Since I want a not so sad return this year from Milan I prefer to see us win and otherwise just lose, so that we don't have to say in the end: if they hadn't or if we had...
Nope, just plain and simple we should go for the win, but i don't think we and perhaps more important Inter will start as the the first half in Amsterdam. After his decent performance against PSV I could see Juanfran making another start at the back, although on the other hand it was Urby the last time who drove Figo mad. So Boukhari might get the nod again for a midfieldspot which would mean a place on the bench for the Spaniard.
Don't care about Inter. They normally should field 11 players that are better than us overall, but on a good day...and i would say to see Riquelme once in the ArenA.......nah progressing is better than seeing that Barca flop. Damn, I'm already throwing mud at the next opponent. :doh:
INTER V AJAX: 20 PLAYERS CALLED UP
Monday, 13 March 2006 14:54:42
APPIANO GENTILE - Roberto Mancini has named a 20-man squad for Tuesday evening's UEFA Champions League round of 16 return leg against Ajax (20:45, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza):
Goalkeepers: 1 Francesco Toldo, 12 Julio Cesar Soares
Defenders: 3 Nicolas Burdisso, 4 Javier Zanetti, 11 Sinisa Mihajlovic, 23 Marco Materazzi, 25 Walter Samuel, 33 Pierre Wome, 49 Marco Andreolli
Midfielders: 5 Dejan Stankovic, 6 Cristiano Zanetti, 7 Luis Figo , 8 David Pizarro, 14 Juan Sebastian Veron, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 31 Cesar
Adriano missed a penalty, but a Dejan Stankovic strike ensured Inter beat Ajax 3-2 on aggregate to face Villarreal in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Nerazzurri had the advantage of a 2-2 first leg draw in Amsterdam, although they had been 2-0 down after just 20 minutes. With Ivan Cordoba suspended, Marco Materazzi stepped into central defence, while Francesco Toldo played his sixth match in a row in goal.
After a four-match order to play behind closed doors, this was the first Champions League game of the season in which Inter played in front of their home fans. The draw for the quarter-finals has already been made, with Villarreal awaiting the winner of this tie.
Adriano's shot was charged down on the edge of the box and Luis Figo curled the loose ball over the bar. Dejan Stankovic and Adriano were also crowded out as they ran into the penalty area.
There was chaos in the Ajax box after nine minutes, as Adriano's scuffed overhead kick turned into an assist for Figo, whose effort went across the face of goal without getting that final touch.
Figo was on fine form and skipped past two challenges before Hedwiges Maduro's clearance in front of Adriano.
Inter went closer than ever on 12 minutes, as an Obafemi Martins rocket on the volley from the edge of the box violently rattled the crossbar.
Walter Samuel nodded a corner kick off target, then Adriano's delightful flick set Figo running and another decisive Madura intervention rescued Ajax.
The referee pointed to the spot when Stankovic's cross was intercepted by Lindenbergh's raised arm as the Ajax man came sliding in. Adriano stepped up, but aimed a very weak effort well wide of the near post, seeming to catch his studs in the turf and scuff the ball.
Adriano combined with Martins and Stekelenburg rushed out to smother the ball off the Nigerian's foot.
Rosenberg wanted a penalty for a similar move when his shot was charged down by Materazzi's arm, although it was after a ricochet and therefore by no means voluntary, but the Italian defender reacted furiously and the two got into a brief scuffle.
Adriano, Martins and Stankovic had shots blocked in quick succession, as Inter couldn't find a way through. Captain Javier Zanetti impressed the crowd when he skipped past four tackles, but his cross was cleared before it could reach the strikers.
Within nine seconds of the restart, a hopeful long-range Figo strike was comfortably held by the goalkeeper. Soon after, Adriano robbed Thomas Vermaelen, but his cross was just past Martins practically on the line.
The Nerazzurri finally got their goal just before the hour mark when Stankovic ran on to an Esteban Cambiasso pass up the left flank and placed a splendid curling finish into the far post with his right foot. It was the ex-Lazio man's second Champions League goal of the campaign - the first was in the AmsterdamArena.
Stekelenburg ran out to head the ball away from Martins outside the area, then Vermaelen was booked for a cynical foul to stop Adriano sprinting on goal.
Hatem Trabelsi drilled a good opportunity over the bar from the edge of the area, as Ajax needed at least two goals to qualify. Francesco Toldo's first save came on 82 minutes, as he easily smothered a fierce Babel strike from distance.
The game ended on a sour note for Adriano, who ballooned well over with only the goalkeeper to beat on a fine assist from Cambiasso.
Well what can you say. First of all I think that Inter played fairly well yesterday. They surprised me in the way they played to score, so I have nothing to criticize them actually. KJH just couldn't manage against Materazzi, but can you blame him? Can you blame anyone in this Ajax side for failing to made their mark against this Inter side? We are damn unexperienced and we even missed some of our regulars like Grygera, Sneijder, Emanuelson. If you compare that to Inter, you have to admit that we came up short yesterday and to be fairly honest, I can live with that. Although we should have had a penalty, we didn't stand a chance yesterday. I think Vermaelen and Lindenbergh were decent, as was Stekelenburg (Did I say that? ). Trabelsi did everything as usual and Juanfran shows that he can do it, although he seems a bit unmotivated at times. I think that next year, we'll be better in Europe. :hopefull:
About Europe: I was thinking during the game yesterday how difficult it has become for Dutch teams to make a fist in Europe these days. If you look at the squads of Inter, Lyon or Arsenal for that matter, we (all Dutch teams) don't come near unfortunately. Bring back the foreigners rule! :fero:
Again another former team of Bosz ahead. We won almost games there, but in the last couple of seasons we had some draws as well. So not so sure we will win again. Especially with our defensive form.
Veltman - Sanchez - Viergever - Tete
Klaassen - Riedewald - Gudelj
Bosz his old team next. Toughest game on paper so far. Only we lost a few points already against the easy ones.
Debut time for Ziyech. Will probably on the right.
Veltman - Sanchez - Riedewald - Viergever
Bazoer - Klaassen - Gudelj
Ziyech - Traore - Younes
Another easy game on paper, we probably need a Verhoek - Van der Hart like own goal again to win in Deventer. Only this time we didn't send a keeper on loan to them.
Veltman - Sanchez - Vierger - Dijks
Gudelj - Riedewald - Klaassen
Traore - Dolberg - Younes