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Fillipo Simone
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 27 2021, 01:54 AM) *
I think Meiete touches him but you can't see it clearly from that clip. Could be wrong, though.

Yes, I also think Meite made a contact.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 10:49 PM


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Oh and Meite seems to be Krunić 2.0, yes? Pointless signing it seems. Suits us, buying from a relegation side team.
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It's quite obvious Kessie needs some rest because he's been terrible for 3-4 games consistently now. A complete mess, like the good old Kessie I knew.

Pointless game, but I fear it will once again negatively impact our mentality.
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 11:25 PM


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Indeed.
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 06:47 PM


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Oh, and Han, I really think Pioli distrusts and dislikes Diaz. Putting Meite up front was not that much of a tactical decision IMO; had we Hakan, we would have started him.

Also, do you guys remember we won against Atalanta at Bergamo last season quite comfortably? Or do I remember this incorrectly?
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 06:45 PM


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@X-O, it's funny how you still say Inter play "good football" but we don't. I think you're being very harsh.

A defeat against Inter could hurt us. I see Pioli will rest Ibra and start with Mario, Rebić and Alexis. Good. I'd also try out Tomori or give Musacchio one last nod.

Is our mercato over?
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 04:17 PM


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X-O you keep on mentioning Ancelotti's Milan, Liverpool, City... like these are comparable examples with us now. Even more, you make it sound like there's nothing in between, like for instance Milan of Pioli can't be labeled as a team that plays "good football" but not on an atomic level.

You honestly expect us to play that kind of football ever again? I don't see the point in mentioning the Milan od 02 or 03. It's a bygone era and you are not that old to be constrained by the past. You are aware that Carletto's Milan (who played occasionally also terrible football, like all teams) in a legendary team? You are aware that even Carletto never regained that style and gameplay at Paris, Madrid or Munich?

Sorry, I don't see much point in these comparisons.

As for the Pioli part, I'm still perplexed. If I understood you correctly, you think Milan is keeping it simple because Pioli knows he has a limited team (he himself might be limited in terms of tactical knowledge as well, yes?). If this is the truth and the core idea of our play is sticking to the plan then a plan B is something we intrinsically cannot adopt. Have you seen any team that has a plan B in our range/league?

I think Milan is necessarily reduced to that by definition. Next season I have little doubt Milan will end up being trashed by various Bayerns, Madrids or Citys of this world. And perhaps even the season after that. Plan A, B or C, I don't see that is avoidable. This is precisely why this scudetto dream is so important. It's a peculiar aberation that should not have happened in a otherwise predictable slow plan for growth and stability.
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 12:25 AM


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Indeed I was.

But now seriously, Luther Blissett comes to mind, no?
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 12:24 AM


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Oh, and as for the Coppa game... it couldn't have come in a worse time. Another defeat could seriously damage our mindset, mentality and approach. And could boost Inter to chase us more effectively in the league.

I also fear the Pioli effect. I've seen his teams (Fiorentina, Lazio especially) starting great seasons and then spiraling down the drain come spring. I really hope this won't happen with us.

One last bit: don't you think we should go for a RW during this market? Samu is really a piss poor player.
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Posted on: Jan 24 2021, 12:22 AM


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I must say, I disagree with you.

Firstly, I'm not riding any hype train, you obviously misread or misinterpreted my posts. I was merely saying that I do not fear Atalanta and yes, I imagine a world were we beat them at home. You make it sound like Atalanta is Barcelona with Messi and Iniesta at their prime.

The way you described our gameplan and "how we win" is shocking to me. I have my own eyes however; sure, we don't play football as enjoying as Barcelona or Arsenal in their prime, and yes, we ain't even (obviously) a great team. But we do play good football IMO and we can't be reduced to what you said.

Also, saying that we "can manage" Juventus but our biggest problems are teams we already defeated (and may I say we seem to have no trouble playing Napoli) is rubbish. I completely disagree. I also disagree with your assessment that Inter play "great, fast, unpredictable football". IMO they are a limited squad with limited ideas and as strict of a gameplan as our own with only one creator and one true danger - Lukaku.

