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Old 15-09-2011, 16:34   #201
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The Champions League is coming. Our annual war atop Olympus approaches, as the angry gods gather themselves and prepare for the bloodbath. The TV money is gonna be insane. Spectacular spectacular.

Down in the foundation of Western civilization, AC Milan are the top seeded team. What’s going on with them? Is Inzaghi really a 5,000 year-old mummy? Let’s find out:
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Old 24-09-2011, 14:51   #202
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With injuries to Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng, Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri might be thinking he made a mistake leaving Pippo Inzaghi off the Champions League list. Certainly there’s a feeling amongst Milan fans that the decision may just come back to haunt him. It would have undoubtedly haunted Viktoria Plzen if Pippo had been playing.

After all, he is one of the greatest strikers of his generation; only one player (Raul) has scored more goals in the Champions League (including qualifying). Andriy Shevchenko, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry and Eusebio, hardly grubby company, are all behind him in that table.

The man himself has an enduring quality, although many would disagree, but you can see it in the desire and determination he puts into every goal. And whether it’s a pre-season friendly or a Champions League final, he celebrates like it was his first ever strike. Arms outstretched, a twisted expression and a quick foxtrot with the corner flag.

He has the sheer bloody-mindedness to score the ugly goals, but also possesses the movement and the intelligence to profit from wonderful pass-masters like Kaka and Andrea Pirlo.

Yet even eulogies on SuperPippo carry nuances of something less acceptable. He is waspish, devious and cunning - never brilliant or exceptional.

The Coach who brought him to San Siro claims he is on the same level as such club legends as George Weah, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit. “No great team should be without this kind of killer striker,” noted Carlo Ancelotti.

His worth to the club saw him earn a new contract last summer at the age of 38. A few eyebrows were raised with critics claiming that the role he made for himself as poacher extraordinaire is no longer applicable in football. Yet if that is true, why would a wily old Vice-President like Adriano Galliani give him the extension while claiming Pippo could play until he is 40? “I told Pippo he can be the Jose Altafini of Milan – the man who comes on with half an hour to go and decides the game,” said the bald one.

Galliani knows that the penalty area thief’s role is not dead in football and that when Inzaghi comes onto the pitch, if a goal is needed, that risky seductive pull of exotic otherness is distilled to its shiver-inducing essence. No club that knows its past and is aware of its future like Milan will ever rush into dispensing of such an efficient force of good fortune and talent.

Those specific abilities (luck and skill) that Pippo brings to important games were best exemplified by the two utterly crucial goals he scored in the 2007 Champions League Final against Liverpool.

His first, from a free kick, flew into the net off his upper arm, while the second was pure, unadulterated ability. Kaka picked him out, he spun past two defenders, pulled it wide of the advancing Pepe Reina and with ‘Uber’ coolness slotted the ball underneath his body. Whether he was being ironic or not ‘Alta Tensione Inzaghi’ took a look at the linesman to see if he was off-side. He wasn’t and lifted his second Champions League 10 minutes later.

The veteran deserves total respect and with those two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups, three Scudetti, a World Club Cup plus several other domestic cups and not forgetting the 2006 World Cup, there is no doubt he has earned it.

Inzaghi may not have started in Europe, but he would have had a huge impact as a sub. Yes there are younger forwards in the Milan squad and yes certainly fitter, but have any of them got his experience and know-how? The key to winning the Champions League is experience and no-one has it like SuperPippo.
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Old 24-09-2011, 15:10   #203
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Old 28-09-2011, 08:28   #205
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Can Milan cut it in Europe?

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What has happened to Milan? Granted, it's a bizarre question to ask now, with the club wearing Lo Scudetto on its shirts for the first time in seven years.

Yet while Milan has a proud history in domestic competition, it has long been regarded as a European Cup specialist. Seven triumphs in the competition -- second only to Real Madrid -- tell only part of the story. The Rossoneri's legendary performances have come in Europe, including the 5-0 against Real Madrid in 1989 and the 4-0 against Barca in 1994. Often their successes have been more significant given a wider context: The 1963 win was the first time an Italian club had won the competition, and arguably kick-started Italy's presence in European football; the 1994 triumph came a week into club president's Silvio Berlusconi's tenure as prime minister of Italy.

There is something about the tournament that makes the club come alive. Even under the legendary Arrigo Sacchi, it won more European Cups than Scudettos. In fact, it won more European Super Cups and Intercontinental Cups than Serie A titles under his management.

