The derby, Gattuso and what we might have in store in the coming months

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Mateo Musacchio during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mateo Musacchio during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

By late October, Milan-fans would believe they’d have a feeling of what to expect from the rest of the season. However as things stand it’s all still as uncertain as ever.

With eight games played, the Rossoneri remain 12th in the league. A win against Genoa, in the postponed game, would make them sixth. Up until today Gattuso’s men have showed some very good form, but also some worryingly bad. The games have often been of two halves: one dominant, creative and exciting, and one uncertain, fearful and lackluster.

The matches against Napoli, Cagliari, Atalanta and Empoli are examples of this pattern. Milan played well at times, but when it mattered they were unable to close down and convert their chances. Gattuso’s side seemed inexperienced and fearful in the dying embers of games, neither threatening in attack nor secure in defense. After the poor start to the season, rumors had it that Gattuso was given three games to change this run of form. Rino responded by leading the team to a 4-1 victory against a strong Sassuolo-side, as well as clearly overcoming both Olympiacos and Chievo. While not the biggest of teams to beat, the Rossoneri started to show confidence and character in their play.

Davide Calabria and Ivan Perišić during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Davide Calabria and Ivan Perišić during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

After the international break, and two weeks of preparation for Gattuso and several of the players, the Derby della Madonnina was upon us. This was going to be a real test of strength for Gattuso’s side. While it had been a frustrating start to the season, Milan had lost only once, a game against Napoli at the San Paolo, arguably one of the toughest games the current season has to offer. Maybe the Rossoneri’s stressful start to the season had just been a matter of stringing two halves together?

After a close opening, where both sides were feeling each other out, Inter started to dominate. Milan were pressed down low, were weak on the ball and showed indecisiveness and uncertainty on the counter. Disappointingly for some, Gattuso’s side didn’t seem to want to win the game, but rather settled for a draw. With some very good defending at times, as well as some luck, Milan managed to keep the score sheet equal throughout regular time. However, Inter were ready to pounce, and in the 92’ minute they got their chance. Donnarumma misjudged a cross from Vecino, rushed out towards the ball to leave an open goal for Mauro Icardi who had no problem beating Musacchio on the header. A heartbreaking goal to concede for the Rossoneri, who had defended for so long, but hardly an undeserved one.

Mauro Icardi scoring past Gianluigi Donnarumma during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mauro Icardi scoring past Gianluigi Donnarumma during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Still, Milan lost against a strong Inter-side, and a loss in the derby, however painful it is, doesn’t ruin the season just yet.

Earlier this week Higuain, Suso and Romagnoli praised Gattuso and the rest of this current Milan-side. Romagnoli claimed that the players have “absolute confidence in Rino” and that they were even “willing to die for him”. In other words Gattuso is, as he perhaps still should be, secure in his coaching position.

However Milan’s swift ever-changing character, between a defensive side, an attacking side, a confident side and an uncertain side, needs to be taken care of. The substitutions also need to be better. In the derby Cutrone was used on the flank without seemingly much to offer. Bakayoko was also subbed on, without impressing anyone, and Abate came on merely to run down the clock. Unlike earlier seasons, Milan has some good depth on the bench, potential game changers when used right. That is an aspect of the game Gattuso needs to utilize for all its worth.

Patrick Cutrone during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

However the form of some of the starting players has been disappointing at times. Çalhanoğlu has been a shade of himself before the summer. Musacchio, while often good, has struggled with his defensive positioning. And even with some great performances, Calabria’s apparent struggle with playing week in week out opens up room for the ever-so shaky Abate. Most of all, though, Gigio Donnarumma might have been the most disappointing player in the red and black shirt so far this season. This Milan-side hasn’t kept a clean sheet in the league since April. Gigio can hardly take the entire blame for that, but it’s still a nasty statistic for the young man. Even with evident quality and potential, he doesn’t look like a player worthy of his salary at the moment. He’s shaky with the ball in his feet and his aerial play is questionable. Milan is in nothing like a keeper-crisis, but for €6m a year you would expect more.

Luckily, the Rossoneri have some good players returning to the field. Conti will soon be back from his injury, Caldara is already back from his, and the exciting Brazilian prospect Lucas Paquetá will be eligible to play in January. With the possibility of more signings arriving this winter, Gattuso will have even fewer excuses for weak performances.

