Team news: Napoli were without Fernando Llorente while Milan had to do without Léo Duarte, Mateo Musacchio and Samu Castillejo. Kickoff time was 21:45 CEST at Stadio San Siro.

Goals: Theo Hernández (20′), Di Lorenzo (34′), Mertens (60′), Kessié (72′ pk)
Red card: Saelemaekers (87′)

S.S.C Napoli (4-3-3) – Gennaro Gattuso
David Ospina; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nikola Maksimović, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz (65′ Diego Demme), Stanislav Lobotka (65′ Elif Elmas), Piotr Zieliński; José Callejón (84′ Matteo Politano), Dries Mertens (74′ Arkadiusz Milik), Lorenzo Insigne (74′ Hirving Lozano).
Unused: Meret, Karnezis, Luperto, Ghoulam, Manolas, Hysaj, Allan, Younes.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Andrea Conti, Simon Kjær, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Franck Kessié, Ismaël Bennacer; Lucas Paquetá (46′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (61′ Giacomo Bonaventura), Ante Rebić (88′ Rade Krunić); Zlatan Ibrahimović (61′ Rafael Leão).
Unused: Begović, Soncin, Calabria, Gabbia, Laxalt, Biglia, Brescianini, Maldini.

Referee: Federico La Penna.

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Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago

good line up. i hope bennassie can contain napoli’s mf especially fabian ruiz

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago

nice counter attack by milan.
donna’s unreal btw. if it wasnt for him napoli could’ve been up 3-0 before theo scored

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
29 days ago

20 minutes of napoli outplaying us, and then one moment of magic from Rebic+Theo …

Agustinar
Agustinar
29 days ago

We do need a CB who is strong and really good in aerial duel

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

it was theo who lost aerial duel (again) mate. conti also should’nt have fouled koulibaly in dangerous area in the first place. very dumb

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
29 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yes Theo lost his man but Roman didn’t even bother to jump. He was very weak and on the sec goal he turned his back when Napoli is shooting inside our box! Very very weak from Roman today

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

romag reminds me of 21 yr old nesta; solid performance vs avg to good opponents but always got owned whenever he played vs quality players like ronaldo etc. luckily nesta got better with age (he won juve scudetto 2002 by beating ronaldo’s inter in last giornata and thus avenging his garbage performance in 98 uefa cup final). lets hope romag can emulate nesta

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
28 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

I agree Agustinar. Airial duals have been our weakness for years now. I don’t know why Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah is never mentioned. He would be perfect for us, albeit a bit expensive.

Agustinar
Agustinar
26 days ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Finally someone agree with me. It was Kjaer who was outmuscled by Koulibaly when he was trying to jump

Joe
Joe
29 days ago

Hakan non existing today – Just taking up space, needs to be replaced at half time.

Agustinar
Agustinar
29 days ago

Napoli dominated us at first half. Benassie lost the midfield. Hakan was not effective as AMC

Zion Train
Zion Train
29 days ago

Poor 1st half from Ibrahimović and Paquetà. Smh. Pioli should sub them for Leao and Bonaventura.

Fra
Fra
29 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

Ibrahimović presence itself is good always he just makes some defenders to play cautiously, of course pioli will substitute him in 2nd half.. But Paquetá I really don’t know he was good or bad!!! Cause I didn’t see him touch the ball or run for it

Last edited 29 days ago by Fra
Zion Train
Zion Train
29 days ago
Reply to  Fra

Ibrahimović was poor period. Both him and Paquetá offered nothing in terms of movement and passes.

Fra
Fra
29 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

I’m not fan of Ibrahimović at his age now, what you say is true and I agree about his technical performance not only tonight but also in all matches he has played for us this season so far.. Ibrahimović presence in the team is needed not for whole 90mins fairly one half only for psychological benefit of the team and his carisma for opponents defense.. period!

Zion Train
Zion Train
29 days ago
Reply to  Fra

Totally understand. Hopefully we can get players like Memphis Depay who is still young and have a lot international experience.

I prefer Milan sign players like Depay over someone like Ibrahimovic or Modric who are past their best on the pitch.

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

yeah because modric can still play at the highest level and is about to win la liga with madrid right mate?

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

as opposed to kris “better than inzaghi” piatek? he would’ve been busy flopping around like fish outta water. lol gimme a break.