That pattern was repeated in the first decade of this century. Milan won only one league title, but was the side to beat in Europe's premier competition. After Real Madrid's spell of dominance ended with the ill-fated Galactico era, between 2003 and 2007 Milan won two European Cups, got to the final of another in 2005 (where it lost in barely believable circumstances) and was narrowly eliminated at the hands of eventual winners Barcelona in the semifinals a year later.

Europe clearly took priority over domestic form -- in the open-top bus celebrations following the 2007 win, Massimo Ambrosini (now captain of the club) revealed a banner saying, "You can stick your Scudetto up your arse." It was primarily a dig at title winner and city rival Inter, but it's tough to imagine many other clubs having such an attitude. Brian Clough, for example, once admitted he'd happily be knocked out of the European Cup if it meant success in the league.

Since that triumph in 2007, Milan hasn't made it past the quarterfinals. In addition to not qualifying in 2008-09, the nature of its defeats has been particularly embarrassing -- unable to score over two legs against Arsenal in 2008 or Tottenham in 2011, and thrashed 7-2 on aggregate by a decent Manchester United side in 2010. In 2011-12, it's time to put things right.

The problem is not with identity or leadership. Admittedly, Milan underwent something of a transformation in 2009, when its manager (Carlo Ancelotti), its captain (Paolo Maldini) and its star player (Kaka) all left the club, but enough veterans have stayed to maintain the focus in Europe. Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Christian Abbiati, Pippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Nesta are all into at least their 10th seasons at Milan. The problem, in other words, isn't an Arsenal-style lack of character.

Instead, the issue in Europe is the playing style. In the defeats to Tottenham and Manchester United, it was painfully obvious how vulnerable Milan was to width. At Old Trafford, the fullbacks received no protection, whereas Spurs threatened by getting the ball to Aaron Lennon and telling him to run at speed, which eventually resulted in the only goal of the tie. Looking at it another way, Milan has little width itself -- the team rarely stretches the opposition, instead funneling everything through the center.

The big caveat here, of course, is that even in its period of dominance a few years ago, Milan never played with width. It could afford to do so, however, because it had such guile in the center -- through Rui Costa, Kaka and Pirlo. Those players have left, whilst the "runners" (Gattuso, Ambrosini, Seedorf) who made the narrow systems possible, by shuttling out to the flanks, are no longer as mobile. Now, the Rossoneri are not creative enough in the center to break the opposition down in such a narrow space, and lack the players to play a wider midfield.

This season has finally seen a rebuilding job, with the creativity of Alberto Aquilani and the work rate of Antonio Nocerino added, but Milan still seems too static in the middle. There were only two ways it was going to score against Barcelona on the first Champions League match day -- balls over the top for Pato to run onto, or set pieces. Remarkably, Milan managed to score through both routes, in the first and the last minute, but it was a little sad to see its midfield barely compete for the majority of the game, even taking into account the fact that the Barcelona midfield is by far the world's best.

How can Milan's current strategy work in Serie A and not the Champions League? Primarily, it works because Italian football is played at a much slower pace. Few teams play with width and speed, and those that do often succeed against Milan, as Napoli showed with its 3-1 win earlier in the season. It's probably no coincidence that the last three clubs to have eliminated Milan have all been sides from the Premier League, which either play at a quick tempo, or sit back and then counter rapidly.

It's difficult to see Milan rising again this season. Aquilani is talented but inconsistent, while the alternative in that role, Kevin-Prince Boateng, is useful for his energy and bursting runs, but often seems rather unsophisticated in tight games, when Milan needs a Pirlo or a Kaka.

Ironically, having prioritized the European Cup for so long, Milan now seems ill equipped to make a mark upon the competition. The group stage won't be a problem, but knockout success might depend upon the club varying its play. And at the moment, Europe's top clubs would find Milan simply too easy to play against.

Michael Cox is a freelance writer for ESPN.com. He also runs zonalmarking.net.


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Fair enough. Love the Ambro part. Wouldn't have expected that to go through censorship.


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Old 31-10-2011, 16:43   #206
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Fair enough. Love the Ambro part. Wouldn't have expected that to go through censorship.

Hes actually right, before we used to be able to stop teams from playing wide against us because we had fit midfielders that were at their prime who could run to the wing and close out.

