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MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Hello Milanisti and non-Milanisti alike!

Just an announcement for everyone to read. A couple of us, Stefke951, Acmlt30 and myself, will start our own little blog here on the forum section of the Milan page! We will posting for every game this season (or at least try to!) of our views on the pre-game, game and any after thoughts. Here's a quick look at how everything will be done:

- Stefke951 will handle the preview before the game, covering information from each team's form to probable formations and line-ups!

- Acmlt30 will be doing the player ratings and reviews, where he'll talk about each player's performance and give them a rating on how they did!

- And finally, MarquinhoACM (me of course!) will be writing up the tactical view of the game, giving a look of how the game was played tactically and explaining Allegri's decisions!

We hope this will be a successful project, but it won't be without your help! Please read and enjoy our posts, commenting with your insights as well. We'd love to hear from everyone! Thank you to everyone reading this and Forza Milan!

~ MarquinhoACM
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
PS: Make sure you have the order button on the top left corner set to 'Newest, ' that way you don't have to scroll down for the latest updates!
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Palermo v AC Milan preview:
AC Milan will be hoping to gain momentum from a very important win over Genoa, and Palermo to keep Gasperini on the bench longer than one game.

Expected lineups:
- Palermo (3-4-2-1)
Ujkani
Munoz-Donati-Von Bergen
Morganella-Barreto-Kurtic-Mantovani
Iličić-Brienza
Miccoli
Missing players: Abel Hernandez and Milan Milanović

- AC Milan (3-5-2)
Amelia
Mexes-Bonera-Yepes
Abate-Flamini-Montolivo-Nocerino-Constant
Pato-El Shaarawy
Missing players: De Sciglio, Antonini, Didac Vila, Boateng and Robinho

Gasperini ’s comments: “Milan have not been getting the results we've all been accustomed to. It is a difficult period for them at the moment, but they will certainly still be a tough opponent. They are at a different level to the likes of Siena and Torino, but we are at home, so we have to go for a win. ”

Allegri’s comments: “Palermo play good football. Gasperini's sides have always played good football and at home they transform. They have players like Miccoli, Iličić and Brienza who can cause all sorts of problems. It will be a very though game for us. We have to defend very well against these three players. “

Palermo is the draw specialists of Serie A lately with 3 draws in the last 3 games (last two goalless). Whereas Milan seem to be in ''all or nothing'' mood with one draw in 9 games. Both managers are under pressure considering Milan's position in Serie A, and Zamparini's tendency to change managers like his socks. Allegri's change to 3-4-3 formation took the turn for better after 2 seemingly good performances against Malaga (despite the loss, maybe the most positive outing of Milan this term) and Genoa. On the other hand Gasperini will try to make the best debut on Palermo bench that he can, as he stated in his conference, go for all 3 pts. Another positive for Milan is nice weather in Sicily today as the bright spot of the squad, Stephan El Shaarawy is in no danger of ruining his haircut.
ArnabFORZAMILAN (AC Milan) 2 years ago
NICE! Match will be tough.... Last year Ibra and Thiago Silva were the scorers! So this year is eally a test of what we do without them! Hope we win! Forza Milan! Nice forum btw! Keepi it up!
Acmlt30 (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Player Ratings vs Palermo (scores out of ten)

Amelia: 5. 5
Dove the right way, but no chance on Miccoli’s well placed penalty. Left flatfooted on Palermo’s second as the defence allowed Brienza all the time in the world to shoot.

Bonera: 6. 0
Booked only a minute into the game after Miccoli had beaten him for pace. Often left alone as Yepes and Mexes were guilty of poor positioning throughout the match. Sound defending in the second half however.

Yepes: 5. 0
Put in a decent challenge or so, but for the most part failed to contain Palermo as they constantly attacked down his defensive side in the first half. Subbed off for a tactical reshuffle.

Mexes: 6. 0
Quiet first half, as Palermo preferred to attack down the left hand side. Guilty of allowing Brienza to shoot from distance and score Palermo’s second. However did improve as Milan switched to four at the back. Often brought the ball out from the back.

Constant: 5. 0
Offered nothing in the attacking half and defended suspiciously throughout the 90 minutes. Booked early in the first half for a dangerous tackle and nearly gifted Miccoli a goal following a horrible back pass right outside the penalty box.

Flamini: 5. 0
Plenty of running, but no end product. Got into a good position to score but his shot was deflected. Picked up the usual yellow card and committed a few fouls here and there. Rightfully subbed off at the interval.

