Team news: Milan were without Ismaël Bennacer, Jens Petter Hauge and Mario Mandžukić, while Crvena zvezda had to do without the banned Milan Rodić and Nemanja Milunović as well as without Strahinja Eraković. Kickoff for the 2nd leg of the Europa League Round of 32 was 21:00 CET.

Goals: Kessié (8′ pk), Ben (24′)
Red card: Gobeljić (70′)

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria (66′ Theo Hernández), Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Diogo Dalot; Soualiho Meïté, Franck Kessié; Samu Castillejo (66′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Rade Krunić (46′ Ante Rebić), Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Rafael Leão (46′ Zlatan Ibrahimović).
Unused: A. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu, Gabbia, Kalulu, Kjær, Díaz, Tonali.

FK Crvena zvezda (3-4-2-1) – Dejan Stanković
Milan Borjan; Radovan Pankov, Miloš Degenek, Sékou Sanogo; Marko Gobeljić, Slavoljub Srnić, Guélor Kanga (69′ Aleksandar Katai), Milan Gajić; El Fardou Ben, Mirko Ivanić (84′ Veljko Nikolić); Diego Falcinelli (72′ Milan Pavkov).
Unused: Ćopić, Popović, Gavrić, Petrović, Falco, Krstović, Vukanović.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP).

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Nesta5

Please guys no fuckups today 3 points all they way

Philldadon1899

3 points? Its not the league.

Nesta1

Lol

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Nesta5

Must he always play ?? I mean capt

Gbenga AJOSE

This management still believe we can win this Europa league. They keep on toying with our first 11 knowing fully well that we still have 15 more matches to go and any injury to two or three players among the first 11 would be devastating.. if all the 3 remaining Italian teams in Champion League crash out at this stage of the champion league, then the competition for top 4 gets tougher .

SJF

Think your right there. We haven’t enough for both

Nathan Graegin

This line up is fucking ridiculous!!! Why not use kalulu and tomori. Also is maldini hurt? I don’t see him even on the bench, or was he also excluded from the line up

Nesta1

Got to win this, apparently pioli had players training with more intensity than usual. Not sure if that’s a good thing coming to end of season and playing 3 times a week

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SJF

It really makes one wonder why Hauge is not in the sqaud list.
He has been great at this level.
Would love to see him regain his confidence against these kind of teams

Nesta1

Agreed

Naija_Milan

Hauge was excluded fron the uefa list for 2nd round, so pissed at that decision, he was even one of the top scorers of the competition, they claimed they have 3 lw ( rebic, mandzukic and leao) while they included maldini in the europa list

Nesta1

Especially if hakan on left wing, or is it krunic? Either way I can’t understand it either

SJF

Exactly no proper LW, and Hauge not on the list!
Last week we looked way better than red star. Tonight we look at their level

Nathan Graegin

Exactly! But we think krunic and playing hakan out of position will get us a grand victory! Again the right side is invisible and so is the left, and it’s not hakans fault this time.

Nesta1

Kessie Mr reliable from spot kick, good start.

Philldadon1899

Romagnoli needs to go. Or sit. Or something.

Nathan Graegin

I swear to god Roman gets beat every fucking game!!!!

Gems

Give gabbia a game ffsake
Romognoli needs benching badly. Mark a guy standing 2 metres off him in the box .
This shows inter aren’t that good
Milan are just pathetic atm

Nathan Graegin

Exactly! I’ve been saying gabbia needs to start! I’ve been sayin it since last year and I got thumbed down. But we can all agree when gabbia was playing we had a better record. As soon as Roman came back that’s when we started getting scored on.

Baresis Dream

He’s clearly out of confidence, too worried to get too close to the attacker. He was never a superb marker, but he can and should be much better than this. This is definitely not his year.

Nathan Graegin

He’s literally plateaued, and is actually regressing

Mario

Every year, a new scapegoat will appear for some of you. Before it was suso, now its romagnoli. Who is it going to be for next season i wonder.

