Maldini: “Giampaolo was our choice and we will always defend him, we are only six rounds in and all is not lost”

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Paolo Maldini before Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on September 29, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

Paolo Maldini spoke after the Fiorentina defeat about the position of Marco Giampaolo and on the weight Stadio San Siro has on the players.

Milan lost their four games in six matches and the period of Marco Giampaolo at the club has so far been all-negative.

Giampaolo was the choice of Paolo Maldini, Zvonimir Boban and Frederic Massara to work with the young team of the Rossoneri and to raise the level of the game. However, nothing positive has come out of it yet. Last night Milan lost to Fiorentina 3-1 at Stadio San Siro and the Curva Sud protested by vacating their seats after Franck Ribéry scored the Viola’s third.

“The coach was a shared choice of ours, we will always defend him,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia at the end of the game. “It is right to give him time, we know we have a young team. We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory.

Marco Giampaolo during Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on September 29, 2019. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our Coach said, the way out is with hard work to improve a game that does not flow as it should. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them. San Siro and its impact on the players should also be considered.

“The blame? The blame lies with the club, the coach and the players. The demonstration of the fans who left is right. Last year we did not offer a beautiful show at the level of the game, even though we were a point from the Champions League, and the fans were always there. It’s normal for the fans to have protested.

Fiorentina players celebrating at the end of Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on September 29, 2019. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“What to do? The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear. We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly. The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.

“The problems? It’s strange, because we played very well during pre-season and showed good organization. There started to be some traffic in the central area of the field, causing some tactical problems and difficulty in moving the ball around. The explanation may be the fact of playing at San Siro, this thing is not calculated. The Milan badge makes you play with a very heavy shirt, with a lot of history behind it and some of the players are very young, not yet able to handle the comparison with the teams of the past. That can be difficult.

Krzysztof Piątek during Milan-Fiorentina at Stadio San Siro on September 29, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“The formation? Giampaolo has worked with many systems and the day we first met, we discussed the variables, that football cannot be reduced to just numbers and shapes. You must be ready to realize where we can change and find a way around the obstacles. That isn’t just for the Coach, but also the players, because they might be young, but they do have some experience.

“My role? It’s always halfway between ownership and sports management, we share the problems with the coach and the players. These are good lads and if anything, we sometimes expect a more determined reaction from some of them. As I said, we knew that building a young, inexperienced and talented team would run this sort of risk.

Despite Maldini’s words, ANSA and Milannews.it are both reporting that these are hours of reflection for the club in regards to Giampaolo. Rui Garcia has been named as a possible replacement.

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ABULEFON FEMI
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ABULEFON FEMI

what a fucking choice in this clueless coach, who couldn’t even know his best starting eleven, enough is enough, suso and hakan were not playing yet you stick with them , when there were available quality players in Lucas Paquata, ante rebic to mention but few. Pls enough of this mess, I was like crying when i was watching the match yesterday, most especially the second half. i had never played in such a terrible manner since i have been following this club. please Mr. Maldini, at this point don’t compromise, try and agree with boban and fire this man… Read more »

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I agree with you about the coach. At this stage the team should perform way better but I do not agree with you about the “These players can win title” or even make the top 4. Let us be realistic at least 6 of milan players do not deserve to wear the shirt. Calhanoglu, suso, kissie, mussachio, Calabria and piatek do not know how to play a simple 1-2. The blame of this disastrous situation is to be shared on all the club. To be competitive again we need to bring at least 4 quality players and a top class… Read more »

Kay baba
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Kay baba

I disagree with you these footballers can make top 4,with Gattuso last season the same set of players would have made it if not injury towards the end of the season.This coach is very poor,his tactics are not working,the same Piatek the secored fantastic goals last season is no longer good to you.

Akaine
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Akaine

Thank u my brother
Rink should hv bn given more time instead
Playing beautiful soccer n not winning is characteristics of England soccer especially arsenal n even with that they r mostly in top 4
But with this coach, top 12 may even b impossible n no better soccer too
Look Milan is know to play good game with result as well
Management must blame themselves f rush f new coach and shd hv allowed rink to stay rather than pressured to resign
Look at man u, Bayern Munich, ayax, etc
They may not be at the best level but profitable

Ricardo Leite
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Ricardo Leite

Don’t mention Piatek my friend, and what’s Calabria doing in your list. Those two are not among the bad guys pls

Hwyley
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Hwyley

Include romagnoli

Milani
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Milani

We miss Leonardo.

