Week 10: Milan - Palermo (Sunday, November 2nd - 20:45 CET)
#1
Not much to say after that absolutely disgusting performance against Cagliari. We should be able to outplay Palermo at home though, right? right??? I don't know how we'll do it without the suspended Muntari though Sad

Quote:Recently-promoted Palermo will hope to cause an upset as they take on Milan at San Siro this Sunday.

In the midweek fixtures, the Rosanero finally got their second win of the season against Chievo to help them up the table whilst the Rossoneri dropped another two points in a frustrating draw with Cagliari.

It has not been an easy return to Serie A for the visitors, who have spent the past couple of seasons bouncing back and forth between the two levels. Their victory over the Flying Donkeys was the first time all season Giuseppe Iachini’s men have not conceded, but hero of the evening Luca Rigoni will miss this match due to suspension. Nonetheless, they were able to earn draws against Napoli and Inter and hence have shown that they do have it within them to put up a good fight.

Meanwhile, Filippo Inzaghi’s troops will hope to win their third home game of the season after two consecutive draws. Many of the players will be feeling the pressure to step it up, namely Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres, who has just scored once since his arrival.

Young attacker Stephan El Shaarawy is another that will hope to finally score his first League goal after seeing his blistering run in the 2012-13 campaign turn into a nightmare the following one due to injuries that kept him mostly on the sidelines.

Whilst the Rossoneri have the highest scoring attack in the League with 18 goals, they, like their opponents have not been solid at the back with 12 and 17 goals conceded respectively. As a result, fans and neutrals could be in for some end-to-end action as both teams hope to keep climbing the table.

Keep an eye on: Keisuke Honda (Milan) - The Japan international has been in sparkling form under new Coach Inzaghi. Six goals already sees him second on the scoring charts, and whilst he has not netted since his brace against Hellas Verona, he can still influence a game as he showed with his assist for Giacomo Bonaventura’s equalising goal against Cagliari.

Form Guide: Milan (D W W D D) Palermo (L L W L W)

Last season: Not played

Stat fact: Interestingly, despite their seven-point gap, Milan, just like Palermo, have earned only one clean sheet so far. Coincidentally, they just so happen to have done it against the same opponent - Chievo.

Milan (probable): Abbiati; Abate, Alex, Rami; De Sciglio; Bonaventura, De Jong, Poli; Honda, Torres, El Shaarawy

Suspended: Muntari

Palermo (probable): Sorrentino; Munoz, Gonzalez; Andelkovic; Morganella, Bolzoni, Maresca, Barreto, Lazaar; Vazquez, Dybala

Suspended: Rigoni

Words: Michelle Bonsu

http://football-italia.net/SerieA/match/preview/52866
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(10-31-2014, 01:03 PM)Mystik Wrote: Not much to say after that absolutely disgusting performance against Cagliari. We should be able to outplay Palermo at home though, right? right??? I don't know how we'll do it without the suspended Muntari though Sad

Quote:Recently-promoted Palermo will hope to cause an upset as they take on Milan at San Siro this Sunday.

In the midweek fixtures, the Rosanero finally got their second win of the season against Chievo to help them up the table whilst the Rossoneri dropped another two points in a frustrating draw with Cagliari.

It has not been an easy return to Serie A for the visitors, who have spent the past couple of seasons bouncing back and forth between the two levels. Their victory over the Flying Donkeys was the first time all season Giuseppe Iachini’s men have not conceded, but hero of the evening Luca Rigoni will miss this match due to suspension. Nonetheless, they were able to earn draws against Napoli and Inter and hence have shown that they do have it within them to put up a good fight.

Meanwhile, Filippo Inzaghi’s troops will hope to win their third home game of the season after two consecutive draws. Many of the players will be feeling the pressure to step it up, namely Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres, who has just scored once since his arrival.

Young attacker Stephan El Shaarawy is another that will hope to finally score his first League goal after seeing his blistering run in the 2012-13 campaign turn into a nightmare the following one due to injuries that kept him mostly on the sidelines.

