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… »
Vincenzo Montella received a lot of praise for his work with Fiorentina a few years ago, but he is now making an even bigger impression with AC Milan.
After taking over the Italian Serie A strugglers in the summer, the manager has been able to transform the club into a top three contender after a long gap. 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… »
Milan are reported to have released former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng as his form has dropped badly.
However, La Liga side Las Palmas agreed to snap him up as they reach an agreement on personal terms after his release by Milan after the last term. The 29-year old Ghana international is set to arrive at Canary Islands for a medical ahead of his unveiling at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas have put up a statement regarding the deal on their official website which reads: “Las Palmas has reached an agreement with representatives of the player Boateng. Las Palmas had been working on incorporating this player since early July. It is certainly the most important foreign player who has joined the club in recent decades.”
The player could only force an appearance in his second spell at the club since leaving his former club Schalke. He arrived on a short term deal as San Siro wanted an extra pair of legs but he couldn’t impress and the club cut him loose.
On the other hand, AC Milan are looking at forcing Chelsea to rescind their transfer decision on Columbian player Juan Cuadrado as they hope to strike a deal with the London-based side. They are reported to be keen on meeting the club over talks for the player. Cuadrado was able to find his form at Juventus in the last campaign despite a sloppy start at Chelsea. He has been brilliant for Serie A sides Fiorentina and Udinese in the past but hasn’t been able to replicate such at Stamford Bridge. Coach Antonio Conte wanted him for keeps this season but Milan are hoping to lure the player from the club with the promise of more regular playing time. With the host of player in competition for space in the first team, the talented player could look at establishing his name at Milan as they would not be getting European football as Chelsea in the new season.
With the summer transfer window opened up, many teams and their managers are focusing on sprucing up their team and looking to gain potential players from other teams whom they feel will be able to contribute significantly for the team.
West Ham is now looking at picking up Carlos Bacca who currently plays for AC Milan. Indeed, this Italian football club is a premier breeding ground for footballers and many clubs hope to cash in on the talent that is nurtured by these clubs.
The east London team is rumored to put in an offer of £25.7m for picking up the 29 year old players. AC Milan on their side, also need to take certain calls as to the players they wish to hold on and the players they are willing to let go. It is coincidental that they are willing to let go of Carlos Bacca as well.
The striker of Columbian origin would certainly be able to contribute significantly to any team he joins. The large sum being offered by West Ham reflects the skills and talents that the club feels the striker would bring to their club front. Talks would begin shortly between the representative of the player and the club. The Hammers would be putting forward their bid for the striker. This player deems a Columbian international player.
Slaven Bilic of West Ham is looking to strengthen the front line of players to the club and this striker would definitely be a good fit for that strategy. Milan on the other hand, would be looking to replace the position that would be emptied by the striker by bringing on Diego Costa who is a Chelsea forward player. Bacca is said to have netted about 18 goals in Serie A games in the last season.
He had become the regular player to start any game for the Milan outfit. This has been the trend for the last four years he was with the club.
It’s been years since Ac.Milan has managed to lift a truly significant title.
The last time that the Italian club was able to win the Serie A title was back during the 2010-11 season and the Champions League was an even further time ago.
The latest high-profile top players that have worn the jersey of Ac.Milan were Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but after offloading both of them, the Italian club has not managed to replace those highly rated performers and this is one of the reasons of why it’s believed that Ac.Milan are struggling so much to win big pieces of silverware and to make matters worse, there is another influential player that might be leaving the Italian club.
Carlos Bacca was signed by Ac.Milan on July 2 of 2015 for a price tag of €30 million and in his debut season, the Colombian attacker was able to score 18 goals which is more than any other player in the team.
Even though Bacca has not spent a substantially long period of time playing with Ac.Milan, the impact that he has made in San Siro is undeniable but his time with the Italian club might be running out as Bacca voiced his desire of making a return to his former club Sevilla.
Bacca is 29 years old and he has recently stated that he wants to play with Sevilla before hanging up his boots and retiring. The Colombian player has been one of the most influential performers of Ac.Milan in recent times and after having only spent 1 season with the Italian club, there are already rumors and discussions of him leaving as he wants to go back to Sevilla and there are a number of clubs interested in signing during the summer transfer window, so he might be leaving San Siro even sooner than expected.
If Carlos Bacca does get offloaded, it will be another blow for Ac.Milan as they are in need of players that can start pushing the team to new feats and restore their glory but it won’t happen if they keep on selling their best players.