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

Serie A Round 23 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

We are back with more of the expert fantacalcio content you crave ahead of Serie A matchday 23 in Italy. But, before we get into everything you need to gain the advantage in your respective leagues, let’s briefly recap what happened last weekend on the peninsula.

Riccardo Orsolini and Bologna sunk Brescia late 2-1 to get things rolling on the weekend, while Cagliari and Parma played out to a 2-2 draw in a match filled with Europa League implications.

Sassuolo dealt Roma the biggest shock of the round when Francesco Caputo and Jeremie Boga smashed the Roman side 4-2 at home.

On Sunday, when the majority of the matches were held, it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus who cruised to a 3-0 win over Fiorentina in Turin. Atalanta and Genoa split the spoils in a 2-2 stalemate, opening the door up for Milan to chip away at that gap separating them and 4th – but to no avail as the Rossoneri had to settle on a 1-1 draw against 10 man Verona at home.

Lecce went full throttle on Torino 4-0, Lazio mashed SPAL 5-1 and Inter returned to winning form by the score of 0-2 over Udinese.

Now, we take a look at the five players you should consider adding to your fantasy roster this weekend. Continue reading

Top three AC Milan players during the international break


To the delight of many fans, the international break has come to an end. With that, club football returns, including AC Milan’s Champions League race in Serie A. For the Rossoneri, there have been a few standout performers during the break, as listed below. 

However, before moving on to the top three players, let’s take a look at which players were called up for international duty. Gattuso sent 11 men away in total, five of which are Italian. Donnarumma and Romagnoli were called up to the senior team, while Calabria and Cutrone joined the U-21 side. Goalkeeper Plizzari, on the other hand, played for the U-20 team.

Calhanoglu (Turkey), Laxalt (Uruguay), Kessie (Ivory Coast), Paqueta (Brazil), Piatek (Poland) and Rodriguez (Switzerland) were also called into action for their respective National team. With that said, let’s take a look at the top three performers.

Calhanoglu – Turkey

The midfielder, who has struggled with AC Milan thus far, really showed his worth during the break. He played his side’s first game from start, facing Albania, and scored the goal which sealed the 2-0 win after a brilliant solo run. He also started the second game against Moldovia, putting on a show as he assisted a goal with a bicycle kick.

In other words, a successful week for the attacking midfielder, and Milan fans will be hoping to see more of this against Sampdoria this weekend, as well as for the remainder of the season.

Paqueta – Brazil 

The 21-year-old continues to impress. Arriving at Milan in January, he has been vital for Gattuso’s team, offering something that the side previously lacked as a result of the injury to Bonaventura. Wearing the number 10 shirt, he certainly didn’t disappoint for Brazil.

In fact, just 32 minutes into the first game (friendly with Panama), Paqueta scored the opener in a very similar fashion to his first goal for Milan, arriving at the back post. He played from start against the Czech Republic as well, though he was replaced at half-time.

Piatek – Poland

Who else but Krzysztof? The striker continues to score goals left, right and centre, although he wasn’t given the chance from start straight away. Poland were in need of a goal against Austria as they pushed for the lead, and decided to introduce Piatek in the 59th minute. Just like clockwork, the Milan striker gave his side the lead (and the win) ten minutes later, proving why he should start over Milik.

Against Latvia, he played from start along with Lewandowski up front. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet in that game, he certainly showed how important he can be when it matters the most. Hopefully, he can continue this positive trend in Serie A, as the race for the top goalscorer is getting tougher by the week.

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AC Milan 2-3 Inter: Gattuso’s men punished for the first 55 minutes

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The long-awaited derby ended in misery for AC Milan and all of its fans, as Inter edged the designated home side in front of a big crowd at San Siro. This is the Rossoneri’s first loss in the league since December. 

Given both sides’ recent form, not many would’ve expected Inter to get away with a 3-2 win, and especially not how they managed to do so. Despite their poor spell, Spalletti’s men completely dominated the game for the first 55 minutes, which turned out to be costly for Milan.

In that period, Inter could’ve scored 3-4 goals, both ‘only’ managed to put two past Donnarumma in goal. The first one came after just three minutes, as Perisic picked out Martinez at the back post. The Argentinian did brilliantly to find Vecino, who slotted it home.

Gattuso’s men managed to ride the storm until the half-time break, but they were reminded of Inter’s brilliance straight away in the second half, as de Vrij headed in the second just five minutes into the last 45. Milan got a lifeline as Calhanoglu picked up Bakayoko with a brilliant free-kick, and the Frenchman scored his first goal for Milan with a fantastic header. 1-2, and game on.

