I've coined a new nickname for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Call him the cobra. In true serpentine fashion, he strikes unexpectedly and proceeds to retreat back into oblivion. The more I see him play, the more he reminds me of poor-man's David Trezeguet: a tall, lanky player who you might not even notice is on the pitch until he scores.
Due to another Borriello injury, sources claim that the Dutch striker will indeed be our target man against Manchester United. Now the most important question is: will the venomous Cobra strike? Or will he slither around the pitch unnoticed for 90 minutes?
Thoughts on Manchester United-Milan:
David Beckham's emotional game against his former team has been making headlines, but he played an uncharacteristically poor game against Udinese this past weekend. Usually a tactically sound player, he almost gifted an assist to Di Natale with a misplaced pass, and then made another Abatesque mistake which could have easily cost us points.
The most important aspect of the game is Rooney vs. Milan's defence. If Nesta and Thiago Silva are fit, then we can breathe a sigh of relief. But the second we replace either of them with our 58-year-old bearded backup Favalli, or the out-of-form Bonera, then Manchester's attack will run rampant.
Ronaldinho's performance against Udinese was close to perfection. He had a hat trick of assists, and basically created all of our most dangerous offensive opportunities. Unfortunately, Ronaldinho's performances have been like smoke and mirrors. If he is in the mood to do well, he can single handedly dominate a game and make a fool of opposing defenders. But a few times this year we've seen El Gaucho fade into obscurity. Either way, he hasn't been in better form the past four years of his career, so there is reason for continued optimism.
Unfortunately, Clarence Seedorf will play for the sole reason that he has accumulated over 8,500 Champions League appearances during his illustrious career. I still am a firm believer that our BEST midfield right now is when Ambrosini, Flamini, and Pirlo are together. Seedorf might be the first player that FIFA 11 gives a statistic of zero sprint speed to. When him and Pirlo are together, we basically have two players who jog and are incapable of defending. And it's apparent because Ambrosini is hyperventilating after a minute of play trying to cover the entire midfield by himself.
Above is a picture of a youthful Giuseppe Favalli, taken shortly after World War II.
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