Crotone 0-2 AC Milan: The positives for the Rossoneri as winning streak continues

Milan continued their winning streak earlier this evening by beating Crotone away from home, scoring two goals just like in the league opener. Once again, the performance wasn’t spectacular from the Rossoneri but they did the necessary, keeping a clean sheet as well which is important for the defence. 

Franck Kessie gave Milan the lead in stoppage time of the first half, safely converting a penalty after Ante Rebic was brought down in the box. The Rossoneri also had a few chances prior to that, including a Simon Kjaer header that struck the bar after Hakan Calhanoglu picked him out from the corner flag.  Continue reading

Crotone vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 2 – Team news, stats and prediction

Milan have started the season well with three wins out of three, albeit facing a few smaller teams in the Europa League qualifiers. Those games are known to be tricky, though, and the Rossoneri have certainly managed to build on their impressive form from last season despite several key absences. 

Alessio Romagnoli is still recovering from his injury, Ante Rebic has been suspended in the Europa League and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently in isolation due to COVID. These are just a few of the blows that Stefano Pioli has had to deal with, highlighting that there is still some work to be done on the transfer market.  Continue reading

AC Milan 3-2 Bodo/Glimt: Defensive flaws exposed as Calhanoglu saves the Rossoneri

Milan secured yet another win this evening – although it was anything but easy – and thus advanced to what is the final round of the Europa League preliminaries, namely the play-offs. Hakan Calhanoglu and Lorenzo Colombo were the goalscorers as Stefano Pioli lacked several key men. 

In addition to Alessio Romagnoli and Ante Rebic, the manager was forced to deal with the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose Coronavirus test came back positive a few hours before the game. The rest of the squad were negative and this allowed them to go ahead with the encounter this evening.  Continue reading

AC Milan 2-0 Bologna: Ibrahimovic decisive once again as Rossoneri secure three points

After beating Shamrock Rovers by 2-0 in the Europa League qualifiers, Milan secured the win in the league opener with the same scoreline this evening. Bologna never really threathend the Rossoneri, who relied on their foundations and their key players, most notaby Zlatan Ibrahimovic this time out. 

The Swede managed to get on target, not just once but twice, and even came close to scoring a hat-trick as his teammates picked him out in good positions. Stefano Pioli will surely be happy with the performance as a whole, especially considering that they have had little time to prepare for this season.  Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Bologna: Serie A Round 1 – Team news, stats and prediction

After kicking off their season on Thursday with the Europa League clash against Shamrock Rovers, Milan are now preparing for what will be – as always – an interesting league opener. Bologna will visit the San Siro and for Stefano Pioli’s men, it will be important to start on the right foot. 

The Rossoneri comfortably secured their spot in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers, beating Shamrock Rovers with minimum effort. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Calhanoglu picked up where they left off last season and combined very well throughout the game, both getting on the scoresheet.  Continue reading

Shamrock Rovers 0-2 AC Milan: Important duo delivers yet again as Rossoneri advance to next round

Milan grabbed their first official win of the season this evening as Hakan Calhanoglu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered once again. The duo was essential for the Rossoneri towards the end of last season, registering many points between them, and it looks like this will be the case this term as well. 

Stefano Pioli’s side was, obviously, the favourites heading into tonight’s game. Although Shamrock Rovers are sitting first in the Irish league, it’s an opponent that Milan should beat quite easily on paper. And just like expected, they managed to seal their ticket to the third round of the Europa League qualifiers.  Continue reading

Milan prepare for important clash against Shamrock Rovers – team update and more

It feels like the season just ended, but now Milan are gearing up to start the new one. These are certainly strange times and as the opener is just one day away, the Rossoneri have only had a few weeks – including four friendly games – to prepare for what will be an important season. 

On the other hand, the players were forced to give up long vacations and thus will be in somewhat good shape from the previous term. One can only hope that the preparation Stefano Pioli opted for was enough to restore most of the fitness levels they displayed this summer. That being said, all teams are in the same situation. Continue reading

Pre-season concluded for Milan as season opener is just four days away

As there are just four days left until the start of the season, Milan completed their pre-season tour yesterday with a 3-1 win against Brescia. The preparations have certainly been a bit unusual, due to the lack of time, but the Rossoneri handled it well by scheduling several friendlies. 

Novara, Monza, Vicenza and Brescia – one Serie C side and three Serie B sides – faced Stefano Pioli’s men and the latter managed to beat all of them convincingly. Sure, the defending perhaps could have been a bit better at times, but that is what you would expect in pre-season and especially due to the makeshift backlines. Continue reading

Bennacer, Kessie, Tonali and Mr. X – Milan will finally have a competitive midfield

Following the successful ending to last season, with Stefano Pioli’s side proving just how well they can do, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are working hard to build on the momentum by bringing in some signings. Inevitably, they have decided to focus a lot on the midfield, which is the key to the game. 

Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie, who was exceptional in the second half of the season, ultimately need competition in order to improve and grow. Furthermore, it’s too big of a risk to play them each and every game from start to finish, taking injuries and other aspects into consideration. Continue reading

Milan 4-1 Monza: Calabria, Maldini, Kalulu and Colombo net as Diaz gets his first minutes

Milan continued their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 win against Monza this evening, scoring two goals in each half to see off Silvio Berlusconi’s Serie B side. The game, which can be described as scrappy, perhaps wasn’t the best one but offered some unusual goalscorers for the Rossoneri. 

Stefano Pioli’s side haven’t had much training together and they only played a 60-game against Novara prior to this one. In addition, several of the key players are away on international duty which, on the other hand, gave the manager an excuse to test some of the younger players in these two games.  Continue reading