Just before the second half started, Castillejo was brought on to replace Paqueta, and more changes took place after their first goal. In fact, Cutrone replaced Rodriguez, which saw they Rossoneri switch to a 4-4-2 formation with the youngster and Piatek forming a duo up front. Calabria was moved to the left side while Kessie slotted in at right back.

The pressure started to mount on Inter but perhaps Gattuso changes were a bit naive. Politano was clipped by Castillejo just inside the penalty box, resulting in the referee blowing his whistle. Martinez stepped up and scored the third, but the game wasn’t over just there.

Gattuso decided to send on Conti instead of Kessie to get some structure to the play, and straight away the response came. Suso, for once, was responsible for a fantastic cross into the box, which eventually fell to Musacchio. The Argentinian made no mistakes to bring Milan back into the game once again, with just under 20 minutes remaining.

However, even though Gattuso’s men racked up a few dangerous chances, nothing more came of it. The loss means that Inter are now ahead of Milan in the standings, although only one point separates the two sides.

So, were there any positives to take out of the game? Despite the lacklustre performance, a few players stood out. Starting at the back, Musacchio looked very secure even though the team conceded three goals. Many would’ve seen him as the weak link ahead of the game, but surprisingly Romagnoli performed worse than his colleague, by quite some margin.

Bakayoko also put in a good display, for the most part, and his first goal for the club is something he will remember, although the result didn’t go his team’s way. During a spell of the game, he played as a deep-lying midfielder along with Calhanoglu, who was brilliant this evening. The Turk International was forced to move around a lot due to Gattuso’s changes, but did brilliantly in adjusting to the circumstances, running the show for Milan. For me, he certainly was the man of the match, which hopefully can inspire him to continue like this.

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AC Milan show great signs of strength to get past Atalanta

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AC Milan grabbed their first away win against Atalanta since 2015 this evening, managing to put three goals past Berisha between the sticks despite only having three shots on target. 

In other words, the Rossoneri claimed three important points in the Champions League race, securing their spot in fourth place for yet another week. Given how well Atalanta have performed as of late, many were worried beforehand, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t one of them.

The hosts quickly took control of the game, as expected, leaving Milan with a lot of defending to do early on. In addition to this, Atalanta pressured the Rossoneri’s backline aggressively, which gave Gattuso’s men a tough time throughout the encounter. This was very clear especially in the first half, as Milan really struggled to get out of their own half.

Luckily, once the half-time break approached, Atalanta for once decided to sit back during the one minute that was added on, having taken the lead earlier on. However, this proved costly as Rodriguez was able to advance on the left flank, eventually finding Piatek in the box, and the Polish International made no mistakes with a fantastic finish. A big goal just before the break, as it turned out.

Many fans, myself included, were disappointed as Atalanta once again gained momentum in the second half. Luckily, the Rossoneri players meant business, and a poor clearance was converted by the heavily criticised Calhanoglu. The Turk’s thunderous strike put his side in front, completely against the run of play.

Six minutes later, Piatek added another one to his name as Calhanoglu’s corner fell perfectly for the striker. Beforehand, there was a lot of talk about the Piatek-Zapata duel, and the third goal pretty much summed out how that went. Atalanta’s target man completely lost track of ‘El Pistolero’ in the box, and it didn’t help that his goalkeeper failed to get there as well.

From there on, Milan just had to focus on defending, and so they did. Gasperini, the hosts’ manager, also took off Papu Gomez and Zapata, who arguably are their best players as of now. Therefore, the Rossoneri were able to see the game out, sending a big signal to the teams behind and in front of them in the standings.

More importantly, not just looking at the standings, it will be a big boost for the team’s confidence. Calhanoglu was finally rewarded for his hard work, which in many ways can relieve some pressure for his teammates as well. In addition to this, Piatek added two more goals to his tally in the quest for the Capocannoniere title.

The team is certainly thriving, and for the first time in a long while, Champions League qualification seems like a realistic goal for Gattuso’s men. Up next is Empoli, who are struggling at the bottom of the standings, and the visit to San Siro on Friday could make their matters even worse.

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Three things we learned from AC Milan’s hard-fought win against SPAL

After four games of misery, AC Milan finally managed to get the win, taking on SPAL at the San Siro. With that said, Gattuso will feel a bit more relieved heading into the new year, with his job (probably) intact.

