Sunday, September 13, 2009

euro trip

15.09.09 - Marseille vs Milan
30.09.09 - Milan vs Zurich
21.10.09 - Madrid vs Milan
3.11.09 - Milan vs Madrid
25.11.09 - Milan vs Marseille
8.12.09 - Zurich vs Milan

Goalkeepers / portieri: Nelson Dida, Christian Abbiati, Marco Storari, Flavio Roma.

/ difensori: Kakha Kaladze, Oguchi Onyewu, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Marek Jankulovski, Thiago Silva, Massimo Oddo, Luca Antonini.

/ centrocampisti: Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Mathieu Flamini, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini.

Strikers / attacanti: Alexandre Pato, Filippo Inzaghi, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Marco Borriello, Di Gennaro, Ronaldinho.

Hmm, well. Here it is. This squad can give any educated fan nightmares. Oh, I forgot to mention; any educated Milan fan nightmares. Our squad is paper thin, and MilanLabs is no longer as good as it used to be. Into November, and the players available to Leo (or Juande Ramos) would be a fraction of what is on paper currently. Lets look at the games, important ones during this period. One glance at the fixture list, and I reckon we might not have to stretch until Madrid sends us the invitation. We have Roma on the weekend before the galactic game. And boy, would it be interesting to note how intense our mid-table struggle would be at that point of time. Its likely that either/both of these games would be a 'whipping boys' experience for us. And by no means am I implying that we will hold the whip. But after which, the games preceding the big European games, are simple ones, - games that we don't need to fear losing, I mean. The crucial game would be the last one against Zurich. That would be in the beginning of December, as I have already mentioned. By then, we would have had faced Madrid 2 times and Marseille twice as well, if you include the potential negative result we are going to have in two days time. I don't see us beating Madrid in either of the games, also considering Marseille aren't the easiest of nut to crack, the Zurich game would be an important one to decide the 2nd slot of the group. Fingers crossed, here is hoping that we have a reasonably strong squad until then, and no crucial injuries, or mental collapses like Gattuso's take place.

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