Nathan Graegin

Lmao when the same person allows goals every game, it’s simple, put him on the bench

Nathan Graegin

Also leao needs to get himself in the game more. He’s just standing and waiting. Come to the ball, I watched bribery drop into their own final third in the Ajax game. He doesn’t need to come that far but come and join the game to get his rhythm

ZionTrain

Romagnoli is a fuking horrible defender. Instead of getting tight and closing down the striker he backs off and give the striker space to shoot then points at Donnarumma like an idiot as if it’s Donnarumma’s job to close down the striker. Fuking idiot man.

Nathan Graegin

It’s interesting you pointed it out that he backs off the forward. Defenders only do that when up against a player who’s faster than them. He doesn’t get you can’t do that when your in your own box ‍♂️

Milan10

like i said, romag just cant handle left footed attacker because he just cant block shoots with his weaker right foot

Philldadon1899

Hakan should be playing in the center. Leao on the left Rebic on the right. Enough of Krunic, Samu, and Alexis.

SJF

Spot on!

Milan10

correctamundo mate. good milan10ian assessment. i wonder why pioli cant see the obvious

ma.usa

Why do we keep starting Romagnoli. I don’t understand..

ZionTrain

Me neither. It’s beyond ridiculous that he is still the captain. He’s the weakest link in our defense.

Gems

Dalot is fucking crap
Get him off

ma.usa

It’s time we give the armband to Kessie or maybe Donna

Nathan Graegin

It’s unfortunate hakan is playing out of position, he’s going to have a bad game. He’s not fast enough to play there.

Riccardo Montolivo

Calhanoglu and Kessie are getting tired and Fornseca is laughing already

Nathan Graegin

Did y’all see tomori! That’s what speed gives you, there wasn’t any technique even, just speed allowed him to gain a good position

Nesta1

We have to sign him he’s exactly what we need, and played well in his first match against inter, which couldn’t have been easy under pressure.

Nathan Graegin

I agree. Imagine if we just continued to use him, he would have developed even further than he has now

SJF

I also hope Kalulu gets more chances, he looks so talented and we own him. Pace to burn

Nathan Graegin

I agree. Tomori, gabbia and kalulu have the most potential right now and we are underutilizing them

SJF

Hopefully that’s the future

Ted

Defending on your own stadium against Red Star, what a bunch of pussies

ZionTrain

If we lose this match I have a strange feeling Milan will continue to decline since Pioli has no courage to make some much needed drastic change.

This is the same pattern we saw at Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter and this is a known trend with Pioli.

Drop Romagnoli, Castellijo and Saelemaekers and change formation to a back 3. Either 352 or 3412 or at least 442 with Tomori and Kjaer.

Nathan Graegin

Or use tomori with gabbia or kalulu! Either way Roman needs to be dropped

ZionTrain

Yes. Definitely if we play a back 3. Starting back 3 – Tomori Kjaer and Gabbia.

Kalulu can be a sub for Tomori.

Nathan Graegin

Yup. This is the only logic thing to do. This would have been the game to try this out

ZionTrain

Exactly mate. I don’t get what Pioli is thinking. He lacks balls and courage. I can’t stand coaches like that.

Zaccheroni had the courage to switch to a back 3 and we won the scudetto in 98/99 season.

Gali

I understand special lw is not on pitch so left wing is not efficient but I prefer playing with 10 without castillejo, at least players will be aware nobody is on right wing as well so they find a way to deal with it properly

Nathan Graegin

Y’all see how isolated leao is. Even if he wasn’t offsides, he has no one to pass to. That’s why I say we need faster players . There’s no support when leao or rebic are not in the game when zlatan isn’t there.

