FC Barcelona – AC Milan 2-2 player ratings

Better late than never – here are my ratings.

Abbiati 6. – saved the ones he should’ve saved and conceded 2 where he had little to do. He was on heels for 90 minutes and was always ready to win our team some seconds. Confidence boosting performance.

Abate 6.5 – at times he looked like the only one who can run with Barca players and dispossess them rather than wait. Can forgive him the first goal.

Thiago Silva 6.5 – some shaky moments but a game-tying goal. Will forgive him the first goal.

Nesta 7.5 MOTM  – Minister of Defence back at his position. What’s his tackling level on those games the youth loves so much? I nominate 1 000 000 000.

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Zambrotta 6 – the heat map showed Barca put most pressure on him. Coped ok with it though not too good.

Nocerino 5.5 – won a crucial corner Gattuso style and covered the most ground by our players. But did he caught my eye overall? No.

Van Bommel 6 – stupid card but smart pressure all the time. He was leading our midfield in the defensive phase.

Seedorf 6.5 – only one who could hold the ball for a second and let his teammates breath. And a nice assist from the corner.

Ambrosini 5 – off-form or finished? Played through slight injury? Silly fouls and bad touches. Nothing positive.

Cassano 4.5 – dreadful game. Maybe not suited for such a match but definetely fatigued of all the games he has had over the week.

Pato 6.5 – great to see him scoring. Great to see him scoring in Europe. Could he have done better at some chances? Yes, but with only few touches on the ball we can’t expect all of them to be perfect. Could anyone do better than his opener? No, that is the goal of the season.

Milan 6.5 – the attack was lacking but the defense of the whole team was to be proud of.

Allegri 6.5 – fixed the problems from Lazio game and made the most with depleted selection.

Prince; Aquilani; Emanuelson; n/a

AC Milan – SS Lazio player ratings

I’ll try to do the rating for our players this season. First off Milan-Lazio.

Abbiati 6 –  nothing significant to point out.

Antonini 6.5 – worked a lot in defense and offence. Showed a lot of grit.

Thiago Silva 6 .5 –  showed his aerial skills at the start and one-on-one skills at the end.

Nesta 5 – major offday. Bad marking during both goals, took out Gattuso and some dangerous passes. Only managed to handle Cisse at the halfway line with a foul. The open goal clearance was as impressive as ever but today I’ll write that one on luck.

Abate 6.5 – good stuff on both ends.

Ambrosini 5.5 – got himself in some nice positions when teammates didn’t notice him. Meanwhile a little lack of agression and marking in the defensive phase. As a captain should have sorted out the midfield situation in defense problems.

Van Bommel 6 – showed himself to Cisse and locked up Klose. Smart and dangerous play mixed like always.

Aquilani 6.5 – great work getting himself one-on-one with Bizzarri, great pass to Cassano during the first goal and nice corner during the second. Bit lacking in defence.

Prince Boateng 5.5 – bad decisions mixed with bad attitude. Hard player to rate as his unorthodox style sometimes works in our favour and other times it doesn’t. To me it seemed he was a surplus in our scheme.

Ibrahimovic 7 – another empty net goal for him and great assists to Aquilani + Boateng to create chances. Unfortunately finishing was lacking from teammates as well as him. Pretty much maximum you can ask from a guy playing 90 minutes the third time this week.

Cassano 7.5 MOTM – how about a header from the corner? Assist to open goal. Goalpost and other near misses. All over the game. Could whine a little less but they don’t make cassanos who don’t whine so we should forgive him.

Milan 6 – lacking as a defensive unit, but that is expected in the first game of the season. Finishing should be better as well. Overall mediocre display whee pros and cons even out each other.

Allegri 6 – understandable line-up as well as subtitutions. Players could have brought him victory but didn’t.

Gattuso – Pato – Nocerino n/a. Would have expected more from Pato.

(n/a=not applicable; MOTM=man of the match)

Give me your ratings and criticism in the comments.

