Lazio 0-3 AC Milan: Tops and flops for the Rossoneri – Kessie the MOTM with a fantastic display

AC Milan secured an important win away at Lazio earlier this evening, netting three goals and keeping a clean sheet to increase their chances of reaching Europe. On Tuesday, the Rossoneri will take on Juventus and thus it was important to clinch a confidence boost. Down below are the tops and flops.  Continue reading

Milan brought back to earth ahead of tough clash against Lazio – team update and more

AC Milan failed to make it three consecutive wins on Wednesday evening as SPAL managed to secure one point and deflate Stefano Pioli’s men. In the end, the latter were saved by an incredible own-goal, although they were unlucky to be in that position based on the game. 

The Rossoneri didn’t play poorly, one should emphasise, but they lacked the final touch in the decisive moments. On top of that, they conceded two early goals that easily could have been avoided, with a certain amount of luck involved for the home side. It just wasn’t their day.  Continue reading

SPAL 2-2 AC Milan: Tops and flops for the Rossoneri – Paqueta bounces back with impressive display

After the impressive 2-0 win against Roma, AC Milan failed to make it three out of three as SPAL scored two early goals to shock the away side. The Rossoneri eventually found a way back but it took an own-goal to seal the draw, which will leave them disappointed as the two extra points would have been crucial. 

In many ways, Stefano Pioli’s men were unlucky but they should have done better against a ten-man SPAL. The first goal came too late (79th minute) and you could also argue that the manager shouldn’t have done that many changes, bringing in five players to try and revive the attack.  Continue reading

AC Milan 2-0 Roma: Tops and flops for the Rossoneri – Rebic continues to impress in new role

AC Milan have started the league resumption in the best way possible. Following the 4-1 win against Lecce on Monday, they managed to secure yet another three points earlier this evening, beating fifth-placed Roma by a two-goal margin and thus decreasing the gap between the teams. 

Due to the temperature in Milan, the first-half was very dull and slow as both sides failed to create chances, opting to sit back and save energy instead of powering forward on the counter-attacks. The Rossoneri changed their approach for the final 45 minutes, though, bringing on Lucas Paqueta and Alexis Saelemaekers quite early.  Continue reading

Milan got the start they needed as important test against Roma awaits – team update and more

Serie A is back underway in full speed. After failing to beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final, AC Milan bounced back with an important win against Lecce, getting just the start they needed by netting four goals. If the attack was the issue before, it certainly wasn’t on Monday night.

Of course, the Rossoneri’s game was far from perfect and Stefano Pioli has surely addressed the main issues in training. That being said, they managed to create chances and even fired seven shots on target in the first half. They haven’t registered that many since the 4-1 win against Hellas Verona at San Siro in May 2018. Continue reading

Lecce 1-4 AC Milan: Tops and flops for the Rossoneri – Calhanoglu pulling the strings

AC Milan managed to claim all three points from the clash against Lecce last night, putting four goals past their former goalkeeper Gabriel. Although there were some struggles, it was important for the Rossoneri to start the resumption with a win, given how important the season finale will be. 

Stefano Pioli will be delighted with the performance as Milan’s main struggle this season has been the scoring and even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they managed to rise to the occasion. Better yet, there were four different goalscorers and Ante Rebic got his revenge from the Juve clash by scoring the third.  Continue reading

Milan seek revenge on Lecce as important league return nears – team update and more

Following the Coppa Italia exit, Milan are now gearing up to take on Lecce away from home this Monday. It will be the Rossoneri’s first league game since early March – as a result of the Coronavirus crisis – and inevitably, a lot of pressure is on the players to do well and start things off right. 

As things stand, Stefano Pioli’s are in need of just three points for a Europa League spot thanks to Napoli’s win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia final. As the competition guarantees direct qualification to the European second tier, 7th place is now a ticket to the playoffs granted that Napoli finish above.

Milan, however, aren’t interested in facing several low-level teams to secure a spot in the group stage, especially considering how the tight schedule already is. Of course, this also means that the second phase of the season will be very important, to the point where they will need every win they can get – with as few lost points as possible.

The clash against Lecce, therefore, suddenly has a very different meaning although the Rossoneri are clear favourites to grab all three points. This perhaps wasn’t the case last time out, when the Via Del Mare side managed to snatch one point at San Siro, spoiling Pioli’s first game in charge after replacing Marco Giampaolo.

The manager, as well as the team, will surely be out for revenge and taking the performance against Juventus into consideration, there shouldn’t be too many struggles. Furthermore, the return of Theo Hernandez, Samu Castillejo and Ante Rebic is absolutely crucial, with all three being potential game-winners.

By the looks of it, Pioli will continue with the successful 4-2-3-1 formation, though changing the balance of his team. Instead of composing the attacking trio with midfielders, managing to crowd out Juventus last time out, the right flank will be occupied by Castillejo – adding pace and flair to the tactics.

Given that Lecce don’t have as many quality players as the champions, increasing the attacking abilities on the loss of some defensive one seems like the right call by the manager. That being said, the pressure is on Milan to do well and the home side certainly shouldn’t be underestimated, perhaps fueled by the first-leg draw.

Likely Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu; Rebic.

Likely Lecce XI (4-3-2-1): Gabriel; Rispoli, Rossettini, Lucioni, Calderoni; Majer, Tachtsidis, Mancosu; Falco, Saponara; Lapadula.

Most likely, the game will be dictated by the physical status of the teams. Lecce have had more rest but on the other hand, Milan’s clash against Juventus gave Pioli an opportunity to analyze his team. Furthermore, managing a draw despite being one man down isn’t easy and the Rossoneri’s preparation was put to the test – and passed.

In addition to getting revenge on Lecce, there are also some personal incentives within the Milan squad, above all for Rebic. The Croatian was sent off early on against Juventus, ruining the game for his teammates with a reckless high boot. Predicted to lead the attack on Monday, he will want to get on the scoresheet.

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Recapping Milan’s last few months with three topics – Rangnick, Ibrahimovic and core for future

It has been three months since I last penned an editorial article about AC Milan, all due to the Coronavirus crisis that resulted in a forced stop for society. Many things have happened since and Italian football is now back underway, with everything going as planned for the Coppa Italia.  Continue reading

AC Milan suspend training for at least a week; donate money to coronavirus response efforts

Following the recent developments in Italy, AC Milan have decided to suspend training for at least a week. Considering that the league has been suspended until April 3rd, the Rossoneri certainly have the time to take these precautionary measures, following the heavy Coronavirus outbreak in the country. 

The decision was announced on the club’s official website earlier today, stating that training is scheduled to resume on Monday next week. However, as mentioned, depending on how the upcoming days will pan out, the suspension could be extended to protect the players.  Continue reading

Serie A to be suspended until April 3 – Three possible scenarios for the season

In the last few days, the Coronavirus outbreak hasn’t exactly calmed down in Italy. Therefore, following the games that took place this past weekend, Serie A is set to be suspended until April 3rd. At the time of writing, the new decision should be signed off tomorrow (Tuesday). 

Unlike the first decision, which allowed the games to be played behind closed doors, this will put a complete stop to all sporting events in the country. Considering how tight the schedule is already, this will make it very difficult to complete the season in time, although it must be stressed that public health comes first. Continue reading