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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 15 2022, 10:00 PM) *
Saw most of the Juve game. They were sh*t. Only reason they scored 3 was because Sassuolo's defense was even shittier.

Yeah, agreed. Rewind from last season basically

Always said they don't worry me, not unless they fix their midfield and change coach. Thankfully the Rabiot deal to Man U seems to be stalling. Hopefully they're stuck with him and don't get Paredes. Not that he'd fix all their problems but he's better than all their other current mids. So he'd improve them slightly. How Juve keep getting lucky enough to offload all their deadwood for actual cash always amazes me.

Still think Inter are going to be the main threats this season. Nothing from the first matchday has changed my thoughts on that

I actually think this season the league if going to be poorer than last. The gap between the top 6/7 sides has increased even more. Teams who have been thorns in the big clubs' sides for a while now have really gotten weaker this season. Sassuolo, Verona, Torino, all significantly weaker
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 15 2022, 10:04 PM) *
You were the one who said we should sell any player who doesn't renew with 2 years left. But we haven't done it, and there must be a reason why management is letting these contracts run their course.

I sort of know a motive. It has to do with what adjustments are made to the financial statements of an entity when it's acquired by another entity, but I'm not gonna bore y'all with it.

Doesn't it make more sense to actually make money from your assets?

Just blows my mind that we've already let all these players go for free and could do so again with even more valuable ones...


Anyways, lots of chatter coming out of Germany that we're going for Ndicka. Honestly, this would be a great signing, and fits perfectly to our style. But If we go for him, I don't know what would be left for the midfield signing...

I've always said that we should prioritise the midfielder. And go for a serviceable defender, maybe on loan + option type deal. But Ndicka is a good opportunity for a player on his final year which we shouldn't miss out on if the fee is within reason
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Posted on: Aug 15 2022, 08:13 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Aug 15 2022, 07:33 PM) *
Napoli running out 6-2 winners against Verona.

Really interested to see Juve now.

Still look like sh!t. Luckily leading now, but unless they get a proper midfield they're not going to be doing anything this season imo
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 15 2022, 02:05 PM) *
But again, I am not disagreeing with you that Messias is not good enough to be our starter. I'm saying he has the qualities to be considered a decent sub. Now if he was signed with the intention of starting games then no, I don't agree with that. But I don't think that was the case, given our continuous interest in Ziyech for the past couple of months, and the fact CDK can very well play on the right.

Don't think CDK will be playing RW much, he's clearly seen as an AM.

We'll see if we get Ziyech or someone else. But I really do not think we'll bring in 3 more players. We're already finding it very difficult to bring in the CDM and CB we absolutely need. Even Pioli has continuously said that we're going to get the midfielder and defender, but nothing about another winger/attacker

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 15 2022, 02:05 PM) *
Like I said, there has to be a strategic reason as to why the club is letting this happen. Elliott are not a bunch of fools. They are absolute experts when it comes to finances.

Strategy doesn't really matter when you have your hands tied. And when you go into the final year of a player's contract your hands are in fact tied. And it is all up to the player at that point
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Napoli running out 6-2 winners against Verona.

Really interested to see Juve now.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 14 2022, 12:18 PM) *
Man, the interisti are whining like little babies about our penalty. Not only, in my opinion, it was a fair penalty to give, but it was the first penalty conceded to us since Milan-Spezia in January! And we all know how that game ended...

Anyway, I'm really glad we got the old Rebic back. Please just don't let him get injured again throughout the season. With him, CDK, Adli and Origi our attacking force will have more than doubled from last year. And that's exactly what we needed. I also got really good vibe from Origi. I hope Pioli starts playing him more regularly, cos the guy is severely underrated by the public opinion.

I also really hope yesterday's Leao performance was just a fluke. The worst thing that can happen to him now is the hype getting to his head. He needs to remain humble and work even harder if he wants to improve his deficiencies and become top class.

Interisti? Did you see the amount of whining and crying from the Roma fans?? That's even more hilarious because they think they're going to be part of the Scudetto equation. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)

The penalty was soft but clear. Calabria got to the ball first, and while he went over it so he fluffed the chance, he was clearly clattered into very aggressively and could have been seriously injured as a result.

This Rebic for me is our best striker and the one that works best in this system. We play much more fluidly with him than with Giroud up front. Of course we still need to see what Origi brings to the table, but it is going to be interesting to see how Pioli handles all these options. Not to mention we have serious players coming off the bench when we need to change things around. RW is still the obvious weak link.

Leao has always had this issue with looking lazy at times. And when his attacking game is not on point, the other deficiencies are more glaring.
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Posted on: Aug 15 2022, 01:55 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 15 2022, 12:26 PM) *
Then let?s agree to disagree. You don?t rate Messias, I do, so let?s move on.

As for the contracts, it?s not like we?re the only club losing players on a free. Rudiger, Christensen, Alaba, Perisic, Depay, Dybala just on the top of my head. But I really don?t want to question the club?s decision for letting those contracts run out. They?re not idiots. There must be a valid, strategic reason which neither of us are aware of.

