Team news: Real Betis were without Javi García, while Milan had to do without the suspended Samu Castillejo as well as without Alessandro Plizzari, Davide Calabria, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Conti, Stefan Simić, Ivan Strinić, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Gonzalo Higuaín. Kickoff time for Matchday 4 of the Europa League was 21:00 CET / Italy time at Estadio Benito Villamarín.

Goals: Lo Celso (12′), Suso (62′)

Real Betis (3-5-2) – Quique Setién
Pau López; Aïssa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Zouhair Feddal; Cristian Tello, Giovani Lo Celso, William Carvalho, Sergio Canales, Junior Firpo; Antonio Sanabria (73′ Loren Morón), Joaquín (67′ Andrés Guardado).
Unused: Robles, Sergio León, Inui, Sidnei, Loren Morón, Guardado, Barragán.

AC Milan (3-5-2) – Gennaro Gattuso
Pepe Reina; Mateo Musacchio (82′ Alessio Romagmoli), Cristian Zapata, Ricardo Rodríguez; Fabio Borini, Franck Kessié, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Hakan Çalhanoğlu (88′ Andrea Bertolacci), Diego Laxalt (76′ Ignazio Abate); Suso; Patrick Cutrone.
Unused: Donnarumma, Mauri, Montolivo, Halilović.

Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG).

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Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Is Abate afraid to get stuck in like wtf??

Nesta1
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Nesta1

Another injury hakan WTF!

Raven
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Raven

Great, now we probably lost 10 against Juve, and Berto? Its time to turn off the TV

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Omg we’re losing men by the second this is ridiculous

el payaso
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el payaso

J.Mauri can’t even buy a game

Fabio
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Fabio

WOW, we just lost Hakan for Sun as well.

Nesta1
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Nesta1

Abate is shocking bring youth in instead of past it players!

Fabio
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Fabio

And there goes Kessie as well.

Sheva
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Sheva

Bertolacci did tatoo same as Dybala hahaha. Like that is going to help

Milan no 1
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Milan no 1

@Sheva lmfao

Rossi
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Rossi

Lol, Well at least his trying 😛

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Oh god, how I love this f-ing shitty Europa-nothing league. We got a point which basically means nothing, and what price – Two of our starters injured- Musa and Hakan. Just before Juve+Lazio. F-ing great!

Was it worth it?

If there aren’t enough criticisms against Gatusso out there, I’d like to add two-
1. Over using players; Rino needs to learn to prioritize matches, and rest players accordingly.
2. Not promoting youth enough. What better venue to try out promising Primavera players than this B-rated tournament?

Raven
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Raven

And those 2 shows that he lacks courage in making some decisions. He push his luck way too much.

But when on 4th place and people asking for his chair I can understand him trying to win every match possible with the beat 11 available.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Raven, you have a good point about Gatusso being nervous about his chair; maybe it was upto management to also hint at throwing Milan B into this match.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

I think the crippling injury situation isn’t helping with the rotation, but I agree. Definitely about the youth players. Would rather have seen Bellanova out there tonight in his first start rather than a 3-5-2, a three man backline just doesn’t do it for us. We couldnt even pull it off when Bonucci was here, so i hope it was the last time we saw it now.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Amen

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Milanista, the crippling injury situation is due to bad luck but also very much due to Rino – He didn’t rotate enough before the injuries started.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

that is also true… could be due to lack of quality on the bench too though? since not progressing from the group from EL would be deemed a failure, so I understand him fielding some starters against Oly and Betis

milan2012
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milan2012

Milan was a mess of a team out there playing Betis like it was Barcelona. I’ve stood by Gattuso for so long but no this is ridiculous. To get dominated by Real Betis and let them play rounds of róndale around our team is sad. They’re 12th place in Spain, we’re making Seria A look bad and making Milan look like a joke. I now really question if our players are competent or just mid table. The team can’t move like a unit, it’s everywhere. Last year Gattuso made Milan into a solid structured team but now i just see… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Yes, Milan lacks quality on the bench; no one said Gatusso’s job is easy, but hindsight it seems like a mistake.

yourBoss
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yourBoss

Bertolacci is so useless

Emmy Apache
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Emmy Apache

Are u out of ur senses? Bertolacci came in 89 mins and u expect him to perform wonders?

