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  1. Huhuja (AC Milan)

    MD: Manchester United on löytänyt korvaajan Paul Pogballe Manchester United on löytänyt korvaajan tähtipelaaja Paul Pogballe, mikäli Ranskan maajoukkuemies päättää lähteä. Pogban sopimus on loppumassa ensi kesänä, eikä uutta jatkoa ole vielä tehty. ManU on kuitenkin varautunut tilanteeseen, missä Pogba jättäisi seuran. Asiasta kertoo Mundo Deportivo. Lehden saamien tietojen mukaan ManU on siirtänyt katseensa AC Milaniin ja sen keskikenttäpelaaja Franck Kessieen. 24-vuotiaan Kessien sopimus Milanin kanssa on niin ikään umpeutumassa kesällä 2022. Kessiestä tullaan kuitenkin todennäköisesti kilpailemaan, sillä huhujen mukaan myös Real Madrid, PSG sekä Tottenham seuraavat Kessien tilannetta mielenkiinnolla.
  2. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    Näin eilen ekan jakson ja torkuin toisen enemmän ja vähemmän lukuunottamatta Milanin maalia. Taito se on näköjään tämäkin.. Mutta asiaan. Eka puolisko oli Juventuksen. Milan sai heti kylmää kyytiä, kun Morata karkasi maalintekoon neppasi pallon yli Maignanin. Maignania siitä maalista ei voi syyttää, vaan sen syylliset löytyi tilanteen heikosta puolustamisesta. Juve pääsi muutaman muunkin kerran hyökkäämään aika vaaraallisesti eikalla puoliskolla. Milankin sai muutaman puolittaisen paikan aikaan, mutta enemmänkin ne oli vaarattomia kaukolaukauksia. Pioli lähti peliin siten, että Tomori pelasi laitapakkia. Ratkaisun hyvyydestä voi olla kahta mieltä. Minusta Tomorin pelaaminen näytti silloin enemmänkin 3:lla topparilla pelaamiselta kuin varsinaiselta laitapakkina pelaamiselta. Ei voi sanoa, että Tomori olisi pelannut huonosti laitapakkina, mutta kun nykyfutikseen kuuluu laitapakkien nousut, niin ne jäi puuttumaan. Kun Kjaer loukkaantui, niin niin tilalle Kalulu, joka otti oikean pakin paikan ja niitä nousujakin alkoi tulemaan. Sen tiedän, että Milan petrasi toisella jaksolla ja otti varmaan sen ansaitun tasurin. Joku sa siitä kertoa enemmän.. Pelin tilastot. Vaikka se toinen puolisko meni melkein ohi, niin valitsen silti MotM:iksi taas Rebicin. Rebicin maali toi sen tasurin ja pisteen. Pusku oli kuin oppikirjasta ja sitä lelpaa katsella toisenkin kerran. SempreMilanin arviot. Piolin kommentit: “We came here to win the game. Juventus did better in the first 20 minutes, were more determined and focused, but we continued playing and did much better towards the end with chances to win, so it was overall a positive performance,” Pioli told DAZN. “We were up against Juventus, so Dybala, Morata, Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Chiellini. We played good football. We conceded a goal where we made too many naïve mistakes, which allowed Juve to defend deep and counter in the first half. “As always, Milan do not lack desire, character, determination and grit, so we continued seeking the victory throughout the match.” Due to Davide Calabria’s injury, Fikayo Tomori was used as a right-back initially, but then that changed too when Simon Kjaer went off with a muscular issue. “Juventus worked very well down the right, so the collaboration between Saelemaekers and Tomori should’ve been better, but it’s also true Juve deserve credit for escaping our initial press and that opens up the spaces,” continued the coach. “Maybe last season we needed to not exactly hope in a miracle to win this game, but certainly hope for some luck. Now we must be aware that we’re at this level and must go for the victory to the very end. I liked that courage, we were ready to risk defeat in order to push for the win.” The striker shortage means that Rebic has been adapted in a centre-forward role, though he clearly prefers a wider support position. “He has immense intensity and quality, can play in more or less any role and helped out today. He is a very important player for us and can really help us to break games open too. “I have always seen my players ready to overcome their limitations, they have quality and work throughout the week with diligence and a sense of belonging. The opposition might be better on the night, but we will always give it our best going for the victory.” Pioli pointed out something about tonight’s match after the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League, which showed the radical difference in tempo between divisions. “I just want to make a note that people say Italian teams struggle in Europe because of the tempo. I will say today we had 48 minutes of actual football played. “There are too many gaps, too much arguing, too much waiting around, too many free kicks, too many stoppages. We need to improve this all together or we will inevitably struggle when entering a different atmosphere.” Pelin highligjtsit: Vaikka lehdet huutaa, että Juve on kriisissä ja varmaan onkin, niin kannattaa muistaa, että ei niitä pisteitä ole Torinosta tupannut yleensä tulemaan mukaan. Että siinä mielessä voi ola ihan tyytyväinen. Myöskin sarjasijoitus on erinomainen. Seuraavaaksi on vastassa keskiviikkoiltana Venezia San Sirolla. Siitä vois sitten taas sen voiton ottaa..
