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Acmlt30 (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Amelia: 6. 0
Made a good early save from a shot from distance. Did what was required for the rest of the match but very lucky not to be punished for some questionable positioning as Pescara smashed the post in the second half.

De Sciglio: 6. 5
Spent much of the game in the attacking half as he delivered numerous crosses into the Pescara box. Defensively reliable as well.

Yepes: 7. 0
Led the backline well by putting in some vital interceptions which kept the Pescara attack quiet.

Zapata: 6. 5
Like his defensive partner, he made some important challenges and limited the influence of Pescara’s front-men.

Constant: 6. 5
Enjoying the left-back position as he got forward on many occasions and was rarely tested defensively. Another positive performance.

Ambrosini: 6. 5
Comfortably won the midfield battle as he was almost always first to any loose ball. Constantly applied to pressure on the opposition with some good tackling.

Montolivo: 6. 0
Involved in the buildup to Milan’s first goal by playing a decisive through-ball into El-Shaarawy. Kept things simple as he opted to play the safe pass and maintain possession. Should have kept a closer eye on Terlizzi as Pescara grabbed an open goal from a set-piece.

Nocerino: 6. 5
Scored after just 34 seconds with a simple tap-in. An impressive box-to-box performance reminiscent of last season’s form.

El-Shaarawy: 7. 5
Set up Nocerino’s goal with a quick pass across the face of the goal in the opening minute of the match. His delivery from a corner led to Pescara turning in yet another own goal. Topped off his impressive performance with a tap-in goal.

Robinho: 7. 0
Showed some excellent touches and footwork in the first half as he was involved in the majority of Milan’s attacks. Put in the cross which led to a Pescara own goal. Replaced by Boateng as his influence waned.

Pazzini: 6. 5
Led the line well and did his best to try and get on the score sheet. Did manage to set up El-Shaarawy with a simple goal by delivering a good cross.

***motm: Stephan El-Shaarawy***
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Game review vs. Pescara (17/12/12):

Another short review, as there wasn't much to be said in this game.

Milan opened up the game with a goal in the first minute, and that had some of the most impressive display of Milan attack, with good passing, great movement and anticipation. Nocerino provided the tap in, and continue his recently good form with a good performance in the midfield, with a 94% pass completion, 2 key passes (tied with Robinho with the most), and 4 for 4 on long passes.

After that, however, Milan didn't exactly play really well and played the opposite of how the first minute was for the entire 1st half. In the 2nd half, there was more proof as to why Pescara is in a relegation battle from the two own-goals scored by Pescara. As it was, Pescara actually outscored Milan but still lost, and that basically sums up Milan's play last night.

Another player worth noting was Ambrosini, who provided stability in the midfield by taking over de Jong's responsibilities. He finished with 6 successful tackles (most on team), 3 interceptions (most on team), and managed 6 clearances, third-most behind the two Colombian centerbacks.

Overall, it wasn't the most impressive Milan side to have played this season, and some would say that Milan got by with some luck, as Pescara did cause a lot of trouble in the second half and were unlucky to come away without another goal or two. On the bright side, Milan is riding on a 4 game-winning streak and can still compete for a Champions League spot, or even with a bit of luck the Scudetto. With the right moves in January, however, there's a good chance Milan can challenge Juventus and Inter for the Scudetto until May, but we will just have to wait and see. First thing first, take out Zeman's potent Roma....



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Stefke951 (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Roma vs. AC Milan preview (22/12/12):

After throwing a nice birthday party, Rossoneri fans are in demand for another one in Rome.

Expected lineups:
- Roma (4-3-3)
Goicoechea; Piris-Maquinhos-Burdisso-Balzaretti; Bradley-De Rossi-Florenzi; Totti-Osvaldo-Pjanić
Missing players: Marquinho and Leandro Castan (suspended)

- AC Milan (4-3-3)
Amelia; De Sciglio-Mexes-Yepes-Constant; Montolivo-Ambrosini-Nocerino; Robinho-Boateng-El Shaarawy
Missing players: Daniele Bonera, Didac Vila, Bakaye Traore, Nigel De Jong and Alexandre Pato

Roma lost at Chievo last week, and ended a run of 4 straight victories in Serie A. They also failed to score for the first time this season. Under Zeman, Roma is playing quite attractive football, but leaving too much space in the back four. That resulted in conceding 27 goals in 17 matches. Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo are their top scorers this season scoring 8 each. Also Roma have scored in their last 28 matches they played at home, last time they failed to score was against Milan back in May 2011. As for Milan Mexes is back in shape and should start over Zapata in the hearth of defence. Milan found the net 11 times in last 3 matches, but failed to keep a clean sheet in all 3.

