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Posted on: Dec 9 2018, 10:34 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Dec 9 2018, 10:29 PM) *
Such a shame. We could have won. Still a good performance, to be honest.

I thought we were too rushed

That miss from Cutrone though...
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Posted on: Dec 9 2018, 02:53 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Dec 9 2018, 04:55 AM) *
Yes, Roma are terrible this season.

I totally understand your point. However, I also think an important factor is that we reinforce the team January! If we do that, a boost of Ibra-Fabregas is huge IMO.

But, I should also say that I'm very happy with how the team is performing and the identity we are giving this year.

No doubt that those 2 would be a massive boost, not only in the footballing sense but to have winners like them on the team will give us an even better shot. Having Higuain has already showed what someone with his mentality can add to the rest. To have a serial winner like Ibra added to that will help the others understand what it means to win. Our problem is that we've relied on players like Suso for example, who is definitely a talent but has never won anything, same for the rest. We have a lot of talented young players who don't know how to win.

And agreed about the general mentality of the team. Rino imo has surpassed all my expectations, and for all my lobbying for Conte this summer, I'm completely impressed with how he's managed to continue to haul in points even when all the odds have been stacked against him so far this season. When you lose 5 first team regulars, it's always going to be a blow, but especially for us as we don't really have a proper second string side.
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Posted on: Dec 9 2018, 02:48 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Dec 9 2018, 02:13 PM) *
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPQNJXmTpp8

I stumbled upon this video that I thought I'd share with all the goals of the 2010-2011 season where we won the scudetto.

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The good old days, such nostalgia. Hopefully we'll manage to get back there one day in the near future
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Posted on: Dec 9 2018, 02:22 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 9 2018, 12:16 AM) *
Roma and Lazio drew today. We just have to win this.

Which makes me even more apprehensive as we tend to squander such opportunities. Not only can we close the gap on Inter but we can put some daylight between us and the Roman sides. Essential 3 points here
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Posted on: Dec 8 2018, 11:08 PM


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Results are going our way. Let's see if we can capitilise on this. I understand if we slip up, especially when we barely have a defensive line, but this is too huge an opportunity to pass up.

From now till the new year, all our games are winnable and we need to take advantage of that. This is the true test, not playing Juve and Napoli


Roma also drew btw
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Posted on: Dec 8 2018, 11:06 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 2 2018, 08:39 PM) *
Mediaset a few days ago, reporting rumors from the English tabloids. Chelsea want 12m though, so we have to negotiate that.

I’m sure we’ll sign him. As I’m sure Ibra will come as well. There are no reasons for it not to happen.

Let's hope so. They'd be a huge boost, and not just in the footballing sense. And with many of the players returning from injury after the new year this could be what cements our position in the top 4 of the table
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Posted on: Dec 8 2018, 03:16 PM


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3 huge points up for grabs here since Inter lost. Hopefully we'd on't f@ck this opportunity up
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Posted on: Dec 2 2018, 08:22 PM


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QUOTE (Fillipo Simone @ Nov 23 2018, 07:35 PM) *
Allegri time all over again.

Not really. Under Allegri it was mostly muscle problems from questionable coaching/medical treatment

These are mostly just knocks, it's just our luck to go through an injury crises when our season was starting to really take off. I'm actually shocked that we've so far managed to still give relatively stable performances with decent results as well
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Posted on: Dec 2 2018, 08:20 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 29 2018, 03:17 PM) *
Seems like we are very close to reaching an agreement with Chelsea for Fabregas in January.

32 years old in May, bench player at Chelsea for the past year and a half, but still this would be a very exciting signing. I've wanted Fabregas since his days at Arsenal, and I think he's still got it to be an important player for us. With him and Paqueta our midfield would improve immensely.

Where did you read that we were close x-off? I know we've been linked but nothing I've read has said that we're close.

Wuld be a huge signing if true though
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Posted on: Dec 2 2018, 08:18 PM


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Also, sorry for forgetting to open the match thread, I missed the game as I had a Sunday lunch thing (can I state once again how ridiculous I think these 12:30 KOs are?), and totally forgot to open a thread for the game

Anyway, we have a fairly easy (on paper) home stretch to the end of the year, with Fiorentina being the only top half of the table side. We absolutely have to make sure we get max points in this coming stretch to cement our top 4 position (thanks Chievo btw)

Lazio have some tricky games coming up, so we need to make sure we play our best. And I know this is not going to be easy given the crises we have on our hands, but I'm trusting Rino to pull the team through as he has done so far with such grace.
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Posted on: Dec 2 2018, 08:12 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 26 2018, 09:10 AM) *
Paqueta aside, we need a Biglia replacement and a forward. Not sure about a CB. I mean, in January both Romagnoli and Musacchio will be recovered, and I assume by February Caldara will be available as well. I'd rather focus on more pressing matters.

Agreed about the Biglia replacement.

As for the CBs. This crises has shown us that we're continuously a few injuries away from having to play FBs in the centre. I don't think another Zapata-type CB would be a waste to have. Someone who's a relatively good stopper who won't complain about being on the bench and can perform when called upon even without regular football.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 26 2018, 05:05 PM) *
Here’s a thought. What if we didn’t sign anyone else except for Ibra and played like this:

Donnarumma
Conti - Caldara - Romagnoli - Rodriguez
Paqueta - Kessie - Hakan
Suso - Ibra
Higuain


Daring? Yes. Could it work? I think so.

