Team news: Milan were without Mike Maignan, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Alessandro Plizzari, Andrea Conti, Alessandro Florenzi, Junior Messias, Samu Castillejo, Ante Rebić and Pietro Pellegri, while Porto had to do without Iván Marcano and Mateus Uribe. Kickoff time for Matchday 4 of the Champions League Group Stage was 18:45 CET.

Goals: Luis Díaz (6′), Mbemba (60′ own goal)

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Ciprian Tătăruşanu; Davide Calabria (46′ Pierre Kalulu), Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer, Sandro Tonali (68′ Franck Kessié); Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Díaz (68′ Rade Krunić), Rafael Leão (85′ Daniel Maldini); Olivier Giroud (76′ Zlatan Ibrahimović).
Unused: Jungdal, Mirante; Gabbia, Kjær; Bakayoko.

F.C. Porto (4-4-2) – Sérgio Conceição
Diogo Costa; João Mário, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi; Marko Grujić, Sérgio Oliveira (70′ Vítor Ferreira), Otávio (84′ Toni Martínez), Luis Díaz (79′ Bruno Costa); Mehdi Taremi (84′ Pepê), Evanilson (79′ Francisco Conceição).
Unused: Marchesín, Ramos; Cardoso, Manafá, Nanu; Vieira; Corona. 

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA).

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Ross Oneri

Terrible game, it’s like we have forgotten how to play. 31min no a single shot.

Piolois is to blame Kjaer, Kessie and Ibra on the bench in a must win game?

Milan10

u want answer? derby della madonnina

Nesta1

Yes, we have to prioritise the league, we have great chance of winning it this season.

Milan10

correctamundo mate. osimhen, anguissa and koulibaly will play in afcon next january, and napoli are garbage without one of them, let alone all 3. milan did well even with tonali – krunic combo as double pivot earlier this season so i think milan can handle bennassie’s absence well in jan

Nino

Exactly. Those shouting must-win game are deluded. A return to UCL after how many years and you expect Milan to dominate, after losing the first 3 games. You have to play smart and prioritize.

Serie A is more realistic and that is no doubt the objective. Milan is not interested in scrambling for Europa.

Now, all eyes on the Milan Derby. It should be a massacre…

Forza Milan!

Baresis Dream

I’ve said it from the start – prioritize serie a over champions league, and all of you guys bashed me… lol
Well, I am glad you came around to see this. This is not our CL year. We’ll get to that in a year or two.

Milan10

pioli DID prioritize ucl, like any sane coach would, hence his players selection, but milan just got outplayed by porto and liverpool and were incredibly unlucky vs atleti. in short, milan most probably wont qf for ko rounds NOT because pioli didnt prioritize ucl, but simply because, even with milan’s best squad, the results just wouldnt come, mainly due to bad luck and bad refereeing decisions

Ronaldinho80

Bad game and bad selection and bad refereeing

Ross Oneri

True

Sam

I’m telling you, the players have been found out. They play for a foul sometimes and it’s annoying! Just play football
Theo is the one who does it most, shielding the ball and fall at the slightest touch. Also runs by himself when there are options on counter attack.
Many of those stupid tricks has cost us games.

P.S. Saelemaekers is not needed in this team. He’s so clueless, signs of a mediocre player.

Rossi

We didnt bought a RW and now we are starting to pay for it. It dosent shows that much against small teams but in this types of games it become very obvious.

SJF

Yes it’s always the RW. I have said it 100 times here!
It’s not that hard to solve.
Even Olzer who was sold from our youth team would have been better. Or hauge or even play Rebic rw when fit.
I just cant take it again and again.

Buy a Fucking Right wing!!!

Stop wasting money on players we don’t need. (Pellegri, Messias, Adil, etc etc etc)

SJF

Not to mention Florenzi!!!!
Who by the way Milan 10 argued doesn’t have injury problems!!

Milan10

the last time florenzi missed > 3 games in a row due to injury before playing for milan was..

..NEVER. robben, san marco, gullit and hazard are injury prone, florenzi is not. FACHT

SJF

I cant reply to your comment below.

He ruptured his cruciate ligament in 2016/17 and again 2017/18.
Apart from many other issues

Ronaldinho80

Fuck one million misplaced pasess

Ronaldinho80

Fuck Saladmaker that is why ypu need to play with ibra leao and rebic in the front

Ronaldinho80

Rebic is probably injured

Nesta1

Rebic still injured but I don’t know why we extended saladmaker contract, he’s very average. We still rely too much from our left side, our right is vitally non existant. Salad man hard worker but not a winger

Ronaldinho80

Roma must go out.

