 1-2 wingers. We can't possibly pretend to play with Castielljo on the right. The guy has spirit and puts a lot of effort, but he's just too limited. Bonaventura on the left is acceptable to a certain degree.

Also, I'm really upset that we've marginalized Paqueta like this. Arguably our most talented player yet we never really gave him a proper direction.

I don't see 4-4-2 being a long term solution. 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 are the only way to go imo. And I disagree about the 3-man defense system. We've tried using variations of it multiple times under different coaches with bad results

Agree about Paqueta. What a waste, especially in a position where we are seriously lacking and we marginalize one of our most naturally talented players

QUOTE (Danny @ Jan 16 2020, 02:10 PM) *
Just wanna say, Theo...

Might just be our best LB since Jankulovski.

Far too good for this team and could help take us to new heights.

Yeah, an absolute beast.

Let's hope that we keep hold of him and Paolo and Boban will continue to bring in talent like him

You know, for all the criticism they've received (unwarranted imo), their signings, have all been really good. They're not flashy by any stretch of the imagination, but all have proven to be good decisions with great potential

QUOTE (Danny @ Jan 16 2020, 09:53 PM) *
Also Jankulovski was by no means a guaranteed starter - I did really like him, more than most fans did, and he had to fight Serginho for the shirt. I thought he was world class personally.

As for Theo, yes, at his age he has the world at his feet and I'm glad he's another one Real spat out - what a bargain at 20M.

Janku didn't really give us his best years. But in 06/07 he was great for us, it's frankly the only season I remember from him

QUOTE (Danny @ Jan 17 2020, 11:42 PM) *
PS Ibra and Theo have reinvigorated my interest in Milan again - I also hope Piatek gets some form back.

I also like Conti, always did, beats Calabria hands down, while I liked the signing of Kjaer who is kind of a world class defender.

I want to see more of Bennacer who you all rave about, and I have high hopes for Krunic.

All in all, I feel like there's something to work with here.

I subbed to a UK channel which has Italian football, so here's hoping it's not a waste of cash.

I hope to get my full passion back soon.

Helps when there's a player or two you like.

Ibra has been a major difference maker, as I thought he would be. He's not the old Ibra for sure, the wear and tear is there for anyone to see, but he's a big player, and he's exactly the kind of persona we need in that dressing room. I really hope we can bring in another player of similar stature in the near future. Because all these young players we have really do need that type of figure to lead them.

I really wonder why we're not trying to sign Rakitic. Barca don't want him and he'd be perfect for our midfield

QUOTE (William405 @ Jan 19 2020, 02:27 PM) *
3-2 what a game!!! no one here to watch??

I'll post my thoughts on the match later on.

Sad to say that I missed it as I had to go out

I'll watch extended highlights tomorrow.

I'm glad to see Rebic on the score sheet. I was starting to wonder what the deal was with him when he couldn't get a sniff while Suso and Hakan kept stinking up the place

QUOTE (Danny @ Jan 19 2020, 03:02 PM) *
Watched it all William, great match, our flaws and strengths exposed really brutally, we worked for the win and just about earned it but Udi will feel hard done by.

I love Theo, Leao has potential if played in the right place, Ibra was frankly rotten, Bennacer didn't really stand out, Rebic is superb.

Saw the best and worst of Gigi - some appalling misjudgement and some superb saves.

I'd say this squad actually has some small potential, but I'm not sure 4-4-1-1 or whatever the f*ck that formation is is getting the best and most consistency out of them.

I also don't think Pioli is the right man even at this transitional time - there is some real quality in this squad, but it doesn't look the sum of its parts.

So Rebic had a good overall showing (goals aside)?

He's such an interesting player, and has so many characteristic that we lack on the pitch yet he was getting perma-benched for some reason.

I still think Leao is too green and clumsy to be a fully fledged starter, and he needs to be managed correctly as well. I don't want to see us destroy another young and talented player
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Posted on: Jan 12 2020, 08:20 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Jan 12 2020, 06:30 PM) *
I agree with what's been said.

Piatek is an amazing finisher. I think he actually needs a striker next to him to complement him...someone like Robinho or Cassano. I don't think he could work with Ibra, honestly. Leao has better characteristics for that.

We're in this phase of creating an identity for the team, and for sure it is taking lots of time, but we have our fair share of very talented players that we can build around. We have to get rid of the crop of average players though: Kessie, Calabria, Suso, and Calhanoglu are increasingly getting in that category in my eyes.