I really hoped our team would show character today. Atalanta humiliated us last season, and I expected much more from Pioli and the team. But I think Han is right when saying that we started with the wrong mindset and IMO Pioli's wrong decisions made things unbearable.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 08:26 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jan 23 2021, 10:03 PM) *
That was actually a sort of optimistic comment.

Shows you all. Is it perhaps pessimistic optimism?
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 23 2021, 10:17 PM) *
I apologise. By all means, go on then. Preach the greatness of this team. Another debacle after the 5-0 from last year against the 'half-baked' team.

I admit calling them half-baked was a mistake. But they are a strange team and I don't intend starting fearing teams like Atalanta. Respect yes, fear no.

And who said anything about greatness? I only said this is a test for us to show how good or even great we are.

I see this defeat really got to you.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 08:02 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 23 2021, 09:58 PM) *
You really trying to nitpick on my comments after everything I said prior to this match? Really, man?

Nitpick, huh? Sorry, but Ibra is not to blame here at all.

What did I say prior to this match? I showed no fear of the ever great and devastating Atalanta. I said this is a true test. And we failed. So what? I somehow lost the right to comment?
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 08:00 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jan 23 2021, 09:56 PM) *
Lol, Inter drew to Udine

Just perfect. Even when we f@ck up big time they cannot take advantage

But it always amazes me, even after years and years with you guys here, how negative and pessimistic you are...

As I started reading your post I figured Inter scored a late goal and won. But no. They drew! So I wouldn't complain much and thank god Udine forced them to lose points which made us finally winter champions.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 07:46 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 23 2021, 09:44 PM) *
I can only imagine our performances taking a dip from here. This could be really bad mentally.

Oh come on, let's not overreact just yet. We played collectively bad, agreed. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and overdramatize just yet.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 23 2021, 09:41 PM) *
I think this should be a moment of reflection. The way we play, it's OK against low/mid tier teams. We'll get the 3 points there, which is why we're top of the table. But against the big boys and teams who play great, fast football, we're completely out of depth.

Terrible performances all around, starting with Zlatan. Tonight he showed his true limits.

Funny you pick on Zlatan first. I think you're completely off on that one. True limits? The whole midfield gave up and our flanks with Samu and Leao were inefficient as ever.
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jan 23 2021, 09:41 PM) *
Agreed with all of that

But certain players have been really bad today

Theo and Calabria have both been bad. Kjear seems a bit off the pace, Kalulu just not ready for these kind of games. Samu and Leao both terrible on the wings and Kessie and Tonali have allowed themselves to get dominated in the center of the pitch

Don't even mention the "constantly improving" Tonali. This season I've given up on him completely.

But I'm also willing to say that Hernandez is mostly only good with Rebić in tandem.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 07:42 PM


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Mentality is the problem here as well. Hopefully Ibra and Mario can work on that aspect as well. Because tonight we started with this timid performance, never wanting to be in control of this game.

Oh and Kessie had a horror performance as well. Should have scored that chance for 1-2 plus the penalty was utterly stupid.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 07:39 PM


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Yes, on every aspect. It only shows how still limited we are.

But Pioli made their job easy. Gasperini won the tactical battle to be sure, but playing Kalulu and Meite sealed the deal easily.
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Playing Kalulu did not help
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jan 23 2021, 08:57 PM) *

But doesn't he look ridiculous to you? Come on...
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 07:01 PM


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Agreed. Remember how Pioli also said that he sees Krunića as a AM at one point? I think maybe this is his idea fix.

But anyway, Samu and Meite should be off, Rebić and Diaz in.

I really don't understand why Pioli is not fond of Diaz. He seems to have no trust in him, even when he's in decent form.
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Posted on: Jan 23 2021, 06:55 PM


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Yep, this one goes on Pioli so far. Musacchio should have started this one, Diaz also and not that parrot clown.
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