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Pre Match - Milan (H) - Wed 15th - 20:00

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Brizzle, Sep 12, 2021.

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  1. momoWASboss

    momoWASboss If you take me seriously then you’re an idiot Member

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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    Few more thoughts:

    I expect Milan will mostly play conservatively, and won't be too unhappy with a point. Their back 4 is generally very compact, and they have a double pivot in front of the defence. If they've scouted us, they'll know our biggest problem is breaking down that kind of deep block. So they'll probably play that way, and try and hit us with pace down the left with Leao and Theo Hernandez behind him.

    I expect most of their threat to come down that left flank, and in combination play with Giroud / Zlatan and Diaz / Rebic.   

    Given that, I think we might want to do something like this:
    • Give Matip a rest, and play one of Gomez or Konate for some added pace at the back to cover for Trent. Leao will be a handful if he gets behind Trent, and it might be helpful to have pace there. We have 6 games coming up in the next 17 days, so it's probably best if Matip is rested anyway. Gomez / Konate are due a game.
    • I think I'd also rest Robbo and start Tsimikas. Tsimikas has looked sharp so far, and I think he should be rewarded with game time, especially as most of the attacking overloads from Milan will come down our right.
    • I'd probably play one of Keita or Jones in place of Thiago, as I'd want someone to carry the ball and play between the lines since Milan will mostly be playing deep. Thiago can play on the weekend.
    Front 3 will anyway select itself since we have no other options. This is already becoming a problem. Need Bobby back quickly, and one of Origi / Minamino to offer at least something.
     
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  3. SummerOnions

    SummerOnions Let's Push Things Forward Administrator

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    alright i think i've fixed it in the same way you fix a car crash by selling the car to someone.

    Anyway, we can all pray to the gods that our sacrifices can be at the altar. and if we lose, yes, we will sacrifice Binomial like Nicolas Cage in the Wicker Man.
     
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    beejay Very Active Member

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    Yes, pretty likely that Matip will be rested but I would have thought that this is just the sort of tactical game that Thiago was bought for and he should start. I know Fabs is so important to us but he was suffering cramps at the end of yesterday's game and may have to be rested.
     
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    SummerOnions Let's Push Things Forward Administrator

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    Just be thankful youre not being tied up and fed to some killer bees
     
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    If we lose I’m starting all future pre match threads.
     
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    And I’m blocking Summer from making any edits (once I’ve found how to)
     
  9. SummerOnions

    SummerOnions Let's Push Things Forward Administrator

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    Ali
    Trent Konate Virg Tsimikas
    Hendo Thiago
    Salah Minamino Jones
    Jota
     
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    SummerOnions Let's Push Things Forward Administrator

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    No.
     
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    & post match threads.
     
  12. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I do understand that we should rest Matip, but he's currently our best defender. Honestly, Van Dijk didn't look like his usual self yesterday.
     
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    Why not play Konate & Gomez?

    We're going to have to utilise the squad sooner or later, no point leaivng them all to rot on the bench only playing domestic cup games.

    Virgil you could argue needs the rest more since he was away on internationals but knowing Klopp's reluctance to use squad members it'll be the same line up except Hendo for Harvey.
     
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    As I see it.

    Milan 16th (H) : Klopp will go with a strong side but maybe rotate in 2-3 players. I agree with dmishra : in come Konate, Tsimitas and Keita. If Minamino is fit I'd consider him too. However since Milan are going to be playing on the break, I'd also consider a Konate & Gomez as central defence. Both very pacey and a chance to rest VvD and Matip for Palace in 2 days time.

    Palace 18th (A) : Full strength side. Thiago, Matip & Thiago return.

    Norwich 22nd EFL (A) : Squad and youngsters.  Kelleher, Konate, Gomez, Milner, Jones, Tsimitas, Origi, Bradley, Gordon, Musialowski and Keita to start.

    Brentford 26th (A) :  Full strength side.

    Porto 29th (A) :  Klopp will go with a strong side but definitely rotate in 2-3 players. Konate, Gomez, Milner, Jones, Tsimitas and Keita all options.

    City Oct 3rd (H) : Full strength side.
     
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    If you can avoid the score, full match replays are posted here: Football Highlights (reddit.com)
     
  16. LeTallecWiz

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    I may watch it thursday night ... normally ask my bro if worth watching the whole 90 or highlights if I'm delayed!
     
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    King Binny Part of the Furniture Honorary Member

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    I mean they will have to play eventually but considering Konate has never started a real game for us and Gomez hasn't played in 12 months, added to the fact they've never played together I don't think this is the game I'd sling them on for. VvD plus Gomez to start I think, Konate will probably get a run in the Norwhich game.
     
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    Can't see an issue playing Konate. He's been with the squad for months, an experienced BL player and looked very good in pre-season. And a couple of those games were proper matches not just pass-arounds (Stuttgart & especially Osasuna).
     
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  20. Hansern

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    Yeah, I think Konate comes in for Virgil.
    He was great against Leeds but has also played two international games. Quite a heavy workload for him.
     
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