Hello everyone, this is the General Discussion thread for the next few weeks.

As always, Forza Milan!

Meytar Zeevi

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  1. On the eve of Genoa v AC Milan on matchday 20 in Serie A – scheduled for Monday 21 at 15:00 CET at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris Rino Gattuso today held his pre-match press conference at Milanello.

    GENOA
    “They run a lot and bring the game to you. We must ensure that we remain in the match throughout and not disappear after our first mistake because quality always comes through in the end. I want to see the same Milan side from the first seven or eight games, when we were playing some of the best football in Italy and goalkeepers were producing miracles to stop us. We must rediscover that spark and commit fewer individual errors”.

    THE TEAM
    “Today’s session was not the best, the team is nervous. I want players who are ready for war, we can’t lose time and energy in working towards our objective. We must improve a lot mentally. Certain situations haven’t helped and we need peace of mind. We must get rid of this concern. This team needs enthusiasm and I must think about playing the best team possible, also taking into account our absentees. We’re not in bad shape physically”.

    FOLLOWING THE SUPERCOPPA ITALIANA
    “We must go again following this performance, demonstrating the same desire and spirit. We must show consistency and not take a step backwards. The team did everything to score and that was what I wanted from them. In Jeddah, I behaved as an amateur. I made a mistake because I was angry and perhaps I deserved to be suspended. I was wrong and I apologise. I should’ve been more respectful and not said what I was thinking. I’ll say only one thing: if VAR is there, then it should be used. The referee and linesman can make mistakes, but the technology should be used”.

    INDIVIDUALS
    “Calhanoglu can play as a mezzala, he gives us great quality and is able to control the ball well, however, he has to improve in attacking the penalty area. As for Higuain, nothing has been settled yet. Leonardo will speak about it. He wasn’t ready to play. If he leaves then we’ll be losing an important player. I’m not disappointed, I’ve done everything. We’ve both worked well together even if we could’ve done a bit more. He’s made a choice and we must accept that but the respect will remain. Piatek has precise qualities but we’ll discuss them if and when he joins. Biglia has resumed running drills and he will be back in the group in two weeks’ time. He is on the right path. Suso has trained after the Supercoppa Italiana, he’s not at 100 percent but he’s available. Calabria and Abate are fit, while Conti still doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs. However, this is normal considering what he’s been through”.

    TRANSFER MARKET AND CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    “I don’t expect any gifts. We’ve signed an important player like Paquetà and we paid a lot for him. In general, we must respect the limitations are in place and the guidelines for the club to follow. We’ll see what we can do. We can also remain how we are, we must make a virtue out of necessity. There are many teams fighting for a Champions League spot, we must grow and not give up. We can’t sit back and be satisfied”.

     
      • I hope you realize that Zapata is more reliable than Musacchio. That’s probably the most obvious thing that Gattuso got right. Despite Zapata past howlers he has been our most consistent CB

        As for his cousin Duvan Zapata, he has also been a very consistent goal scorer in Serie A and he’s having his best season under Gasperini.

        No surprises there because young players always excelled under Gasperini which is why I would love to see him coach Milan.

         
        • Duvan zapata has finally find his right environment. He’s playing amazing at Atalanta. At three other serie a team’s not so much. So why would he want tk leave n why would we want him at 27 who just started performing in the last 8 games?

          And I agree zapata has had a better season this year but he’s zapata, we all know at any moment he’s got a howler in him to cost us. For the moment I’m enjoying his strong appearances

           
          • At 27 he’s at his prime so I’m not sure the reason to mention his age as if that’s a bad thing. Luca Toni didn’t start playing well until that age anyway same for Miraslav Klose.

            Milan need another striker after signing Piatek and Duvan Zapata fit that bill precisely.

             
  2. Like it or not, Gattuso is not good enough to coach Milan. He doesn’t know how to harness talent of players.
    No wonder he blocked selling Batolacci who in everyone’s opinion is not of Milan standard, the guy is not even playing, when we could have sold him for a few Euros.
    I even read sometime last week, he preferred Batshuayi to Piatek. I almost fainted. If we allow him pick our players, we will be ruined.

     
    • Totally agree. Gattuso wasn’t the smartest at Milan and it’s pretty obvious now that he’s our coach. Honestly, I can’t wait for Milan to replace him with someone of a better caliber like Conte, Jardim, Gasperini or worse case Wenger. I would even take Capello out of retirement.

      What I don’t want is to see another inexperienced rookie coach at Milan.

       
    • Agreed – I think we could’ve got at least ten euros for Bertolacci. I remember Gattuso bursting into song about him but didn’t know he blocked his sale… Doesn’t surprise me though. And what’s happening with Halilović? Has he even been in the dressing room yet?

       
      • Halilovic is on his way to Genova as part of the Piatek transfer, the problem is Bertolaci should also be part of the deal but it seems he prefers staying in Milan since he has a good sallary here simmilar like Montolivo he dosent want to lower his sallary. So in order to finish the deal Milan might be forced to give Jose Mauri or Plizzari in stead of Berttolaci, this is latest news. Managment should have sold Barttolaci when they had the chance and got that 10mil in stead of listening to Gatuzo who obviosly has terrible sense for picking players.

         
        • That’s exactly what I read today too and it’s very disappointing. Montella screwed us over by asking for Kalinic and stopping Milan from signing Abameyang.

          Now Gattuso is preventing the sale of Bertolacci and Calhanoglu. So now we can’t get the money we could have for them.

          Really can’t wait for Milan to bring in a better coach. Smh

           
  3. Thank God, Gattuso is playing Borini once again. I was afraid we’ll be playing a shitty game, now I’m sure.

     
  4. What an awful, sad and dissapointing display from the bunch

    How can you let Genoa impose their play from the start and let yourself being chased down the field like a bunch of little p*ssies

    Pathetic

     
      • Yes, most of the games we play we are not a threat going forward. This invites opponents to attack us and we depend too much on our defence n Donna.

        There’s no clear transition frm mid to final 3rd.