This was pretty much a statistical preview of the game (the easiest), due to the lack of free time I have.
Acmlt30 (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Player Ratings vs AS Roma (22/12/2012)

Amelia: 5. 5
Made a great save to deny Osvaldo, but was punished from the resulting corner. Cannot be faulted on any of the goals as he was left completely stranded by his defence.

De Sciglio: 5. 5
Got forward well enough and whipped in some crosses. A different story defensively as Totti exploited the empty spaces on his flank.

Mexes: 5. 0
Ripped apart by the Roma attack time and time again. Made a few decent challenges but leaked in four goals nonetheless. Failed to pick up Lamela on Roma’s third.

Yepes: 4. 0
Beaten by both Burdisso and Osvaldo in the air as Roma raced to a 2-0 lead. Horrid evening at the back for a man in form.

Constant: 5. 0
Contributed very little going forward and was even more useless defensively.

Ambrosini: 5. 5
Struggled in the middle of the park as he was overrun by De Rossi and Bradley.

Montolivo: 5. 5
Nearly pulled one back for Milan but was thwarted by Goicoechea. Best of the midfield three as he tried to drive his team forward.

Nocerino: 5. 0
Anonymous performance as he was nowhere to be seen in either half.

Boateng: 5. 5
Fired in a couple shots at goal but to no avail. Looked more dangerous when he was switched to the flank instead of the ‘false 9’ role.

Robinho: 5. 5
Showed glimpses of his talent with some neat touches and a great pass to set up El-Shaarawy for a 1-on-1 situation. Faded as the match wore on, as per usual.

El-Shaarawy: 6. 0
Missed a glorious chance to put Milan level with a 1-on-1 chance against the Roma goalkeeper. Was by far his sides most dangerous attacking option and his cross eventually led to Bojan’s goal.

Substitutes:

Bojan: 6. 5
Grabbed Milan’s second in a matter of minutes as he was on hand to put in Pazzini’s rebound. Looked threatening with his dribbling and speed. A positive cameo to stake a place for a starting spot for post-Christmas.

Pazzini: 6. 5
Won his side a penalty which he then duly converted. Denied a second goal after his header was saved but the rebound fell to Bojan who tucked it away with ease.

Muntari: 6. 0
His shot from distance was spilled in the path of Pazzini who was then fouled inside the penalty box.

***motm: Bojan/Pazzini***
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 2 years ago
Game review vs. Roma (22/12/12):

There is no formal review for this game. It was an ugly Milan, perhaps the most terrible performance of the season vs. An incredibly in-form and well-oiled-machine-of-a-team Roma. Roma led 3-0 at halftime, scoring 3 in the first 30 minutes, and then added another in the 55th minute through Lamela. Milan attempted a comeback with 2 goals in the final 10 minutes, but proved to be useless. That's it.

See you in 2013, Milanisti.
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Roundup (3/1/13):

Hey Milanisti, I hope everyone has enjoyed the winter break. We'll be updating the blog with transfer updates on a regular basis during all of January. And once the season kick starts again, we will also be continuing the game day blogs. Now, here's the rumors surrounding Milan today:

- Berlusconi writes off a bunch of potential targets. Drogba and Osvaldo doesn't fit the "age bill" that Milan is looking at, therefore won't be coming to Milan. Destro would be ideal for Milan according to the Pres.

- Steklenburg is still in rough waters with Roma; looking to move away. Could alert Milan as a potential transfer pickup with both Abbiati and Amelia playing inconsistently.

- News report that there was a Consigli-Amelia swap in the works, but the Atalanta keeper's recent performances worried Milan and the deal is off.

- Balotelli had a rift with City manager Mancini during training this morning, could potentially lead to move away from the Ethiad and Milan are favorites.