It's not about me or you rating him though. It's about whether or not he's good enough t be a starter for a team like Milan. The Italian Champion and a CL side... He's shown us last season that's he's limited. Can be decent at times but nothing more. I just think this club needs better than the likes of Messias, there are other players that I don't think are or the right quality, but none of them are presumed to be starters by the club so it irks a lot less.

Sure, players now a days are pushing for the bosman move. Why? Because it is far more lucrative for them and their agent. Moving clubs on a free gives them endless power in negotiations. They can demand signing on bonuses, higher salaries and their agents get commissions on top of that as well. But that is why you have to be aggressive and at time ruthless as well when dealing with players who are twisting your arm. And that is why you don't let contracts dwindle to the final year.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 14 2022, 11:09 PM) *
No club would ever decide to sell their players simply because they have two years left in their contract. One year left I can understand, but two? Never. Besides, it's not like they didn't want to renew either. Capanoglu was talking about how he was 'constantly in contact with Maldini and Massara' as late as during the Euros, whereas Kessie said during the Olympics that he would 'fix everything' as soon as he returned. It never transpired that they had no intention of renewing until it was too late, and for that we cannot blame our management.

Not to mention the insane commissions that Raiola or Atangana were demanding just for a contract renewal, and the club's policy is severely against that, as it should be. A serious club should never have to pay 10m to an agent just for renewing the contract of a player they already have.

Anyway, we've had this discussion a million times so there's no point in going back to it.

Regarding Messias, I repeat, he's a great sub to have. Much better than Saladmaker. For a starter? Nope. And I was convinced we signed CDK for the RW position, but I'm not so sure about it anymore as Pioli so far keeps placing him as AM. We really cannot have another season with only Messias and Salad on the right. It's unacceptable. Please get Ziyech, or play CDK there with Adli and Brahim fighting for the AM spot.

The issue with letting it go to the final year is that you lose all your negotiating power. Because a player can start talking with other clubs during that final year. Going into next summer with both Leao and Benna still on their current deals would be suicidal. That is 200m worth of assets we would be putting on the line. Players can easily say they don't want to renew and they don't want to leave in their final year, just as Kessie did. Then you are screwed. While on the final 2 years no player would risk being benched for 2 seasons so the clubs still has power in the negotiations.

I don't even consider Messias that great a sub. Let's be real here. It's not lik he's some electric player who coms on and makes the difference. Ziyech for me is a must, but having wasted 4m on Messias which could have been used as a down payment on a loan for Ziyech, I doubt we'll get him or any other winger for that matter. Which has been my issue all along with the Messias signing. Because I knew they would have seen him as the solution rather than the backup you've always said he'd be. The only smart decision with regards to Messias would have been to sign him and move him on fo some profit. Keeping him as our starter was always ridiculous
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 14 2022, 12:12 PM) *
But on the bright side, we won the scudetto even without Capanoglu. This season we have 3 players competing for the AM role. As for Kessie, there was nothing to be done. The guy just wanted to try something new. The salary demands, albeit important, were just a pretext to leave. The error was not selling him last summer and earn something out of it, but then again would we have won the scudetto without Kessie? Hard to say, but it goes to show you that sometimes even a bad decision might lead to something fruitful.

PS: Enough with the Messias hate, man. We get it.

We should have never let either the Kessie or Hakan situations get to where they did, and we are currently repeating the same pattern with Leao and Bennacer.

If a player does not want to renew we sell. Ifa renewal is not accepted before they go into the last 2 years of their contract they should be put on the market. It might hurt a bit but it's not such a huge blow as losing them for nothing


As for Messias. Sorry, have nothing against the guy, but I will continue to insist that he is not Milan quality, and the fact that we've willingly walked into another season with him as the starter and Alexis backing him is just not acceptable
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Posted on: Aug 13 2022, 10:24 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 13 2022, 10:09 PM) *
In all honesty we could have done better today. True, the match might have very well finished 5-2, but we made some silly mistakes and let Udinese counter way too easily. Concentration was not very high all the time. Bennacer for instance lost the ball way too often, and Leao was horrid with his decision-making. Udinese also sort of gifted us two goals.

CDK already showed some gimplses of pure class. And I really liked what Origi brought to the game. But Pioli should play him CF and not wide.

Yeah we were sloppy but it was clear the condition of the players wasn't at its best yet, for both sides. Bennacer had some really nice plays as well as some bad ones. Fatigue was clearly starting to set in, and players seems to be struggling a bit there especially after the first 30 minutes or so there was a drop off.

Silly mistakes we can correct. What's important right now is to keep putting points on the board. I don't think any of the teams looked particularly good. Inter truly looked bad in that 2nd half that I saw against Lecce. It will be interesting to see Juve, Roma and Napoli tomorrow as well. To see who looks the best. But the trick isn't really to come out there in peak condition, we don't want to burn out too early before some of the players head off to the World Cup. I think we'll see gradual improvement as the games start coming quicker. Plus we were playing with Krunic as a CDM, and while I do acknowledge that he's a good Jack of all Trades type player, it shows in certain moments that we were softer through the centre with him there.

