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Old 11-04-2016, 05:50   #81
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He was almost on, could have seen what he was about. Damn
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:00   #82
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It's odd for a player, even though that player is the captain, to request that a fellow player on the pitch be changed because he is not fit. It was not that Balo got injured on the pitch or he wanted to be subbed. It is not Monto's place to make such decisions, is it?
I agree with you. I don't think Monto made that decision. He signalized to the bench that Balo is not feeling well and the bench - Sinisa - decided to subb him off (maybe he asked Mario from the sideline if it's true that he doesn't feel well, who knows). Balo actually didn't look like he was unhappy to leave the pitch.
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:20   #83
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He was almost on, could have seen what he was about. Damn
Yeah, but instead of shuffling things around to give Locatelli some minutes we throw on fucking Boateng.
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Old 11-04-2016, 13:47   #84
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Balo actually didn't look like he was unhappy to leave the pitch.

just because he didn't seem unhappy to get off doesn't mean that he wasn't.

if he showed that he was unhappy, the likes of you would absolutely roast him.
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Old 11-04-2016, 17:03   #85
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just because he didn't seem unhappy to get off doesn't mean that he wasn't.



if he showed that he was unhappy, the likes of you would absolutely roast him.


If you are trying to tell me that not showing emotions is not a proof for being happy - thank you for this piece of pure wisdom. It wasn't clear to me before.

For the second part... Ah, nvm.
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Old 11-04-2016, 20:19   #86
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Yes, it would be great if Locatelli can have the same impact as Donnaruma however I truly doubt it (until I see him play with my own eyes). It would be a mistake right now to consider Locatelli more than the last player in the midfield hierarchy, and frankly if he's not gonna have playing time I'd rather loan him than have him warm the bench.
i dont think anyone is asking for a donnarumma out of him. Against juve our midfield lacked any creativity outside balo and its been hyped that locatelli is quite creative. Monty was not able to create anything for our offense so the change should have been made. Would have been good for Locatelli, the fans watching, and if he played well; Milan. Since his sub was waived off, all of that was lost.
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Old 11-04-2016, 21:33   #87
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i dont think anyone is asking for a donnarumma out of him. Against juve our midfield lacked any creativity outside balo and its been hyped that locatelli is quite creative. Monty was not able to create anything for our offense so the change should have been made. Would have been good for Locatelli, the fans watching, and if he played well; Milan. Since his sub was waived off, all of that was lost.
That's if everything went well.

What if he made a mistake and cost us a goal, stuff like that kills young player's confidence and could affect them negatively down the line.

Although I was rooting for him to come on, I don't think its that big of a loss.


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Old 11-04-2016, 23:19   #88
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Old 11-04-2016, 23:21   #89
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:12   #90
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is it just me or this guy looks a lot like poli?
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Old 12-04-2016, 05:16   #91
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Everything indicates he's weak defensively, like Cristante, Poli, etc.
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:02   #92
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i dont think anyone is asking for a donnarumma out of him. Against juve our midfield lacked any creativity outside balo and its been hyped that locatelli is quite creative. Monty was not able to create anything for our offense so the change should have been made. Would have been good for Locatelli, the fans watching, and if he played well; Milan. Since his sub was waived off, all of that was lost.
Right, people were saying the same thing for Gabriel or Cristante when they were in the team.

For all the hyping that Locatelli gets, he's not likely to be much better than Cristante or Merkel or Verdi, add to this the fact that he probably is not very familiar with the schemes considering when he joined our team (end of January).
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Old 13-04-2016, 11:00   #93
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Don't know if this has already been posted.

From #Goal.com, 6th april 2016



The Gunners have been monitoring the 18-year-old closely but face a tough task in prying him away from San Siro as the jewel of the youth system nears his professional debut

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has already christened him 'The new Pirlo', while coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is preaching caution and care in anticipation of the opening of a box that seems to contain something truly magical, and Arsenal are already looking to sign him.

At Milan, everyone is in total agreement: the next Gianluigi Donnarumma will be Manuel Locatelli, a cornerstone of Cristian Brocchi's Primavera side but a member of the first-team squad on a permanent basis since the January transfer window closed.

HIS STORY

The 18-year-old from Galbiate (in the province of Lecco) has followed a straight path to the top thus far. Already the talk of Pescate at just nine years of age, Locatelli was first picked up by Paolo Rota, who took him to Atalanta. In 2009, Milan prised Locatelli away from the Bergamo-based club thanks to the work of their head of scouting Mauro Bianchessi.

It was a dream come true for Locatelli, who has always been a Rossoneri supporter. He progressed through the youth team ranks and started the current campaign as vice-captain of the youth team. Since February, though, he has been a member of Mihajlovic's squad, having already previously trained with the first team under past managers Massimiliano Allegri and Filippo Inzaghi, who included him among the substitutes for Milan's trip to Fiorentina in March 2015.

Locatelli’s senior debut is now just around the corner, although Mihajlovic is intent on handling this precious jewel with great care. "Locatelli is a good player but he's arrived from the Primavera and is not yet quite ready for the pace and intensity of the first team," the Serb stated after adding the youngster to his panel.

"However, with intelligence and training, he can make it. From here, we'll see how he goes."

