Team news: Atalanta were without Viktor Kovalenko and Hans Hateboer, while Milan had to do without Matteo Gabbia, Ante Rebić and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Kickoff time for Matchday 38 of the 2020/21 Serie A campaign was 20:45 CET at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.

Goals: Kessié (43′ pk, 93′ pk)
Red card: de Roon (92′)

Atalanta B.C. (3-4-2-1) – Gian Piero Gasperini
Pierluigi Gollini; Rafael Toloi (87′ José Luis Palomino), Cristian Romero, Berat Djimsiti; Joakim Mæhle (79′ Mario Pašalić), Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler (87′ Aleksei Miranchuk), Robin Gosens; Ruslan Malinovskyi, Matteo Pessina (46′ Luis Muriel); Duván Zapata.
Unused: Rossi, Sportiello; Caldara, Ruggeri, Šutalo; Iličić, Lammers.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjær, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer (61′ Soualiho Meïté), Franck Kessié; Alexis Saelemaekers (78′ Diogo Dalot), Brahim Díaz (61′ Rade Krunić), Hakan Çalhanoğlu; Rafael Leão (78′ Mario Mandžukić).
Unused: A. Donnarumma, Tătăruşanu; Kalulu, Romagnoli; Castillejo, Hauge, Tonali; Maldini.

Referee: Maurizio Mariani.

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Pele80
Pele80
3 months ago

Pioli is seriously high on something. we have a toothless attack. why bench rhe only pointman we have(Mandukic)?.

i begin to joun those that say we need a coach.

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

Hope we win..Forza Milan!!

faresego
faresego
3 months ago

Europa league here we come !!!!
#PioliOut

Ewaen
Ewaen
3 months ago

Milan wins today!!! But we really need to do an audit on our players. Elliot will need to spend at least 100m if this team will make champions league easily for next season

K.caesar
K.caesar
3 months ago

Can they just allow Leao wear his hand gloves tonight? We really need him at his best. Since Zlatan made him to stop putting on those gloves, it’s as if his confidence was taken from him

Ron_Dublin
Ron_Dublin
3 months ago
Reply to  K.caesar

I think he needs more than a pair of gloves …… however lets see if it makes a difference

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
3 months ago
Reply to  K.caesar

Lol mate

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
3 months ago

In this crucial game , Rebic is injured again !!!!!! God have mercy !

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

I know he’s gonna be a big loss for us for sure, others need to step up

Last edited 3 months ago by Nesta1
Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago
Reply to  Gbenga AJOSE

He’s injured too often this season; he’s almost at Zlatan’s levels.

Ron_Dublin
Ron_Dublin
3 months ago

Good squad …. but a draw isn’t good enough. swap Leao for somebody else

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago

We have a good chance of winning. Infact we have majority of advantages. Atlanta will be tired from the cup final and that should show in the second half. Some Atlanata players wont be as motivated to help Juventus afther wensday lost. Atlanta fans put a clear banner before the game “Juve Merda” even they want for Milan to win lol. And we have more to play for, Atlanta can only get extra 5mil if they win. All in all we should win no excuse. Physical and Psyholocigal advantage is on our side. Lets just hope Pioli dosent compleatly miss… Read more »

SJF
SJF
3 months ago
Reply to  Rossi

4th place plays the qualifiers. Shorter holiday for players, that’s motivation!

TruRossoneri
TruRossoneri
3 months ago
Reply to  SJF

No more qualifiers. All 4 teams in Italy qualify straight to the CL.

JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
3 months ago
Reply to  SJF

Yeah, no more qualifiers bro, only for the Europa Conference

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago
Reply to  SJF

No, that was before mate. Now all 4 teams qulify directly.

SJF
SJF
3 months ago
Reply to  Rossi

Ah cool. That helps a little!

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
3 months ago

Whatever happens tonight, I will always remain a Rossoneri. The love and hope will continue to glow on.

Let’s hope for the best. You never know :p

Renzo
Renzo
3 months ago

If you look at the season performance against rivals, we have got good results considering both away/home.. honestly if we were playing against mid table team I was more afraid because Milan has problem against total defensive mind teams, so the squad can easily surprise us as always I hope it’s their good day!! Forza Milan

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago

We haven’t lost our CL spot yet! I hope the players get on the pitch with more believe in themselves than that of some of the commentators here. We need to get on the pitch, play without fear, win most of the 50-50 challenges with heart and determination, and figure out how to score somehow with no real striker.

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

We are winning this. There’s simply no other way.

collins
collins
3 months ago

forza millan…https://chat.whatsapp.com/EHVm6mcs5pY9YYhN6C09pI…..for Milan family

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago

Let’s see how it goes today. Milan beat Juventus 3-0 away so let’s see if Pioli can get it right against Atalanta.

