Team news: Cagliari were without Kevin Strootman, Nahitan Nández, Daniele Baselli and Damir Ceter, while Milan had to do without Simon Kjær, Daniel Maldini and Marko Lazetić. Kickoff time for Matchday 30 of the 2021/22 Serie A season is 20:45 CET at Stadio Unipol Domus.

Goal: Bennacer (59′)

Cagliari Calcio (3-5-2) – Walter Mazzarri
Alessio Cragno; Edoardo Goldaniga, Matteo Lovato, Giorgio Altare; Raoul Bellanova (82′ Gastón Pereiro), Răzvan Marin, Alberto Grassi (82′ Keita Baldé), Charalampos Lykogiannis (68′ Alessandro Deiola), Dalbert (75′ Gabriele Zappa); João Pedro, Leonardo Pavoletti.
Unused: Aresti, Radunović; Carboni, Ceppitelli, Obert; Kourfalidis; Ceter.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1) – Stefano Pioli
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernández; Ismaël Bennacer, Franck Kessié; Junior Messias (77′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Brahim Díaz (71′ Rade Krunić), Rafael Leão (71′ Ante Rebić); Olivier Giroud (87′ Zlatan Ibrahimović).
Unused: Mirante, Tătăruşanu; Ballo-Touré, Florenzi, Gabbia, Romagnoli; Bakayoko, Tonali.

Referee: Marco Di Bello.

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Oluwashevy

Hope we come out triumphant here Inter drew a good thing for us to capitalize on

Nesta1

A must win game, they all are from now on!!

Ronaldinho80

Amen brother

Naija_Milan

i noticed that the players were all shooting, this made us more threatening and we had more chances at goal, i have always wished we so in the past, we could have gone further than this, in the past Ben-Nacer, theo, brahim, kessie would be looking to pass, when brahim was good, early in the season, he was shooting, when rebic was on fire was when he was shooting, theo’s goals also, why stop and be passing around like we are barca, ibra better start shooting, we have many technically sound players that can do so, its left for the… Read more »

Nesta1

Omg diaz, should have buried that

Ronaldinho80

We have missed three chances in first 12 minutes

Nesta1

I know we need to take our chances early put the game to bed

Ranajaya

Diaz is the most useless player in every match

Nesta1

Agreed, and real want 22 million for him lol,

Ranajaya

I guess Adli wil be our main man when he comes. For now i think that Krunic is a better option. at least Krunic doesn’t lost the ball as often as Diaz does and defends better

Nesta1

Yes adli will be a massive upgrade on diaz,

Phildadon1899

Krunic loses the ball constantly what are you talking about?

Niels8

Last night he didn’t. Most of the time he received and moved the ball to the right places.

Ranajaya

Krunic was growing into the team when half of the players were injured and did a good job when called upon. That’s why we could still maintain our pace with Inter.
On the other hand, Diaz hasn’t found the performance he shown earlier this season. If you are actually following Milan, you would know this. Diaz does better in the 3/4, but he doesn’t contribute much lately, so I think Krunic is better option than Diaz for now.
I don’t rate either of them highly, but based on their contributions so far, I would play Krunic instead of Diaz

Emmy ApacheB

What’s Rebic doing on the bench?
this is Rebic and Leao game
mesias is garbage and doing absolutely nothing there
we need this game by all cost

Cludo

Diaz, messias, and giroud has been very useless.. especially Diaz and messias..end of the season messias should not be signed..

Agustinar

agree.

Crispin George

Sincerely I am not feeling the energy from the milan players. The best way to beat lower league teams is to score early goals. The more you fail to score the better they become in the game. Come on Milan! This is a must win match.

dejan10

BENNACER!!!!!

dejan10

Now let’s keep playing instead of falling asleep after going a goal up. Sheesh.

Martin Bernhard

Not only a stunning goal by bennacer but maybe a confidence boost for him as well as it has been a long time since he last time scored from what i can recollect and what a time to score.

Nesta1

We need more of this sharing goals out through team to ease pressure off leao and giroud just like ben done, midfielders need to score more

Nesta1

3 points in the bag, need to convert more of our chances though, great work at the back another clean sheet

Ronaldinho80

Win is a win but guys we are not clinical in front of goal and we always lack intensity in last 25 minutes and our game become very defensive and static. And omg what salad maker has missed. We desperately need Rw and number 10. The point is that we all going to have nerve-racking end off rhe season.