Abate: 5. 5
His handball in the box led to Miccoli’s penalty. Tried to get into good positions in the attacking half but his crossing was mediocre at best. Did tee up El-Shaarawy with a good ball across the face of the goal following a quick free-kick.

Nocerino: 6. 0
Decent overall performance, but misplaced a few passes and looked short of ideas when on the ball. Improved in the second half as Milan began to regain possession.

Montolivo: 7. 5
Milan’s best player in first half as he displayed a wide array of passing and tried to maintain possession. Played both Pato and Flamini in on goal on two different occasions. Broke into the box in the second half to grab a crucial goal back for Milan and initiate the comeback.

El-Shaarawy: 7. 5
Yet another inspirational performance. Pulled the game level deep into the second half after sweeping the ball into the net following a poor punch from the Palermo goalkeeper Ujkani. Managed to get into several dangerous positions and as always displayed his wonderful dribbling abilities. Tracked back numerous times to help relieve Palermo’s pressure in the first half.

Pato: 5. 5
Showed lovely footwork early in the match as he beat his man and put a dangerous cross into the box which Flamini failed to meet. However for the most part, he looked rusty and tried too often to run at the defence.

Substitutes

Bojan: 8. 0
His substitution turned the match in Milan’s favor. Came in and almost immediately pulled a goal back following a wonderful run as he jinxed past three Palermo players. He then set up Montolivo’s goal after brilliantly drawing the Palermo defence out. Remained a constant threat.

Emanuelson: 7. 0
Was left out of the starting eleven but came on as a half-time substitute. Full of pace as always and drew a good save from Ujkani after curling a free-kick towards the top right corner.

Pazzini: 5. 0
Did not impact the game at all. Crowded out by the Palermo defence.

***motm: Bojan Krkic***
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
I agree with all the ratings! Although I think you're being too generous for Amelia....
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Game review vs. Palermo (30/10/12):

Allegri opened the game with an unheard of 3-5-2 formation. Funny thing is, this formation only lasted until halftime as Milan were down 0-1. The formation focuses on taking advantage of the center of the midfield, which explains why he brought in Flamini over the winger Emanuelson. Why did he make that move? Uncertain, best guess would say that Milan had issues in the center of the field the last few games with the 3-4-3, so to recuperate that, he added another midfielder. Unfortunately, it was not successful as Palermo was now able to take advantage of the wings AND still manhandle the midfield. Flamini and Nocerino helped little, as Flamini could not make a correct tackle and Nocerino was unable to make a correct pass. The only other midfielder, Montolivo, was perhaps having one of his better games in a Milan jersey, but by taking the regista role, he had little offensive contribution as he was sitting far back as the midfield had little opportunity to control the tempo to allow Montolivo venture up pitch.

The wingbacks in the formation, Abate and Constant, also had little to contribute. Constant virtually made this formation look like a 4-4-2 as he sat back and rarely ventured forward, and thus there was little attack from the left side. Even his defensive contributions were iffy, as a terrible pass back to Yepes and an arguable challenge in the box could have led to goals. That being said, Constant did demonstrate his passing ability and judging from that, he would make a better midfielder than a winger/leftback. On the right side, Abate ventured plenty offensively, but as per usual, was unable to connect with ANY of his crosses. Defensively he helped out a bit, but unfortunately committed a handball (correctly called) in the box that led to the first goal.

Allegri rightly made changes at halftime to take out the out-of-form Flamini for Emanuelson as we saw that formation change back to the 3-4-3. And almost instantaneously, Brienza smashed a shot to give Palermo a 2-0 lead. While admittedly Brienza's shot was fantastic, it's painstaking to see Amelia not make an attempt at that. If you rewatch all the Milan games where Amelia played in, I'm sure you'll find 50% or more goals scored on him where he didn't move or dove half-assed for it. Don't know if it's mental lapses or terrible judgements, but Amelia is not worthy of being a backup goalkeeper.

Anyway moving back to the game, soon after Palermo's goal, you could hear the whispers of Allegri finally being sacked. In a desperate attempt to bring Milan back into the game, he used his last two substitutions (remember, this is in the 53rd minute) to make one last formation change; the 4-3-3. This is the formation Allegri had practiced during the off-season, and it yielded little results. He came back to this and strangely enough it worked. With the formation change, Abate wasn't needed to push up as often (Constant never really did anyway....) and Montolivo was allowed to leave his defensive post and contribute more offensively, which ended up with a goal in the 69th minute and initiated a comeback.