SheerWill96

Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I’m just checking to see if I can now comment cuz I noticed there was a problem with that before

SheerWill96

Does it mean that we won’t even make the Europa?

Nesta1

Bottom club goes out, 3rd place Europe league

Rossi

When you have 6 Porto players in your half, why would you play from the back ? Look how much space they leave for long balls. Same as in the first game, its like we learned nothing. Any way the fact that teams like Porto and Lyon can play on pair with top Italian teams, just shows how low the Italian league has fallen.

Nesta1

I’ve noticed porto playing very high line because they know saladman, giroud no pace. They just have to take care of leao on left, hence we have no threat.

Christian

We have to be satisfied this season with any epilogue in the Champions League because for many of our players this is the first time to participate in such a difficult competition. Serie A is the priority!

Aliyu Hamisu

Our champions league performances clearly shows that Serie A is very weak league nowadays.

SOHEIL

And juve performance shows you are wrong! The midtl table Juve is winning every game.

Our group is hard. We had lots of injuries. The refs were kinda unfair to us. Some of our younger players never played in any international competition.

Liverpool is clearly stronger than any Serie A team. Atletico the LaLiga winner should be better than Serie A second team (which it wasn’t) and we also face Porto who was the UCL surprise last year. That’s called the group of death for a reason.

Ronaldinho80

No refs are the problem. We lost 3 2 in Liverpool great result. Man united lost 5 0. We would have dominated Atletico but retard ref gave red card to kesse. 2 yellow card for 2 fouls without warnings. He had decided he is gonna do thisbefore the game. He gave yellow card right at begining of the game to lay fundations and than he supposed to give another one at 60 min. The problem is milan was to good and would score every 20 min so he gave another red right away. Milan scored one goal hit post and… Read more »

Milan10

every single player except big teta and tomori played like garbage in 1st half. theo and leao looked tired and unfit. romag just couldnt handle the tempo. calabria was uncharacteristically so bad at positioning. bento combo couldnt handle high pressing (what did i tell u pioli; double pivot should alwasy consist of a dm and a playmaking cm. playing 2 small playmaking cm together just wont cut it). brahim was still so out of form and match rhythm. giroud could only do so much with minimal service. saladmaker was, well, saladmaker. and most importantly, milan just couldnt handle when opponents… Read more »

SJF

Brahim is an AM not a winger.
Hes been a revelation since he took that spot from the useless traitor Hakan

Milan10

yeah, thats exactly why he played for man city AND madrid, clubs who use 4-3-3, a formation without am, right? lol. oh, and like i said, he plays rw for spain jr. even when he played am earlier this season before covid, he mostly played as de facto ss with his goalpoaching and speed

SJF

He hardly played for city or Real you numskull!!
Who cares where he plays for spain under age team.
He has come of age at Milan!!! As a number 10!!!!
But given u worship Hakan, it’s no wonder you have no understanding what a no 10 is.

The fact u think his messi like characteristics make him unsuitable just gave everyone in this room a great big belly laugh°°

Milan10

“He hardly played for city or Real you numskull!!” thats because those teams had/have better, more experienced players, but why do u think pep AND zidane thought its good idea to buy an am when they didnt even use formation that used am? lmao “Who cares where he plays for spain under age team.” uh, people who actually understand football? play brahim as rw and adli as am and milan’s rw problem will be solved “But given u worship Hakan, it’s no wonder you have no understanding what a no 10 is.” yeah, obviously the one of very few who’s… Read more »

Rossi

Brahim brings pace but his ball distribution/passing in not there. So he is right on that one. Thats why we depend so much on just crosses from the wings.

Milan10

brahim is good messi-esque player but he just doesnt have characteristics of true playmaker. he’s no fabian ruiz, luis alberto, de paul or pellegrini type of players. adli is

Rossi

That’s right.

Oluwashevy

We don’t need the Europa is either we qualify or face the league so far we were outclassed in Sansiro by Porto which is very bad very poor first half to start with no impress with the game hope for a better turn around second half

Spencer

How we didn’t sign a right winger and yet extended that retarded idiot’s contract until 2026, still baffles me! We need Kessie in the midfield sadly. Tonali and Bennacer are not doing enough. Theo is really annoying me tonight.

