Italy 2-0 Finland: Player Ratings for the Azzurri

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On Saturday at the Stadio Friuli in Udine, Italy managed to secure the 2-0 win over Finland in Group J of Euro 2020 Qualifying thanks to Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean opening up their accounts for the Azzurri.

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What to Watch For: Milan vs Inter

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Milano’s rivaling clubs clash on Sunday evening for the marquee matchup of Serie A Round 28 as Milan square off with Inter at the San Siro.

Last October, Nerazzurri captain Mauro Icardi headed home a very late winner to deal the Rossoneri a 1-0 defeat, but Gennaro Gattuso’s in-form group will look to exact revenge and expand on their one-point lead in third place over their struggling rivals.

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Three things we learned from AC Milan’s three-goal win against Cagliari

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AC Milan managed to beat Cagliari at the San Siro earlier this evening, completely dominating the opponents for a majority of the game. In fact, the Rossoneri set a new record for the number of shots on goal under Gattuso (11), which ultimately resulted in a 3-0 win.  

Once again, the new boys Paqueta and Piatek proved to be the difference the Rossoneri have searched for. The first goal, however, was gifted by the away side’s captain, Ceppitelli, whose touch on Cragno’s rebound put Milan in front. The lead was then extended just ten minutes later as Calabria’s wonderful cross was met by Paqueta at the back post, with the Brazilian making no mistakes on the volley.

Of course, Krzysztof Piatek couldn’t leave the pitch without getting on the scoresheet. As luck would have it, after a scrappy situation, the Polish striker was at the right place at the right time, putting the game to bed with Milan’s third goal. Down below are three things we learned from this important win.

1. Calabria proving his qualities amidst all the debate 

Davide certainly had a great game at right-back, further proving why he should be given the nod ahead of Conti, who’s a bit of a fan favourite. Defensively, the 22-year-old was absolutely flawless, closing down the right flank on numerous occasions.

When going forward, he wasn’t too shabby either. As previously mentioned, he was responsible for a beautiful assist to Paqueta, and he could’ve had a goal himself. However, Cragno just about claimed it after a nice flick by Calabria which beat the defender.

2. Paqueta once again crucial in every aspect

Since arriving, the Brazilian has started all of the games, which in itself is a sign of strength. Rightfully so, he’s been given the chance and boy has he taken it. Today’s game was no exception, as the midfielder continued to perform in the defence, midfield and attack.

His ability to link up with his new teammates, especially Calhanoglu, has quite frankly been stunning. This evening, he also got a goal to show for his efforts, making it all look so easy. Moving forward, he will continue to be crucial for Gattuso’s side.

3. Donnarumma’s 150th appearance – another clean sheet

Gigio, who’s arguably been the best Milan player in the last few weeks, made his 150th appearance (all comps) for the club this evening. Having kept 51 clean sheets ahead of the game, the Rossoneri defenders helped him add yet another to this tally.

Luckily for Milan, the number 99 has seemingly returned to consistently putting in great performances, as was further proven today. The defenders didn’t play poorly by any means, but their goalkeeper was called into action a few times, and he did everything right.

Overall, it was a great display by the entire team, and Gattuso should be happy with the efforts ahead of the important clash with Atalanta next weekend.

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Three things we learned from AC Milan’s dominance against Napoli

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Unlike last time out, AC Milan weren’t going to settle for a draw this evening as Napoli visited the San Siro once again to play for a spot in the Coppa Italia semi-finals. New signing Piatek made sure that this wish was fulfilled, grabbing a brace in the first half. 

The Rossoneri put in one of their best, if not the best, performances of the season, playing incredibly well especially in defence. Napoli barely got any chances despite putting Gattuso’s men over a ton of pressure, with Kessie and Bakayoko doing very well to block off the space in front of the defence. Down below are three things we learned from the game, pinpointing the highlights.  Continue reading

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 0-0 draw at Frosinone

After yet another 0-0 draw, AC Milan now haven’t scored in four consecutive league games for the first time since 1984. Statistics which highlight the current crisis that Gattuso’s squad is experiencing. 

The Rossoneri were quite sluggish throughout, though they came close to taking the lead through Castillejo. However, the Spaniard hit the post, and then the goalkeeper got lucky as the ball bounced off his back. Against Torino, Bologna and Fiorentina, Milan struggled to create chances and so was the case today. In other words, it was a very frustrating game to watch from a Milan perspective, and down below are three things we learned from the game.  Continue reading

AC Milan lacked composure in mediocre derby performance

The long-awaited derby ended in misery for AC Milan, with Icardi once again scoring a late winner to stun the Rossoneri fans. However, despite all the things that went wrong, the team has received far more criticism than what can be considered justified, and here’s why. 