Ted

That’s cause he has Castillejo the Weakling, Krunić the Lost one and Hakan the Misplaced playing behind him. Put Hakan in the hole and Rebić on lw and we’re back

Nathan Graegin

Exactly. This is basic offense here. If they are going to stick with these players, they will
Have to stop bypassing the 3 behind leao and learn how to play ground passes. We are launching the ball to leao and acting like he’s zlatan. When your game plan is long ball, you really need speedy players to help support the cf. samu, hakan and krunic are being taken out of the game by Milan’s own tactics

Milan10

“When your game plan is long ball, you really need speedy players to help support the cf”
lol no. when ur game plan is long ball u need post players who can win aerial duels, like mandzukic and ibra. speedy players are useful for counterattacking or quick transition from defending to attacking, like sane/coman did so well yesterday vs lazio

Nathan Graegin

God damn your just a moron! I said speedy players to help the cf!!!!! That mean any player that’s a cf will need help if your playing long ball!

Milan10

helping by winning the aerial duels. wingers need to be fast/technical period no matter the tactics and strategy. u can have usain bolt as winger but if the st cant win the aerial duels then whats the point of using long ball strategy? look at ibra now, milan is much better in 2nd half because he’s so much better in the air.

Nathan Graegin

Bro it’s like you just simply don’t read what I’m saying. You think I don’t realize leao isn’t going to win those balls like zlatan. That’s why I said we need to stop doing them and play our way up the field. Like come on man, every time you respond to my comments you sound brain dead, read everything before commenting.

Milan10

no no, its u who should use ur brain when commenting mate. “Have to stop bypassing the 3 behind leao and learn how to play ground passes. We are launching the ball to leao and acting like he’s zlatan. When your game plan is long ball, you really need speedy players to help support the cf.” how is fast am/wingers gonna help the long ball strategy when, like u said, leao keep losing aerial duels? it wouldnt matter if u have jarni, robben and kaka themselves as lw, rw and am respectively, they still wouldnt support the isolated st if… Read more »

Nathan Graegin

Omfg how many times do I have to say that’s why we shouldn’t play long balls to leao?!? I don’t get why your being so slow right now. I literally fucking said leao won’t win balls like zlatan so we need to stop bypassing the mids amd learn to build up our game play. What’s hard about this. It won’t matter who is cf, even if they bring the ball down, if your team can’t get up the field fast enough to provide support, then playing long ball isn’t right approach. I’m starting to think you really don’t know how… Read more »

Milan10

“When your game plan is long ball, you really need speedy players to help support the cf.” lol u literally wrote this. again, how would speedy players help support st in long ball situations when the st himself couldnt even win aerial duels? milan looked better once ibra came on even though they still had slow hakan and saladmaker on the pitch. why? because ibra’s much better post player than leao. i get it, u want to impose ur “attackers need to fast” routine but to say “When your game plan is long ball, you really need speedy players to… Read more »

Nathan Graegin

I’m done talking to you. You are very simple minded and don’t get it. I keep saying playing long ball is the wrong tactic. It doesn’t matter who’s there. If your surrounding team can’t support you in time, it doesn’t matter.

Milan10

no u didnt say playing long ball is wrong tactics, u said to play long ball leao’s supporters need to be fast.
like i said, milan looked much better in 2nd half once ibra came on because he’s good post player winning aerial duels.
like i said when rebic played lone st due to ibra injuries, whenever rebic or leao play st u cant play long ball to them because theyre not post player. instead, milan mf should play through balls exploiting their pace and good positioning. different tactics and strategies for different players

Nesta1

What do you think of thauvin? Do you rate him or is he a faster suso as some have called him

Nathan Graegin

Tbh I haven’t watched much of him. In my opinion I’d rather have gone for Antony or neres from Ajax. I watch them more on the reg. I’ll watch this weekend and see how thauvin plays

Nesta1

He didn’t do it in premiership but did well in France so not sure about him

Nathan Graegin

I get the hesitation, I’ll have to watch a few games to get a real assessment

Philldadon1899

Krunic should be benched for the remainder of the year. He does nothing. He gives the ball away at every opportunity.

ZionTrain

More like removed from the squad roster that way Pioli won’t have any chance of using him.

