5 things we learned from Milan 1-0 Chievo

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Milan continued their hex over Chievo Verona at the San Siro by recording a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night.

Luca Antonelli got the solitary goal in what was a cagey affair throughout; the full-back’s effort curling past Bizzarri and inside the far right post.

Not a classic performance by any stretch of the imagination, though it is three more points for the squad ahead of a big few games.

With that being said, just what can we take from the victory?

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Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

1. Confidence is key

A point that I have mentioned over and over again already this season is just how important it is for the team to keep picking up points.

Milan did not blow Chievo away at all, and although the margin of victory should perhaps have been greater than the scoreline actually ended up, it was a narrow win against a team that has struggled recently (six points from last six games).

Of course Milan historically always seem to beat Chievo at home, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought that if there was a chance for the visitors to buck the trend, it would be tonight.

Yet the team must be paid credit for getting the job done. Not one to show the Grandkids 30 years down the line, however three points are three points and Mihajlovic will take them any way they come.


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Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

2. Wasting away

As I alluded to in the last point, the score should have been more than the eventual one-goal margin.

Milan spurned so many chances in the closing stages that the score could easily have been three or four.

Several opportunities for Giacomo Bonaventura and Juraj Kucka spring to mind, including shots in space from outside the box for both and a free header from the latter, in addition to Carlos Bacca being inches away from Bertolacci’s feed.

It didn’t end up hurting the team, yet it could have, and there is no doubt the side must be more ruthless against better opposition or they will be bitten on the behind.

It all interlinks as well. I feel this team needs a heavy victory just to really get the gears moving slowly and show the home crowd what it can do.

Until that happens, there will always be worries when the Rossoneri have a one goal lead.


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3. Credit where credit is due

One man who will not attract mainstream praise for a stellar performance is Alessio Romagnoli.

At times, I really feel for Alessio as he is constantly put under jeopardy, mainly by the left full-back be it Abate or De Sciglio.

He is really maturing fast and tonight was further evidence of that. Paloschi and Pellissier are tricky forwards to negotiate, but both were kept relatively quiet aside from set pieces (which Milan does look shaky when defending).

Praise must also go to Alex. I believe he performed very well; clearing up and making vital interceptions while winning almost everything in the air.

He almost got an assist had Bonaventura shown the composure to convert his cross in the first half.

The partnership of Alex and Romagnoli seems to be the most sound pairing that can be fielded at the moment, and they should be proud of the first clean sheet with hopefully many more to come.


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4. Star in the making

Hats off to Gigi Donnarumma for another wonderful performance between the sticks as he became the youngest goalkeeper in Serie A history to keep a clean sheet.

It’s been a while since I felt this excited about a goalkeeper full stop, let alone one as young as Donnarumma. The kid is a future star without doubt.

The confidence and composure with which he deals with crosses and commands his area is so comforting to see. At 16 years of age he saves breakaway chances for fun and always gives that feeling of being the last line of defence which most ‘keepers don’t.

Obviously there was the incident in the last few seconds in which he appeared to drop the ball and Pinzi slotted home, and though there was contact it may just be a lesson not to try and be the hero all the time, just in case.

Aside from that: absolutely perfect. Milan will be fighting off the clubs come January at this rate.


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5. Bigger fish to fry

Realistically, Sunday’s game against Lazio is the big indicator of where the team is.

Similarly to the Genoa game, I feel the team can go into the game with confidence of getting a result, but they will have to be a damn sight more clinical than this match.

A clean sheet on Sunday with the first half we saw against Chievo would lead to disaster. The team cannot afford to be naive and probe; they must take the game to Lazio and surprise Pioli’s side, or else it will be easy pickings.

Lazio struggled against Atalanta whilst Milan were moving within 5 points of second place, so one could be forgiven for thinking that the fixture coming up is a huge game for both sides.

Something is due to change this season. The team is not exactly firing yet but they are just about staying afloat. Sunday could change that entirely with a big statement to be made.


So, that is what I took from the narrow victory over Chievo.

Business as usual when it comes to that particular opponent, though I must give respect to Rolando Maran because he is making the most of his group of players.

Another positive reaction is needed from Miha’s men at the weekend, and it is then we will really see what the team are made of and how serious the ambitions are.

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slyfox

We just have to use this bunch of players to push for a spot in Europe,then get good players come next season…Forza Milan

ANGRY ITALIAN

OLIVER FISHER, SURELY YOU WOULD AGREE
TEAM WOULD BE MUCH STRONGER WITH OUR ICON AND LEGEND BONERA
LETTING HIM GO WAS FOOLISH!
KEEP MEXES ? PLASTIC FANS SAY OK
LOSE BONERA? PLASTIC FANS HAPPY!

WE NEED BONERA NOW MORE THAN EVER
ALEX IS TOO MENTALLY WEAK, ZAPATA IS A BONEHEAD, MEXES MAKE MEXTAKE ALL THE TIME
BONERA WAS EXPERIENCED AND LOTS OF RESPECT BY CLUB, ALWAYS PLAYED WITH HEART, A TRUE LEADER IN DRESSING ROOM, A LEADER OF ROSSONERI!

TELL ME U AGREE TOO

normal frenchman

Y’know, I think he has a point. There wasn’t any point in keeping Mexes, Zapata, Alex and let go of Bonera, who has been loyal to the shirt.

dope

legit

RKaY

Romagnoli I think has flew under the radar for his performances he has been so calm and very solid at the back since he arrived. Huge credit should go to Alex. Was very good today. The half time talk worked as the whole team stepped up in the second half. I also think a special mention should go to calvarese for superb refereeing today, it’s such a delight to see someone call the game properly and not call every bit of slight contact a foul. Well done

David

The game flowed well except when those babies in the Yellow began crying about everything.

shams

i think both montolivo and desiglio played pretty good. they seem to come inform along with bertolacci and cerci. another great news, niang is gonna be on the bench for the lazio game. so miha can finally use the 442 formation. forza milan!!!