Gennaro Gattuso and Luciano Spalletti during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Gennaro Gattuso and Luciano Spalletti during Inter-Milan at Stadio San Siro on October 21, 2018. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

All in all though, Milan might still have a great season. The Europa League is there to be taken and the Serie A is still in the early stages. Gattuso’s side has also shown some great, creative and entertaining football at times. It’s “just” a matter of consistency. Because what’s frustrating is that after years of uncertainty many hoped for a steadier season, one where a Milan-side with evident quality in several positions was able to bring home three points most weeks. Instead, a Sunday night without being close to a heart attack still seems unlikely for a Milan fan, even if the opposition is Empoli. Still, it’s not just the small games that are problematic, this Milan-side’s apparent fragile mentality in big games is disappointing, as it used to be these games the club thrived in.

Many wrongs were made right this summer, but the Rossoneri still struggle with many of the same issues as before. What causes this can be speculated and debated, but the only thing certain is that this side is capable of more. Milan need to play like a big side, play with the quality that they do have, and show that quality on a regular basis. That is on the players, but especially on Gattuso.

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milan4lyf
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When it comes to man-managing and managing the dressing room, I am pretty sure very few coaches can do it better than Gattuso. But when it comes to real-time on-field tactical decisions at a moment of crisis, Gattuso loses his confidence and makes mistakes. Lack of experience is the only thing to blame for it. I don’t agree when fans scream ‘GATTUSO OUT’. That’s just fans’ emotions talking. Gattuso is our legend, our champion. He deserves the respect. He helped us through a tough time. Now it’s time for us to help him grow. Lets bring in someone with a… Read more »

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Milan is not the place to help coaches grow. He needs to go to Chievo or Bologna or some pitiful team in Serie B for that. We are Milan. A legendary club second to only Real Madrid. We need to return to our rightful place in football and that is on top of Europe. Gattuso is not the answer and I am reading rumors on the web that we are linked with Arsene Wenger since Gazidis is coming to Milan soon. A very good idea since we have a young squad. It makes a lot more sense to get Arsene… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Wenger ?? Is this a joke ??? Why not bring back Sacchi ?

nick
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nick

Sacchi’s last year with Milan was nothing great. Neither was Capello’s last term at Milan nor Allegri or Ancelotti. So what’s your point?

And yes, Wenger. The same Wenger that beat the crap out of Milan in the Europa league in case you forgot.

Fyah360
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Fyah360

Look at Allegri and Ancelotti now, they’re still at the top bro….. Not down for Wegner tho!!!

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Wenger is a joke of a coach in this moment !!! Let’s be serious ! He hasn’t won anything important since I was child. Even my idol, Gheorghe Hagi, beat him in a final of UEFA Cup with Galatasaray. No, Wenger will not perform ever at AC Milan ! Capello, Lippi, even if they are old they are mega coaches, but Wenger is finished !

Veron
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Veron

If you think we are at the same level with Real Madrid at the moment you are dreaming my friend, your team status doesnt win you games unless you have good players, we are a Chievo/Bologna in the making to become Milan.

nick
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nick

I never said we a current on the same level as Real Madrid. Smh

I implied that we are 2nd Real Madrid since we have have more CL trophy than everyone else except them. Is that not correct?

And for those of you who are against Arsene Wenger coming to Milan, don’t be mad when January comes as it appears our new CEO Gazidis is planning that already when he arrives October 31st.

So this might be more than just a rumor as Arsene Wenger is reportedly saying he will return to coaching in January.

Naz
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Naz

Your not seeing the woods for the trees my friend If you and everyone else can see Gattuso’s limitations why is he still here?? Enough of the sentiment and “respect our legends” nobody is questioning his status but anyone with even a vague understanding of football will tell you he’s not going to cut it He’s not making small mistakes here there glaring ones, I still get sick a little in my mouth every time I think of how isolated Higuain was all because of Gattuso being terrified to attack! What’s he going to do against Juventus?? My god he’ll… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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While I don’t think Gatusso should be fired just yet, in particular since there’s no one better lined up (don’t believe conte will come now), I agree with you 100% nick – Milan is not the place for coaches to grow.

