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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:53 PM


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We'll be without Hakan and Bennacer against Napoli...
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:48 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 10 2019, 10:46 PM) *
Kessie is terrible as well. I guess Pioli tried to rely on Bonaventura's experience. But not that this sub mattered. Krunić was bad, Bona as well.

I really did not think Krunic was bad, he's an interesting player for sure, just very slow.

Bona's legs are gone. I think Biglia would have been a more prudent choice, or at least do what x-off said, pull Hakan back into midfield and bring in Rebic earlier. We needed a quick spark, and he brings that. Leao is too green to come on and make a difference in this kind of game
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:47 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 10 2019, 10:41 PM) *
True..you called it. :/

Hakan and Suso is not going to work as wings..We need to find something else.

4-2-3-1.

Suso and Rebic would be on the wings, Hakan in the centre
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:45 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 10:38 PM) *
Then why keep Kessie out? He was not injured and the decision was purely technical. Makes no sense. We're not in a position to be having such luxuries right now.

It's true we did not deserve to lose, but I called it. We don't have the mental strength to hold onto these games. Eventually we concede.

And also it's true we've seen improvements under Pioli, but goodness gracious how fucking awful are in attack? So many mistakes. That remains to be our biggest issue right now.

It wasn't purely technical, it was disciplinary as well. He was late to training.

Yes, I said as well that we'd concede in the last few minutes, because this kind of game has become textbook Milan. But, you have to appreciate that Juve took off Ronaldo and Bernardeschi and brought on Dybala and Costa. There's only so much our players can do against those guys coming on fresh while all our players have heavy legs.

I think Pioli should really consider moving to a 4-2-3-1. With Paqueta and Bennacer in the double pivot. Paqueta is not just tricks and flicks, he has industry as well and is one of our best passers, and Bennacer has come back roaring under Pioli. I'd like to see them in that setup. Rebic, Hakan and Suso would be in support of Piatek, that would leave him less isolated than he currently is.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:35 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Nov 10 2019, 10:31 PM) *
There's something off with Rebic though. Both coaches we've had have seemingly sidelines him for some reason...

This is not to say I don't agree with you x-off. Bona is clearly past it at this point, and should not be on the pitch against Juve
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:34 PM


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As usual, luck was not on our side tonight. We did not deserve to lose this, but encouraging signs tonight, nonetheless
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 10:29 PM) *
Retract Hakan and play Rebic on the left.

Bonaventura is worse than Montolivo right now.

There's something off with Rebic though. Both coaches we've had have seemingly sidelines him for some reason...
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 10:27 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 10:14 PM) *
Bad move to sub in Bonaventura. The guy has clearly lost his touch.

What other viable options are on the bench though?

Probably Biglia but he's also lost a step or two
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Juve's strength off the bench is just unmatched. They can bring on Dybala and Costa... We brought on Bona and a kid
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 09:43 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 10 2019, 09:40 PM) *
Yes, decent first half. Let's see what happens in the 2nd half. Juve are not on their game today.

Special mention to Bennacer..this kid is good.

Yep, this game and the one against Lazio have been a major comeback for him after the disaster few games he had under Giampaolo

Overall, I do see major improvements since Pioli took over, it's just a matter of getting the results now.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 09:41 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 09:36 PM) *
Decent first half. Team is holding well, but let's not kid ourselves. This is exactly the kind of game we end top losing in the end.

Weakest links: Krunic and Piatek. The guys are so limited when it comes to dribbling and passing, they hurt whatever flow of play we might create every now and then.

Strongest links: Hernandez and Paqueta. Great first half from them.

Disagree on Krunic, his real drawback is that he's slow. Other than that, I really like him and actually think his passing is pretty good, certainly a lot more smart and aware than Kessie. Piatek is constantly up against 2 strong CBs, he's going to struggle no matter what

I think Hakan and Suso are bigger let downs. I expect more from them

Agreed on Paqueta and Hernandez, but I'd also add Romagnoli and Bennacer to the list. Both of which have been flawless imo

And yeah, with our luck, we'll lose this in the last few minutes, which is typical for us

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 09:36 PM) *
Think again. Calabria is a disaster.

Nuh uh. Conti is much worse. Calabria is no doubt going through a rough patch of form, but I'd pick him over Conti any day of the week.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 10 2019, 09:29 PM) *
Because Calabria is terrible.

