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Fillipo Simone
Posted on: Oct 10 2019, 05:34 PM


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Well, if you say so. But right now we need a solid and confident DM like Bakayoko used to be. I don't think Bennacer is suited for that role right now.
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Posted on: Oct 10 2019, 03:52 PM


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Agreed on Biglia. But Bennacer is clearly inexperienced, you can tell easily by his disastrous performances. Hadn't it been for Calhanoglou he would have been the worst player against Fiorentina. Most of the responsibility lies on Giampaolo who had no real clue, but my expectations regarding Bennacer now are minimal. Perhaps his experience with Empoli trying to avoid relegation will now come handy.
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Posted on: Oct 10 2019, 11:28 AM


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Well, we disagree. I stand by my opinion that Bakayoko was crucial. Surely he wasn't Ronaldo or Messi, but in a different sense he made the system work like no other player could (Kessie, Biglia, etc.). I think we're having the same trouble here: we lack a competent DM who gives the team security and makes the game flow and we lack the creative trequartista. Now that we'll again play a 4-2-3-1 this trequartista talk is irrelevant, but we'll still lack the DM. Biglia is pretty much useless and completely unstable, Bennacer is just too inexperienced while Kessie is... well he's Kessie. Ideal for small teams.
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Posted on: Oct 10 2019, 09:40 AM


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You say we are stronger on paper... but I doubt that as well. I'm so perplexed with you guys not acknowledging how massive Bakayoko was for us last season. Maybe his off field stupidity got to you. But fact is that he was IMO the crucial ingredient for last seasons "success". Now see how we struggle with the faded Biglia and the not-so impressive Bennacer (to be fair, the kid deserves more time).

So no, I really don't think we're that much stronger on paper. You have a fixation with Rodriguez but the point is, a leftback won't make the difference to end up 4th or 5th. And here is something which is bothering me for quite some time... we are all speaking of Milan as a club with limited resources. Yet this summer we managed to spend 100M on transfers (including Kessie). My question remains: couldn't we have sacrificed Duarte, Hernandez, Krunić and even the seemingly good Leao - and sign one or two classy players? Sign someone who adds value?

IMO we make two mistakes over and over again. Firstly we never seem to care who takes over as coach and always settle for the easy and unimaginative solution (bar Montella). And secondly we spent a lot of money for quantity players and not even once considered "stay as we are" and adding a drop of quality into the bunch.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2019, 10:30 PM


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As for Pioli, I'm also disappointed. But he got a contract for 1 million plus the 1.5 we're paying Giampaolo. It's obvious we couldn't afford anyone - not even Spalletti, especially not Mourinho etc. Let's be realistic, who would accept to come to Milan for a miserable salary in this even more miserable situation?
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Posted on: Oct 8 2019, 10:28 PM


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Agree with both of you.

But sorry, my blame on Mladini and Boban goes to a certain point. One has to understand that it was indeed Berlusconi and Galliani who destroyed Milan in the first place with their reckless and antiquated handling of the club and lastly their sale of the club to a shady Chinese businessman.

This is how we got there. Maldini and Boban are club legends who agreed to work under these dire and complicated conditions. Could they done better? Sure, especially in terms of manager selection and summer signings. But let's be honest guys: apart from me most of you saw the team stronger then last year, prepared for battling the 4th spot (even more?) and were fine with Giampaolo. Heck, even the media praised Giampaolo and made some believe he's some kind of tactical genius?

The mistake was to punish Leonardo for last season and remove him from the management as his signings and decisions weren't half as bad (maybe expensive though). So this blaming game goes far more then just stating two of our club legends our idiots.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2019, 09:24 AM


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Oh, also on the Genoa match. I watched it, once again we played a horrible match. Calabria is having a nightmare season so far (red carded again) while Duarte seems like another junk player we'll be begging to get rid of.
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Posted on: Oct 8 2019, 09:23 AM


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I don't think we have many options on the table. Don't know why Garcia disappeared from the rumors, while Spalletti wanted a longer contract (2022) and was too expensive.
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Posted on: Oct 2 2019, 07:49 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Oct 2 2019, 01:20 PM) *
Then how weak is Real Madrid

Real Madrid did not lose 4-0. Atalanta on the other hand lost yet again. Hardly a good argument.
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Posted on: Oct 2 2019, 07:47 PM


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Meaning he'll stay until December and then get sacked. Great.
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Posted on: Oct 1 2019, 04:37 PM


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And we have no money to pay his salary (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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Posted on: Oct 1 2019, 02:54 PM


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I see we're getting linked with Wenger again, but I don't know if it's just media BS or something real.
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Posted on: Oct 1 2019, 02:53 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Sep 30 2019, 05:56 PM) *
So we fire Gazidis and keep Maldini and Boban?

