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han2503
Posted on: Oct 27 2020, 04:02 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Oct 27 2020, 10:00 AM) *
A draw was a fair result.

2nd half of last season, Milan did not have Europe to contend with so had enough rest days. Also no Corona virus to take crucial players from us for a minimum of two weeks at a time.

That said, this is just the beginning of the season, if Milan gets a CL birth then it's a very very good result. First place is not something this squad can achieve.

So yes this draw is a fair result, hoping to keep winning is not possible. Maintaining an unbeaten run however is certainly something of a feat but not sure when that will end.

But equating who should have won this game with the fact that we can't keep winning doesn't make much sense to me. Sure it had to end at some point, but not like this. A game we should have won, and had Gigio been there it would have been a 2-0 game for sure.

This is the mentality of old, not expecting too much, yet the disappointed and angry reactions from all Milan fans shows that we've come to expect to be the dominant side in games and to win them as well. That's how far the bar has been raised since Pioli and Ibra came imo

This time last season, not even God could have helped us walk the ball into the back of the net. We could not score for love or money.

Look at us now. Should still be at a 100% record if it weren't for some shocking refereeing and a couple of miracle saves from Mirante, plus missing Donna.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 27 2020, 10:31 AM) *
Still not keen on Leao on the wing. He doesn't link well with the others, but at the same time the first two goals came from him, so it?s hard to discredit his performance.

Agreed. He just doesn't do it for me. It feels like he doesn't know what he wants to be. He's all gangly awkwardness, but his burst of pace really is a killer when he uses it correctly.

QUOTE (Danny @ Oct 27 2020, 12:21 PM) *
Thought we played well but the ref really wasn't interested.

But ultimately Romagnoli cost us the 3 points. One of the worst misses you'll see this season.

Nah, can't put this on Romagnoli's shoulders. Kessie, and Kjear also came inches close. But the ref and Tatarusanu really were our killer blows.

Really hope Donna 2.0 starts the next few games in goal
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 11:18 PM


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Last point before I head for some Zzzzs

My only point of contention this game was the amount of counters we squandered. I think we caught them out 5 on 3 about 4 times in the 2nd half and didn't do anything with it. Had this been last season we'd have scored on probably each occasion. Yes, we haven't rediscovered that sharpness as of yet, but we shouldn't be wasting so many chances

The players look a bit too fatigued right now. And with no reprieve in sight in terms of fixture list, I do worry. Why we're playing international breaks when the fixture list is this packed + the pandemic looming is beyond me.

I really do hope this 3rd wave we're starting to go through will force UEFA's hands and they cancel the stupid friendlies and the insipid Nations league
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 11:13 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 26 2020, 11:06 PM) *
Hard to analyse this game.

Roma were basically harmless except for one great chance from Dzeko in counterattack. And though I still think we let them play too much at times, I can't blame the team for this draw. We got screwed by Tatasticazzi, the ref, corners, luck. Deserved to win no doubt.

Very underwhelmed by Theo as I pointed out earlier. He's too static, makes too many mistakes. And it's been going on for a while. He was such an explosive player, whatever happened to him.

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Thanks for the laugh on that one

Re Theo, I think we're forgetting that a big part of his game last season was the interchange with Rebic. Leao is a much different player, he doesn't link up like Rebic does with the rest of the team, and Theo was the one who benefitted the most from this.

We also have to take into account that opposing teams this season are treating him like the threat that he is. We've played a lot of 3 at the back teams lately, and all have made sure to double team him as well as cut off his running avenues.

It's not like we haven't seen some of that explosiveness at all this season so far. His goal against Spezia (or Crotone?) was scored from one of his bursting runs. They always say that the 2nd season is the hardest, you're no longer an unknown quantity to teams. And Theo has definitely garnered enough attention that teams pay more attention to him than they would any regular FB.

