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 rumour round-up: Laxalt and Suso face uncertain future; Correa stalemate

Another week has gone by, and as usual, there has been no shortage of AC Milan news. In fact, the Rossoneri remain very active on the market as a few pieces are still missing in Giampaolo’s team. Down below are the latest rumours. 

Suso future still uncertain

The Spaniard’s future is yet to be decided, despite Giampaolo’s comments on him the other week, stating that he has fallen in love with the player and thus wants to keep him. Milan, however, potentially have other plans as they are willing to listen to offers. The price tag is believed to be around €35m.  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: Suso set to stay; Leao arrives, Correa next?

Another week of transfer rumours has been, and as always with AC Milan, there have been tons of them. From the arrival of Rafael Leao to new updates on Suso’s future, this recap brings you up to speed with all things Rossoneri. 

Suso set to stay after impressive pre-season

The Spaniard has impressed everyone in his new role behind the strikers, after previously struggling there. During the pre-season, he’s been the Rossoneri’s best player, managing to create chances both for himself and his teammates. Against Man Utd, he scored an elegant curler past De Gea, in addition to assisting Castillejo for the second. Continue reading

Suso rumours gathering steam; should AC Milan sell their star?

As Milan prepare for the upcoming season, Boban and Maldini are trying to work out what the squad should be like. Along with Giampaolo, therefore, they will have to decide which players should leave this summer, with the pre-season acting as a trial for those who are in the danger zone. 

One of these players is Suso. The Spaniard is arguably one of the Rossoneri’s best players, some would even say that he is the best, but next season will most likely be different. Giampaolo is keen on using the 4-3-1-2 formation, playing with a trequartista behind the two strikers. As you can tell, it clashes with Suso’s best interest, as he is at his best when playing on the right flank. Continue reading

Milan hire Giampaolo

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About three weeks after Gennaro Gattuso and the club decided to mutually part ways, Milan have found their new coach: Marco Giampaolo, who managed Sampdoria in the past three seasons. He was handpicked by Paolo Maldini, who was promoted to technical director after the exit of Leonardo, and agreed to a two-year contract with an optional third one.

Giampaolo’s team finished tenth twice and ninth in 2018/2019. In the weeks leading up to the end of the season, he had voiced the desire to leave for a side that had concrete European aspirations and the Blucerchiati officials did not stand in his way. Continue reading

Two scenarios behind AC Milan’s decision to keep Suso

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Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like Suso would be on his way out of AC Milan this summer. Instead, following a meeting between the Rossoneri and the player’s agent on Thursday, it looks like the Spaniard will remain. However, what is behind this sudden change in strategy?

Of course, no one can question the decision to keep Suso if you look at his quality. In recent years, he’s been one of the best players for the Rossoneri, getting good numbers despite his usual ups and downs during the course of a season. However, will he even be usable in Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation next season? Continue reading

Serie A Top Six Fantasy Midfielders in 2018/2019

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Predictably, the top point-getters among those listed as midfielders fully play as strikers. Some have done it for few years now, like Dries Mertens, who unleashed holy hell on the opponents down the stretch and run away atop of the chart with his 111 points, and Gregoire Defrel, who had a strong start and a prolific finish and collected 74 points. Others, like Josip Ilicic (72) underwent the transformation mid-season with good profits.

However, as far as the column goes, the choices fell on those who actually feature either as no.10, as winger or as a central midfielder.

Alejandro Gomez (63): he did the opposite compared to his Slovenian teammate, as he commenced the year as second-striker, but moved his position way back as the games went along, featuring as pure attacking midfielder in the second half of the season. Continue reading