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Fillipo Simone
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I'm gonna watch.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 10:47 AM


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Yet I'm perplexed why Pioli insist in offering us Krunić as a AM. Why not give Maldini the chance now?
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Posted on: Mar 4 2021, 12:01 AM


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But the mentality we started this game again...

Pioli is losing it I think.
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Posted on: Mar 1 2021, 11:50 PM


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Sure, he's inconsistent, that's a known fact IMO. Yet we have no other viable alternative. On paper or in Football Manager Diaz plays the same position but in reality he just does not offer the things Pioli's system requires and I also think he's just too much of a lightweight for Serie A football.

Brings us back to Hakan. Him not being able to play is a blow.
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Posted on: Mar 1 2021, 11:33 PM


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Hakan has been "terrible" for 2 or maximum 3 games (not counting the Red Star games because no one did good and they are basically unimportant). But this season he's been more then crucial for our gameplay and system. He'll be sorely missed.

Yes, Diaz is trying but he's insufficient. Against Udinese however he might do good.

Mandzukić is out for how long exactly? Yes, having only Leao to rely on is very scary.
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Posted on: Mar 1 2021, 12:04 PM


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I think we've outgrown Romagnoli to be honest, at least for this moment when we fight to win the scudetto or secure CL and end as runner-ups.

Romagnoli has 26 and I concur with the Italian media who think his development has stopped for quite some time. This is becoming visible now that we found a good defender like Kjaer and Tomori which for the first time since Silva and Nesta gives us quality options at the back combining youth and experience. The first moment Milan started playing better and raising ambitions Romagnoli haltered.

Look at his Azzurri caps as well: 12 games in 5 years (if I am correct) and not a single big tournament callup.
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Posted on: Feb 28 2021, 10:59 PM


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Agreed on all accounts.

What's happening with Mandzukic? Will he be available against Udinese?
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Posted on: Feb 27 2021, 04:23 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Feb 27 2021, 05:42 PM) *
This from 3 days ago, from Sportmediaset: https://www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it/calci...1-202102k.shtml

Believe what you want.

You really forgot the whole debate?

I'm positive Hakan will stay. First and foremost because ManUtd lost interest in him. But that wasn't the point. I said back then the extensions are taking way too long. And still no real progress.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2021, 04:21 PM


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QUOTE (Danny @ Feb 27 2021, 03:20 PM) *
Not allowed to say 'I was right' or 'I told you so' around here Pippo (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

Seems that way...
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Posted on: Feb 27 2021, 04:21 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Feb 27 2021, 05:38 PM) *
Yeah sorry man, looks like Maldini lied to me the last time I spoke to him.

The hell you on about? I was just reporting what I was reading online. I didn't "tell you" anything.

You were confident that everything is well and that the extension are going to be signed.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2021, 11:05 AM


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Firstly, I think the management made several mistakes up until now:

1) Rebić is completely out of shape this season; having suffered 2 injuries and COVID19 seemingly did their thing but Rebić is also known to be inconsistent. I'm also beginning to think that injuries took their toll and his speed is suffering. This was very well evident and we should have gone forward with signing an additional winger/RW. This would give us at least an additional option and not just the numb Samu and Hauge who seems to be out of the picture entirely.

2) Some very bad singings have been made. I don't think it was completely necessary to send Conti away on loan. Yes, Calabria is very good this season but looks now completely out of steam. Whereas signing Dalot was a big mistake and I cannot believe that our management was still considering buying him out come season end. Meite is yet another junk player who offers too little to be considered even a rotational option. At the same time Bennacer get's injured time after time and we don't have the slightest idea how to fill in his position.

3) X-O you told us the contract situation is under control and basically a done deal. Well I'm sorry to say I told you so: we're entering March and the saga is dragging on and on. I'm more confident that we're gonna lose Donna for zero cash and maybe keep Hakan. Note: I think it's taking it's toll on Hakan especially. He was performing superbly right up until recently, while now he looks like a shadow of his recent displays. COVID is also again a factor perhaps.

4) We should have signed Mand?ukić during summer. It was obvious we lack a striker alternative, but we stubbornly entered the most dense schedule ever with a almost 40 year old star and two kids and the ever unreliable Leao. Now it seems like a lost thing with Mario, he's out of shape and rusty not having played professional football for months, and who know when he'll be able to regain form, if at all.

