Team news: Crotone were without the suspended Jean Lambert Evans as well as without Gian Marco Crespi, Giuseppe Cuomo, Guillaume Gigliotti, Ahmad Benali, Luis Rojas and Emmanuel Rivière. Milan had to do without the quarantined Léo Duarte and Zlatan Ibrahimović as well as without Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli and Alen Halilović. Kickoff time for Matchday 2 of the 2020/21 Serie A season was 18:00 CEST at Stadio Ezio Scida.

Goals: Kessié (47′ pk), Brahim (52′).

F.C. Crotone (3-5-2) – Giovanni Stroppa
Alex Cordaz; Lisandro Magallán, Luca Marrone, Vladimir Golemić; Pedro Pereira (66′ Arkadiusz Reca), Junior Messias, Luca Cigarini, Niccolò Zanellato (46′ Eduardo Henrique), Salvatore Molina (83′ Andrea Rispoli); Simy, Denis Drăguș (71′ Miloš Vulić).
Unused: Festa, Spolli, Mustacchio, Crociata, Gomelt, Mazzotta, Kargbo, Yakubiv.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Matteo Gabbia, Simon Kjær, Theo Hernández; Franck Kessié, Sandro Tonali (63′ Ismaël Bennacer); Brahim Díaz (83′ Rafael Leão), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (83′ Rade Krunić), Alexis Saelemaekers (58′ Samu Castillejo); Ante Rebić (58′ Lorenzo Colombo).
Bench: A. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu, Kalulu, Laxalt, Paquetá, Maldini.

Referee: Luca Pairetto.

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Nana
Nana
1 month ago

We will win for sure. But I hope some of you guys will not be here to be only focused on spewing negatives on targeted players. Constructive Comments after the break.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Nana

i just watched bayern got beaten by hoffenheim of all teams. everything can and does happen in football so no, do not underestimate opponents. ever

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
29 days ago
Reply to  Nana

Heres a constructive comment for you then nana, you do realize its a debate forum so why wouldnt people debate transfers regardless whether they like or dislikes arrivals/departures ? Would you honestly prefer if everybody agreed on everything, in my view it would be rather borring and borderline back clapping i for one certainly wouldnt even when i disagree with some of the posters on this blog.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

WE NOW RETURN TO LIKE MILAN10 SAID PROGRAM “Milan10 9 days ago regarding double pivot, like it or not, bennassie combo should always be starters because they complement each other so well. if tonali is going to play, he should replace ben, with kessie as dm. … regarding winger, brahim should be main rw from now on, at least until his loan deal expires” “Milan10 1 day ago Reply to MilanEstonia “We need a fully fit striker for Sunday so he took off Colombo” anyone who understands football -which pioli surely does- knows rebic the topscorer of last season will… Read more »

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

*yawn*

TruRossoneri
TruRossoneri
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Your analyses are mostly on point. Maybe you should consider being a coach.

Müratx
Müratx
1 month ago
Reply to  TruRossoneri

I will buy him a team if he promises to shut up

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  Müratx

give me strong financial back up like red bull and i’ll do better than rangnick *wink

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  TruRossoneri

dont worry mate, i’ll guide milan coaches, kicking and screaming, and in the end one of them will win the 8th

Lando
Lando
1 month ago

Nice! Now i hope Kalulu will get some chances too

Gab
Gab
1 month ago

Rebic doesn’t play well as a lone striker. I hope today he will be better.

Fegzy
Fegzy
1 month ago

Milan is in trouble at this point of the transfer market we have refused to close any deal and our squad is gradually dwindling

Fegzy
Fegzy
1 month ago

Struggling 2 score against Crotone

Nana
Nana
1 month ago

Urgency is very much lacking. We seriously need a cb. I can’t understand why any of our cb can’t drive the ball forward and commit our men into attack. Always too afraid. And the problem on our rw is nothing new to talk about

Zion
Zion
1 month ago

Solid 1st half. Tonali improving game by game. Milan desperately need Chiesa. RW still a weak spot. Jens Hauge will add good quality to our LW especially if Rebić form dip.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

man, i hope rebic doesnt break his radius

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

Now this is what you call the milan10nian curse.

I wish him well. Guess we’re stuck with one striker now. Why does all our season starts have been so miserable for the last many years omg.

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago
Reply to  MilanEstonia

luckily leaonaldo has come back

Fegzy
Fegzy
1 month ago

Problem upon problem now rebic is injured

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  Fegzy

Don’t worry Jens Hauge will be signed on Monday and Chiesa will be signed after we qualify for Europa League group stage after Thursday’s game.

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
29 days ago
Reply to  Zion

Zion i really hope you are right but i would be really surprised if chiesa arrives if we buy hauge as well. A small add on, ive read several places that it seems like hauge want to stay and finish the norwegian season and winning them the clubs first championship which will mean untill it ends in mid december so not so sure he will arrive before january. edit:seems to be some conflicting reports and according to an article posted on sempre milan he seems to actually wanna join us before january As revealed by ESN journalist Jonas Bergh-Johnsen, Hauge was… Read more »

Last edited 29 days ago by Martin Bernhard
Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
1 month ago

Just when we are trying to be claiming 3 points gradually…. Injury to rebic is bad.. I just hope is not something so serious otherwise…….

