AC Milan 2-2 Lecce: Wasteful Rossoneri have themselves to blame in Pioli’s debut

AC Milan once again disappointed their fans as Lecce managed to snatch one point at the San Siro, scoring the equaliser with just a few minutes left on the clock. A nightmare for Stefano Pioli, therefore, who didn’t get the birthday that he wished for.

The Rossoneri came out flying in the first half as Rafael Leao got two good chances within the first two minutes, both assisted by Calhanoglu. However, the Portuguese youngster failed to get his finishing right as Lecce managed to avoid conceding early on. A promising start, in other words. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Lecce: Team news, stats and prediction

For the first time, Stefano Pioli will enter the San Siro dugout as manager of AC Milan, having replaced Marco Giampaolo seven rounds into the season. Tomorrow, Lecce will pay a visit to the stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 20:45 Italy time. 

Of course, it will be a very important game for the former Fiorentina manager, but also for the Rossoneri. After a very poor start to the season, they need to bounce back with a great performance, following up on the win against Genoa last time out. However, even though they are favourites, it won’t be easy.  Continue reading

The experienced players need to step up as AC Milan face difficult period

Having sacked Marco Giampaolo, it’s now up to Stefano Pioli to turn things around at AC Milan. However, no one is expecting it to be easy, and thus the manager will need every bit of help that he can get to improve the Rossoneri’s position in the standings.

Of course, a little bit of luck is never bad, but above all, he will need the experienced players of the squad to step up. In other words, the likes of Reina, Romagnoli (as he is the captain), Biglia and to some extent even Borini. After all, it’s not only about the work on the pitch, but also off it.  Continue reading

New AC Milan boss Pioli right to give Piatek another chance

Following a disappointing start to the season, Stefano Pioli has officially taken over from Marco Giampaolo, who had his job for just seven games. Next week, the first game under the new manager will take place, as Lecce will pay a visit to the San Siro. 

However, it remains to be seen which players Pioli will opt for in the starting eleven, especially up front. The other two departments, namely the defence and midfield, have more or less been decided already, at least so it seems. For the attack, on the other hand, it is different. Continue reading

How AC Milan could line up with Stefano Pioli in charge

Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan is taking shape. Even though many players are away on international duty this week, the former Fiorentina manager has had some time to work with part of the first-team squad at Milanello, and the media seem to have a pretty clear picture of how the Rossoneri will line up come next Saturday. 

Just like Marco Giampaolo, who was sacked from his position earlier this week, Pioli is expected to use the 4-3-3 formation as it’s the best option based on the players that Milan have. Furthermore, the 4-2-3-1 formation is expected to be the alternative, given that he has alternated between the two in the past. Continue reading

First thoughts on Stefano Pioli’s arrival at AC Milan

Following a very disappointing start to the season, AC Milan decided to part ways with Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday evening. Of course, given that we are in the middle of the season, the Rossoneri had a replacement lined up straight away, namely Stefano Pioli.

However, the former Fiorentina manager has sparked many negative reactions among the Rossoneri faithful, who even before he was announced managed to get the hashtag #PioliOut trending worldwide (!). Despite this, and perhaps rightly so, the management stuck by their decision and announced the appointment earlier today. Continue reading

Genoa 1-2 AC Milan: Three points in the bag but is it enough for Giampaolo?

AC Milan somehow managed to bring home the three points from the away clash with Genoa, coming back from behind to win by two goals to one. However, Giampaolo’s future is still hanging by a thread, and it remains to be seen what the leadership will decide to do. 

Straight off the bat, you could tell how the first half was going to pan out. Genoa applied a high line on the Rossoneri back-four, which put the defenders in trouble in every situation. Therefore, as has been the weakness for Milan for a long time, they failed to play out from the back, losing the ball to the opponents. Continue reading

Genoa vs. AC Milan: Team news, stats and prediction

Following the defeat to Fiorentina last time out, Marco Giampaolo’s position at AC Milan is hanging by a thread as a crucial clash with Genoa awaits this evening. In fact, it is rumoured to be the Italian’s last chance to save his job. 

