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Have to echo Johan’a sentiments really - Fabio Borininis a headless chicken.

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This is unfair on Borini who didnt do much in his 20 minute cameo, Kessie was our worst player, horrible....

Exactly that, he didn't do much. He was anonymous and when he had the chance to do something he royally fvcked it up (that headed chance near the end). Castillejo must be not showing enough in training to be not picked in such situations.

Disagreed on Kessie. I thought he passed and moved well, with a certain degree of fluidity. Yes he did have some frustratingly bad moments too, but if we're going to criticise him for those we need to extend it to others who did the same.


On a side note - time for Rino to start Conti. Not that Calabria is bad (in fact he did a decent job today). Conti has already shown his quality with a couple of assists in the limited time he's played since returning.
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Unless it’s a planned thing (to ease him into the starting rotation after the injury), not playing Conti makes no sense.

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Frustrating that we had such a poor second half after an impressive first. We need to create better chances though. It's like there's no script unless it's Suso. And we need to score the ones we do create.

I agree that this was one of Kessié's better games. Lots of vertical movement for him, and made up for Suso having a poor one. Not just stamina, some intelligent runs. Not the best with the ball unfortunately, but today he was important.

Also really strongly agree that Conti 100000000% needs to play. He has shown decisive quality every time, in just a couple of games has been screaming for chances. I still generally like Calabria though.

Paquetá shows a lot of promise. Just having an extra proper football player makes a huge difference. Lots to polish but seems like a fine addition.

Hakan shows interesting tings but remains endlessly frustrating.

Poor game from Suso for his standards. Very poor from Cutrone.

Gigio, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Romagnoli, Bakayoko all decent and is some cases pretty damn good. Bakayoko keeps impressing, Gigio was flawless, well positioned and composed.

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The standard for Kessie has really been lowered imo... Making intelligent runs does not make up for playing badly with the ball. I thought he was the clear weak link in our play.
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A LW will move us a notch hopefully. Come on Leo do something before the window close.
Kessie and Hakan really....
Biglia will be back soon. Hope fully he will take the burden off Paqueta doing the defensive cover and he can focus on the forward play.


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The standard for Kessie has really been lowered imo... Making intelligent runs does not make up for playing badly with the ball. I thought he was the clear weak link in our play.
Standards have definitely lowered, for me at least. Kessié has been extremely poor all season and not particularly impressive the one before either (besides covering lots of ground), but today his movement when we had possession opened the field for us in attack, especially in the second half. He was creating more danger with those runs than anyone else.

Still, far from impressive overall from him of course. IMO he needs to be played in a different role if we're to see something better in the short term.

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Re Kessié - I need to know what actually happened to him. I mean if we want to be honest and fair, he was actually very good during his first few months with us. In fact he was excellent during preseason and the first half of the season or there about. Then everyone was talking about how was the exact type of player we were missing in the midfield. He was nicknamed Frank-the-Tank, etc. So what happened?
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We thought he was a tank but got a howitzer instead


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Re Kessié - I need to know what actually happened to him. I mean if we want to be honest and fair, he was actually very good during his first few months with us. In fact he was excellent during preseason and the first half of the season or there about. Then everyone was talking about how was the exact type of player we were missing in the midfield. He was nicknamed Frank-the-Tank, etc. So what happened?
First couple of months he impressed in friendlies and against poor ass teams in EL qualifiers so probably fooled us all. Maybe we were just impressed by his physicality but I do remember him being much better in the passing game and at keeping the ball. I was positive about him as well.
But seing him for the last year, he has some technical flaws and will not be the player to regularly break though defenses, setup chances and score goals.
Think the San Siro crowds is seeing through him as well and perhaps starting to give him a tough time.
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Re Kessié - I need to know what actually happened to him. I mean if we want to be honest and fair, he was actually very good during his first few months with us. In fact he was excellent during preseason and the first half of the season or there about. Then everyone was talking about how was the exact type of player we were missing in the midfield. He was nicknamed Frank-the-Tank, etc. So what happened?
Are you referring to his first year at Milan? If so Kessie looked really good when he was playing alongside Conti but after the later got injuried then his limitations really started to show. He is just so limited as a player he is more of a track and field star and i've said this many times about him. He constantly runs and runs covering something like 15kms in a game. But if you really watch his running he doesn't recover the ball when we don't have it like Gattuso used to do for us nor is he is a dribbler so many a times you see him just run the ball out of bounds/play. So yeah he is a pretty frustrating player and I think people are starting to notice it early on you give a guy a chance but right now all he has is age on his side if I was him I'd work on my technique and improve my passing,distance shooting and learning to not just shadow players and actually try to recover the ball like how Bakayoko does.