Raven
Raven
1 month ago

In retrospective, Pioli’s plan B when adding an extra midfielder should be like this:

Leao for Diaz and Bennacer for Krunic.

442 diamond should always be our plan B. Kessie and Bennacer are fit to play 90 minutes, Tonalli can be added to keep possession and control the midfield. Diaz can sub Hakan if he is too tired.

The derby will be a tough match…

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
1 month ago

Comfortable win by the boys, against a Cutrone side that frankly doesn’t seem prepared for seria a yet (no disrespect intended). Still, it’s refreshing to see us easily win, without a few key players, a match that we should on paper win. Definitely this is a the new standard that Pioli has instilled, and should take complete credit. The defense and midfield looked good, with Tonali making a solid first impression. Kessie, Hakan, and Theo have good claims for MOTM, but I think Theo deserves it for his nice assist and over all good calm game. The offensive line was… Read more »

Meer-1
Meer-1
1 month ago

Well a nice result grinding 2 goals against defensive Crotone side….the only draw back was our rhythm of play we were too slow to come on to play the ball this in return slow the tempo we need to work on that….won’t complain but Rebic injury was pure curse on us….when ever we start to gel and get on a roll something nasty happens…wish him best for his recovery…..tonali, surprised me was solid with good vision and passing he will come perfectly as season progresses…Calabria was amazing as well darting and dancing on right side….Díaz well a goal ok but… Read more »

Dommicheal
Dommicheal
1 month ago

We won 2 nil

Milan10
Milan10
1 month ago

first off, congrats for the win. i really appreciate mr john and the boys because its not easy to win consistently in this crazy season opener. the team didnt play as well as when they beat juve, lazio etc last season but thats understandable given the tight schedule and freak injuries and illness that’s been occuring since preseason. individually, kessie, kjaer, theo and tonali were great while brahim, hakan, calabria were good too. shame that leaonaldo couldnt bury that chance. the ability to grind out positive results even when not playing well is the sign of top class team. many… Read more »

Urban
Urban
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan10

That’s so true…

Agustinar
Agustinar
1 month ago

What’s wrong with Paqueta? He should replace Hakan than Krunic. Why did Milan buy Krunic?

Zion
Zion
1 month ago
Reply to  Agustinar

Unfortunately Paquetá is no longer part of Pioli’s plans. He will be sold to Lyon soon.

Urban
Urban
1 month ago

positive result, considering previous years we struggled to beat all teams, we never looked like conceding a goal throughout the 90 mins

Ted
Ted
29 days ago

Franck “the tank” Kessie my man, I’m also happy for Tonali and Diaz, they got their chance from the start and did good. Also there are positive news as they’ve just excluded any possible fracture to Rebić. Saw a bit of tired legs out there but that’s normal, they just started the season and on a busy schedule with EL qualifications. Good game, solid win, onto the next one. Forza Milan!

Last edited 29 days ago by Ted
Milanellofm
Milanellofm
29 days ago

Solid win by the boys but we seriously need a right winger. That side is weak. Need a guy that can dribble past players and create chances. Also a cb and if we qualify bakayoko and we will have a great season. But need a winger right away!

Ice yogurt
Ice yogurt
29 days ago

Any talk about our boy Halilovic, where’s he now?

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
29 days ago
Reply to  Ice yogurt

In ac milan but i think he will either endup getting loaned out before the end of the transfer window or maybe even have his contract terminated but who knows he might stay as well but i doubt it.

Last edited 29 days ago by Martin Bernhard
Emmy Apache
29 days ago

Good game and good result because our opponents are defending more than allowing our players to hold the ball.
Our tight schedule is affecting us and I hope the management will see this and make more important signing in the defence and a striker is needed most importantly because ibra for his age and when injury comes
Leao and Rebic are better off from the wings than playing as a top striker.

Agustinar
Agustinar
29 days ago

Will Hauge join us? Can he play at r

Agustinar
Agustinar
29 days ago
Reply to  Agustinar

Can he play at right wing? He scored with his right foot against Milan. He might be better than Diaz because Hauge is taller. He could fill our need on right wing.

ZahidHossain
ZahidHossain
29 days ago

After many yrs Milan in the top 4 position after first 2 games…. Feeling happy

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
29 days ago

Milan has started out good with 2 wins and we won fairly convincing yesterday as well. As ive previously said this team can get far if we doesnt endup with an injury stricken team as we really are vulnerable if that happens. Hopefully we will get a few extra signing before the window closes because we certainly need a backup cb, rw and maybe even a backup striker.

Last edited 29 days ago by Martin Bernhard
ZahidHossain
ZahidHossain
29 days ago

Hauge can handle the RW, his attacking mentality is similarto that of Luis Suare… Backup CB is the prime need for Milan now..

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
29 days ago
Reply to  ZahidHossain

Well yeah i get that but his preferred position is nevertheless left wing so i would prefer us to get chiesa for the right side but at this point id be surprised if the italian also is aquirred, There are a slight hope though as a report from sempre milan stipulates that he has asked comisso to be sold and that he is willing to listen to offers as long they arrive in time for them to bring in a replacement. Hopefully he will join us as well and regardless that i prefer chiesa i think if we can get… Read more »