But Milan needs, amongst many other things, good man management skills and Gatusso seems to do that pretty good. Gotta gove credit where credit is due.

nick
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nick

I hear you but Andre Silva might feel differently about Gattuso’s man management skills.

In any case, Gattuso won’t be removed before January. However I strongly believe that he will be replaced by Arsene Wenger because that is the coach I think our new CEO Gazidis will bring with him according to rumors.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

I hope not !

Milan10
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Milan10

“Just imagine Gattuso, making the right choices with Subs and less fearful of defeat. The whole Derby could’ve been different and yup guess who would’ve been hailed as the hero if we had won.. Oh YES, our own Grinta.” this is by far the most pathetic argument ive ever read on this blog, and god knows ive read many pathetic arguments here. So adolf hitler wouldve been war hero had he disbanded nazi and stopped the blitzkrieg from happening? Brilliant

Raven
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Can’t agree more, we lack consistency, and certainly Gattuso can work on his flexibility as a coach, but he is humble I like that keep things simple, he finded our best 11, now it’s up to gattuso to mix things up, up to the bench to show hunger, up to leodini to improve the level of this squad and up to us to support Milan. I could see the inmense presion Gattuso has on his shoulders, fielding Cutrone on the wing was due being afraid to switch the system. And taking Kessie instead of bona showed that he his afraid… Read more »

Shackur
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To me Milan was not total shambles, only for the avoidable mistake by donna. When we lose it’s like everybody does woefully but when we win, we won’t see any mistake at all. The only thing left for Milan to work on is the ability to hustle the ball from their opponents and stop defending all times.

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Raven, if you play Higuain and Crutone together, then if one gets injured or tired and needs to be substituted, who do we bring in?? 442 is OK when when you have applicable players. This is the problem when you have player like Borini as a reserve striker. The problem is Milan is a big club. Average players will not take us anywhere. When average players play for us, the end result is panic, fear at the crucial movement. This is exactly what happened against Inter. Temporarily, I would advise Gattuso to bench Calhanoglu. He is short one. We have… Read more »

Raven
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Raven

Agree but I was talking about fielding two strikers as a plan B, besides de did ok last season playing every 3 days with the sale 11

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

It is enough quality in the team this season, it’s the same team that defeated Roma playing sensational ! The problem is the coach, only the coach, if he decides well, the team will play well, if he decides wrong, the team plays like the last time against Inter ! The problem is Gattuso decided badly in a lot of games and this is not good at all ! The entire world has seen that Calhanoglu has a problem in this beginning of the season and Rino is insisting with him every game, why ??? Everyone is seeing that Donnarumma… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

Very well said Mahn… @AlexMilan

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

AlexMilan, Roma are the punching bag of seria a these days; defeating them wasn’t such an accomplishment. I think the main problem is indeed the players, the squad, which is good but not good enough.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Look at real madrid, their squad is good enough ? Maybe their coach isn’t good enough ?

Sheva
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Sheva

Dejo Savicević was in local tv studio last night and he said that these days is harder to break into Milan’s first eleven than at Barca or Real Madrid, and he is right. Halilović, Laxalt. Castillejo are just some of the names that didn’t even got proper chance to prove themself. And being ready to die for a coach when you are going to start no matter what is easy. You got yourself a loyal 11 players and 14 frustrated ones. And I like idea od solid starters but when a part of the team is underperforming it’s foolish not… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

I have just been reading comments on here from yesterday to today… Fact is, I am fed up and short for words, it’s really depressing what’s happening to my most beloved Milan & I have come to realize that many of the people supporting Gattuso probably have other teams they love and support too, hence the reason they ain’t so pained, hence the reason they think everything is okay and Gattuso will one day become Gaurdiola, hence the reason they find nothing wrong in the way we played against Inter, hence the reason some even think Donnarumma should keep starting,… Read more »

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Trust me, Im all for Milan so no the first thing you said was total BS mate.