Mike
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Mike

Hes been useless every time he gets 90 mins too

SOHEYL
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SOHEYL

We are killing time against Betis! My beloved, mighty Milan is killing time against Betis!

Milanista121
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Milanista121

We haven’t been mighty in years.

Milan10
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Milan10

And milan 2010/11 sure as hell wasnt mighty, at least not mighty morphin power rangers level mighty *wink

azzkikr
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azzkikr

morphine is always mighty

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

I ain’t even gonna recap this game. It was painful to watch.

Diamondwhales
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Diamondwhales

Everyone is getting injured

Rossi
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Rossi

I wanted to comment after the Samdoria game that since our style of play is so based on running and physical play, we should rotate players more often because the first team will fatigue and that will start bringing in injuries espesialy in the second half of the season when fatigue really kicks in. But it seems with all the mid week games playing twice per week fatigue kicked in much earlier for us, and i dont understand why some players are still not rested like Kessie for example was playing with knee injury already same as Hakan who was… Read more »

Calm down
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Calm down

With this mentality against small teams, the lack of pressing off the ball, the recent overly cautious approach of games, the over-using of our top players, despite being 4th in the league, I am now getting unconvinced of Gattuso! My main problem is that he’s losing that bravery I saw in him in the early stages against Napoli Empoli Atalanta Roma. I will keep supporting the team but with less hope unfortunately

milan2012
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milan2012

Same here brother. Gattuso out.

Milan10
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Milan10

Ah yes, another day another good milanisti milan2012 and calm down converting to milan10ism. I knew that theres still good in both of u when we had discussions about whether rino’s right for milan not too long ago. Congrats mates, u, unlike rino, are da best

milan2012
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milan2012

He had the results mate, couldn’t be mad. But Real Betis having 64% possession on Milan is just sad.

Milan Wins
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Milan Wins

Haha!

@Milan10 Seems you have become the “Exorcist” with your ability to convert them to the dark side – the TRUE Milanista side – that knows the truth – this team is s…t! All thanks to the headless “Grint.”

GRINTA OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calm down
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Calm down

Exactly milan2012 the last few games were frustrating to watch at least at some points

Calm down
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Calm down

Well I am not that crazy thou to say that a coach who’s still within the club’s objectives deserves sacking. The truth is that I have mostly been skeptical about Gattuso but because while he’s still doing well result wise, I had quite liked the football we were playing before the Inter game.. I’d get disappointed dropping points to Empoli Atalanta etc but believing that we won’t always draw games if we could keep dominating and creating as many chances – such are performances that gave me glimpses of hope of building a long lasting winning team. But I am… Read more »

milan2012
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milan2012

Truth brother, lost my head in the rage. Truly I liked what he did second half of last season. Let’s hope he rediscovers his style.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

Perfect assessment Calm down, agreed 10/10!

Rossi
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Rossi

And shockingly 3 at the back still dosent work, what a supprise.

Veron
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Veron

Now Grinta is going to regret for not using more players like Mauri, Halilovic, Simic, Caldara and some youth.

Mr-mella
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Mr-mella

I wasnt gonna jump on the gattuso out train but if this so called “great milan” keeps getting outplayed by smaller teams like real betis something isnt right. First of all we have better individual players compared to a team like betis. Except for maybe a few (borini). No disrespect to betis as they have some talented individuals aswell but we shouldnt get schooled like this. If we are this “great italian giant” called ac milan its time we start acting like one. When betis play they have a strategy, a plan a certain approach towards us while we clearly… Read more »

Jibola
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Jibola

The squad is depleted and Rino got the best result from what he has available, the downside of it are the injuries. He needs to do better with team management and rotation else we will have more injury issues.

