Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cagliari 2, Milan 1: Out Like a Lamb

After a season of surprising ups mixed with expected downs, and even with securing Europa League qualifying last week, it wasn’t much of a surprise that Milan checked out of this match. A big part of it was injuries, but mentality has been weak for some time, and with nothing to play for, it’s no wonder they didn’t play very hard. I’m not sure you could quite say that Milan came into this season like a lion, but it’s easy to say they went out like a lamb.

Thank you, Captain Ninja, for 3.5 years of dedication to Milan

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cagliari-Milan Preview: Last Call

Sunday’s match is the final match of the season, and for some of our players, their final match for Milan. Only time will tell who is leaving or even how many are leaving, but there are 90 minutes left in this strange and slightly healing season. It’s hard to know if people will even watch, with the game having been moved back and forth so many times in the schedule, and with so many fans having stopped watching anyway. It feels more like it’s approaching closing time at the local pub than a sporting event. More like a familiar voice saying “last call.”

We know it's Honda's last match, but who else?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Return to Glory

Sunday’s win over Bologna cemented our sixth place finish, putting us into the Europa League qualifying stages this summer. But that may actually hurt our return to glory more than help it because our squad is so very thin. However, Sunday’s match did have a massive return to glory: our new home kit for next season.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Milan 3, Bologna 0: New Kit Smell

We’ve seen this before, when wearing a great-looking new kit gave us a win. Looking good just gives you confidence. And what an opportune time to come up with a win. But add to it Montella’s 100th win as a coach, Honda being given a token of faith and coming up big, as well as a much anticipated debut for the young Cutrone, and it turned out to be something worth watching. Oh, and there’s that little Europa League qualification spot, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. But this win definitely had that new kit smell.

For better or for worse, we achieved our goal

Milan vs. Bologna: The Price of Europe

Will Milan sacrifice the lunchmeat to get Europe?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Milan-Bologna Preview: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Milan have had a slump in form since the takeover. But we have miraculously gotten enough draws to stay in sixth place on the table. Most Milan fans are kind of over this season anyway, though. Bologna are mathematically safe from relegation but not in the same continent as a European spot, so there might not be a lot of interest in this game. Except for one thing: the new kits. Response has been very positive toward the new first kit so far, so perhaps people will tune in for that. But will the new kits inspire a win? Or will they be like the Emperor’s New Clothes?

Only those who are worthy can wear this kit

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Poll: Rate the Season

With two games left, some fans have already moved on into full fantamercato mode, they don’t even care about the final results. Others are drawn to the potential mercato this season, but watching carefully to see where we finish. Still others are just so happy that we performed better than expected with no mercato to speak of for over a year now. And everything in between. So I wanted to take a little poll today to see where my readers rate the season:

A season to smile about? Or just laughing instead of crying?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Schadenfreude By the Numbers

It is no secret that I hate Inter with a passion. I even wrote about how Karmalicious this season was back in November. I have long said that it is ridiculous how much they spent on their players compared with how much we spent on ours. And for us to be above them on the table, even if by only two spots… it’s a miracle. An exquisitely delightful miracle at that. And while I’ve long said that it was true, I finally sat down to get the actual numbers to prove it, and those numbers surprised even me. Call it a little schadenfreude by the numbers.

The Curva Nord told their players they weren't worthy and then went to lunch. Delicious.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Atalanta 1, Milan 1: Strangeways Here We Come

The outcome of this match has little impact on me. A win, a draw, or a loss didn’t matter as much to me as how we played. See, I am not on the Europe bandwagon. Both for Financial Fair Play implications as well as playing in three competitions without any depth reasons, I don’t think it’s right for us right now. But the formation Montella chose and how he lined everyone up for this match was completely baffling to me. I didn’t know why then and I still don’t know why, but astonishingly enough, we stole a point. So set your affairs in order and dream of playing a team like Swiss side Grasshoppers this summer, because if we can steal a few more points like this, it’s Strangeways here we come.

"C'mon over here and give me some sugar"

Friday, May 12, 2017

Atalanta-Milan Preview: Too Close To Home

Atalanta hail from the same region in Italy as Milano, Lombardia. So they are literally and physically very close to home for Milan. But they also sit just six points ahead of us on the table, and a loss tomorrow could put our hopes of a Europa League qualification spot in serious jeopardy. Additionally, we have seen many Milan players through the years come through Atalanta. Likewise, they have three of our former youth players in their ranks who once offered promises of making it to our first team. All things considered, they are just too close to home.

Remember when that fierceness belonged to us?