For the next 20 minutes, Milan relentlessly attacked through crosses and some attacks through the middle, led by the majestic Bojan, who had been a revelation for the team with his skillfulness and vision. Unfortunately the thing missing is perhaps shot power as he had a opportunity late to win the game. Other than that, Bojan demonstrated that skill that made him the sought out youngster he was years ago. If Bojan can keep this form and contribute well offensively, then him and El Shaarawy can lead Milan back to the top.

Hopefully by the Chievo game, Allegri can have the starting lineup sorted and wouldn't need to make these drastic changes midgame.

Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
AC Milan v Chievo preview:
After more dropped points in Sicily Allegri is once again under a lot of pressure, while Chievo is enjoying a fresh start with Galliani look-alike Eugenio Corini.

Expected lineups:
- AC Milan (4-2-3-1)
Abbiati
Abate-Zapata-Mexes-Constant
Montolivo-Ambrosini
Emanuelson-Bojan-El Shaarawy
Pazzini
Missing players: Luca Antonini, Djamel Mesbah, Rodney Strasser, Didac Vila and Daniele Bonera (suspended)

- Chievo (4-3-3)
Sorrentino
Frey-Dainelli-Andreolli-Drame
Guana-Rigoni-Hatemaj
Luciano-Thereau-Pellissier
Missing players: Bostjan Cesar, Gennaro Sardo and Alberto Paloschi

Allegri’s comments: ’’Tomorrows match is even more important than the one vs. Genoa because it could allow climb up the Serie A table, and not distance ourselves too much from too much from the 4th placed team. The Chievo players run a lot and they don’t concede much. They’re aggressive and good at counter-attacking. ’’

Corini’s comments: ’’ El Shaarawy is living in an extraordinary moment, I am expecting a tough match against the Rossoneri. They are a good team, but we also have the quality to do well. I think Milan have been excellent in the last two transfer windows, it’s just the team weren’t ready mentally for such huge departures. We hope this is the right time to break the taboo. Against Milan we need a performance beyond our ability to bring home a positive result. ’’

The man who’s getting fired by newspapers week after week, Allegri is forced to not using the 3 man defence after the suspension of Daniele Bonera, so he’s using the 4-2-3-1 instead with Abate, Zapata, Mexes and Constant as a probable back 4, and Bojan as a trequartista. Another possible setback for Milan is El Shaarawy’s fitness as the all crucial game against Malaga is just around the corner, so Il Faraone will probably be given less minutes today. The Flying Donkeys are hoping to close the gap over Milan, currently 1 point short. The game against Pescara was the first clean sheet for Chievo this season. Chievo's approach to this game will probably be to sit back let Milan have their fair share of possesion and try to score from the counter-attack. This time last season, Rossoneri were sharing the pole position with Juventus, and Berlusconi wasn't being charged for multi-million euro tax fraud. On the bright side however, stands the record between Milan and Chievo as Milan won 15 out of last 20 matches against Gialloblu
Acmlt30 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Player Ratings vs Chievo Verona (Scores out of ten)

Abbiati: 6. 0
Not much of a chance on Pellissier’s powerful header. Did make a couple of decent stops thereafter.

Mexes: 6. 0
Relatively untroubled for most of the match and dealt with any rare Chievo attacks.

Zapata: 6. 5
Didn’t have much to do but did put in some good tackles on occasion particularly one in the 65th minute.

Abate: 7. 0
Bombed up and down the right-hand flank throughout the match. His overall delivery was decent today and he set up a simple goal for El-Shaarawy by firing a great ball across the face of the goal.

Constant: 7. 0
Deployed as left-back today and worked hard for the entire 90 minutes. His deflected cross led to Emanuelson’s goal and he got forward well on numerous occasions. Showed lovely footwork in the 85th minute as well.

Ambrosini: 7. 0
Dominant in the center of the park as he broke up Chievo’s play time and time again.

Montolivo: 7. 5
Classy display in the middle. Passed the ball around with ease and never neglected his defensive duties. Scored a lovely goal from right outside the box.

Emanuelson: 8. 0
Man of the match performance. Opened the scoring by volleying the ball into the bottom left corner. He then set up goals for Montolivo and Bojan. Plenty of running and showed some good footwork as well.