This Milan side needs serious weeding, too bad we have loads of scraps on the bench that can’t even have their say against Betis.

barney
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barney

Honestly gattuso isn’t very smart . He doesn’t rest starting players . He and he doesn’t give other players a chance to play some football . I strongly belief that mauri and halilovic arn’t that bad . And caldara hasn’t been used this season by milan i belief , i realy don’t understand this coach at all . Why not give some players a chance to prove themself , honestly why does milan even have these kinda players if they arn’t using them .

SOHEYL
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SOHEYL

He can yell! and that’s what is important. we play 3-5-2 lion or 4-3-3 tiger and he yell at the animals till injury time so we get the result to help us achieve our mighty goal… 4th place

+ we have have 7-3-0 chicken that is our formation for times that we are not losing.

Milan10
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Milan10

Tonite on LIKE MILAN10 SAID: “Milan10 Nov 3, 2018 at 4:08 am Biglia already stated in his interviews from few weeks back that his feet didnt feel right but rino kept on playing him because he’s the only dm of the squad. Y’see, not having reserve dm after foolishly letting loca go away without buyback clause is just another elementary mistake by rino the midtabler. This “coach” even pushed his luck by playing clearly unfit cutrone few weeks ago, thankfully he got lucky his foolish decision didnt cause even more harm to the boy’s injured foot. Did i mention that… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Milan is so good at fighting to the end, something we have been lacking.
Our squad depth is too thing. And Gattuso should bring in more youth players to shore up the ranks.

In January we need at least 1 new striker, a sub for Kessie and a proper sub for Biglia.

If we do not plan to use Montolivo and Mauri we should just sell them off and buy players that we will use.

All in all, Forza Milan.

Bring on Juventus.

zahid hossain
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zahid hossain

WTF…..Gattuso used Hakan,Musa,Laxalt,Suso before Juve n Lazio clash!!!….has he gone mad???…Europa is a useless tournament for us, so this is the best place to use some players like Berto,Halliovic,Bellanova,Monto,Mauri….WTF!!!!!!……has he forget we r in the top 4 now???

milan2012
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milan2012

Maybe Gattuso/Milan trying new formations is a reach. Let’s go back to the 433.

Ori Owo
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Ori Owo

Lol.. people were calling to switch formations few weeks ago. Gattuso finally heard the cries and switched to 4-4-2 and then to 3-5-2 and 3-4-3, now fans being asking to go back to 4-3-3 again. Let the coach work in peace and let the team grow. THe point is the we don’t have the experience and strength to go past where we are right now.. the 4th place and second place Europa league.. lets just hope we don’t further fall down the leagu tables

milan2012
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milan2012

I’ve never complained, and I’ve always liked 4-3-3.
if anything this formation struggle reminds me of the Montella struggle last season.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Cutrone also was spotted limping on the same foot he injured during the international break.

I don’t know if I mentioned this already, but I really hate Europa-nothing league.

SOHEYL
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SOHEYL

If we had the balls to go and win it, it would be great! UCL + we also join the clubs in Europe than won all tournaments

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Yeah, but the chances for that our slim; if you think in terms of cost-benefit this whole thing is ridiculous.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Plus, I’m proud Milan only won CL and not the b-rated version dedicated to b-rated teams

Mike
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Mike

Yeah we played like crap most of the game, but i think u would have to expect that considering the circumstances: betis like many spanish team are good with possession, were forced to play one striker, hakan is still off, suso kessie probably tired, romagnoli our bailout rested etc. Draw isnt bad. The injuries suck and i wish hed give some more time to the fringe players (halilovic monto) and rest players who obviously need the rest. At some point having balls here would be to throw on these guys, lose in a competition that doesnt matter to us (lets… Read more »

Mathijs Savicevic
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Mathijs Savicevic

Hahahahaha nobody sees it. The same people who were hoping that Gattuso would save his men for Juve are now bashing him?! Wtf?!

Gattuso grabbed a vital point. Next game against Dudelange, a win is enough. So what’s the fckng issue here?!