         
  5. It doesn’t matter which striker comes to Milan we will always struggle to score and Milan will always play ugly football under Gattuso.

    Gattuso has no tactical prowess period! Smh

     
  6. Conti is probably the best signing of the Chinese era. This guy final ball is why he was the leading defender in assist and scoring at Atalanta.

     
  7. Conti is probably the best signing of Milan Chinese era. He was the leading defender with assist and goal scoring during his last season with Atalanta.

     
  8. We beat Genoa… Cue: “All you haters should just keep quiet and let Gattuso do his job, he just needs more time, he should be given a contract extension until 2035…” etc etc. Can’t wait.

     
    • We won because of pure luck and brilliant saves from Donnarumma. Conti and Cutrone did well to provide the assist for Borini and Suso.

      So this win had nothing to do with Gattuso’s coaching. Prandelli and Genoa were unfortunate to lose because quite frankly they had a better game plan and tactically got the better of Milan.

      Anyone with any football sense could see that we weren’t better than Genoa in terms of game plan and tactics.

       
    • Milan won because of luck and moments brilliance from Donnarumma, Conti and Cutrone. We didn’t win today because we outplayed Genoa.

      In fact, tactically Prandelli and Genoa were better. They were just unfortunate and they weren’t able to take their chances.

      So I don’t how anyone with any football sense can credit Gattuso for this win. Had we played a better team or had Genoa played with Piatek it would definitely be a different result.

       
    • Milan won today because of pure luck and brilliance from Donnarumma who kept us in the game. We were outplayed by Genoa and Prandelli was far better tactically than Gattuso.

      Had it not been for the hard work of Cutrone & Conti to provide the assist for Borini and Suso we would not have won.

      So I don’t how anyone with any football brain can credit Gattuso for this win. Genoa were unfortunate and if they had piatek on the pitch it probably would have been a different result.

       
    • Milan didn’t win today because of Gattuso game plan. Anyone with any football sense and brain could see that Genoa were better tactically and they unfortunate to lose because of Donnarumma’s brilliance in goal.

      Milan looked clueless and out of ideas as usual. Our game changed because of stroke of luck with Zapata getting injured and Conti coming on which provided more options on the right flank.

      Conti had the most assist and goals for s wingback during his last season at Atalanta and once we scored Genoa was desperate to get back in the game leaving space at the back for Cutrone and Suso to exploit.

      Plain and simple. So I don’t know how anyone can credit Gattuso for this win. Smh

       
    • Anyone with any football sense and brain would know that Milan won today by pure luck and moments of brilliance from Donnarumma, Conti, Cutrone and Suso.

      Tactically we were outplayed by Genoa who were a bit unlucky. So there’s no way anyone can credit Gattuso for this win as tactically were quite horrible to say the least.

      Zapata injury allowed Conti to play at RB instead of Abate and if anyone knows or remembers Conti from his Atalanta days he had the most assist and goals for a defender.

      Simply because he doesn’t blindly cross the ball into the box like Abate. Instead he always find a teammate to score.

      Once Genoa fell a goal behind, they were chasing the game which left space for Cutrone and Suso to exploit which lead to our second goal.

      This win had nothing to do with Gattuso’s game plan or tactically ideas. Smh

       
    • Anyone who has any football sense and brain knows that Milan didn’t win today because of Gattuso.

      We were outplayed tactically by Genoa and we won by pure luck and brilliance from Donnarumma, Conti, Cutrone and Suso.

      Zapata got subbed because of an injury which is why Conti was on the pitch. If anyone remembers Conti from his days at Atalanta, he was the leading defender in assists and goals.

      Conti unlike Abate does not just cross the ball in the penalty box, he deliberately looks for teammates in goal scoring position to pass the ball to.

      When Genoa went benind they began chasing the game which left space at the back for Cutrone and Suso to exploit. That’s why we won and that had nothing to do with Gattuso who was tactically outplayed by Prandelli.

       
  9. Nice to see the prophets of apocalypse wrong again, and Milan winning again. Forza Milan

    Cutrone and Paqueta are really special, add Bonaventura to the mix and we will be a lot better

     
  10. Tough games coming up napoli twice at San siro then Roma away.lets get it together and get 6 points and a win in cup.hopefully piatek can start well and score regular because we had 7 shots on target today so he should bury them for us!

     
    • Score regular? Who will provide him??? The only time Cutrone got the ball today is to go and look for it on our own half!

      Pathetic display! Just awful!

       
  11. First off let me thank Leonardo for bringing paqueta. This kid has brought something to Milan that I haven’t seen in a very long time. If he continues he’s going to be a star. Donnarumma was fantastic today and is finally playing like the way he should. First half was horrible second half was better. Once we start bringing in more first team players from injury we will hopefully start being a force.

     
    • He had a good match I agree, but he needs to learn to release the ball with fewer touches. This isn’t the Brazilian league here.

       
  12. Short summary – 4th place, and nothing else matters. This is a marathon not a sprint, and it’s going to be close till the final minutes. I really hope we can snatch a LW before the January window closes; we need one desperately (despite Borini’s good match today)

     
  13. I really don’t get these comments!!

    I also believe Rino is not good enough in the long run but our management decided to keep him. Second half of the season is not a good time to change coaches so we should wait till the end of season. + Players really like him & it’s important as U can see In Mourinho case.

    We bought a really good midfielder and still you are saying who gonna provide? Suso, Paqueta, Hakan, Conti, Samu &… How many midfielder or provider do we need? We have good enough players for top four finish. Maybe even more.

    We are in a very Important stage of the season so please stop whining & support your F***** team.

     
    • People prefers to say I told you so, I was right, I have football knowledge, all kind of crap, this blog is full of plastic fans, because real fans cannot tolerate toxic “fans”. You either ignore them or leave but it’s pointless to argue them, they are trolls and they don’t even know it

       
  14. Jeez all the Gattuso out people remind me of the Arsenal TV people.

    In the end, the most clinical team won, and we got a clean sheet. The two goals were not lucky, and were direct team efforts from defense to attack.