Bojan: 7. 5
Showed great understanding with El-Shaarawy as the two linked up constantly throughout the match. Scored his first goal for Milan from just outside the box via deflection. Proved to be a constant headache for the Cheivo defence and nearly grabbed a second goal in the 89th minute.

El-Shaarawy: 8. 0
Served as the focal point up front yet again and proved to be decisive. Scored his eight league goal by tapping the ball into an open net after being set up by Abate. Assisted Pazzini’s goal in the final minute of the match with a fantastic ball. Finally had a supporting cast around him.

Pazzini: 6. 5
Did not have his shooting boots on tonight as he placed a variety of shots into the stands. Finally grabbed a much needed goal in the final minute of play with an easy tap in. Also played a role in the buildup to Montolivo’s goal.

Substitutes

Boateng: 6. 0
Did not have much time to influence the game but as always attempted the spectacular.

De Jong: 6. 0
Brought on to shore the midfield and close any gaps as the match neared its end

De Sciglio: NA

***motm: Urby Emanuelson***
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Game review vs. Chievo Verona (3/11/12):

After a roller coaster ride of results with the 3-4-3, Allegri opted to return to the 4 back formation of 4-2-3-1. With this formation, we saw, for the first time, Bojan NOT leading the front line and instead given space behind to do what he wishes; a sort of trequartista spot. This proved to be super effective as Bojan had was able to create space and spread the ball around the field, giving opportunities all over the pitch for Milan to score.

Chievo opened the game with a super defensive 5-3-2, looking to salvage a point away from home. In this formation, the back line sat far back with the midfielders plucking any holes on the back wall, and for the 1st thirty minutes Milan struggled to open up the defence and find opportunities. Like every other struggling game, Milan chose to approach this defensive tactic by sending balls to Pazzini inside the box. Obviously this showed little result as it has with every game, and it wasn't until the 2nd half when Milan found the answer to finishing crosses, but more on that later.

Urby Emanuelson has really picked up his good form this year, as compared to last year, where he was utilized as a midfielder in Allegri's 4-3-1-2. With Allegri's new formation, it seems that he has recognized that Emanuelson is much more effective on the wings. Since being used on the right wing, Emanuelson has made Milan a lot more threatening this year, as to where last season, most if not all of Milan attacks came from the left side of the field; now with Emanuelson at the right, both wings are attacked about equally and making Milan a lot less predictable and more efficient in attacking.

Now back to the crossing. This isn't a new tactic that Allegri all-of-a-sudden decided to use; Milan has been crossing the ball in since the beginning of the season as their main point of attack. The main reason, however, as to why it was less effective to previous games as to this match was the amount of targets in the receiving end. Before, the only target in the box was an awaiting striker in Pato or Pazzini; this time around, it seemed like everyone got the memo that they ALL can push into the box for an attack. There wasn't only Pazzini waiting for the ball, there was Emanuelson, Bojan, El Shaarawy, Montolivo and occasionally Ambrosini all attacking the box on crosses. If Milan can continue to add this kind of running on to finish crosses, they'll prove to be much more threatening moving forward.

Speaking about crosses, most of them came from the wingbacks. Abate, who is notoriously known for giving lackluster crosses, was exceptionally great at crossing them this time around, even connecting with El Shaarawy for a goal. Abate still shows solidarity in both attack and defence, and many know that his crossing ability is what tend to let him down. It may finally be that Abate is turning back into the rightback Milan had two years ago. On the other side, Constant had a fantastic showing. The game against Palermo, Constant was seemingly afraid to attack and just held his position on the left side, but against Chievo and showed his true nature as he fearlessly attack the left flank time and time again, crossing in the ball and making plays, even managing to collect an assist, as well as showing true ability to defend as well. There was very little wrong with Constant's performance this time around, and if he can continue this form, he may be the answer to the left back Milan has been missing for years.

All in all, it was refreshing to see Milan play with a 4 back instead of the 3 back formation, and moving forward, Bojan has proven himself to handle the trequartista role much better than Boateng has shown this season and should be starting in that position just about every game. With Malaga on the horizon, it seems like the smart move to start Bojan seeing as Malaga never had a prominent holding midfielder that could stop the potential creativity Bojan possesses. Couple that with El Shaarawy and Emanuelson attacking the wings, Milan can cause a ton of trouble for Malaga when they visit the San Siro on Tuesday
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
AC Milan v Malaga preview:

The team with maximum points in their debut in Champions League, are coming to the house of Milan to try to secure the first spot in the Group [C.]

