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QUOTE (han2503 @ Oct 5 2022, 09:59 PM) *
I agree that Pioli is the issue here.

I think he's overcome the inferiority he had in the league, but in the CL it's obvious that he's changing the way we play to accommodate the competition and that screams of someone who is unsure of himself in this setting.

Even a terrible Inter can pull performances out of their @sses in this competition. And we've been miles ahead of them in the league. This is not an issue of whether Serie A is competitive, because it is. Napoli have been immense this season and we over-powered them in that game a few weeks ago and should have won it had it not been for some real sh!tty finishing. This is all about the coach, the inexperience of our players in this competition and the very obvious issue of having a squad that has a really good first 11 but once you go beyond that, it's a big dip. We missed Kessie in the midfield tonight. First time I'm saying this, but Tonali and Benna looked tired and slow today, which is not something that I'd attribute to them, but once again, letting Kessie leave and not replacing him is costing us. We're over using the only 2 players we have there and we miss his physicality is these specific games as well.


Yep. You summarised it perfectly. With Pioli we'll never go far in this competition, simple as.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Oct 5 2022, 09:45 PM) *
I do not understand why we approach this competition in such a manner?


I knew this would be tough considering we're missing more than half of our first choice defence and that's a huge blow in such games, but to approach it the way we did at the start? Just does not make any sense.


Pioli. You have no idea how much important the coach is in these competitions, but Pioli has been constantly proving himself to be a small coach in Europe. I don't care about the scudetto. Even Zaccheroni won it and he's a nobody.

It was blatantly obvious after the first 30 minutes that Krunic on the right wouldn't cut it and Giroud wasn't going to touch a ball for the rest of the match, but he did nothing to correct it. And obviously there's the mentality aspect which is by far the most important one. He just doesn't have it.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Oct 5 2022, 09:38 PM) *
Dest picking the ball up and putting it down for a free-kick when it was still in play and then getting whistled for a handball is a perfect little summation of the night (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)


I'm not gonna stand here and point fingers because everyone was disgusting tonight, but Dest and Ballo-Toure are two of the worst football players I have ever seen in these colours. Ballo-Toure we already knew, but Dest has been such a surprise. I thought he was supposed to be this talented fullback, but my oh my his incompetence is astronomical. And I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. Serie C material.
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I stopped caring. I'm not angry and I'm not sad. After that 3rd goal I switched off the TV. It's not worth getting flustered over such a pathetic bunch of individuals. They cast shame on the rossoneri colours.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Oct 2 2022, 12:58 PM) *
Gabbia is a liability against anyone that has any kind of pace. He can cut it against certain teams in the league, but he cannot play CL football.

Origi has been injured his entire time here. I'd still like to see how he'd actually play if he has a run of games. Was he this injury prone at Liverpool? Because us + injury prone players is a major fail waiting to happen


Gabbia cannot be used against any good sides or he'll get smoked.

The problem with Thiaw and Vranckx and even Adli is that Pioli clearly does not trust them. Adli can play further forward so he'll eventually get more minutes but the other 2 play crucial positions in the team and Pioli is just not going to shove them into the starting 11 anytime soon. Which leaves us with a huge problem considering the injury list is what it is. Vranckx looks really good as well, but Krunic and Pobega are going to get most of the minutes when either Benna or Tonali are rested or are out. Pioli knows both and Krunic especially is someone he relies on a lot in these situations. I really hope we can give these players some time in the coming games against the bottom half teams that we have coming up. We surely cannot keep playing Tonali and Benna in every game or we're going to risk injuring them and then we'd be f@cked big time


Yeah bruh, but you can't expect for the 5th choice CB to be world-class. Gabbia was supposed to leave this summer but we kept him exactly because we needed an Italian CB in the CL for the UEFA lists. Otherwise we would have included Thiaw.

And please don't mention Romagnoli again because that f@cker couldn't wait to leave for Lazio.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Oct 2 2022, 12:06 PM) *
Letting Romagnoli leave and replacing him with a kid that Pioli will need time to trust is looking like a realy bad decision right now. Just have to say it. We have 3 viable starting CBs. The rest are Gabbia, who we know and Thiaw who will need time to get integrated


I forgot about Gabbia. He's alright as an emergency alternative.

Thiaw is a big talent (just like Vranckx). We were just f@cked by UEFA's rules otherwise him, Vranckx and Adli would have been inserted in the CL list no doubt.
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We don't have enough men for a back three. We're threadbare in that department right now. We just gotta have faith in FBT and Dest. They're both time bombs, but we have no other choice.

I'm betting Pioli will start Krunic as AM with CDK on the right against Chelsea (or vice-versa).
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Posted on: Oct 2 2022, 11:29 AM


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Only managed to catch the last 20 minutes, and what a finale. That FBT goal will be remembered for long. Great mentality overall, good job lads.

But yeah, the injuries are getting worrying. We have no alternatives in defence whatsoever against Chelsea. If one of the back four gets injured we're f@cked.

