Milan in Europe 2017/18

Discussion in 'AC Milan' started by stphnsn, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We have several qualifying rounds to wait through until we get back on the field, but the EL started yesterday. There were 50 first leg matches, mostly between minnows. Looking through the scores, I don't see any real upsets among the clubs I recognize. Nonetheless, the season is started.
     
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  2. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Q1 is in the books, and it looks like Rangers were the only big name to be upset. As a casual Celtic fan, that delights me, although I have no idea whether they fielded a team to try to advance or not.

    There are 33 matches in Q2, but none of them jump out at me as being worth trying to watch. Q2 matches will be held 7/13 and 7/20 with the Q3 draw being held 7/14. We will know which 2 teams Milan could face then, and we may know which one is more likely based on the 7/13 match result.
     
  3. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    and our first victims of the new season will be... CS Universitatea Craiova.

    the first leg is in romania on 7/27 with the return leg at san siro on 8/3. the romanians finished 5th in their league last season. they have won the romanian league 4 times but not since 1991. they're managed by an italian, devis mangia, who i've never heard of. i don't recognize any names on their roster, but that's not surprising. they look like mostly young romanian players.
     
  4. shevaa7

    shevaa7 Member

    Milan
    Jun 3, 2017
    Mangia was one of Zamparini's victims at Palermo years ago
     
  5. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Q2 is finished. again, there was only one big surprise as far as big names crashing out with galatasaray losing out to ostersund from sweden.

    Q3 begins next week with 29 matches. there are several matches with familiar names facing off. we're into the interesting part of qualifications now.
     
  6. kickball21

    kickball21 Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    Guatemala
    anyone have an idea of what the best way to watch a replay of the game on thursday?
    or should i sneak out of work early? hmmmm......
     
  7. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    no one in the us is carrying it. i'll probably just have to find a stream somewhere.
     
  8. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    it's game day. we're lining up in a 433 without a lot of our new signings, but we should still be able to take care of business and come home with a win and a few away goals. i'm at the office so i'll be following on twitter only. i have no idea if there are streams available or not. forza milan. here's the 11:
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  9. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    0-1 milan. rodriguez scored from a fk in the 44th minute. borini drew the foul.

    ETA: and the ref blew for HT shortly after the restart.
     
  10. BobanFan

    BobanFan Member+

    Jun 28, 2007
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nice free kick. Looks a bit disjointed but to be expected. Do not like niang
     
  11. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    0-1 ft. good enough result going home to san siro next week. we'll need a quick goal to step on their necks.
     
  12. BobanFan

    BobanFan Member+

    Jun 28, 2007
    Club:
    AC Milan
    We need to not play niang or montolivo too...
     
  13. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #13 stphnsn, Jul 28, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2017
    that seems to be the consensus. just remember how many of our former first 11 and new purchases were unavailable though. i don't think we'll be counting on either of them much once everyone is up to speed.

    looking at the rest of the first legs in Q3, the only big upset i see was psv going down at home to osijek from croatia. they'll have their work cut out for them next week going to croatia and needing to score twice. otherwise, there aren't any big upsets, and it looks like most ties aren't settled yet.
     
  14. kickball21

    kickball21 Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Nat'l Team:
    Guatemala
    yea, once biglia and hakan are available i expect for montolivo and niang to see little more than the bench. though niang is so frustrating because his speed is such a good outlet, his decision making is just so bad though.
     
  15. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    niang has always struck me as a poor man's balotelli. he's got potential. he's got flash. he's got controversy. he can't finish though, and he's not worth the frustration. i'd rather get rid of him than be frustrated by the apparent ability without any end product.
     
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  16. LGRod

    LGRod Member+

    Mexico
    Aug 14, 2010
    Listenin to Los Bookies
    Club:
    Club Tijuana
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    a guy on the other team's name is "STICKY" lmao. Thats how I got after Kessie's goal.;)
     
  17. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    they all say sticky. it's a sponsor. lol. i didn't have a chance to watch or follow or anything. 2-0 win is good enough though. on to the playoff round against stickier competition. anyone see the game? 65k+ for an EL qualifier is great. hopefully they keep packing san siro.
     
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  18. BobanFan

    BobanFan Member+

    Jun 28, 2007
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Saw bits, Musacchio looks very good, Conti is good going forward too, Cutrone tries but is inexperienced. Will be more interesting when/if Bonucci big Lia are added
     
  19. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    so several biggish names ended up losing their Q3 ties: psv, bordeaux, gent, and sc freiburg are all out. the playoff round is set with 22 matches to determine which qualifiers move on to the group stage. in addition, there are 16 teams who directly qualified for the groups. those 38 will be joined by the 10 losers of the CL playoff rounds to get to 48 total in the EL group stage.

    we face kf shkendija from macedonia on 8/17 and 8/24 for our chance to move on to the group stage. the macedonians finished second in their league last year. i don't recognize any names on their roster or management list. so far they've dumped out finnish side HJK, who currently lead the finnish league, and lithuanians fk trakai, who are second in their league.

    we shouldn't have any problem advancing, but that's why they play the games, as they say. forza milan.
     
  20. shevaa7

    shevaa7 Member

    Milan
    Jun 3, 2017
    Anyone know where to get tickets for the next match(the one in Skopje in August 24th)? I checked some sites but nothing. I was thinking of going to watch the team.
     
  21. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i'd try contacting the home club directly if that's an option.
     
  22. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    this is one of the sillier things i've seen today...
     
  23. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    here's the best scouting report on shkendija that i've seen so far. it sounds like they can be dangerous going forward, but they're crap in the back. hopefully we can put a big number up on them this evening and break them before we head to their place next week.

    http://www.football-italia.net/108315/shkendija-scouting-report
     
  24. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    silva scores to make it 1-0 in the 13th minute.
     
  25. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    3-0 now in the 29th minute. montolivo got the second, and silva got another for the third. this is getting out of hand quickly for the albanians from macedonia.
     

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