AC Milan 3-0 Cagliari: Pioli’s men finish on a high as Ibrahimovic scores again

After twelve long months, the Serie A 2019/20 has finally been concluded. AC Milan continued their amazing form since the restart by beating Cagliari 3-0 this evening, certainly ending the season on a high. Although they didn’t get fifth place, Stefano Pioli and his men deserve a lot of praise. 

It wasn’t the prettiest of games but Milan got the job done, once again. Since the restart, the Rossoneri have been performing on a very high level on both ends of the pitch, making them a true joy to watch each game. Pioli should be given a lot of credit for this, but he also got some help. 

The arrival of Simon Kjaer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January raised the overall quality, but something else has certainly happened post the Coronavirus crisis. Milan are finally playing as a team with a clear strategy, which we haven’t seen in many years, truth be told. Sure, there have been the odd displays here and there, but nothing like this.

Enough about that, though, as I will discuss it further in my season review. Tonight’s game, as mentioned, perhaps wasn’t the best in terms of quality as Cagliari sat back while Milan didn’t always make the most of their chances. They did, however, break the deadlock early thanks to Rafael Leao.

It ended up as an own-goal, but the Portuguese striker deserves all the credit. Unfortunately, he had to leave the pitch a tad later with an injury, which is a shame given the promising start he displayed. At least he was able to show his best sides this evening and we will want to see more of that next season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty at the end of the first half but got revenge later on, doubling the Rossoneri’s lead with a rocket from outside the box. The Swede has certainly been an important player for the team and he showed this tonight once again, also helping out with the third goal.

Samu Castillejo was the goalscorer, assisted by Jack Bonaventura who most likely played his last game for the club this evening. He left the pitch in tears and after six years with the Rossoneri, it’s safe to say that he had a very big impact on the team during his time there.

All good things must come to an end, though, as Milan look to add some more youth to the squad. Of course, it isn’t official that the midfielder will leave yet but tonight’s events seem to confirm that he will. Anyways, seeing as I got a little bit off track, the Rossoneri finished on a high despite having nothing to play for position-wise.

Now, all we can do is allow the players a nice and much-needed vacation to recover from what has been a very demanding season. They will be back at the Milanello soon, of course, to prepare for the Europa League playoffs. Until then, many rumours will emerge regarding the transfer window, with Milan looking to get even stronger.

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