Alliance
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Alliance

No we don’t

Ashraf
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We don’t miss that stupid snake

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

It’s not fun knowing that we were first linked with Conte and sense and they’re doing wonders with our direct rivals. If we’re to bring in a new coach I hope it’s Wenger. Sure his last few years at arsenal weren’t great but hrs a world class manager. Surely better than anyone we’d get

soheil balini
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soheil balini

so you made a wrong choice and you are standing by it. arrogance… good thing that arrogant people get fired really soon in professional sports. enjoy your first and probably last director role because this Milan is the coffin of you, Boban & Giampaolo.

I will be back when these clowns leave Milan. have a nice day, week, month or maybe year…

Raven
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Raven

Ugh

Naz
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Naz

“The Milan badge makes you play with a very heavy shirt, with a lot of history behind it and some of the players are very young, not yet able to handle the comparison with the teams of the past” Yes Paulo it is a heavy shirt with a serious responsibility every time you put it on because your standing on the shoulders of giants who wore it before including yourself. But what your NOT saying and something nobody inside the club for years have said or paid any respect to is the giants who’ve managed past teams and the weight… Read more »

Raven
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Raven

“Don’t anyone tell me that this squad is 12 points worse than Inters after only 6 games” exactly. And some still blame the players

Naz
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Naz

“The Milan badge makes you play with a very heavy shirt, with a lot of history behind it and some of the players are very young, not yet able to handle the comparison with the teams of the past” Yes Paulo it is a heavy shirt with a serious responsibility every time you put it on because your standing on the shoulders of giants who wore it before including yourself. But what your NOT saying and something nobody inside the club for years have said or paid any respect to is the giants who’ve managed past teams and the weight… Read more »

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musaanku22

we needs this quality players (1)cavani free agen (2)david silva free agen (3)modric 15m (4)t.muller 20m (5)t.silva 8m (6)rakitic 25m..,,? luck at juventus 8player are batter than 30 ages 1chiellini 2bonucci 3buffon 4khedira 5matuidi 6cr ronaldo 7mandzukic 8higuain and etc another example barcelona real madrid

Rosoleao
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Rosoleao

You are absolutely right! This money making management does not care about our success on the pitch. They only care about selling young players. That is why we are where we are now. We desperately need experienced players that can be decisive in matches like our last 3 games…

nick
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nick

I think you just suss them out. That’s exactly why gazidis is here. They have no intentions on winning titles. They are turning the Milan into another mediocre mid table Arsenal disaster but probably worst relegation.

Until a serious owner buys Milan I don’t think things will improve. Berlusconi left Milan in the same financial crisis it was in when he took over the club. What a shame! Smh

richis
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richis

amen, brother. my thouughts exactly

Marco
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Marco

I would fire him but then again, he also has a crap team so it’s hard to judge. Milan has been really bad in the transfer market for the past 5+ years and not getting any better. How much have we spent only to stay 4th-5th level ?

Raven
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Raven

Sigh… “Last year we did not offer a beautiful show at the level of the game, even though we were a point from the Champions League” I hope you learned your lesson. You should respect Milan and what represents. Without the fans Milan is an empty shell, its the only asset remaining and some old trophies. I want to believe that Elliot-Gazidis brainwashed you, because the hype sold tickets but way more important is to back up a successful project and teaching respect to our colors. All except the new signings are rotten apples in my eyes. They are kids… Read more »

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Baresis Dream

Despite the terrible start, despite the horrific decisions made by management, despite the obvious lack of kohunas and talent in our squad …. this is the only team we have. And Maldini is right – things are still reversable. For those of you who want to quit following the team, go follow Inter or Juve for all I care. I was one of the few here who saw the problems we are having at the start of the season. But none of that matters now. This is the squad, this is the coach, this is our management. Support the team… Read more »

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Coach Seedorf

Thank you @Baresis Dream, you’re one of those whose comments I repect on this blog, along with Ink, Nick, Phildadon, Milan10, Hasowayn, milanista121, Ted etc. I remember you expressing your concerns and skepticism right from pre-season but decisions have been made by management and we have to support the coach and the team we have now. This is a project that requires time. Chelsea hired Lampard and agreed to give him time regardless of the results(2/3years contact). Those of you thinking that when Milan fires Giampaolo, we will hire a world class coach are clearly in dream Land, wake up… Read more »

Valo12
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Valo12

@CoachSeedorf, one of the few to support Giampaolo. I hope he turns into a world class coach. They all have to start somewhere.