     
    • It’s like when one Milanista121 leaves, another Milanista appears. Yes. And we deserved the win as well. I liked how the team reacted in the second half after a miserable first half compared to the showings vs Frosinone and Bologna for example.
      A win isn’t a win according to people unless ut’s against the likes of Juve, Napoli and Inter., and they’ll keep coming up with excuses to why Rino should go instead of being happy for a win.

       
    • This isn’t Ligue 1 or la Liga. Serie A teams below the top 6 actually have a bit of fight in them. Great result.

       
      • Haha, betis r #7 and better than us. Valencia 9 Bilbao 14 Villarreal 19 would fight for CL spots in Serie A. Take Juve away from Serie a we would be on par with ligue-1

         
  15. We need a real LW asap.. A fast and cynical finisher who can be a constant threat on the left with his speed. To keep our opponents busy. That would make Suso, Paqueta, Calhanoglu and of course Piatek and Cutrone way more dangerous. Bakayko is a monster in DM by the way.

     
    • Agreed. We need a good LW with speed that can also work in small spaces. One that comes up in my head that’s immensely underrated is Son Heung Min from the Spurs, but no way Spurs would let him go.

       
    • Bergwijn of PSV could be available for around 20 millions

      If loan only then Gelson Martins of Madrid or Malcolm of Barcelona, maybe Pjaca that doesn’t get enough playing time in Fiorentina

       
  16. that is it @baresis dream your comments just on point
    1. paqueta should learn how to release ball in earnest no fancy in serie a
    2. the end justifies the means
    3. dont know the hell wrong with castillejo recently so we will need another left wing
    4. finally the team is gelling and must be consistent on the performance
    genoa drew juve in turin but were beaten home and away by milan….so lets hope our first team get well and see how it goes

     
  17. Baka is a monster. We need to keep him and sell biglia and montolivo get someone young and fresh to cover for him. Left wing greonweld is great cheap fast skillful piatek is gonna be top scorer in the league coupe more signings we should be sweet

     
  18. At least Donnarumma has been shutting up his haters with his recent performances. So glad for him. Bakayoko is a phenomenon, what a monster. It’s funny how quick things change in football. At the end of August we were all counting on Higuain to be kept and be here for years to come, while Baka would warm the bench and then be sent back to Chelsea in less than a year. Now we all love Baka and dislike Higgy – I was against Piguain from the beginning and was positive towards Baka from the get go, just saying. Hopefully I’ll be right about Rino at the end too:)
    Hope people can be happy for the win and how we actually came with a reaction in the second half after a miserable first half, also finally looked like a creative team. Goes to show how much Bona has been missing for this team. But let’s blame Rino for not being able to make Bertolacci be an adequate replacement for Bona 🙂

     
    • I’m sorry, i agree with everything you say except what you say about bakayoko because I’m still veyy uncomfortable watching him when he is on the ball. Touhhes are still bad and he dosnt contribute effectively towards the attack. He does however retrieve the ball very good but other skills like passing touch and vision are lacking in his game.

      I would opt for milan to not sign him permanently and send him back to chelsea after the contract ends.

      And please do not encourage these “gattuso ultras” who ignore his faults and prais his positive attributes just blind sheep

       
    • Yeah mate, this Gatusso thing has become an obsession for some people on this blog. They can’t seem to comment about anything else.

       
      • I’ve been one of Gattuso’s biggest critics on this blog and rightfully so. His tactics, gameplay and game management skills needs improvement.

        I will give Gattuso credit for improving the team’s mental strength since under Montella, Milan would literally collapse under pressure especially when we concede a goal.

        Under Gattuso, Milan has the mental strength to fight back and pull out a draw or sometimes a win which never happened under his predecessors.

        However, anyone with any football brain knows that we were outplayed tactically by Genoa. It was if Prandelli was schooling Gattuso on tactics.

        We won the game due to a strange turn of events starting with Zapata’s injury which lead to Conti substitution and Abate moving to RB.

        If anyone remembers Conti during his last season at Atalanta, he was the leading defender in assists and goals.

        Unlike Abate who aimlessly cross the ball into the penalty box like a headless chicken, Conti deliberately cross the ball to teammate in a goal scoring position.

        Once, Genoa fell behind they were desperately chasing the game which left space at the back for Cutrone and Suso to exploit which lead to our 2nd goal that killed off the game.

        So basically won because luck was on our side and Donnarumma put in brilliant shift in goal to stop Genoa from scoring.

         
        • When other keepers play the game of their lives – like Empoli’s keeper – we’re poor. But when our keepers do what they’re supposed to do to keep us in the game, we’re lucky to win… this is what annoys me 🙂

           
          • That is not true sir. I’ve always praised Donnarumma when he plays well but he is the highest paid goalkeeper in Serie A and nowhere near the consistency level of Gigi Buffon.

            I expect the performance from Donnarumma every single game especially in big games like the Coppa Italia.

            Let’s be honest here, we didn’t win against Genoa because we outplayed them or because of our game plan. We won because we were more fortunate than them with taking our chances.

            Had it not been for the brilliance of Donnarumma and Conti this result would have been different.

             
        • Yeah he won because of luck.see how u expose yourself as a critic. Is not that gatuso is the perfect coach but he brings something to this team that even Conte cannot bring that’s stability no complain from any of the players unlike Conte who chased his best striker away because of his ego

           
      • I’ve been wondering the same. Few weeks ago there was a match and only 2-3 people talked about the game. The others just talked about Rino; praising or bashing..

         
  19. What do you guys think about De Paul for LW ? He’s really good , strong , young , has experience in Serie A , kinda cheap , great passer , has great shots , fast
    … I was watching the highlights of Parma 2 Udinese 1 and he looks waaaay better that
    his team mates. Ithink he can be our ideal choice for LW if we won’t get any big names ( including Carrasco ) of course.

     
  20. We needed the 3 points and I’m happy we got the win. But anyone with any football sense and brain knows that this victory had nothing to do with Gattuso’s game plan and tactics.