That being said, I'd like to praise our other FB today. Calabria. Another top-notch performance from him today against a great player in Spinazzola.
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 11:02 PM


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Against Sparta we should go with

Calabria--Kjear--Romagnoli--Dalot
Bennacer--Tonali
Samu--Krunic--Diaz
Leao


It should still do the job and it will give guys who've been playing non-stop time to recharge a bit


Oh and the older Donna should start in goal. He's started games for us before and he's a million times better than this guy we signed this summer. At least he can catch the ball...
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:56 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 26 2020, 10:46 PM) *
Man I'm so pissed. Roma did jackshit and still managed to score three times. Those frigging corners, and this Godforsaken goalkeeper we have. And we were so unlucky with the corners instead, one post from Kjaer and then Romagnoli's final header which I have no frigging clue how he managed to send wide!

They scored off of 3 f@cking set-pieces!

The non-existent penalty is what made the game go crazy. We lost our heads a bit after that and didn't manage to regain our calm even after we scored.

We created so much from open play while Roma did jack ****!

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 26 2020, 10:48 PM) *
Oh yeah, Kessie's header as well. Sometimes things just don't go your way I guess...

I guess this is for riding our luck against Inter...


Anyway, we move forward to the next one. Sparta on Thursday and Udine on Sunday

Pioli needs to rest Ibra, Hakan, Theo and Kessie on Thursday. And we need to go all out against Udine. Cannot afford to lose points in the next 2 games in the league before we face Napoli so we can go up against them still top of the table.
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How the Kessie and Romagnoli headers did not go in... So unlucky and wasteful as well!

Tatarusanu man... Roma barely shot at our goal. Yes the set-piece defending should be better, but wtf was that?? Scrambling in our area on every corner. He should not be starting the next game.

I think the only chance from open play that Roma created was that Dzeko shot that went over, other than that nothing. But the corners... So bad at defending them suddenly. Pioli needs to work on that. We've conceded 3 corners in the last 2 games!

But the fact that the goalie is not trustworthy in such situations will cause the players to panic as well, which is what happened, especially on the 3rd Roma goal

We've really f'd up our goal difference with this game, plus our perfect record comes to an end... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:41 PM


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What a miss!

Should have won this!
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F"?!$"?%"?%
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:34 PM


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Here we are with bobble head in goal, while Mirante is doing miracles for Roma!


How did he save that??!
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:32 PM


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The other Donnarumma should start the next game, this guy is useless
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:30 PM


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This keeper man! No one is trusting him and it's chaos when the ball is in our box
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:29 PM


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FFS!!

Defend the corners!

3-3
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:24 PM


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Gives us the return penalty

Knew the first one did not exist

IBRA
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:23 PM


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Then Mancini with the blatant handball and he whistles on Ibra...
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 10:17 PM


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How was that a penalty??

Pedro literally stamped on Bennacer's foot!
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Posted on: Oct 26 2020, 09:36 PM


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Donna missing cost us that goal, don't understand what Tatarusanu was trying to do there...

Good first half so far though, should be leading imo.
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Posted on: Oct 23 2020, 08:10 AM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 22 2020, 10:51 PM) *
I meant Spezia.

And I don't think I'm nitpicking. I'm not saying we should play extraordinary football cos we don't have the right players to do so, but just to keep up the momentum for the whole match. We shouldn't doze off like this cos then it becomes a bad habit, not to mention it doesn't bode well in terms of mentality improvement.

We need to be continuously aggressive, something we did really well after the lockdown last season.

Sure, but fatigue would not allow your legs to keep to that kind of pressing. That will come as we regain fitness levels as they were post lockdown imo
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Posted on: Oct 22 2020, 10:23 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 22 2020, 10:03 PM) *
Nah, even before Kessie got off. We reentered the pitch with a different mentality, like the game was won so we just had to sit tight and fend off their meager attacks, when in reality Lenon's change of formation and Celtic's grit truly put us under pressure.

And no, it wasn't just this game or the Inter game. Aside from SPAL where we were 0-0 at half time, in nearly every other game we've let this happen. Bologna, Bodo, Crotone, Rio Ave, it's been the same to some degree or another.

SPAL? We haven't played them yet have we?

I think you're nit-picking a bit here to not let yourself buy into this too much because we've been burned a lot in the past.

Yes, today we took the 2nd half a bit too lightly, but imo, we only came under pressure once Kessie came off, not before then, we were still relatively comfortable for the first 15 minutes or so of the half, and aside from 2 plays, we were never really pressured seriously.