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

Thanks bro @Valo12, I forgot to mention your name up there as I always look out for your comments and opinions . I supported Gattuso as our legend now it’s time to support Giampaolo. I wasn’t happy with his appointment considering the names we were linked to earlier and I also didn’t know him. After his appointment, I heard good remarks here about him here on this blog and read about his style of play online. During pre-season, I was convinced that we got ourselves a good coach on a cheap deal who understands tactics and fluid play considering our… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Thanks for the kind words Coach Seedorf. I agree 100%; getting an interm coach like Sheva or Tassoti won’t do any good except satisfy curva sud.

Rosoleo
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Rosoleo

@CoachSeedorf, You and the rest of mediocre fans are the problem here! You don’t want to be a lion. You prefer to be a sheep. Let the wolves tear you apart. You take joy in it. You have been beaten so many times that you believe you don’t deserve to live with pride. You take whatever is given to you. You don’t know how to fight. You don’t know how to protest. You don’t know how to voice your opinions. All you do is sit there and wait for a miracle! As long as mediocre fans like you are around,… Read more »

Valo12
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Valo12

Yeah, grab a ball and lets kick some windmills.

A.C. Milan 1899
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A.C. Milan 1899

Wow, what a good and reasonable plan you got!

MilanEstonia
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MilanEstonia

Respect to you @baresisdream! I’m one of those who was optimistic and supported Gianpaolo. I still want to but after seeing the game last weekend live I really wanted him out, but you have good points there. Although frustrating, we have to be patient. Besides, which top coach is going to take over this mess? I can only think of Marcelino who’s free now but again he’s a gamble too I guess. It’s a sad time. We’re all angry bcoz we love milan. But our time will come. Let’s see what Gianpaolo is going to do.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Amen MilanEstonia

nick
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nick

I cannot defend Maldini anymore with these statements. Giampaolo must go and we must appoint a top coach like Allegri or Mourinho.

I cannot believe that after such a horrible performance against Fiorentina, Giampaolo gives the team a day off from training. For what? Playing horrible in the San Siro?

Only Leao deserves a day off. The team should have been sent to training retreat for such a poor performance.

We shouldn’t appoint coaches that finish below Milan in the season or inexperienced coaches that haven’t won a league title. That’s too risky.

Coach Seedorf
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@Nick, by your logic, we should never have hired Allegri when we did cos he finished far below us before we hired him and we actually brought him to limelight. We should never have hired Sacchi either as he was in Seria C. Giving the team a day off Is a smart move by Giampaolo, different strokes for different folks. You don’t handle a young team thesame way you handle a mature team, there are always different ways to kill a rat, the important thing is to achieve your aim. A day off will help ease the tension a bit… Read more »

sheva7
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sheva7

@Coach Seedorf Stop lying. Allegri won the Panchina D’oro award with Cagliari beating out Mourinho and he also put up great performances vs Milan.
Allegri was always a good coach. Giampaolo was always bad.

nick
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nick

Agreed. Parma also beat Milan in the Coppa Italia when Sacchi was coaching them which is why berlusconi hired him.

Coach Seedorf
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Coach Seedorf

@ Sheva7, did I really lie? Who/what publicised Allegri to the world? Was it the Panchina D’oro award he won or the scudetto he won with Milan as well as his performances with Milan in Seria A and europe?
Get your facts right bro, Allegri wasn’t brought to limelight after winning Panchina D’oro, no one cares about that title. Milan brought Allegri to Limelight, that’s a well documented fact

nick
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nick

@Coach Seedorf…The world is constantly changing just like technology. Football has changed in the past 20yrs ago. Sacchi got players that were world class talent like Gulitt, Van Basten, and Rijkaard. So did Capello with Boban, Saviecevic, Desaily, Baggio, and Panucci. Allegri with Ibra, Robinho, Cassano and Boateng. It was easier for them to implement their system. Which top class players did Giampaolo get that can measure up to those talented players? None. Milan cannot take the same approach they took with Sacchi, Capello or Allegri unless they plan to invest in world class talent. Giampaolo tactics is not working… Read more »

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@nick we don’t always see eye to eye but I gotta agree with you. If you hire a small club coach, you gotta get world class players. At least 2 in mid and 1 in forward. Piatek isn’t that person tbh. If we are going to buy youth then sensi and barella should have been purchased last jun and Jan to replace guys like hakan and suso. And yes baka should have been bought for sure. Also just bc your in the champions league doesn’t mean a good coach will come to you. Do you think pep or klopp will… Read more »

nick
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nick

Exactly Nathan. Milan also needs to stop living in the past by hiring past players with no or little experience in management. We need to live in the present and hire qualified experience people in these roles.