  3. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    Avauskokoonpanot: Juventus: Morata Dybala Rabiot Locatelli Bentancur Cuadrado Alex Sandro Chiellini Bonucci Danilo Szczesny Juven penkki: Pinsoglio, Perin, De Sciglio, Pellegrini, De Ligt, Rugani, Ramsey, McKennie, Bernardeschi, Chiesa, Kulusevski, Kean. Milan: Rebic Leao Brahim Diaz Saelemaekers, Tonali Kessié Theo Hernandez Romagnoli Kjaer Tomori Maignan Milanin penkki: Jungdal, Tătărușanu, Ballo-Touré, Conti, Gabbia, Kalulu, Florenzi, Bennacer, Castillejo, Maldini, Pellegri.
  4. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    Maignan on nimmetty miehistöön, mutta mikä on pelikunto? Milanin miehistö: Maalivahdit: Jungdal, Maignan, Tătărușanu Puolustajat: Ballo-Touré, Conti, Florenzi, Gabbia, Hernández, Kalulu, Kjær, Romagnoli, Tomori Keskikenttäpelaajat: Bennacer, Castillejo, Díaz, Kessie, Saelemaekers, Tonali. Hyökkääjät: Leão, Maldini, Pellegri, Rebić. Juven miehistö: Maalivahdit: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Puolustajat: De Sciglio, Chiellini, De Ligt, Danilo, Cuadrado, Alex Sandro, Pellegrini, Bonucci, Rugani Keskikenttäpelaajat: Ramsey, McKennie, Bernardeschi, Chiesa, Rabiot, Locatelli, Bentancur, Kulusevksi Hyökkääjät: Morata, Dybala, Kean
  5. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    Huomenna sunnuntaina Milan matkaa Torinoon ja kohtaa vanhan arkkivihollisen Juventuksen klo 21.45 Suomen aikaa Juventus Stadiumilla. Juve on Italian suurin ja menestynein seura. Juvella on jotain 36 scudettoa ja siitäkin on erimielisyyttä, että kuinka monta niitä oikeasti on. Joka tapauksessa Vanha Rouva hallitsi Seie A:ra mielin määrin viime vuosikymmenen ottaen kaudesta 2011-2012 kauteen 2018-20 kaikki 9 scudettoa putkeen, kunnes viime vuonna Inter katkaisi sen putken. Tuon putken aloitti Antonio Conte 3:lla kannulla, sitten tuli Milanistakin tuttu Massimiliano Allegri ja otti 5 kannua lisää. Tämän jälkeen Juvessakin haluttiin muutosta ja Allegrin äärinihilistisestä tuloksenhaku futiksesta siirrytiin toiseen laitaan ja tilalle tuli Maurizio Sarri, jonka pallonhallintafutikseen Juve ei koskaan oppinut ja Sarri sai lähteä. Toki scudetton kanssa. Sitten alkoi viimeistään Juve -johdon sekoilu. Valmentajaksi palkattiin seuralegenda ja oman aikansa pelipaikkansa paras tai ainakin yksi parhaista, mutta valmentajana täysi noviisi Andrea Pirlo. Tämä uhkapeli kostautui Juvelle ja keväällä näytti, että Juve saattaa tippua Mestareiden liiga paikaltakin, mutta lopulta väänsi itsensä sarjassa 4. ja keräsi 38 pelissä 78 pisteettä. Se oli pisteen väjemmän kuin Milanilla, joka oli sarjan 2. On jotenkin selvää, ettei sellaista tulosta katsota Juventuksessa hyvällä ja Pirlo sai lähteä. Sitten Juve -johto muisteli Vanhan Rouvan ja Allegrin avioliittoa, että mitäpä jos palattaisiin exän kanssa taas yhteen. Niinpä Juven penkin takana onkin taas tuttu naama: Ainakaan toistaiseksi rakkaus on ollut kovin tulioksetonta. Juve on pelannut sarjassa 3 peliä ja pelannut Udinesen kanssa tasan 2-2 vieraissa ja saanut turpiin kotonaan Empolilya 0-1 ja vieraissa Napolilta 2-1. Niin Juvella on vain 1 piste ja on sillä sarjassa vasta sijalla 16. Milanilla on 3 pelistä 3 voittoa ja on sarjan 2. Juventuksen valmentajan Massimiliano Allegrin kommentit: The match vs Milan "It is one of the most important matches of the season, and is a great game to be a part of. We have to put in a good performance, we only have one point in the standings and we are facing a team that has been playing very well for a year and a half. We have to follow up on the victory in Sweden. We are improving and tomorrow's match is more important for them than for us. Milan have acquired authority and confidence, they are very confident and played a good match in Liverpool." Line-up doubts "I have three doubts for tomorrow's game: one is in defence, one is in midfield and one in attack. I'll decide all of them tomorrow morning. Federico Chiesa is one of those doubts. Federico is a player who gives his best on the right, whereas if he moved up top, he would need to play with an out and out striker and so it may be difficult for that to happen. On the left, he has important qualities that would let him take advantage of one-on-one's on the pitch and getting shots off on goal. He must improve in the reading of the game and on the timing of the game. His best qualities are his dribbling, pace, shooting on goal and the wickedness with which he does them." First impressions of the season "We will have the first indications of the season by the November break, when 12 Matchdays and four Champions League games will have been played. Serie A is very balanced, there is no team that can walk the title. We must make up for the ground lost at the beginning." The defence: Bonucci, De Ligt e Rugani "Leonardo Bonucci is a very reliable player, for a