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Fillipo Simone
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Gazzetta

Anyone seen this?

It's incredible how we always make the same mistakes (yet we are better off then before). Next summer we can expect yet another circus with Donnarumma's contract starting which could easily mean he will be sold for a considerable fee.

But look at the great job Lazio has done. Immobile, Milinković-Savić, Alberto, Parolo - all earn 2,5M or less. And then look at Milan, Donnarumma earns more then Insigne or Dzeko, Borini earns 2,5, Biglia 3,5, etc. Way too much for "rotational" players.
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Let's not get too much ahead of ourselves, shall we?
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Posted on: Sep 5 2019, 09:57 AM


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But my question remains. Why did we spend on Leao?
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Posted on: Sep 4 2019, 11:43 PM


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Sorry, 20M. Hernandez I meant.
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Posted on: Sep 4 2019, 10:47 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 3 2019, 01:35 PM) *
Hmmm, yes he makes mistakes from time to time, but the guy has saved our asses in so many occasions. When it comes to world class saves, I think he is one of the best. His reflexes are extraordinary.

But when it comes to downsizing and building a competitive squad that can reach CL you have to be shrewd and pragmatic. IMO it would benefit us more to sell Donna sooner rather then later because his value isn't rising in the past 2 seasons. Also, a team like Milan should prioritize important position at put all available resources in two or three key positions. Right now Donna does not give us any special edge; Reina can do good as well for a considerably lesser wage while the money from Donna's transfer could be used to sign a top player or top talent willing to come to Milan.

This is what I was saying all along. Is it necessary to splash 30M on a talent leftback? Even if he is the new Maldini. Hell even if he is a Maldini per se. This team with Paolo Maldini in the roster would still struggle and stay 5th or 6th or 7th. But this team with say Weah and Albertini would have a serious shot a 4th spot. This is the difference I'm talking about; and right now we're in a position where such decisions have to be made with care.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 3 2019, 03:32 PM) *
I see Daniel Maldini has been included in the 2018/19 roster, but he's been given the #98 shirt. I was under the impression that any Maldini kid could have chosen the #3 in case they made it to the first team.

Is this your thing with disliking high numbers? If so, I agree. But fact is, Milan retired the #3 shirt. Also, perhaps Daniele (and Paolo) wanted less pressure and publicity.

QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 3 2019, 09:28 PM) *
Honestly, I don't think the money was ever really there for him.

When Silva to Monaco fell through this was basically over there and then

But we had the money to grab Leao and Duarte? Hmh...
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Posted on: Sep 3 2019, 07:26 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 3 2019, 07:19 PM) *
Still should have taken the 3.

Anyway, looks like the Correa deal was almost done, according to AS. Atletico had lowered their demands, but then out of the blue we opted for a loan instead, and they declined (rightfully so).

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Maybe we'll be able to snatch him up during January, if he would still join us by then.
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Posted on: Sep 3 2019, 11:10 AM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 3 2019, 01:01 PM) *
Agreed. Keeping Donna and Suso was a success IMO.

I think we should have gone with selling Donnarumma. I admit, I'm not a good judge in goalkeeper talent. But let's open the Donna-Milan talk. He has a big contract with us and is our number 1 keeper for 5 seasons or so. In the last two seasons IMO he hasn't really grown or evolved. The problems that bugged him years ago are still there, his mistakes and stupid decision making is here, his poor ball handling and passing hasn't improved. Whereas his price could actually sink after yet another average season. Next year Italy will play the Euro and if he (which is more then expected IMO) makes some of his stupid errors at this stage, we'll never get that kind of money out of him that we could have got now.

All the while we have Reina who's okay for a time like ours. I think we have to be rational - we have to put our money in places we actually need extra quality. I'd sell Donna in a heartbeat for a real good organizational player or a classy striker who creates on his own.
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Posted on: Sep 3 2019, 11:04 AM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Sep 3 2019, 12:56 PM) *
What do you mean? He is a red-card magnet? Or his performances are not consistent?

Honestly, in my opinion, he will be a success with us. Exactly the type of player we need. Of course, he will need to evolve with us, but I really like his pace and his general play.