Haso112
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Haso112

Heard you, when I said ”Some Milan fans” there was no where there I mentioned names, I know you are a die hard Milan fan, but you can’t speak for everyone… I follow many Milan fans on twitter too & I even know a few in person…. I know what I am talking about, a man who has one car as his only means of transportation to work is more frustrated when the car keeps breaking down, than another who has two or three cars, when one car is failing, he just moves on the to next one while waiting… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

”Many Milan fans” I meant… Many started supporting other teams on the side as the years went on because of shame, being ridiculed by friends and family, unable to bear the pains. Now they’re waiting for the glory Milan days again, then they’d come back screaming Forza Milan, not like it’s a wrong thing, it’s their life choice, but you can’t compare the pains I feel to theirs, that was my point. ”Imagine a Milan fan telling me after that Inter game that we played a good game, we were just unlucky because of Donnarumma’s mistake… Gosh…! Did we watch… Read more »

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Yeah I only meant that that first part of your comment was BS, there are plenty of fans who are like that though, not only Milanisti. Those who have a fav team in Italy, England and Spain and support them “equally”. I completely hear what you’re saying. Just wanted to point out that my trust in Gattuso doesn’t mean any wavering fan basing for Milan as my heart is purely red and black. Just as I cant speak for everyone, you cant speak and say the and make a generalization like that, as it makes us other fans who support… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

Bro, if you read my comment very well, I didn’t generalize and I even used the word “Probably”.. But it’s okay, I get you…!

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

I still love and support Gattuso, but I can’t shut my mouth when I see something is not good or goes wrong, I was the first who supported Rino when Montella was sacked and I still think Rino is a smart boy and he can do better and learn from his mistakes but I hate in the same time his rigidity, the way he is ignoring some of his players, some of his good players. We should underline when something goes wrong, but we should be balanced, it’s not the moment of sacking Rino, he still have a chance and… Read more »

Milanista121
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exactly Alexmilan, very true! now is not the time, we’ll see how we’ll bounce back in the coming weeks, they will show what Milan and especially Rino is made of. never have any of us who support Rino said that he is flawless, we have admitted his mistakes, just hope he learns from them. and for now he has our confidence! besides, like I said in an earlier comment, i know it was a dreadful and pitiful display, but we lost against Inter, fans are reacting as if it was against SPAL at home like Roma… imagine what they would’ve… Read more »

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My problem is not with the person who is managing the club. I love Rino and I was one of the only admirer of him in this blog. My problem is the approach he is taking. years ago, After Carleto left, we hired Leonardo as a coach. He was young and inexperienced. He made lots of mistake but his approach to how we should play was right. His Milan was young attacking side with new faces. He made Borrielo a beast. a player that at most was above average. My problem is that Rino’s Milan is making some top, amazing… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

Now, that’s sense you just put out there, common sense doesn’t need any logic….! Bless you…! And for everyone waiting for Gattuso to become Gaurdiola, I say, keep waiting…! You’d wait until chickens grow teeth….!

Fyah360
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Fyah360

I agree with everything you said but what u said about Higuaine is wrong, the price was right, we missed that type of striker that provides 20+ goals from Zlatan left, we couldn’t leave that up to Cutrone and definitely not up to the very underperforming Silva. Silva is a great talent and needed time to settle, we needed goals so Higs was the best option for the money, not Moratta, not Belotti, not Immobile. We can get Silva back tho, Sevilla Can’t afford him.

Jibola
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Jibola

We are all obviously frustrated bcos losing ugly is different from losing beautifully and especially in a derby.

My hope isn’t lost, mistakes have been made and nobody can reverse those hence, its time to move on. I want to see how they react to this defeat and hopefully Gatuso learns from his mistakes.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Yesss, exactly! Not sayng this just because it’s Gattuso, would’ve said it no matter who the coach was, but of course i am a bit more sentimental since he is our beloved Rino – he is our coach right now and I do hope he manages to fix this and guide us to success instead of failing, and we have to start from scratch with a new coach and another year with no european football. Im just hoping for the best of results right now, so we can carry on the good stuff that has been carried out. But Rino… Read more »

nick
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nick

What I don’t understand is why everyone keep saying that they hope Gattuso learn from his mistakes but he is making the same mistakes over and over again. How many mistakes does a person need to make before they learn from it? This is not directed at you personally but I see a coach who is obviously stuck in his own way and has no intention of making any changes. That’s why he’s making the same mistakes every time. That’s the only thing he is consistent with. Making the same mistakes every single time. He’s not learning from it. How… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

I really do wonder myself, how many mistakes does one make in order to learn from ones mistake… Gattuso learns nothing and sure doesn’t seem like someone who’s wiling to try something different, everyone sees the problem, everyone knows the fix to the problem except for the one person who’s in charge of the problem, same we got with Montella, same same….. I actually don’t care if we win against Real Betis Thursday, I just want to see us playing good football, playing football worth sitting down to watch for 90 minutes even if we lose… The Milan derby is… Read more »

nick
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nick

Totally agree

Jibola
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Jibola

I agree with you guys but we need to wait and see how they react.