I am still shocked that Pioli choose Krunic over Hauge. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. SMDH

Philldadon1899

Hauge was scoring in almost every Europa League game he played in. Lets bring Krunic instead. Its always a good test for the defense when hes on the pitch giving away the ball at the 18 yard box.

Nathan Graegin

Yup, not only that, we wasted a spot on mandzukic who can’t even play bc he’s injured lol if I was hauge I would be extremely disappointed in the coach. They are giving Roman and krunic all the time in the world to get better and giving hauge damn near zero to 10 min to improve

Nesta1

Can’t get my head round that either, hauge must be so pissed as well

Philldadon1899

Hakan doing what Hakan does. I remember someone in here SCREAMING for him to take the FK against Inter. He does. He steps up. And slips taking it.

Milan10

john terry also skipped taking penalty in ucl final. beckham too. whats ur point? u want castipendejo to be milan dead ball specialist from now on?

MilanEstonia

its like we had the luckiest year in 2020 and then we’re back in 2018 now this year lmao.boom

Rossi

Playing like crap for 10+ games now, but Pioli still dosent want to change anything, dam. If you dont try something new in this game then when ? Red Star are seria B quality and even they are pressing us. Our mid is very inefective which makes our attack inefective as well and just invites pressure on us.

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Milan10

well, like always under john malkovich’s reign, milan took the initiative early on and got rewarded for their effort but as soon as they took the lead they shut themselves off instead of trying to score another goal(s) killing the game off. this is mentality problem not technical. these past few years, milan attack have/had 3 problems: castipendejo’s impotence as rw, krunic’s uselessness and slow, ineffective hakan/suso as wingers. so of course guardioli, genius that he is, play them together like theyre gonna win the world cup if they play together. like i said multiple times earlier this season, brahim… Read more »

Baresis Dream

We had some good energy after whats-their-name scored; but still an awkward performance all around. Our midfield three is not producing enough, mostly because of Meite and Krunic, who force Kessie to try and do things we all know he’s not great at. That’s the main issue. The other issue is the rather weak marking of our defense, with Romag the usual culprit.

Finally, why Hakan isn’t in the center (and Hauge isn’t on the bench) is beyond me.

Nathan Graegin

That’s bc hauge wasn’t included in the team for this round. Hakan was always going to fail on the left

Gbenga AJOSE

You all keep blaming Romagnoli, am not saying he is superb but the entire team including coach are not doing well…when the pressure is much, defenders may act stupid at times…..
The unity of the team is also important at this time of crises.So removing Romagnoli who has been the captain for years may ruin the unity of the team.

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Nathan Graegin

We get what your saying, but since coming back, Roman has cost Milan on a lot of pks and with horrible positioning. No player is greater than Milan and if dropping him is the great good of the team than so be it

Gbenga AJOSE

Am not saying anybody is greater than the team but you don’t just change a player like Romagnoli just like that ! When we lose the unity of the team, it will affect us till the end of the season

Nathan Graegin

Bro you must not have been watching Roman. If the same player is literally costing you goals every game, you have to bench him.

ZionTrain

I cannot make sense of your comment. Players who are underperforming should be dropped to the bench.

There’s no excuse or reason to jeopardize the team over 1 or 2 underperforming players. That includes Romagnoli.

Rruudboy

And nobody even talks about meite?? He makes ridiculous fouls every time and he seem not to care about it. Did the same thing with inter in coppa italia smh

Nathan Graegin

Wait a fuckin min! Wait a fuckin min! Did we sub leao for zlatan and leave krunic as the lw?!? We now have the slowest possible attack this team has to offer on the field

Nathan Graegin

Nvm I see rebic came in for krunic, I was about to die lol

Nesta1

Why start crap players if you know you will hook them at half time?

