Podcast: Something to Smile About

Recorded on Sunday after the first Lazio match, there was plenty to talk about on and off the pitch. With three straight wins, something we haven’t seen since the beginning of the season, that elusive optimism has popped up once again for Milan fans everywhere. It may not last, but for now we have something to smile about.

Deserved smiles

This fan podcast wouldn’t be a podcast without Francesco, aka the Other Pope. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. We chatted about:

• News of the Week:  New Milan baby, Yonghong Li speaks, Diesel rocks, President Weah, speaking out against cyberbullying, political zombies, FIGC elections

• Season Update: update on Serie A matches

• Wisdom from Maldini: speaking about the current Milan

• VAR: new stats and quotes from the referee designator

• Coming up: Upcoming matches

Thanks again to Francesco for more fun convo about Milan. Give him a follow on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8.

Udinese-Milan Preview: Old Friends

So Sunday, we meet Udinese, and along with them, our old friend Massimo Oddo. He has revolutionized this team since being appointed as head coach about a week before Gattuso took over Milan’s first team. Oddo’s impact was immediate and fairly steady, whereas Gattuso’s impact has only recently come to some fruition. Udinese are only two points behind us on the table, so there is plenty at stake as we travel away to the Dacia Arena.

Which friend will triumph? Or will they share the points?

After slipping up a bit, Udinese won their last match, 1-0 against Genoa. For that match, Oddo lined up Bizzari; Danilo, Samir, Nuytinck, Jankto, Fofana, Behrami, Pezzella, Stryger Larsen, Lasagna, and De Paul. He’s got pretty much a full squad to greet us, so expect him to line up his strongest eleven.

Gattuso will be missing Rodriguez again who has been suffering from a stomach bug. And although Conti is slowly starting to come back to training, he will still be out for a while. Storari is recovering, but will still not be available, and with Gabriel being loaned out to Empoli this week, look for a Primavera keeper to be called up with the brothers Donnarumma.

Three points would be amazing in this match, but this will be a very tough match for sure. Even with all of the consistency and success of late, we cannot underestimate this opponent. There’s never any love lost when there is a meeting of old friends.

Serie A Week 23
Udinese vs. Milan
Sunday, February 4 • 15:00 CET (9am EST)
This match will NOT be shown LIVE on TV in the U.S.
Podcast: Something to Smile About Podcast: Something to Smile About Reviewed by Elaine on 4:31 AM Rating: 5
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