Niels8

They were not defensive until the final whistle.
It’s just that Cagliari tried to attack more.

Signor milan

We need a good number 10 and a good RW then those strikers will start scoring goals.

Oluwashevy

Since Milan defeated inter there have not gotten their form back that derby we won was a decisive moment for the scudetto and a booster to our boys we can go all the way forza Milan

Ranajaya

Yes, i always think so. even before the game. This year is a mirror of the previous one, though they switched places. Hopefully we could mantain this to the end

Nesta1

When I look at this team we are only 3 quality signings off getting bk to where we belong. A no10, a right winger and a striker in his prime who would score us 20 + goals a season. If we had those now we would have pissed league this season. We could also compete in champions league, our back line and midfield is set. We have done great so far this season with limited funds and just about balanced books for potential buyers once elliott sell. Tomori, kalalu theo look immense and midfield solid, but we can’t rely on… Read more »

Ranajaya

Yes, 3 quality signings would make our first 11 strong, but to find balance in all three competitions, we need a lot more depth and I don’t think we can do that in 1 or 2 mercatos. If we can be consistent in the league, we could build a strong team with market strategy we operated on Kalulu or Tomori. In three or four years, we could be a real force like Liverpool (or even sign their coach, finger crossed). On top of these, we need to hold onto our best players and not losing them for free and get… Read more »

Nesta1

Can anyone explain why botman coming for 30 million when he’s going to be behind tomori, kalalu and kyaer? I know romag leaving but what bout gabbia? To me that’s saying gabbia getting loaned out but 30 million on a back up cb! And I hope it doesn’t block kalaku’s growth that would be mad, him and tomori look like our future pairing to me.

Agustinar

as long as Elliot still own Milan, 30 million player won’t come. don’t worry

Elliotazzuri

Thanks you for saying it, some dummy thinks Milan will sign a player for 30million with this management and also to be a bench wamer

Nesta1

Keyboard warrior entered chat

Phildadon1899

Lol here you are again. What do you have against botman? The guys phenomenal

Nesta1

I’ve nothing against botman he’s a good player, read it again and you might understand what my problem is spending 30 million on him.

Phildadon1899

Spending 30 million on a CB is a problem? Romagnoli is gone and kjaer can’t stay healthy. You’d be wasting kalulu at CB he needs to be able to get forward with his speed. Either at RB or taking kessies spot in the midfield. Not buying a great player like Botman because kalulu has had a good run of form would be irresponsible and stupid by the management t

Nesta1

I agree he would be a good signing I was more concerned about the funds we have to strengthen the positions which are more important as in right winger midfielder and striker. If the budget allows for these signings and botman that’s great and I’m all for botman coming. Yes romag is gone but kyaer was never missing till he suffered that injury which can happen to anyone. We already have 2 right backs so kalalu won’t get game time their and is not a midfielder to replace kessie, I believe sanchez coming in for that. Kalalu speed is a… Read more »

Ranajaya

Yes, I agree. We need to prioritize our small financial muscle on buying players in the more needed positions. Buying Botman won’t upgrade our defending much, but buying RW and striker would take us to the next level. By doing these we wouldn’t be relied too much on our already impressive defense and finish matches earlier as we won too many matches by 1-0 or ended up drawing with small teams. On the other side, Botman really is an interesting player, and the potential of having him, Kalulu, and Tomori alternate in our defense is mindblowing. With him on the… Read more »

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Raven

CL, Serie A and Copa we need plenty of talented men.

Emmy ApacheB

I know calhanoglu will be regretting by now as well as Donnarumma
Hahahaha

SJF

Well Hakan is a dirty rat.
At least gigio will win a title.

Neither have any class.

Also i have been a huge Kessie fan but looks like he also is a fool and we have better players in midfield now.

Milan keeps growing. 2 or 3 positions we need reinforcement and we will not just dominate Italy but Europe as well.

Forza Milan

Oluwashevy

Well the league is not yet over to decide who win titles or not but I can assure you Hakan will definitely regret his actions because he is a snake in the green grass but in all just want to encourage the boys to hang in there and clinch the league title no matter the cost we are almost there

Niels8

That’s the main reason why I want Milan to win scudetto this year.

Caesar

Each time I see Tomori and young Kalulu in the heart of our defence, my mind is always at ease. I think Florenzi should have been brought in for Calabria to give further boost to our right wing. We were really lucky to have escaped with 3pounts last night considering that Cagliari hit the crossbar in the last minute of regular time. It would have been a disaster! We must learn to kill games off before 70′ minute. Milan is usually very vulnerable in the last 20mins of every match and Pioli needs to work on that.

