5 things we learned from Lazio 1-3 Milan


Milan pulled out a wonderful performance on Sunday night primetime to defeat Lazio 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

The win made it three on the spin for a previously under-fire Sinisa Mihajlovic, somewhat easing the pressure on him as he passed this tough test.

Andrea Bertolacci opened the scoring in the first half, while pantomime villain Philippe Mexes doubled the lead and Carlos Bacca’s sixth of the season rendered a late Ricardo Kishna strike pure consolation.

A great three points, but what can we take from the game?


1. Getting into the swing of things

Full credit must be given to the team for the way that they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

The start made by Milan was exactly what the fans want to see. It was intense, it was energetic, it was almost aggressive at times; making Lazio feel incredibly uncomfortable in their own back yard.

The home side gave the ball away countless times in the midfield as a result of the pressure from the forward line and the anticipation of Montolivo, Kucka and to an extent Bertolacci. Milan then used the ball very well, quickly moving it wide where necessary and pushing Lazio further into their shell.

It was, for once, a perfectly executed gameplan, and that is something that Milan fans will cherish. Just one question: can we see that every week?


2. The complete performance?

It is hard to single out a player for any kind of criticism in what was a very well-rounded game played by the whole team.

Donnarumma was solid again, and I don’t blame him entirely for the goal as he was sold short by De Sciglio on the right. Romagnoli and Alex looked very solid for the opening stages, and Mexes did a good job when he came on, while Antonelli put in a very good shirt on the left neutralising Candreva and Felipe Anderson.

Montolivo was very good in the midfield, as was Bertolacci until his injury, but Poli came on and did a respectable job. Kucka didn’t have an amazing game, however his effort cannot go unnoticed on the defensive end of the ball.

Cerci operated the right side very well and looked dangerous in behind. Bonaventura was fantastic with his vision and passing, though I think he may have been taking shooting tips from KPB! Meanwhile, Carlos Bacca battled away tirelessly in the middle and deserved his goal.

Only Mattia De Sciglio caused me any concern as he struggled despite the team’s comfortable possession. His confidence seems completely shot, and it may be time for Davide Calabria, though that would raise concerns about an inexperienced back five (including Gigi).

Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images
Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

3. Big blows

Unfortunately it wasn’t quite the perfect day due to the injuries that occurred during the 90 minutes to key players.

Andrea Bertolacci, who was playing a good game and had just scored his first goal for the club, pulled up with a hamstring injury following a back-heel on the sideline.

He instantly requested a substitution and the signs did not look good. It has since been diagnosed as a a tear of the rectus femoris muscle. I don’t know what that means but it doesn’t sound good.

Alex then suffered a distressing injury in the second half as he was knocked out cold by the elbow of Juraj Kucka from a free kick. The Brazilian had been a good partner for Romagnoli since his emergence into the team, and will be a loss.

Thankfully news came through that he had regained consciousness and was taken to hospital for checks, but with head injuries they rarely take chances, so he could sit out Atalanta if he has concussion symptoms.

Then, Montolivo pulled up with some discomfort in his leg. Hopefully that won’t be too serious, though he couldn’t be subbed off at the time as Milan had already used three substitutes, meaning he could have aggravated the injury slightly.

Oh, and Bonaventura picked up another yellow card, meaning he will miss the Atalanta game through suspension. A slight dampener on an otherwise fantastic night.


4. A perfect script

One could not write a better story than that of which happened to Philippe Mexes.

We all know what happened last season when the Frenchman got a little too close to Stefano Mauri, ending in him being shown a red card and strangling the Lazio man in what was hardly one of his finer moments.

So of course when his name was announced as a substitute for Alex he didn’t exactly get the best reaction from the notoriously hostile Curva Nord.

Forty-three seconds after coming on he rose to nod the ball over Marchetti into the back of the net from a Bonaventura free-kick, sparking jubilant scenes among the travelling support.

It was a great story and it was just another element of a superb game.


5. Proving his worth

Huge praise must go to Carlos Bacca, who is settling into the Serie A just fine.

As mentioned, he got his sixth goal of the season with a 79th minute piece of brilliance that made it 3-0 to Milan. A perfect pass from Bonaventura found a great run by the Colombian, who rounded Marchetti and showed the composure to slot into an empty net.

Six goals doesn’t tell the whole story. He has played well in each formation, with any (or no) strike partner, and you just get the feeling anything can happen while he is leading the line.

Fully expect him to be competing for the Capocannoniere come the end of the season with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain.

So, that is what I took from a refreshingly good away performance.

The challenge now is to back it up again in the face of adversity with potentially four players missing from the team that started vs. Lazio.

If the team takes the same approach Atalanta shouldn’t be a problem. However they cannot be underestimated as they have made a great start to the season under Reja.