Zion Train
Zion Train
29 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Piatek is no longer at Milan so we can move on from that discussion. Ibrahimović was awful today. Period! Ibrahimović was being bossed around by Koulibaly and Maksimovic. Pioli was right to sub him. He was walking about like he was in a training session. Ibrahimović, Conti and Paquetà were terrible. Çalhanoğlu was very quite today but that’s more down to fatigue as he looked tired. So he’s forgiven since he has been playing well lately. Pioli needs to know when to bench Ibrahimovic and give a fresh and young Leao the start over Ibrahimović who looked old and rusty.… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

“Inzaghi at 39 looked more energetic and lively than Ibrahimović at 38.” lol, is that why u claimed piatek is better than 23-24 yr old inzaghi? because even at 39 he looked better than ibra? also, what kind of milanista disrespects inzaghi like that just to make false point? ibra, like conti, hakan, paqueta had bad day, yes but its not always like that. in fact, this is the first time this season he played badly. he’s lost his pace and thus his famous diagonal dribbling so all he has is his post playing and passing but last nite koulibaly… Read more »

Zion Train
Zion Train
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

I’m not going to even respond to Inzaghi comment as your remarks about that sounds pretty ridiculous at this point and totally off base. Clearly you didn’t understand my comment. As Ibrahimovic, Pioli should play Leao ahead of him and bring Ibrahimović on as a late sub around the 70-75th minute mark. Let’s not forget that Milan loss 4-2 against Inter with Ibrahimovic on the pitch after leading 2-0. People are giving him way too much credit than he deserves and that’s extremely unfair to Pioli who is doing great with his team selection, tactics, gameplan and formation. Pioli partnering… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Zion Train

“I’m not going to even respond to Inzaghi comment as your remarks about that sounds pretty ridiculous at this point and totally off base.” it was ridiculous and totally off base but u did say it, meaning u cant be objective. “As Ibrahimovic, Pioli should play Leao ahead of him and bring Ibrahimović on as a late sub around the 70-75th minute mark.” yeah that could work, like i said. but leao needs to learn how post play correctly from ibra so he can have presence in front of goal. as it is now, leao is would be better off… Read more »

Fra
Fra
29 days ago

I wonder no one mentions Paquetá .. what is his task?!?! He’s no where, others at least go for the ball..

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago

theo scored but failed to mark his man again. donna’s clearly the best milan player so far, with theo, rebic and kjaer not too far behind. ibra’s getting owned by koulibaly big time. i think leao needs to come on to replace him. conti foolishly kept getting out of position. his stupid foul vs koulibaly was also unacceptable. what a fantastic baresi-esque overlapping by koulibaly i have to admit. rino channelled his inner hiddink by building a wall that separated milan defenders and mf hence almost everytime theo got the ball he passed it backwards. thats why milan lost mf… Read more »

Raven
Raven
29 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

What are you talking about, grinta is just lucky that Milan is having a bad day, #Pioliout, Calabria was guilty for the goal too

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago
Reply to  Raven

aww one of les midtables still missing rino, so cute. first of all, im happy that rino so far has done good job steadying napoli but the truth is napoli were serie a runner ups which spent 40m on reserve player chucky the killer clown while milan couldnt even spend that much on much needed playmaker like ceballos/correa/de paul. he has easier job compared to pioli. second of all, rino made grave mistake subbing off the deadly playmaker fabian ruiz. this pioli-esque cowardice mentality totally changed the momentum of the game. remember his defense-splitting through ball that resulted in napoli’s… Read more »

Raven
Raven
29 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Agree, anyone can do well with Napoli. I mean, 1-1 against barcenola? That’s grintafootball.
 
Milan could’ve won if Pioli plays 442, Conti was a disgrace tonight but agree, Calabria is worst.

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

“1-1 vs out of form, 10 man barca” there i fix it for u, ur welcome. btw, i dont know if u watched the match or not but napoli did pull a grintafootball vs barca by parking the bus and playing roughly. also, like i said, i dont know if u watched napoli or not but they’ve been serial serie a runner ups thus ucl regulars. back then they also beat prime liverpool and held prime psg at bay. they WERE and still ARE that good. rino does good job stabilizing the team and saving them from internal meltdown but… Read more »

Raven
Raven
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Yes, he was lucky Barca was out of form. Yeah I know, the man is only grinta he has no experience, he should coach serie B teams.   Yes, 442 is the best formation, Conti and Saelemaekers, the skills both have can break any team. Is like, they run and they cross.   Grinta was clueless to field a 433 without wingers, but now we have wingers for 442, let’s see, Saelemaekers he is top 3 winger in Serie A,forget about Insigne, Mertens Callejon Cuadrado Chiesa Bernardeschi Papu and Ronaldo.This guy is the real deal.   On the left, of… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

did i ever say rino should coach serie b team? im dutch football fan thus i watch barca a lot. theyre a mess carried by messi alone and drawing at home vs this barca aint quite the same achievement as beating last season’s klopp’s liverpool. my point is, napoli have always been good team (top 2 or 3 in serie a in nearly a decade) and their squad is tailor made for 4-3-3 so good for rino but napoli is better than 6th place as they have proven that were much better and were capable of doing great things in… Read more »