Now we have the same players, some who are way past their retirement date.
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Old 01-11-2011, 15:51   #207
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Don't know if anyone poster this..
If Milan doesn't lose any of their 3 first CL matches, they reach atleast to the semifinals.
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Old 01-11-2011, 16:38   #208
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Don't know if anyone poster this..
If Milan doesn't lose any of their 3 first CL matches, they reach atleast to the semifinals.
Sounds good.
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Old 01-11-2011, 16:51   #209
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Can someone make a double helix DNA strand made up of champions league stars ? Thanks
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:05   #210
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Qualification came even with a draw, but now looks like Milan will be the 2nd force of the group. Here are the possible 1st places in each of the groups.
Bayern Munich, Inter, MU, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, XX, Barca
Subtracting Inter and Barca, there are 6 teams left.
Best draw: 1st place of group G
Mediocre draw: Chelsea, Arsenal
Bad draw: MU, Bayern Munich
Worst draw: Real Madrid
1st place from group G is definitely best, quarter finals here we come.
Chelsea, Arsenal, depend on how Allergri prepares, about 50% chance entering quarter finals.
MU, Bayern Munich, probably 35% qualification chance, really depend on how the winter transfer market goes.
Real Madrid: give up immediately. Kiss quarter finals goodbye
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Old 07-11-2011, 18:03   #211
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Qualification came even with a draw, but now looks like Milan will be the 2nd force of the group. Here are the possible 1st places in each of the groups.
Bayern Munich, Inter, MU, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, XX, Barca
Subtracting Inter and Barca, there are 6 teams left.
Best draw: 1st place of group G
Mediocre draw: Chelsea, Arsenal
Bad draw: MU, Bayern Munich
Worst draw: Real Madrid
1st place from group G is definitely best, quarter finals here we come.
Chelsea, Arsenal, depend on how Allergri prepares, about 50% chance entering quarter finals.
MU, Bayern Munich, probably 35% qualification chance, really depend on how the winter transfer market goes.
Real Madrid: give up immediately. Kiss quarter finals goodbye

Dam it looks like it's going to be a hard Round 2, our best draw is against 2 English teams who we havent really had luck against as of late
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Old 08-11-2011, 15:39   #212
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we need one or 2 good signings in January and we will be very dangerous in CL and possibly even reach the final depending on our luck in the draw
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if we play Bayern, we are screwed. lol forget madrid! I want arsenal, my family friend still talks about his 08 victory against us. want to silence him!


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if we play Bayern, we are screwed. lol forget madrid! I want arsenal, my family friend still talks about his 08 victory against us. want to silence him!
Ya i have a friend who is still talking about 08, Id rather play someone from group G in the second round, but Arsenal is my second choice! i wanna beat their ass lol
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Old 14-11-2011, 18:36   #215
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I cant wait to play this next CL game against Barca, I'm really hoping I can shut a lot of haters up with a Win!
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Old 14-11-2011, 19:04   #216
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I cant wait to play this next CL game against Barca, I'm really hoping I can shut a lot of haters up with a Win!
Like myself, I hardly expect next week..
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Old 14-11-2011, 19:06   #217
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we need one or 2 good signings in January and we will be very dangerous in CL and possibly even reach the final depending on our luck in the draw
This. Absolutely agree.
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Old 14-11-2011, 20:56   #218
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i dont noe

Zlatan - Pato/binho
Boateng
Nocerino - Van Bommel/seedouf - Aquilani
Zambro - T.Silva - Nesta/mexes - Abate
Abbiati

from our above best startN 11 who is the guy you wanna replace
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i dont noe

Zlatan - Pato/binho
Boateng
Nocerino - Van Bommel/seedouf - Aquilani
Zambro - T.Silva - Nesta/mexes - Abate
Abbiati

from our above best startN 11 who is the guy you wanna replace

If Montolivo is added to this mix, Von Bommel can now rest more because he has played more then his body allows him so far this season thats why his form has been off compared to last season.

and I would rather have Aquilani at AMC and Boateng at RM, also we need another good substitute at striker, hoping for Tevez(thats a long shot, 90% chance it wont happen) but I still believe Drogba can be a good but risky addition
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These are the six teams that we have possibility of facing in the next round (round of 16):

Bayern Munich.
Benfica.
Real Madrid.
Chelsea.
Arsenal.
Apoel.

The draw will take place on Friday the 16th of December.
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