I really don't like Kessie in that holding role. He's never performed when played there. He's a box-to-box guy. He just doesn't really have the discipline or tactical know-how to play there imo. And Hakan has been played in that position a few times and never really impressed me tbh

QUOTE (maldini03 @ Nov 26 2018, 05:49 PM) *
I like this formation X-Off but I don't think that Kessie can play as that deep regista. He is at his best when he is bombing forward and using his physical ability to be aggressive in winning the ball back. He doesn't intercept the ball well and I don't really think he is a great long passer.

In my opinion, we have something going with Kessie and Baka as a double pivot, they both provide the necessary steel to one another. For that reason I would advocate for something closer to this:

Donnarumma
Calabria - Caldara - Romagnoli - RR
Kessie - Bakayoko
Suso - Ibra - Paqueta
Higuain

The Kessie and Bakayoko double pivot has pros and cons to it though. I really think we need a playmaker type in there as well. With those 2 we tend to struggle to play through the middle. I still think that a Biglia replacement in needed ASAP. We've been linked to Cesc, and I think he'd change the entire dynamic of this team if he were to come in, as he's the kind of passing brain we've missed since Pirlo

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 26 2018, 11:08 PM) *
No, Kessie-Bakayoko can't be a long-term solution. I agree that Kessie best performs in the double pivot alongside a playmaker (Paredes?), but why not as shield in front of the defense? I don't agree that he doesn't intercept the ball well, and while it's true that he's a not a great long passer, the whole idea of having Hakan and Paqueta in midfield is to leave the creative duties to them.

Think of Barcelona and Real. Neither Busquets nor Casemiro are terrific passers, but they are defensive midfielders whose main duties are to act as a shield in front the defense and win balls back. And I think Kessie is far capable of such feats. Perhaps his tactical awareness needs some work, but that comes with experience.

I actually think that Kessie best performs on the side of a 3-man midfield, while it's Bakayoko who benefits the most from a double pivot/DM position

And I don't think you can compare Kessie to either Casemiro or Busquets, both are far more intelligent distributors than Kessie

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Dec 2 2018, 03:33 PM) *
Let’s not get carried away.

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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 08:15 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 25 2018, 08:02 PM) *
It's useless nitpicking at this point. We conceded in the last minute amidst all the chaos. It sucks, but it happens. And given our circumstances, this is still a very good result.

This Lazio side is very poor, as are Roma. We have a concrete chance to get that 4th spot this season. Hopefully with the injury recoveries and a couple of quality signings in January it will happen.

This is the most crucial point here

Leo must make 3 top notch signings this winter. Even without the injury crises that has hit us, we still lacked qaality in midfield and in attack, plus as we've come to find out a thin defensive line

Ibra will be a huge boost, but we need to make careful choices for the defense and midfield. it's can't just be any random players
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 08:13 PM


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QUOTE (CrazyMilanFan @ Nov 25 2018, 07:59 PM) *
We didn't make a single sub may be should have made one for time wasting anyway considering the injuries situation not a bad result

Agreed.

Rino should have at least brought on 2 players in the injury time to waste a couple of seconds and interrupt Lazio's reletlesness

But alas, it's useless to complain about this. He had very little choices on the bench and chose to stick with what was working
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:57 PM


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Meh, it was a decent effort considering our circumstances. To concede the win so late on still hurts like a mofo though
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:57 PM


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2 lost points because we couldn't clear the ball
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:53 PM


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FFS Man!!
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:38 PM


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Let's see if we can keep the second clean sheet of the season here
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:37 PM


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KESSIEEEEEE
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 07:12 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 25 2018, 06:52 PM) *
I was going to ask you guys. What you think about the Kessie-Baka duo. I think it provides us with much needed stability in midfield. It could be something to keep even after all the injured players come back.

Only problem is that we have no passing outlet, and they're both having trouble with the out ball. Their strength and speed is a great asset but their passing is worrying when we can't bring in the attackers into the game
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 06:10 PM


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Borini and Rodriguez on that left side...
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Posted on: Nov 25 2018, 06:01 PM


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QUOTE (William405 @ Nov 24 2018, 07:55 PM) *
Yes, I feel the same X-off. Let's hope the struggle we will do well.

Away at the Olimpico with more than half of the first team out injured? Highly doubt it
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Posted on: Nov 23 2018, 05:24 PM


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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Nov 17 2018, 06:19 PM) *
Current Milan president spoke of Galliani stating "“Galliani is a real Rossoneri fan and a great expert of football. If he speaks then I listen to him."

So I guess he is clueless yeah? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

That's one man's opinion. Doesn't actually make it correct. Galliani was a genius of football... a decade ago, now he's just one huge bad decision
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Posted on: Nov 23 2018, 05:23 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 17 2018, 07:43 PM) *
Romagnoli out for a month.

WTF is going on???

Hakan and Calabria also had issues during international break as well. This has got to be the worst run of luck with injuries since 2011/2012 when we conceded the Scudetto to Juve due to all the injuries
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Posted on: Nov 23 2018, 05:21 PM


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Looks like we're barely going to have a team to put out there for this one. We certainly don't have enough defenders with Romagnoli down as well.

Rino is going to try a 3 at the back with Abate and Rodriguez on either side of Zapata apparently, I can see the humiliation coming from a mile away at this point.

We're going through some terrible luck, and during such a crucial stage of the season as well..
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Posted on: Nov 16 2018, 03:56 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Nov 13 2018, 10:27 PM) *
Bonaventura could undergo surgery and be out for 5 months.

Anymore?

Confirmed

At this point we'll barely have a starting 11

This worries me as this sort of injury crises could easily lead to hasty decisions in the market

We're definitely in talks with Ibra atm, but we still need to look at 2 more mids at this point and maybe even a right footed winger as well
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