Matchday 13: Milan - Inter (Sunday, November 20 - 20:45 CET)
#1
I know we have an international break next weekend but this game is of such importance that it gets an early opening. Inter is basically a shambles lately - just fired De Boer and are currently 9th place in the table. I don't think it will be easy by any means (they did somehow manage to beat Juve after all) but they are certainly there for the taking and we have no reason to be afraid of them.

Fingers crossed that our players come through the international break unscathed and all ready for the big game on the 20th!
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#2
That said its not good to underestimate them. As the saying goes, a wounded animal is the most dangerous. I doubt that Merda would be any more wounded than they are at the moment. They did win 3-0 last match too.

I say we have to play smart and with confidence, but we definitely need to cut out the mistakes.
Most matches against Merda are a rough affair, since they play to injure and frustrate like Genoa against us.
If we play them like we did the Juve match, we should get a result.
We got the young 'un's. We take out big gunz  Devilcool
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#3
(11-08-2016, 02:25 AM)Ryo Wrote: That said its not good to underestimate them. As the saying goes, a wounded animal is the most dangerous. I doubt that Merda would be any more wounded than they are at the moment. They did win 3-0 last match too.

I say we have to play smart and with confidence, but we definitely need to cut out the mistakes.
Most matches against Merda are a rough affair, since they play to injure and frustrate like Genoa against us.
If we play them like we did the Juve match, we should get a result.

What if they play us like they did in the Juve match?  Sagrin
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#4
Icardi said an interesting thing last week..."when we concede a goal, it's like the world around us crumbles", or something within those words. This is absolutely true, and it is exactly the type of thing that went on with us last year too. Their confidence is so low, that when they concede, they simply can not get back into the game. Frustration sets in, self belief goes out the window, trust between teammates disappears, heads drop, etc. They just simply don't believe that they can get back into the game. They don't believe that they can win anymore. Their body language just says: "Shit...not again!"

So I think the best way to play this game is to be very aggressive from the very beginning. Scoring that 1st goal can just break their team mentally and even allow us to cruise to a 3,4 to 0 victory even. Our problem is that we start games very slowly. If there is a complaint I have about Montella, it is this. I feel like almost every game we have started on the back foot. It always takes us a while to wake up and get going.

This will be a game where we have to try and take the initiative early. Like I said, if we score first I think their heads will drop yet again. We can not wait for them to score in order for us to wake up. By that point, it might be too late!
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#5
When it comes to a derby, form goes out of the window. It's anyone's game.
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#6
Agree with nefremo and somedevil. Ignore recent results and go in expecting a tough match, at the very least I expect Inter will show a lot of intensity and fight, which is what we've struggled with of late.

I'm with nefremo that we should try to be aggressive in this game. Getting a goal will be ideal to try and break Inter down, the key is not to let that let us relax, as we've shown against both Palermo and Pescara.
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#7
One of my favourite derby goals of all time...





When will we find another Sheva?! Proud
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#8
pato was supposed to be the next sheva, but we know how he turn out to be right now.
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#9
Pato might well be the biggest regret I have of any player in Milan since I started following the team (close to 30 years now). His talent was incredible and he should be winning the Balon D'Or and making history in the club right now. Feels like such a massive waste.

That's saying something, as there have been a fair share of disappointments over the years, such as Van Basten's career cut short, R.Baggio (possibly my favourite player at the time) not really lighting Milan on fire and Lentini's career pretty much destroyed along with his Porsche to name just a few. However, Pato's story is one which leaves me just bitter too, symptomatic of the poor management we've seen over the past decade.
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#10
I know Pato is your biggest regret as I remember you mentioning it in the past.
But, let's just say I disagree a bit. Big Grin
I think Pato was overhyped. There were many problems with his game that he just didn't improve like he should have as he got older. It is ok to have those problems when you are 18, but to still have them basically throughout your career...well than maybe you just weren't so talented as we thought you were.

But yes, there were injuries and other personal things that got in the way...along with the club mismanaging him also. All in all, I still think he could have been a very good to great striker for us. I just don't think he was Ballon D'Or material.
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