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Milan - Udinese: 2 April, 19:00

This feels like a do or die game in respect to CL qualification hopes.

Prior to the consecutive losses, we were managing to beat mid-lower table sides consistently. If Rino and the players cannot find a way to get back to that form then it's game over for CL qualification. The problem is that such games are far from easy. Udinese are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone and just had a very important win against Genoa.

Gazzetta predicts our "typical" line-up:

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Calabria --- Musacchio --- Romagnoli --- Rodriguez
Kessie --- Bakayoko --- Paqueta
Suso --- Piatek --- Calhanoglu
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post #2 of 72 (permalink) Old April 1st, 2019, 16:29
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Sky predicts the same. This so called loyalty is in danger of killing CL qualification and may be his job too, he is over doing the squad unity thing.
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I didn't know this was so soon. Crucial game for sure. I wouldn't have imagined that Lazio would look more dangerous than Roma for our CL hopes, especially so soon. We really need to win this and then the Lazio game a few weeks later could be absolutely massive.

I am not sure about the lineup. We all have our preferences about who should be benched and know who are in bad form, but the subs are hardly a guarantee, so I don't mind.

What needs to change is that they all have to improve a lot. We have been incredibly poor for many games in a row now, and that's been with and without Biglia, with and without Samu, with Hakan in the middle and in the wing, with and without Conti, etc.

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Lazio is hitting peak form and we are dropping form at the same time. The trends do not look good for us. This absolutely needs to be a win. A solid win, to reverse the negative trend and give confidence for the final stretch.
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An ugly win will do, but knowing this team it will be fvcking hard.
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Gazzetta changed their prediction. Seems like Paqueta behind 2 CFs or some other formation can actually happen for Udinese match.
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Oh wow ... just opened gazzetta and ... BOOm!!!

4312 ?!!!! Wow

Both Piatek and Cutrone starting ... Paquetta behind them ... Hakan in a three man midfield behind; Suso benched ... wow

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Bold move, but Rino may as well roll the dice.

However for this to work they will have had to lay the tactical groundwork for it. Rodriguez is key; he needs to get forward much more than he normally does in a 4-3-3. Firstly because 4-3-1-2 is a narrower formation, but also because with two strikers he needs to get more crosses in the box. It's one of the strongest areas of his game and he doesn't do it enough. Hakan is crucial too as he needs to play a smart tactical game in covering spaces for RR, linking with Paqueta (something Seedorf did so well for us).
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There would be some poetry if we get back into the CL using the 4-3-1-2.
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Looks potentially good, and at any rate I don't see how it could be worse than the way we've been playing. It would also leave Samu and Suso as options from the bench, which (if we're extremely optimistic haha) is pretty decent.

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I donít believe till I see the official line up.
Back to our DNA formation.
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Bold move, but Rino may as well roll the dice.



However for this to work they will have had to lay the tactical groundwork for it. Rodriguez is key; he needs to get forward much more than he normally does in a 4-3-3. Firstly because 4-3-1-2 is a narrower formation, but also because with two strikers he needs to get more crosses in the box. It's one of the strongest areas of his game and he doesn't do it enough. Hakan is crucial too as he needs to play a smart tactical game in covering spaces for RR, linking with Paqueta (something Seedorf did so well for us).


Well, our full backs have to bomb the flank often with this formation without a doubt. Thatís where RR seems to have limitation as we have seen him play. A tad too slow of a player but does provide good crosses in to the box.


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Oh wow ... just opened gazzetta and ... BOOm!!!

4312 ?!!!! Wow

Both Piatek and Cutrone starting ... Paquetta behind them ... Hakan in a three man midfield behind; Suso benched ... wow


I told you, he has been reading my posts :stickup:


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IMO 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 is more realistic, it's just a small change from 4-3-3 compare to 4-3-1-2.

Will 4-3-1-2 survive in the age of "Possession Football" at high level (CL etc.)? i doubt it.
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IMO 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 is more realistic, it's just a small change from 4-3-3 compare to 4-3-1-2.



Will 4-3-1-2 survive in the age of "Possession Football" at high level (CL etc.)? i doubt it.


This team canít even make a simple pass if you watch the last match.
We donít need to debate on possession football yet.

LOL...we canít even take advantage of counter attack football.



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IMO 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 is more realistic, it's just a small change from 4-3-3 compare to 4-3-1-2.



Will 4-3-1-2 survive in the age of "Possession Football" at high level (CL etc.)? i doubt it.

Have faith itís in the DNA...





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4312 ?!!!! Wow

Both Piatek and Cutrone starting ... Paquetta behind them ... Hakan in a three man midfield behind; Suso benched ... wow


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Have faith itís in the DNA...

Costacurta on the right? LMAO

Cafu played more games on the right than Billy played as a central. Same could be said about Odo.
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The Ancelotti lineup is circa 2002/03 so RB is a toss between Costacurta and Simic
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Official, 4-3-1-2 is real !

Donnarumma; Abate, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Laxalt; Bakayoko, Biglia, Calhanoglu; Paqueta; Cutrone, Piatek.
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