 

Superpippo

As we all know Filippo Inzaghi wasn’t included to our Champions League list. And though he has the chance to make it in January (in case we progress as expected) there is a certain end of an era vibe. How many nights have Milan been in danger yet we kept the faith? With hope on those skinny shoulders  something might happen:

 

That in mind I found myself lurking for the best videos to relive the moments of magic, goals and victories that Superpippo gave to you and me during the European nights.  Here is my top five:

5. CL quarterfinal 2006/07 Bayern – Milan 0-2 – nice quality video with top-notch commentary of a rare out of the box goal for Pippo(I think he has only 2 during his Milan career).
4. CL group stage 2010/11 Milan – Real Madrid 2-1 – the essence of Pippo. Quality is low like his tehnique, but the emotion is nuclear like his celebrations.
3.  CL quarterfinal 2005/06 Milan – Lyon Olympique 2-1 – time was ticking away as Lyon had an away goal against us and Sheva’s shot bounced off both posts. Luckily Pippo knew what to do.
2.  CL final 2006/2007 Milan – Liverpool 2-0 – rematch of 2005 final and the second final in Athens. Hero of the day.
1.  CL quarterfinal 2002/2003 Milan – Ajax 3-2 – you can feel everybody taking a breath as Pippo lifts the ball over Lobont and how everyone releases the tsunami after they realise it’s going in. Top commentary, build-up, goal, timing, player – everything is perfect. (I know Tomasson got into the books with that but the moment was all Pippo’s).

Stay strong:

What would you change in this top 5? See also – Fillipo Inzaghi’s Top 10 Goals for Milan  from DVD set ‘I 3000 gol del Milan’.

Fans About The Derby – Part II

We continue with the next question.

2. Our fondest memories are bound to be exceptional goals, games and wins. But what special memories do you have regarding your own actions (preparations, celebrations, trips) towards the derby?

Jasper: The thought of the derby starts haunting me from the final whistle of the previous Serie A game. Then the derby week starts where you need to know everything about upcoming match as well as look up every previous victory. No outragegous celebrations come to my mind. Just the usual Galliani-Crudeli crazyness during goals and final whistle. And my only derbytrip was the 4-3 loss.

DugiNesta: Today its the fourth day I didnt take off my Milan jersey. (I wore my Nesta jersey for two days and in the last two days I’m wearing Pirlo’s). I remember that one of my craziest moments watching the derby was in the clashes in Champions League especially when Sheva scored the goal in the semifinal. I was only 11 or 12 then and I remember that I went running, jumping, screaming and crying in my yard. And I hurt my hand while I was jumping.

The other one was when Sheva scored a superb goal with his left foot in the returning leg of quarterfinal I was at my cousins house who also is a Milan fan and I remember us jumping all over the house and that day we broke a table, a window, some glass, a phone. I have many other memories for example last year when they beat us 4-0 I broke my iPhone and broke a window by trying to hit my brother cause he’s an inter fan.

Sven: First I avoid to watch Milan games like these on bars and public spaces. This is something I promissed to myself in 2007. I can watch a normal Serie A fixture, but games like this I want to stay at home. I also avoid contact with supporters of other Italian teams pre-derby cause this can ruin my mood. Somehow I choose to live the derby my own way. And alcohol, I simply need alcohol.

inomilan: I remember having a conference in yahoo messenger with my friends and giving them links to watch the derby. It was in the 07-08 season, the 2nd derby, the one we won. I remember it fondly because I just graduated high school, and looking back, that was the game that got my friends interested in football. So yeah, it’s special to me because for once, I’m not alone watching Milan play.

Sage: I never prepare anything for any game, but the main difference is that for this derby im going to be extremely tense, there is so much on the line and just thinking of it gets me nervous.

seveners: I don’t have any preparations , just too nervous to do anything, sometimes my body shaking a bit during the match, it’s really uncomfortable, till now i still can’t find a way to makes me feel better during the game. The 6-0 victory always become a special derby. At that day we really put them back to where they are trully belong.  s***

Cristina: The game is usually in the middle of the afternoon for me. I wake up late because I won’t be able to get anything done while waiting (too nervous). I usually watch it at home with my dad, and the same 2-3 cousins when they can make it. We all root for Milan, it’s great when we win, very depressing if we lose – each contributing to the memories.