The Rossoneri have failed to impress at the start of the season, winning just two of the first six games. Inevitably, therefore, Giampaolo has had to withstand some heavy criticism from the media and fans, which the management seemed to have picked up on now.

According to the latest reports, tonight’s clash will be the last chance for the former Sampdoria boss, as Milan simply can’t afford to lose any more points if they want to stay within reach of the top four. In other words, three points are needed against Genoa this evening.

THE TEAM

At the back, per Gazzetta Dello Sport, one change will be made. Musacchio will serve a one-game ban following the red card against Fiorentina, thus paving the way for Duarte to make his first start with the red and black shirt. Other than that, the back four remains intact, as Hernandez once again wins the race over Rodriguez.

After the first games of the season, fans were begging Giampaolo to opt for Bennacer rather than Biglia, which materialized in the last two games. However, last time out, the Algerian had a nightmare as he caused two penalties, lacked awareness and misplaced several passes. Therefore, he will sit on the bench this evening.

In addition to him, for the first time this season, Calhanoglu will start on the bench. The Turk played a big role at the beginning of the season, but has since failed to impress the fans. As a result, Paqueta will take his spot to the left in the midfield, having recovered from the minor injury he sustained before the Torino clash.

Earlier this week, rumours suggested that Piatek could be dropped in favour of Rafael Leao. However, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Polish striker will lead the line up front while the Portuguese youngster will play on the left flank. Therefore, we will have to wait for Rebic’s first start with the club.

Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessiè, Biglia, Paqueta; Suso, Piatek, Leao.

Likely Genoa XI (3-5-2): Radu; Romero, Zapata, Criscito; Ghiglione, Schone, Radovanovic, Lerager, Pajac; Pinamonti, Kouamé.

STATS

Normally, Milan would be the favourite in this fixture. However, given their recent form, you simply can’t rule out another loss for Giampaolo’s men. Furthermore, the stats suggest that the Rossoneri have struggled against Genoa in the past, even though recent times have seen a great improvement in this aspect.

In fact, the Rossoneri have won four of their last five encounters with the Rossoblu, while they had lost four of their previous five games against them before the current run. Then again, Giampaolo’s men have started the season far from good, and yet another loss would go down even deeper in history.

Only once in their Serie A history have Milan lost five of their first seven games in a single season (in the 1938/39 under József Bánás). Therefore, a lot is at stake this evening, and the team will have to get the goalscoring going after bagging only two goals from open play thus far.

PREDICTION

So far in my predictions, I have been pretty optimistic. However, being an AC Milan fans, it’s getting hard. Therefore, I don’t expect Giampaolo’s side to make any wonders this evening, though the Rossoneri will have to bounce back at some point. For the sake of it, I think it will end in a scoreless draw.

Genoa 0-0 AC Milan

AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Giampaolo’s position at risk following new loss

AC Milan continue to disappoint. Against Fiorentina, the Rossoneri lacked many things, putting in a terrible performance as Montella’s men were able to grab an easy win at the San Siro. Therefore, Giampaolo’s position is in doubt, as the management is getting impatient. 

Milan started the game relatively well, keeping hold of the ball while Fiorentina decided to approach the clash with caution. However, La Viola quickly got going as the home side started to make mistakes, which cost them dearly already after 12 minutes of play. Continue reading

Torino 2-1 AC Milan: Poor mentality lets Giampaolo’s side down

AC Milan lost their second game in a row, somehow managing to go from being one goal up to one goal behind in just a matter of a few minutes. In other words, Giampaolo’s side continues to disappoint, and the manager has a lot to think about ahead of Sunday’s clash with Fiorentina. 

Despite this, the Rossoneri started the game well, playing the ball around nicely. This paid off very early on, as Rafael Leao was brought down in the penalty box after a nice cross. The referee didn’t hesitate and pointed to the penalty spot straight away. Piatek stepped up and safely converted it, scoring his second goal of the season.  Continue reading