Roll on Saturday night, and hopefully another entertaining game!

Article by Oliver Fisher

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yan bah

Forza Milan


Good article, best Milan performance this season. Defense was amazing and attack was really good. I just hope we will have more healthy players from now on.



For once I had an enjoyable game to watch. The whole team played well. Proud of the boys. Forza Milan.




Oh come on, how long will you troll with the same comments, it isnt funny anymore…

Duru Uche

Comment:angry Italian I forbid u with this ur Bonerror talk


Since bonaventura is suspended for the match against Atalanta, I think we should start niang and see how far he could go. I think miha should let calabria play instead off de sciglio, he just looks very…. unassured at times. and what do you guys think about suso in for the injured berto??


Things number 6. Ever since Donnaruma played, Milan always won. Lets hope fot the same thing happen in all the next matches…


I was curious to see how much of Baccas attempts were converted into goals, as I suspected it cannot be that high, and it turns out he has scored 6 goals out of 9 attempts.


It is actually 6 goals from 9 shots on target. They did not count the shots off target. Still impressive.

Chris baggio

Players like Suso and Mauri should be given chances too.They have huge potential and can help the team.
I just hope we win against Atlanta to boost the confidence of the players.
Forza Milan!!!


there is a sad rumor that mauri would be swapped with ranocchia in january 🙁


Jose Mauri and Suso prob wont play. Most likely loaned in January. But it is a shame, two players with a lot of potential


D defence hs really bn solid since G. Donarruma hd bn introduced i think d defenders re stepping up thier game and staying on feet to protect d inexperienced 16 yr old. wat i mean is dey wouldn’t want to live d lad alone compare to having D. Lopez. i think thats the pyschological aspects milhajovic as use to resolve d defence xo fast. M still not impress wiv our midfield tho, i think mauri or suso sud b given a chance behind bacca Atleast


When I see this type of comment I just scroll down.. Are you writing like this on purpose or what??


Jesus Christ speak English I can’t even Google translate this. What language are you typing in??


I think for Atalanta match, Miha shold go for 4-4-2 formation. Mainly because we will miss all creative midfielders and there is no good LW who can replace Jack unless Niang is fit and have a decent form and condition already. Playing Honda or Suso out of position there would not be great. Better to play Luis Adriano in 4-4-2 then them in 4-3-3.


better performance from milan, they are more dynamic in the 4.3.3 formation thanks to jack and cerci and in bacca they have the perfect foil to complete the attack. Bertolacchi finally getting better as well. Only thing is jack is now unavailable for the next match and here we miss el sherawy, i hope milan can get him back next season, with the 4.3.3 he would be ideal enough for us.


Comment: Milan go high


Cerci finally had a good game

Pa ibra

I think the mysterious guy scored with his first touch of the season nice one mexes and forza milan


Milan is getting fluidity in style of play, Bonaventura is just like Messi with lower shot Accuracy… Alex and Romagnoli is the perfect Duo, Mexes is one of our best strikers, and Finally Carlos Bacca is a Beast he should at the end of the season be the Highest Goal scorer.


Rumor say Pirlo will go to Inter for the MLS break, can he hate Milan more?

So sad atlas go back to Juve not Shinter


Just going to put this here.
So far, Montolivo has gained more ball possession than any other player in the Serie A, with an outstanding number of 51. Second on the list is Lucas Castro from Chievo Verona at 39.


Good for him. Montolivo, Cerci, Bertolacci all seem to be proving their mettle.


I read Milan are in for Palermo’s Vazquez and that Berlusconi is personally involved in negotiations.

Many say he is really good but he mostly plays as trequartista so since i haven’t seen much of him, can anyone update me on him and can he play in our new 433?



he is a great player and if berlu is involved that means he really wants the guy in milan and so do i .

Pa ibra

Your welcome

but sorry as I dont really know much about him either. however I watched this guy against us and he didnt do great things. I think milan should sign players with talent plus the “character” to deliver in big stages I mean those who wont tremble playing psg bayern etc in the champions league. I migh not really know what vazques is fully capable of but judging by the few times I saw him he doesnt look like offering much that milan are currently lacking.

Pa ibra

I guess he can play in 433 he sometimes seems to like cutting in from the right and having left footed shoots. he scores goals for palermo though


I think we should getANDRIJA ZIVKOVIC on free transfer


honda is not liked by milan he should be allowed to move. galliani is stopping is January move to west ham. why the hell u keep player u dont want. and one who told me get out , u first approach the ceo then speak to me.


Why accept the first offer or make us look like we don’t need him? Business is business lets get a good dollar from his transfer


I perfectly understand what ola is saying,if you don’t understand what he’s writing, mind your biz,you don’t have to make jest @laola_shout out to naija,