Beforehand, it was expected that Inter would take control of the game, and so they did. Milan seemingly found themselves in their normal defensive formation, with both Suso and Calhanoglu helping out a lot, as Kessie and Bonaventura took charge of the pressing along with Higuain. Even though Gattuso’s men didn’t create much in the first half, they did well to limit Inter’s possibilities, with the home side finding little scoring opportunities. Continue reading

Transfer Rumors Surround Milan Star Gianluigi Donnarumma Ahead of Season Finale vs Fiorentina

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On Sunday, AC Milan will host Fiorentina at the San Siro to cap off the 2017-18 Serie A season, one which has been filled with its series of ups, downs and overall, unfulfilled expectations.

Entering the season after spending north of €200 million on nearly a dozen fresh faces, the Rossoneri’s objective was quite clear: finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Securing a European berth was of paramount importance to not only the legitimacy of the project in the post-Silvio Berlusconi era under the new owners, but also in establishing a winning a product on the pitch that would be able to retain its top players without succumbing to any possible Financial Fair Play restraints – none more significant than star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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I giovani che si stanno mettendo in luce in Serie A

 

La Serie A sta attraversando un cambio generazionale e mai come quest’anno tanti giovani hanno avuto la possibilità di mettersi in mostra nel massimo campionato professionistico italiano. Andiamo a scoprire da vicino gli otto più promettenti

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA – A 16 anni si è preso d’autorità la porta del Milan, scavalcando l’esperto Diego Lopez nelle gerarchie di Mihajlovic.  Per lui 3 presenze consecutive in serie A, dove già ha fatto intravedere la sua classe.  Il successore di Buffon sembra essere stato finalmente trovato.

ADAM MASINA –  Nella fin qui deludente stagione del Bologna è stato tra le note più positive, tanto da essersi meritato la convocazione con la Nazionale Under 21 di Luigi di Biagio. Terzino di spinta, finora ha collezionato 12 presenze e un gol in questa stagione. Niente male per un debuttante.

DAVIDE CALABRIA – Un altro dei ragazzi terribili lanciato da Mihajlovic, ha spesso sostituito gli acciaccati De Sciglio ed Abate ben figurando sulla fascia destra, collezionando finora  9 presenze e 255 minuti giocati. Il Milan potrebbe aver trovato il nuovo Maldini.

PEDRO PEREIRA – A 17 anni e 9 mesi è’ il più giovane giocatore ad aver realizzato un assist nei 5 massimi campionati europei.  Terzino di grande spinta, in grado di giocare anche come esterno di centrocampo era stato acquistato dalla Sampdoria per la squadra Primavera, ma complici gli infortuni di Cassani e De Silvestri è diventato un titolare inamovibile della prima squadra.

ASSANE DIOUSSE’ –  Classe 1997, originario del Senegal, si è preso il comando del centrocampo dell’Empoli  senza far rimpiangere Valdifiori. Oltre ad essere forte fisicamente è anche disciplinato a livello tattico, il tutto condito da una forte personalità.

DANIELE BASELLILeggermente più anziano dei colleghi sopracitati, il centrocampista del Torino si è scoperto goleador  con ben 4 reti in 11 presenze di campionato. Insieme ad un altro giovanissimo come Marco Benassi forma una cerniera di centrocampo che sta dando grande soddisfazioni a Ventura. Se continua così, la convocazione in Nazionale maggiore sarà inevitabile.

DANILO CATALDI – Cresciuto nelle giovanili della Lazio, il centrocampista romano si sta ritagliando uno spazio sempre più grande nello scacchiera di Pioli.  Interno di centrocampo o vice-Biglia, Cataldi ha dimostrato un grande spirito di adattamento che lo hanno portato a  collezionare  già 7 presenze.

FEDERICO BERNARDESCHI – 21 anni, 9 presenze in campionato, 7 da titolare, l’arrivo di Paulo Sousa, che l’ha spostato da trequartista ad esterno d’attacco ha fatto decollare la stagione del talento di Carrara. Dotato di un sinistro micidiale, Bernardeschi  sta trovando anche quella continuità che è mancata lo scorso anno.