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Its here - bring on Milan!

Today is the type of day that we have been longing for for donkies years - European football is something that we have waited for an age as it is, but a plum tie against a European superpower such as AC Milan is pure fantasy stuff, so if you cannot be up for such a game you never will be!

We have only waited some 20-something years for Milan to uphold their end of the bargain, which was the promise of a game against Pompey as part of a deal that took Mark Hateley - pictured above, as if you did not know... well even if you did not after various writers used his image on the last 3 articles written, you should do now! - to the San Siro in 80s, but today this happens, even if they are not so much as fulfilling their end of the deal as having to, but we are playing them nevertheless.

A trip to Milan would have been fantastic, but the expense would have been huge - plus by being at Fratton it gives thousands more the opportunity to witness the game, whereas the numbers would have been far fewer heading to the San Siro. So, the way I see it this game is another of those 'rewards' that the Fratton faithful have earned over the years, so for it to be at the Park as I say gives plenty more the chance to see it - and we deserve it. Not to mention this gives us more of a chance of actually getting a result of course!

Plenty of big games have been played by Pompey over the years, but they do not come much bigger than a game against a world heavyweight such as Milan so I do not think that it is too much to expect something special tonight, from the players and the fans - European nights at Fratton are something we dreamt of, the opening one against Vitoria was special, this threatens to be magical...

The Milan players are not going to know what has hit them when they roll into town, the likes of Manyoo never like playing at Fratton and I suspect that Milan are going to be in a similar vein?

Lets not kid ourselves, even without the injuries that we have to key personnel this would be a tough, tough game to win against the superstars of Milan - even if a fair few might be so called 'reserves', but we need something to keep the European dream alive so we are not going to stroll around the pitch basking in awe of our opponents, these are professional footballers who want to get the job done and who would not want to say 'I was in a side that beat Milan!', or 'I scored the goal that beat Milan!' And from a crowd's point of view would it not just be another fantastic Pompey achievement to say 'I was in the crowd that saw Pompey beat Milan!' Do not think that this cannot happen, we have continued to defy the odds over the years!

Lets get Fratton rocking tonight, but come what may lets make sure that we enjoy this game.

Yep, it will be hard for us to get something, but is it even worth going, let alone playing, if you go into it with the mindset that 'we will not get anything from this game' - the stars of Milan is something that I will enjoy watching, but as always it is the boys in blue that will hold my attention more so do not write off our chances - below par side or not - of pulling off another remarkable Fratton result...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 27 2008

Time: 8:23AM

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Well our last 3 home games saw us play & not beat the might of Fulham, Wigan & Hull. This might just be a breathe of fresh air. It may also be a very long time before we get an opportunity to play one of the real European giants. In five years time heaven only knows where we may be so let's enjoy.
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27/11/2008 09:24:00

Sorry guys but im gonna have to live up to my nickname ... i have 75 on a milan win tonight at ludicrous odds of 2.25!!!! thats almost a 100 profit. From the "efforts" I saw with Wigan and Hull I firmly believe we will get shafted here .... and that is almost likely going to be against milans 2nd string team (who only really need to get a point). I think we are wasteful up front (Utaka?!?!?!) and leaking goals (bad marking/communication). Dont get me wrong, were in Europe, its fantastic, but at the moment we have shown we are not European class. We just about got through to the group stages ONLY because we had that premiership fitness in extra time. we sucked against the "worst" team in our group, Braga, whom we really should have got at least a point from (on rank) and now we expect something from milan?!?! no way. but im going to be there, and i will cheer, and if im proved wrong, then i wont be upset i lost my bet, and i will overjoyed we got something out of a hard match.
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27/11/2008 09:34:00

come on lads you have to make us brits proud and win tonight, you have the players to do it against the very ageing ac milan side. good luck hope you win but i think it will be a draw..... i have 50 on it so dont let me down ;)
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27/11/2008 09:49:00

Im a bit worried that we are not going to have any first team players left fit for this game soon. No Defoe, Diarra, Campbell, Niko, Utaka and possible Davis. Nugent and Sahar can't play.... bit worrying really
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27/11/2008 09:56:00

Come on everybody, cheer up a little ! we've got the FA Cup in the Trophy Cabinet (Broom Cupboard) and we're playing AC Milan in the UEFA beats the hell out of playing Barnsley away, getting 3 players sent off and losing 6-0......but the atmosphere there was fantastic, and that's what we need to create tonight to give the lads a lift, whoever is fit enough to play. Play up Pompey, do us proud
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27/11/2008 10:55:00

DO you reckon the Italians are having a nice little shopping trip up the Gunwharf this morning? Or dropping into the Damart sale in Arundel street. Sure beats all the tatty boutiques they have in Milano.
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27/11/2008 12:01:00

Remember this day. Bring it on!
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27/11/2008 12:25:00

as said in dave's article... its games like this that i have waited my whole life for, im gonna enjoy it big time! how can you not? right, im on my in mo - i will see whoever can make it at the milton prior to the game... play up pompey!
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27/11/2008 13:37:00

If it all goes t1ts up, we could be playing Milton Keynes, so let's enjoy Milan, whatever.
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27/11/2008 13:39:00

We will remember the day Tim no doubt. From the heart stuff Rug.
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27/11/2008 13:41:00

I don't get what the fuss is... it's like playing leeds... a has been team in a has been league :-)
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27/11/2008 17:32:00

Had Spag Bol for lunch and a very large glass (alright half the bottle then) of Pinot Grigio in honour of our guests who we are going to SPANK!
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27/11/2008 18:08:00

Hey guys good luck!!! Play up Pompey!!! :)
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27/11/2008 19:46:00


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