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han2503
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 1 2021, 10:59 PM) *
Yeah, it was due to yellow. And Gabbia wasn't looking too sharp. Kalulu is miles better.

Agreed

Kalulu should be first choice after Tomori, Kjaer and Romagnoli

Florenzi can cover RB. If we have a problem with any of the first 3 Kalulu should be there.

Gabbia should be sent to a lower table side to get continuity. He doesn't have the speed or strength to ever really make it with us.

What we can do is loan him out to a smaller side, let his get good minutes and sell him on for a bit of plusvelanza
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Messia looked much better today. Don't know if that's solely due to Genoa being terrible or he's regaining fitness, but at least he looked sharper on the ball
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Posted on: Yesterday, 10:56 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Dec 1 2021, 10:51 PM) *
Could you explain to me why we subbed in Gabbia only to sub him out during half time?

Yellow on Gabbia
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Posted on: Yesterday, 10:55 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 29 2021, 05:15 PM) *
Speaking about rotation, Inter have been playing Barella-Brozovic-Capanoglu nearly non-stop thus far, Serie A and CL, 3 players who also play all their NT games. Even against Venezia, and even against Spezia Mediaset has them still starting. I really don't understand why Pioli decided to experiment with Bennacer and Bakayoko in such a delicate match against a tough opponent like Sassuolo.

If we lost yesterday's match in any position on the pitch, it was in midfield. The two CMs didn't provide enough cover and made way too many mistakes, Bakayoko in primis. Bennacer was also quite poor. I feel the fact he's lost his starting spot to Tonali has affected him negatively. I think he's a player who always needs to play in order to achieve and maintain a top physical and psychological condition.

I will always keep saying that Tonali and Bennacer should be our starting pair, but for some reason people in here don't agree.

Re Inter. I'd love to see what happens should any one of those get injured. Brozovic is arguably their most important asset in that midfield, they've done well without Hakan before when he was playing like dog cr@p. Brozovic and Barella are the keys

That being said Inzaghi has the luxury of not suffering through debilitating injury crises after crises. Pioli on the other hand does not have that

What I disagree with is rotating against Sassuolo. Rotation should have been done today or against Salernitana. Especially knowing how many issues Sassuolo always cause us. Just naive the change the core of the team during that one

As for the Tonali Bennacer duo. I just disagree with it on a fundamental level. Especially against better sides. Unfortunately Kessie right now is the best option to partner either one of them. And right now we don't know what's going on, but if we're going to keep him until the end of the season, might as well run him into the ground and use all that we can out of him. I don't know if the brain farts this season have come due to his situation, but if that's the case it just shows that no decision has been made as of yet as he'd be far more serene if that was the case.

Let's just wait and see with him. I think the fact that we'd made him captain in the absence of Romagnoli and Calabria speaks a lot to what the club are trying to do with him.

QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 29 2021, 06:19 PM) *
Tonali is showing real signs of progress and he has stepped up very boldly, which made me reconsider my earlier criticism.

Maybe you are right regarding Bennacer, maybe him not playing affects his mentality. But overall he's showing very little. I think he's the kind of player that shines at Empoli or Fiorentina, but isn't ready for a bigger step forward. He lacks consistency. Injuries also don't help, but all in all I think he lacks mostly consistency.

Totally disagree re Bennacer. His best game this season came against Atletico imo. He was immense for us. But as x-of said, he just hasn't had continuity because of the rotation. Which everyone understands why that is with Tonali really shining. But Benna has a lot of quality. Pioli just needs to use him a bit better.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 1 2021, 09:49 PM) *
And there goes Kjaer as well... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

Just our luck. Cannot catch a break with these injuries and that looked bad.

Napoli drew btw. Good day aside from the Inter win, which was always going to happen against Spezia

We have to make the most of next weekend. We have Salernitana, Inter have Rom, Napoli have Atalanta. Should be our best chance to get back on top by ourselves as Napoli are dipping.
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 06:29 PM


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When I say not good enough it means the attitude, the concentration, the effort.

Quality has nothing to do with it. Especially not against Sassuolo. If we were being outplayed by the top teams than I would agree, but the f@ck ups have come against teams we should have beaten
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 06:27 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 28 2021, 06:14 PM) *
Horrendous game by the team captain.


We entered against Atletico all-in and gave our best. While we underestimated Fiorentina and Sassuolo and lost vital 6 points. It has much to do with the CL rush. Conte by no accident decided to disregard CL football in order to win the scudetto.




Contradictory. You do not think we're not good enough yet you conclude we won't be battling for the title.

I think we lack quality and more careful planning to be serious contenders. The summer transfer market operations proved to be inadequate or (for the most part) disappointing. We created another mess with contracts and destabilized one of our crucial players. And never replaced Hakan's departure. All this is understandable.

What's less understandable is that Pioli is not trying harder to grow. We still depend on one basic gameplan and show no tactical flexibility. Our mentality is still the same of last year, squandering points against weaker teams and underestimating midtable clubs. The form dip is also a constant: everytime around Christmas we start to fold.

Not good enough because we are complacent, you said so yourself.

I don't think it's a lack of quality

Players are just not concentrating throughout the 90 minutes, it's what leads to these individual errors.

We started this game well also. Has control of the game up to the goal, then we just lost our heads as we did vs Fiorentina. Only this time I personally think Pioli got it all wrong with his changes as we were even worse in the 2nd half

I agree that this squad is simply not good enough to fight on 2 fronts, especially not when we are contently dealing with an injury crisis. I've been banging on about this since last season, the medical and fitness staff should have been improved as there is clearly a serious problem there. This season if possible the situation with injuries is even worse than it was last year.