Btw on a side on Donnarumma was excellent yesterday if it wasn't for him we could have easily been down 3-4 goals.
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Re Kessié - I need to know what actually happened to him. I mean if we want to be honest and fair, he was actually very good during his first few months with us. In fact he was excellent during preseason and the first half of the season or there about. Then everyone was talking about how was the exact type of player we were missing in the midfield. He was nicknamed Frank-the-Tank, etc. So what happened?

Not feeling threatened due to a weak bench does that to some players, and lets be honest we dont have a sub for what he does...

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Exactly that, he didn't do much. He was anonymous and when he had the chance to do something he royally fvcked it up (that headed chance near the end). Castillejo must be not showing enough in training to be not picked in such situations.

Disagreed on Kessie. I thought he passed and moved well, with a certain degree of fluidity. Yes he did have some frustratingly bad moments too, but if we're going to criticise him for those we need to extend it to others who did the same.


On a side note - time for Rino to start Conti. Not that Calabria is bad (in fact he did a decent job today). Conti has already shown his quality with a couple of assists in the limited time he's played since returning.


Castillejo is lively but with little output, Borini is pants but somehow scored last game and has more belief in him by Rino...

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Roma ****ing up and doing their best to ensure we stay ahead of them.
Pippo surely can not survive in Bologna much longer..
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Castillejo is lively but with little output, Borini is pants but somehow scored last game and has more belief in him by Rino...

True. Hoping for better things from him next season.


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Pippo surely can not survive in Bologna much longer..

Not a terrible result to take a point away from Atalanta, but the manner in which it happened was. If it had been for example a last minute equaliser when they were losing 1-0 it would seem an acceptable result, but throwing away a 3-0 lead is terrible for them.
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Are you referring to his first year at Milan? If so Kessie looked really good when he was playing alongside Conti but after the later got injuried then his limitations really started to show. He is just so limited as a player he is more of a track and field star and i've said this many times about him. He constantly runs and runs covering something like 15kms in a game. But if you really watch his running he doesn't recover the ball when we don't have it like Gattuso used to do for us nor is he is a dribbler so many a times you see him just run the ball out of bounds/play. So yeah he is a pretty frustrating player and I think people are starting to notice it early on you give a guy a chance but right now all he has is age on his side if I was him I'd work on my technique and improve my passing,distance shooting and learning to not just shadow players and actually try to recover the ball like how Bakayoko does.

Btw on a side on Donnarumma was excellent yesterday if it wasn't for him we could have easily been down 3-4 goals.
This is spot on.

I'm not sure if Kessié really was so good or we were all prey to optimism and decent results. Be that as it may, I am not sure a lot of technical issues will improve dramatically at 22, particularly regarding dribbling, ball control, etc. What he definitely can improve is his shooting and heading; the way he plays he absolutely needs to be more decisive in both boxes. Either that or he goes to an intensive tackling clinic and becomes more a pure destroyer. Right now he is in a weird limbo: box-to-box player who does nothing in either box or ball-winning midfielder who doesn't win so many balls (he does win some though), indeed like a slow motion, rather toothless Gattuso/Kanté.

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By the way, this has been been making the news. It makes me feel old as **** but it's nevertheless interesting and probably good: against Napoli, we fielded only players born after 1990.

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Anyway, regarding Kessie. Agree he was horrid yesterday but could it be because he is being played out of position at RCM?

Bakayoko has been impressive lately so it makes sense to prioritize him.
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