Just like at Inter now? Big difference from last season why? Because that a top class sporting director and coach. Marietta and Conte are transforming Inter into title challengers.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Here is the thing – most top coaches won’t come without CL or a heafty transfer kitty (along with complete control on said transfer kitty). Notice how Conte came to Inter and changed the whole mindset there. Maldini/Boban would never give up such control to another person. And Elliot won’t guarantee a hefty kitty to anyone due to FFP. Once we decided on releasing Gatusso, it always had to be year zero. New concepts, new direction. And these things typically require time. Now the start of the season has been horrendous, nothing less. But the best we can hope is… Read more »

Raven
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@BaresisDream I don’t want to agree with you, but your opinion is right, full of common sense can’t argue with that logic. He should stay unless we are in relegation zone by January. CL should not be an objective this season. The objective is to stabilize the finances.

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nick

@Baresis Dream…I don’t agree and I will prove why Milan management and coach is garbage. Mistake #1 – Gazidis took too long to appoint directors and then he appointed two past players who had no experience in that role. Mistake #2 – Maldini didn’t sign Bakayoko who was our best player last season. We made the same poor decision when we didn’t sign Deulofeu after a brilliant loan season. Instead Mirabelli signed Calhanoglu who is not even a LW and not on the same level as Deulofeu. We are making the same mistakes over and over again. Smh Mistake #3… Read more »

Valo12
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@Nick, the situation is not that black and white after all. #1 Gazidis appointed two ex players and that is not extremely bad. We needed at least one to be experienced, i give you that one. But don’t forget that we have no leadership in the team. In this case, Maldini and Boban were hired as some kind of “off field” capitains. After all they’re name still means a lot in Milan. Remember Biglia declaring he was too shy and timid when met Maldini? Did this experiment worked? Not yet, but with this young team still has some impact. #2… Read more »

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@Nick, don’t tell me you’re easily tossed by the wind. Thanks @Valo12 for your response. @Nick, you have been singing Giampaolo’s praise on this blog but now the tunes have changed. I’ll try to be precise and brief. 1. Massara was signed for a reason, he has experience in the field. 2. Was Baka truly our best player last season? Was rejecting Baka Maldini’s idea or Gazidis idea? If Milan could sign players like Baka in the summer, do you think Leonardo and Gattuso would have resigned? 3. Maldini accepted a project with terms and conditions. Leonardo couldn’t work with… Read more »

nick
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nick

@Coach Seedorf…. If Milan does not replace Giampaolo with a top tier coach like Allegri or Mourinho then YES I support Milan standing by Giampaolo because it makes NO sense to hire another coach that doesn’t have championship pedigree. However, we will also have to invest in the transfer market as Suso, Calhanoglu and Kessie are not good enough. As I mentioned in my earlier post, having quality players was a big factor in Sacchi, Capello, Ancelotti and Allegri being successful. Look how horrible Allegri was in his last season with garbage players like Birsa and Constant. But if Milan… Read more »

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Rosoleao

Never liked this old hag! He should have retired 10 years before he was 40 years! This dinosaur decided to waste out squad space just so he can break some records! Now with his ridiculous choice of head coach and recruitment of mediocre players! He even has the balls to defend his disastrous choice! No wonder why curva sud were pissed at him! As long SUSO is in this club, we will NEVER play the way we should. He is not a proper winger. He slows down our pace. Look at Ribery and Chiesa and you will understand what a… Read more »

milan10
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milan10

alrite, seriously, who the fvck upvotes this abysmal bs?
maldini di milan was the best milan defender even in his last season when even nesta was busy making blunders left and right because he’s still recovering from injury. even rino said maldini was always the first to arrive in training sessions. yes he messed up big time with giampaolo but look at the trophies he won for milan between his 30-40. he should’ve retired at 30 my ass

Rosoleo
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Rosoleo

@milan10 Are you fuking blind?? Did you miss his gaffes when that Korean boy with half his height jumped up and headers right above him and sent Italy out of world cup 2002? Or the final champions league 2005? or the euro 2000? He has been disastrous in defense since he aged! Nesta was the reason Milan had all those trophies. Nesta was our only reliable defender. Any balls that passed Nesta ended up in our net! People like you who live in the past need to wake up and understand this club is no space for mistakes!

