Alessandro Bastoni

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Not his fault Barella has a leg shaking orgasm anytime a chance falls to him in the box.
That is so unfair to Barella. He has shown before he is able to score in the box (goal against Juve for example). He might not be Messi as far technique goes, but the posts about his shooting are going beyond ridiculous now.

It's not like Barella is a scrub like Kuzmanović. It was a crazy derby with counter-attacks left and right and both teams can say they are lucky they didn't lose. It's hard to run like that all over the pitch when most of the other games in Serie A are a lot more subdued. Since I don't believe any of our midfielders are world class, how we are playing is good and Barella is important for us.

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Just when I thought he'd turn the corner, lazy pass to the midfield which led to a goal, stupid foul late a dangerous spot. He needs to get back to form, his offensive acumen still decent though.
 

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We forget how young Bastoni is. He should be protected i.e. not have to play week in, week out.
 

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He was fine today in the central defense, gave Frog a rest and waiting on De Vrij return. Good job.
 

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I think that could be his long term position. For now he is fine at LCB with a more experienced player centrally. However with his build and playing style I think he will eventually moved more central. As he gets older he also isn’t going to be able to keep up with wingers so easily.

Perhaps we look for a LCB starter if De Vrij leaves and move him central with Rano back up.
 

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I think that could be his long term position. For now he is fine at LCB with a more experienced player centrally. However with his build and playing style I think he will eventually moved more central. As he gets older he also isn’t going to be able to keep up with wingers so easily.

Perhaps we look for a LCB starter if De Vrij leaves and move him central with Rano back up.
The problem is finding a left footed quality cb is harder than finding a ball playing cb for the middle.
 

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Yeah. I agree on both. I think Bastoni isn't too fast anyway but our defending style has masked the relative slowness of Bastoni and De Vrij this and previous season.

I think it's great Bastoni can do it on the middle too, at least against weaker sides.
 

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He needs to be careful about dribbling ball and moving forward if he plays in the middle, today match he lost the ball once when there’s no one covering his back, luckily Venezia couldn’t capitalise it.

Yeah and he has done that before. He starts to dribble without a proper plan and ends up in places where he will just lose the ball. Sometimes this has happened in opponent's half and we ended up receiving a counter-attack.

No biggie but needs to learn to read the game to avoid such plays.
 

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Said it many times before, Italy's best young talent. Future of our defence and Italy's, alongside Barella in midfield.
 

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With Bastoni or Dimarco at left CB, Perisic at left wing back and Calhanoglu at left center midfield, stopping Inter's left side is a headache for any team in the league.

That's the opposite of what we had from a decade ago, when we were plagued with the likes of Coco, Dodo, Maxwell, Favalli, Pereira, and does anyone still remember Cesar? lol
 
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