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a draw would do everything but mathematically qualify us for the next round if bate and zenit tie...

i'll take the 5 pt advantage over bate with 2 games remaining no problem.
 

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3 Chiellini
4 Mellberg
8 Amauri
9 Iaquinta
10 Del Piero
11 Nedved
12 Chimenti
13 Manninger
16 Camoranesi
19 Marchisio
20 Giovinco
22 Sissoko
28 Molinaro
29 De Ceglie
30 Tiago
32 Marchionni
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31 Nocchi
36 Castiglia
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No Grygera or Zanetti (was predicted to be back), but woop woop, Marchisio in ze house :shades: For real, Pepe isnt available I think. And thats good despite the poor game he had last, the other defenders are individually worse. And I REALLY hope Ruud is out for this game, a much needed draw would be very likely with that insane predator out.
 

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I think it'll be a reversal of fortunes like last time. We were going through a bad run and we won vs Real, this time they're struggling a bit and will likely come out on top in the Bernabeu.

I'd love to get a draw though, would practically guarantee us qualifying.
 

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I'm with Nero.
I always believe that when two big clubs meet in the CL; it's not about current form. I expect us to win this game, even with Pepe and RVN out and Juve having a couple key players back.
 

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No Grygera or Zanetti (was predicted to be back), but woop woop, Marchisio in ze house :shades: For real, Pepe isnt available I think. And thats good despite the poor game he had last, the other defenders are individually worse. And I REALLY hope Ruud is out for this game, a much needed draw would be very likely with that insane predator out.
I kept reading that at best, Zanetti would be back for Chievo.

And yes, if Ruud is out that would be sweet, as he is probably the most difficult for Chiello and Legro to stop as he doesn't hold on to the ball too long as would a Raul or Higuain. Who would be RVN's direct replacement though?
 

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I kept reading that at best, Zanetti would be back for Chievo.

And yes, if Ruud is out that would be sweet, as he is probably the most difficult for Chiello and Legro to stop as he doesn't hold on to the ball too long as would a Raul or Higuain. Who would be RVN's direct replacement though?
We don't really have a direct replacement for RVN. It's always Raul/Ruud/Higuain.

Saviola is a distant back-up
 

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So without Ruud, it would be
Robben--Raul--Higuain ?
 

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Big questionmarks are who's gonna fill for Grygera and whether Nedved will start considering he hasn't had a rest in a while. Marchionni looks like he's won a place but will Camoranesi and/or Giovinco play?
 

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Robben from the start might be a serious issue for you. He caused lots of trouble in the 1st game for the time he played.
 

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If Ranieri hasn't looked to rest Nedved in less important games, he definitely is not gonna rest him now, especially as him form is a lot better than a few games ago. I doubt Camo will start as he didn't get any time against Roma.
 

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Big questionmarks are who's gonna fill for Grygera and whether Nedved will start considering he hasn't had a rest in a while. Marchionni looks like he's won a place but will Camoranesi and/or Giovinco play?
Since when Ranieri is worried about Nedved's tiredness? It's not an issue at all. As long as Nedved has two legs and is able to imitate running, he will play.
 

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Forget about talk of Ruud missing, or Pepe missing.

They're both there. Everybody except De la Red and Miguel Torres are available.
 

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No problem with Pepe being there, but it would have been quite an advantage to not face Ruud.

And Steph, Grygera's replacement isnt a question mark, its clearly Mellberg. Nothing of who is going to play is a question mark really, it will be Mahnigguh;Mellberg, Legro, Chiellini, Molinaro;Marchionni, Tiago, Momo, Pavel;Ale, Amauri. Writes itself basically.
 

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He is more skillfull and talented, an out right winger instead of a just a hard working runner like Sali (but generally despite being more skilled, their output is more or less similar).

But Marchionni is starting this much because even his backup competition in Sali is injured too. Not just Camo (who is back this very game I hope). But Ranieri would prolly choose Marchionni mostly still (except when he needs extra defensive player against a top team).
 

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Real Madrid news today:

- Pepe failed a fitness test this morning and will not play. This means Heinze moves to CB to partner Cannavaro, while the explosive Marcelo gets the nod at LB.

- Ruud van Nistelrooy is good to go and will likely start the game.

- Huge dilemna in midfield. Everybody minus De la Red are healthy. Schuster must pick 3 out of Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Guti.HAZ, Gago, and Diarra.
 
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