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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old April 22nd, 2019, 06:57 Thread Starter
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Coppa Italia 2019 Semis, Leg 2: Milan - SS Lazio, 24/4, 19:45 CET at San Siro

This pales in face of the UCL qualification race and a big game coming during the weekend, but I'm sure everybody involved will give it a serious go.

We have not won a title in way too long, and while this is not what we should be aiming for, it's what we can win. I certainly would not mind, and with Atalanta - Fiore the other Semi (the first leg ended 3-3 at Franchi), we have a chance if we make it to the final.

The recent incidents and media craziness about Kessié, Bakayoko and Acerbi, and the racist chants by SS Lazio fans surely will add some spice to the occasion.

I am not sure if Gattuso or Inzaghi will opt to rest some players. It probably would be smart for us to shake things up a bit, especially since most of our starting players are performing horribly anyway.

A win might also provided a good, and very much needed psychological resurgence, but who knows -- I just want Milan to win.

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This pales in face of the UCL qualification race and a big game coming during the weekend, but I'm sure everybody involved will give it a serious go.

We have not won a title in way too long, and while this is not what we should be aiming for, it's what we can win. I certainly would not mind, and with Atalanta - Fiore the other Semi (the first leg ended 3-3 at Franchi), we have a chance if we make it to the final.

The recent incidents and media craziness about Kessié, Bakayoko and Acerbi, and the racist chants by SS Lazio fans surely will add some spice to the occasion...
A win might also provided a good, and very much needed psychological resurgence, but who knows -- I just want Milan to win.
You forgot to add the racist chants against Bakayoko by Inter fans at the end of their game with Roma. Yes, the morons sang the same chant Lazio fans did. Aren't the two set of fans said to be in very good terms or partners or whatever?

Anyway, about the game. I just want us to win. Simple as. For those same reasons as you said, but also to rub it in the face of those whiners.
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Couldn’t care less, focus on getting 4th.

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Depressing to read this, is the entire team worth the €200mn we squandered...

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Couldn’t care less, focus on getting 4th.
I care to win, but wouldn't hurt much even if we lost.

That said, a win would be a big morale boost - which this team severely needs.

Don't think there's any use resting players now with just a few games left in the season.
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This tie, to me, feels like a waste of time & energy. Us, the Nazis & Atalanta have pretty much a guaranteed spot at EL next season, well, at least. So this is just about silverware. My apathy towards the Coppa stems from a strong feeling we will field a relatively strong starting lineup, the game will most probably drag on to extra time based on our fabulous tactical setup & there's a more pressing fixture next weekend against Torino for 3 crucial pts. Competition to 4th won't keep hemorrhaging pts & handing us the position!

We need to realise our limitations, decide wisely accordingly imo.

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4-3-1-2 is a possibility. Rino went with it for the Udinese game, in which we put in a decent performance (nothing outstanding but definitely better than some of the play we've seen this season). However this was the game where Paqueta was injured early.
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Couldn’t care less, focus on getting 4th.
I care to win, but wouldn't hurt much even if we lost.

That said, a win would be a big morale boost - which this team severely needs.

Don't think there's any use resting players now with just a few games left in the season.
I hear you and yet I don’t really buy any of it - the moral boost, the non-resting players etc. all I care is getting back to UCL. There are no consolation prizes , no wins or boosts can make up for a failure. 10 coppa in a row wouldn’t make a difference unless they decide to give a ucl spot to coppa winners. Do everything you have to do to get top 4. Then sell most of the team and invest in few real big star players. And get a coach. Nothing else matters.

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As sad as it is, it would be our biggest trophy win since 2011 and probably half a decade into the future. Achieving UCL qualification is more important of course but as it is, we’re not in a position to neglect the chance of a Coppa Italia win.
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Yes we are as it means nothing. I rather not win it if we don’t make UCL. If we do, yeah, give me a small Mickey Mouse trophy to go w it, why not. But without UCL this will sting even more as it will point painfully to the fact we are now equals to the Genoa, Torinos and Smaps of the world.

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I feel the same way as bono. I couldn't care less about the Coppa Italia

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A win here is likely setting up a final against the team who could beat us to CL spot, and the final will be between week 36 and 37. Nah not interested, all energies for Serie A.
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I don't mind rotation or resting a few key players of course, but we just got to win whatever we can. I don't think we can afford to "rest" or whatever for the weekend. We've already made it that far anyway, might as well give it a try.

Talk of DNA is one thing, but Milan used to be the club with most titles in the world. This is one of the longest dry spells in the club's history. Coppa Italia is no CL, but it's not a worthless summer trophy either.

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Depends on what rotation means. Just as an example, Borini is getting games where perhaps Castillejo could.

btw, if Fiorentina manage to eliminate Atalanta and we do the same vs Lazio it will be 2 games in 4 days vs Fiorentina.
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I wouldn't mind if 2-3 key players start from the bench -- Romagnoli, Paquetá, Piatek. The ones I really want to see 100% in Torino.

I agree about the rest. As I said in the OP, habitual starters are in such shitty form that some "rotation" might in fact mean playing a stronger team.

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I rather not win it if we don’t make UCL.
Nobody would disagree with you on that. But the probability that playing the strongest 11 here will be the reason we won’t make the UCL is so small that it’s a risk worth running imo.

I like trophies, even Coppa Italia, and would be happy if we won it. I was also happy when we won it the last time, 16 years ago, even if it came just a few days after a UCL win.

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Probable according to Sky:

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Probable according to Sky:

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I would play Cutrone instead of Piatek, Biglia instead of Baka, Zapata instead of Roma and even Borini instead of Suso
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