Don't think Braida would be enough my friend.

On our chances for CL... Please let us stick to where the club is at right now, hovering above the relegation zone. EL seems a decent target, if the team manages to climb out of their arses and administer a comeback that is.

Before the season started I was convinced we'd be challenging. But now I'm convinced the club has no structure, just names (Maldini, Boban), a history almost covered in a foot of dust and an inclination to prove that the Galliani management was far superior (yes even in the dying years).

Oh how times have changed, this club used to be respected by its own players before its opponents. Nowadays the opponents respects the club before its players. Such a shame it has come down to this.

No, that was not what I meant. But out of the three Gazidis is the one with experience and he's the expensive acquisition. And right now his rule of signing youngsters and talents isn't exactly helping, especially in Serie A.

Why would anyone be motivated to target EL after this seasons decision to forfeit our spot? The same will probably happen next year as well.

Oh and don't get me even started on how superior the Galliani management was. Don't you see that this is exactly how we got here in the first place? Sorry, Milan becoming the club of today must be one of the biggest falls in football history for sure. In the last 20 years, perhaps even more.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 02:21 PM


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Won't happen. All mentioned bar Atalanta are much better then we are at this point.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 01:59 PM


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I think this season is already down the drain. What's there to salvage? Again get 5th or 6th spot and then forfeit once again? Meh, ridiculous.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 11:47 AM


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Yes, and this is the thing. Last season we had many deficiencies. We had two possible solution: either start from scratch and build a new team with 5-6 new starters in and many of last years starters sold or try to patch up the most urgent deficiencies. We decided for the patch-work, mostly because of financial restraints. But then we needed to bring in difference makers, at least one. And not more babies.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 09:31 AM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 30 2019, 01:33 AM) *
The likes of Hernandez, Bennacer and Leao made us stronger than last season, but it's just not enough. We needed more, starting from the coach. I too fooled myself that Giampaolo was this great maestro (maybe because I remember Sacchi praising him some years ago), but in the end he turned out exactly what everyone else expected.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Arrigo Sacchi. He is my number 1 coach. But haven't you noticed that usually all his media comments turn out the exact opposite of what he said/advocated? He's a terrible pundit.
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Posted on: Sep 30 2019, 09:29 AM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 30 2019, 01:33 AM) *
Sorry but I don't buy this. I completely agree that the team we had last season reached its absolute maximum, but to say we were weakened by the departures of Bakayoko and Abate of all people is a far reach.

The likes of Hernandez, Bennacer and Leao made us stronger than last season, but it's just not enough. We needed more, starting from the coach. I too fooled myself that Giampaolo was this great maestro (maybe because I remember Sacchi praising him some years ago), but in the end he turned out exactly what everyone else expected.

We needed a Mourinho, an Ancelotti, a Klopp, a Guardiola. Only a great coach can get the best out of this bunch of players, otherwise if we continue with the various Inzaghi, Montella and Giampaolo, we'll never ever go anywhere.

Abate I said why. Not because of his contribution (which was great, even as CB) but because he was the last player in a locker room who had experience playing with WC players and who won us a scudetto. We lack that kind of experience right now very much.

Bakayoko was problematic to say at least because of his behavior and stupidity, but all in all he was a crucial player - no one else knows to takle and intercept passes like him in our team and he provided the needed stability in our system Kessie was unable to do.

For the last time, Hernandez, Benacer and Leao are good buys at best but in a dire position of limited quality and restrained resources these three additions add up to nothing because they haven't got the experience nor the posture to become more relevant in terms of our team. Case in point yesterday - when Bennacer played a absolutely horrible game from minute one and Hernandez looked like a faster Rodriguez twin. Few weeks and they just blended in. And that's normal for youngsters who played for Empoli or Sociedad before to do. What we needed much more is a Ribery character in our team, someone who has the prestige and status to turn the mentality around, not adding more inexperience and more question marks to an already overloaded baby team with zero ambition.

Mentioning Mourinho, Carletto and Guardiola is a pipe dream. Not a single one of them would ruin their run (maybe Carletto) to come to Milan. We need to make a reality check. Bringing in Spalletti or even Ranieri would be a huge improvement and our absolute maximum at this point.