Expected Lineups:
- AC Milan (4-2-3-1)
Abbiati
Abate-Bonera-Mexes-Constant
Ambrosini-Montolivo
Emanuelson-Bojan-El Shaarawy
Pato
Missing Players Luca Antonini, Didac Vila, Rodney Strasser and Djamel Mesbah

- Malaga (4-2-3-1)
Caballero
Gamez-Demichelis-Welington-Eliseu
Camacho-Toulalan
Joaquin-Portillo-Isco
Saviola
Missing Players: Nacho Monreal and Julio Baptista

Allegri’s comments: ’’Malaga are certainly favorites to go through to the next round but the group is still wide open. The defeat in Malaga took a lot of our possibilities away from us in that sense. They are a very techincal team and they showed that in the first leg. I am very nervous about them because although they lost to Rayo Vallecano, they haven’t forgotten how to play football in just one week. Plus the San Siro will give them the motivation they are looking for. Even if we win the 3 remaining matches, then it might not be enough to win the group, but a win tommorow would certainly put everything back on track. ’’

Pellegrini’s comments: ’’If we play for a draw, we will lose. We’ll try to win and play our game. Milan have a great tradition and history, much more illustrious than Malaga. But we have nine points on the board, and it won’t be history that takes to the field. It will be very difficult for us, but i’m not worried. Their success against Chievo took the pressure off them a bit, but they will still be under more pressure than us. ’’

Since last time Milan and Malaga locked horns, Milan had two wins and a draw while Malaga had 1 win (Spanish Cup), 1 draw and a loss. Milan had better results last two weeks but in matches like this that hardly matters. It’s a no brainer that Milan are under a lot more pressure than Malaga to get a result tonight especially since Zenit are just 1 point behind. Before the match, Malaga player Isco stated it is a dream come true to play at San Siro, Milan fans will be hoping he doesn’t get excited too much. Massimo Ambrosini will be probably starting tonight, so I can’t help but wonder if he’s going to be bias about assisting for goal. He would probably like to save some cash by not paying for Il Faraone’s vacation in Carribean, but considering El Shaarawy’s form lately it will be hard to contain him. Malaga are the only team in UCL that haven’t conceded a goal but Milan coming from a (let’s say positive) 3 matches are a most likely contenders to jeopardise Willy Caballero’s clean shaved haircut, pardon I mean clean sheet.
Acmlt30 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Player Ratings vs Malaga (scores out of 10)
Abbiati: 6. 0
Left exposed for Malaga’s goal and had nothing of note to do afterwards.

Mexes: 7. 5
Dominating performance at the back and even ventured forward on numerous occasions. Kept Saviola quiet and managed to cut out most of Malaga’s attack with authority.

Bonera: 6. 5
Put in a decent shift and made a number of good interceptions.

Abate: NA
Picked up an injury 5 minutes into the match.

Constant: 6. 5
Mixed performance as he was guilty of not picking up on Eliseu’s run for Malaga’s goal but did put in the cross for Pato’s equalizer. Improved after the break and went forward much more willingly.

De Jong: 5. 5
Was relatively quiet throughout the match and really failed to establish himself in the middle of the park.

Montolivo: 6. 5
Tireless performance as he worked exceptionally hard to push Milan forward. His distribution was reasonably good and he put in a few important challenges in the defensive end as well.

Emanuelson: 6. 0
Curled a brilliant free-kick towards to the top left corner only to be denied by an equally good save. Much of Milan’s attack went through him but he was often wasteful with the final ball.

El-Shaarawy: 6. 0
A quiet game from the man in red hot form. Worked hard for the team but did not see too much of the ball during his time on the field. Subbed off for Boateng much to the disdain of the San Siro crowd.

Bojan: 7. 0
Milan’s most dangerous outlet in the first half and continued to be involved in the second. Showed some stunning dribbling early in the match as he skipped passed numerous Malaga defenders and nearly scored.

Pato: 7. 0
Looked rusty early in the match as he tried too often to run with the ball. However he won a number of dangerous free-kicks and of course grabbed the equalizer with a well directed header.

Substitutes:

Boateng: 6. 0
Showed good strength to hold off his man and fire in a shot at goal following a deep cross from De Sciglio. Did not have too much of an impact apart from that incident.

De Sciglio: 6. 0
Got into several good attacking positions but his final product was lacking tonight. Defensively sound.

