Milan continued their good run of form with an important win this afternoon, beating Fiorentina courtesy of goals from Alessio Romagnoli and Franck Kessie. Several big teams, such as Atalanta, Juventus and Lazio, all dropped points and therefore, it was important to further extend the lead at the top.
The Rossoneri are now five points ahead of Inter in second place and the extent of their lead will be decided this evening with Napoli-Roma. Not many would have predicted Stefano Pioli’s men to sit at the top of the standings at this stage of the season, but it’s not a big surprise either.
Yet to lose a game in the league, they can’t seem to stop even when their big star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured. At this point, it’s hard to argue against them in the Scudetto race and it will be interesting to see if they can challenge the usual contenders – who have been far from as good. Down below are three things we learned.
1. Romagnoli responds in style
The captain has been criticised in recent weeks for his performance, even though they haven’t been that bad. He decided to set things straight this afternoon with an imposing display at the back, working in the best possible way with his centre-back partner Simon Kjaer.
He crowned his performance with the opening goal, pouncing on a corner at the back post, and proved why he’s the captain of the team. Should he continue like this, then there’s no doubt that he will regain the confidence of the entire fanbase, although losing it in the first place perhaps wasn’t justified.
2. Several players did very well
Although he was the MOTM, Romagnoli wasn’t the only player that performed on a very high level in the game. Gigio Donnarumma made several good saves to preserve the cölean sheet, including a one-on-one against Franck Ribery. Davide Calabria barely did anything wrong in both phases, showing why he is the starting right-back.
Saelemaekers never stopped running and also looked a lot better on the ball this afternoon, often making his way past the Fiorentina defenders. His partnership with Calabria is also crucial in the defensive phase, there’s no doubt about it. In short, Pioli should be very happy with all of his players.
3. Milan took their chances
The game was far from spectacular and although the Rossoneri came close to bagging a third goal, it didn’t take much effort in the attacking phase. Unlike the game against Hellas Verona, Milan made the most of their chances and that’s why they were 2-0 up after just 27 minutes of play.
Ultimately, they decided to sit back and defend the lead, letting Fiorentina own possession in the second half as they couldn’t find a way through anyway. A very good performance tactically and since the schedule is so tight, preserving energy in games like these is crucial.
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