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Fillipo Simone
Posted on: Jul 20 2021, 01:22 PM


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He was a brutal force from free kicks (well, we can't remember now if maybe Rui or Boban made the same amount of assists from dead balls) and that makes me worry. We scored so many important goals from corners and set pieces.

But yes, the stats really shocked me.
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Posted on: Jul 20 2021, 12:42 PM


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Yes, agreed. But I think it will happen, just that we need to offload some players first.

Also, for the sole system Pioli deploys, the AM position is more crucial.

And yesterday we got linked with Insigne again. Whereas Vla?ić is versatile enough to play both AM and RW.
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Posted on: Jul 20 2021, 11:37 AM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jul 20 2021, 01:29 PM) *
Here's a question: if we could sign only one player between AM and RW, would you guys prefer:

AM Brahim and RW new quality signing

or

AM new quality signing and RW Saelemaekers?

Look we managed to get 2nd last season with only Alexis.

I think Diaz is inadequate and will get destroyed by stronger and physically demanding opposition. So the answer to your question is for me undiskutable - we need an AM first.
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Posted on: Jul 20 2021, 11:35 AM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jul 19 2021, 10:30 PM) *
Doesn't really matter though. A number is just that. #10 was occupied by players like Prince and Honda in the recent past and Hakan is not exactly a star player either.

I'm happy with this deal though. Really like Brahim, I think he's got immense potential and with a whole Serie A season under his belt I'm expecting even more this season

Yet, if you look at Hakan's stats it's all but what you said:
Boban (91-01) - 251 apps, 30 goals, 35 assists
Rui Costa (01-06) - 192 apps, 11 goals, 47 assists
Seedorf (06-12) - 241 apps, 40 goals, 40 assists
Boateng (12-14) - 39 apps, 5 goals, 7 assists
Honda (14-17) - 92 apps, 11 goals, 16 assists
Hakan (17-21) - 172 apps, 32 goals, 48 assists

This of course is why stats don't tell you the whole story, but anyway. I think Hakan was a very good player and did well for us.

QUOTE (han2503 @ Jul 19 2021, 10:32 PM) *
Agreed. I don't want to see us repeating the same mistakes. Locatelli was a a very particular case though. It happened between ownership transitions as well. I still don't see where he'd fit into our first 11 though. But that 40m would be sweet for us right about now...

Very much the same is happening here bar the change of management. Pobega does not ideally fit into our system of play, just like Locatelli.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jul 19 2021, 10:47 PM) *
#10 is about the only number that matters in football, and it should be given to a starter.

I'm sure Diaz will start the season as a first XI pick, and will then slowly (or rapidly) fade back to a bench player.

But shirt numbers are really just shirt numbers.
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Posted on: Jul 19 2021, 10:16 AM


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Could be another Locatelli. I think we should keep him and give him a more serious try.
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Posted on: Jul 15 2021, 10:24 PM


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A trophy is a trophy. We live in the world of CR breaking records, Messi breaking records. You think Messi minds winning his first Copa America under unbearable COVID19 conditions and without fans in the stands? He doesn't give a rat's ***.

Same will be with Donna. In the end, his career will count domestic French titles and other titles once he moves on. This is what counts today. The level of competitiveness will come, what now counts is to add some silverware - something that Milan hasn't done in a decade.
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Posted on: Jul 15 2021, 09:22 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jul 15 2021, 11:18 PM) *
He went to the French league though. It's barely even a challenge over there.

The biggest motivation for this move is the money imo. Plus no one else wanted him. Let's be real here as no other big club needed a keeper

Playing for PSG is kind of an antithesis to playing for Milan. He outgrew our current mindset and ambition. If he stayed for another 3-4 years, what do you think, how many trophies would he have won? One? Maybe two or three. The next few seasons with PSG will fill his record with silverware and trophies Milan cannot guarantee. Then he'll probably move on and find his spot at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester Utd/City or Bayern.
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Posted on: Jul 15 2021, 08:49 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jul 15 2021, 08:57 PM) *
I'm pretty sure most Milan fans share the same sentiment with me.

Was he bound to leave? If I recall correctly, Totti stayed with Roma all his life despite nearly winning nothing. That's dedication and love for your colours. But gone are those times when you had the Maldini's and Zanetti's and Totti's and Del Piero's of this world. Now all that rules in football is $$$.

Man you're becoming more sentimental then me. Gone are those days. It's simply unrealistic to expect that kind of approach. The world is a much more global place right now, Italian players are more comfortable moving abroad then ever before. Kids who are deemed stars do not want to end up like local heroes but win more, everything.

Also, context is important. It wasn't that hard for Mladini to stay at Milan for his whole life to be honest: fighting for almost every of his 20+ seasons with us for a big domestic or international title. Same goes for Del Piero. Playing for Juve in the 90's and 00's wasn't that hard of a chore. Totti is another dimension, but then again Serie A was still the strongest league in the world during his era. Zanetti waited and then in the end achieved his swan song. All mentioned legends played in a different era. To be quite honest, I'm not sure Paolo Maldini would have stayed until the end with the Milan of today.
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Posted on: Jul 15 2021, 04:53 PM


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In all honesty, I think you're overreacting.

