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Fillipo Simone
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Almost none of the players were there decision, so it won't happen. At fault are Fassone and Mirabelli who splashed much money into nothing.

Also, keeping Rino was fair choice back then - even if it was mostly for sentimental reasons. But now he must go.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 11:57 AM


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Well Iím not sure its clear Gattuso is gone if we reach 4th. And to expect these bunch of kids to play without a leader to be motivated is probably too much. If this is true and it became apparent that Gattuso is gone no matter what, we really need an interim coach.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 11:09 AM


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There's a difference. With Man Utd you have at least players like Pogba, Lukaku, de Gea who are proven champions - and clearly underperform.

With Milan you don't have a single player bar Rodriguez who has had 2 or 3 stable good seasons with his clubs prior Milan.

The big difference is however that this team needs leadership and guidance. It's the youngest Milan ever and the youngest starting XI in Serie A. If Gattuso lost the team the situation is dire.

But X-O I understand your position - yet our main goal is to secure CL. Now I don't know about you but I'm in panic mode right now. If Milan doesn't win and look considerably better come Sunday and Torino, we have to do something. Since we cannot change our players, the best thing IMO would be to sack Gattuso and bring in a fireman who could try bring some positive effect in the team and shake up things temporarily.

Look at how the change from Inzaghi to Mihajlovic resulted instant (and temporary) change. Sure, this is low-table survival tactics, but CL is crucial. We gotta do all we can to achieve that. And Milan under Gattuso looks completely dead right now - that's how many now awful games in a row?
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Posted on: Apr 24 2019, 09:46 PM


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Here is a preview of what Milan under Gattuso looks like in big games:

Milan - Lazio 2:1
Milan - Roma 2:0

Juventus - Milan 3:1
Milan - Inter 0:0
Milan - Napoli 0:0
Milan - Inter 1:0 (e.t.)
Milan - Lazio 0:0
Lazio - Milan 0:0 (win on penalties)
Juventus - Milan 4:0

Milan - Napoli 2:3
Milan - Roma 2:1
Inter - Milan 1:0
Milan - Juventus 0:2
Lazio - Milan 1:1
Napoli - Milan 0:0
Roma - Milan 1:1
Milan - Inter 2:3
Juventus - Milan 2:1
Milan - Lazio 1:0
Juventus - Milan 1:0
Milan - Napoli 2:0
Milan - Lazio 0:0
Lazio - Milan 1:0

That's 7 wins (1 on penalties) in 23 games. 1 win in 4 games against Inter. Two finals lost with zero goals scored.

Today we went out with 2 shots on target and a staggering 4 total shots. Yes, our team isn't good enough. But that's not all.
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Posted on: Apr 24 2019, 09:31 PM


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Hope? Of course we'll lose. Big match - Milan loses.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 11:40 PM


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Yes, they are responsible. I think they were sentimental and didn't have the heat to sack Rino after he coached us through a fair post-Montella period. If it wasn't Ringo but someone else (no Milan legend), he would have probably been gone.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 06:44 PM


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Let's hope Roma will too.

But honestly, what can we expect other then failure if we keep on playing like this? I think some players need to be benched: call it resting or sending a message, I don't really care.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 03:08 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 20 2019, 04:59 PM) *
OK so at this point Leonardo and Maldini are to blame?

No, Gattuso.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 02:11 PM


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What Milan needs and has been needing for years now is a coach with experience, someone who constantly knows what he's doing and has the needed experience to confront issues and problems as the occur during the season.

This is pointless. Gone are the days when you can sign a shoemaker and Serie B coach.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 01:54 PM


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Second half was alright? You realize that we play for CL football and survival? While Parma is almost a relegation side?

The confusion created with subs like Biglia or Cutrone, the lack of ideas and general predictability which is addressed by absurd doubling or even tripling of positions (Castillejo - Suso - Borini; Cutrone - Piatek). The stubborn deployment of players like Rodriguez or especially Borini who is one dimensional and should get playing time - but for Christ sake, not as right fullback unless it is absolutely necessary.

This is the n-th time we start a match with zero idea and zero aggression. We did so against Udine as well. There's no sign of change of attitude. It's hopeless, unless of course Lazio and Roma help but I don't see that happen.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 01:46 PM


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Awful performance. Helped by awful choices.
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Posted on: Apr 20 2019, 12:35 PM


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Agreed.

Awful match, awful attitude and gameplay. But what's new? Y'all be shouting again that Gattuso is blameless. Just think about this - 5 away matches, 2 shots on goal by Milan. We play awful football and if we somehow remain 4th it will be a gift by Roma and Lazio.
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Posted on: Apr 14 2019, 04:00 PM


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Agreed.

Also, why isn't anyone mentioning that it was Acerbi who started this debate that is "unworthy of sport"?
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Posted on: Apr 14 2019, 03:04 PM


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If Milan want to speed up things and make a decisive move forward, they either should sign a superstar, find a instant supertalent or sign an experienced coach. Or else we'll be stuck in years with baby steps - 7 or 8 years to cling on to the 4th spot, next season a early exit in CL (group stage), then after 2 years perhaps 3rd etc etc. By this plan we will be back in (real) business by then end of the new decade.
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Posted on: Apr 13 2019, 08:26 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Apr 13 2019, 10:11 PM) *
Kessie is just dumb.