    Tactically Milan was outplayed by Genoa and for the majority of the game we looked clueless and out of ideas.

    Big thanks to Donnarumma for keeping us in the game with some amazing saves.

    Our victory against Bologna was due to some strange turn of events. Zapata got injured which caused us to push Abate to CB and sub in Conti.

    Had Conti not been on the pitch the result probably would have been different. Conti was the leading defender in assists and goals during his last season at Atalanta.

    And unlike Abate, Conti typically cross the ball to a teammate instead of blindly kicking the ball in the box like Abate typically do.

    Once Genoa fell a goal behind they were desperate to get back in the game which left space in the back for Cutrone and Suso to exploit. That’s exactly how we won this game.

    So I’m still a bit concerned about what Gattuso is doing since the midfield didn’t create any chances for Cutrone to score.

     
  21. If a manager can be credited for improving a player, why can’t he be accused of the opposite? Would that be considered as unfair?

     
    • Since Rino gets criticised for pretty much everything wrong in the world – it’s ONLY fair to credit him for improving players. The bias against him is too much. And i’m not referring to you now as this is the first time I’ve seen a comment by you.

       
      • Hey there milanista121 been a while since we spoke but hope you are doing well. Yeah gattuso is exactly blamed for everything and half the stuff that is posted by milanistas nowadays is either in ignorance or against better knowledge. Not to forget the stuff that is directly insulting towards players, coach and Club and still people has the audacity to call themselfs fans. Personally i dont mind people critisizing our coach or players but some of the garbage posted nowadays is simply just rude comments that just as well could have been posted by our enemies and thats when i get angry as we dont need peoples support of the Club only in good times but in bad as well and Things is actually going pretty well currently regardless of what a bunch of loudmouthed “fans” might think.

        We are fourth in the League
        last time i checked the 3rd most point scoring team the last year
        we have been heavily mared by injuries and still in top 4
        bakayoko signed because gattuso actually demanded that transfer

         
        • Yo, are you the same Martin B that was a super user from goal dot com? After I saw you it remind me of that good old forum, especially the people there like Joe and Arash.

           
          • Rhemp hey there, yes its me yeah we had a great community over there back then and i for one miss speaking with lots of the people from there. Unfortunately goal ruined a good thing but guess it came back and bit the site in the rearend.

             
          • Man, I remember Arash vividly from there! Unfortunately never saw Martin’s comments, glad to see them here and now though:)

             
          • Milanista121 thanks for the kind Words and likewise. I had been posting there for a fair ammount of years and knew arash pretty well infact him, joe palotta, darko and chris toranno was propably the people i had the best repour with over there. In the last two years goal made me run the moderation on myself so didnt have as much time posting anylonger as it was rather time consuming as the site was constantly mared by trolls so that might be the reason why we dont remember eachother from the site.

             
        • @Martin Bernhard, a while indeed, hope the same for you! thank you for your sensible post:)
          Like @Baresis Dream, mentioned above, the whole thing with Gattuso has become an obsession, and it feels like people want him to fail just to say “I told you so”, and keep focusing on his flaws – there are flaws, no doubt about that – but he does positive things too, but no one mentions them except for a few people here like Baresis Dream, Ted, Raven, Shackur, Milanellofm and you.Might be forgetting someone…
          I’m aware of his flaws, but will keep supporting him because he’s our coach and I hope he’ll be succesfull and for this season at least bring us back to UCL.

          And the injuries, as you mentioned – we’ve been without Biglia and Bonaventura, two technical midfielders for a large portion of the season, and with Paqueta entering the team, you can see just how much a creative player like him was missing if you look at the second half vs Genoa. Rino obviously didn’t have the depth in players so we could carry on even with the injuries, but people fail to realize this for some reason. Granted we should beat the likes of Frosinone and Bologna, but without creativity, it’s hard to break down a resilient defensive team, no matter how much of a mastermind you are. Add a mentally unstable Higuain who didn’t want to be at Milan in the first place.

          We’ll see now what happens with Paq in midfield and a hungry Piatek who will spearhead the attack with another hungry Cutro. I’m very excited man.
          And Bakayoko man… what an incredible beast. He was poor at Chelsea under Conte – a coach a lot of people want at Milan – and now have reached his heights under our very own Rino. 🙂

           
          • Thanks and likewise, yeah im doing pretty fine.
            I agree atleast theres still some milan fans around here WHO hasnt lost their marbles and actually can see beyond their own agendas of getting the coach sacked. Gattuso certainly isnt perfect but no one really is that. For the time being he has atleast brought us to our current acceptable position which no new coach regardless of their status and pedigree in the football world would guarantee. I think where gattuso has been doing some messups has primarily been in regard of some of his substitutions and general squad rotation but that largely comes down to the squad available not having enough depth of quality. When that is said i would have liked to see a bit more of mauri, Simic, halilovic and tsadjout. Another thing i would like to have seen done differently was that he in the injury stricken period would have given a few primavera players a chance here and there but in the end he knows better than any of us whos ready or not to step up their game.

            Absolutely losing Biglia and bonaventura to inhuries was a huge hit to how we have been able to play our game and people tends to forget that. I agree paqueta is really showing some great signs of whats to come but especially what has been missing in the team both since biglias injury but even years back as well. Higuain has been tough watching this season but one thing is that he hasnt scored enough goals but another thing is when his onfield behaviour must have been damaging for the team morale on some occasions. Even if the Piatek deal didnt go through i would never want to see higuain in red and Black Again as that bridge has been burned to the ground.

            I agree im also very excited about us aquirring paqueta and piatek to the team and hopefully a left winger as well as that would do Wonders and WHO knows maybe a few of the haters around might even realize that things isnt really as bad as they currently believe. Yeah conte surely didnt do any Wonders with him but still some people actually think he could quickly make us serie a contenders even though Chelsea and the rest of noteworthy teams he has been coach for has been way more starstudded teams than the currrent ac milan is.. I really dont understand why some people actually want conte at milan not because he is a former juve player and coach as i would have loved to see him in red and Black in his playing days but i simply doesnt like the way he set up his team with 5-3-2/ 3-5-2 formations.

