Team news: Napoli were without Kévin Malcuit and Axel Tuanzebe, while Milan had to do without Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjær. Kickoff time for Matchday 28 of the 2021/22 Serie A campaign was 20:45 CET at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Goal: Giroud (49′).

S.S.C. Napoli (4-2-3-1) – Luciano Spalletti
David Ospina; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz (76′ Dries Mertens), Stanislav Lobotka (82′ André-Frank Zambo Anguissa); Matteo Politano (67′ Adam Ounas), Piotr Zieliński (82′ Hirving Lozano), Lorenzo Insigne (67′ Elif Elmas); Victor Osimhen.
Unused: Marfella, Meret; Ghoulam, Juan Jesus, Zanoli; Demme; Petagna.

AC Milan (4-3-2-1) – Stefano Pioli
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria (80′ Alessandro Florenzi), Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer, Sandro Tonali (68′ Rade Krunić); Junior Messias (80′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Franck Kessié, Rafael Leão (89′ Zlatan Ibrahimović); Olivier Giroud (68′ Ante Rebić).
Unused: Mirante, Tătărușanu; Ballo-Touré, Gabbia; Castillejo, Díaz, Krunić; Maldini. 

Referee: Daniele Orsato.

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Nesta1

Need to get bk on track lads, big performance and 3 points

Ronaldinho80

Kesse as trequartista i dont know about that one. We will see how it goes.

dejan10

I’d have left him on the bench for the rest of the season.

dejan10

Totally ridiculous situation we’re in right now scrapping around with Inter and Napoli at the top when we should be at least 7 points clear if it wasn’t for deluded refs.

Ronaldinho80

What a save from Ospina but it was foul anyway

Agustinar

Kessie and Bennacer move fluid in the middle and exchange right and left each other with Tonali maintain deep. It’s 433. I love it

Ronaldinho80

Kulibaly has just mauled Olivier

Ranajaya

deserved a straight red if he went to VAR. It was late, intentional, didn’t even aim for the ball, and hurt the victim badly

Nesta1

Had a good counter their but calabria touch was shocking, think I prefer florenzi at moment

Agustinar

Calabria is the weak spot in offensive phase at first half. Florenzi is better than him

Crispin George

I see no reason why Pioli should be using Kessie who has no interest playing for Milan. Using him in the no. 10 role is even worst. I’m not too sure Pioli is ready for this scudetto?

ZionTrain

I don’t get it either. This experiment of using Kessie at AM only worked against Empoli and it has been a failure since that game. Krunic did an excellent job against Inter and I am dumbfounded that Pioli did not go with Krunic instead. SMDH

Harris

Milan is not fighting for the scudetto. They want to secure a place in the Champions League. And it’s not Pioli’s fault that the management did not sign a creative midfielder. He’s doing his best with the resources he has.

Dan Ban

I think management targeted it next season. Little did they know these guys would’ve grown so much. They should’ve realized we had a chance in January and go for it.

Dan Ban

As in last year top 4, this year consolidate ourselves as a UCL team and next year hit the scudetto

Roberto Giano

Milan played 433 at first half with Tonali as regista. I love it. With Ibra, it would be better at second half. Calabria was the weak spot in attacking phase.

Nino

Pioli is such a tactical genius. Every time he plays Kessie as AM, Milan scores loads of goals with tons of through balls and assists from Kessie.

SJF

Leao has been wonderful going past defenders, its just the rest of the attack is so blunt.
Perhaps Rebic can bring some goal threat.
I guess we’ll prob see Diaz and Ibra at some point.
Kessie is wasted at 10.

Adli a striker and a RW are desperately needed. Otherwise we have a very talented team.

Seeing what Vlahovic is doing for Juve attack only reinforces how badly we need a top striker

Gbenga AJOSE

This Leao is getting too much. His movemeny past defenders leaves a site to behold.. we need to get that kind of player at the right wing..Leaving Leao alone to do the job will wear him out and then may get frustrated. He needs help. Right winger is a must . Enough of this Salamaker and Co!

SJF

Yes he was wonderful.
Your right, it’s not right to overburden him and Theo.
We need balance

dapito

3 years we have same progblem on attack, right attacker and plamaker… pleeease, next mercato we buy good players on that positions…

Ronaldinho80

Olivier is a pure wizard i mean honestly

Ronaldinho80

Great goal

Ronaldinho80

Cmon kesse out and Brahim in and Rebic in instead off Mesias

Ronaldinho80

Fuck Osmpina is having a great game

Dan Ban

I’m Colombian but damn it , he picked a terrible game to bring his A game.

Dindudre

Bennacer is covering everything and everywhere and I’m loving it!!

Dindudre

Here we go with relaxing after being only one goal up. We need another goal pls.

Dan Ban

I know.!!! Ugh. Hopefully rebic in means quick counter attacks.

SJF

Everytime!!

Nesta1

That’s how important pace is at back, put him under pressure,kalalu tomori immense!