I read on Sportmediaset that Donadoni was contacted already, that means the Management too are not at rest about the current situation because they are not happy.

Let’s hope he fix things better.

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

No manager is perfect they all have their good and their bad. For gattuso, he is well respected and he tries to get the best out of his players. He’s instilled the grinta and he sees where we struggle. But more than ever his stubbornness to switch things may kill him. 4 3 3 was clearly now working against inter, suso was marked higuain was therefore a ghost and barely had an impact. What bothered me more than anything was subbing off calhanoglu and putting on cutrone and still KEEPING the 4 3 3. In what world is cutrone a… Read more »

nick
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@Milanellofm. Yep. Totally see your point. I don’t think Gattuso will be around in January unless Milan improves drastically. If we are not around 4th place by then he will most likely be replaced.

Milan will lose money and probably risk some financial fair play penalties if we don’t qualify for CL next season.

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Ya man, last year not making into champions League we were saved by Elliott. If we don’t make it in this year we’re going to have some serious problems

nick
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nick

Yeah, I just saw that about Donadoni. I don’t know man. I kinda had enough of Milan past players being our coach.

I would rather someone like Arsene Wenger, Jardim, Conte or Gasperini.

I am not impressed with Donadoni’s work and I think he’s not much difference from all the other Milan past players we had as coach.

I hope we get someone else to be honest.

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Jardim, Conte, Gasperini super OK, but Wenger ??? God damn : )))))

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Milan fans have every right to be mad after the disgraceful, disrespectful, and ugly display at the derby.

But – Gatusso for all his faults shouldn’t take most of the blame. Yes he’s the man in charge, yes his Cutrone sub didn’t do anything, and so on. But the reason we lost is because the players were too nervous and afraid, rendering any buildup to be useless, and making our defense look shaky at best. Gatusso’s game plan didn’t include barely completing 3 passes throughout the first half, or barely crossing the half line!

Naz
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Naz

Dude seriously? Baresis Dream how can you say these things and believe them to be correct? You have to have seen how he put the team out to play? The players did what they were told to do and nobody would dare break rank against Gattuso because he’s liable to punch you, I remember seeing Montolivo flicking Gattuso while walking off the training ground in a totally joking way with no malice or harm meant it was just a joke and Gattuso flipped out and whacked him round the ear like a bold school boy We’ve all heard the story’s… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Dude – I’ve seen it over and over again for the last 6 years or so. Our players choke through some period of the season, the coach gets blamed, eventually replaced, and then a short good run is yet again followed by a dip in form. And cycle repeats. Time to face the obvious-our squad is not good enough. Yes, a good coach with some luck can make 4th place, heck even Gatusso can make 4th place. But our squad is still not good enough. Nothing close to being garaunteed CL spot. And no coach can change that. We basically… Read more »

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My main issue with Gattuso is not just that he lacks ideas. Of course, I don’t expect him to come pre-programmed with every tactical weapon in the book. After all, the fact is, that he is an inexperienced coach and there’s a LOT to be learned. My worry is about his willingness to adopt changes should learned opportunities clearly present themselves. 1) High pressing completely debilitates us. I’ve not seen another team crumble as much as we do when pressed. We resort to back passes and then booting the ball up field when there is no one left behind to… Read more »

Naz
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Naz

The whole playing out from the back thing irks me more than anything simply because of how easy it is to play against it, all you need do is just press press press and sooner rather than later one of our boys will crack and to make it worse he even done it while TWO nil up against Napoli 🙁 I swear I almost still cry when I think about how we could of won that game had he of just told them to ditch that tactic Without doubt if Gattuso stays in charge he’s going to ruin Hakan, you… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

See, the problem with this comment and it’s analysis is that’s it’s very dependent on the team playing against us (in this example inter) – 1. Both Chievo and Sasuollo tried to press is and failed miserably. Also, our buildup can be quite slow even if we’re not pressed. 2. It’s peculiar that 2 coaches with a similar squad thought the proper formation is 4-3-3 but everyone here sees better. The truth is that no formation fits us naturally, because we don’t have a world class or even solid solution for every position on the field. The 4-3-3 gets the… Read more »

