Top three AC Milan picks for Fantasy Serie A

As the start of Serie A is only one week away (roughly), it is time to take a look at a few choices that you should make for your fantasy team. This article will focus on three AC Milan players that you must have in your team, as they are guaranteed point-machines (one can hope). 

First of all, there are several players in the current Rossoneri squad that I believe could be useful in a fantasy team. However, as we all know, the rules only allow you to pick three players from each club. Therefore, without further ado, down below are my top three picks.  Continue reading

AC Milan’s striker situation: between Andre Silva, Cutrone and Piatek

The upcoming season is fast approaching and AC Milan are currently planning the looks of the squad, acting on several fronts during the young days of the transfer window. However, despite several reports on the matter, one issue seems to be unresolved, with the Rossoneri holding out for a sign. 

The San Siro side’s new manager, Marco Giampaolo, is faced with a tough decision on the striker’s front: which two of Andre Silva, Cutrone and Piatek should remain? For obvious reasons, the latter is safe and sound, while the other two are yet to have their future assured. Continue reading

The Top Five Attackers From the 2018/19 Serie A Season

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Forwards are often on the receiving end of most of the attention and praise throughout the course of a season; after all, it is their end product after a build-up and impact on the scoresheet that decides matches.

There was a large selection pool to choose from, and in several forward roles, but here are the five top attackers from this past campaign. Continue reading

AC Milan 1-1 Udinese: A must-win ends in misery for Gattuso’s men

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AC Milan failed to bounce back from two consecutive losses in the league, facing Udinese in front of a big crowd at the San Siro. The away side managed to snatch a point, while the Rossoneri’s fourth place is now at risk.

For their manager, Gennaro Gattuso, a storm of criticism awaits. In addition to this, the pressure is certainly piling up, as his side managed to take only one point from their last three games. Considering the opponents were Inter, Sampdoria and Udinese, this is unacceptable.

Now, their spot in the top four is in serious doubt, as Lazio only are four points behind with two games in hand. In other words, given the form Inzaghi’s men are in, the Champions League spot could soon be long gone for the San Siro side.

After the fiasco last weekend against Sampdoria, many had hoped to see some improvement this evening. However, instead we got to see something similar, with Milan once again failing to deliver enough quality at the back and up front.

Gattuso switched things up with a 4-3-1-2 formation but that plan went out the window already in the first half as Paqueta came off injured. Castillejo was brought on to replace him, but we all know that the Spaniard isn’t a trequartista. Therefore, the formation change ended up being more of a problem for the Rossoneri players.

Furthermore, as the players failed to perform at the highest of their standards, Udinese grew in confidence as the game progressed, while Milan evidently struggled. The goal conceded, however, was a bit unfortunate for Gattuso’s men, as it came after a great chance for Piatek which was squandered.

On the other hand, Milan’s goal also came out of the blue, more or less. However, Cutrone and Piatek showed why they should continue to play together up front, linking up really well throughout the game and especially on the goal. Tonight, that wasn’t enough though, as strikers can only do so much without proper service.

All in all, two points dropped, which could turn out to be decisive at the end of the season. Next weekend a big clash against Juventus awaits, and after that the Rossoneri will take on Lazio at the San Siro, which will be crucial for both sides with regards to fourth place.

With Paqueta potentially missing the game against Juventus, Gattuso should switch back to the 4-3-3 formation, alternatively use a 4-4-2 formation with Piatek and Cutrone up front. However, when the confidence is this low, it’s hard to see Milan getting anything out of that clash anyway.

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Top three AC Milan players during the international break

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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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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.

Here is what you should be watching for in the latest installment of the Derby della Madonnina: Continue reading

What to Watch For: Chievo vs Milan

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On Saturday, Gennaro Gattuso’s flaming hot Milan side pay last place Chievo a visit at the Bentegodi with the goal of keeping the win streak alive and maintaining momentum heading into next weekend’s Derby della Madonnina.

The Rossoneri enter the tie having won four in a row during an overall nine-match unbeaten run, while the Flying Donkeys just look to play spoiler down the stretch here sitting in 20th.

Here is what you should be watching for in Chievo vs Milan: Continue reading

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 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

Piatek’s inspiring AC Milan debut bodes well for the future

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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