Calabria I would keep for now. He's having a nightmare season along with many of the rest of the players, but he's shown that he has talent, plus he's one of the last few from the youth academy

Kessie, Suso and Hakan definitely need to be replaced

I do not understand why these players keep having bad games and keep taking up starting spots.

While Paqueta is sitting on the bench Kessie and Hakan are out there each week bumbling about the pitch. Same with Rebic. Why isn't he being given a fair shot?

As for Leao, I think the kid has great potential, but should not be starting in important games, he's too green and too selfish on the ball at times. He over dribbles a lot causing him to lose the ball each time. He needs to be managed properly to be able to come into his own.

Suso is just being Suso. He'll never be consistent, he'll always be a bit too slow for a winger as well.

We should go after Deulofeu again. His electric pace would solve a lot of our problems in attack

And I still say we need to switch to a 4-2-3-1

Kessie and Bennacer would hold the double pivot while Paqueta plays behind Ibra
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Posted on: Jan 12 2020, 05:06 PM


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QUOTE (Danny @ Jan 11 2020, 10:57 PM) *
Piatek was doing that at the start as well. You ended up despising him!

Hopefull Ibra keeps doing that because lord knows we need it.

PS how can we get a fairly comfortable 3 points v a top 6 side on their patch yet be so utterly poor against dreadful opposition?

I'd hardly compare Ibra with Piatek, and Piatek is basically going through what any striker with his skillset would go through in a team like ours.

Ibra on the other hand makes things happen on his own as well as for others. I was never worried about his age because he's still in amazing shape, and most importantly, he's not someone who would come here to have a few comfortable months before retiring, he came to Milan to make a difference or else he would have gone elsewhere.

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Posted on: Dec 29 2019, 10:47 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 29 2019, 08:05 PM) *
Being linked with Matic. Don't really care for him. Also, Suso being linked with a move to Sevilla.

In all honesty, I would ship Suso away if the right offer came (say, 25-30M).

Now that we have Ibra I would also reconsider switching to 4-3-1-2. I think Ibra works best with another striker next to him.

We have Hakan or Paqueta who can play as trequartista, let's use them.

Not sure about a 4-3-1-2

I still think a 4-2-3-1 suits the players we have more.

Paqueta also can benefit greatly from someone like Ibra. He's struggled this season and having someone like Ibra can be a boost for him.
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Posted on: Dec 29 2019, 06:58 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Dec 29 2019, 11:56 AM) *
Even a third of the goals he scored for Galaxy would mean a huge improvement compared to the level of impotency we're currently at.

Ibra is not just about the goals though

It's that certain mentality and culture he brings in with him that none of the current crop possess. Not even the ones with true potential like Donna or Romagnoli. A winner's mentality.

It's what we need and I hope we sign someone else with his level of experience, preferably in midfield
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 04:56 PM


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2 lost points

If we are hemming a hawing with Ibra about his contract, this game should be enough of a reality check for the management. We absolutely need someone with his confidence in the final third

So many lost chances
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 04:46 PM


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FFS!! off the post again!
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 04:41 PM


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Man, we just cannot score!!

Off the post from Leao now...
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 03:47 PM


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Why is our finishing so bad??

Should be up by 2 now
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Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 03:38 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Dec 15 2019, 03:35 PM) *
Oh man what a shame..was a wonderful goal

what did theo have on this t-shirt?


If I saw correctly: "Ciao Jack"
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QUOTE (Danny @ Dec 15 2019, 03:00 PM) *
Napoli died like us. Inter and Juve are now the 100% established order in Italy. Napoli were a fad.

It's not like inter have been an established force for years now. They rode their luck into the CL which is what allowed them to get a coach like Conte

We were a single point away last season from them.

But those are the fine lines.
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Posted on: Dec 14 2019, 04:56 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Dec 9 2019, 08:49 PM) *
Any news regarding Ibrahimović?

He has confirmed that he will be returning to Italy, And only a few clubs can take on his wages, most of which don't really need him, so right now, I am assuming that he will sign for us. But I have been let down before when it comes to Ibra, so who knows
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Posted on: Dec 8 2019, 10:26 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 8 2019, 09:33 PM) *
Yep.

That being said, I did jinx him after saying that, with him making 2 errors that cost us 2 goals...
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Posted on: Dec 8 2019, 09:19 PM


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Theo is definitely the most well-spent money in a good while
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A bit of a soft pen on Piatek, but I'll take it
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QUOTE (William405 @ Dec 8 2019, 08:41 PM) *
Anyone tuning in to the game today?

Currently watching
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QUOTE (Danny @ Nov 22 2019, 09:46 PM) *

Contradictory, I know, but I don't think that the same yard stick applies for all players.

QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 24 2019, 04:32 PM) *
Sadly. Anyone watched the game? I tried, but failed. We're so bad it's really a pain to watch. Even good or solid teams look bad when playing with us.

I watched, didn't think we were bad at all.

Performance-wise we have improved a lot under Pioli imo, it's just the results that haven't come yet. Our sterility in front of goal being the main culprit
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 11 2019, 11:39 PM) *
Nobody has discussed this here, but there were rumours a few days ago about our interest in Ibrahimovic. LA Galaxy's president even said that he has an agreement with us, only to claim afterwards that his words were misinterpreted.

What do you guys think? Would you sign a 38 year old Zlatan?

I'd carry him on my back from LA to Milano. Zlatan is Zlatan, no matter how old he is, he's a true leader and winner, the exact kind of player we need in this team full of inexperienced players who have never won anything

QUOTE (nuh @ Nov 12 2019, 11:11 AM) *
One of the biggest mistakes this club has ever made was selling Ibra and Thiago during the summer 2012. Though, having said that, I’d rather we move on and find better solutions. I love Ibra, his two seasons with the club have been fantastic and yes, I think he’d still be able to offer something this season. Though, making short-sited signings are what killed this club. I’d rather we fix this solution with a player that could help us for a longer period than potentially 6 months. I do agree with the opinion that we need experience, but not a 38-year-old Ibra. It may be a good idea to go all out for Cavani, he’s everything we want Piatek to be, good on the ball, helps out in the defense, can create his own chances and creates for others. His contract expires next season and Icardi seems to be doing well for PSG. Maybe he would be worth pursuing.

If we're going to sign a past player it should be Thiago. What we miss more than anything is a leader in the back 4. I really think if we can bring in a vocal player that can shape the defense better and demand players to focus, we'll concede less. I really think one of the reasons Abate and Thiago performed well with us was because of Nesta constant feedback on the pitch.

PS. Hi guys (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) , I haven’t posted in a long time but I’ve been coming on often to read your opinions.

How old is Thiago now? I think we can find cheaper solutions for the same quality. The PSG players who have gotten used to kicking back in France and earning astronomical wages are out of our price point imo. Look at Verratti as the best example of this, he's wasting all that talent playing in France imo, but look at the contract extension he signed, no Italian team would pay that, even the big clubs in Spain and England would think twice
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:53 PM


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We'll be without Hakan and Bennacer against Napoli...
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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 10 2019, 10:46 PM) *
Kessie is terrible as well. I guess Pioli tried to rely on Bonaventura's experience. But not that this sub mattered. Krunić was bad, Bona as well.

I really did not think Krunic was bad, he's an interesting player for sure, just very slow.

Bona's legs are gone. I think Biglia would have been a more prudent choice, or at least do what x-off said, pull Hakan back into midfield and bring in Rebic earlier. We needed a quick spark, and he brings that. Leao is too green to come on and make a difference in this kind of game
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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 10 2019, 10:41 PM) *
True..you called it. :/

Hakan and Suso is not going to work as wings..We need to find something else.

4-2-3-1.

Suso and Rebic would be on the wings, Hakan in the centre
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 10:38 PM) *
Then why keep Kessie out? He was not injured and the decision was purely technical. Makes no sense. We're not in a position to be having such luxuries right now.

It's true we did not deserve to lose, but I called it. We don't have the mental strength to hold onto these games. Eventually we concede.

And also it's true we've seen improvements under Pioli, but goodness gracious how fucking awful are in attack? So many mistakes. That remains to be our biggest issue right now.

It wasn't purely technical, it was disciplinary as well. He was late to training.

Yes, I said as well that we'd concede in the last few minutes, because this kind of game has become textbook Milan. But, you have to appreciate that Juve took off Ronaldo and Bernardeschi and brought on Dybala and Costa. There's only so much our players can do against those guys coming on fresh while all our players have heavy legs.

I think Pioli should really consider moving to a 4-2-3-1. With Paqueta and Bennacer in the double pivot. Paqueta is not just tricks and flicks, he has industry as well and is one of our best passers, and Bennacer has come back roaring under Pioli. I'd like to see them in that setup. Rebic, Hakan and Suso would be in support of Piatek, that would leave him less isolated than he currently is.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Nov 10 2019, 10:31 PM) *
There's something off with Rebic though. Both coaches we've had have seemingly sidelines him for some reason...

This is not to say I don't agree with you x-off. Bona is clearly past it at this point, and should not be on the pitch against Juve
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