coach having someone like this is very important. Matthijs de Ligt is still young, he's 22 and he's already very good, he has important prospects and qualities that he still needs to improve. A pleasant surprise this year has been Daniele Rugani, a player I rely on a lot." Piolin kommentit: On the match at Anfield “We were blitzed at the beginning of the match in Liverpool, along with the fans present at the stadium: everything was at the top level and we struggled. Despite this, we were able to react to a complicated moment against a difficult opponent which is a sign of maturity. There is still a difference, and I’m sure that those 90 minutes will serve to reinforce our convictions and concepts of the game. I hope to look back on it, in the future, as a game that made us grow a lot”. On Juventus “I’m pleased to play again against Allegri, a great coach. It was difficult to imagine, at the beginning of the season, them having just one point after three games, but I don't think we will be favourites despite the difference in the table. Juventus have great players and great traditions, I expect a balanced game between two great teams. I think they will try to come at us to prove their strength, so we will have to be ready. Our level has certainly risen, but competition in Italy is very high and the top seven, on paper, are very close in terms of value. But it’s on the pitch that everything is determined. Tomorrow we will have to try to play better than our rivals”. On Maignan “We don't have any ghosts, we’re able to count on a great goalkeeper: I like Mike very much for the way he approaches his daily work and the game. He is always attentive, determined, and incisive in his communication. He arrived later than his teammates because of his commitments at the European Championship, but he made himself present in the best of ways. He’s very curious, he wants to know everything in order to put his skills and knowledge at the service of the team”. On those unavailable “We met with Zlatan, he won’t be available for tomorrow’s match, like Calabria and Giroud, who all have physical problems. Messias won’t be available as he isn’t ready yet. We’ll focus on the resources we have, we will still be competitive and we have the tools to do well. It’s inevitable that by playing so often this type of situation can emerge because we’re playing so many high-level matches full of intensity. I think this situation can improve from the next break”. On the individuals “Tomori and Díaz are players of the highest quality, and they have the desire to look for the details that will help them continue to grow. They are two very young guys who have made the most of last year’s experience, immediately finding their best form. Pellegri will be available tomorrow evening, he’s doing well. He is a young player with a good attitude and excellent depth, he’ll certainly be able to help us. Romagnoli? The agent does his job, I do mine: I’m very happy to coach Alessio, he’s a great defender who, like all the players on this team, is concentrated and willing to fight for the shirt. Leão is doing well and it’s important that he can continue like this with his development”. On the margins for improvement “We won the first three games because we were a team for 95 minutes on each occasion, if we want to compete we have to play with focus, clear-mindedness and dynamism throughout the entire match. We didn’t leave Liverpool happy and satisfied, we have picked out the occasions in which we can improve and do better. We believe we’re strong and we want to prove it in every single match out on the pitch. We can improve with our build-up play, and especially with our movements off the ball. When we did this on Wednesday we created many chances, as was the case with the two goals. When we work at speed and high quality with our positions we have the potential to put any team in difficulty. Tomorrow, I expect a stronger and more aware AC Milan. It will be another top-level match. We want to be an active team full of personality: we will have our chance on this occasion”. Juventus F.C. - A.C. Milan Kumpikaan joukkueista ei ole vielä julkaissut kokoonpanoja. Skyn ennakoima Juventus -avaus: Skyn ennakoima Milan -avaus: La Gazzetta dello Sportin ennakoimat avauskokoonpanot: Muutama vuosi sitten, kun tuli reissu Torinoon Juven vieraaksi, niin oli housut ruskeana pelosta, että mitä sieltä tulee. Jotenkin nyt on aika luottavainen olo. Vanha Rouva ei ole entisensä eikä toisaalta Milan enää kynnä syvällä turpeessa. Siksipä minulla on luottoa, että sieltä voisi irrota kotiin tuomiseksi muutakin kuin kiroilua tuomaritoiminnasta. Samoilla linjoilla on Whoscored.com ja Freesupertios.com, jotka ehdottaa 1-1 tasuria. Sen sijaan Footballpredictions.com ehdottaa Juven 2-1 kotivoittoa. Minulla on enemmän fiilis siihen tasuriin..