Let's just enjoy this, yes there still needs to be improvement, I think the games we played at the end of last season were more fluid and we had better fitness levels, all things we can achieve as the season progresses. If we get to that level we can beat any team, as we demonstrated just 2 months ago.

The fact the we have so many things to be excited about in this team, especially all the young players who are all showing their quality

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 22 2020, 10:06 PM) *
Indeed. Krunic is such a mediocre player. Tonight he looked half decent inn the first half cos Celtic were truly sh*t, but he has no place to start games in the Serie A, especially as trequartista.

Dalot looked pretty average as well. I liked him defensively, but for a fullback he looked like another Conti, maybe even worse.

Agreed re Krunic. He's just average. Plus he made some really bad errors in that 2nd half

Tonali also needs to improve imo. He's taking too long on the ball. He needs to be quicker and be more accurate with his passing.

I actually liked Dalot, Celtic were double teaming us heavily on the wings, they did their homework re how we use our FBs. Theo rarely managed to break free as well. Plus this is his first game. That being said, if he doesn't impress, we simply send him back to Man U, no harm, no foul
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Posted on: Oct 22 2020, 09:58 PM


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I have a bad feeling Pioli is going to play Krunic against Roma


I really hope I'm wrong here, Celtic is at the right level where he can look half decent, but against Roma he won't cut it. Diaz should be playing instead of Hakan
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Posted on: Oct 22 2020, 09:54 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 22 2020, 09:28 PM) *
As in nearly every game this season thus far, we simply stop playing in the second half.

Yeah, we relaxed, but I don't agree that we've stopped playing in all our 2nd halves. Aside from the Inter game, where we were under pressure but did not concede in the 2nd half, the other games we've played were all balanced in terms of how we play both halves (Maybe you have a case with the Rio Ave game as well where we were dead tired by the 2nd half).

You also have to factor in fatigue setting in as the game goes on. We've played the most games so far compared to the other Serie A teams, in a very compressed period of time. It's going to take effect

That being said, today we definitely took our feet off the gas around the 60th minute mark, especially when Kessie came off, he's our anchor in that midfield and Bennacer didn't come on strong. I think they felt they could cruise the rest of the game given how poor Celtic were
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Posted on: Oct 22 2020, 08:54 PM


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Good first half, Krunic is in the centre, which imo is his natural position.


I'd personally swap in Hauge for Krunic and Leao for Ibra in the 2nd half, we need to look ahead to Roma.
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QUOTE (Danny @ Oct 22 2020, 03:36 PM) *
tbf City were banned from Europe, until they got it overturned. And it was overturned by a higher court than UEFA so it's not like they chose that.

I get your point, but if you let the likes of City and PSG just spend what they want to, football will lose what little soul it has left and it will be literally about buying success and, player prices, already f*cking insane, will rise so madly as to devalue money so badly that currency may well get affected.

For goodness sake FFP is what stopped City signing Messi for 750M.



Aren't you just advocating another evil to replace UEFA?

But don't they already do that?

PSG, City, Real have all the leverage because they have unlimited money. FFP handicaps clubs even more. I just think it's BS, It is absolutely not a fair system, PSG and City have used loopholes to get around the rules, and not all clubs can do that. FFP has basically created a monopoly between 6 clubs or so. The CL has lost it's excitement because of it. I think player prices will start to go down, you can already see it happening this summer. The only club that went crazy was Chelsea, probably because they didn't make any transfers last summer because of their ban.
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QUOTE (Forza Milan! @ Oct 21 2020, 11:00 PM) *
We may be involved but I am not sure. Either way, I am not convinced this is a great idea. While CL has been dominated by a short list of teams, it is good to see the occasional "outsider" making it to the final stages of the competition. If we have a competition with the same teams, it may be interesting for a few years, but after a while it may lose much of its appeal.

Meh, I think clubs should push for it.

It will render UEFA powerless. Their FFP BS is getting on people's nerves big time, especially when teams like City and PSG keep escaping punishment, while others have to play by the rules.

I say the top clubs should go for it, and negotiate an astronomical TV deal that would put UEFA out of business.


Back to Milan


We've lost Hakan through an ankle injury, not worried about this game in particular as I wanted Pioli to rest him, but he won't be available for the Roma game which is a big blow.
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QUOTE (Forza Milan! @ Oct 18 2020, 05:19 PM) *
Indeed.