Milanista121

Completely agree with RKaY, especially about Romagnoli. Alex has also been very solid, and i think their partnership is healthy for everyone involed – both of them and the entire team. Hopefully they both keep fit. Finally we get to see the old Alex and what he is capable of when fit. But the real test for our defence and the entire team is without a doubt this sunday.! I wouldnt say its vital for the season, but it will be a very big indicator to see where this team really is. Other than that, the first half was one… Read more »

Mr.G

1. Ran more
2. Central defenders need experience, Alex has that , there seems to be chemistry with Romagnoli
3. Wasted chances, but chances still
4. If we look at Man u or Inter Milan, their game is horrible, but they get the three points
5. Be carefull not to destroy our young goal keeper, against lazio Lopes should start

And number 6. Miha seems to have found a starting 11, where the players seem to play more or less together

ID

For the first time this season Milan’s defence looks quite solid. But again, this is chievo, they need to improve playing againts stronger opponent.

Later on when Menez,Niang, and Mario are fit, Miha will have more forward options.

However, Milan is still lacking a creative mildfield
I hope the solution is far greater than Boateng.

David

Midfeild definetly needs to improve. Montolivo was pretty much useless that entire match. January needs to be a time to focus on creativity in the middle.

But De Sciglio was a stud most of the game. Good for him hopefully he keeps his confidence up. Defence in general was solid.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Lazio is going to be a very tough match.

Speri

Finally a clean sheet! I hope they can keep it up. A point from the lazio game will be very much appreciated. Winning ugly is part of the growing process I don’t really care as long as we get the 3 points. Let’s hope we can continue like this without any injuries and recover some more players.

Vincent

It could be disastrous to ignore the fact that we have to buy a Creative Midfielder or improve Suso’s presence in the game.

nelson

Comment:well gud to see mailan play well 6 point in two game i hope we build on dis game on guys forza milan

G-win

Finally a clean sheet.. long overdue.

Sanoske

Funny if we had lost, I would have been reading so many harsh comments.

Mr.G

But we one, so played well in a way. Only three points count. Your comment is like Mexes, Useless

David

That’s how it works

Baffa

I think with everyone fit the best formation is 4-4-2 and the lineup should best be:
___________________Donna/Lopez___________________

Abate_____Alex_______Romaagnoli______Antonelli

Cerci______Monty______Bertolaci______Bonaventura

____________Bacca______Menz/Balloteli_____________

Milanellofm

I love how romagnoli plays right from when we got him.. The strength he has, the was he reads players movements and their through balls and even how calm he is when the ball is on his feet and dribbles out of trouble is just amazing to watch. At 20 years old It makes me feel good knowing we have someone that solid already for years to come. Alex is playing well too. Even though bacca may drift in and out of the game, he shows that he’s always there when it counts. A solid signing there. I just hope… Read more »

pelle80

Yes the guy is super good. Maybe we get him rugani too…his teammate in the under 21 italian national team,he is complaining of not getting play time in juve and napoli are making move to snap him up. For creativity in midfield lets get nolito from celta vigo that guy is a beast! He is 31yrs but i think he can still do wonders even until 35. I watched 3 full matches of him vs barca,villareal and real m. He single handedly dealt with these 3 teams.

rosso138

It is funny how people neglect the fact that Bertolacci had 10-15 bad matches (including preseason and friendlies) this season and now we see 2 games where he played good and everyone puts him in starting line-up…. Is that all what it takes? 2 games? Monty has been bad for 3 seasons, and the same case- few matches on higher level (maybe 6-7 / 10 score) and he is in the dream team… Dont get me wrong, im glad that they are playing good, but they (maybe Berto, but Monty not for sure) are NOT our long term solution for… Read more »

Mojdanis

1. De Jong is on bench
2. Suso is better than Honda(give Suso a chance)
3. Calabria should be given a chance
4. Miha plays wrong formation(suitable ones: 4-4-2 , 4-2-3-1)
5. This was just Chievo!

Milanista121

1. So? What matters is that we win, not who plays.
2. Suso is not better than Honda, suso should be loaned out/sold.
3. Yes.
4. This formation has gotten us seven points out of nine, so why are you complaining about the formation?
5. Yes, which is a good thing that we won, because it was “only chievo”, right?

Mojdanis

De Jong was our best player and it is pity to see him on the bench.It is good that we won,but Milan miss that guy on the pitch. I respect your opinion about Honda but if we want winger Suso is really better in that position. It is good run last three games but would you like to see us crushing these opponents rather than win with minimum margin? and yes it was just Chievo because we are AC Milan!!!

RKaY

Lol the “it was just chievo!” or “it was only sassuolo!” comments make me laugh….

Mojdanis

Nobody said it was just Sassuolo. Sassuolo is twice better team than Chievo. and yes this is soo funny ,lol

ZeR0W1

Actually, if you want a creative midfielder, just wait till Nuang/Menez is fit. Then you can field them as left winger and let Jack move back to left central midfield where he is more effective(even though it will cost us Bertolacci, but honestly, I think he and Kucka, who’s display I didn’t like, can rotate pretty well).

Romini

Anticipating the return of Menez, i think we could use some real creativity and someone who has a mind of his own, capable of intimidating the opposition like what KAKA did. But all the same I will support Milan even if we are relagated to some social league. we could use some flair. Forza Milan