AC Milan vs. Torino: Serie A Round 17 – Team news, stats and prediction

After their 27-game unbeaten run came to end last time out, Milan will be looking to bounce back with a win against Torino on Saturday evening. It’s the first of two back-to-back encounters between the sides, as they will take on each other in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 next week. 

After 304 days, Stefano Pioli’s men lost a game in Serie A, beaten by Juventus with a final scoreline of 1-3. Taking all the absences into consideration – involving six potential starters – many expected the Rossoneri’s incredible run to end and it did. However, Milan were far from outplayed and fought hard until the end.  Continue reading

Three positions Milan could reinforce during the transfer window – the potential targets

After what has been a stellar year for Milan, they will be looking to build on their incredible run in 2021. Just about managing to get through amid all the injuries, the Rossoneri will surely turn to the transfer market next month, adding a few more players to Stefano Pioli’s squad. 

As has been mentioned in Italian media, there are three positions that Milan could reinforce in January, although the priorities between them are clear. Paolo Maldini has revealed that they didn’t spend their entire budget in the summer and thus will have a bit more for this mercato, which certainly is positive.  Continue reading

Serie A’s most intriguing storylines going into 2021

The past year has been unlike any other across the footballing world, forcing clubs to play in empty stadiums and tackling unprecedented challenges. Italian football has not disappointed, regularly delivering excitement and unlikely surprises at every turn.

Once Wednesday’s final games are played, Serie A will take a much-needed break, halting action until the new year. Without further ado, here are three things to look out for in 2021 in Serie A:

1) The Alejandro Gomez saga: 

When reports surfaced that Gian Piero Gasperini and his star man, Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, had a falling out, it shocked the entire calcio world. The two have proven to be a match-made in heaven in Bergamo, firing the side to newfound heights. Just last season, Gli Orobici were painfully close to booking their place into the Champions League final four, but eventually lost a narrow affair against PSG.

Gasperini’s relationship with Gomez was a special one, claiming he would resign if ever the club sold the diminutive playmaker. The veteran tactician got the most out of Gomez, with the Atalanta man establishing himself as one of Italy’s elite creative threats. Fast forward to today, and Gomez is very much on his way out, with reports saying the damage is irreparable.

Milan and Roma among others have queued up for his signature, in hopes of adding an elite player on the cheap. At 32-years-old, Gomez can still play a crucial role in any team and has shown no signs of slowing down. While his inevitable transfer is intriguing in itself, the Atalanta man has claimed he will reveal exactly what went down once he leaves. It will also be interesting to see just how Gian Piero Gasperini’s men cope without him in the lineup.

Atalanta is coming off a vintage 4-1 win over Roma with Gomez out, but sustaining it over an entire season is a completely different story. Beyond one of Serie A’s best players moving on mid-season, this story is far from over.

2) Can Andrea Pirlo turn it around? 

Andrea Pirlo has struggled since assuming the reins in Turin, stumbling out of the gates in Serie A. Juventus has drawn six of their 13 games and most recently saw their unbeaten run snapped in emphatic fashion against Fiorentina.

Pirlo may have led the Bianconeri to an impressive Champions League group stage campaign, but desperately needs to turn it around, as soon as the season restarts. Juventus has dropped points in countless games they should have won, including draws against Crotone and Benevento, and can no longer afford to fall further behind.

The Italian champions sit seven points behind Milan and have an incredibly tough schedule to kickstart the new year. As a two-legged affair with Porto looms, Juventus need to achieve some form of consistency and begin stringing results together. One of the biggest storylines going into the new year will be to see if Pirlo can bounce back from an indifferent start – otherwise, we might just have a new champion heading into next season.

3) Are Milan legit Scudetto contenders? 

Well, we’ve been asking this for the better part of 13 matchdays now and the answer seems to be yes. However, Milan will need to demonstrate its resolve heading into the new year, welcoming Juventus into San Siro on January 6. As we approach the half-way point of the season, Milan can announce themselves as serious contenders, especially with a statement win against Juventus.