Whilst the Rossoneri have the highest scoring attack in the League with 18 goals, they, like their opponents have not been solid at the back with 12 and 17 goals conceded respectively. As a result, fans and neutrals could be in for some end-to-end action as both teams hope to keep climbing the table.

Keep an eye on: Keisuke Honda (Milan) - The Japan international has been in sparkling form under new Coach Inzaghi. Six goals already sees him second on the scoring charts, and whilst he has not netted since his brace against Hellas Verona, he can still influence a game as he showed with his assist for Giacomo Bonaventura’s equalising goal against Cagliari.

Form Guide: Milan (D W W D D) Palermo (L L W L W)

Last season: Not played

Stat fact: Interestingly, despite their seven-point gap, Milan, just like Palermo, have earned only one clean sheet so far. Coincidentally, they just so happen to have done it against the same opponent - Chievo.

Milan (probable): Abbiati; Abate, Alex, Rami; De Sciglio; Bonaventura, De Jong, Poli; Honda, Torres, El Shaarawy

Suspended: Muntari

Palermo (probable): Sorrentino; Munoz, Gonzalez; Andelkovic; Morganella, Bolzoni, Maresca, Barreto, Lazaar; Vazquez, Dybala

Suspended: Rigoni

Words: Michelle Bonsu

http://football-italia.net/SerieA/match/preview/52866

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, you told me that Muntari is now suspended? Angry What next? Bonera injured and will miss the game? Facepalm
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#3
^ It's not April 1st Grinundwech
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#4
but we do continue getting fooled by our administration though on a daily basis (sorry for going off topic). Facepalm


OH WAIT, I think I got a better response (I think):

but today is Halloween. so it is almost as scary. Scared
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#5
Bonaventura is also out, so this is a perfect chance for van Ginkel provided he doesn't get injured again Smile
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#6
Called up players:

Quote:Questa la lista dei 23 convocati Rossoneri in vista di Milan-Palermo di domani sera alle 20.45 allo Stadio San Siro:
Abbiati, Agazzi, Diego Lopez, Abate, Albertazzi, Alex, Armero, Bonera, De Sciglio, Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata, Essien, De Jong, Poli, Saponara, Van Ginkel, El Shaarawy, Honda, Menez, Niang, Pazzini, Torres.

http://www.acmilan.com/it/news/show/154651
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#7
Inzaghi: "If Diego Lopez doesn't play tomorrow, then he will play on Wednesday in the Trofeo Berlusconi against San Lorenzo" Facepalm


Not saying that Abbiati did a bad job last game, but Lopez might be able to keep Ibarbo's header out. Ibarbo always scored headers against abbiati. Facepalm
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#8
I think he did do a bad job. Simple things like not being able to clear the ball properly with his feet, and being terribly positioned on a couple of occasions is enough. One of the occasions was when DES came in to block the ball on Ibarbo shot that came and a very manageable angle for any GK...but if you look back to that you'll see that had it not been for the block Ibarbo would've scored because Abbiati was terribly positioned and was too close to the near post.

Abbiati is a disaster waiting to happen. Abbiati is a good GK to have around, but when you have a Diego Lopez in your squad you have to play him. He's been one of the top GK in Europe for the past 2 years.
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#9
Abbiati did make a few miraculous reflex saves before and after the conceded goal, so I thought his performance overall was fine. I wouldn't call Abbiati a disaster waiting to happen, but he is inconsistent to say the least.

Though Lopez had bad moments (against Parma), in general I think he is an upgrade to Abbiati, so it is quite strange that Inzaghi keeps him out when he is available. I would be pissed if Lopez still doesn't play tomorrow.
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#10
Abbiati was our savior against Fio, or whoever.. I remember one of our last few games he played outstanding MOM performance. This should be an easy win at home, we need to make sure we destroy them not just win, because goal difference counts u know
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