Week 5: Milan vs Venezia 22/09/2021 20:45 CEST

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The wheel keeps spinning. We're bleeding players to injury, but this squad is showing lion heart nonetheless.

Unavailable for this fixture:
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Kjaer(?)
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Giroud(?)
Krunic(?)

We're facing Spezia on Saturday and Atletico midweek next week. Several players should be considered rested for this match, primarily Diaz because there's no backup. Theo looked exhausted and unfocused yesterday, as did Kessie. Time to let young players/available subs shine.

My desired lineup:

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Kalulu - Tomori - Romagnoli - Ballo
Tonali - Bennacer
Saele - Maldini - Leao
Rebic

Focus should be on securing a result in the first half and then rotate players for the second half. The crux here is to balance the resting of players against the best strategy for securing an early win. That might be fielding the strongest possible XI. Get minutes for as much of the squad as possible and then regroup for Spezia(where some players should also be considered rested - though some of the injured players should be back).

Post concrete updates on expected recoveries as they come in.
 
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Hope Giroud is back for this one.

Pellegri will get some minutes as well.

Rebic needs some rest, around the 60th minute, depending on the score of course
 

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I hope Leao and Saele show up for this one, eager to prove a point.

They were piss poor against Juve and we look to them to deliver goals and assists. They're not paid to only run and lose the ball.

Wouldn't mind giving Pellegri his first start here, we can sub on Rebic later if needed.
 

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tonali played same amount of minutes like banna and kessie together.
diaz, tonali, theo to get some rest
rebic and leao to play as lw for 45 minutes; hope we have any cf fit
tomori also will need to get some rotation maybe this or next game

or 442 time?
or start strongest 11 and try to score 2 or 3 goals before 60th minute.

venezia has 1 win in 4 games, goals: 3-8
r1. napoli 2:0 venezia
r2. udinese 3:0 venezia
r3. empoli 1:2 venezia
r4. venezia 1:2 spezia
 

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Playing Maldini lol.

Just play 442 with pellegri and rebic upfront.
 

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Id also like to see gabbia get some minutes, rest as many players as possible
 

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Start with the best players, this is also a good time for them to gain their confidence back.

Gabbia, Ballo-Toure, Florenzi, Bennacer, Maldini, Pellegri can get some playtime in 2nd half.
 

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This is the type of game Junior Messias should've been available for.
 

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This is the type of game Junior Messias should've been available for.

Yes, maybe he'll be able to play some part in this one. We have basically no idea how Pellegri will perform, I'd hope to start Giroud and bring Pellegri on, otherwise Rebic to start again and Pellegri to come on. Really shit to be missing OG from back pain and Ibra for a sore tendon after playing for 30 minutes both for multiple games at the same time, ridiculous.

Otherwise I agree with starting FBT and Kalulu, maybe give Gabbia his first minutes of the season later in the game.
 

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good things is this game in on SS
and teams like venezia are not used to play twice per week on top level.
 

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So are you.

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Rebic Leao tonali and tomori should definitely start
 

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Perkiraan formasi Milan vs Venezia versi Sky (4-2-3-1):

Maignan; Kalulu, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, D?az, Leao; Rebic.
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Kalulu starts !!
Kessie on the bench :D
 

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What kind of team is venezia? Will they low block the shit out of us or will they come out and play
 

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Theo needs rest, give Toure a chance, and Kalululu and Gabbia....if they dont give everything against Venezia, they dont belong here.
 

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Theo needs rest, give Toure a chance, and Kalululu and Gabbia....if they dont give everything against Venezia, they dont belong here.

Lol,you think Venezia is at the same level as your local Bosnian club :lol: Have some respect please...
 

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What kind of team is venezia? Will they low block the shit out of us or will they come out and play

Hard to judge. Seems like they like risk pushing forward and leaving space, but they might adapt at the San Siro and go for a much more conservative approach.
 

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Theo needs rest, give Toure a chance, and Kalululu and Gabbia....if they dont give everything against Venezia, they dont belong here.

There's no reason to make wholesale changes in one game. We have two games to rotate in, so Bennacer for Kessie tomorrow and maybe rest Theo and Rebic for Spezia if Giroud is available. Really hope Giroud is back tomorrow as then we can play Rebic and Leao for a half each and rest them both. I worry we're might start to burn them out.

Brahim needs to rest a game too, Venezia might be the right game for him to rest though as we can play 442 at home without much risk. So probably we rest Brahim, Kessie and hopefully Rebic (if Giroud is back) tomorrow, and then rest Theo, Tonali, and Leao on Sunday.

We have Pellegri, FBT, Giroud and Bennacer all available to rotate in these positions. We should use that depth now as we need the starters to be fresh for Altetico next week.
 
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This is the type of game Junior Messias should've been available for.
What is his status?

Giroud is expected to return to the squad and start from the bench.
 

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I hope Daniel plays at least 30 mins at AM in this match, preferably more.
 

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Yeah,it's ironic I know but if he feel insulted by my word that's exactly what Venezia players will feel when they saw Milan with Kalulu,Gabbia,Ballo Toure in the defense lineup.Instead of fearing us they will be highly motivated and will likely treat the match as the match of their life.So why do we want to do that?It's super unnecessary imo..
 

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Ah we are playing against my Football Manager career club, should be a fun one.
 

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Kill the game early and then keep the ball to close the game, that will save some fatigue too.

It sucks with all these injuries, this is the exact stretch of games that Maldini signed these depth players for and we still can’t play them. Eventually they will prove their value but it is annoying this has happened so early in the season.

I’d think florenzi, Kalulu, pellegri,ballo toure, Maldini even samu are due some minutes either this game or next. Not necessarily starting but just a cameo to save some legs for the key players
 
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