He is consistently inconsistent and depends on the mood of the team. If the team plays good he's usually good, if the team is bad he's usually the worst.
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Posted on: Sep 2 2019, 10:53 PM


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Agreed, but what irks me most is that Rebić is very unstable mentality-wise. This could turn out to be a problem considering our team.
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Posted on: Sep 2 2019, 10:43 PM


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Also, just remember the Spalletti days. Inter used to start with all guns blazing but soon lost steam and went spiraling downwards. I think Conte is wise to make it a step by step progress like Ancelotti used to do with us.
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Posted on: Sep 1 2019, 11:14 PM


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Have you read the comment made by Giampaolo that Paqueta needs to be "less Brazilian". I think Paqueta (our best midfielder, yes?) will have problems with Giampaolo.
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Posted on: Sep 1 2019, 11:12 PM


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Good God, Modrić and Rakitić are WC players, sure Rebić is behind them. But he had a very good WC, his huffing and puffing and overall work rate was very good and helped a lot.
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Posted on: Sep 1 2019, 10:29 PM


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Also, most of our chances came when Brescia fell apart. But then there was this typical period of lethargic passing around and playing with no intention of (really) attacking or threatening the opposition that happened last year under Gattuso as well.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Sep 1 2019, 09:40 PM) *
You make it sound like we're exchange vegetables. It's not so easy. Nobody wants Castillejo.

Not happy about Rebic. Didn't really impress me in the WC, thought he was Croatia's weakest link.

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Posted on: Sep 1 2019, 10:25 PM


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Firstly, you guys seem to remember wrongly. Rebić wasn't our weakest link, he was one of the best players overall.

That being said, it's a complete letdown this transfer period. Rebić is IMO a very strange player. Kovač (current Bayern manager and former coach of Rebić at Eintracht and Croatia) likes him very much but he said few days ago something in the lines of: "Rebić is the most curious player I've seen. One day he's the fastest player on the pitch, next day he's just standing like a veteran". Couldn't find the quote so don't take this literally.

Anyway, he can definitively help and with him we have a left winger but Correa (from what I've heard) would be miles better. I fear that with Rebić we get a very inconsistent player.
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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Aug 31 2019, 11:56 PM) *
Is this team really that bad?

No I'm kidding a bit. But this season IMO will be ugly, as in 10th place and all sorts of lost games.

All in all we're a very bad team I'd say. Individually our players are okay or even good, but it's the team that is simply not there. And like X-O said everyone is completely confortable with the bare minimum.
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Yes, Bennacer certainly looked good. Agreed.

I would say we played better then against Udinese, but mind that Brescia is essentially a Serie B team. That being said, I don't think we're up to anything this season. The comments Giampaolo is giving make me realize he's a typical Italian hack alla Ventura. Surprise switches and shock picks to shake things up, much complicated stategizing, etc but virtually everything suited for a small club mentality.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Aug 31 2019, 07:31 PM) *
I'm actually liking the attack more with Silva...

Paqueta instead of Samu would work better but overall it's much more fluid this week

Piatek is rusty and one-dimensional, at least Silva has some intelligence in this utterly stupid bunch of players we have available.
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But we play goddamn awful against two relegation candidates. All negative aspects from last season are amplified plus Giampaolo experimenting with Samu doesn't help either. This is a complete and utter mess.

I give Giampaolo 2 months. He'll be gone by December. Who should we call next? Ambrosini? Shevchenko? Kaladze?
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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Aug 31 2019, 01:28 PM) *
Elliott only took over last summer, they took over a club which was in breach of FFP for years (compounded legacy issues) and they inherited a squad which was assembled by Li and which did not serve the economical viability of the club.

Giving up Europe to clean out the FFP slate was a bold move that only the future will tell if it was the right thing to do. Cutting the squad either by rescinding the contracts or sale of higher earning/unqualified players is a task that was mandated by the top and for which Maldini said it was the focus of their summer plans.

If they were not able to profit from the sale of players or if Silva was unattractive to other clubs, how is that the management's fault?

Think this squad is good enough for Serie A and only time will tell

You mean avoiding relegation? Yes, probably.
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Milan (4-3-2-1): Donnarumma, Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Kessie, Bennacer, Paquetà; Suso, Calhanoglu; Piatek


Formation according to Sky. Good, let's see what this Bennacer has to offer. I seems we're switching formation after the day 1 debacle.
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The man who scored for Brazil in their Coppa final.
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Good job? I disagree. Have we offloaded the problematic players? No. We rescinded a contract and loaned out a player for peanuts. Are we closer to Europe? Last season we were a 2 points short of CL football. This season it could be a double digit deficit.
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Indeed.
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Still not clear on what happened with that transfer. But fact remains - no real interest for Silva happened afterwards.
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