  6. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    Zlatan Ibrahimovicin agentilta paljastus supertähden tulevaisuudesta – "Mitä helvettiä minä nyt teen?" Ruotsalaistähti Zlatan Ibrahimovic kertoi France Footballin haastattelussa, että tahtoisi vain kadota uran päättymisen jälkeen. Ibrahimovicin agentti Mino Raiola paljasti kuitenkin, että ruotsalaisesta tulisi uran jälkeen seurajohtaja. Italian Serie A:ssa AC Milania edustava Ibrahimovic täyttää lokakuussa 40 vuotta ja uran loppu eittämättä lähestyy. Hän kertoi, että epäilee olon muuttuvan kummalliseksi, kun ei ole enää jalkapalloilija. – Uskon niin. Se menee niin jokaisella jalkapalloilijalla, uran lopettaminen on todella raskasta. Sinulla on koko urasi ajan aikataulu. Nouset joka päivä ylös, syöt aamiaista, harjoittelet, sitten joku tekee sinulle lounasta. Sen jälkeen menet kotiin, lepäät ja vietät aikaa perheen kanssa tai jotenkin muuten. Se on täsmälleen samaa asiaa päivä toisensa jälkeen, Ibrahimovic sanoi. – Päämme on ohjelmoitu ja minulle se on ollut sitä viimeiset 20-25 vuotta. Ensimmäisenä päivänä lopettamisen jälkeen heräät ja kysyt: "Mitä helvettiä minä nyt teen?". Silloin ei ole enää ohjelmoitu, vaan alkaa uusi vaihe elämässä. Se pelottaa minua. Mitä minä teen, kun lopetan. En ole vielä siellä, en halua ajatella sitä. Kun se päivä tulee, niin selviän siitä, Ibrahimovic jatkoi. Vaikka Ibrahimovicin ura lähenee loppuaan, esittää hän yhä edelleen mainioita suorituksia pelikentällä. Loukkaantumiset ovat vaatineet veroa, mutta maaleja ruotsalainen edelleen takoo hyvällä tahdilla. Viime kaudella Ibrahimovic onnistui 19 sarjapelissä viimeistelemään 15 maalia. Hän onnistui heti maalinteossa paluuottelussaan Laziota vastaan. – Haluan vain kadota urani jälkeen. Olen elänyt tässä maailmassa niin pitkään ja tiedän, mitä olen käynyt läpi fyysisesti ja psyykkisesti. Haluan vain kadota ja nauttia elämästä Ibrahimovic päätti. Ibrahimovicin agentti Mino Raiola sanoo jalkapallotoimittaja Fabrizio Romanon mukaan, että ruotsalaistähti tulee pysymään lajin parissa uran päättymisen jälkeen. Pelaajauran jatkuminenkaan ei ole poissuljettua. – Saamme nähdä, että mitä Zlatan haluaa kesäkuussa tehdä. Hän ottaa vuosi kerrallaan, siinä päätöksessä ei ole lainkaan stressiä. Se on kuitenkin selvää, että sinä päivänä, kun hän ei enää tunne itseään joukkueen avainpelaajana, niin hän lopettaa pelaamisen ja aloittaa uuden luvun seurajohtajana, Raiola sanoi.
  7. Milan 2021-2022, Pizzaa herkkusienillä ja uusilla mausteilla

    AC Milan teki valituksen Lazion kannattajista – rasismiväitteet tutkitaan Italian jalkapalloliitto on vahvistanut, että liittovaltion syyttäjänvirasto on aloittanut tutkinnan AC Milanin tehtyä valituksen Lazion kannattajista. Milanin mukaan Lazion kannattajat solvasivat rasistisesti Milanin keskikenttäpelaajaa Tiemoué Bakayokoa, joka kertoi sosiaalisessa mediassa, että myös hänen joukkuekaverinsa Franck Kessié joutui törkyhuutojen kohteeksi. Syyttäjänvirasto tutkii videomateriaalia ottelusta. Solvausten väitetään kuuluneen viime viikon sunnuntaina, jolloin Milan voitti Lazion kotikentällään 2-0 Serie A:ssa. Milan on aloittanut kautensa kolmella peräkkäisellä voitolla, ja se kohtaa sunnuntaina Juventuksen.