As for Origi, I doubt that Pioli will play him as a winger often. Probably just wanted to give him a small run out since he's barely even trained with the group. And with Giroud on it's natural that Origi would go to the wide position.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Aug 12 2022, 10:17 PM) *
I know, man. Don't get me wrong. We definitely need a Kessie replacement, that goes without saying. I'm just saying that this situation is not comparable to Calhanoglu's. Two years ago we had two players for one spot (Calhanoglu, Brahim), we lost one (the starter), we didn't replace him. Last year we had three players for two spots (Kessie, Tonali, Bennacer), we lost one, insofar we haven't replaced him but nonetheless we still have two starters both of whom I rate higher than Kessie. That's the difference.

The scenarios are the same though. Kessie, whether we liked it or not, was a starter for us. Pioli generally rotated Tonali and Benna. Probably because Kessie was the physical presence in the pivot plus he rarely ever gets injured so he probably felt comfortable using him more than the others.

Like you said, the AM position we had 2 players for 1 position, and the pivot areas we had 3 players for 2 positions. And we lost a starter in both scenarios. Sure there is a difference between just have Diaz vs Tonali and Benna. But we still have to acknowledge that we're in a pickle here if we cannot properly replace Kessie.

My main reason for mentioning the Hakan case is that we let a player go for free because we're squabbling over salaries and don't want to go above a certain amount, so we're seemingly happy to keep losing players for free just so we can say we have a great salary structure, but we still have to replace these players. And never bringing in any decent transfer fees really hurts our capabilities on the market. So once again, we're stuck in a position as we were last summer, where we just lost a starter for nothing (at least this time he was decent enough not to go to Inter - f@cker), have basically no budget to operate on the market and still have a hole to fill in the squad. This is how we ended up with Messias last season, we panic bought, and now we were too nice to send him back to Crotone because he has a beautiful emergence story (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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QUOTE (William405 @ Aug 13 2022, 08:57 PM) *
Inter just conceded 🤣🤣🤣

They won it at the death. F@ckers!

Lecce is going to be a nightmare game for all sides though. Did you see that pitch? Truly looked awful.

Inter for me are still the best first 11 side in the league, but they just have something about them under Inzaghi where you can see them start to lose their sh!t as soon as things don't go their way. It's what undid them last season and it's obviously still there.

QUOTE (William405 @ Aug 13 2022, 09:02 PM) *
True. What's clear is that our attacking options are really big this season. Honestly, I prefer Saelmakers there as he is much better defensively and generally puts in a big shift. We need to be careful how to play the attackers, because we have very attacking fullbacks and can risk to be caught off guard.

I don't think we need to sign Ziyech per say, although I wouldn't mind it. The options are there, it's just about keeping the balance of the team. I don't see CDK as a player who will track back much either. He's just not that type of player, as well as Ziyech. So, we'll see, it's all a matter of tactics at that point.

But, what we truly need is a CM. Do you guys think Adli could cover that position?

Alexis works hard and covers a lot more, but he gives you next to nothing in attack. Ziyech would take our attack to the next level imo. We'd have an attack on par with some of the best sides in Europe imo with him as well.

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I think this game also makes it clear that we should not be going into the season with Messias as our RW starter. We're the champions and a CL team and have a Serie B level player starting at RW for us. Absolutely criminal that Ziyech is there available and we haven't gone for him.
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QUOTE (CrazyMilanFan @ Aug 13 2022, 07:50 PM) *
Lukaku already scored

It was always a given that he was going to bang them in again for them this season.
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Messias and Leao need to de better with tracking back. Messias asleep on that 2nd goal. The 1st one off the corner can be sort of forgiven because we were clearly not switched on yet, not to mention Udine are such a physical side and have height on us.

We really need to improve on the high balls. Te talk will be that our rock solid defense from last season conceded twice, but the goals were very clear lapses at the very start of the half and at the very end. Pioli said they've been working on set-piece defending, at least it is a comfort that they're working on one of our biggest weaknesses from last season

Atalanta up next. I think we can do the job there as well. Hopefully we'll have Sandro back and maybe that new midfielder we absolutely need.

CDK looked absolutely class. Give me him and Diaz for the next game instead of Messias pls
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Woop Woop

CDK coming on
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Brahim excellent today. This is what we need from him
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REBICCCCC
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Bw, anyone seeing what's going on at United game (IMG:style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/ohmy.gif)
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Terrible at defending set-pieces AND terrible at scoring from them. Go figure (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

The defense needs work, I really do think we miss Kessie here. Tonali coming back will help a lot but we really do need to bring in someone adequate to cover.
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We look really soft at times it has to be said. Obviously Krunic is not a CDM.

And it just looked like we wanted to go into HT when that goal went in.

Need to improve in the 2nd half. Leao looks completely off it right now
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I really hate playing these f@ckers
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WTF is this defending FFS???
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Kalulu... Insane block there
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QUOTE (CrazyMilanFan @ Aug 13 2022, 05:50 PM) *
Agree about rebic, and diaz i think knows he is fighting for a place which ia good

Diaz on this kind of form can keep that spot. It's how he started last season. CDK can always be shifted to the right
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