Milan10
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Milan10

lol u said he has been disastrous since aging but u mentioned euro final and (THREE) ucl finals. clearly he’d done something right if he could marshall his team all the way through finals, right? i mean, how good was he that he could reach all those finals even when in decline? yes he should’ve won that aerial battle vs 177cm ahn jung hwan but before that he perfectly blocked korea’s goalscoring chance with perfect tackle, and he literally got kicked in the head for it and yet that bastard byron moreno didnt show red card to korean player. korea… Read more »

Naz
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@Rosoleo
You are an absolute idiot

Ted
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Ted

At this point, I only feel sorry for guys like Paqueta and Leao who are wasting their talent in this shirt

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Let’s not get carried away Ted. They’re in Seria A, in a much better place than where they came from. They’ll do okay, and eventually so will we. Everyone on this blog (excluding us and a few others) wanted year zero. Well, this is how year zero looks like.

Ted
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Ted

No this is no year zero but another year of failure and eventually collapse. Year after year they give us empty promises

Nino
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Milan’s problem is a certain guy called Gazidis! Elliot wants money and they think hired Gazidis – bad move. First of all, those who called Leonardo a snake are actually daft. Leonardo came in to help restore Milan. He brought in Maldini to learn the ropes – there was even talks of Kaka getting his tutelage somewhere in the mix. All of a sudden Gazidis shows up and everything went south. All the potential target Leo drew up, Maldini couldn’t follow up. He’s not a negotiator in Leo’s mold yet. So, Milan lost Sensi, Barella… Maldini couldn’t get Correa from… Read more »

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If the team is divided, then that is the end of Milan. No coach can survive that. Guardiola left Bayern before that became too obvious. Even in England where almost every ownership backs up the coach, Mourinho lost it at Chelsea and United. Of course the coach pays first. But I feel for Giampaolo though. I hope the situation improves for the sake of everybody. The only thing that I am sceptical though is, if we change the coach and get a proven one, lets say Allegri since he is available, will the results and performances improve? I fear the… Read more »

nick
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We need quality players regardless of the coach but Giampaolo seems to not know his best players and he relies too much on players that are underperforming.

Personally for the next match against Genoa I would drop Suso, Calhanoglu and Kessie. We should use a 4321 formation that can easily turn into 433. I’m sure we would score more and play better with this lineup.

————————Donnarumma————————
—Calabria—Duarte—Romagnoli—Hernandez—-
———Krunic—-Bennacer——Paquetá————-
—–——-—-Leao—————Rebic———-———
————-———-—-Piatek——-———————-

Hwyley
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Hwyley

Drop romagnoli tooo. He is not good

sheva7
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sheva7

Yeah it’s all Gazidis fault…Gattuso’s feud with Leo has nothing to do with it right? Neither does Maldini defending that idiot from Leo and preventing Leo from sacking him multiple times and then Milan ending in 5th place.

dapito
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dapito

montella win because he dont have suso, hakan and biglia in his team…

john
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john

keep calm all. Remember Inter before? they have not won in 7 matches straight. Football takes time. Just give some more time to Giampaolo. He is not to blame at all. player itself shows bad performance with bad mobility.

milan10
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milan10

now now bandiera, i know ur ego and pride wont let u admit u made mistake but hey, even god made mistake when he let borivaldo become milan player. we all make mistakes, just admit, say ur sorry and move on amicably. i mean, goddammit, rough times are to be expected with or without new coach but when san morontella himself beat u at san siro using the very formation he should’ve used during his milan tenure then u know ur coach is special kind of useless. u of all people should know that head coach is like captain of… Read more »

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Nathan Graegin

The only thing this Milan team needs to work on are small sided games(4 v 4, 5 v 5) to work on moving off the ball after passing it. Also they need to make it once you go forward you can’t go back. This will force them into thinking how can I move forward and support at the same time and allow more fluid 1 touch passing in the final third. That and movement and finishing with heavy pressure. This will force more off the ball movement to allow us to break down the defense and help piatek get back… Read more »