Gems

Get messiahs jnr fit , he’s more of a weapon than the bot & cold and usually useless
Saladmaker , yep yet again 3 yrs running
Couldn’t buy a decent right winger ,
Florenzi waste of a signing , better off with ilicic .
Milan very disappointing both legs v Porto
Referring terrible , dejavu bennacer getting fouled & Diaz scoring both legs shoulda been disallowed by var

Ronaldinho80

I would love to have Delofeo back insted of Saladmaker

Milan10

or messuso

Milan10

kruniesta on. shit just got real

Oluwashevy

Diaz is not fit for the game nice one kalulu at some point I have no zeal to watch second half but still hoping for the best

Ted

Funny, when we’re losing so many new users or so called fans just pop up on this blog with their badass “fuck this” and “fuck him” and so and so. Where are you when we’re winning?

Milan10

u should ask meytar why literally 99% of us couldnt write comments on this blog few weeks ago, otherwise we could’ve written comments like we did when milan lost all 3 previous ucl games before tonite.

SheerWill96

I thought it was just me

Milan10

i tried to write several times but whenever i clicked on ‘post comment’ button it always replied with ‘nonce is invalid’. and seeing as how the comments dropped from >100 per article to literally zero, u dont have to be milan10ian to deduce most had same exact problem

Ted

I didn’t refer to you and I also couldn’t post a comment on this blog.

Milan10

fair enough. but im sure us milanisti always want to get involved whenever milan play, including by writing comments. its not our fault we couldnt write comments on rossoblog when milan had big wins vs torino or verona. hell, we cant even start up/downvoting comments yet

Ted

It’s not even connected to this latest problems on the blog. I was refering to some other users that I’ve never before seen on this blog at least under these names, suddenly popping out of nowhere and start bitching and insulting. I understand fans showing their appreciation and sharing the joy when the team is winning. I also understand frustrations when they are not. But when it comes to bitching, many newcomers come out on this blog and insult the team. That’s my problem.

Saya_Kamudiasama

yup… i was here in Tabares & Terim era & i’m still here to support, this is nothing compare that time..
those kids doesn’t know what is support or they just troll

Oluwashevy

Well after how many years of no ucl am sure come next year teams like Porto would be work over let just keep the going positive in the league am sure we will win the scudetto sign of positivity

Gbenga AJOSE

I think the reason why Pioli is glued to Salamakers is because he tracks back. If we get a pure right winger who doesn’t track back , then we will see how our midfield and defence will cope. IMO , we need right winger. If we get,
a pure right winger, then the midfielders and defenders have to do their jobs..

PorkChop

We need to be realistic, I think better focus on serie A and strenghten the team next year. Pioli substitutions is a white flag and save the energy for the derby, otherwise Maldini and Krunic won’t play. Forza Milan

Milan10

well, there goes milan’s hope for qualifying for ko rounds. kessie and cakir killed it in matchday 2 and that stupid uncalled foul on ben before porto scored and even more stupid offside by lazy theo before he laid the ball off to ibra put final nails in the coffin. although i must say, there’s no shame in failing in group of death like this. hell, even inter failed to qf for years and like i said, even saf’s man utd were laughing stocks in early 90s before they got much better afterwards through gaining experience from years of consistently… Read more »

JaCc

Can’t put that offsides on Theo. He’s literally waiting 2-3 seconds for Krunic to get his feet untangled to release the ball. If he releases it one touch after his turn like Theo is expecting that’s a good goal.

Milan10

thats true but theo, leao and especially giroud got caught on offside trap way too easily. milan could’ve easily destroyed porto if it wasnt for that. and also had 2 cb, brahim and bento been good enough to send many accurate long passes kjaer/pirlo style to both wings and giroud. quick counterattacking teams like bayern, liverpool or mou’s madrid would destroy porto’s high defensive line. too bad milan only had 1 fast winger and brahim aint really ballplaying playmaker

Oluwashevy

Left for me I would want us to concentrate more on the league our hope of qualifying is tiny very very even Europa league the chances are still slim league should be the next main focal point

SJF

It has been a very disappointing return to C.L for the Mighty Milan. Of course it was going to be tough but teams like Atalanta and Ajax have shown in recent years what could be done. At Liverpool we were frightened and outclassed, fine. At Athletico we were robbed by the ref when playing very well. Against Porto we had 2 games to show our talent and we were fairly beaten twice. That’s very worrying to me!! Clearly we are not as good as we think. RW RW RW It’s a joke we have not addressed this. In fact we… Read more »