Last edited 4 months ago by Nesta1
Abdul

Kalulu pocketed Osimhen

Nesta1

Oh yes! what a partnersip

Ranajaya

Yeah, they were good at covering each other back with their decision-making and paces. Osimhen seems like he always double-teamed, and he clearly couldn’t pick either one of them.

Emmy ApacheB

Am happy now
very very happy with the determination and believe we have
if not that unqualified referees denied us points we would have been 6 points clear now
Forza Milan

dejan10

F**K YES
After Napoli stealing three points with Giroud being sat on this feels even sweeter FORZA MILAN

Nesta1

Yesssss!!! What a result top of league 2 points clear. Just a shame about points dropped to bottom teams we would piss winning league. I’m telling u this team only needs a right winger no10 and a striker and we so strong. Sounds like we got renato and bellotti already and with adli to come. just a right winger and we good to go.

Ranajaya

Yes, I agree with everything you said, but we need another CB as we will have Romagnoli out at the end of the season and we don’t know how Kjaer would be when he’s back. We need to buy florenzi as he is versatile reliable and consistent, and he offers a great mentality and competition to Calabria in Milan and the national team.

Agustinar

agree. Bootman for CB ? Florenzi is definitely.

Caesar

I don’t know why I am not just so hyped about Belotti. We can make a swap deal for Scamacca +some extra money. A player of his nature will favour our style of play more considering the fact that most of our attacks come from the wings. Height and physicality is the main reason Giroud seem to be excelling so far. Belotti lacks both and he falls a lot!!!

Nesta1

Yeah true but with him costing nothing I think it’s who we will end up with but you never know!

Niels8

While I agree on your technical and tactical assessments, securing Belotti at the moment is the best choice we can make. We need money for Botman and Kessie’s replacement (Renano Sanches, perhaps). Another thing, change in formation is more possible than ever for the next season. Given the composition and current performance of our players.

Ashraf

Beloti is far better than scamaca in everything only his injuries are big problem

Cocor

Playing very well against Napoli, look Saturday again Empoli what they gonna do

Oluwashevy

When it comes to the big boys I think the boys do get it done nice one lads

Roberto Giano

congratulations boys. this is how I want Milan play. the right players and right formation. saele is getting worse. need to invest for quality RW

SJF

Its a great result and the team were able to dominate napoli.

Problem is we created hardly any clear chances and our goal came from a miss hit shot.

We have manjor issues in attack.
This is a big part of why we cant beat those smaller teams

Ranajaya

Giroud’s heading and hold-ups are one of the best in the world. Bennacer is MOTM to me, good at getting the ball back and protecting the ball well in possession. But it doesn’t amaze me anymore how good Kalulu is. One of the best acquisitions by Maldini and his team. I was cursing at every side of the room when Saelemaekers missed the shoot. He is such a terrible player, but he worked hard In defense. What happen with our Calabria, he played with no confidence and lost a lot of possession. Should’ve been subbed earlier in the tactical point… Read more »

Agustinar

I am curious with Calabria too, what happened with him?

Meer-1

You sumped up perfectly but about salamkr he might be the worst shooter and finisher but still a good utility player he works his socks off but we need an upgrade if we want to compete on highest level plus about calabria we have Florenzi he is a beast technically sound but kalulu is a suprise package at times I do wonder if this guys plays more and regularly he along with timori can lead the line for years to come. The only thing is we lost many points against lower half of table teams which is a regret. Its… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Meer-1
Ranajaya

yes, i appreciate Saele’s contribution defensively, but he should’ve at least made it on target. it was 1 on 1 situation and in a bad day, the ref would giving us a hard time and this kind of miss would cost us points, just like vs salernitana and spezia. We should be leading with 6 or 8 points at least if it was not for the bad refereeing against us. i said before the derby that it was gonna be important. last year we go downhil after the derby loss, this year they lost it and drop on momentum, it… Read more »

Ted

Kalulu has now pocketed all big three – Morata, Lautaro and Osimhen. What a beast.

Ranajaya

Yes, the kid have a bright future ahead of him, but in the other side Morata is always in his own pocket looking how he misses chances.

Ted

I was referring more to Milan’s direct competitors and their star forwards. Morata indeed is standing in his own way most of the time.

Umesh Varma

Saelemaekers miss can come to haunt us. Now our head to head is same. So other factors come in.
but anyways a win is a win
and a win against your direct rival at their home ground is so so satisfying.
hopefully we gain momentum and continue to build on this victory.
hopefully Giroud is not seriously injured.
we need options from bench. Rebic should ease burden of Leao. Ibra and Giroud for attack.

Yusfull99

Adli will be one of our best signings…. unknown name with great talent another kaka in the making
I have that feeling

Ted

Donnarumma single handedly overturned PSG’s lead. Serves him right, douche.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ted
Gbenga Ajose

All the players that betray Milan will never go unpunished. This is the beginning for Donanruma