             
          • Thanks and likewise, yeah im doing pretty fine.
            I agree atleast theres still some milan fans around here WHO hasnt lost their marbles and actually can see beyond their own agendas of getting the coach sacked. Gattuso certainly isnt perfect but no one really is. For the time being he has atleast brought us to our current acceptable position which no new coach regardless of their status in the football world would guarantee. I think where gattuso has been doing some messups has primarily been in regard of some of his substitutions and general squad rotation but that largely comes down to the squad available not having enough depth of quality. When that is said i would have liked to see a bit more of mauri, Simic, halilovic and tsadjout. Another thing i would like to have seen done differently was that he in the injury stricken period would have given a few primavera players a chance but in the end he knows better than any of us whos ready or not to step up their game.

            Absolutely losing Biglia and bonaventura to injuries was a huge hit to how we have been able to play our game and people tends to forget that. I agree paqueta is really showing some great signs of whats to come but especially what has been missing in the team both since biglias injury but even years back as well. Higuain has been tough watching this season but one thing is that he hasnt scored enough goals but another thing is when his onfield behaviour must have been damaging for the team morale on some occasions. Even if the Piatek deal didnt go through i would never want to see higuain in red and black Again as that bridge has been burned to the ground.

            I agree im also very excited about us aquirring paqueta and piatek and hopefully a left winger as well as that would do Wonders and who knows maybe a few of the haters around might even realize that things isnt really as bad as they currently believe. Yeah conte surely didnt do any Wonders with him but still some people actually think he could quickly make us serie a contenders even though Chelsea and the rest of noteworthy teams he has been coach for has had way more quality than the currrent ac milan has.. I really dont understand why some people actually want conte at milan not because he is a former juve player and coach as i would have loved to see him in red and Black in his playing days but i simply doesnt like the way he set up his team with 5-3-2/ 3-5-2 formations.

             
          • The EPL is a different league than Serie A. It is played more pace compared to any other league. To imply that Bakayoko didn’t do well under Conte is an unfair assessment especially given the quality players Conte have at his disposal at Chelsea.

            Bakayoko is doing well in Serie A simply because this league like League 1 gives him more time to play the ball as he is not good with the ball at his feet. In fact he’s a bit clumsy when under pressure.

             
          • The EPL is a totally different league compared to Serie A or any other top European league. The pace is much faster and the teams in the league have better quality players.

            To imply that Bakayoko didn’t do well under Conte is an unfair statement especially given the fact that Conte had better quality players to choose from at Chelsea.

            Bakayoko is doing well at Milan because the pace of the game is slower in Serie A which means that he has more time on the ball.

            Bakayoko is not good with the ball at his feet and when under pressure he is a bit clumsy.

            Not sure how we can credit Gattuso for his improvement especially since Gattuso literally threw Bakayoko under the bus in a public statement where he claimed that Bakayoko doesn’t know how position his body to receive the ball.

             
          • How is it unfair? Baka started and played a lot of games, if not the majority of the games under Conte.
            Baka has actually improved his ball managing skills recently and uses his physique to shrug opponents of. Even if the pace is slower here, so what? He still looked extremely poor in his first games, but then he improved.

            Not sure exactly how you can NOT credit Gattuso for his improvement? He might have said that, but it’s after that statement that Baka improved. Rino also thought of Baka as a phenomenon when he first saw him in training, and you can now see why Rino thought so. Baka is arguably our most important player right now.
            It’s convenient to use the “throw Baka under the bus” as an argument in your anti-Gattuso propoganda 🙂

             
    • I’ve been one of Gattuso’s biggest critics on this blog and rightfully so. I agree that there are things that he got right such as improving the team’s mental strength.

      Under Montella the team would fold after going a goal behind and now we are fighting our back to get a draw or a win from a losing position. Therefore, I will give Gattuso credit for that since it’s duly deserved.

      However, anyone with any football brain can see that tactically we are still lacking under Gattuso. His game plan and game management skills is very poor to say the least.

      Milan were outplayed tactically by Genoa. It was if Prandelli was schooling Gattuso on tactics. We won against Genoa due to some strange turn of events starting with Zapata’s injury which forced Abate to play CB and Conti to play RB.

      If anyone remembers Conti from his Atalanta days you know that he was the leading defender in assists and goals.

      Unlike Abate who just cross the ball blindly into the box, Conti deliberately picks out a teammate in a good position to play the ball to which often results in a goal.

      Once Genoa fell behind they were chasing the game which left space for Cutrone and Suso to exploit which lead to our 2nd goal that killed the game off.

      So we didn’t win because of tactics. We won because luck was on our side and Donnarumma hand an amazing game.

      As for being a Donnarumma’s critic, only Gigi Buffon gets paid 6mil per year so I expect Donnarumma to perform like he did at Genoa.

      Donnarumma made some school boy error in the Coppa Italia on that goal we conceded. Had that been Buffon in our goal Juventus wouldn’t have scored such an easy goal.

      When Donnarumma shows consistency then and only then will I give him respect because he is nowhere near the level of Sebastiano Rossi, Galli or Didi and they never got paid his salary.

       
      • We won because of luck, we’re on 4th because of luck and you call that football brain. By saying Gattuso is a bad coach you’re assuming everyone under 4th place is a worst coach. Gattuso is a rookie coach what do you expect? Can we appoint someone better of course, but for now the results are coming.

         
  22. In as much as Gattuso has made a lot of mistakes in the past I am very happy about this win over Genoa. There are so many speculations on players arriving and some leaving. In all I hope it improves the overall quality of the team, their performance and ultimately achieving top 4 finish.

    Bakayoko has significantly improved, Pacqueta is phenomenal, Donnarumma has gotten the love back from his haters.

    I look forward to champions league return..

