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DEVO

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Great win for Fiorentina against Milan this morning 4-3. La Viola were up 3-0 halfway through the second half but managed to hold on and jump up to 6th.
 

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Whilst we have been pretty ordinary it’s still been a pretty good season to watch so far overall. Unfortunately I still think Milan win it but hope the race goes the distance
 

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Great win for Fiorentina against Milan this morning 4-3. La Viola were up 3-0 halfway through the second half but managed to hold on and jump up to 6th.
It's a shame that Dusan Vlahovic isn't staying for long - he's the best centre forward Fiorentina have had since Gilardino (Jovetic and Rossi were more second strikers). His ball control and strength allow him to hold off defenders in tight spaces, and he's definitely got a poacher's predatory instincts and finishing.

All that said, while I definitely rate him above the likes of Piatek, his ceiling IMO is a very good, but not world class striker who wouldn't quite fit into the top sides. Firstly, unless they're freaks of nature like Lewandowski, a traditional centre forward seems increasingly redundant among the best sides because they don't necessarily contribute that much off the ball, nor do they link up play with their fellow attackers all that much. Given that the best sides press more than they used to, off the ball contributions and linking up become increasingly important, otherwise 1) it's easier for the opposition to steal the ball and 2) it's harder to defend as a unit if one of your players is isolated.

IMO Vlahovic doesn't do that much off the ball, and his link-up play isn't great - his passing isn't all that, his movement is very good but not world class and despite his natural physical attributes (i.e. being tall and strong), his aerial ability isn't as good as you might hope so it's hard to use him as a focal point/target man ala Didier Drogba, plus his style of play doesn't really lend itself to that anyway. Since he's a poacher, I reckon he'd be too isolated playing for top sides when off the ball against Top 6 sides. For that reason, if he was in the PL, he'd be dangerous against sides outside of the Top 6, but I reckon he'd struggle for consistency against the Top 6 (his masterclass against AC Milan notwithstanding).
 

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Okereke putting Venezia ahead against Bologna, been pretty impressive lately

Samp doing it pretty easy on Salernitana so far
 

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Inter being massive arsey campaigners here

Lucky penalty where KK can't really do much, then get a flick on near post that cleared everyone and caught Ospina out

Reminds me so much of how Juve beat teams, not through class, just luck
 

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Frustrating result, those missed chances by Rui and Mertens in stoppage time should've been coverted, well at least one of them anyway... i did think Inter played a little better than us over the course of the 90, but we were a touch unlucky. Osimhen again looks to be set for a fair stint on the sidelines, gonna need Mertens and Insgine to find some goal scoring form now (good start today with Mertens, his first of the season, cracking finish).

Zambo Anguissa and Fabian Ruiz have been integral to our success so far this season, but they were so poor for the first 70 odd mins today.
 

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Frustrating result, those missed chances by Rui and Mertens in stoppage time should've been coverted, well at least one of them anyway... i did think Inter played a little better than us over the course of the 90, but we were a touch unlucky. Osimhen again looks to be set for a fair stint on the sidelines, gonna need Mertens and Insgine to find some goal scoring form now (good start today with Mertens, his first of the season, cracking finish).

Zambo Anguissa and Fabian Ruiz have been integral to our success so far this season, but they were so poor for the first 70 odd mins today.
We dropped our heads badly either side of HT once we went 2-1 down

Gotta find a way to eliminate any slip ups in these big games, would've came away with a point on another day imo. Nearly half our goals conceded for the season so far in the one game (3 overnight, 4 other 12 games)

We have the attack imo, but as my concerns were a month or 2 ago, the midfield have to step up and control the tempo of these games and take some ownership.
 

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Outrageous performance by Napoli! First half in particular was the best i've seen us play in years. Osimhen out for a while but so good to be able to fall back on Mertens now...

And thank you Sassuolo! Although we play them next so hopefully their up and down form resumes this week ;)
 

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Outrageous performance by Napoli! First half in particular was the best i've seen us play in years. Osimhen out for a while but so good to be able to fall back on Mertens now...

And thank you Sassuolo! Although we play them next so hopefully their up and down form resumes this week ;)
Good way to respond

Would've preferred a 7 point gap on Inter, but it is what it is

Perhaps this current top 4 is just about locked in for the season, just see what way the cookie crumbles

Atalanta are starting to warm up again and hitting form also, so will see how they fare as aside from us in 2 weeks they should have some 3 point bankers coming up, Venezia, Verona, an inconsistent Roma at home, Genoa, so a good chance to be around 40 points by Xmas for them.
 
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Wonder if Milan's wheels have come off.
Sassuolo dominant after conceding the first goal.
Hernandez is Milan's biggest threat and he's a left back who always seems on the brink of a red card.
 

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Outrageous performance by Napoli! First half in particular was the best i've seen us play in years. Osimhen out for a while but so good to be able to fall back on Mertens now...

And thank you Sassuolo! Although we play them next so hopefully their up and down form resumes this week ;)
How good were those tops?
What an awesome tribute to the great man.
 
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