Raven
Raven
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Did I put words in our mouth?   Yes, Barca is bad, but is still Barca and second place in Spain.   I think the whole blog has read your comments that Pioli loses due to 4231, now Milan is doing better thanks sticking to that formation.   Is 2020 dude, wide players need to be fast dribblers. I remember Montolivo used as a RM in Prandelli’s Italy, the guy was on his prime and no no.   442 is a secure formation for coward teams, the only good is the unpredictability if it’s deployed by a good coach with… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

yeah, and lately barca have been playing badly. even rivaldo said it so. liverpool were on their prime and still napoli beat them. my point is, napoli is good team, built steadily over years. pulling a mourinho on barca to get 1-1 draw at home aint much of an achievement. drawing with goal conceded at home is almost as bad as losing. “this is 2020 dude, wide players need to be fast dribblers” yeah thats what i said years back when i said 4-3-3 with suso’s suicide because he’s SLOW. u know who are fast? samu, rebic, leao, laxalt, saladmaker.… Read more »

Usman
Usman
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Thank God someone else sees through rino. With due respect, he does a decent job coaching but naaaaa, I’d sack rino over and over again with what he did at Milan. But that’s another story for another day. Well-done Milan 10! I value Ur insights

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Usman

correctamundo mate. with rino as coach milan would still use 4-3-3 all through the season and that would be the end of them. rino is happy now with 4-3-3-happy napoli and i wish him all the best but thank god milan are after more proven coach now. shame that nazidis didnt follow maldini’s instruction to get allegri though as now even inter, like juve earlier this season, are targetting him as conte’s possible replacement

Raven
Raven
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Gotta love that seventh place, welcome to the Midtablers club here is your membership

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

i wish milan could be where rino is. 6th place, 2 points more. bellissimo rino

Raven
Raven
28 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Well, to inform you, he has done better at Napoli, 56% of the matches are a win for his team. I guess beating Juve and Inter for Copa Italia was luck.   You know how Zidane has done at Real Madrid this season? 60.34% and they are winning the league, is that luck too?   Conte 58% this season, Klopp 60% since he arrived at Liverpool.   The whole Ancellotti career at Milan 56.26%. And Milan was a CL contender.   You have your opinion of the man and I respect it, my opinion is that Milan needs to stop… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Raven
Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

“The whole Ancellotti career at Milan 56.26%. And Milan was a CL contender.” lol are u seriously comparing winning ratio of nearly a decade worth of coaching with one who hasnt even coached for full year yet? so this season immobile has better goal/game ratio than inzaghi’s ratio for his whole milan career? what kind of comparison is that? compare a year worth of coaching with another in exact same timefrime otherwise it wouldnt be objective. “Allegri(51%) Seedorf (50%), Miha (50%) and Gattuso (48%)” this is a little bit more objective ratio though not by much. and guess what, rino… Read more »

Raven
Raven
27 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

4th? That’s a typo, my mistake Facts are facts, and there is no excuse I’m comparing tha Milan with freaking Napoli. A genius like Ancelloti with Rino, a guy who said I thought I was a footballer until I saw Pirlo. He knows that he is tactically limited, there is only so much that he can do, he is learning and doing amazingly great so far. You are going to skip the fact that zidane in this season 60.34% win ratio? That’s in a whole season, do I need to tell you the exact win ratio since Rino took Napoli?… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
27 days ago
Reply to  Raven

what fact? comparing 8 years worth of coaching with 23 games worth of coaching is extremely unfair. lemme repeat, so immobile is better st than inzaghi because his goal/game ratio THIS season is better than inzaghi’s for his whole milan career? what kind of retarded comparison is that? even garbage st like kevin phillips and dario hubner could perform well for one season. even eternal loser like ranieri could perform well for one season and win. my point is, everyone can have short term winning period but u cant compare it to long term results that requires much more consistency.… Read more »

Raven
Raven
27 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Rino is just beginning his coach career, replacing Ancelotti and doing better than him lol. Immobile does not have a lot of football in his legs.   I compare him to the very best, and he is statistically doing great things, but you will find any excuse to not give him credit. Imagine if he does not have Napoli but Madrid, FFS, even easier to win. Allegri 51% win ratio at Milan but nearly 75% at Juventus.   Again, let’s have this discussion in August 2021, so far he is exceeding expectations.   I think I made it very clear… Read more »

Last edited 27 days ago by Raven
Milan10
Milan10
27 days ago
Reply to  Raven

“replacing him and doing better” how exactly? ance took napoli to ucl last season and its not his fault his players revolted against dino de saurus this season. rino is 6th and sure as shit will miss ucl. dont give me that “oh he took over midseason” crap because ance did just that with milan in 2001/02 and he successfully took milan to ucl, winning it in 02/03. ance failed to take juve to ucl in 1998/99 because he arrived late (in feb) but he took del piero-less juve to ucl semis, and ance narrowly missed scudetto in 99/00. lets… Read more »