    Forza Milan

     
  23. 1. Rino performed well last season after taking over from montella we praised him-now we have almost 11 new players playing under one season and he’s 4th ahead of lazio and roma and we want him sacked
    2. we always say we should buy this/that and when the player comes and started messing up we say the coach didn’t manage him well
    3. Now he has given castillejo chance but we can see he’s messing up-is that Gattuso fault?
    4. When was Semione given atlethico and when did he started winning trophies?
    5. Has Pochentino won anything at Tottenham-but he’s still there?
    I don’t care either if Gattuso is sacked cos all i want is to go back to winning ways but i surely believe consistence with same coaching crew and players will help us achieve.
    Look guys I know we want Milan to get back to Juve/Madrid/Barca level but patience does it cos we only need to let go of 2 players and replace them with 2 solid ones with same coach as he will get us CL spot.

     
    • Simeone won Europa League in his first season.
      2y after he won La Liga, and things go on.
      Pochettino’s problem is club management, which he admitted that last month. Results are there, just only thing that prevents him for winning EPL is jewish owner, who unlike sheiks, chinese and russians, won’t give 200m pounds for transfers.
      Which he needs if he want to cope with Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City.

      Thing about Gattuso is that he plays rugby not football and too much sticks with either 433 or 442.
      Which master tacticians as Ancelotti and Allegri know how to counter.

      “Football. What a beautiful game.”, thats the moto.
      Mourinho went with “Results matter, not if i play attractive football.”, now he realised that both results and attractive football matters today.
      Look at Man Utd with Solskjaer and Mourinho, both results and attractive football it brings now under Solskjaer.

      Milan was known for playing tactical & attractive football.

      If i wanted results only.
      I will turn on my mobile phone, open Goal.com application and see results.
      As viewer and fan, i want to be entertained, as well hope for the win.
      Something Gattuso can’t bring.

      Milan will probably end at 4th place, but thats about it.
      In reality, Milan is not yet ready for UCL in next 3-4 years.
      Sadly due to FFP and club management, it’s rushing for it.

      Cutrone is amazing player i love watching in current team, but he is best used as “super sub”, not for full 90 minutes, altought that pass against Genoa was great. Same Ferguson did with Solskjaer.

       
  24. Piatek is on route to Milan! In other news milan are reportedly close to Steven bergwijn. I’ve heard about this guy. Heard he is really good and is tracked by many top clubs. Anyone really know him? Is he worth the hype?

     
  25. There were reports about Bergwijn being connected to Milan last week while this week I read about bidding war between Inter and United for him

    I do hope this new report that Milan is in advanced talks for a loan with option to purchase for 20 millions is true

    Meanwhile, Tonali again expressed his desire to work with his childhood hero Gattuso in near future. Hope our people listen to this

     
    • Inter are ahead of us in signing Bergwijn, they already started talks with him or PSV. Thats what I read, on the other hand I dont know if Leonardo is working behind the scene. But for what I’ve seen he would offer us quality no doubt. He’s fast, strong and has good technique. He can play as LW or RW. If I must compare his style with someone, I would say a douglas costa type of player. Is he worth 30mil?? Yes but not in our current situation. We will probably not get him.

       
  26. Our current transfer market record is -72 million. Add piatek, kessie and baka and thats about -161. Subtract gomez, locatelli clauses and thats about -145. If we make CL, I would sell, Antonio Donnarumma, Musacchio (15), simic (5), strinic (5), kessie (50-60) laxalt (15), halilovic (4-5), and borini (7). Expiring contracts include Abate, Monto, Berto so some freed up space for the wage bill. Id only renew Zapata for 1 year with option for 2 at reduced wages and mauri. So our transfer market campaign would be -40-50 million and we save a lot of money in the wages, while trimming the squad size down. And this is without the sale of silva which could generate more income. So the future does look promising. Finally, a talented youthful squad. Only a few more purchases at the right positions (creative mid, LW, Lb) and we could be real contenders the next few years in the league.

     
  27. We are negotiating with Psv for Bergwijn, we offered a loan with obligation to buy in the summer for 20 mil but psv is believed to want close to 30 mil… i think that around 25 mil is perfect for Steven because he is brilliant, very skilled.. what i like about him most is that he looks to create before anything else. He would be perfect for Piatek

     
  28. If Hakan leaves Milan reportedly has Bergwijn lined up. Hakan is far from his best but my concern is that Hakan is able to step in as mezzala if necessary while Bergwijn is pure winger/attacker. And right now Milan has limited options in midfield with Biglia and Jack still missing

     
    • I don’t want Hakan to leave as he has so much to offer. He is just not in form of late. However there are some players that are not supposed to be in the squad as the team doesn’t have credible options. This likes of Montolivo and Bertolacci. Simic is linked with Frosinine and Hallilovic & laxalt are linked to Bologna. Strinic has been silent…. maybe due to his heart condition. Borini has the coaches favour.
      Some players need to leave for others to come in. I believe LeoDini are preparing for these movements.

       
      • Now I’m hearing Hallilovic is heading for Besiktas.

        In all, a lot of players need to leave for better options to arrive

         
  29. We need the cash the sale of Calhanoglu would bring us. True! But we have at least 19 games left this season if im right. And we only have Bakayoko Paqueta and Kessie in our three man midfield if Hakan leaves. Biglia will be back at some point. So I would be less worried seeing Hakan available on the bench ready to come on, in case Kessie or Paqueta are out with a booking or subbed late in a game than seeing Bertolacci Montolivio Mauri warming up. To play laxalt or castillejo in a three man midfield is just not right, they are wingers. We need another way to get cash for Bergwijn because he would solve our problem on the left wing no doubt.

     
  30. To think this new management just spent 70 millions on two talented lads in January. This is big. Imagine if Milan didn’t have such UEFA restrictions

    All in all I am just glad Milan now has structured management with big names from world of sports business such as Gazidis, our beloved greats such as Maldini and Gattuso and owners with transparent finances behind, Elliott

    Forza Milan!