You realize that now, don't you? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/devil.gif)
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Posted on: Apr 13 2019, 07:31 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Apr 13 2019, 09:29 PM) *
He'll be good for them, they're at this level

We'll see about Rino, if he gets 4th I think he deserves the chance to stay for another season

If Rino loses tonight I think he will and should be sacked.
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Posted on: Apr 13 2019, 07:30 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Apr 13 2019, 02:31 PM) *
Hasnít that been the issue with all our coaches since Ancelotti though?

And this is why we never once in these 10 years or so overachieved. Not a single season with better results then quality/money invested.

What recently shocked me is that Juve, over a span of some 9 seasons, spent 1,2 billion in transfers, but Milan more then 700 m with an income from transfers circa 500 - exactly the same as Inter. Juventus won 224 more points compared to Milan in 8 last seasons.
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Posted on: Apr 12 2019, 03:56 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Apr 4 2019, 05:22 PM) *
You guys are too critical.

This is a midtable team and this midtable team currently sits in a European slot of the table.

The team lost a couple of games, so what? Now the team is mediocre? Have you forgotten this is a midtable team?

Then on Gattuso, what's the issue we have with Gattuso? If he does not get CL he will be gone by the end of the season. And that's that.

P.S. you guys should lower your expectations, it's not like the team will be challenging for top honors anytime soon. There has to be consistency in the structure of the team before there is any consistency in results, then we can discuss winning something.

I disagree with that midtable team talk. Sure, we ain't the team we were in 2004. But who's talking about that anyway? If our team is midtable class so to speak, then hell Atalanta, Lazio and Roma have all midtable teams as well.

The issue with Gattuso is quite simple. He's a solid coach but he lacks experience and isn't in control of his team. He has no idea what to do upfront when the Plan A isn't working. The mindset of the team fighting for 4th or even 3rd spot just isn't right.
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Posted on: Apr 12 2019, 03:50 PM


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Yet PSG opened up the door for Monaco, Marseille and Nice to at least try and be competitive.

It was a strange decision signing Carletto IMO. He never seemed to me the right man for them. They need a guerrilla tactics coach like Simeone on their side to pull of a scudetto winning season. Ancelotti is too much of a big club man to deal with their kind of pressure and mentality.

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Posted on: Apr 3 2019, 10:14 AM


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The players are good. They're not excellent or world class but they are a better mix then the one we had last year. And they are certainly better then Udinese or Sampdoria.

Right now we cannot change our team. The only logical step is to decide what to do right now: trust in Rino or select a new replacement already and gamble with the positive shock effect.

It's not that Rino is a tactical mastermind. So far he's shown little ideas and he's mostly clinging to one solution he thinks is optimal. The thing Rino is/was good at was inspiring and firing up the team: but I think he lost them.
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Posted on: Apr 2 2019, 10:27 PM


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I think Gattuso needs to go. We made a jump in terms of position and points, but many of these games were lucky late winners whereas the whole season Milan has been dragging poor showings and mentality in big games. Under Gattuso we've lost all big games bar the one fixture with Roma. All defeats/draws against Juve, Inter and Napoli (minus some minor Coppa results).

Bakayoko should really play the central position, Biglia should get the bench. Kessie is most probably being punished. And well, we're struggling to create so the shift didn't come off just 2 bad games, it's a dump in form overall.
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Posted on: Mar 31 2019, 06:01 PM


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Read about this... in different ways. Not sure what to think. Leonardoís handling stuff with the media is very undiplomatic and not especially helpful.
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Posted on: Mar 31 2019, 11:38 AM


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Oh and yes, if we don't win the next game and make a mentality change quickly we'll be spiraling down; Juventus and a double fixture against Lazio are coming up.
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Posted on: Mar 31 2019, 11:33 AM


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But the way we played, the indolence and body language... sorry, we screwed us over ourselves primarily. This was a disastrous game in every possible way.

Nothing seems to work right now. Piatek is mostly denied service by the uninspired and mostly selfish Suso and Castillejo, Hakan has been his usual mediocre self now for a long time, Biglia and Bakayoko seem to be not working good together (no surprise there), while the defense finally started showing cracks and lost confidence. Donnarumma...well... no comment there.
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Posted on: Mar 22 2019, 01:00 PM


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Anyone heard about the brawl between Kessie and Biglia? What was that all about?

Rodriguez needs no explanation. The sheer fact that we can get some decent (or good) money out of him is enough convincing to ship him off and try adapting Calabria on the left or find another suitable option.

Kessie is what I always suspected him to be. Simply lacking in quality and intelligence. He's a surplus, adding very little to our game. In 1990 or the early 2000's Keissie would have done good, but this is modern football; you simply cannot sacrifice the midfield position for a limited player like him in a club with big or even modest ambitions.

A thing that worries me a bit preemptive is Piatek. He seems like a shadow player: tuning in and out in games. Sure he scored a bunch of important goals for us already but somehow I got the feeling he is the type of striker that likes to go on longer absent stints and isn't quite the derby king. When you mention Shevchenko... oh the one thing he always delivered was against Inter.
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