Robinho: NA
Given the last 10 minutes as Milan looked for the winner.

***motm*** Philippe Mexes
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Game review vs. Malaga (6/11/12):

Allegri opted to use the formation that worked for him against Chievo, 4-2-3-1. The formation focuses on the three attacking midfielders to create and make plays, all the while the two holding midfielders provide cover for both the attacking midfielders and the attacking wingbacks. De Jong was instrumental defensively, as he positioned himself in these holes left by De Sciglio and Constant when they pushed and managed to stop Malaga's counter attacks (de Jong had 5 interceptions, the most on the team). Montolivo also had a field day defensively has he recorded the most correct tackles (7) against Malaga. While de Jong holds most of the defensive responsibilities, Montolivo plays the regista role that was coveted by Pirlo, and it was evident that many attacks played from the back started through Montolivo, has he had the most total passes (67).

Like mentioned last review, Milan's attacks on longer depend on one side or the other, but rather Milan can differ their attack from all sorts of angles. With El Shaarawy on the left, Bojan in the middle, and Emanuelson on the right, Milan had several options where to spearhead their attacks, and like said earlier, it was normally started with Montolivo making the opening pass. Bojan's dribbling ability is what made him exceptionally effective in the middle of the attack; he was able to draw out defenders from their holding spots and create chances. The only issue was he held onto the ball a little too much when he could have played it off by passing it to another player who was able to take advantage of the space he created (I. E. Emanuelson, Pato, El Shaarawy). The numbers don't lie; Bojan had the most successful dribbles (4) but was also dispossessed the most (5) on the pitch. Bojan has played fantastic for Milan, but he can do even better and that's perhaps by increasing his passing ability.

While on topic of the attack, Milan still had the same issues as previous games, finishing. Milan had a total of 19 shots (yes, 19! Most all season in a single game) against Malaga, but only 6 of those were on target.compare that to Malaga? Only 4 shots, but three of those on target (1 goal). Malaga were content with scoring a goal and holding for the win/draw as they only needed 1 point to confirm a spot in the knockout stages. While they didn't have many opportunities, they were able to take advantage and score a goal, while Milan has had several issues with putting the ball into the net (only Chievo games proves otherwise....). It may seem that Milan need to work on finishing, and while that may seem true, it is also worth noting that with time with one single formation, the chemistry and familiarity will come and Milan will be back to scoring goals in no time.

Now onto the wingbacks. Like Allegri's 4-3-1-2, this formation asks for the wingbacks to push up and commit to crosses, ensuring that the attacking midfielder on the same side has time to add himself as another option in the box. Constant in particular was rather great when it came to this, as he came strong and often. While his defensive efforts were at the very least questionable (faulted for Malaga's goal as he didn't track the last man Eliseu), his offensive contribution was great, as it resulted in assisting Pato's goal from a well placed cross. Constant sure is an improvement from Mesbah and Antonini on the left, he is still as liable defensively as the two mentioned (Good alternative in the league, too risky in Champions League matches). Like my previous post, he could work well in the midfield, perhaps as one of those attacking midfielders where he can worry less defensively and distribute from the right with his strong foot. For now, however, he's the best left back option Milan has, until Didac gets healthy, and may alternate with De Sciglio (much more sound defensively) on that left, as long as Abate is healthy of course.

Finally, with the steady use of the 4-2-3-1, we may see some players out the transfer window coming in January. The 2 defensive midfielders utilized by Allegri are one mediano and one regista. Currently the only midfielders on Milan's roster that fit that bill are de Jong, Montolivo, Ambrosini, Muntari and Strasser (Boateng to a certain extent). Where does that leave Flamini, Nocerino, and Traore? Unfortunately, Flamini and Nocerino do not fit the bill for this formation as they are mezalas that were primarily used for Allegri's old formation. Neither are really registas nor players who can play in front of the defence and make vital tackles/interceptions, and as for Traore, well, Allegri doesn't seem to want to give him the chance. He seems like he can potentially be stuck in as a mediano, but we probably never know.

Next up is a tough match against 4th place Fiorentina who has went through some sort of renaissance the off season. Milan will need to keep their momentum and finish their opportunities to get themselves ack into contention for a Champions League spot.


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Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
AC Milan v Fiorentina preview:
AC Milan will play one of the teams that stripped them off the 1st place last season. Is revenge on the cards?