SJF

We’re lucky Zlatan wasnt on the pitch for the penalty. Frank is so solid from the spot

Milan10

lately milan often easily get caught on counter attack because the double pivot, especially kessie, are not disciplined enough to fill the makelele role in front of the defensive line. apparently, milan’s good results make kessie think he’s african matthaeus thus giving him a license to roam forward. ffs kessie, like i said way back, just win the ball back and pass it to more creative teammates in front of u, no fuss no muss

Nesta1

He does score goals though to be fair, midfielders do need to chip in with goals too

Milan10

he does score penalties. u could be a gk and still score penalties

SJF

Kessie is one of our few world class players and probably player of the season so far.
Hes class, works hard and has a lot of quality on the ball.
Anyone who says he doesn’t do his job is a fool not a fan

Gbenga AJOSE

I totally agree.

Milan10

position for position, makelele was also one of the best players of his generation AND of all time, doesnt mean he wasnt disciplined dm. u can help the team by fill ur role, whether ur defenders or attackers.
anyone who says kessie shouldnt have positioned himself better whenever milan got caught on counter attacks (like vs inter for example) clearly doesnt understand football. hell, just tonite red star almost scored in 2nd half on the counter because kessie and meite were so far from milan’s defensive line

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SJF

I understand if the team is all over the place and Kessie is doing the work of 3 men he may look exposed.
He has almost single handedly dominated midfield for the last year.
Bennacer is a huge miss. Frank is looking a little jaded. He is however our most important player imo

Milan10

i never said kessie isnt important. hell, i always said that he or donna should be capt. thats how important he is according to me.
having said that, 3 yrs of watching kessie as attacking cm should be enough for anyone to understand that attacking is just not his forte. he should be a dm shielding milan defense, a role he played beautifully well last season

Ac milan

I totally agree.

Ac milan

One of, but he still needs to do his job, which is defending in front of the defense line. Attack is not his priority.

Nathan Graegin

Kessie has been winning the ball and passing to the creative players. We can’t just attack with that front 4 bc they can’t cover the ground they are supposed to, that’s why either kessie and whoever else is there has to join the attack.

Milan10

“Kessie has been winning the ball and passing to the creative players”
yeah, like i said way back when kessie was still playing outta position as attacking cm in 4-3-3 set up. he should be ballwinning dm like deschamps or makelele period.
“that’s why either kessie and whoever else is there has to join the attack.”
kessie is pure dm, he doesnt have the creativity to attack. a playmaking cm (ben/tonali) should bomb forward, not kessie and definitely not meite.
its part kessie’s fault that inter scored THREE goals from counter attacks btw

Rossi

Thats Pioli fault. I said way before, that our DMs are moving out of position to much and constantly swaping each other positions. Their roles become way more free than what they used to be at the start. And thats when our deffence started to suffer. The idea was for the DMs to help the attack more, but it backfired and we are just seeing it now getting even worse. I said back then dont fix something if its not broken. As for Kessie induvidualy, i think he is fatigued mentaly and needs to rest, again thats on the coach… Read more »

Milan10

correctamundo mate. thats exactly my point.
vs inter, kessie was so far up front leaving frail tonali as main dm when it should’ve been the other way around. and thats a major mistake as 3 goals from counter attacks could certainly prove that beyond any reasonable doubt.
in fact, i think theo, too, needs to be more disciplined when it comes to defending. defence wins u championship, especially in serie a, and kessie, tonali theo and especially romag dont do their jobs well so far. thats why milan are going off the rails lately. FACHT

Terry

Kessie is tired. And Tonali and Meite couldn’t handle a midfield to save their lives. But this is when a coach earns his money. Pioli has been doing more press releases than actual coaching. I think he likes the camera too much. I hope management tell him that this nonsense needs to stop.

Nathan Graegin

Donna just saved us right there! Pay the man what he’s worth

Nathan Graegin

Imagine if we had put leao on the right side. He would have burned that defender that salemakers was stride for stride with. He would have been all alone but he’s to slow. Again we need faster wingers

Muratx

Alexis actually was one of the better players tonight!

