Although they didn’t grab all three points, AC Milan managed to keep an offensive-minded Napoli eleven from scoring last night, earning a well-deserved point to keep hold of fourth place in the standings.
The game itself was very much end-to-end stuff, with both sides looking dangerous on the counter-attacks, though failing to keep their composure in the vital moments. In other words, the game could certainly have gone either way, and thus one could argue that a draw is a fair result.
Of course, the Rossoneri would’ve hoped to snatch all three points, but the composure needed just wasn’t there, although the game offered some promising signs ahead of the remainder of the season. Naming one, Gattuso’s men are looking more and more solid at the back after a rocky start to the season in that aspect, with Romagnoli being the captain Milan so badly need.
In addition to this, the attack is more energetic than it was just a few weeks ago, New signing Paqueta has been linking up perfectly with Calhanoglu, and although the latter has received a lot of criticism, he certainly offered a lot to the team last night. However, there is still some work to be done in regards to the end product, though there’s no doubt this will come with time.
Up front, Cutrone had a tough game last night, though he wasn’t by any means poor, just not as effective as he can be with the ball. Therefore, Gattuso brought on another new signing, Piatek, who got roughly 20 minutes to show for his worth. To the delight of the Rossoneri fans, he proved how lethal he can be when receiving the ball in the box.
Just five minutes after coming on, Piatek created some space for himself with a great first touch to bring the ball into his stride. However, Koulibaly made a great tackle to deny the Polish striker’s attempt. On the following corner, Piatek was once again on the end of the ball, heading it through to Musacchio. The defender was forced to try an acrobatic shot which Ospina denied brilliantly.
In other words, the €35m man was thrown straight into the action, and really took the opportunity to impress coach Gattuso. In fact, as reported by Sky Italia, the 40-year-old will most likely field the same lineup against Napoli on Tuesday (Coppa Italia), with the exception being Piatek, who could replace Cutrone upfront.
Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Paqueta; Suso, Piatek, Calhanoglu.
Hopefully, the Rossoneri will have learned from Saturday’s encounter, using this in their advantage on Tuesday evening. After all, a spot in the semi-finals of Coppa Italia is on the line, making it an important game.
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