  8. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Siis noin se menee, mutta mun lähestyminen oli hiukan erilainen. Tuo tasuri oli periaatteessa hyvä tulos, jos kamppailee kahdesta ekasta sijasta, mutta peräpään mestaruudesta, eli Eurooppaliigan paikasta se voi olla huono. Otetaas vaikka tämmöinen skenaario. Jos Liverpool ja Atletico pyyhkiin Milannilla pöytää, niin silloin Milan kamppailee enää siitä 3. sijasta Portoa vastaan. Siinä kamppailussa Portolla on jo sitten 1 ylimääräinen piste. Tokihan sitä kamppaillaan niistä parhaista sijoista, mutta kun lohko on näin kova, niin siinä voi joutua laskemaan pinnoja siihen 3, sijaakin.
  9. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Olikos tämä Piolin kommentti: ”Se oli sellainen prässi, johon emme ole tottuneet. Meiltä meni liikaa aikaa sopeutua siihen. Toisella jaksolla näytimme, että se on mahdollista purkaa, ja pelasimme oikein hyvän jakson. Ensimmäinen jakso oli se, jolla vastustaja pelin voitti. Intensiteetti oli kovempi kuin perusarjessamme.” Eiku se oli Toni Koskelan..Mutta sopisi niin hyvin.
  10. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Kiitos hyvistä raporteista. En nähnyt eilen peliä, kun höyhensaaret painoi enemmän omassa kuupassa. Mitä tulee Kessieen ja pärjäämiseen Valioliigassa, niin kannattaa muistaa viime kevään Old Traffordin peli, jossa Kessie suorastaan dominoi. Tosin ManU:n pelityyli on erilainen kuin Liverpoolin. Liverpoolin äärimmäisen pelityyliin kanssa kaikki maailman joukkueet pississä, kun Liverpoolilla kulkee (ja kun se pelaa kotonaan yleisön edessä). Jätän tähän tämän pelin kommentoinin, mutta laitan muutaman jutun vielä: Pelin tilastot. En arvioi pelaajia. Tässä La Gazzetta dello Sportin arviot: SempreMilanin arviot. Piolin kommentit: “Liverpool deserve credit for their intensity and quality, above all in the first 25 minutes.” “We had been able to turn it around and the real regrets are the two goals we conceded in the second half. Along with Liverpool’s quality, we also made mistakes on those two goals. Hopefully, in future we’ll face teams with slightly less quality and won’t concede in those situations.” It was Milan’s first match back in the Champions League for seven years and their first ever fixture played at Anfield in a cauldron of an atmosphere. “This was a valuable lesson that will help us going forward. The team was motivated, we expected Liverpool to start strong, but were a bit too static and couldn’t get past their first press. When you don’t have the ball, you run into danger,” continued the coach. “It was a very good game of football, it’s a pity we lost the game, because a strong start here would’ve been very important.” Despite the defeat, there are many things that Milan and Pioli can be positive about after this opening game, especially as elsewhere in the group Atletico Madrid and FC Porto drew 0-0. “I leave Anfield aware this team can grow more and we still need that extra step up in terms of details, because those are what make the difference in the Champions League. “We lost because on a set play we cleared the ball to the edge of the box and that is not what we ought to be doing.” Liverpool dominated possession and their press practically neutralised Milan for long periods, but the pace of their passing and runs were also remarkable. “They were very careful covering the central areas and blocking the channels, so we kept getting pushed out wide and that makes for a less advantageous situation. Rebic managed to run at them a few times, but we didn’t always make the right runs. “We know Liverpool make pace and intensity a big part of their game. We needed more movement off the ball to shake off our markers. When you are pressed so much, you need to pass the ball quicker and that’s what we got wrong.” Pioli also outlined the defensive errors that he felt Milan should not be making at this level. “What disappoints me and we must work on is that we can do better, because we allowed Liverpool some give and go situations that we usually defend better against. We could’ve created a lot more problems for the Liverpool forwards and made it more difficult for them.” Seuraavaksi sunnuntai-iltana Juventus Torinossa. Mestareiden liiga jatkuu vajaan parin viikon päästä San Sirolla Atleticon vierailulla. P.S. En ole paken kanssa välttämättä samaa mielta, että Porton ja Atleticon tasuri on paras tulos. Riippuu, miten pelit menee lohkossa, niin semmoisella pisteellä voidaan erottaa se 3. 4. sija..