For weeks I keep reading (on various forums) stuff like "inadequate team; horrible mercato; we barely won against week teams (like Crotone), better teams (like Juve) surely will dominate them; first game we will play against a tough opponent (like Inter) we will get trashed". Yet ... we are winning games where we would have struggled in the past, conceded only one goal (from a high scoring Inter), and other teams have their problems. Only teams that really worries me is Napoli (all others have shown their limitations).

Yes, this is a long way from winning CL. OTOH, we have been little more than a mid-table team in recent years, and we are not going to go back to the old glory days overnight.

Let's enjoy the moment. Forza Milan!

Agreed.

Napoli and Atalanta for me are both the scary teams in the league due to their attacking acumen. Napoli absolutely destroyed Atalanta yesterday, but on any other day, it could have easily been the reverse.

Juve drew to Crotone yesterday, Roma are losing to Benevento atm. I thin this is going to be a crazy season, with crazy score lines. The Covid effect factoring in, not to mention the compressed fixture list.

That being said, we've started the season out strong. Complaining right now, is pointless. Yes we haven't really geared up to the level of play we were at after the restart but certain things have factored into that, mainly the limited preparation going into the season, the loss of Zlatan, Rebic and Romagnoli and fatigue playing a part as well. Our run of games after the restart we were incredibly fit, and were managing to outrun our opponents in most games, I expect us to regain those fitness levels in time, and with that the more fluid play will come.

All in all, I'm very happy with how things are going so far. We have a strong group and it is clear that the team spirit is high with everyone playing for each other

QUOTE (Forza Milan! @ Oct 18 2020, 05:35 PM) *
Yes, we did get lucky. OTOH, after reading some commentaries on the game, I think I understand Pioli's strategy a little better. As I understand it, Pioli played a risky game for the first 60 minutes, using players (like Leao) that could exploit Inter's defensive weakness, but leaving us exposed as well (in particular, Roma and Theo struggled). The strategy worked in the first half, but Inter was getting way too many chances after the break. Bringing Krunic and Samu was all about shoring up the defense and preserving the win. Going to a 4-3-3 closed Inter's attack lanes, and Samu was favored over more attack-minded (but risky) options (like Diaz and Hague). Inter still had chances, but less so.

I still think Samu needs to be replaced with someone better, and we need upgrades as well as more depth in multiple areas.

Agreed. I scratched my head when he put on Krunic as well. But I think it helped out in closing the spaces, especially with Kessie and Bennacer tiring out.

Re Theo and Romagnoli. You have to also look at the fact that Leao was on their flank, while Alexis was on Calabria's side, and he goes from doubling up as a FB to attacking, while Leao doesn't help out as much, plus this being Inter's stronger side with Hakimi
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Oct 17 2020, 09:54 PM) *
About tonight's performances, I thought Kjaer, Calabria, Kessie and Ibra were our best players. Worth noting that both goals started from Calabria. He simply owned Perisic tonight.

Romagnoli and Theo were pretty bad. I understand Romagnoli who was coming from 3 months of inactivity, but Theo completely lost his duel with Hakimi. Not gonna mention Castillejo again.

I would have included Leao as well, but he assisted the second goal, so that sort of dismisses him. But he was pretty poor. He can't play on the wing, at least not under Pioli's system. He's too immobile off the ball, doesn't press, doesn't combine well enough with the other players, like Saelemaekers for example does. He just doesn't fit, and looks like an external body who just awaits for the ball to do his own tricks.

I thought Theo was okay. Looked preoccupied with Hakimi though and just was not willing to make his usual runs, probably fearing he'd be caught out if the ball is lost. Generally speaking he didn't allow Hakimi to create too much on that side though which is good as Theo defensively is still a bit of a question mark for me. He usually recovers due to his speed but Hakimi is probably one of the few players faster than him.

Agreed about the good performers. I'd also add Hakan there. But Ibra aside. Kessie was my MotM. It's truly amazing how much he's grown under Pioli.

Agreed about Leao. We should only use him as a CF sub for Ibra. He's not a winger. And even though he did turn D'Ambrosio around a couple of times, I think had we had a proper winger on that side, we'd have probably inflicted more damage on Inter.
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