In the meantime, 'il Loca' is spending training sessions studying Italy and Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo at first-hand and preparing himself for July's European Under-19 Championship in Germany, where he is expected to be one of the stars of the show.

SCOUTING REPORT

Over the years, Locatelli's role has changed from an attacking midfielder to a masterful playmaker stationed in front of the defence - his best role given his technical and athletic characteristics, although he is also equally adept at playing as an orthodox central midfielder.

Physically slight yet mentally tough, Locatelli is well versed at mixing up his game with long and short passes depending on how the game is developing. He has great vision and reads the play well, making him a real leader from a technical point of view and a reference point for his team-mates.

In Mihajlovic’s opinion, "he must improve his vertical play" as well as his aerial prowess given his stature. However, his value to Milan is beyond dispute.

"He's a player of great quality. He has been with us since he was 11 and he will be captain of Milan inside three years," Bianchessi predicted in a recent interview with Corriere della Sera.

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He has racked up 14 appearances for the Under 19s this term, scoring twice, against Cesena and Como, with the goal against the latter coming from the penalty spot.

Although yet to make his professional debut, he has been on the bench for a total of 10 games - including Milan's last five outings. That eagerly-awaited first-team bow is edging ever closer.

THE FUTURE

Until now, there has not been any doubt that Locatelli's future is dyed in red and black. Last year, he signed his first professional contract with Milan (alongside Donnarumma), binding himself to the Diavolo until June 30, 2018.

That deal, though, is likely to be improved and extended in the coming months, given several clubs are already casting admiring glances in Locatelli's direction, chief among them Arsenal, who Goal revealed have already sent their chief scout, Neil Banfield, to Italy to observe Milan's new prodigy at close quarters.

Locatelli would be an investment in the future from the Gunners' perspective, not a player likely to go straight into the first team, but at Milan the plan is to carefully nurture the player in the coming months so as to give him the best possible chance to follow in the footsteps of Donnarumma on the path to quickly becoming a staple of the first team.

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Old 13-04-2016, 16:15   #94
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Maybe we will see more of him. As of now, I don't think its a good idea to have a high expectation of him


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Old 13-04-2016, 18:54   #95
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hope he perma benches monto after waiving off his sub.
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Old 20-04-2016, 10:32   #96
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Berlusconi and whoever at Milan that rate Manuel really highly do so because of the reports they received from his coach - Brocchi.

Christian trained him for the last two years I believe, and Locatelli is rated as the best youth product in the academy and has been used quite a lot for the youth teams. If there's one person in the world that knows how Locatelli plays and how he performs it's Brocchi. We also know Mihajlovic is not afraid to throw youngsters at the deep end.

If neither Brocchi nor Sinisa have fielded him yet but instead are selecting Berto, Monto, Poli ahead of him, maybe it underlines the fact that Locatelli is just not ready yet - which is completely fine. We don't need to rush him because we've heard of way too many cases of youth talents crumbling under pressure.

It would definitely be nice to see him, but I hope it doesn't come at a cost that could ruin his confidence for the long term. Look at how bad Bertolacci's (whos 6 years older than Locatelli) consistently playing yet we know he's capable of better - his confidence has been shattered. He's going to ground at any 50/50 and dives quite a lot, complains to the referee every time he loses the ball. Losing confidence, depending on the player, can completely impact a players future.


Let's be patient with this one and let him grow at his own pace.
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Old 20-04-2016, 11:22   #97
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Can't be lousier than Poli tbh. If Poli is given a chance to sub, so should Locatelli. Better giving a youngster with many years ahead of him a chance, than Poli who after so many years, still suck.
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Old 20-04-2016, 12:43   #98
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It would definitely be nice to see him, but I hope it doesn't come at a cost that could ruin his confidence for the long term. Look at how bad Bertolacci's (whos 6 years older than Locatelli) consistently playing yet we know he's capable of better - his confidence has been shattered. He's going to ground at any 50/50 and dives quite a lot, complains to the referee every time he loses the ball. Losing confidence, depending on the player, can completely impact a players future.


Let's be patient with this one and let him grow at his own pace.


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Old 20-04-2016, 12:52   #99
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In most leagues in europe young players getting into first squad when they have 17-18y. Its one of biggest itally tragedy that they prefer keep matri, pazzini and plenty of average players who wont be better (club results aspect), who wont be sold in future for real money (financial aspect) and yet they taking spot over someone young.
If player at 18 cant show better playing (good moments not regular) style than poli or berto then im scary that there wont be hope for him in future tbh.
Poli can run 25 min in first half and 15 min in 2nd, he is way too defensive player to partner monto (same like dj was), his product in attacking half is close to zero. Berto should be most offensive one from all 3 midfielders but still as midfielder he has lot of defensive work. But if you look how easy he is losing the ball, how often instead of fighting for ball back after lost physical fight he just stop, waving with hands to ref and demanding his reaction (weAreACMilan?!) and add to this his product in attacking 1/3 where he doesnt help much then its the biggest disappointment in current squad. So let be honest ... what coach risk with replacing berto or poli? If youngster will suck more then this 2 then he shouldnt be in first squad because whats the point ... rather play mauri


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Old 20-04-2016, 16:23   #100
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Well, people also said Ely can't be lousier than Zapata and we should play him...


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