I think Conti is far worse, and a much bigger liability in defense.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 09:33 PM


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Pretty good first half...
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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 09:15 PM


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Holding steady so far
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 11:07 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 3 2019, 11:00 PM) *
We need to sign star players that is only solution. This team has no backbone.

The team is simply too young.

And I'm not saying that a young side can't achieve. But there needs to be a mix of experience and youth

Add to that, this group of players is basically a poisoned well from their time at this club. The constant upheaval within this club has set these players back a lot, especially mentally and the fans booing them is certainly not helping. This might have been fine when they did it to Seedorf, he could take it, but these fragile guys simply cannot, and the fans should not be trampling on an already fragile group of young players who have already been through enough this season. It's just a toxic situation atm, from all sides.

I still continue to say that I have actually seen improvements under Pioli compared to GP. But, we're leaking too many goals as well allow our opponents too much space. At least we're creating more. If we can get on a bit of a run, things will look up and the players will gain confidence, but unfortunately, on top of everything else this season, we've been saddled with a shitty fixture list that's hard to navigate.
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 11:00 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 3 2019, 10:53 PM) *
Why did Pioli take off Paqueta? Such a dub move.

But still this goes beyond individual errors. We're just lost, mentally and tactically. This team has no shape or form, no real identity or desire to prove itself.

And what's there to be done about it? I have no answer. I don't think there is anything we can do about it. Wait for the season to be over? Then what? Pioli will be sacked, another nobody will be brought him to replace him, we'll have another mediocre signing campaign and the film will be rewinded once again.

Yep. There's no one thing that can be corrected to solve the problems we have

I disagreed with the Paqueta sub as well. He seems to always take him off when he's always our best midfielder.

This season was doomed the moment we failed to bring in a proper experienced coach. Pioli I think is doing just fine given the hand he's been dealt.

Basing our entire team on young players and then on top of it hiring a coach which uses a very particular system that will tend to push said young players into uncomfortable situations was always going to be a disaster. The group of players we have is certainly not as bad as the table indicates, but there needs to be a mix. We need more direct players, we need to move certain players that we rely on too much today to the bench so they can be good rotation guys but not starter we depend on, because they are simply not dependable due to their inconsistency

We need a proper partner for Romagnoli. Maybe Caldara could return this season who knows.

But yes, this will be another year zero. And I can't even blame this on Paolo and Boban either, they worked within the parameters that they were given. Coaches like Conte are simply above our price range, the fact that we couldn't even get Spalleti indicate the limitations that these guys are working within
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 10:43 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 3 2019, 10:30 PM) *
Can we start with the final position predictions already? I say 12th.

Yeah, this is going to get even uglier. Considering we still have Juve, Napoli, Atalanta to play
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 10:20 PM


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Bennacer! What a second half he's having
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 10:09 PM


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Theo is a machine
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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 09:45 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 3 2019, 09:42 PM) *
A shame about Castillejo. True, he was doing quite well. One thing that bugs me about him is that he is not a team-player.

I actually think he passes more than Suso does. Look at that reverse pass to Paqueta as an example. Suso would have shot that himself for sure.

He's just too much of a lightweight
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Duarte made the error on the goal, but I wouldn't say he's bad, we're just a bit too open in midfield atm, which is allowing Lazio toplay through

But overall, I think we look pretty good going forward. Krunic seems interesting and Bennacer looks good today as well. Still. The midfield is a bit too attack-minded imo. We need a bit of cover or we risk leaking more goals.

I'm interested in seeing how Rebic will do in the next half.
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Posted on: Nov 2 2019, 12:21 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 1 2019, 11:10 AM) *
I think there's still much to do.

In January we need a new right fullback. Abate would help now sooo much. Calabria finally proved his limitations while Conti is just Serie B material. We need a stronger and more pass-friendly fullback. Or even try Rodriguez (who is terrible at the moment but still better IMO) there.

Next we should try the Duarte - Romag combination. If that doesn't work perhaps Rodriguez - Romagnoli? He used to play CB for Switzerland so I don't think it would be that strange. His passing is better then Musacchio and Romag, so this could be a improvement.

