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

Hitchens

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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:
Ibrahimovic
Calabria(?)
Kjaer(?)
Bakayoko
Messias
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:

Mike
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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Pingu

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Who is Congo Powers' boyfriend:

a) Ante Rebic
b) Pietro Pellegri
c) Olivier Giroud

(there are no wrong answers)
 

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Florenzi is here to play DM when Benna and Kessie go to Africa.

I'm not sure what he can actually do but thankfully he was dirt cheap
- currently looking like Samu's shadow
 

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how lucky are we to have such a great team to watch...amazing
 

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Who is Congo Powers' boyfriend:

a) Ante Rebic
b) Pietro Pellegri
c) Olivier Giroud

(there are no wrong answers)

Congo seems very accommodating
 

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I will always be a bro I just value independent thought ;)
Totally "in" (n/h)
You?
Did you get married?

I will also report you for calling him Messiah.
Got them on speed dial :o

Gotcha...do you bro.

Totally in also...just gotta work on some stuff...but i'm doing really well.

Married me?



yeah bro...when I was out...so now its a challenge...but its all good she's a Mexican hottie...so i'll deal with it.:lol::lol::lol::D
 

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is only me who didnt like attacking part of leao performance todaY??

For every good thing he does, he also does a bad thing to cancel it out.
He's terrific at running down the wing and dribbling beating his man, tracking back etc. Hopefully his timing and decision-making will improve with experience, that's what he's lacking.

For now he'll bomb down the wing dribble past 2 players and then pass it straight to their centreback or blast it 5 metres over the crossbar.
 

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is only me who didnt like attacking part of leao performance todaY??

He had a really good run around 36th minute and some good dribbles, but lacking end product. Sometimes he makes a great move and then checks-out mentally and delivers a shit pass, like he did for Salad's run on the counter in the 2nd half.
 

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i know its process of growing and he can beat 1on1 players
but sometimes just pass it faster, dont try to win 1o1 each time etc.
 

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is only me who didnt like attacking part of leao performance todaY??

He can beat his man consistently which is good.. but after that it?s mostly complete shit. He gets like 1-2 things right out of 10. Venezia is a piss poor team so they couldn?t create opening from lost balls by us but better teams will punish.

Leao really needs to work a lot to improve. Deffo has potential though
 

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overall game as many vs midtable defending teams
we will have our chances to score, question is if we finish them
and clean sheet makes our task easier

surprised by members complaining about similar scenario of serieA games.
pretty much enjoyed of flow in the first half, possession and attacking approach of acm (sure would like to have more chances and goals).
 

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Who is Congo Powers' boyfriend:

a) Ante Rebic
b) Pietro Pellegri
c) Olivier Giroud

(there are no wrong answers)

Stam. I would choose him
 

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Kessie has created more in 15 min than Diaz has done in 180 min lmao.

Kessie came on while we were winning and Venezia are attacking, which leaves space. Please try to consider the game state when you're judging player performance.
 

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Kessie came on while we were winning and Venezia are attacking, which leaves space. Please try to consider the game state when you're judging player performance.

Diaz has no qualities. He just shows up for a tap-in every 3rd game. That's it. That's his entire contribution. Kessie as CAM at least win duels and passes. Diaz just hides among their defenders so no one can pass him.
 

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is only me who didnt like attacking part of leao performance todaY??

I think he is doing good at defending now which makes him a bit invisible in attacking phase. But the fact that he is learning to defend is good because soon he will be good at both phases
 

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Blegh... thank fuck for that 1-0 goal.
I can't take more games like the 0-0 Cagliari.

The CF-less 11 didn't have enough quality, experience or chemistry to break through them on 2nd gear, and they never upped the tempo, even though Venezia were clearly very vulnerable whenever the game intensified.

Leao delivered a random mix of brilliance and idiocy.
Rebic failed as a targetman and sometimes played like he had a big striker next to him.
Brahim was lost until Theo's introduction.

We really need Giroud or Ibra back next time we face these type of opposition.
Thankfully Spezia aren't like typical provincial Italian teams.
I think I would prefer Rebic pressing upfront and spearheading our counter-attacks even if Ibra was available.
 

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playing with rw would help
rather use samu than florenzi there
or try fodeBT as rw
 

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Diaz has no qualities. He just shows up for a tap-in every 3rd game. That's it. That's his entire contribution. Kessie as CAM at least win duels and passes. Diaz just hides among their defenders so no one can pass him.

we got another local
 

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Diaz has no qualities. He just shows up for a tap-in every 3rd game. That's it. That's his entire contribution. Kessie as CAM at least win duels and passes. Diaz just hides among their defenders so no one can pass him.

I don?t know if you?re serious. I?ll assume you?re not because I don?t think anyone can honestly have this opinion without being a troll.
 

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Blegh... thank fuck for that 1-0 goal.
I can't take more games like the 0-0 Cagliari.

I liked us before the 1-0. We were a little toothless upfront but it never felt like we wouldn't score. The fourteen minutes between the two goals were our worst in the game where we looked disjointed and Venezia could have created something dangerous if they had a little bit more quality/energy. But three subs at the same time with two of them in the defensive line can make you look line that.

This looked nothing like the Cagliari game.
 

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Diaz has no qualities. He just shows up for a tap-in every 3rd game.

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