However, I will be disappointed if we don’t qualify for Champions League. Our season needs to end on a high note.

Amos K. Dennis
Amos K. Dennis
3 months ago

My heart is with Milan, Liberia is following.

Jay
Jay
3 months ago

What happens if we draw?

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay

it depends on the other results so if both juve and napoli wins their respective fixtures we would miss out on cl but if they draw or lose instead we will be in cl if we draw ourselves.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

Juve already winning

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

Leao just jogging!!

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Atalanta doin the usual to us, press high and keep the ball making us do all the rrunning. We need to get them on back foot I see no difference to how we played them last 2 times.

Jay
Jay
3 months ago

Leao as usual not interested in anything !

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago

Ok, this doesn’t look good; this doesn’t look good at all. WAKE UP!!

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  Baresis Dream

Yeah we look a man down
Keep giving the ball back to them
We look toothless going forward
Looks like we are hoping to hang on
Cmon hakan wake up
Cmon Forza Milan

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago
Reply to  Gems

The players are afraid, not staying close together and trying to build up when we win the ball, and not trying to press when we lose it.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

We are fucking playing long ball long ball long ball!!!!

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

Yeah long balls and giving the ball straight back to them every time

Ted
Ted
3 months ago

I know they are tired but this is not CL worthy performance. Disappointing.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

4231 doesn’t work against this formation!!! We aren’t passing, moving, dribbling! Nothing but long ball!

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

It’s like we are sitting back and hoping to nick one, not good. We have to get higher up pitch we can’t be under pressure all time

Dan Ban
Dan Ban
3 months ago

Kicking the ball from the defense all the way to the attack is not going to work. We are playing defensively when we need to attack . When bennacer is spending more time between the two CB and donmaruma has touched the ball more than leao, is safe to say we are in trouble. If we win, I’ll be thanks to an individual effort. Collectively we have done nothing and have no ideas.

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ban

It’s just one way traffic, we need to push up higher get control in middle of pitch. This is just too easy for them

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ban

Bring Mario on halftime
At least he can be a target man
For all the long balls

Gems
Gems
3 months ago
Reply to  Gems

Yes Frank !!!
Give him the captaincy next season please
He’s an inspirational leader
Always giving his all
Big heart & soul of this team
Love you Frank , I cried when that ball went in
Forza Milan

Gbenga AJOSE
Gbenga AJOSE
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ban

We need to get Atalanta exhausted…. Its a pity Rebic is not available.

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ban

Small teams coaches prefer to defend and hope for a counter. Literetlay how Spezia, Verona type of teams are taking points from big teams from time to time. Thats Pioli mindset.

Dan Ban
Dan Ban
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ban

The way we are playing today, we don’t deserve to be in the UCL. That’s IF we make it . We are parking the bus, and not even doing that well. Hakan has got to go. He’s playing like THIS and asking for a salary raise ? Ffs GTFO any one of us in this blog would do better than him today ….

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
3 months ago

Napoli is not looking great against verona

Nino
Nino
3 months ago

Juve is already 2 goals up against Bologna…

Thank you Pioli, the world’s greatest bottler.

Milan oldtimer
Milan oldtimer
3 months ago

Like headless chicken so far. Cant connect 2 passes up front. Not looking good. Also, niang 2.0 needs to be cashed in asap while he still has a value. No will, no effort whatsoever. This kid is going nowhere. Ive said it before.

SJF
SJF
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

I’m starting to feel the same about Leao, huge talent but no commitment = poor career

Milan oldtimer
Milan oldtimer
3 months ago
Reply to  SJF

I swear its like watching niang all over again. He had flashes of what he would have been but didnt try hard enough. I dont thing he is playing anymore. Talent alone doesnt cut it, unless u are Ronaldinho.

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

I’ve been saying it since he joined Milan, imagine we had cutrone now, can you imagine the desire he would be putting in! A real fox in the box

SOHEIL
SOHEIL
3 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Graegin

We had Cutro-Silva-Piatek but we settled for him and 40 years old Ibra. That’s on Maldini.

JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
JOHN THE BAPTIST ⚫
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan oldtimer

I said it again and again, talent ain’t never enough, Leao can’t motivate himself, always looking average even when it’s evident that he can do more.
Honestly, I think we should cash in on him now before it’s too late.

SOHEIL
SOHEIL
3 months ago

I hope Kalinic score for us tonight because this game doesn’t good look already

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
3 months ago

Kesse is trying hard

revshev
revshev
3 months ago

4 2 3 1 again for game 38 lol This guy loves Europa League lol

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
3 months ago

Theo

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
3 months ago

This us penalty

Ronaldinho80
Ronaldinho80
3 months ago

Greaatt kesse

Nesta1
Nesta1
3 months ago

President!!!!!!!