Yes, the team is mediocre. Yes, Gattuso has some things to learn, but wtf do you expect?

barney
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barney

You are right about what you have said he did took a point , but the real problem is that he doesn’t rest players that are exausted and need rest for the more omportent game against juventus . And the problem with that is that now allot more players are exausted and maybe injured . And he doesn’t give other bench players a chance to play some football , and doesn’t give them any chance to prove themself . Team roulation is importent to give our starters rest . I realy don’t belief that our bench players or youth players… Read more »

Milan Wins
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Milan Wins

Now, this is interesting. Seems RossonerBlog comment section has become a ‘tale of maybes’:

Maybe Gattuso was wrong?

Maybe Gattuso was right?

Maybe 4-3-3 is the blight

Maybe 3-5-2 ain’t also tight

Maybe Grinta is shit!

Maybe Milan10 has been right

Maybe Milan is simply average

Maybe he is just tactically garbage

Maybe we win against Juve

Maybe we may dream come Sunday

Maybe if he had rotated the players

Maybe he was stroking the ‘Kumbas’

Maybe Milan is history

Maybe it’s the grint without the mentality

Maybe, maybe, mayday! Baby! The team is gangplank walking!

Maybe…..GRINTA OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha!

SOHEYL
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SOHEYL

@Sheva Rino fans, Rino Enemies, The PES guy and finally the Poet!!

Milanista121
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Milanista121

did you say all that just to say grinta out? you say that even without having to think of a “crafty” comment, so what gives? feeling extra creative today MAYBE?

Gems
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Gems

Hopefully we don’t make it out of the group
And get knocked out of Europa league
So we can concentrate on 4th place,
Which isn’t going to be easy the way we are playing & our lack of depth .
We have no chance of winning it

Ross Oneri
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Ross Oneri

It’s pointless targeting UCL if we are just going to be participants, we need to be competitors and our first point building up for UCL is Europa League. When we are in UCL, Serie A is still going to be there, Italian local cups are still going to be there. So It’s better we progress and learn from the heavy schedule before we get into UCL. These situations will give Gattuso lessons.

Haso112
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Haso112

Someone tweeted this…. Very funny…!

Injury list:
Strinic: Heart attack
Musacchio: Brain Damage (if he had one)
Biglia: Broken pelvis
Conti: Double ACL injures
Caldara: Knee injury
Gattuso: retarded

Ted
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Ted

Biglia injured, Cutrone possibly too

Does anyone else get strong hick up attacks about two of our, now sadly, former players? U know one on loan in Spain and another gifted to league rivals without buy back clause?

Nevertheless, not all is as black as it seems, we still have Bertolacci, Montolivo and Mauri to cover at least midfield. If only Milan would keep Kalinic…

hachim
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a good result considering we got dominated. the shadow of the day was obviously the injuries. so i hope all those affected to have a successful recovery. now to management and what not: the league is something we have never won. it is not useless. if we were capable of winning then it would have become a great route in to the champions league, as top 4 in seria will also be a hard feat for milan to achieve. not only that, but gattuso has got a lot of pressure to make it past the group stages, so a draw… Read more »

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

Ok so for Juventus we know that bonaventura, biglia, caldara are all out while today they’re reporting Kessie, cutrone, calhanoglu, calabria and musacchio are all very doubtful. Higuain started training today but not at 100%. What the f are we going to do?? We honestly have all our starting players out against Juventus.

Milanista121
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Milanista121

It will be a throwback to the Muntari days. The Golden days in other words.
Bakayoko will bag a hattrick.

Raven
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Raven

XD, the funniest thing is that Montolivo will warming that bench.
Suso-Castillejo
Laxalt-Bakayoko-Bertolacci-Borini
RR- Romagnoli-Zapata-Abate

I wish they use the alternative jersey so the match would be more tolerable. I miss Loca and Silva

SOHEYL
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SOHEYL

that’s what you get when you play the key players in every single game.