Monday, September 26, 2016

Fiorentina 0, Milan 0: Fortunate

I wrote in the preview that this match was dependent upon how Fiorentina showed up. And then they actually did show up. Dominating in both possession and play, 20 shots on goal with five on target, we were lucky to escape with a point. There was also ref controversy, with both teams leaving the pitch thinking “what if?” But Milan weren’t able to do more than stave off a hungry Fiorentina. And so for all of those reasons, I would say that Milan were fortunate.

The gold on those kits may be weighing us down, but they could hold their heads high at the final whistle

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fiorentina-Milan Preview: Finding Fiorentina

When looking at the table, it can be deceiving when you see Milan in sixth and Fiorentina in ninth. First of all, Fiorentina have a game in hand thanks to an apocalyptic level hail storm when they went to Genoa. Also, where Milan have had some good luck, Fiorentina have had some bad luck. So on paper, Milan could be poised to win their third straight match. But matches aren’t played on paper. And we are going to their house, the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Just because Montella had his best luck there doesn’t mean he’ll still have it as a Rossonero coach. But most importantly, it depends on which Fiorentina shows up. Will it be the Viola team that defeated Roma last week? Or the team that were lucky to come from behind and steal a point from Udinese midweek? So much depends on if Fiorentina are successful in finding Fiorentina.

Milan's triple threat are coming to the Artemio Franchi. Will Fiorentina be ready?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Poll • Bacca: Making of an Assassin

Bacca has proven divisive at times. He’s received criticism from coaches, former players, and more for being too one-dimensional and not moving enough off the ball. Most recently, after being benched by Montella for a “confrontation,” he came off the bench to score yet again (and the “confrontation” and benching was poorly reframed as a simple squad rotation.) This summer, there were talks of him leaving Milan mounted due to him being our most marketable player, the sale of whom we would allow us to buy multiple other players at different positions. Some fans were against his move at all costs, others were happy to see him go. But whichever side of whichever argument you were on, the stats are something that can’t be argued. The player who left La Liga as the most efficient player, with the most goals scored per shots ratio (yes, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo,) has now set a Serie A record with 23 goals scored from 45 shots on goal. He is Milan’s very own assassin.

Lethal on goal

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Milan 2, Lazio 0: Special Mention

I have not yet agreed with Montella’s assessment of how well the team played for any of these matches so far. He’s been more than generous with the praise. And now he’s gone and used the “I don’t have a magic wand” line of doom. But luckily for him, Bacca did his job again, and Niang stepped it up, too. As did others. In fact, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that this was the best Milan have played so far this season. I wasn’t blown away, but I did see more heart, fewer mistakes, and better discipline. And three points doesn’t hurt, either. I’ll give this one a special mention.

A deserved celebration at the final whistle

Milan vs. Lazio: Keep Dreaming

Probably the only way to remove Montolivo from the starting lineup

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Milan-Lazio Preview: What You Need To Know About Eagles

Eagles are incredible creatures. A 15 lb. bird can take down a deer that weighs multiple times its body weight. Their grip is phenomenally strong, some are strong enough to crush the skull of their prey, and their talons are often razor sharp, too. They will take and kill their own prey, they will steal prey from each other or from other animals, and they will also eat prey that is already dead, such as roadkill. Some of them will even begin to eat their prey while it is still alive. This is important to know, as we are hosting Lazio on Tuesday, also known as le Aquile, or the Eagles, and Milan often play more like roadkill.

Milan can't let Lazio fly away with this one

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sampdoria 0, Milan 1: The Bacca Show

I’m going to preface this one with the fact that we won. Three points. Because you may not ascertain that from the rest of this post. And while Donnarumma continues to be our MVP, this game was the Bacca show. Even though he didn’t start. And partially because he didn’t start. But it certainly wasn’t the Montella show, and I’m starting to sense his days are numbered. And not just because of Bacca, either.

He scored three as a starter, only one from the bench. Hmmm....

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sampdoria-Milan Preview: Mad

Sampdoria fans are mad after Montella left their club for Milan. You see, they had paid to get him out of his contract at Fiorentina. That and he was a much better coach than his predecessor, Walter Zenga, who really needs to just stop and let people remember him as a goalkeeper. Seriously. And they forget that we also paid them to get Montella out of his contract. But despite Giampaolo getting them off to a decent start this season, it is reported that the Sampdoria fans will protest Montella. Because I guess that’s just what they do. It’s not enough that we’re facing a team with a better record at their home stadium. And not just any stadium, but at the Marassi. All on a Friday night. But then I suppose that stadium alone could drive anyone mad.

Remember this happy couple?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Podcast: Reason to Hope

The season started, the mercato ended, there was an International break. Oh and there was big news about the sale of the club. So much to talk about, some good, some not so much. But amidst all of the news, the progress toward the sale of the club stands out the most, and gives fans a reason to hope.

We need to give Samuele & Alice a reason to hope again... and to tease Filippo