Ted

That tells you something doesn’t it

Nathan Graegin

I’m not saying he wasn’t good, I’m saying he was too slow. If we had a player that was faster than him, he would have burned that defender and if not fouled, would have literally had acres space to attack the goal. You can’t train speed, either you got it or you don’t

SJF

What an utterly embarrassing performance, again!
There needs to be a serious conversation at management level or our season is over.
The wheels have well and truly fallen off this bandwagon

Nathan Graegin

Yup. The coach is too afraid to try anything new. The main problem is look at the team depth. This team screamed out for better attackers and all we did was get a washed up mandzukic. We need a cf, we need a cam, we need a rw. Like idk why all we looked at was defenders and cdms. We didn’t even bother to truly improve the attack knowing the sec part of the season is most important. Look how we are destroying hauge! Literally destroying him after was running us ragged. Kalulu and gabbia are again being wasted as… Read more »

SJF

Totally agree.
If we sold krunic and samu and got a decent RW we would be so much more dangerous. Teams only have to defend one side of the pitch and Cleary that has been worked out.
Also a striker hitting his prime would be a huge upgrade.
Hauge looked like a killer at the start, I have confidence he will find his feet but he needs some opportunities

Ac milan

It’s because even if our director wants to buy, they are going to say no.

Nathan Graegin

The ref did them dirty, should have been allowed to take that corner

Muratx

Is Rebic still able to play football? He can’t control the ball! He can’t shoot! He can’t even see Ibra standing next to him!

K INC

Pioli out

Milan10

well, congrats to john malkovich and the boys for getting through to last 16 milan did play better in 2nd half once post player ibra and natural winger rebic came on, allowing hakan to play as am. the ball moved much more smoothly forward with them playing together. shame leao didnt stay on the field and had to be subbed off. it would’ve been better to have leao – hakan – rebic supporting ibra up front. why pioli and previous coaches keep playing players outta positions like it wouldnt backfire, i have no idea. it really staggers me that milan… Read more »

Harris

Leao is too lazy. Talent without handwork is nothing.

Nesta1

Reminds me of martial

SOHEIL

Embarrassing performance. Getting schooled by a 10 men RedStar! A big fine should be issued to all players and coaches. Our problems still exist! – Left back moving forward and have no cover So Romagnoli is always under pressure. – We aren’t pressing anymore. We sit back like Rino’s days – Our right side is to plain & simple. Only one of Saelemaekers or Calabria should play (Yes I believe Saelemaekers should be right back or even box to box midfielder. Obviously not a attacking winger) – everyone is praising Tomori but obviously there is no chemistry between Roma and… Read more »

Rossi

Gabia wont be comming back any time soon. Knee injuries are the worst ones. They can easily recur. So even that he is proclaimed fit, he will have to take it slowly. It will take him couple of months more to be back to where he was before the injury.

Nathan Graegin

I agree, look at what’s happening with bennacer. However, it will take even longer to come back without getting any minutes in your legs. There’s no reason why gabbia hasn’t been allowed to play 15 min here mad there right?

Nathan Graegin

I agree for the most part but let’s be real. Roman messing up isn’t down to not having a good partnership. It’s down to his defending and physical abilities. No matter who played with him today, they would have had to mark the player tomori was and Roman would still have been beaten. Roman needs to be benched

SOHEIL

Roma has his flaws and positives. A good coach would understand the flaws and tries to cover them. Roma is slow so you can’t ask him to not only cover his position, also cover Theo. Of course I’m not against benching him. As I said no player should be considered irreplaceable. Not even donna who has been shaky recently. A good Idea would be to pkay Tomori there and ask one of the kessie or Theo to go forward, not both of them together. We hace lots of flaws that has been discovered and they are using it against us.… Read more »

Rossi

We can thank the Ref/UEFA for this one. Their canceled goal was suspicious, seemed more like a shoulder than a handball. And he could have let them take that corner. I mean Dalot lol, how did he made a mess of that.

