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Old 28-08-2018, 16:14   #61
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Hope that the Caldara prediction is true. Abate is a bit of a strange one - can he last the whole match?
did he ever?
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Old 28-08-2018, 16:18   #62
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did he ever?
Exactly. It is worrying that even in pre-season he's only played a half here and there and sometimes not at all.

Maybe the plan is to start with Abate and end with Musacchio to close out the game although that may not be that clever. Or maybe Sky have got it wrong.
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Old 28-08-2018, 22:00   #63
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Old 29-08-2018, 05:56   #64
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I have a lot of respect for Abate - he's been with us since 2003 and actually playing for us since 2009 and is our longest serving player currently in the squad. His dad is also one of our goalkeeping coaches so he's really part of the family in more ways than one.

But the fact that he isn't being played that regularly and not made captain or at least vice-captain (who is vice-captain by the way?) is quite a damning indictment of how he has diminished as a player and as a locker room presence. A bit worrying if he does play but hope he does well.
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Old 29-08-2018, 08:32   #65
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yes i have seen this picture..no i have not correlated this image with a reciprocal sub-narrative placing maldini and gattuso at odds with one another...
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Old 29-08-2018, 09:38   #66
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I have a lot of respect for Abate - he's been with us since 2003 and actually playing for us since 2009 and is our longest serving player currently in the squad. His dad is also one of our goalkeeping coaches so he's really part of the family in more ways than one.

But the fact that he isn't being played that regularly and not made captain or at least vice-captain (who is vice-captain by the way?) is quite a damning indictment of how he has diminished as a player and as a locker room presence. A bit worrying if he does play but hope he does well.
Abate seems like a great guy but he's always been a failed prospect.

If Cafu was a senatore then Abate is a county clerk.

Why he would start ahead of Calabria I do not know.
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Old 29-08-2018, 10:10   #67
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Abate seems like a great guy but he's always been a failed prospect.

If Cafu was a senatore then Abate is a county clerk.

Why he would start ahead of Calabria I do not know.
Yes that is an apt comparison!

I would like to be surprised by him but he's a very old 31 year-old. Cafu was 33 when he joined us!
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Old 29-08-2018, 11:00   #68
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Cafu was 33 when he joined us!
He played some of his best football in Milan. My favourite game was vs SCUM when he dominated CR7 while laughing his lovely laugh and chewing gum. It was men against boys.
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Old 29-08-2018, 11:14   #69
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He played some of his best football in Milan. My favourite game was vs SCUM when he dominated CR7 while laughing his lovely laugh and chewing gum. It was men against boys.
Absolutely! My friends in college were all EPL team fans and I remember even the live commentary was so annoyingly EPL-centric. Was always amusing to see how shocked they were about how well we played despite the age of our backline.
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Old 29-08-2018, 12:06   #70
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In today’s training, Gattuso tried Abate at right-back, Caldara alongside Romagnoli and Rodriguez at left-back. [Sky]




So we're starting Abate against who...? Justin Kluivert?
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Old 29-08-2018, 12:25   #71
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I can't say I love this experimenting with tried and tested things that don't work.

"Hmm, maybe Abate has something he's not been able to show in he last ten years."
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Old 29-08-2018, 12:30   #72
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In today’s training, Gattuso tried Abate at right-back, [Sky]


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Old 29-08-2018, 13:22   #73
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Old 29-08-2018, 13:30   #74
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Not sure why Abate is being considered, hopefully a bs rumour. Calabria wasn’t that bad in all honesty.

I want Caldara to start this Musacchio is too shaky for mine.

Happy Hakan is back for this


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Old 29-08-2018, 13:36   #75
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calabria was horrible, don't let a goal fool you.
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Old 29-08-2018, 13:49   #76
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calabria was horrible, don't let a goal fool you.
Whole team was horrible barring one or two.

Calabria > Abate

There’s absolutely no upside in giving game time Abate


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Old 29-08-2018, 14:05   #77
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calabria was horrible, don't let a goal fool you.
Abate is as fit to play as your average r&b member is.


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Old 29-08-2018, 14:26   #78
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I choose Musacchio playing as RB than Abate giving space for Caldara beside Romagnoli as CB.


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Old 29-08-2018, 15:05   #79
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Abate is as fit to play as your average r&b member is.


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Old 29-08-2018, 15:33   #80
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