AC Milan looked like being on the verge of returning back into the top three only a few weeks ago. However, the team has suffered a huge dip in form since the winter break.
Milan have not managed to win in the last five games – a run that includes four consecutive defeats. Pressure on manager Vincenzo Montella has raised tremendously in the last few weeks. Now, AC Milan have fallen five points behind Inter Milan, who occupy the final Europa League qualification spot. Despite the poor form, manager Montella remains confident that the club can secure European football next season.
Milan last finished in the top three back in the 2012-13 season. Since then, their best ever return was a seventh place finish last season.Aware that the club could not be returned to the former glory days under their regime, former Italy president Silvio Berlusconi recently sold the club to Chinese investors. However, the new money is yet to arrive at the club. Read more… »
Defending champions Juventus are set to clash with AC Milan in the Coppa Italia last eight for a chance to continue at the tournament.
Juve would be hoping to revenge for the loss they suffered in the Supercoppa Italiana final.
The hosts are expected to use the same formation they employed in fighting off Lazio albeit with a slight modification. They were excellent against Lazio, killing the game off in the first 17 minutes. Many want AC Milan to force an upset in a season the team has not been as convincing. The top three teams in the league are separated by four points. Unlike last season where there were no doubts they would later claim the title, this term is not as closed
“We’ll change some players, because we played a very tense and physical game on Sunday. Tomorrow night will be a final, and then we have a game with Sassuolo on Sunday. Everyone else is fine, so there will definitely be changes,” Coach Allegri said in his pre match conference. Read more… »
AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella says that the late arrival in Doha in order to take part in the Super Cup is not an excuse for failing to win the game.
Defending champions Juventus will be the opponents for AC Milan, as they look to win the title. Milan’s flight to Qatar being delayed meant that the club were only able to arrive for preparations a day later than scheduled. It certainly gives Juventus an advantage in terms of the preparations, but Montella says that it should not be an early excuse for players going into the game.
Montella has transformed Milan since taking over the club in the summer. Even though they have also been helped by the financial resources provided by the club’s new owners, Montella has been able to achieve a lot of success this season without spending a large sum of money. Read more… »
Alessandro Costacurta reckons that AC Milan, by no means, is the strongest team in Italy at the moment and clearly not a team which has the credentials to cover the distance to Europe, but, their coach’s tactics is making them look stronger than they are and it’s because of those tactics that they might actually end up punching above their weight and achieving the Europe qualification.
As per Costacurta, the present coach Montella has made the group stable. With some of the previous coaches at helm, there was a bit of madness and the players were trying to play the Football they were not capable of, but, now there is a clear message and that is to focus on keeping the ball as much as possible and letting it go at the right time with some accuracy. While this kind of system might not be fancy, it’s very rewarding which one can easily realise seeing Milan’s success. Read more… »
On October 6 of 2016, Italy hosted Spain at the Juventus Stadium in Turin in a 2018 World Cup Qualification which concluded in a 1-1 draw which was actually a fairly good result for the Italian side as Spain had the upper hand and enjoyed having control of the match while Italy struggled to create any real goal-scoring chance.
Spain’s Vitolo scored the opening goal of the match at the 55th minute as he took advantage from Italy’s defence where Mattia de Sciglio and Gianluigi Buffon made mistakes which allowed Vitolo score a goal.
As the minutes were ticking down it appeared like Spain was going to snatch the victory but a late penalty kick from Daniele de Rossi which ensured that both sides collected 1 point from this match. Read more… »
Italy giant AC Milan are reportedly keen on acquiring Brazilian play maker Oscar.
The club, which is plotting its path to winning ways, is ready to battle English side Manchester United for the signature of Isco from Real Madrid as well, reports claim.
Reports in Italy say Milan are preparing a £39 million bid for Oscar in the next transfer window. Oscar has started five of six Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. He is one of the first choice players at Chelsea, yet Milan feel they can lure him away from England. Italian source CalcioMercatoWeb say Coach Antonio Conte is looking at changing the Blues’ formation to 3-5-2, and thus the Brazilian might get a back seat. Read more… »
AC Milan have just appointed yet another new manager as they try to solve the period of instability with even more managerial arrivals and departures.
Lack of financial investment in the club by owner Silvio Berlusconi has been a major reason towards AC Milan’s decline in the last decade. The club are reportedly in talks with Chinese consortiums over the possibility of a takeover. Until such a deal becomes final, Milan will continue to go through financial uncertain periods. In the past, it has forced them into selling key players for a profit rather than doing well on the pitch. Read more… »
AC Milan have confirmed through a statement that midfielder Nigel de Jong will not be available for the match against Juventus on Saturday. This will be one of the crucial matches for Milan in their attempts to recover from a deep well.
After several years of sliding down the table, the team has been able to put together some sort of consistency in the league. They are undefeated in the last four games and the match against Juventus will probably represent the most immediate threat to this record. Milan have the opportunity to overtake Juventus and this will see them move into the sixth spot.
Nigel de Jong was one of the top midfielders when it comes to defending a situation, but the Netherlands midfielder has found little game time at the San Siro. He has been complaining about the fact that he has featured in only five matches of all this season.
This injury is likely to keep him out for much longer. It is understood that the player has an injury in his left thigh that will see him remain on the sidelines for around a couple of weeks. Juventus started the season very poorly but they have regained their former strength in recent weeks.
The narrow 1-0 defeat against Sassuolo apart, they have looked brilliant. This was their only defeat in the last two months of football and it speaks volumes about the improvements made under Massimiliano Allegri. The latest betting on Serie A from StanJames suggests AC Milan are in the running.
Juventus certainly struggled initially to cope without the likes of Andrea Pirlo but Allegri appears to have come up with a solution in brilliant fashion.
“AC Milan communicates that Nigel de Jong has picked up an injury to his left thigh and will have to undergo further tests at the start of next week,” read a statement on the Milan website.
As AC Milan extended their winless run to 5 matches, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic confirmed that he is not planning to offer his resignation to the club.
There have been calls for the manager to step down from his role following this disappointing form. This poor form has led to the club sliding to sixth in the table. There is a distinct possibility of the club missing out on a European spot once again if this poor run continues. The club’s last victory in the league came towards the end of February.Mihajlovic was praised for his managerial powers only a few months ago after managing to guide a very poor Milan team closer to the Champions League qualification spots.
Now, though, the Croatian is finding it hard to keep his position after less than 12 months in charge of the club. Milan have had a tendency to part company with managers much sooner like other Italian clubs. Mihajlovic handing the resignation would be a perfect scenario for Milan since the club would not have to pay any compensation for ending his contract sooner than agreed. Yet, the true reason for the 47-year-old hanging onto his job is the belief that he can turn the situation around.
After all, Milan are only seven points away from a European spot with six games left.“I can’t confirm myself, but I won’t resign.I never have and I never will, that much is certain. To have a clean conscience and be safe in the knowledge that you’v tried everything is the key thing, but then maybe it isn’t enough like maybe it was somewhere else.These things don’t depend on me. I can’t confirm myself, but nor can I sack myself because it doesn’t depend on me,” said Mihajlovic after the loss against Juventus.