SOHEIL

For me the worst player on the pitch was Saele. He isn’t a winger. He has no flair. No danger. Once in a while he will do something amazing but its could be 10 games without any impact. Maybe he could be a central midfielder or right back but he definitely isn’t a winger. He is one of the reasons we can’t score in UCL. The replacement we bought is also very similar to him. More of a Fullback than a winger. Last year we suffered because we didn’t have a striker to replace injured Ibra. This year we don’t… Read more »

Milan10

i love how the very same people who celebrated deulofeu’s and suso’s departures and milan’s failure to get ilicic like its a good thing are the ones bitching about milan’s lack of rw now, like milan hasnt got proper wingers problem since 4-3-3 days. like i said literally half decade ago, a winger needs to be fast and/or be good dribbler. leaonaldo (niang 2.0 he IS NOT) definitely is but hakan, borivaldo, saladmaker and castipendejo definitely arent. saladmaker is good short passer but his dribbling and especially crossing suck big time so, like i said weeks ago, he needs to… Read more »

SOHEIL

Sadly pioli never tries players out of position. So rebic as RW would not happen anytime soon. If it was up to me (The pes guy rumors seem true after what I say) I would play Theo as a winger. He clearly likes to run, cross, score. Suso also was slow as f. When you play a slow winger, its like playing with one more midfielder. Nothing would happen on flanks. Messias is still injured and I think our coach see him as Diaz replacement. Either we need a proper winger or Pioli need to adapt a player to that… Read more »

SOHEIL

There is no edit button in this new comment section. I can’t correct “so many” mistakes I make while writing in English. Clearly a downgrade

SJF

I think Pioli like to play Saladman to counter balance Theo. There are certainly times Theo should play LW when it is needed. That’s how Bale got started Anyway RW is the main issue. I can not for the life of me understand why Rebic has never been played there. It’s just stubborn! Most teams with decent wingers like to switch flanks from time to time, so as to keep the opposition guessing. Leao Diaz Rebic behind a good young striker would make a great attack. P.s Colombo is scoring some beauties in Serie B. Hope he comes home next… Read more »

SOHEIL

We wouldn’t pay for Vlahovic. Belloti & Azmoun are clear candidates (both expiring). (Not my favorites. I don’t like both of them)

Milan10

well, rebic WAS world cup runner up playing as rw and brahim DOES often play rw for spain jr. those are FACHTS, and if pioli keeps ignoring it then he’s missing out big time. i say play leao, messias (and hopefully faivre soon) and rebic together when they fit and let them switch positions between themselves los galacticos style (zidane, raul and figo executed that meticulously). regarding theo as winger, i’ve seen so many talented fb/wingbacks converted into world class wingers before, like robert jarni, serginho, bale and now dest. however, i also saw inter’s failed experiment on rob carlos.… Read more »

Milan10

“Sadly pioli never tries players out of position” well, what irks me is that sometimes he DOES. in fact, if it wasnt for his experiment playing tomori as rb vs juve, milan would’ve won and it would be 33/33 points. hell, last nite he weirdly played maldini jr as lw replacing leao of all players with 5 mins to go with ucl on the line. what did i say about not playing maldini jr the slow am as lw pioli? also, if he wanted to rest leao then why didnt he sub him off way earlier? the less said about… Read more »

SOHEIL

Yeah we don’t have a good cover for theo. In the summer we had the time to try 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 with Theo/Balo & Calabria/Saele at both sides. It also gives us the chance to have a rock solid defense with all defenders have enough cover (Behind Theo is our weakest point in defense).

But it’s too late for thinkering & 4-2-3-1 is working.

But I know someone in future would put Theo in more advances roles. Like Bale palying as striker/winger for wales when he was a defneder in his club.

Dindudre

It’s funny everyone is complaining about Not having a proper right wing or how refs are against us, or how they want to only focus on Serie A. blah blah blah. But we’re all forgetting some major things. So here’s my take: 1. Our CFs are too slow and that will always be a problem for us. It showed in our game against Bologna even though we managed it o win, against Porto H/A, and in our game against Roma when we were one man down etc. 2. Pioli’s tactics will never work if we want to win big teams… Read more »

dapito

i dont care about champion leaque… what dou you except, we just get in champion leaque again after maybe 5-10 years ago… i just hope we can consistent in serie A and get scudetto

Nesta1

The priority was to qualify for this competition which we did. The fact we haven’t reached next round isn’t a massive loss, it was going to be hard in this group as proven. Our next target is to win league and qualify again for champions league further boosting finances. We have to be in champions league every season like all our opponents have been in our group and we can build every year with the extra money it brings ,just like Liverpool, porto, athletico. We are getting there and done so well with the financial restraints because being out of… Read more »

Caesar

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