Expected lineups:
- AC Milan (4-2-3-1)
Abbiati
De Sciglio-Bonera-Mexes-Constant
Ambrosini-Montolivo
Emanuelson-Boateng-El Shaarawy
Pato
Missing players: Ignazio Abate, Djemel Mesbah, Sulley Muntari, Didac Vila, Luca Antonini and Rodney Strasser

- Fiorentina (3-5-2)
Viviano
Roncaglia-Rodriguez-Tomović
Cuadrado-Aquilani-Pizarro-Valero-Pasqual
Ljajić-El Hamdaoui
Missing players: Stevan Jovetić and Michele Camporese

Allegri’s comments: ’’Fiorentina are getting results and playing very well. They have technically gifted individuals and so like to keep possesion. This will be difficult like every other game and one we have to win to climb up the table, we will be ready to play with great intensity. Stevan Jovetić is out, but we have great respect for Fiorentina, as they have David Pizarro, some tough defenders and quick wingers. We must play like a team that knows what it wants. ’’

Montella’s comments: ’’The compliments from Milan have certainly pleased us, even though I am afraid all this praise can hurt the team going into tommorow’s game. Milan have great players and can turn a match from one moment to the next. I am concetrated. We’ll see how the team reacts and if we will be mature enough to deserve the compliments. When I was a little boy I supported Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan, but as a professional I only cheered on myself. ’’

Fiorentina are hoping to repeat last season’s triumph on San Siro, but will have to do it without the star that shone that evening, Stevan Jovetić. Undoubtly the most wanted Fiorentina player in the summer transfer market, Jojo (not the singer of ’’Too little too late’’) btw, is out becouse of grade I muscle injury and a good news for Milan side. Although they have to deal with the likes of Aquilani, Pizarro, Valero and especially the young Serbian Adem Ljajić (who you might remember by being dropped from his National side for not remembering the lyrics to Serbian National Anthem). On the back of the most convincing victory of this season, Milan will be hoping to mantain their form but they are playing Viola not Flying Donkeys. Undoubtedly both sides are looking for the win, since both clubs want to climb up the Serie A table, therefore we can hope for a very entertaining match between these two sides, hopefully with a solid home side win (not bias at all from my side). Again the tradition is on Milan’s side after Viola just won 2 out of last 16 matches against Rossoneri.
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Player Ratings vs Fiorentina (scores out of 10)

Abbiati: 5. 5
Was left helpless against all 3 of Fiorentina's goals, and almost conceded another from a Cassani strike. Other than that, did nothing of note.

De Sciglio: 6. 5
Attacked regularly and offered a few crosses here and there. He was not solid defensively and wore down as game progressed.

Mexes: 7
Faulted for lightly challenging Borja Valero's dribble inside the 6'. Assisted Pazzini's goal with a cheeky backheel shot, and picked up his game as the game progressed but was a little too late.

Bonera: 5. 5
Struggled all afternoon against the Viola attack. Pulled up towards the end of the game with a quad injury.

Constant: 6. 0
Did little to improve on his form from the previous matches as he failed make an impact.

Ambrosini: 6. 5
Was beaten often by the Viola midfield in the first half, but proved to be more effective in the second half. Presence was missed when taken off for Robinho.

Montolivo: 6. 0
Did not make his former team miss him as he failed to impress. Had little impact in the midfield throughout the whole match.

Emanuelson: 6. 0
Worked hard all along the right flank, but was ineffective in the final third. Replaced at the start of the 2nd half by Bojan.

Boateng: 5. 5
Surprisingly got the start, but failed to impact the game. Could not find much space in the midfield and had little effective offensively.

El Shaaraawy: 6. 0
Started the game well but could not break through Fiorentina's defence. Lost possession too many times. Crossed in the ball that led to Pazzini's goal.

Pato: 5. 0
Could not get in sync with the midfielders and missed a penalty after Borja Valero's goal. Replaced by Pazzini at halftime.

Substitutes

Bojan: 6. 0
Failed to make an impression but it was largely due to the lack of service.

Pazzini: 6. 5
Was more attentive than Pato and pounced for the goal after Mexes' shot.

Robinho: 5. 5
Failed to make an impact as Allegri brought him in for Ambrosini as he went for broke.


***motm: Mexes***


MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Game review vs. Fiorentina (11/11/12):

Just a heads up, this week is going to be short and simple....