  11. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Avauskokoonpanot: Liverpool: Origi Jota Salah Keita Fabinho Henderson Robertson Gomez Matip Alexander-Arnold Alisson Liverpoolin penkki: Adrian, Kelleher, Van Dijk, Konate, Thiago, Milner, Mane, Tsimikas, Phillips, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino Milan: Rebic Leao Brahim Diaz Saelemaekers Kessie Bennacer Theo Hernandez Tomori Kjaer Calabria Maignan Milanin penkki: Tatarusanu, Jungdal, Ballo, Tonali, Giroud, Romagnoli, Kalulu, Florenzi, Maldini, Gabbia
  12. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Tuo laitapeli on kyllä hyvä huomio. Liverpool elää siitä ja varsinkin ne TAA:n keskitykset pitäisi saada hoidettua. Muuten tässä on Valioliiga.comin ennakko: Ennakkopaketti Mestarien liigan otteluun Liverpool – AC Milan: Mistä näet pelin, arvioidut avaukset, valmentajien kommentit
  13. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Olisi se tietty hienoa, jos Liverpoolin voisi yllättää, mutta en oikein siihenkään usko. Tällä tasolla on vastustajat tarkkaan scoutattu, että voisi olla enemmän haittaa kuin hyötyä, jos yrittää yllättää vastustajan. No katellaan.. Tässä uudempi GdS:n avauskokoonpanoarvio:
  14. Milanin Mestareiden liiga -ketju. Sweet Home Alabama

    Huomenna klo 22.00 Suomen aikaa Milanin europelikausi Liverpoolia vastaan legendaarisella Anfieldin stadionilla. Liverpool on yksi maailman perinteisempiä, suurimpia ja menestyneimpiä seuroja. Liverpool perustettiin vuonna 1892 ja ensimmäisen liigamestaruutensa Liverpool voitti vuonna 1901. Sen jälkeen niitä on tullut vielä 18 lisää (1900–1901, 1905–1906, 1921–1922, 1922–1923, 1946–1947, 1963–1964, 1965–1966, 1972–1973, 1975–1976, 1976–1977, 1978–1979, 1979–1980, 1981–1982, 1982–1983, 1983–1984, 1985–1986, 1987–1988, 1989–1990, 2019–2020). Mestareiden liigasta ja sen edeltäjästä Liverpool on noukkinut 6 kannua (1976–1977, 1977–1978, 1980–1981, 1983–1984, 2004–2005, 2018–2019). Mikä johtaa kummalliseen faktaan. Milan ja Liverpool on kohdannut eurokentillä vain 2 kertaa: vuoden 2005 ja 2007 finaalissa. Ensimmäisestä ei puhuta ja toinen onkin tulla avausviestissä.. Liverpoolin valmentajan Jürgen Kloppin kommentit: On the history of Champions League finals between the clubs and the sense of occasion he gets from this tie… Of course, 2005 I have more in my mind than 2007! But anyway if you think of any kind of European battles then I think Liverpool and AC Milan is a must-watch. It’s one you want to see. Milan was now not in the Champions League for a few years but are doing really well since around one-and-a-half years. They played a brilliant last season, ended up second [in Serie A] and started this season really good as well. It will be for sure a very tough game for both sides, but yeah, there are a few nice games obviously on this first matchday in the Champions League and Liverpool v AC Milan is for sure one of them. On how difficult it will be to progress from Group B, with Atletico Madrid and FC Porto also involved… Difficult! Thank God for all four teams [it is tough]. I think when we all saw the draw not one of us said, ‘Oh my God, what a great group, let’s go for it!’ It’s just a tough group, come on, we don’t have to lie. Atletico, wow. Porto, usually champion in Portugal, if not then second, so top, top team. AC Milan, big history, in the best moment for years. So yeah, that’s proper Champions League. We obviously worked really hard to be part of that and that’s what we get, we are part of the Champions League… it’s all about getting enough points to get through that group and we better not waste time, so we should start with that tomorrow night. It’s a long time ago that we have a Champions League game at home. We had now the opportunity to experience again the atmosphere Anfield is able to produce in the Premier League, but we spoke a lot in the past - rightly so - about European nights at Anfield and I can’t wait to experience that now. It will be great and I am really looking forward to it. On Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic… Zlatan, what a player, what a player! I think I saw a few videos of him when he got injured a few months ago or whenever it was and then I saw him early enough on the spinning bike, saw him fighting back and saying, ‘Lion’s don’t rest long’ or whatever. And he is always right. He came on in the last game after quite a long time and scored immediately. He’s a man for exceptional moments in a game, if he is not playing then probably Olivier Giroud is playing or [Ante] Rebic is playing or whoever. They are all slightly different profile but all really good so it will be absolutely interesting. But Zlatan is for sure one of the best ever players in this game. He knows that and he says that to everybody – I like that about him. That’s the confidence he brings in all the games. That he is still physically that fit is absolutely incredible and just shows that maybe some careers ended too early because there was maybe a little bit of fuel in the tank and he squeezes, obviously, every drop out of his body and wants to stay in the game as long as possible, and rightly so. He is absolutely capable to play in each league in the world still, and that is absolutely exceptional. On whether he watched Emma Raducanu’s US Open tennis triumph… I watched the game, the final, and