The Rossoneri hadn’t scored for an incredible four games ahead of tonight’s clash: a spell which they, fortunately, managed to break. However, it didn’t start in the best way possible, as a Petagna effort took a wicked deflection off Romagnoli, putting it out of reach for Donnarumma in goal. The home crowd was certainly stunned as they away side ran away in celebration. Continue reading

Three things we learned from AC Milan’s roller-coaster performance against Dudelange

AC Milan managed to grab all three points against Dudelange, in front of their home fans. However, they certainly didn’t make things easy for themselves, conceding a second goal at the beginning of the second half. Here are three things we learned from the game. 

1. Bakayoko is decisive for AC Milan’s midfield

Once again, the Frenchman put in a great shift in the centre of the pitch. It seems he’s gaining some self-confidence after a tough season in London, as well as a heavy start to his adventure at San Siro. Nevertheless, he’s starting to prove his real worth, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Milan decide to make use of the €35m clause in June, should he continue this way.

Tonight, he was decisive in the midfield, playing alongside Bertolacci. The latter didn’t have the best of games so Bakayoko was forced to take on more responsibility, which he did really well. In fact, according to WhoScored, he was the man of the match. Not surprising, considering that he completed 11/11 tackles, winning back the ball for his team on numerous occasions.

2. Calhanoglu performing after recovering from injury struggles

After having struggled with an ankle injury in the past few weeks, Calhanoglu has seemingly recovered. Against Lazio last weekend, we saw a glimpse of the Calhanoglu who did so well at the end of last season. Tonight, he returned, being a vital part of Milan’s turnaround. In fact, he was involved in all five goals, scoring one himself with a great low-driven strike.

Should he build on the game against Lazio, as well as tonight’s clash, then Rossoneri fans can expect to see the Calhanoglu of last season. Considering the number of injuries this squad has, his return is much needed, as his creativity would raise the overall quality of Milan’s left side.

3. Simic took his chance, Halilovic mediocre

On a more exciting note, with all due respect to Calhanoglu, Stefan Simic made his senior debut tonight. The 23-year-old has never really gotten the chance at the club, being loaned out multiple times, but Gattuso decided it was enough of that. Playing from the first minute, Simic paired up with Zapata in defence. The two did relatively well throughout the game, but surprisingly, Simic outperformed the Colombian.

In fact, in my opinion, he was probably one of the best players on the pitch, which is staggering given that he hasn’t played senior football since February. Now, of course, we shouldn’t get carried away: after all Dudelange was the opponent. However, his performance is a good sign for the upcoming games, especially given the lack of central defenders at Gattuso’s disposal. If he didn’t deserve playing time ahead of the game, then he certainly does deserve it now.

Unlike Simic, Halilovic failed to make the most of the opportunity. With that said, he wasn’t exactly bad, but neither was he fantastic. A few good twists and turns here and there, but that was all. Understandably, he was replaced by Suso in the second half.

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AC Milan gain important momentum ahead of derby clash

As they were set out to do, Milan grabbed all three points as they hosted Chievo on Sunday afternoon. With this being the Rossoneri’s third consecutive win, it seems Gattuso’s men have finally found their feet, gaining some much-needed momentum. 

After a somewhat rocky start to the season, Milan have managed to pick themselves up, grabbing yet another victory today. In fact, much to the joy of the Rossoneri fans, it was a quite comfortable one as well, although the guests did manage to decrease the deficit to two goals. With that said, Donnarumma will have to wait a bit longer for his first clean sheet in the league this season. Continue reading

Gattuso finally gets it right for Milan with two crucial substitutions

The Rossoneri were expected to grab all three points against Olympiacos at San Siro earlier this evening with relative ease. However, as became evident during the game, it was easier said than done, much due to the Rossoneri’s wasteful approach in front of goal. 

However, as opposed to what we saw at the start of the season, Milan didn’t exactly crumble in the first 20 minutes, instead they took charge of the game quite easily. In fact, they could have taken the lead already after five minutes as Bonaventura headed Suso’s cross beautifully, though Castillejo, who was in an offside position, decided to get the final touch to deny the goal. Continue reading

Alen Halilović looking to re-launch career in Italy with Milan


Amidst UEFA’s official ruling yesterday confirming Milan’s disqualification from the upcoming Europa League campaign for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, along with constant rumours swirling over a possible majority takeover from Mediacom chairman Rocco Commisso, the transfer market was the last thing on the minds of Rossoneri supporters.

Yet, in the wee hours of the night, out of nowhere, sudden reports of Milan completing their first signing of the summer struck the web as Gianluca Di Marzio confirmed Croatian midfielder Alen Halilović was already in Milano and ready to undergo medicals ahead of his move to the club. Continue reading