Congo Powers: ~i ONLY watch the game by myself. a long time ago, as a rash youth, i watched it with other people. im just an unpleasant person during this occasion…it doesnt work out. sometimes friends ask to watch it with me, i oblige, but its a clearly defined understanding of 100% pro milan irrelevant of anything else.

Sod-Lod: I witnessed most of the derby games, i prepared for it as if I’m going to splash a speech in the crowder auditorium, buy Milan shirt, help my Friends for the festival (Pre and Post) and selecting phrases and quotes for the banner and make sure our members are ready for the show.

Each one is like a page in the memory history to flash it back and enjoy with it is sweetness and bitterness moments, but the best were 6-0, 4-2, 2-1 + 2-0 & 3-0 CL and recently 1-0 victories.

Pedro: None. Nothing special at least.

Giova21: I’ve been to one derby, May 2008 when Inzaghi and Kaka scored, that’s easily my most memorable, was just surreal but in terms of prep for it well I did nothing out of the ordinary. As for other derbies I have my suspicions as to what to wear, what to say even so much as what to eat, another thing I try to avoid is watching it with my friend George. He’sa very good friend of mine but his lack of intensity and understanding of what it means to me means his negative energy often I feel affects the result and performance of the team.

diehardmilanist: I am 18 years old almost and I have been a fan of Milan since 7. I have been wearing a nameless Milan T-Shirt for 5 days in a row now,and I plan to wear it till the derby night,during the match as well. This match,I am watching it in a Rossonero cafe here in Shkodra,where there are no other fans except Milans allowed to enter,and there is a big screen to watch the match and I think it will be awesome if we won it.

Charbel: It’s funny to be honest. I usually get myself ready by just seeing the formations and watching a couple of Milan clips. Then, I give myself a rest as I feel that in someway I’m going to contribute to the win, whether it’s jinxing Inter or anything…I feel I’m a part of it. It’s not only a derby feeling, but for some reason I get really nervous thinking that losing will be my fault to a certain degree..

Senatore_M84: For me, the best one was the euro-derby. The way inter collapsed. The way, milan was owning them, with sheva near top of his game, and kaka, pirlo ,gattuso and everyone at there bests.

Sheva’s goal to put milan up 3-0 was icing.

And fact they had to forfeit even though they had NO CHANCE at winning was just icing. Additional embarrassment. Kind of summed up my feelings towards them in pre-calciopoli era. I remember watching this one with my friend (who will be mentioned below), probably lowest I’ve ever seen him. Was great

My own actions…. I have traditions. Game is typically on at 11:30-11:45 am my time. I like to wake up early, put on a milan shirt immediately, and watch highlights. Get myself excited. It’s hard to explain, there’s a real anticipation

Dwa Milan: The most memorable derby in the last few years probably the 3-2 victory after coming back from a 2-0 down, the emotion after that comeback is just great. I never really made any special plan (unless I’m watching it in the stadium), probably just watching it by myself if since it’s better to do that coz I can go wild without embarrassing myself.

Fans About The Derby – Part I

With the upcoming Derby Della Madonnina we asked members of The Red & Black Forums a few questions. Here are the answers (disclaimer – we didn’t edit the grammar and syntax, feeling that some of the thoughts might become too official while they were written in a somewhat poetic style):

1. In a few words describe what the derby means to you, a fan not living in Milan?

Jasper: Everything. Hard to explain. I’m so desperate I play lottery that week just to get lucky and see it. This year numbers are 36; 7; 35; 3; 31; 39. (lottery failed only got one number right)

DugiNesta: It means alot to me. I’m in university but I got one week off and came home to prepare for the derby. My local team is gonna play this weekend too and what’s the funny thing is that will be also a city derby like Milan – Inter. I support that team for all the time I remember but all I’m thinking is MILAN – INTER.

