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Know we have a Cup derby before this match, and unfortunately we’ll spend a lot of energy there. This is clearly much more important as, against all odds, we continue en route to the 4th place.

Difficult match against a team that beat Verona and, more impressively, drew against Atalanta recently. We’ll lose if we’re anything near as poor as against Atalanta.
 

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Bold move.
 

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I'm sure most of you saw the video between Ibra/Zapata after Zapata said "Oh you want your 12th penalty?" (or something).

To me, it's quite interesting that Zapata can remember something like that in quite detail, it must be that Atalanta have drilled into their players and of course the referee.

An interesting psychological battle and small detail you won't always read about.
 

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Gasperini mentioned it pre match.
 

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I don't think many of us who support big teams realize how fans of other teams (and sure enough their players and managers) perceive the way referees treat us.
 

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The cursed of #9 is too strong. Manzukic opened the pandora box.
I fear the worst 🥴
 

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Yeah Gasperini was whining about penalties we have received and about Atalanta playing more games recently compared to us. Looking for excuses before the match. Mind games of course, but don't think Pioli was too impressed about it afterwards..
 

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If we include the Coppa game against Torino as a draw, we have failed to win 6 of our last 11 games.
 

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The coming three rounds are three rounds were we really need to win all games and can pull away from many other teams. We got: Atalanta-Lazio, Roma-Juventus, Inter-Lazio and Napoli-Juventus in these rounds. Also Roma have a difficult game against Verona and Inter against Fiorentina.
 

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Must disagree, Jani. Firstly Winter Champion is an insignificant “title”, secondly it’s a huge jinx.
 

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jani, it's not Argentina/South America where you get a trophy for Apertura and another for clausura
 

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Hakan not in the official squad though. Not sure whether he'll be there or not.

A few weeks out though might mean he's not ready anyway.
 
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