it was absolutely impressive. It’s long ago that I watched a full tennis game, it’s long ago that I watched a full women’s tennis game, and I was really impressed by the power and the speed and the whole game. I think women’s tennis is obviously in a brilliant moment. These two girls were 18 and 19 and what they showed was massively impressive during the game and then we watched the interviews and the trophy ceremony as well and both girls, how they spoke, at 18 and 19 – that was inspiring, to be honest, maybe more than the tennis and that was already inspiring enough. But I was absolutely overwhelmed by the way the two girls presented themselves. Fernandez was obviously disappointed losing the game, rightly so, it was a really close game. Emma showed great respect for her. They knew and they hoped they would face each other in the future very often and be in many more finals – I wish that for them as well. It was just a great show of sportsmanship, of elite sport, how humble you can be when you are that young and already on the top of the world, even when it is only for a few hours but they were, obviously. It was really nice. That’s what you can take. About the tennis story I don’t know enough, but when you are 18 years old and able to win the US Open, it’s clear there is one thing that happened in the last 10 or 15 years and that is the hardest work because otherwise it wouldn’t happen. She is for sure a talent of the century but without hardest work, it’s not possible to be there. That she did that, and now she is there in that moment and you see her smiling during the game, that’s just the nicest thing I can imagine. I will watch women’s tennis for sure much more now again, than I did in the last few years. On his memories of the 2005 Champions League final… [I remember] the obvious things, obviously. That night I was thinking about not watching the second half, to be honest, because like everybody in the world - apart from a few people in the Liverpool dressing room - I thought that this game might be decided. The fightback was impressive, but what I remember is some incredible saves from [Jerzy] Dudek. He had to keep them in the game; they scored three goals, but Milan could have scored more goals and that would have probably closed the game. That’s what I remember from the football game, but at that time I was neither an AC Milan supporter nor a Liverpool supporter, so it was just watching the Champions League final. After 3-0 and with all the things said before the game, Milan were probably the favourites and stuff like this, it looked like the game was decided. It became then one of the biggest football sensations ever and I was really happy that I didn't switch the telly off and that I watched the whole game. On the qualities of Ibrahimovic that he is impressed by… Intelligence. OK, that he has incredible technical ability is clear, he can obviously control a ball with his feet when it is at eight-foot high or whatever. He did that from time to time. He can score incredible volleys, he is good in heading, his athleticism was always outstanding and in all age groups he went through now, he always used the things which were left in his body in the perfect way. I don’t think he has the same speed he had when he was an 18-year-old boy or whatever, but it’s not important because when you understand the game, you can play the game in different circumstances – and that is what he is doing. The spectacular goals he scored, if it was a bicycle kick from near the halfway line or whatever, but the thing what impressed me most with him is the overview he has in the game. He really pre-thinks the things that will happen and it brings him in the right position, that’s why he can pass the ball and can use all situations in a game when the goalie is slightly too far in front of his goal, or whatever. The overview he always showed is what impressed me most. On his admiration for legendary Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi and how often he speaks with him… I wouldn't say I'm still in contact with Arrigo Sacchi; we are in contact from time to time. Mr Sacchi has my number and he used that from time to time and I obviously reply, but I don’t want to bother him with any kind of actual questions and would never do that. He is not only one of the best managers ever in the game, he's a very nice person on top of that. He was one of the most influential managers for me and for the way I like football because he organised the pitch in a different way with the formation he chose. The most influential manager I had - Wolfgang Frank - was pretty much obsessed with this way of football and that's how I got to know about it. I tried to figured out everything I could get about it when I was a younger coach and that helped me a lot. The way they played at the time when they were at their peak with Arrigo, with the Dutch guys, with [Franco] Baresi, with [Paolo] Maldini, with all these guys, that was absolutely impressive. They controlled games; it looked so easy but it wasn’t, it was just because they organised the pitch much smarter than all the others. He is a very impressive person. On whether Mohamed Salah could continue playing well into his late 30s due to his physical condition… Possibly. I’ve never spoken to him about how long he wants to play, but he has all