     
    • Only thing that bothers me about Gazidis is that according to reports he has the final say in signings. Why exactly? I get he’s here for the financial aspect, but he should focus on Milan as a brand etc, not our signings, that’s why we have LeoDini. He shouldn’t meddle with that. Also rumours of there being tension between him and LeoDini, and if anything happens so either one of them will leave, I’ll seriously dislike Gazidis. Also bothers me that he wants us to “buy youth with a re-sale value”, wtf is that? Nah, we should buy players and develop them for ourselves, not other teams. I get that we need money, but that type of mentality has made Arsenal – yes one of the strongest and healthiest clubs financially – to the “losers” they are, they’re so far from the top, and it’s not in line with what Elliott wants – to bring us to the top within three years.

       
      • Crazy thing is I just read that too about gazidis and I was thinking exactly what you said. I mean for him he brings out statements like that like it’s a good thing but I was reading it thinking about how much restrictions he is imposing on both leanardo and Maldini.

        Let’s be honest here, the job gazidis was braught into do, he is great at it and he knows how to do it well but I do not want him turning milan into arsenal.

        I wasn’t happy at all with what I read in fact I was worried with the way he was structuring everything.

         
      • That is why, my friend, he has a final say in buying players. He only wants youth with a re-sale value to generate income and boost FFP status. Expect Milan to start selling their talents if they turn out as they should – Cutrone, Paqueta, Piatek etc

        While this is his business model, in the same time I believe Milan will be acquiring suitable replacements. You don’t want to decrease the value of your brand. That is what B&G were doing – selling our stars and replace them with below average garbage, non marketable players

         
    • Yes we do. Since our strikers don’t get proper feeding from our wingers, we desperately need another Paqueta on the right side of midfield, someone who can push forward and create, while also track back and win the ball.

      That way Milan can transit from 433 to 4231 when attacking since Paqueta knows how to cut inside while the other two can stay behind and guard. Same goes for SMS

      Paqueta – Baka – SMS would be deadly

       
  31. Milanista121 tried to reply you 3 times further up both yesterday and today but none was posted but yeah i agree on your assesments and is also looking forward in anticipation of what the team can do with these new additions. Paqueta looks very promising and signing piatek is a scoop as well. Glad to see higuain gone not as much as he didnt score enough which certainly didnt justify his loan fee or wages but just as much his onfield behaviour which cant have been good for the team morale. If we also can bring in a left winger in january we are pretty well set for the time being. Hope we sign tonali in july as he has pretty much said he would love to join the Club and get trained by gattuso.

     
  32. I’ve been one of Gattuso’s biggest critics on this blog and rightfully so. I do give him credit for improving the team’s mental strength since under Montella the team would crumble after going a goal behind.

    With Gattuso, the team is fighting to the final whistle to get a point or even win the game.

    However, anyone with any football sense would know that Gattuso is still lacking tactically. His game plan and game management skills are very poor to say the least.

    We won against Genoa because of some strange turn of events starting with Zapata’s injury which lead to Conti playing at RB and Abate moving to CB.

    If anyone remembers Conti from his last season at Atalanta, he was the leading defender in assists and goals. Unlike Abate who would just cross the ball blindly into the penalty box.

    Conti specifically picks out a teammate in a good goal scoring position to play the ball to which lead to our 1st goal scored by Borini.

    Once Genoa fell behind they were desperately chasing the game which left space in the back for Cutrone and Suso to exploit which lead to our 2nd goal that killed off the game.

    So we didn’t win because of our tactics. On the contrary, we were outplayed tactically by Genoa and it felt as if Prandelli was taking Gattuso to school.

    We won due to pure luck and Donnarumma’s brilliance in goal. It’s as simple as that.

    I have nothing against Gattuso and I appreciate all that he has done for Milan during his playing days but my loyalty is with Milan and not the players or coaches.

    Therefore, I don’t care who is coaching Milan, if the team is playing poorly then I will always express my opinion and dissatisfaction.

     
    • You can say whatever you want, but it’s annoying to read only complaining from you as we don’t play like “Milan”, we are not the same that a decade ago. So when fans like me get excited because we got some 3 points and you say it was luck it’s like a middle finger to Milan, and you seem like a troll.

      After turning last season around I’m pretty sure that if I look at your comments you would complain that Gattuso doesn’t know how to coach because 200M squad and Arsenal bla bla bla.

       
      • My dear friend, this is a blog where everyone is free to express their opinions. Get over it, ok? You’re getting too emotional. Milan last few coaches in recent times have been really poor.

        Even the Italian deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini criticize Gattuso over his tactics and game management skills and he is also a Milan fan. Big deal!

         
        • Like I said, you can say whatever you want, and our former players and coaches praises gattuso so i’s a mixed opinion, but when it comes to judge Milan you never have a positive thing to say that’s what I’m talking about. That’s my opinion, and I’m not getting emotional over it, I’m just wondering how anyone can be a fan like that attitude. But I’m guessing that’s that football brains of yours and I have nothing of it

           
          • I recall many times where I acknowledge Gattuso for his impact on the team’s mental strength and also for playing Zapata ahead of Musacchio since Zapata’s form this season is better.

            There has been countless times that I’ve acknowledged Gattuso for making the right choice to make Romagnoli our captain instead of Biglia, Bonaventura or Suso.

            My issue is with his tactical awareness and game management skills.

            We bought Higuain who is a top class striker yet he was struggling to score goals?

            That’s a formation and tactical issue which is the responsibility of the coach to fix.

            Even Capello called that out recently when speaking about Higuain’s form and why he’s struggling to score, so did Boban, Guilit and Berlusconi. What’s wrong if I have an issue with that?

            Anyway, I’ve been a Milan fan since 1990 so I’ve seen enough to have high expectations of any coach at this club.

            We are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to major trophies. So I expect nothing but the best when Milan is on the pitch.

             
    • nick
      Aug 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Mirabelli is a donkey and his project failed miserably at Milan. As a project manager by profession, I can surely tell you that Milan Chinese project was a bust. Total failure. We even got kicked out of the Europa League.

      Mirabelli wasted 104m out of the 200m budget in 1 season. 24m for Kalinic, 38m for André Silva and 42m for Bonucci who after 1 seasoned turned his back on Milan.