- Pato's sale eminent; could be done within the next few hours-to-days. Milan to get 15m from Corinthians. Berlusconi says that he told Pato to return to Milan in 2-3 years.

- Flamengo and Santos both stop perusing Robinho as they could not meet Milan's demands. Flamengo could reignite interest later on, but it's unlikely Santos will after purchasing striker Walter Montillo. Atletico Mineiro are now in negotiations with Robinho.

- Bakaye Traore's next destination could be the Turkish league
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
And Mesbah is targeted by Fiorentina and Samp. It will be probably be resolved after African Cup of Nations
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Yes also true, but I've heard that if isn't settled by the time the tournament starts (19/1) then the negotiations would continue in the summer, which as of right now seems likely. Anyway, he's just the fat that we need to trim on the squad
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Roundup (4/1/13):

- In old news now, Pato finalized his move to Corinthians for 15m, 5m less than what Milan paid for the Brazilian.

- Despite signing striker Walter Montillo, Santos are still attempting to sign Robinho. The Brazilian has also showed up late to practice earlier today and did not participate, signaling that he will leave.

- Davide Astori, ex-Milan academy player and current rumored transfer target, is close to finalizing a deal to the EPL's Southampton for 10m.

- Giuseppe Rossi, another rumored transfer target, also finalized a deal with Fiorentina for roughly 11m + bonuses.

- Neto, central defender for Siena, is said to be listed for 8m. Napoli are also interested.

- Werder Bremen forward Marko Arnautovic has declared: "For me it's a great honor to know about Milan's interest. "

- Youth academy player Mattia Valoti is expected to be loaned out this window, although destination is yet to be known. Bryan Cristante and Andrea Petagna are expected to stay however.

- Representatives from Turkish club Kasimpaşa met with Traore's agent today. They want Traore on loan while Milan only wants to sell
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
- According to GdS, Milan will offer 35 million to City for Balotelli, despite the fact that Berlusconi himself ruled out a move for him.

- Zenit are offering 10 million for Abate. Laughable
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (5/1/13):

Rumors are quieter today for Milan....

- Berlusconi has stated that Milan is currently tracking over 100 youth players, and hoping to bring in at least 15 of them.

- In the second go-arounds of transfer talks between Santos and Milan, there was still no agreement on transfer fee, forcing Galliani to remove Robinho from the market. Despite this however, there should still be suspicion that Milan will try to negotiate again.

- According to news report, Milan wants 12m from Zenit for Abate. Zenit offered up 10m.
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (6/1/13):

- Galliani told acmilan.Com that Robinho is off the market and won't move to Brazil until the summer. Despite many Brazilian clubs willing to meet Milan's demands, Robinho only wants Santos but Santos are unwilling to meet Milan's demands.

- Despite Galliani's earlier claims that Milan won't sign another striker, reports persist that Balotelli will be a Milan player this month. According to recent reports, Balotelli had told his friends he's going to Milan this window. Of course, Milan only wants Balotelii on loan with an option to buy while City wants the cash. This rumor intensified after Cavani being linked heavily with City.

- Milan are currently tracking Anderlecht's 18 year-old attacking midfielder, Dennis Praet. Here's a video demonstrating the youngster's abilities:



MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (7/1/13):

- Milan will try to convince PSG to sell Sissoko for around 2-3m.

- Galatasaray wants to sign Antonini, but Milan is trying to offer the Turkish club Mesbah instead.

- Falcao has admitted that he cannot rule out a move to Serie A. "“i do not exclude a future in Italy. I have a favourite club, but I would prefer not to tell you, " said the Colombian striker. He has admitted in the past that his favorite Italian team is Milan on a Colombian interview show.

- Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin has been linked to Milan for awhile now, and more so ever after his fantastic performance against Fiorentina, forcing 15 saves to record a clean sheet in the 2-0 win. Perin has admitted that he is "flatter" by the interest and would like to team up with U-21 teammate El Shaarawy.

- Milan are still interested in Davide Astori, but Napoli are currently in pole position to sign him.

- Reports suggest that Milan will try to sign Newcastle wingback Santon either this window or the summer window.