Here's the simple part: Milan played to lose; Fiorentina were the better team. Right from the get go, we see a strange occurrence on the starting line-up. The presence of a certain Ghanian Prince, whose performances have been abysmal since the start of the season. Yes, Boateng managed to earn a starting spot over the in-form Bojan or the now-injured-free Robinho. While on the pitch, Boateng almost proved to be the least useful attacking player out there, as he took 5 total shots, and none of them were on target! Nope, not on target. Didn't hit post, didn't hit the keeper for a potential rebound, just all around the goalposts. Not only that, but Boateng also committed 4 turnovers in the final third, the most on the team! Why was he on the pitch then? I'm not entirely sure. Could be that he performed well in training and that warranted him a starting position? Or perhaps Allegri realizes that he might get his confidence and start performing like he did last season? Who really knows other than Allegri?

Speaking of confidence, we witnessed the dropping of another's. Pato, who has started to play a string of matches since returning from injury, was given the start against Fiorentina. At the beginning, he couldn't find much room to work with and had trouble connecting with his teammates. But then, as if a miracle were to happen, Pato was fouled inside the box and called for a penalty (rightfully so). It was a no brainer for everyone. Why not let Pato take the kick? Can you imagine what kind of confidence he would have by scoring 2 goals in 2 straight matches? But alas, it was not meant to be. As Pato made contact with the ball, you could see it happening. As the ball sailed over the goalkeeper, you could see it happening. And as the ball continued to sail over the crossbar, you could see it happening. You saw the shattered remains of Pato's confidence. From then on, Pato played terrible and was pulled off at halftime, and unfortunately, rightfully so.

To sum everything up, Milan didn't play horrible, they were simply outclassed by, frankly, a much better side in Fiorentina. I mean, there isn't much to say about this game. Yes, we can point out that two of Fiorentina's three goals came from set pieces and we need to work on our concentration; or yes, Milan's play in the final third was lackluster and Allegri needs to create new methods and tactics to improve on this. But again, quite frankly, Milan were outclassed by a better side.


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Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
SSC Napoli v AC Milan preview:
Old rivals, top of the table against middle of the table. Napoli big favourites, will AC Milan respond?

Expected lineups:
- AC Milan (4-4-2)
Abbiati
De Sciglio-Mexes-Acerbi-Constant
Emanuelson-Montolivo-De Jong-Nocerino
El Shaarawy-Bojan
Missing players: Ignazio Abate, Daniele Bonera, Didac Vila, Luca Antonini, Djamel Mesbah, Sulley Muntari, Rodney Strasser and Massimo Ambrosini (suspended)

- SSC Napoli (3-4-3)
De Sanctis
Campagnaro-Cannavaro-Gamberini
Maggio-Inler-Dzemaili-Dossena
Hamsik-Cavani-Insigne
Missing players: Valon Behrami (suspended) and Goran Pandev

Allegri’s comments: ’’We have tried some different tactical set-ups in training. I still haven’t decided which tactical formation to use vs. Napoli. I will make my decision tommorow morning. Napoli likes to counter-attack. They’re also doing well this season in Serie A with their great strikers and a well organized style of play. They’re a team that have been together for years. We must play a technically good game tommorow and make as few mistakes as possible. We must be more attentive throughout the entire match, especially during throw ins and set pieces. ’’

Mazzari’s comments: ’’Milan have had a whirlwind season so far, but they are still a strong team. When you are not having a best of times you still have to get up and go again and I think the visit of Milan’s president today will help them do that. Whatever people may think, Milan have a better side that their standing suggests. They may be underdogs but that does not make me confident. Our succes in the game depends on having the right attitude, if we do that we can beat anyone. ’’

After the visit of El Presidente also know as Silvio Berlusconi, one particular player has left his jaw at Milanello. Apparently, Stephan El Shaarawy and his mohawk have been left without words after Silvo has stated that he would prefer if Il Faraone would cut his hair (Silvio, seriously?). On the bright side The President did speek with the players, and during these times of crisis it can only do good. On the other side Napoli will be looking to put the final nail in the coffin of Mister Allegri, even after the 3-1 defeat against Fiorentina didn’t do the exact thing. With in-form El Matador and that guy that looks like he’s in a punk rock band or something (yeah, Hamsik I’m talking to you), Napoli are firm favourites to win this game. Incosistency has been the word describing Milan this season as they’ve been revived and put to sleep game after game. To make things worse, Milan have won only three of last 22 matches at San Paolo and Napoli are yet to lose at their home this season.



   
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