Inter run their first 11 into the ground and don't have a fraction of the problems that we do. No other team in Serie A actually has as many injuries as we do. Just not normal

And once again it will cost us. The rotation today by Pioli was completely wrong.
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 05:23 PM


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Btw, I know we played terrible and it's pointless to talk about the ref

But Raspadori should have been sent off for that high boot on Bennacer early in the first half

And that should have been a penalty when Ferrari (I think) stopped the shot with his hand held up and in an unnatural position

We have been consistently getting the short end of the stick in every game with the refereeing. Inter yesterday got a ridiculous penalty for a ricochet when the player was on the ground, similar to the one we got called against us against Atalanta, yet this one was not called. When the player clearly obstructed the ball with his hand held up.
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 05:16 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 28 2021, 05:10 PM) *
True, true. Only difference is that against Fiorentina we played well for the most part. Today after they equalised we completely disappeared.

This also goes on Pioli. He clearly had not prepared the game properly. Playing Bakayoko from the start for example was a huge mistake.

Switching to the 4-4-2 in that 2nd half was also a terrible move.

Diaz was quite but he and Leao are the only players capable of running at the opposition. Taking him out to bring on Messias was a bad move. Florenzi should have also come off for Kalulu earlier.

As for Bakayoko, he has to play, because we're slowly moving towards a month where he will be one of 2 options in the midfield for us. But playing him today was probably not the wisest decision, especially when he could have just as easily played him at Genoa.


Rebic and Tomori are terribly missed that's for sure.

Tomori we simply cannot do without at this point. Kjear and Romagnoli are too slow next to each other. Romagnoli with a game full of brain farts didn't help either
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 05:06 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 28 2021, 04:58 PM) *
If we have any dignity left, we shouldn't let that happen. Against Fiorentina we lost due to individual mistakes for the most part and too many wasted goals, but today the team was nowhere in its entirety. Zero. Nada.

Kudos to Sassuolo who played this like a final, as every team should.

You can argue all the goals came from avoidable individual errors today as well

First goal, Bakayoko with a stupid ball back to Sassuolo right in front of our area. Second goal, Benna tried the same out ball we used over and over again that kept getting cut out, this time intercepted, which lead to the corner which was a whole clusterfuck of errors

Last goal, Kessie once against f@cking about right in front of our area, losing the ball and Berardi scores. Romagnoli was also terrible on that play


Just really bad stuff I've seen these last 2/3 games. Errors we shouldn't be making. Not if we have higher ambitions than finishing in the top 4.

I said last week that title challengers shouldn't be shipping 4 goals in a game. That's just a red flag, today we shipped another 3
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 05:01 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 28 2021, 04:55 PM) *
Indeed. But let's not point the finger in a game where everyone was fucking terrible.

It's not just about this game though

Every time I've seen him, I've been completely underwhelmed. He's too slow, and not just in terms of pace, his decision making his passing, he seems like he wants to do everything on slow mo. Today he had the chance to run at Sassuolo twice on the counter, and he just put the brakes instead of released the ball.

Anyway, that's another loss.

Since Tomori's been out we've shipped 7 goals. Mistakes by the midfielders, mistakes by the defenders, just overall worrying

Leao looks suddenly stunted for some reason. Theo was awful today and could have easily been sent off.

Inter must be rubbing their hands in glee. Napoli losing their 2 best players and us losing our way. This clears the path for them unfortunately


As for January when we have to do without Kessie and Bennacer, I'm really getting worried now. Bakayoko looking off the pace

I really wonder why Pioli decided to f@ck about with the line-up against Sassuolo and not Genoa. Would have been a much smarter choice to rotate in that one, Sassuolo always cause trouble for us
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Wasted the first half when we were on top, then proceeded to totally fall apart. Getting worrying now. Inter have reduced our lead to just 1 point.

And if things keep going this way we could easily be completely out of the equation by the break.
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 04:53 PM


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Messias is terrible btw. I'm sorry, but he's just not good enough. He's not a Milan player
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How was that not a penalty btw??

After all the sh!t calls I've seen this season that was not given? When it was clearly in an unnatural position


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6 points lost within a week...

This after all the hard work we did against the top sides, we f@ck it all up within a week. Just unbelievable.
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Such a disgusting display today.
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 04:34 PM


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F@cking Sassuolo man!

Such a cursed team for us
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It's looking like the usual top 4 fight will be the order of the day for us. Just not good enough when the going gets tough
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 04:30 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 28 2021, 04:27 PM) *
Not good enough. Simple as that.

I don't believe that

So we were good enough a month ago but now we're not good enough?

It's the usual complacency
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All goals, once again from ridiculous errors.

We have been trying that diagonal to Theo all game and they keep cutting it out. Now Kessie with the f@ck up
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Un-f@cking-believable....


How? Just how??

So many f@cking errors in front of our area. So sick of this!
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 04:25 PM


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Toying with us. We're not pressing well at all...
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 04:19 PM


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Have not improved at all!!

Wtf are they doing??
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Posted on: Nov 28 2021, 03:51 PM


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The midfield is the problem. Bennacer and Bakayoko look lost together. Kessie or Tonali need to come on for Baka. Kalulu should come on for Florenzi as well.

Leao looks off the pace but we don't really have an alternative for him
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The amount of times Theo and Leao have gotten into the Sassuolo area and produced nothing at the end is truely worrying now. Every cross is wrong
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Need to wake up and fast
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