- Rolando from Porto was offered to Milan today, but both Allegri and Galliani aren't interested in signing him.

- Milan and Parma are considering to make a swap deal involving Zaccardo and Mesbah. However, Parma also want €2m.

- A lot of quotations from Berlusconi today following his meeting regarding the transfer window with Galliani and Allegri. Quick summary: 1) Milan will try to sign three youngsters this window; two foreigners and one Italian. 2) Berlusconi rules out potential signings Balotelli, Tevez and Sneijder. 3) El Shaarawy is a symbol of the club and will stay and become part of history. 4) Pato promises to return in 1 to 1-and-1/2 years. 5) Chances of Guardiola to becoming the new head coach are very low
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (8/1/13):

- Reports suggest that when Milan sold Astori to Cagliari they made a pact that Milan could buy back the defender for around 8m-10m.

- Milan are also interested in signing a different CB from Cagliari, 17 year-old Dario Del Fabro. He made his Serie A debut last month.

- According to Sky Italia, Milan will try to sign Mattia Destro and Gaston Ramirez next summer.

- There's a 40% chance that Strootman will remain at PSV. There's also 30% that he will be signed by Milan or Chelsea.

- A lot of rumors reporting that Milan wants Parma's Zaccardo and have offered up a switch with Mesbah + 2m.

- Milan are interested in signing fullback Davide Santon this window
ArnabFORZAMILAN (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Davide Santon and Strootman looks like good moves
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
We signed Riccardo Saponara's 50% for 4 million. We'll negotiate with Parma for other 50% in the summer
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (10/1/13):

- Despite all the rumors about KPB leaving, Galliani has declined every possibility of his departure.

- Zenit made an official offer for Abate in range of 10 million, but Milan rejected.

- Zaccardo is definitely not joining Milan, Galliani stated.

- Rumors about Weiss coming to Milan were put to sleep after Raiola said that he will probably join Napoli in the summer.

- Robinho will most definitely not be sold and could extend his contract with Milan.

- Our new signing Saponara will undergo medical chekups tomorrow, and will join training in July.

- According to Sky, price for Santon is in the vicinity of 7-8 million.
Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer Central (11/1/13):

- Alessio Innocenti will be loaned out to Estudiantes for the remainder of the season.

- Saponara passed medical and was at Milanello today.

- Mesbah-Zaccardo swap deal was cancelled, after Milan realized they were signing an even worse player than Djamel.

- If Milan sign Davide Astori, based on reports, they will loan out Acerbi.

- Strasser and Ganz' agents both said that their clients will probably leave Milan.

Stefke951 (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer central (14/1/13):

- Donadoni has recently said that he would not rule out a move to Milan.

- Galliani confirmed if nobody leaves in this window nobody will come.

- Galliani also said Mattia Destro is not a target for Milan.

- Mattia Perin will probably not play at Genoa next season, Fiorentina, Napoli and Milan are the possible destinations.

- According to Gazzetta, Milan are interested in Ezequiel Schelotto
MarquinhoACM (AC Milan) 1 year ago
Transfer central (17/1/13):

- THE biannual KAKA rumor IS BACK! But of course, unlike the previous gazillion times, Kaka has admitted that times are hard in Madrid and is willing to do anything to return to Milan. While Galliani has stated that signing Kaka will be very difficult, negotiations have taken place and Berlusconi has declared "Despite the age limit set on transfer targets, there could be one big signing in January for Milan. " Will Kaka return to Milano? Find out next time....

- Raiola spoke with Galliani earlier today about two of his clients, Polish defender Bartosz Salamon and Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss.

- Milan are monitoring Ascoli's 21-year old striker, Simone Zaza. He has scored 11 goals in 20 matches in Serie be this season.

- Cagliari rejected an offer of 9. 5m for Astori from Napoli, persisting that he will not be sold for under 15m.

- According to GdS, Galliani offered 4. 5m for Hella Verona's winger Jorginho.

- Sky reports that Milan are interested in Parma's Ishak Belfodil, 21 year-old French striker who resembles Trezeguet.

- Stuttgart's midfielder Kuzmanovic has stated that he wants to return to Serie A (former Fiorentina player). He becomes a free agent in June.



   
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