Reading the news of today just confirms what we already know - names being mentioned: Rudi Garcia, Claudio Ranieri and Andriy Schevchenko.

QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Sep 30 2019, 08:19 AM) *
Yes sir, Maldini and Boban were legends on the pitch, but as directors they did a piss poor job. The coach, the team and the philosophy on the pitch was down to the directors.

There is a lot of room for improvement, but not enough time or tolerance at Milan. These guys need to exit Milan as soon as possible.

The sooner they hand in their resignations the better. I like to remember the days they played for the club, not the days they made bad decisions on behalf of the club.

Such bullshit.

I don't think they necessarily have to be sacrificed. Switching Leonardo with Boban was a big mistake. Gazidis is also IMO very much responsible. IMO we should keep Maldini and Boban because they are both inexperienced and deserve a second chance under the conditions they work. What we need is another person with more experience. If only we could get Braida for that part.
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Posted on: Sep 29 2019, 11:01 PM


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I'm also sure Giampaolo won't go or be sacked. Which is yet another mistake.

The first and biggest responsibility lies on Maldini and Boban. As predicted, they did a terrible job during the summer. I a short period of a few months Fiorentina managed to advertise themselves as a ambitious "project" with good perspective and attract different kinds of players - and finally, Ribery. Milan on the other hand failed at the crucial targets (Correa, Veretout) and failed again in finding alternatives. The bad mix of players we tolerated last season and we knew reached their maximum was only weakened by the departure of players like Bakayoko or Abate (as a senator player), while Bennacer, Krunić and other such additions can and will do little in this dire position.

Giampaolo was a bad decision and they're now making it worse by prolonging the inevitable decision. By not sacking him after a row of defeats just shows you where Milan is right now. We've lost is completely, no winning mentality, no big club thinking, not even acting like a big club anymore.
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Posted on: Sep 28 2019, 07:43 PM


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Maldini and Boban will be judged at season end or even next season. They deserve time.

Giampaolo on the other hand does not. But Han, I think we have to be realistic. Like it or not Allgeri and Mourinho are IMO miles away (especially Mourinho who would tarnish his stellar status at Inter for a mid-table Milan) and the only realistic options I see are Spalletti and Ranieri. As I said - like it or not. I still think both would be a massive improvement compared to all 5 or 6 coaches we had in recent years.

One other thing. I think our team has to be changed substantially. Han or X-O, can't remember who, said it right. This team is just accustomed to mediocrity and is alright with not winning anything or moving forward. Look at Donnarumma. He talks about Milan playing the good against Torino (just like Giampaolo) while ending up defeated. Can you imagine Seedorf or Costacurta taking such a stance? After such a disastrous start? No, we have to make sacrifices and changes.

Milan rapidly fell to a mid-level club Lazio was in the late 00's and early 10's. As such IMO we have to take faster lanes and make more experiments. We tried Hakan, Rodriguez, Kessie, Conti, etc. They don't work? Sell and move on. Also, we have to buy cheaper. In order to achieve this we simply have to develop a much better scouting network.
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Posted on: Sep 27 2019, 11:01 AM


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There's no need for any analysis IMO. Giampaolo has to go; Maldini and Boban can't be sacked so the coach has to take responsibility.
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Who cares about what?
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Posted on: Sep 26 2019, 10:15 PM


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Next two???? I think tomorrow he'll be gone. He's lost 3, drawn 1 and won 2. That's a horrible record.
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Posted on: Sep 26 2019, 10:00 PM


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Another season down the drain. And the hard(er) part yet to come.
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Posted on: Sep 23 2019, 03:41 PM


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Well, I disagree. You know that I was always on your side of this and I understand that a coach evaluates the situation day by day. But on the other hand, we are fans and we follow the club and players also day by day and season by season. Some things that might surprise Giampaolo are known facts to us.

That being said, I don't trust Giampaolo one bit. I think his judgement is completely wrong and his approach leaves much to be desired. X-O made a good point: with Ringo you always had a blunt and sincere guy who was a troop leader. He understood the players and their mindset and mostly related with them. Giampaolo on the other hand seems to have a different approach - and it's obviously failing. And the fact that he's creating problems on his own only adds fuel to a fire. For me it's a simple decision - nothing in Giampaolo's career indicates he's worth waiting for or the patient. We tried, and failed. Let's move on.

We're tired of losing year after year. Time is running out a we gotta try move faster or Milan will be reduced to mere history and no real future.
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