Stefano Pioli’s men have played some sensational football in recent months, navigating a tricky schedule diligently, despite a number of injuries – including one to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. As we enter 2021, the Rossoneri will need to confirm their contender status and demonstrate they can handle the pressure that comes with it. If their recent run is anything to go by, Milan will be up for it.

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Sassuolo 1-2 AC Milan: Three things we learned from an important Rossoneri win

After two consecutive draws, Milan bounced back with a win this afternoon to retain their spot at the top of the standings, beating Sassuolo 1-2. Extremely important for Stefano Pioli’s men as despite the several key injuries, they continue to perform on a high level. 

Rafael Leao, who has been criticised in the last few weeks, opened the scoring after just six (yes, six!) seconds and thus set a new record for the fastest goal in Serie A history. Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured, the Rossoneri were assured that the Portuguese youngster can play in the centre-forward role in the meantime. Continue reading

Sassuolo vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 13 – Team news, stats and prediction

As a result of several key injuries and some bad luck, Milan have only collected two points from the last two games, drawing both 2-2. They had to come back from behind on both occasions, more prone to conceding now after what was an impressive defensive start to the season. 

In other words, the Rossoneri need to improve and find their rhythm again, starting with Sunday’s clash against Sassuolo. The latter have started the season very well and are currently in 6th place with 23 points, five points behind the league leaders. This game could change the look of the standings, meaning it’s very important.  Continue reading

Sampdoria vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 10 – Team news, stats and prediction

Despite conceding two early goals, Milan managed to get themselves back in the game and eventually beat Celtic by fours goals to two. In other words, they continued their positive run although the lapse of concentration could have cost them so much more, which is something they don’t want to repeat. 

The Rossoneri’s schedule is very tight and with this in mind, claiming all three points is of course the important thing. On the other hand, they don’t want to make Thursday’s events a habit as the team certainly is capable enough to avoid it, which ultimately was proved by the final scoreline.  Continue reading

Three telling clashes await Milan after international break – will they get back to winning ways?

Following the loss to Lille, many were hoping that Milan would be able to turn it around against Hellas Verona last weekend. However, after the Bentegodi side scored two goals in quick succession, the Rossoneri just about managed to claw back and secured a 2-2 draw in the end. 

Stefano Pioli’s side certainly didn’t lack chances and should have won the game, perhaps by one or two goals, but it was another frustrating outcome. Therefore, it will be important to bounce back after the international break and find some new energy, after seemingly running on the backup as of late.  Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Hellas Verona: Serie A Round 7 – Team news, stats and prediction

Following the heavy loss against Lille on Thursday, Milan are no longer on what was a very impressing unbeaten run, reaching 24 games in the end. Sunday’s clash against Hellas Verona will, therefore, be a big test of the Rossoneri’s mentality and determination, as bouncing back is crucial. 

Milan were certainly humbled on Thursday evening, losing their first game since March (1-2 against Genoa) and also failing to score for the first time since June (0-0 against Juventus). However, as many Rossoneri fans have pointed out, it was bound to happen at some point, although losing by such a big margin is never good.  Continue reading

AC Milan 0-3 Lille: Impressive unbeaten run comes to an end after surprising home defeat

AC Milan’s unbeaten run, which was at 24 games, came to an end this evening as Lille managed to score three goals at San Siro. Stefano Pioli’s men never came close to recovering, making far too many mistakes in both phases of the game, which cost them dearly. 

The Rossoneri had been hoping to extend their unbeaten run this evening with at least a draw, having done so well at the start of this season. However, all good things must come to an end at some point, and this was the case for Milan tonight. That being said, no one expected it to end like this.  Continue reading

Udinese 1-2 AC Milan: Three things we learned as Rossoneri extend unbeaten run

Milan extended their unbeaten run earlier this afternoon as they beat Udinese by two goals to one, taking the tally up to 24 games. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the big hero with a goal and an assist, proving just how important he is for the team, bagging his seventh league goal of the season.

The Rossoneri perhaps didn’t have the best of games, with just four shots on target, but they did deserve the win all things considered. Franck Kessie opened the scoring after just 18 minutes with a thunderbolt of a strike, after Ibrahimovic brought it down on his chest and set up a Nocerino-esque goal.  Continue reading