Hellas Verona 0-1 AC Milan: Rossoneri continue to struggle under Giampaolo

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but AC Milan got away with the three points once again, beating Hellas Verona way from home by the odd goal. However, despite being one man up for most of the game, the Rossoneri really struggled to get their game plan across. 

Both sides got off to a bright start, striving to advance every time they got on the ball. However, this also resulted in some sloppy and hasty play, with the game not really settling down. Donnarumma was called into action quite early on, making two strong saves. Continue reading

Giampaolo ready to field new-look AC Milan eleven against Verona

As the international break is currently ongoing, Marco Giampaolo has had some time to work with an alternative squad at the Milanello, consisting of the players that didn’t receive the call for their respective national team. As a result of this, we could see some fundamental changes against Hellas Verona. 

The hectic transfer market is now over and the Rossoneri will be able to focus fully on the season. However, it is also time for the manager to prove his worth with the players at his disposal, as the management are unable to help him anymore. According to the latest rumours, we could see some changes to the lineup. Continue reading

AC Milan 1-0 Brescia: Rossoneri get the job done despite flat performance

AC Milan clinched their first three points of the season, beating Brescia by one goal to nil in front of the home crowd at San Siro. However, the victory was far from convincing, although one can hope that they are on the right track. 

Giampaolo’s men took the lead early through Calhanoglu, who after 12 minutes of play headed it in at the back post. Suso was responsible for the assist as he made his way past the opponent before sending in a beautiful cross with his right foot. Continue reading

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

Following the disappointing defeat in the first round, losing by the odd goal away at Udinese, AC Milan will be looking to get back on the right track this evening. At San Siro, the Rossoneri will host the newly-promoted side Brescia. 

The season certainly didn’t get off to the start that Giampaolo’s men would have hoped for, not only result-wise but also based on the performance. Against Udinese, the Rossoneri failed to register a single shot on target, which really speaks for itself. The home side deservedly clinched the three points and Milan were forced back to the drawing board.  Continue reading

Udinese 1-0 AC Milan: Appalling Rossoneri side disappoint in first game

AC Milan certainly didn’t get off to the start that they wanted. Putting in a lacklustre performance at the Dacia Arena, the Rossoneri failed to grab the three points as Udinese were on top for most of the game.

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Right off the bat, the home side took control and Giampaolo’s side looked very tired early on. In fact, Udinese were allowed to put quite some pressure on their opponents, though the latter managed to escape the early push without conceding, somehow. Continue reading

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

Finally, Serie A is back. Tomorrow evening, AC Milan will take on Udinese away from home, ready to start the season in the best way possible under new manager Marco Giampaolo. 

Even though the pre-season hasn’t been spectacular by any means, especially goalscoring-wise, there is certainly great optimism for the Rossoneri ahead of the start. After the friendly games, Giampaolo seems to have a pretty clear picture of how to make the most out of his system, when it comes to choosing the starting eleven. Continue reading

How AC Milan could line up in the Serie A opener against Udinese

Having completed their pre-season tour, AC Milan are now getting ready for the Serie A opener next weekend. For Giampaolo, it will be an important week of training, as he will have to decide on the starting eleven for the Udinese clash.

The Rossoneri played their final pre-season game last night, drawing 0-0 away at Cesena. Despite several chances, Giampaolo’s men lacked composure in the critical moments, squandering most of what came their way. However, even though Milan certainly should have done better, it was not all bad.  Continue reading

Feronikeli 0-2 AC Milan: Comfortable win as Giampaolo tests several players

AC Milan won their second to last game of the pre-season, taking on Feronikeli away from home in front of an enthusiastic crowd. After a slow start, the Rossoneri eventually scored twice through Borini and Suso, both of which have impressed thus far. 

Given the opponent, many expected the Rossoneri to score more goals. However, as Feronikeli decided to sit back and defend for almost the entire game, Milan initially struggled to break down their defensive line. Luckily, Suso broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick, but it wasn’t until the second half that the possession looked more dangerous.

Before the final 45 minutes, Giampaolo decided to change more or less the entire eleven, bringing on A. Donnarumma, Conti, Musacchio, Strinic, Borini, Paqueta, Bonaventura, Piatek and Leao. As it happened, this decision paid off as the San Siro side immediately looked more threatening. Perhaps the home side got tired, but nevertheless, the second-half players impressed.

Thanks to brilliant work from the new signing Rafael Leao, who made his debut this evening, Borini was able to double the lead in the 58th minute. After that, Milan continued to create chances, coming close to a third as Conti hit the bar with a powerful shot from the right flank.

However, Feronikeli managed to escape the Rossoneri’s final push as the game finished 0-2 in favour of the Italian side. Despite the scoreline, it was a good performance by Giampaolo’s men, who grabbed their first win of the pre-season. More importantly, the manager got the opportunity to test several players.

Of course, it’s hard for anyone to stand out in a scrappy friendly, especially if you only get 45 minutes to show yourself. However, a few managed to do so, including the new boy Leao. Playing his first game for the team, he showed great promise as he fearlessly took on his opponents, using his speed and ability to get past the defenders.

In the post-match interview, however, Giampaolo held back on the praise, focusing on the things that Leao can improve: “He is an instinctive type. Instinct is fine, but there are times when you have to follow orders as well. He has just arrived and I need to understand what the best position is for him”.

Only one game remains before the season starts in two weeks, as a friendly has been scheduled with Cesena for next Saturday. With that said, the upcoming week of training will be important for the players, since Giampaolo most likely will pick the starting eleven he believes could play the opener in Serie A.

Selling Suso would be a big mistake by AC Milan

Despite a stellar pre-season with AC Milan, adapting to his new role quicker than expected under Giampaolo’s guidance, Suso remains on the market as the Rossoneri are looking to gather funds for other operations. In my opinion, selling the Spaniard would be a huge mistake. 

As many can agree on, the winger has been one of the best, if not the best, Milan players in the last two seasons. That alone, one might think, should secure his stay at the Rossoneri for the upcoming season. However, as a result of the transfer market strategies, his future at San Siro is now at serious risk. Continue reading

AC Milan rumour round-up: Two signings close as Cutrone departs

Another week has pasted and AC Milan remain very active on the transfer market. While two players are set to depart, at least two are expected to join the Rossoneri in the coming days. 

Wolves close deal for Cutrone; Andre Silva to move as well

On Friday, Cutrone left AC Milan’s training camp in Boston to fly back to Milan, ready to complete his move to Premier League and Wolves. An agreement has been reached between the clubs at €18m plus bonuses, while the striker will earn around €2m per year, which is double of what he earns now. Continue reading