Maignan
Calabria
Kjaer
Theo
Florenzi
Saelemaekers
Messias
Origi
Ibrahimovic

I mean, bruh...
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Maignan out for 2-3 weeks FFS! We're left with Tata in the league and Mirante in the CL.
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Posted on: Sep 19 2022, 09:27 AM


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Well, in all honesty we played relatively well. Napoli didn't do anything aside from the two goals, we had the better chances but flunked them. It happens, but it goes to show you that our attacking problems still persist. CDK has been massively underwhelming thus far. Alexis is mediocre, and Messias is utter garbage. I'm starting to agree with you Han, we should have never renewed him. Did you see him last night? Serie C level. I read we might go for Ziyech in January. Please let it be.
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Posted on: Sep 18 2022, 09:45 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 18 2022, 09:44 PM) *
Were the better team throughout.

It's clear that Napoli are going to be our main rivals now imo. Over the course of the season we'll come out on top. 100% sure of that


Napoli will fumble like a bunch of idiots like they always do. I don't even count them.
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Also, our defending has degraded to really bad levels.
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Should have been an easy win. Napoli were sh*t but we made them look good thanks to Pioli?s choices. The loss is on him.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 18 2022, 07:27 PM) *
It would have made sense to start Kjaer and shift Kalulu, but to drop Kalulu and play Calabria still at RB?? F@cking strange.

I understand Krunic, Pioli trusts him implicitly and we can't have both Messias and Alexis starting


I can't understand Krunic. It's one thing having him in CM, but on the wings??? Why not try Adli? What's Pioli's problem with Adli? He's been constantly ignoring him despite a wonderful pre-season. In a match when Leao, Rebic and Origi are missing, someone with Adli's qualities would be very useful. Yet we get the usual Krunic BS. I'm not happy.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 18 2022, 07:22 PM) *
Why not Kalulu to cover Kvara FFS???

2 slow players on the right, and Kalulu not playing, is there something wrong with him or is he on the bench?


He's on the bench.
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Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, De Ketelaere, Krunic; Giroud.

Weird to see Kjaer starting ahead of Kalulu, and also Krunic on the wing WTF! Thank you, Pioli. I guess you really must hate Adli.
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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Sep 15 2022, 05:44 PM) *
Maldini, yesterday was asked on the status of Leao?s renewal.

His comments: We already started talking a long time ago, with Rafa, Bennacer and Kalulu. I always believe that what the player wants counts for a lot in these situations.

If I?m not mistaken, I think this means its more likely Leao will leave this summer and possibly Bennacer, if they dont agree a renewal before then.


You always tend to jump the gun and get overdramatic about such comments. This is football. Saying that a contract renewal requires the willingness of both parties is the most normal thing to say.

Leao and Bennacer will renew 100%. Bennacer without the shadow of a doubt. And Leao is worth way too much to be left hanging by a thread till his contract runs out. One way or another the club will earn from him, be it in football performances or cold hard cash. And personally speaking I'm not too hot on Leao. If a 120m offer comes for him I'm all for selling him, IF that money can be reinvested in other players.
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3-1 FT

Appalling first half, average second. Got the win barely trying. Really unhappy with the overall performance, but at least got the 3 points.
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QUOTE (CrazyMilanFan @ Sep 14 2022, 06:58 PM) *
2-1 wonderful team goal for them


And sh*t defending from us.
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2-0!!!

Terrible performance thus far though.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 10 2022, 10:00 PM) *
And agree re the goal. Was it judged as a Giroud offside?


Yes! When Giroud wasn't even in the ball's trajectory, the defender simply headed it away as he would have naturally done in any situation. I repeat, one of the most asinine disallowed goals I have seen in my life. Even worse than Kessie's from last year against Napoli. Nearly cost us the 3 points.

Gonna suck without Leao against Napoli, especially since fucking Rebic is out injured as well. And Origi keeps having these muscular issues way too often. A failed signing this far. Thankfully Napoli don't have Osimhen either.
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The ref tried everything in his power tonight to f*ck things up. CDK goal is one of the most ridiculous disallowed goals I have seen in my life. Leao red was idiotic. At least he had the courage to give us that pen otherwise I would have cursed him for life.

Also, the Samp players, what a bunch of fucking clowns. Diving and putting their hands on their faces after every contact. Leao first yellow was only because the Samp c*nt got a little flick on his chest and fell down crying like a little b*tch, obviously with his hands on his face. I hope they get relegated.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 7 2022, 08:18 AM) *
He'll find more joy and space out wide. It's in the centre where he gets bullied. Alexis is just as capable as Messias of having a major stinker btw, I think he offers a bit more but we really have a handicap on that side. There is not harm in trying different things out.


I wholeheartedly disagree. For me Diaz on the wing would be the most useless thing on the planet.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Sep 9 2022, 09:44 AM) *
???

The team famous for bottling it when things get tough??


It don't matter. They showed to everyone how to approach games like these, regardless of how awful Liverpool are. I'm sure we wouldn't have won so convincingly had we faced them.
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I love Napoli. What a mentality.
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