Europa League Qualif. Play off Round: Rio Ave vs AC Milan 01/10/2020 21:00 CET

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Romagnoli, Musacchio, Conti - Injuries;
Ibra, Duarte - COVID.
Rebic - Suspension.

Milan have not lost in 17 games in a row in all competitions (13 wins and 4 draws) for the first time since March 1996.
 
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A win here and the mercato will open. Could mean we'd be going from Nastasic on loan to a rather expensive Wesley Fofana.
 

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Hopefully Leao will be fit enough to start this game. Can’t afford to play Lorenzo imho
 

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Let's win this. EL money will be a nice guarantee. I say this, not to jinx it, but should be a more manageable game that Bodo/Glimt. We knew their quality, unbeaten in so many games etc. Rio Ave beat a weakened Besiktas team and barely scraped by.
 

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We still concede too easily. Our defense in the Bologna game was shameful at some decisive moments, not too mention Glimt scored two times against us. Pioli definitely has some work to do there..
 

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The most important game so far this season.

Ours to fuck up!
 

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hard to compare teams from different leagues but rio ave in league has 2 draws against midtable teams and draw against besiktas (messed by covid).
from some minutes i saw they are less technical but more physical team with some quality in attack but without finish.
interesting match since its only one game, sad we are so limited at this moment.
hope for some nice 2:0 acm win.
 

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Hopefully Leao will be fit enough to start this game. Can?t afford to play Lorenzo imho

Lorenzo to start and score
Leao to come on and humiliate them with a goal and assist

3-1 or 4-0
 

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I'm just hoping they have an acceptable pitch, can't risk another injury here
 

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Leao has to start. If he goes for Colombo that means he really doesn't have faith in Leao as a CF which is a shame. We can't have so many options at LW and so few up front. Leao has to be used as a CF as much as we can. I'm certain it can work.
 

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leao has to start. If he goes for colombo that means he really doesn't have faith in leao as a cf which is a shame. We can't have so many options at lw and so few up front. Leao has to be used as a cf as much as we can. I'm certain it can work.

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leao may play as starter or sub
he didnt have preseason heavy training so is getting it now.
 

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We should start this match with the strongest XI possible.

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Calabria - Kjaer - Gabbia - Theo
Kessie - Bennacer
Diaz - Hakan - Saele
Leao

It's completely ridiculous to start Colombo ahead of Leao.
 

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players called up for the match tomorrow
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Come on. He was on the airport yesterday. Should signed contract in the morning and registered for EL. He was great in EL against us. Don't we have mafioso to soften all administration papers like Juve have? :D
 

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Rio Ave not doing great at the moment, 2 draws from 2 games in the league so far, i suggest they are relatively easier than shamrock or bodd.
 

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From Pioli's presser it seems Leao won't start, he hasn't trained for long enough with the team yet.

So Colombo isn't looking like a moronic choice after all.
 

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rio ave arent easier than shamrock and harder than ave since its away, if we had our full team, would be routine, but this is a 60-40 to us IMO. Have to be careful
 

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Leao has to start. If he goes for Colombo that means he really doesn't have faith in Leao as a CF which is a shame. We can't have so many options at LW and so few up front. Leao has to be used as a CF as much as we can. I'm certain it can work.

He has already said he isnt fit enough to play the entire match so why would he start him. He has also said in the past he sees him more as an SS / LW

We will see how the season plays out but Leao needs to respond to the challenge of the coach first and there will be enough games for experimentation and experience. We dont need to do that in decisive ones.

Still I think he will come on and toy with this team in the second half.
 

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Samu has been such a weak link so far, it will be interesting to see if Diaz starts on the right again.

If Leao has a good 45 mins in him then I might be tempted to start him on the left and Salad on the right and go for early goals, if he only has 30 in him then let him play the last 30.

I think it will be an easier game than Bodo given there's no mismatch in fitness levels this time.
 
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