Next we should bench Kessie. I was watching yesterday, the sheer stupidity with which he operates plus the amount of onforced simple errors is disastrous. Please put in Krunić, put in Bennacer and Biglia with a double pivot, anyone else... And in January, please bring in a normal DM and get us rid of both Kessie and Biglia. O how I miss Bakayoko...

Next is attack. We tried without Suso, but deploying Castillejo is like trying to play with 10 men. He's yet another junk player we signed from Spain and I hope he's headed there back soon. Useless. The irony is that I think GP system might have worked if only we tried playing without Suso. Now that we are back with the trident, there's little to do. Against teams like SPAL I would deploy Rebić-Leao-Suso, but what against teams like Lazio? I'd bench Piatek and Suso but the options are very short here.

Good points. I think Calabria just started off the season in bad form, and this in part goes to Giampaolo. Paqueta let it slip in a recent interview that basically everyone was confused about what he wanted them to do. And this obviously had serious impact on the players, who have in turn lost confidence due to that amount of pressure they feel under. And playing at the San Siro is seemingly magnifying that

Re the defense. Duarte impressed me yesterday, I'd actually like to see him get an extended run next to Romagnoli. See how they can fit with each other. I don't think Rodriguez is the solution at all for RB. He already seems flat footed on the left, imagine him on the right. I think we should stick with Calabria there, if he picks up form, he's our best RB, he's just having a bad patch of form imo. I think Conti's injuries have basically ruined whatever potential he once had.

Re the midfield. There are serious issues here and we definitely missed the stability that Bakayoko brought. And the defense is feeling that loss the most imo. He protected the defensive line so much last season and I really think that people underestimate the contribution he gave to our overall play. Biglia imo is not the solution, and I don't think Bennacer is the solution either as a sole DM that can cover the defense, he'd be great in a double pivot as you said, but he needs someone defensively sound next to him and that's neither Biglia nor Kessie, who has been stupider than usual this season. Bakayoko would have been the perfect partner for Bennacer in a DP, we need someone like that.

Biglia is simply over the hill, he would have been a good partner in a DP as well, but not with the way he's playing. Kessie is simply too undisciplined for the position.

As for the attack. Well the answer is simple, Hakan and Suso are simply not good enough, they're too inconsistent to rely on, not to mention they have the tendency to slow down play and hold onto the ball too long, allowing the opposing team to surround our lone forward, making it difficult to get any sort of good opportunities in front of goal. Leao represents this perfectly. He was much more effective on the left than when he was moved to the center.

I'd really like to see that combo upfront, but with Piatek instead of Leao and Paqueta behind them in a 4-2-3-1
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Posted on: Oct 31 2019, 10:56 PM


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Well we won. So there's that...

A really sloppy first half. Rushed, full of errors and could barely hold onto the ball. Slightly better 2nd but still far and away from good enough

I just don't know where this team goes at this point. We've gone from super slow and lethargic under Giampaolo to a rushed and sloppy mess under Pioli

We need to keep the ball better and control the game, especially against teams like SPAL. We're too narrow and predictable with our movements. It makes it easy for teams to simply press us.

We have Lazio next, so that's probably another loss

You could see the sheer amount of pressure the players are under in the way they played that first half, the agitation was clear to see and this is no way to approach games. Pioli needs to do better. I can clearly see a change from how we played under GP, but it mostly feels like a sideways step rather than a forward one
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 27 2019, 07:37 PM) *
Indeed.

Also, Calabria's mistake came from yet another attempt at playing the ball from Donnarumma. When you see the opposition pressing so high, just kick it in midfield. We're not good enough to play short passes in defense.

Nevertheless, Calabria has to be slapped all night for that idiotic pass.

Yep, and it's not as if he was the only one doing it. Conti, Biglia and Kessie all got caught out in similar areas.

Honestly, I don't know what to say about this team anymore. If it's not a lethargic team display, it's individual errors and one special nights like tonight it's a mix of both

I still think that there has been a marked improvement under Pioli but it's just not enough. And with the grueling November fixture list ahead of us, it's not going to get any better

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 27 2019, 07:45 PM) *
Never seen a more AWOL game from Suso. Sometimes you even forget he's playing.

Suso has been bad all season. His constant shooting or going inside is so predictable it's painful to watch at this point.
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The defending o the corers has been non-existent. Roma should have scored 3 off of these, not 1
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