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For one thing, it's nice to be back at Tardini. This was a big game a few years ago, when Parma where pushing to be among the big teams, and they often beat us there. Serie A was pretty damn strong in the 1990s and early 2000s.

In more mundane issues, this is a yuuuge game for us. Atalanta play away to Napoli and Roma away to Inter, while Lazio should beat Chievo at home. At this point it's probably ideal if Inter beats Roma IMO. If that happens and we win, we'd take a bit of distance from Roma and Atalanta finally, and only Lazio would be at three points, but we beat them on head to head. That is also true against Roma and Atalanta, but not for Inter, so another reason to "root" for the perdenti. After this, it's just a handful of games.

Paquetá may be ready to play at least some minutes for this one. Some rumors of Zapata starting too. I didn't watch the last game, so can't comment on recent form. I understand it was more of the same, but getting that result was tremendous. I'd say at this point grinding the results it's the only thing that matters, and while that's always true, it's not as if there has been any pretense of caring about anything else this season. Just win this one.

Parma have been extremely up and down this season, with a tendency to be very poor in 2019, but they're coming off a pretty massive win at home against Genoa last time, their first win since January. They're fighting for life, so intensity should be up there.

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Crucial, crucial game.

Roma are at Inter and Atalanta are at Napoli.

Lazio meanwhile probably have an easy one at Chievo although it's probably also arguable that Napoli have nothing to play for so Atalanta will likely go all out for the win.

Anything but a Roma win is good for us, although ideally a draw would put us in distance to Inter who will play Juve next week.
 

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In more mundane issues, this is a yuuuge game for us. Atalanta play away to Napoli and Roma away to Inter, while Lazio should beat Chievo at home. At this point it's probably ideal if Inter beats Roma IMO. If that happens and we win, we'd take a bit of distance from Roma and Atalanta finally, and only Lazio would be at three points, but we beat them on head to head. That is also true against Roma and Atalanta, but not for Inter, so another reason to "root" for the perdenti. After this, it's just a handful of games.

Inter are only 5 points ahead of us, so whatever the result against Roma could be of benefit, depending on how everything else goes. Some may argue that Juve and Napoli have nothing to play for. Although Juve have all but won the league, both sides could certainly make it hard for Inter, through a mixture of pride (both crashed out of Europe) and also playing to the occasion (against Inter is a derby d'Italia for Juve, and Napoli will surely be fired up to beat them at home). If Inter can qualify for CL, respect to them, because I do not think it will be because Juve and Napoli have rolled over.

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Calabria --- Zapata --- Romagnoli --- Rodriguez
Kessie --- Biglia --- Paqueta
Suso --- Piatek --- Calhanoglu​
 

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Paqueta extremely crucial to our play. Hopefully he is fit enough to start, although hope he won't be rushed in.

I actually liked Rino's experiment with the 4-3-1-2 but was of course too short lived.

Cutrone, for the recent bad press he got for supposedly wanting to leave, has always played with his heart on his sleeve and I have no doubt he gives his all whenever he plays.

Curiously Zapata is favorite to start. When will Caldara get his chance?
 

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I didn’t remember Inter play Juve and Napoli — that changes the picture a bit obviously.

Clearly Zapata is the third CB for Gattuso.
 

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And also, it's just not about that. Suso's problem is not that he is easy to predict --which he is, but he is still very dangerous, as his stats every season show-- but that he can't sustain his performances throughout a whole season. They've figured him out three years ago, but he has enough talent to create chances. The problem is how often.

And there's the long-standing issue of the LW. I am convinced that things would be very different for Suso if we actually had a player that contributed from the opposite side. Even better, someone who actually offered something different, not someone like Calhanoglu who on that position is a little more than a poor man's Suso.
 

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“Suso makes a great contribution, but it’s time to change something with him because otherwise our opponents will figure him out and take the appropriate measures.”



A coach saying this before a week 33 match is kind of :googly:


He and all his favorites can leave at the end of the season....


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this is one of those games that's against a midtable team and we need to come out and control it and go for 3+ goals, our rivals have a chance to drop points this week playing each other!
 

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Piatek is so isolated up front. He scored half chances and we expect him to score 1/4 chances now

Bring Paqueta in already. We have been going on the right flank with no avail.


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What an embarrassment of a first half. Boring, slow, sideways passing as usual. We didn't create absolutely anything while Parma could have scored on a few occasions. To put it in perspective: Parma is the 2nd worst team in Serie A this year and the team that concedes the most chances... but we can't even get 1 chance.

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Kessie and Borini clear weak links.
They are where every attack goes to die.

Paqueta for Kessie, Samu for Borini plz.
 
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