Sven: Every derby is a different for me. Overall it was not a big deal before Inter run of Scudetto’s, the inequality was too much and I used to saw Juve as a bigger game sometimes. But those days it has become the game of the season. I got anxious like no other game, and this one is hitting on my nerves. Sometimes I just want it to end fast. This feeling reminds me UCL’s finals and semis of the past.

inomilan: I just love it. Beating those pezzo di merda f*** gives me so much joy. It’s because of this game I got my friends to watch football (and it’s the only time they see me crazy, even if it was just through live streaming). Being a fan not living in Milan, this is the time that streams are usually better, so I get to watch them more.

Sage: the derby is a beautiful game when there is something on the line, but in recent years its importance has been irrelevant and the only reason you would badly want to win is based on hate, but when there is something on the line, may it be 3 crucial points or a knock out stage, it makes the victory much sweeter, and the loss far more bitter.

seveners: The derby is always the most important game of the year for (and CL final if we make of course). There is no word to describe it.

Cristina: It’s the game you look forward to all season long. This year there’s so much on the line, I don’t know how I’ll be able to keep calm during the game. We all want the Scudetto badly, and there’s no better way to get there by beating Inter.

Congo Powers: ~my fav derby was the CL semi euroderby. in the past few years its been the most important fixture of the year..for a few reasons… obvi this year it is THE game of the year. i drink exclusive liquor for this match. will most likely be barbancourt this time.

Sod-Lod: It is the ancient sacred heart believe, personality determines and emotionality disinters!

Pedro: When it comes to football a lot. The derby always matters. In football I like to see my team winning when it matters, and/or beating their main rival. Now both are the case, so this game matters twice as much as most games. The game will certainly affect my mood (the game being nervous breaking and emotional), but in the end it is only football to me – a game in which I don’t even participate myself, so why bother too much about something you cannot influence?

Giova21: It means so much, sadly living in northern England there are few who share my passion for it so I cant discuss it in great detail with many people before I get annoyed that they’re frankly not interested (dumbass manutd/liverpool/chelsea fans). However for me it defines my mood for weeks, whether its just a case of pride or to actually decide a league/cup I celebrate it like I did when Italy beat France in 2006. It’s bragging rights it’s pride it’s putting those lowlife pezzi di merda in their place, rubbing their noses in it!! I’m nervous even before the previous fixture has kicked off, and throughout the match (especially this season’s first leg) I was shaking for ninety minutes but let out a full-blooded roar when Tagliavento blew the whistle!

diehardmilanist: I am from Albania(definitely out of Milano 😛 ) and the derby means a lot to me. I am excited as hell on all Milan matches,but when we play against Merda I feel better than when I am high sometimes, definitely when it happens,the match of the year for me and I am all fired up for it

Charbel: As of late, it’s not been of true significance. The outcome didn’t change the course of the season’ of each team, and thus it really hasn’t been all that important. But, fact remains, when the season is over and I’ll be starving to watch any match related to Milan – it’s usually the derby that is put. I’d watch the game again and again if it was a win, if it’s a loss though I’ll make sure that i don’t come across the channel putting the match for the next couple of hours. This year, it’s different though. A win for either side would bring them one step closer to the Scudetto, so this just adds icing to the cake.

Senatore_M84: For me it’s weird. The derbies significance didn’t REALLY mean the same to me till about 2007. Pre-calciopoli i ALWAYS looked forward to jube more as the rival. Hated Jube, wanted them done.

Since calciopoli I’ve moved away from that really. Inter with there involvement and rise has gotten to me in another way. Before it was fun, even if inter won, i wasn’t concerned. It was almost like losing to Roma, oh whatever sucks but they aren’t a rival. Yeah of course I didn’t want to lose but it didn’t hit me the same.

It’s only since then, seeing millions jump on inter bandwagon, see them run milan’s name thru the dirt, calling milan cheaters “oh milan was involved in calciopoli!” etc. that REALLY struck a nerve.

Now it’s like dead week for me. Just major anticipation all week, can’t wait… and real depression upon a loss

Dwa Milan: The Derby is always important but the prestige and excitement will be bigger for me when it becomes a decisive game in our season, such as the ones on the Champions League and this season I guess.