AC Milan vs. Roma: Serie A Round 5 – Team news, stats and prediction

Having won all of their league games thus far this season, Milan will be looking to claim yet another three points as Roma will visit San Siro tomorrow evening. Although the Giallorossi are five points behind in the standings, it won’t be an easy game for Stefano Pioli’s men. 

The Rossoneri are currently on a 21-game unbeaten run and have been praised for their approach at the start of this season. The exciting football we saw in the post-lockdown period of last season wasn’t a fluke, as proved by the players, and this has certainly increased the hype around the club.  Continue reading

Inter 1-2 AC Milan: Three things we learned from the Rossoneri’s important derby win

Milan have finally done it. After four years without a derby win in the league, they changed the trend this evening, beating Inter by two goals to one. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the big hero with a brace, but the entire team impressed with what was a stellar performance at the San Siro. 

Stefano Pioli’s side extended their unbeaten run to 20 games and although the clean sheet wasn’t preserved, the display was certainly a sign of their improvement. As a Milan fan, you can’t really ask for much more than this, with the team currently sitting in first place with 12 points after four games.  Continue reading

Rating AC Milan’s 2020 summer mercato: six signings and eight departures – the details

The transfer window, albeit a bit later than usual, has come to an end and it is time to assess Milan’s decisions. The Rossoneri made a total of six signings for the first team and also managed to offload eight players, using the money they collected to fund a large part of their incoming mercato. 

On paper, even though Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara failed to bring in a centre-back, the Milan fans should be quite happy with the business. Alessio Romagnoli’s return is imminent and he will solve the defensive emergency, which hasn’t been noted at all in the league as they haven’t conceded a single goal in three games.  Continue reading

AC Milan 3-0 Spezia: Three things we learned from the Rossoneri’s confident win

Following the overly dramatic clash against Rio Ave on Thursday, Milan were keen on bouncing back with a confident performance this evening. And that is exactly what they did, beating Spezia after scoring three goals in the second half, also preserving the now three-game clean sheet. 

Stefano Pioli’s men looked confident from the start, owning the possession, but failed to create many dangerous chances in the first half. The right intentions were there, with Brahim Diaz showing just how good he is in the attacking phase, albeit lacking the final touch this evening.  Continue reading

Rio Ave 2-2 AC Milan (8-9p): Three things we learned from the Rossoneri’s thrilling win

Milan knew that it wouldn’t be easy to overcome Rio Ave in the Europa League play-offs, but I doubt they could have predicted what happened last night. It took 24 penalties to decide the game, with the Rossoneri just about managing to stay in it prior to the penalty shootout. 

Stefano Pioli’s men took the lead early in the second half through Alexis Saelemaekers, who pounced on a clearance and converted the chance with a low but powerful attempt. Although Milan had been far from brilliant up until that point, it seemed fair as the home side barely created any chances either.  Continue reading

Crotone 0-2 AC Milan: The positives for the Rossoneri as winning streak continues

Milan continued their winning streak earlier this evening by beating Crotone away from home, scoring two goals just like in the league opener. Once again, the performance wasn’t spectacular from the Rossoneri but they did the necessary, keeping a clean sheet as well which is important for the defence. 

Franck Kessie gave Milan the lead in stoppage time of the first half, safely converting a penalty after Ante Rebic was brought down in the box. The Rossoneri also had a few chances prior to that, including a Simon Kjaer header that struck the bar after Hakan Calhanoglu picked him out from the corner flag.  Continue reading

Crotone vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 2 – Team news, stats and prediction

Milan have started the season well with three wins out of three, albeit facing a few smaller teams in the Europa League qualifiers. Those games are known to be tricky, though, and the Rossoneri have certainly managed to build on their impressive form from last season despite several key absences. 

Alessio Romagnoli is still recovering from his injury, Ante Rebic has been suspended in the Europa League and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is currently in isolation due to COVID. These are just a few of the blows that Stefano Pioli has had to deal with, highlighting that there is still some work to be done on the transfer market.  Continue reading

AC Milan 3-2 Bodo/Glimt: Defensive flaws exposed as Calhanoglu saves the Rossoneri

Milan secured yet another win this evening – although it was anything but easy – and thus advanced to what is the final round of the Europa League preliminaries, namely the play-offs. Hakan Calhanoglu and Lorenzo Colombo were the goalscorers as Stefano Pioli lacked several key men. 

In addition to Alessio Romagnoli and Ante Rebic, the manager was forced to deal with the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose Coronavirus test came back positive a few hours before the game. The rest of the squad were negative and this allowed them to go ahead with the encounter this evening.  Continue reading

AC Milan 2-0 Bologna: Ibrahimovic decisive once again as Rossoneri secure three points

After beating Shamrock Rovers by 2-0 in the Europa League qualifiers, Milan secured the win in the league opener with the same scoreline this evening. Bologna never really threathend the Rossoneri, who relied on their foundations and their key players, most notaby Zlatan Ibrahimovic this time out. 

The Swede managed to get on target, not just once but twice, and even came close to scoring a hat-trick as his teammates picked him out in good positions. Stefano Pioli will surely be happy with the performance as a whole, especially considering that they have had little time to prepare for this season.  Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Bologna: Serie A Round 1 – Team news, stats and prediction

After kicking off their season on Thursday with the Europa League clash against Shamrock Rovers, Milan are now preparing for what will be – as always – an interesting league opener. Bologna will visit the San Siro and for Stefano Pioli’s men, it will be important to start on the right foot. 

The Rossoneri comfortably secured their spot in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers, beating Shamrock Rovers with minimum effort. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Calhanoglu picked up where they left off last season and combined very well throughout the game, both getting on the scoresheet.  Continue reading