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

Kesssiiiieeee

Slimshady
Slimshady
3 months ago

wow Gasperini is really against us.. look at how he is acting all cocky and arrogant about something which is deservedly right. Wow!

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago
Reply to  Slimshady

Gasperini is a big Juve fan since chilhood. He is more pissed in this game than in the cup final lol.

Martin Bernhard
Martin Bernhard
3 months ago
Reply to  Rossi

that is correct but im sure he cares more about getting the silver medal as it would both give better price money and it would be the first time ever for atalanta to endup that good. When that is said i have a feeling he will get shown up to the stands if he keeps complaining as he did in first half.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago

milan, foolishly i might add, have been sending long balls all nite like its 80s but the only time the try diagonal through balls like proper ucl aspiring team they won penalty. come on pioli, get ur act together in 2nd half.
great job kessie, btw. so calm and collected

Milan oldtimer
Milan oldtimer
3 months ago

All hail king kessie

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago

OK, penalty out of nowhere. Hopefully this takes Atalanta off their feet, because we weren’t playing in the first half.
Also, go Verona!

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago

Well well well, we finally decided to build up the attack and pass and we get a pk. That’s what happens when you play real football and not English kickball!

Sam
Sam
3 months ago

Let’s hope Milan do not stop playing at second half a.k.a defensive, more determination please Forza Milan

Nathan Graegin
Nathan Graegin
3 months ago
Reply to  Sam

Exactly! We absolutely can not afford to just sit back or Atalanta will kill us

Phildaddon1899
Phildaddon1899
3 months ago

This long ball nonsense has to stop. We aren’t deserving of 1-0 but I’ll take it. We need to slow this game down and build up play and hold possession

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago
Reply to  Phildaddon1899

Thats why people want a top coach, with top coach mentality. Not just defend and go for counters.

Renzo
Renzo
3 months ago

Defensive game against Atalanta is kinda committing suicide, but the game is to important so even if we try to defend we must do it like there is no tomorrow 100% focused!!!
Forza Milan

Niels8
Niels8
3 months ago
Reply to  Renzo

Actually not..when Liverpool crushed Atalanta, they actually had less possession if I recall correctly.

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago

Not a good 1st half but I’ll take the 1-0 lead. We need to improve in the 2nd half. Juventus means business against Bologna.

Hopefully Juric can beat Napoli or draw. I’m counting on Verona as well.

Nasatik
Nasatik
3 months ago

Milan clearly trying to jump the midfield by playing long balls…which is what we did last time we beat Atalanta under Gattuso. We voluntarily surrendering possession, and both Calabria and Theo are not going forward…But if that’s Pioli chooses to play why not start Mandzukic? He is a better target man…

MilanEstonia
MilanEstonia
3 months ago

45 mins to CL. Let’s Goooo

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago

Despite the penalty, the only other positive thing is that Atalanta wasnt really trying to score either. They were mostly wasting time just passing around, clearly not being very motivated. This will change in the second half since Gasperini is a big Juve fan and he will want to take points from us (Just look how pissed of he was for the goal). We should be extreamly careful at the begining of the second half, they will probobly come out blazing from the team talk. The intencity will slow down as the game goes on. But if we just let… Read more »

Milankunlele
Milankunlele
3 months ago

Seriously Pioli has no plan,how can you hope to throw long ball with Rafael,we have been soaking pressure with hope for counter attack which is obvious to Atalanta, whether we qualify or not he should go, anybody clamouring that not about coach but good players is making mistake.Hope we survive with this 1-0

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago

saladmaker is surely one of the weakest “rw” i’ve ever seen. people bitched when i mentioned arsenal’s pepe but anyone who actually understands football knows how good he is as rw

ZionTrain
ZionTrain
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

His defensive work rate is good though but his attacking play is not good. If Saelemaekers improve on that he will be good.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago
Reply to  ZionTrain

he only has work rate; his ball winning skills are garbage. the less said about his card happy attitude the better

Rossi
Rossi
3 months ago
Reply to  Milan10

He needs to improve his shooting and passing accuarcy. He is a hard worker so im sure he will get better. But yea he is not really talented. Pepe is miles ahead, we just cant afford something like that.

Milan10
Milan10
3 months ago

leao is not good in the air so why the long balls? pioli should instruct leao to stay on the flanks to receive through balls. ffs even prime ibra used to do that at inter

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
3 months ago

We still don’t want to play! Gasparini gave up his midfield by adding in Muriel, but we simply don’t want to play.