Oluwashevy

Maybe he hasn’t realized it till ur cost him a valuable point

Elliotazzuri

It’s not that pioli doesn’t know, look at our bench krunic and sala can’t score easily

Signor milan

You have said it all. Pioli bad coah , pioli good coach, pioli didn’t make the right change. Please, look at our bench before condeming the coach. Even Arigo Sachi will not be a good coach to most of our you guys. Football is not mathmatics.

Ranajaya

I think it would be better if Pioli brought Florenzi to substitute Messias, a player with better ability in crossing would’ve unleashed Giroud and added more dimension in our attack.

Ted

Work on that? Did you ever think these are humanbeings and this is real life football? Do you see how all teams in Serie A are slowing down with collecting points in this period? It’s final third of the season when legs are heavy and tired, teams are hoping the other will fail and so the mental pressure is even heavier. Pioli is managing this team superbly.

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Oluwashevy

So kessie finally is going to Barca for free losing another top asset for free I feel the management should know when to tie down player or sell players instead of allowing them to run down their contracts

Gbenga AJOSE

We do not recover a penny out of all the 250 Million spending spree of the Chinese era….Bilgia, Romagnoli,Castilejo,Calhanoglu.Kessie, Kalinic,Musachio,Andrea Conti, Lacaxalt all left without Milan making any meaningful returns on all of them..

Ted

Sure, stick a knife to his throat so he signs the extention, that will do the trick.

SJF

Or sell the player as stated above.
Its all well and good being praised for our low cost wage structure etc
BUT how many teams lost 100m worth of talent last summer and look like losing another 80m worth of talent this summer (Kessie and Romagnoli).

We will not progress as a team if we keep having to replace Valuable players each year.
Imagine the players we could buy with that money

Philldadon1899

You cant force a player to be where he doesnt want to be. What a dumb post. Kessie told the fans of this team he was staying. Hes the problem here not management.

SJF

What a rude and silly comment.
The point made above is that if a player has not extended by the final year, sell them. You cant simply trust they will sign a contract.

There were any number of teams willing to spend on kessie last summer after he had such a good season.
We all wanted him to stay but we must learn the lessons.

Phildadon1899

Selling them in the final year of their contract also is up to the player. Lol. Again. Proving you don’t know what you’re talking about.

SJF

Welll then you dont understand how clubs work.
Options….
1. Player signs an extension (can still be sold anytime)
2. Player is sold
3. If player does not agree to either he goes to the youth team

Simple

Ted

There were suitors for Kessie but they just decided to wait until his contract runs out. Simple.

AC Milan

Actually Kessie rejected the suitor so he could go to Barcelona. That is his dream club.

AC Milan

I feel you play too much fifa. It’s not like the player does not have the will. What if no one wants to buy? Nobody presented an offer for Kessie nor Gigio.or Hakan. The problem was that everybody was struggling to make revenue during the pandemic.

Phildadon1899

Lol thank you

Mario

Those who want berardi should go watch italy vs macedonia. Ffs!!

SJF

Totally agree!!

He and immobile are good league players but have consistently flopped at international or European club level.

Hed be a good squad player but not someone to pay 30m for. There are better younger options

Chiesa stole his spot at the euros and italy looked much better

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Oluwashevy

Can’t believe Italy went crashing hope it doesn’t have a negative effect in seria A

Phildadon1899

I’m more worried that Mancini refused to change immobile and cost this team and country a spot in the World Cup. Balotelli would have been a better option. It’s shameful. If Chiesa didn’t completely make Berardi look so bad in the euros Mancini would have stuck with him. And Italy wouldn’t have progressed and won. I’d bet money on it.

AC Milan

In one of the past post, someone I forgot who kept telling me that Beradi did this, and Beradi did that. I kept telling him that he only had one decent year which means nothing. I hope that person still have the gut to tell me that Beradi is that great.

Mario

Serie A should shamelessly start marketing itself as the best league in the world, just like how the epl did during the late 90s and early 2000s. If you keep telling lies everyday, eventually people will start to believe it as the truth.lol

Oluwa Shevy

Atlanta are losing out from the CL losing to Napoli at home makes it difficult for them to bounce back I pray Milan wins all the remaining matches abs Napoli play draw in the long run because it seems it’s Napoli and Milan giving it a strong run