Naz
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Naz

Baresis Dream I’m not even going to bother pointing stuff out thats wrong with your comment like “Both Chievo and Sasuollo tried to press us and failed miserably” just look at the teams you mentioned??? Why not use Napoli as an example?? See what they did?? ” It’s peculiar that 2 coaches with a similar squad thought the proper formation is 4-3-3 but everyone here sees better. The truth is that no formation fits us naturally” the only word there that fits is “peculiar” because thats exactly what Gattuso and Montella are as well as totally useless and the reason… Read more »

king kaka
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@ BD we can agree to disagree mate. Anything I post is by an large just my opinion. But just on a point of clarity, I was not focused on Inter game. In fact I said it seems like the go to tactic used against us. As you rightly pointed out in support., even teams like Chievo and Sassulo come to press us high. Why, because it works (too often).

Haso112
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Haso112

“There is tension between Leonardo and Gattuso. I wouldn’t be surprised if Leonardo decided to sack Gattuso in the morning.”
@AlfredoPedulla:

Naz
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Naz

Please let this be true

Haso112
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Haso112

Well, I hope it doesn’t happen tomorrow morning lool.. I’d love to see what happens with the Real Betis game on Thursday & the Sampdoria match on Sunday.

Claudio Giovanni
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Claudio Giovanni

Maldini and Leonardo didn’t watch the match…I’m sure …Gattuso made his team play like that??? How about if we meet Juventus??..Barcelona??..psg?? Or Liverpool??..pls sack Gattuso before it’s too late.

Haso112
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Haso112

They did, plus Shevchenko…..!

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Yes, another coach will make us a team that is able to face Barca and Real; the players themselves are negligible in this matter.

Claudio Giovanni
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Claudio Giovanni

Gattuso will never learn….look at Inter Milan the moment they employed a proven coach they are in the champions league and we’re still here praising our mr Milan DNA Gattuso…

Naz
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Naz

Of course Leonardo & Maldini watched the game dude! They were there with Sheva

Wirelessbrain
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Wirelessbrain

I hope we are moving past the childish comments made on this blog for such a long time. It was a pleasure to read some of the best comments I have seen here. Keep it up guys! Well written arguments for both in favor and against Gattuso.

Less attacking each other and more logical arguments will make this blog a pleasure to read for all Milanisti.

Iheanyi
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Iheanyi

DSTV keeps repeating this inter-milan game and everytime I still wonder why garrison is our coach. Poor poor footballing. I said it after d game with Napoli that this season will b same with others and I was right. We can win anything b/c there’s no pattern to win. We just play not to lose and sometimes we are lucky to win. Just imagine what inter did do us. Coach banking on counter when his fastest attacker(laxalt) is on the bench. Looking at what’s happening with laxalt and customer won’t advice we buy any promising player for this coach. He… Read more »

Caspermilanindo
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Caspermilanindo

Gattuso is stupid,mate…he can’t use the depth of the team to the max. He choose Musacchio than caldara.
And he don’t have large tactical knowledge. His milan is monoton.boring.we don’t expect that milan with the depth of the squad like now.

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

So growing reports that gattuso may be sacked for donadoni? What do you all think of that?

Milanista121
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Milanista121

If it’s Donadoni I say let Rino keep doing what he does… if he’s sacked it should be like what Nick said, Jardim, Wenger, Conte or someone. Honestly, with our young team, Jardim or Wenger would be perfect.

Sheva
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Sheva

Why Donadoni? If we are all out of Italian coaches than look outside Italy. Jardim is free for god sakes. Donadoni haven’t conviced me that he is better than Gattuso so to express myself ugly: I choose evil that I know.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Donadoni is no upgrade.

Haso112
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Haso112

Milan have issued no deadlines for Gattuso but are expecting an immediate reaction against Real Betis. Leonardo and Maldini did not like the team’s approach and Gattuso’s subs in the derby. It’s fundamental for the club to make CL football this season [GdS]

Well, I say it’s not just fundamental, but very very fundamental…..!

