The Group of Death they call it, whoever they are, I see one of the so called “Big 3” having a nightmare and us remaining in Europe. Happens most seasons with these “Groups of Death” If we can maintain our home form, the other three sides will take points home and away from each other and with a home record like ours, why not?
10 wins, 4 draws. 9 clean sheets. 18 goals scored, 5 conceded in our last 14 games, you can thank Wullie for the stat’s, looking at it we have to be positive, six games, no matter the result on Wednesday we have to keep believing in our home form where the stands become an extra man
Team news for Ac Milan is not all that good, again thanks to Wullie for the stat’s, here is how AC Milan are shaping up
PSV 1 – Milan 1
Milan 3 PSV 0
HELLAS VERONA 2 Milan 1
Milan 3 CAGLIARI 1
Torino 2 Milan 2
Last 5 games
Torino-Milan 2-2 draw
Milan-Cagliari 3-1 win
Milan-PSV Eindhoven 3-0 win
Verona-Milan 2-1 loss
PSV Eindhoven-Milan 1-1 draw
* 2 wins, 2 draws 1 defeat
Here are the comments from Massimiliano Allegri on the last game AC played:
“The performance is no surprise as the team needs to be tweaked; we have to find the balance that we lost as we’ve changed the way we play. From the point of view of the commitment of the payers, it was a good match. Kakà needs to get match fitness and to get to know his team mates better. Matri gave us more depth. Torino won’t be happy with how the game finished but we did what we had to do. It was along the lines of the match we played with them back in the spring. We did n0t concede then but tonight we went two down and came back.”
Scores this season for AC Milan
TOP SCORERS LAST SEASON -MAIN THREATS
EL SHAARAWY 19
+ MATRI FROM JUVE
EL SHAARAWY: A.C. MILAN OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION: AC MILAN WISHES TO COMMUNICATE THAT STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY PULLED UP IN TRAINING YESTERDAY WITH A THIGH PROBLEM. THE PLAYER WILL UNDERGO TESTS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO ESTABLISH THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM AND RECOVERY TIMES. ALLEGRI: “ABATE, DE SCIGLIO, SILVESTRE, MONTOLIVO AND EL SHAARAWY WILL NOT BE READY FOR THE CELTIC MATCH ON WEDNESDAY.”
So that is the low down on AC Milan, what about Celtic, We know Forrest and Kayal are out, Steven Mouyokolo will be out for six months with a complete rupture of an Achilles, but it looks like Adam Mathews will be fit to play in-front of Lustig on the right should Lenny set up this way. We will all be guessing on the starting 11, we NEED the strong players who play with no fear, players who forget the occasion, so here is my 11 for Wednesday night. I don’t think we will play Van Dijk, Should Mathews not make it, Common’s on the right, Ledley starts. I may be 1 player out, I may be 10 players out, I think Lenny bought some players for these games, I am not 100% he trusts Van Dujk just yet, I may be wrong. The way I see it is Commons holding in front of Brown and linking things up left and right also, Mathews and Boerrighter will attack when we get the ball, Samaras and Commons will link things up and hope we can get the ball to Pikku. If Pikku doesn’t start, then Stokes, but Pikku I think may start and Stokes come on late. What do you think?
Lustig, Ambrose, Mulgrew, Izaguirre
Mathews, Commons, Brown, Boerrighter
———– Pikku /
I think this would be my 11 starters, to play Ledley, who do we drop? Lenny has said Boerrighter and Pikku can cause them problems; of course this could be mind games. If he goes with the above formation, everyone will defend when we don’t have the ball, I know with no Ledley we may miss something in the middle, but Lenny might just tell his back 4 to sit and let Brown sit in front and use Mathews, Commons, Boerrighter and Samaras to support Pikku. More or less a 4-1-4-1 with Samaras playing from the left and Commons tucking into the right. It is bold, but do we go 4-5-1 and sit in? I think we have the bodies to counter them. AC Milan are not firing on all cylinders just now, and maybe, just maybe Lenny will sit with 10 and attack with 5 on the counter.
Be you there, the pub, in the house with mates, wherever you are, enjoy the game. Feel free to throw your 11 up there and we can see who got close just for fun. I just have a sneaky feeling Lenny will be bold in the away games, he knows sitting in and inviting teams on to us doesn’t work. So please, give me your 11 below.