Terry

Their goal deserved to be cancelled. It was handball. But on the Dalot corner fiasco, you are 100% right. I literally was screaming at my screen. Even kids playing on the street won’t make that childish mistake. What a poor showing. Man U should just take him back.

Gems

Dalot is really really bad
Send him back
Last few games he’s shown he’s total rubbish
Conte was better

ZionTrain

Very Disappointing performance today. What’s even more troubling is the lacking of progress being made. Instead, it looks like the team is in a free fall decline. This was not a convincing performance coming off of a humiliating derby loss and Pioli’s looks like he is out of ideas on how to get us back on track. His lack of tactical skills is glaring to say the least. It’s as if even weaker teams have figured us out. SMDH The Krunic experiment didn’t work today and it just shows the lack of foresight and vision to leave Hauge out of… Read more »

Nathan Graegin

Like I said, I understand why we kept pioli due to his results. But like everyone has been saying, we know his track record in the sec half of the season. This is why I wanted ragnick. He would have forced management to get real players with quality. We would have been playing faster and we would be more athletic as well. Keeping pioli meant keeping the same players with very very very small improvements.

ZionTrain

Totally agree. I was really big on the idea of bringing in Rangnick too especially because of the players we were linked with under him and his style is similar to Gasperini with the use of athletic players and Gegan pressing. If Pioli has courage he can turn this around but he must start with dropping Romagnoli or work on fixing his defect because he is costing us too much unnecessary and avoidable goals. A formation change can help too. Zaccheroni had a similar problem 98/99 season and he switched to a back 3 and we won the scudetto. I… Read more »

Nathan Graegin

Your 100 percent correct. The players linked with us were real ballers. Ppl also tend to forget that if we had went out and got real skillful players, that’s going to make our defense better. How can our defense get better when in practice, the most skillful person is zlatan and sometimes leao? They are too used to mediocre attacking players and that includes rebic, who I just can’t believe is playing this badly. He’s been a 1 season wonder unfortunately. Had we gotten the names being linked, our defense would be better prepared to face opponents that are skillful.… Read more »

Milan10

yes and no. yes, pioli needs to be more tactically savvy; try different formations and avoid making same mistakes like playing players outta positions and not killing the game off when milan can. no, zach didnt change from 4 cb to 3 that season. as a matter of fact, he’d already been avid 3-4-3 user since his udinese days. what he did was change the attack, from 1 st flanked by 2 wingers to 2 st supported by a 3/4ista, and it worked like a charm. like i said, milan IS a 2 st club. also, benching star gk lehmann… Read more »

ZionTrain

Milan was using a back 4 when Zaccheroni arrived and even though he used a back 3 at Udinese in his previous season he started of his tenure at Milan using a back 4 before he switched to a back 3.

Milan was never accustomed to using a back 3 before Zaccheroni switched as all previous coaches including Sacchi and Capello used a back 4.

He also saw that using 2 strikers was better.

Milan10

naw mate, he used 3-4-3 right from the start imposing his attacking style of play. i still remember maldini and especially costacurta having troubles adapting.
“He also saw that using 2 strikers was better.”
yes, but he didnt use it straight away. he used it vs fiorentina halfway through the season

ZionTrain

Your right. My bad. Zaccheroni did start with 343 and then switched to 3412.

Milanfan4ever

Pioli has run out of ideas how to motivate hia players. They play like they have to play not like thry want to. Not to mention his tatctics. Why dont play with fast passes 1-2-3 like the majority of the first half of the season? Why dont we simply play like a team anymore? Yes players are at foult but so is the coach. He has been doing a good job for the most partof the 1st half of the season. However, him and management better find a solution fast or next year will be another year 0. We’ll be… Read more »

Nathan Graegin

Well it doesn’t help when you don’t bother to improve your attack. And with how we are playing, we might not get the chance to play champions league next year again. It was a mistake to only focus on defense in Jan transfer window. Just look at our bench. Who could be a game changer outside of hauge, who is being destroyed by this coach.