the things you need to do that. He is obviously physically more the type of Lionel Messi [than Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo] - similar height, similar weight probably. All these guys needed to be lucky with injuries, not that they were without injuries, but they always could come back without any further harm. That’s very important. Mo has all the things and I am pretty sure the way he sees football, he wants to be part of the game as long as he can somehow – and there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to do that. It’s about attitude, obviously, you want it because I am pretty sure a couple of players finished their career because they just couldn't be that motivated anymore and thought, ‘OK, it’s fine, I won this, I won that but I am not the same as I was a few years ago…’ and that’s why people finish their careers. I'm pretty sure Mo wants to squeeze each day out of his career. On the strength of Group B... Look, it's always like this. This is the strongest group we have had since I'm at Liverpool, no doubt about that. I think in 2013 when I was at Dortmund we had the Champions League group as well - I think it was City, Real Madrid and [Ajax]. Everybody said, ‘Oh my god, how are you going to get through that?’ and stuff like this. It's all about you have to play the games anyway. What does this group do for the competition? It keeps out two really good football teams from the knockout stages, that’s already clear. It will deliver one really, really strong football team into the Europa League, that’s for sure as well so that’s what it delivers for the competition. Apart from that, I never understand when people talk about changes in the Champions League, it is just not my thing. I like the Champions League how it is, I’ve always said that, and this group shows there are no games where people think, ‘Do I really want to watch that?’ This group can be exciting from the first second to the last second, I can't see any kind of early decisions made in this group and that keeps us on our toes. In between these games, we have a very important competition as well playing Premier League, League Cup and then hopefully FA Cup later on in the season, but it’s the thing we wanted. It's exactly what we wanted. Now we are here, we play Milan here, Porto and then Atletico, unbelievable stadiums as well, great crowds, all that kind of stuff, passionate fanbase. It's exactly how you want football. That’s what we got and now we have to deal with it. Piolin kommentit: From Europa League qualifiers to Anfield "Our growth over the past year is clear for all to see. Our experiences have helped us to grow and improve, and the beginning of this season has shown that this team knows how to play and how to approach games. The level is higher now; it's what we wanted and it's a chance for us to show that we can mix it with the best." The absences Ibra "Zlatan has had an inflammation; he gave it a go this morning but it's useless to take risks at this point of the season. I see AC Milan with Zlatan and I absolutely think we'll have him back soon. Absences are a part of football; I'll need to choose between Ante and Olivier but we have the cover." His Champions League debut as a coach "Many of us have never played in the Champions League, but football is football. We know what to do and how to try and play against a really strong side. We've prepared really well for this game. There are no easy fixtures in this group; our opponents are all highly competitive and have been playing European football for a while. It's a chance for us to start writing our own history; we have a lot of belief in our own quality." Giroud's fitness "He won't be able to complete a full 90 - being out for two weeks is tough - but he's doing well and is available. Ante, meanwhile, is going into this one following a brilliant performance; I'm sure that they will be ready and that both of them have characteristics that fit well with the rest of the team." The tactical approach to the game "We need to be intelligent on the pitch and understand where the space is. Liverpool want to push and won't want to sit back and wait. We'll need to bit their high press by combining well when playing out from the back or going to the long ball." Liverpool F.C. - A.C. Milan Piolin miehistö: Maalivahdit: Jungdal, Maignan, Tătărușanu Puolustajat: Ballo-Touré, Calabria, Florenzi, Gabbia, Hernández, Kalulu, Kjær, Romagnoli, Tomori Keskikenttäpelaajat: Bennacer, Díaz, Kessie, Saelemaekers, Tonali Hyökkääjät: Giroud, Leão, Maldini, Rebić Kuten Heek jo mainitsi, niin Z on poissa kokoonpanosta. La Gazzetta dello Sportin ennakoimat avauskokoonpanot: Jos maailman ikävimpiä vieraspelejä pitäisi listata, niin Anfield kuuluisi varmaan listaan. Ainakin, jos melskaava kotiyleisö on paikalla. Silloin pisteiden hakeminen on kaikille maailman seuroille Anfieldilta hankalaa. Viime talvena tuli ilman koronaikaa erikoinen Liverpoolin kotipelien tappioputki, mutta se olikin ilman yleisöä. Nyt se yleisö taas on ja muutenkin Liverpoolin peli tuntuu kulkevan (Valioliigassa 3 voittoa ja 1 tasuri). Siksipä Livepool on matsin iso suosikki. Silti Whoscored.com, Freesupertips.com ja Footballpredictions.com ehdottaa Liverpoolin 2-1 kotivoittoa. Itse odotan rumempia lukea..
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