      That’s 62m wasted on two strikers that can’t score more 5goals in Serie A. Smh

      Mirabelli couldn’t even get Aubameyang, Morata or Belotti. We had to settle for Kalinic and a grossly overpriced and overhyped André Silva. None of them out performed Cutrone, a youth product from Milan academy. That’s embarrassing to say the least.

      Thank God for Leonardo, at least we were able to offload Bonucci for the younger and better deal for Caldara. So we were able to recoup the 42m spent. That’s great management.

      With Caldara and Romagnoli our defense will be better this season.

      That’s football brain? our defense sucks without Bonucci, Leonardo bought Higuain who flopped harder than Kalinic, and Silva is scoring goals for fun and we want him back badly.

       
      • Our defense is better without Bonucci who consistently bypasses the midfield in favor of playing long balls to the CF.

        That made Milan vulnerable to counterattacks which is how we conceded most of our goals with Bonnuci in our defense. Sigh!

        When Caldara was fit and played with Romagnoli, we conceded zero goals and we were solid at the back even though it was against teams in the Europa league.

        Our decision to get Caldara was pure brilliance as Bonnuci is in decline.

        As for Kalinic-Higuain comparison, Higuain outperformed Kalinic in as he scored more goals 8 in 15 games more than Kalinic who scored 4 goals all season. Smh

        Milan is lacking a creative midfielder and LW to supply the ball to Higuain which is why Higuain wasn’t scoring more goals.

        As for Andre Silva, he hasn’t scored a single goal for Sevilla in the last 2 months. His first few weeks in La Liga he scored mostly against weaker opponents. He is not a good striker and nobody wants him back at Milan except you. He’s an overhyped striker.

        Your argument is weak sir and you have no logic or facts to support your claim.

        Those bogus Chinese buyers know nothing about football neither does Mirabelli and Fassone that’s why Inter Milan got rid of them.

         
  33. @Milanista121. There is a golden rule in management, you criticize in private and praise in public.

    Gattuso statement about Bakayoko not knowing how to position his body to receive the ball is a negative and an uncalled for comment.

    The only reason Bakayoko is even playing is because Gattuso doesn’t have any other options at the moment. If that wasn’t the case he would be on his back to Chelsea already this month.

    I credit Bakayoko for turning things around not the coach who unfairly criticized him in public.

     
    • It is not that he plays because Gattuso has no other option besides him. His statistics is loud enough and he won back to back MVP award and that says something. He is rock solid with the ball at his feet, doesn’t go down easily and wins back many of them. He is not a Pirlo type of creative regista but more like a mixture between Van Bommel and Yaya Toure

       
      • Exactly @Ted, 100 %. Nick is saying it like as soon as Biglia & co are back that Baka will be benched. That’s so far from reality. Baka has been so good that we’re considering selling Kessié in the summer according to rumours – something that was unthinkable even in mid-Octobre.

         
        • Guys, I wasn’t implying that Bakayoko would be dropped as soon as Biglia is fit to play. Why would Gattuso do that given Bakayoko’s current form?

          I’m simply saying that if Biglia wasn’t injuried Bakayoko wouldn’t have had as much chance to play to prove himself since he was not given a vote of confidence from the coach in his first few games where he was heavily criticized especially during the Napoli game where his poor clearance caused a Napoli goal.

           
  34. A piece of advise to prophets of apocalypse, do some research before talking , I’ve got pretty crazy ideas, and I admit it, as I know nothing more than my eyes can see, I don’t have an insider at san siro, and I’ve never coached a team. What I have is stats and common sense.

    Higuain was pushed out of Juve because with Dybala, Mandzukic and Ronaldo Juve are set with goal scorers, also, stats indicate that Higuain is on decline, and his wage was certainly a problem 7.5 Millions, (9.5 at Milan).

    Some said that by getting rid of Bonnuci we got a Higuain and the ” Future of CB” Really Caldara? Romangoli has showed way more and both have almost the same age. and I’ll say it, for me Caldara is a overhyped one season wonder. People on this blog thought we got revenge with juve for Pirlo’s because Caldara and Higuain was a steal lol. I said, Juve are not idiots they know what they’re getting with Bonucci and what are they getting rid of with Higuain and Caldara.

    When Higuain’s rumors started the only who I knew what was going to happen are Milanista121, Sheva and Ted, and I get pissed at people blaming Gattuso or our players for a player who isn’t even wanted in his natonal team, no more juventinos please, Bernardeschi, Betancour Dybala o Nada.

    Raven
    Jul 28, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Bacca scored 13 goals in 31 matches in his second seasons what a nightmare right? let me refresh your memory, Sosa, Poli, Kucka, Pasalic, those were the guys behind Bacca, and on the wings Suso Ocampos and Delofeu, all selfish wingers.

    In Juve Higuain scored 16 goals in 32 matches, so In your opinion 3 goals difference between horrifying and Higuain? Gonzalo has top players like Pjanic, Khedira and Matuidi giving him service , Cuadrado Bernardeschi Costa Dybala on the wings, what would you think he will do at Milan?

    Honestly In this blog can ANYONE tell me if 3 goals difference worth spending 50M when we have a man with similar characteristics in our squad?

    Bacca is free to us, they guy is pissed off, he left a great team, winning Europa League to this disaster so he could become another scape goat. It’s cheaper to buy one great player and make the fools to believe there is a project, than rebuild the whole team with great players, and poor Bacca feel on that too. Vangioni, Ocampos Fernandez Gomez Sosa need I to say more?

    With FFP at our tails, we need wingers and midfielders and Leonardo is looking for a striker. Great, just great, I guess many people see football, but not anyone can understand football.

    I hate to tell you I told you so, but I told you so, I said Higuain will flop a season or two and fly to china, well, he didn’t even have the balls to stay for a season, at least we didn’t gave him the armband, and we lost Silva for him, so, Leonardo this is on you, with Silva and Cutrone we had two beast. With that said, welcome Piatek, I wish you the best and thanks for not getting the doomed #9

     

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