Nathan Graegin

Hell, look at our renewal crisis we are having. Just pay Donna the 10 mil bc he deserves it. After that, look at our cam situation. Hakan isn’t any closer to renewing and Diaz wants to go back to Madrid. That leaves us with zero cams! Oh wait we still have krunic right Smh!

Mario

some of you think money grows on tree.lol. remember covid 19?

Nathan Graegin

My guy, your right about covid, but Milan almost always waits too long to get good players. Let’s look at how much haaland cost Dortmund. How much did szoboszlai cost Leipzig etc. Milan always take too long when we had the chance.

Terry

Milan is trying to keep its wage bill down and it should. Inter are one competition away from a financial crisis. If Inter fails to win Serie A they will be in very big trouble financially.
It’s not about the money. It’s the fact that the players have suddenly lost the ability to fight. Also Meite and Tonali need to learn placing. The midfield is getting overrun. And no offence, Pioli’s weird faith in Krunic is annoying. To think we removed Hauge from the Europa league to keep a space for that mediocre player is annoying.

Nathan Graegin

Bruh our wage bill is low asf compared to when we were handing out large wages to crap players. Inter have been in champions league consistently so their money is better off than ours. I do agree about everything else though. I think tonali should try the cam position, he might be better there.

Niels8

I seriously hope Milan will face a very tough opponent (a big club) in the next round..and it’s better to get knocked out by such team..the morale won’t go down, but the lads will have more fresh legs in the league.

Ac milan

You got your wish so what do you want next? Erling Harland?

Oluwa shevy

Both legs we can’t win any even with man down what a way to decline the team needs to act fast if not all the effort of last year will be in vein

Lando

4 matches without a win with sub par performances, not gonna lie, i am worried now.
Call me crazy but i think 3-4-1-2 sounds promising now.
Donna
Kalulu/Tomori-Kjaer-Gabbia/Romagnoli
Calabria/Saele-Benna/Tonali-Kessie/Meite-Theo/Dalot
Calha/Diaz
Ibra/Mandzu-Rebic/Leao

Terry

I love my Milan. But today the team looked confused. How can we allow ourselves to be overrun by some unknown team? What happened?

Miroslav Serbia
The Red Star is not an unknown team, inquire a little on the Internet.Sorry!
Miroslav Serbia
Where has Milan been for the last 10 years? Nowhere!
Many in Europe have forgotten it, that it even exists!
Miroslav Serbia

Sorry..15 years.

Miroslav Serbia
And if you don't know, Milan and Red Star met 6 times, and one match was the 1/8 finals of the Champions Cup when Red Star knocked out Milan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwYNjQyk3TE
Ted

Dalot, Castillejo, Meite, Salesmaker (which could still flourish in a different position, namely RWB/RM) are just painful to watch. Deadwood piling up again, luckiliy two of them are only loanees.

Gems

Hakan has been pathetic & painful to watch in our last 3 games and has really struggled since returning from covid , he can be the difference in form , creating & scoring more . His form is part of our problem & Leao not getting involved enough and also losing confidence and obviously guys like dalot & krunic coming in weakens us also . Right wing is a problem We should play our strongest players and use Rebic & Leao on left ‘ right ….And Romognoli not being tight on his attackers and giving them 2 metres to get… Read more »

Zumblim

Get ready for another lost this weekend against AS Roma with kind of performance!! Pioli keeps saying that he will analyse everthing, but this match proved he didn’t do his homework. Our opponets are not robot, they also analyse our tactic. It turned out that the opponets already knew the weakness of Pioli’s tactics before he himself realizes it. While Other teams in serie A have found their form in second half of the seasons, we are starting going downward. I just hope that Milan ge kicked out from EL in next stage, so that they can focus to finish… Read more »

Nesta1

Just watched highlights of tomori, what a game he had. Tight to his opponent, good positioning, strong, good in air, very quick one on one. I bet if u asked donnarumma who he prefers to play with tomori or romag I think I know what he say!