Having said this, I also think Pioli is a big part of the problem. These things happened before: with Lazio and Fiorentina. Remember how Lazio played good under Pioli and then suddenly collapsed? Pioli seems like a nice guy but I would place him in the "Spalletti category". Good transitional coach who guarantees some results but will never manage to exceed certain limitations.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 05:56 PM


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If a player starts crumbling because of some online social media BS I say there's something wrong with the player as well.

Romagnoli IMO is not a specially good captain on the field. He's been also very bad consistently this season. Yes, people should calm down for sure. But let's not treat these players like primadonas as well. Decades ago fans shouted all kinds of insults and things to their team and players. Weak players lost their head and started "crying". Good players got motivated and showed their true potential.

The Romagnoli criticism is not based on one or two off games.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 04:40 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Feb 21 2021, 06:39 PM) *
Why oh why did he take Tonali off. His first good game in months...

Agreed.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 04:39 PM


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Let's face it, Romagnoli has been deteriorating for quite a while now. This season is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 04:28 PM


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Inter won twice today. First in our heads, and now finally on the pitch.

Disgusting performance.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 04:04 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Feb 21 2021, 06:00 PM) *
I was not expecting such a lenient approach. We showcased a very evident inferiority complex. Instead of spitting blood and breathing fire from the first second, we just stood there like a bunch of cowards and let them do their bidding. To come out only in the 30th minute is just ridiculous, and not worthy of a team fighting for the scudetto.

Inter deserve this, plain and simple.

Agreed again. It seems to me our babies realized that winning the scudetto is a true possibility after winter and caved in. Now it's up to Pioli and Ibrahimović to wake/shake them up.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 04:01 PM


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Agreed.

And yes, it's not down to Pioli. But in the end he's the one who will be responsible.

I always knew that not signing a RW will hurt us a lot. Bringing in a relegation side player like Meite, just like Krunić before that, was also a very poor move.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 03:52 PM


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Alexis inexistent. Hakan terrible. Tonali not involved enough. Calabria slow and clumsy. Rebić completely blocked.

Last few games Inter managed to turn things in the second half. We've nothing left to do but hope this time Milan will do something right.

But I think it's safe to say the Pioli effect wore off and we're spiraling down like all of his teams.
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Posted on: Feb 21 2021, 01:08 PM


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Hopefully.

I see Mandzukic is also unavailable. Considering how rusty he looked it may not be such a loss, even though he is usually at his best against big opponents.

Bennacer shouldn't have played against Red Star in the first place. That's what makes me mad. Now we have Tonali, who I hope will put in a double effort and prove he's a true Rossoneri.

But what do you guys say on Romagnoli? Part of the fans expect Pioli to drop him for Tomori; that won't happen but the wave of criticism is still partly justifiable.
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Posted on: Feb 18 2021, 09:15 PM


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Completely unimportant. The only thing that really worries me is that Bennecer looks as though he is made of glass.

Other then that I see us now spiraling downwards if we don't win against Inter. The streak from last year has been broken, we look mentally down, we lost our lead in the league, etc etc.
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Posted on: Feb 18 2021, 03:43 PM


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Honestly, I'd consider forfeiting this tournament.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2021, 01:28 AM


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Missed this one out.

This could very well be the start of our downfall if we don't pull ourselves together and start playing better.
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Posted on: Feb 7 2021, 08:04 PM


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I don't know man. Why should it be a done deal? Italian medias claimed it was a done deal weeks ago, but nothing concrete yet. I'm not saying it won't happen, just that I don't see any real progress.
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Posted on: Feb 7 2021, 05:30 PM


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Agreed on Leao.

Meite is a filler player, a good rotational option for games like this one. He most certainly did better then Krunić, and Tonali as well.

Are you guys starting to get worried about these contract sagas? I mean our management is taking a incredible long time to seal deals: Thauvin and Otavio are being mentioned for weeks; Hakan and Donna still haven't signed a new contract.
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Posted on: Feb 7 2021, 01:12 PM


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Wow losing Tonali will be a blow.
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