Raven
Raven
27 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Again, I’m comparing rino with the very best. He is doing a fantastic job, that is what I’m saying. You fail to do recognize that because you are let me quote you “obsess much? fixation much?” With your own ideas. There is no denying it, he is doing an even better job since he arrived at Napoli that he did with Milan statistically speaking. Boban criticized Milan, not Rino, he took a hit on the players, just like that asshole Giampaolo did. When he arrived, his freaking Milan played worst and he shut his F mouth. He bashed Gazidis only… Read more »

Milan10
Milan10
27 days ago
Reply to  Raven

“Again, I’m comparing rino with the very best. He is doing a fantastic job, that is what I’m saying.” lol, obsess much? only gasperini is doing fantastic job in serie a this season, and considering quality of the squad, probably juric too. even sarri and conte are criticized. rino is doing well stabilizing the ship but napoli is at their worst in years. he couldnt even win at home vs milan because of his pragmatic approach and suddenly he’s fantastic? “There is no denying it, he is doing an even better job since he arrived at Napoli that he did… Read more »

Raven
Raven
26 days ago
Reply to  Milan10

Butthurt? don’t you have any arguments? I’m talking about facts and you are giving an opinion.

Milan played and hired players for 433 in the last 8 years, what are you talking about? Chinese Milan wanted 343 and didn’t work.

Milan10
Milan10
26 days ago
Reply to  Raven

u hate boban because according to u he talked shit about rino’s milan hence u keep mentioning it. thats a fact, admit it. “im talking about facts” like what? rino doing fantastic job? he’s on par with elite coaches? the mgmt failed to take the blame? those are opinions “Milan played and hired players for 433 in the last 8 years” and they failed spectacularly in achieving top four finish every single season. thats exactly what i’ve been saying since years ago. surely they didnt hire kessie and hakan and others to play 4-3-3 because they did very bad job.… Read more »

Raven
Raven
29 days ago

The guys are defending decently against a very high pressing Napoli, they eventually will make a mistake, is time for Leao Zlatan and Rebic to play together.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
29 days ago

45 minutes, Napoli are the better team. Bennaser and Kessie are having difficulties, and Hakan + Paquetta barely noticeable. Zlatan is off, with some really bad passes, and nothing much else to offer. Rebic and Theo are our main engines, and we don’t have much else.

Let’s hope we can pick it up next half.

Raven
Raven
29 days ago

Great… Two of the same on the right, Pioli coward…

Usman
Usman
28 days ago
Reply to  Raven

Stop the disrespect please. You hardly know what’s going on in training and with the games every 3 days it’s really difficult to field a starting 11 always. Come on…..

Raven
Raven
28 days ago
Reply to  Usman

Usman, allow me to speak whatever I want please.

Eliya Amanoeel
Eliya Amanoeel
26 days ago
Reply to  Raven

I agree with Usman, stop the disrespect! And allow us to reply to your comments with whatever we want please.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
29 days ago

All and all, decent result in a difficult field. Gatusso’s Napoli were the better team, and we were lucky to squeeze the equalizer before salesmaker silly red. Kessie and Bennaser picked it up a bit in the second half, but all and all we lost the midfield battle.

Milan10
Milan10
29 days ago

bonad10nho, leao and saladmaker brought directness and pace to milan’s game. saladmaker is avg but he does the simple tasks right hence he always has presence on the flank. like i said, paqueta should fight for am spot with hakan not play on the flanks. let players with pace like saladmaker or samu fight for rw spot. milan is not madrid galacticos who could plat 2 playmakers on the wings. what really irked me was the tendency of milan players to draw unnecessary fouls. this is what happens when u have young inexperienced squad. no way seasoned player would do… Read more »

Ted
Ted
28 days ago

Offtopic

Sevilla are now obliged to buy out Suso for around 24 millions after they qualified for CL. A healthy profit made by Milan aftet he was signed for free. Also, it is reported Milan are closing in on Szoboszlai. Seems the funds from Suso’s sale will be directly invested to secure the Hungarian. Good business

Milan10
Milan10
28 days ago
Reply to  Ted

according to many sources, milan’s transfer budget for next mercato is around 75m and HALF of player sales, meaning: 1) they certainly dont need to wait for money from suso or piatek or any other player sales to fund szoboszlai’s move if theyre really serious. 2) suso’s sale cant be invested to buy szoboszlai because only half of the profit from his sale can be added to the budget. if/when milan finally actually spend money on szoboszlai, its from the pre determined budget not from suso’s sale

Milan10
Milan10
27 days ago

apparently milan have just activated kjaer’s buyout clause. now thats what im talking about nazidis, good job.
suso sale and now discount for kjaer, thanks a lot sevilla. maybe 15m for munir next time?