Naz
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Naz

So by what reports suggest is that we’re going for another former player in Donadoni??
Is it part of the job description to have played for us while choosing?
There’s at least 2 top class managers available in Wenger and Conte
I don’t know what the situation is with the contract Conte had with Chelsea or if he can legally take over because there’s reports saying he can’t and Real Madrid’s lawyers looked into it

Haso112
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Haso112

Yeah I’ve been reading that everywhere since last night, but I don’t want to believe it, hence the reason I’ve not said a word about it…!

Naz
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Naz

Hey Haso how’s things?
I’d be astonished if Leonardo and Maldini would hire Donadoni at least not while Conte is available but I think whatever his contract situation is at Chelsea is the problem! I don’t think he can take on work while he’s contracted to them or he’d lose like 10m or some insane figure like that which is due to him in wages! For that kind of money I wouldn’t take on work either 🙂

Haso112
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Haso112

All’s well bro, thanks… Well, Arsene Wenger’s name just popped up somewhere tonight as the Donandoni rumor has been debunked, but I’ve only seen the story from one source, waiting till morning to see if other reliable sources carry this story too… Wenger won’t be a bad idea, at least for the transition and he’s good at managing young players….

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Wenger in England was outdated, he had no chance when in England arrived coaches like Klopp, Guardiola, Conte, Pochettino, Mourinho, even Mourinho in this moment is outdated there, with the utmost respect for him, when I hear you speaking about Wenger at AC Milan I am wondering how balanced you are and if it’s ok to have faith in your oppinion in the future, OMG !

Milanista121
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Milanista121

He isn’t my first option, but Im thinking of how the team looks, he has been great with young players, and if you combine the attitute instilled by Rino, with the technical finesse that Wenger at least has been capable of to bring then this team can be very exciting. But he isn’t my first option either, would prefer him over Donadoni though…

nick
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nick

That’s not fair statement. The EPL is the most competitive league with at least 5-6 teams challenging for the title. It’s very rare in England for teams to be repeat champions. Now as far as Arsene Wenger, in his final years at Arsenal the club board was more concerned with financial stability than winning trophies. Wenger was tasks with keeping Arsenal in the top 4 as the club plans were to recoup the money spent on their new stadium. Therefore, Arsenal had a lot of turnover with top players that can make the difference to balance the books. A constant… Read more »

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

No, it wasn’t rare at all, there were a lot of seasons dominated by United, a lot of seasons dominated by Arsenal !!! In the last 10 years, when english football become more and more rich, and all the teams started to bring a lot of starlets, the competitivity raised and United and Arsenal were matched by Chelsea, City, Tottenham and Liverpool. Wenger is archaic nowadays and doesn’t fit with italian football, in Italy any coach of medium level will overtake Wenger and here I can enumerate De Zerbi and even Donadoni. Don’t compare the physicity in England with the… Read more »

nick
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nick

EPL hasn’t been a physical game since the 80s and 90s. With the influx of foreign coaches like Wenger, Mourinho, Klopp, Pochinttino, Emery, Conte, Sarri, Guardiola, Ancelotti to name a few, the EPL is more tactical and entertaining. Serie A coaches still park the bus like Gattuso did against inter in the derby. That’s why the game was so boring. Milan played like most Serie A small teams playing away from home. I agree that Serie A is more tactical but so is the EPL and it’s understatement to think it’s not. Arsene Wenger would do great with the talent… Read more »

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Aaah dont agree that it’s more entertaining, honestly EPL during the last five seasons has been becoming worse and worse imo. Exception was when Leicester won.
Before that it was so much pace etc, and so many goals in EPL, lived up to the title of the most entertaining league, but nowadays especially their so called top games are so-so.

Otherwise I agree:)

C
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C

Berlusconi and Galliani really messed this club up really bad it just seems like Milan cant move forward or progress at all no matter what they try to do it is always the same thing… If Leonardo Maldini & Elliott cant save this club then nobody can but i dont think Milan fans understand just how badly shape the club is in and it will take years before they can repair the damage that has been done to this club there is no fast solutions to these problems fans must be patient

Mathijs Savicevic
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Mathijs Savicevic

The team is just mediocre, PERIOD!!!!

Inter has much more quality, that’s why we lost. Because of a mediocre keeper, Donnarumma.