The guy wants to win lots of trophies. He's clearly up to it. What difference does it make if he stays with us until 24 or 25 or 26? He was bound to go away anyway. I'm just pissed how we managed to lose him on a free.
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Posted on: Jul 14 2021, 07:03 PM


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Have you not learned anything from last season? Giroud and Ibra surpass 70 years combined, we most definitively cannot rely solely on them. No, we need a third striker option as well, especially if we sell Leao.
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Posted on: Jul 14 2021, 03:21 PM


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Vla?ić would be a great addition, surely.

Not so hyped about the other mentioned signings. Giroud is okay and should provide the classic target man. But we still need much more.
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Posted on: Jul 12 2021, 03:20 PM


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I disagree. Barella was piss poor and had a yellow card which usually means trouble. Pessina played badly against Spain, so it was logical to go for Cristante and he did good. The offensive options Mancini had on his bench were limited: all players bar Berardi out of form. Insigne was exhausted, Immobile quite ineffective for the second or third time in a row and Chiesa being injured was not expected.

Taking form, exhaustion and injuries in account, Roberto did good. Look at England, they had players like Rashford on the bench.
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Posted on: Jul 12 2021, 12:27 AM


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So sad to see Italy win, yet no Milan player in the roster. Can't remember the last time this happened. Maybe in 90' when the reached 3rd place.

And watching Locatelli, Cristante, Donna and even Bonnuci play... makes me regret few of our decisions.
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Posted on: Jul 11 2021, 09:59 PM


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Yeah, and it's so sad Calabria missed out such a big experience.

Anyway, ET, no Chiesa. Hopefully Italy can once again prevail.
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Posted on: Jul 11 2021, 02:12 PM


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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jul 11 2021, 01:16 AM) *
I really want to see us closing a deal for the AM position ASAP. That's an integral role in Pioli's system, any new AM should at least get some form of pre season under his belt

In all honesty, rushing this decision in order to get a week or two more is ludicrous.

Don't expect things you already know are unlikely to happen. This will only lead to unnecessary disappointment. We already know that our management moves either super fast in the shadows or super slow. Mostly it's super slow.

In other news I hear Milan signed Ballo-Toure from Monaco. Any information on this guy?

Oh, and I've watched both the Euros and the Copa for some potential Milan players. De Paul played a great final last night, and a overall good tournament. Maybe I'll eat my words after all.

Luis Diaz (LW) has been good all tournament long. Romero has done a fair job, Acuna as well but both still are prone to mistakes. Our past targets like Vina (Uruguay) and Everton (Brazil) seem more then unimpressive. Paqueta showed both sides again but did overall good and makes me wonder if Pioli shouldn't have tried harder.

As for the Euros, Damsgaard might come with a hefty prize but he could be very useful (yet not crucial). Berardi showed his limits and his good sides. Donnarumma - we'll miss sorely.
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Posted on: Jul 6 2021, 11:07 PM


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Anyone watched the semifinal? And the whole Euro for what it counts? Still think Belotti is our man?
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Posted on: Jul 5 2021, 10:30 PM


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And yes, we need someone to rotate with Rebić. Not that we need someone WC like the other positions, that would be unrealistic, but we need someone to be an alternate solution.
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Posted on: Jul 5 2021, 10:29 PM


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Seems like a good move. If it happens.
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Posted on: Jul 4 2021, 01:42 PM


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In all honesty, trading our two young players for a 32-year old Tadić is not the right direction IMO.
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Posted on: Jul 2 2021, 08:15 AM


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Not sure what to believe at this moment to be honest. Others just mention Milan probing for James but deny advanced talks.
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Posted on: Jul 1 2021, 04:07 PM


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The Hauge story is strange IMO.

It started like a perfect love story. The kid said he was a Milan fan somewhere, played good against us and got signed for peanuts. A perfect Elliot/Gazidis signing if you ask me.

Now why he disappeared even after the scored important goals like the one against Sampdoria or Napoli is beyond me. I mean why do guys like Samu Castillejo get two or three seasons to prove they're wrong whistle a young a talented guy like Hauge suddenly is crossed off?

With Hauge leaving Milan is sending a very baffling message.

But in all honesty, we have bigger fish to fry. If our management manages to ***** up Kessie's contract the public opinion will turn on them. They were lucky that Donna had this scumbag Raiola around him which made it considerably easier to picture him as Dollarumma, and they also were lucky that Hakan is a basket case. But they won't get away with their stinginess this time around. If the Kessie story drags on, they'll be exposed for what they truly are.
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Posted on: Jul 1 2021, 11:19 AM


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Agreed. Shameful indeed.

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Posted on: Jun 24 2021, 09:14 PM


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Agreed, perfect signing.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2021, 11:38 PM


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Damsgaard is a winger, not an AM.

Lovro Majer has great potential but he wouldn't be a immediat fix for our problem. Why would Ceballos and James be unacceptable? I'm lagging behind with EPL but aren't they both coming off a very good season?

Also, why do you have the constant need of explaining and (to an extent) justifying Hakan? Now it's Ibra who should/could be at fault here? No. Hakan has weak character. He showed that numerous times by now with HSV, Lever, Milan and Turkey. He's a problematic type of player but not like Ibra extroverted but introverted.

And another thing... Caldara is completely broken and unreliable. The ONLY logical solution is to get rid of him and not cling on him so that when another crisis arises he can bomb in and get injured after one or two veteran-style games. Honestly... And Kalulu and Gabbia have to stay. We need a bigger roster and you can't expect us to have 4th and 5th or 3rd options that are something other then green youngsters.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2021, 09:15 AM


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Good. All for it.
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