Milan10
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Milan10

I thought donna the sinner’s maradona of gk? Oh i get it now, because like d10s, donna like to snort baby powder too right?
Oh, and rino’s garbage coach, LIKE I SAID

Mathijs Savicevic
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Mathijs Savicevic

With this group of players, no coach will succeed.

Further, I also hoped that Gasperini will be coach after Montella. But still, I am behind Gattuso

Haso112
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Haso112

The agent of Trabzonspor star Yusuf Yazici confirms AC Milan’s interested in the young Turkey international. He is €40m-rated. Firenzeviola.it

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

We need a player like Christian Eriksen from Spurs or Delle Alli, or Kevin de Bruyne, we need a modern playmaker able to push, push, push , not young internationals who will be ignored by Rino or another fearful coach… with Rino, even Paqueta will be eternal reserve… Why not to try 4-2-3-1 with Hakan or Halilovic OM, with Suso, Castillejo RW, Jack, Castillejo, Borini or CAPANNI LW, Biglia, Kessie, Bakayoko DM/CM…With 4-3-3 we need at least 2 good CM and one good LW, and the newest thing, we need a strong CB !!! With 4-2-3-1 we will need a… Read more »

Haso112
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Haso112

Bro, Yusuf Yazici is very good….! Left footed midfielder, some tag him the Turkish Messi, some others say Turkish Messi… Trazanspor fans are actually uncomfortable with the whole speculation, the guy is really good just the exact type of player we’ve been missing.. You can look him up… Rino won’t be here for too long, you’ll see…

Tomi
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Tomi

We are in this mess thanks to Mirabelli. Milan is not for trial, Gattuso should be an assistant to somebody, same with Seedorf and Inzaghi. We need a world class coach that will make us dream again. That wont happen with Gattuso. I’m all in for Wenger, he will make the ship steady again. It needs to be of note that I have a lot of respect for Gattuso and its very obvious he has the intellect and charisma to be a successful coach, But Milan needs the experience of a top class coach now. I had always hoped he… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

They say they want donadoni because of his milan roots but I don’t think he can take us to the next level he’s showed ups and downs in his career but he still hasn’t coached a top team other than italy. If they want to keep it italian I prefer Conte or prandelli. They’re proven and flexible. Others Ofcourse include Jardim, Wenger but I just don’t see it happening.

Milan10
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Milan10

Wow, “hakan aint a winger”, “rino is garbage coach”, “milan wingers are slow”, “4-3-3 aint working”, “donna’s garbage”, “milan should always fight for ucl spot” etc etc. im glad that many has finally converted to milan10ism. Better late than never/sorry i guess. One of these days these enlightened milanisti will actually start calling themselves milan10 and then we’ll have bunch of milan10s writing and responding to each other’s big ideas and milan, hell, the world will be a better place like utopian world according to girls competing in miss universe. However, there are still alarming amount of milanisti who still… Read more »

king kaka
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king kaka

I don’t think Conte is financially feasible for Milan. We would need to pay-out approx 10m as he is still under contract with Chelsea until next June (or Conte would have to agree to forfeit that fee – unlikely). Then, hes been on average 6-10M/year salary for a good while now. I’m not sure what our budget is for a coach but that might be out of reach. Gazidis and Wenger never got along. The internal fight for “power” at the club between the two was a poorly kept secret. Could be an issue. Donadoni….sigh. Certainly well priced (around 1.5m/year… Read more »

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Tbh, im not surprised regarding the reports of tension between Leonardo and Gattuso, do you guys remember that there was tension between them even when Leonardo was the coach?

Haso112
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Haso112

Yeah true, and even the Curva Sud in the beginning were skeptical about Leonardo coming back from the onset and that was because of Gattuso…

azzkikr
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azzkikr

ManUtd has many quality players but now 10th in the standing only because Mou -one of the most decorated coach in EPL- is BAD coach, right? some “fans” logic

soheil balini
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soheil balini

Not relevent dude! Mou or even bigger coaches will get fired of they don’t get the result!

Milan10
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Milan10

Mou has indeed been bad and out of touch since his 2nd season of his 2nd tenure with chelsea. Anyone who follows football knows this for a fact

Haso112
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Haso112

Absolutely right…!

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

Mou is outdated ! Put there Klopp and United will be champion again

Gems
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Gems

Wenger would be a massive upgrade
Bring him please ASAP