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Real Madrid eye shock Bonucci swoop? 24.11 ||webmaster
Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a sensational move for Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci in January.
Fichajes.net cites a report on OKDiario, which states Milan’s “delicate sporting situation” makes it possible that Bonucci “would welcome another transfer” and “do everything possible to force his departure from the club”, in the event Madrid come calling.
Milan recovered from an astonishing Leonardo Bonucci howler to crush Austria Vienna 5-1 and book Europa League qualification.
The Rossoneri needed to get back on track and secure their place in the Round of 32, not to mention recover their confidence after poor Serie A form. Suso, Alessio Romagnoli, Ignazio Abate and Andrea Conti missed out, but Patrick Cutrone and Andre Silva started together for the first time in three weeks. The Portuguese forward bagged a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory in Vienna back in September.
AC Milan and Star Casino sign a partnership for the next three seasons 24.11 ||webmaster
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Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski sprung the offside trap as Napoli punish Milan 2-1, but there was a late scare after Alessio Romagnoli’s volley.
The Partenopei were still unbeaten, but their lead had been whittled down to just one point after a surprise 0-0 draw at Chievo. Mario Rui stepped in for injured Faouzi Ghoulam at left-back, while the Rossoneri missed Hakan Calhanoglu, Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti. Jack Bonaventura returned from injury with a new more advanced role for Manuel Locatelli.
Why Hasn't the AC Milan Renaissance Project Worked So Far This Season? 18.11 ||webmaster
The 2017/18 season was supposed to be AC Milan’s time to regain their place at the summit of Italian football but it hasn’t really panned out that way. After spending over £200 million this summer, Vincenzo Montella’s side were expected to challenge for Serie A glory but the Rossoneri are languishing down in seventh position – 13 points behind early leaders Napoli.
It was always going to be difficult for Milan to bring so many new players into the squad and it may prove prudent to keep faith in Montella for the time being. Winning the Serie A title this season was never a realistic objective and Milan supporters should be content with an improved campaign and momentum in the second half of the year. If Milan can sneak into the European spots, that would constitute a successful season.
Evaluating this Milan squad on paper, it is the strongest Milan side for years. Obviously, the current crop of players come nowhere near Milan in their heyday but they have the talent to go far in the near future. You wouldn’t bet against the San Siro outfit winning the Serie A title at some point in the near four or five years anyway.
Given time, Montella’s grand plan may catch on. Milan have shown glimpses of quality but consistency continues to haunt the Italian giants. Nobody is expecting a rapid rise to the top of European football but Milan are a club steeped in rich history and their passionate fan base deserves better. Competing for sixth place just doesn’t cut it and Montella could be the man to take Milan back to the top in the next few years.
Modern football is getting utterly ridiculous. Far too many owners react quickly to the initial sign of trouble – Milan can’t afford to give up on Montella. Opting for a new manager would be another step backwards for this great football club and the Italian outfit are still in prime position to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League. It isn’t the elite continental club competition but it is a step in the right direction.
In fact, Milan are currently one of the leading contenders to win the tournament. Yes, there are still plenty of top European clubs who could drop out of the Champions League and into the secondary club competition but Milan are arguably up there with the strongest teams in the Europa League at the present moment. The bookmakers are even backing the Rossoneri for European glory this season with football odds at 12/1.
The 7 time Champions League winners will almost certainly find their feet over the coming months and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Milan climb the Serie A ladder in the second half of the season. It would take a brave man to back against the Italian giants and Montella will be confident of inspiring his troops to a successful campaign. The Europa League is a genuine possibility and the continental competition could act as the catalyst for Milan to get back to their brilliant best.
Alessandro Nesta claims there are “so many problems” at Milan and reveals “I hope to coach both Lazio and the Rossoneri” one day.
Milan’s Chinese project finds itself under scrutiny after five defeats in 12 games, leaving them languishing outside Serie A’s European places, whereas Lazio are flying high in fourth place, coached by Nesta’s former teammate Simone Inzaghi.
Expecting Instant Success Unrealistic After Crazy Transfer Window 10.11 ||webmaster
Anyone looking for excitement in the transfer window focused largely on AC Milan and their dealings this summer – it was certainly an interesting few months for the Italian giants. After completely overhauling their squad with over £200 million of investment, many argued that Vincenzo Montella’s side would challenge for the Serie A title this season. Those predictions were a little short-sighted; it is going to take more than three months for this Milan team to gel.
On paper, Milan have one of the strongest squads in Italian football but you don’t win titles on paper. It was quite extraordinary to see Milan, a club that had previously been labelled as ‘finished’, act so boldly in the transfer market and the board deserve plenty of credit for backing Montella. But, now, they must stick by him. Bringing so many players into the San Siro has disrupted the balance and it would be foolish to jump the gun on Montella just yet.
However, he wouldn’t be the first big-spending manager to lose his job this season. Over in the Premier League, Everton opted to part ways with Ronald Koeman after their poor start to the new campaign. The Toffees were regarded as one of Milan’s main rivals for Europa League glory this season but Everton have been eliminated in the group stages – their loss is Milan’s gain here though and Montella should focus on winning another major European trophy in 2017/18.
With Milan currently languishing down in seven spot in Serie A, Montella should focus all of his efforts on guiding his side to a famous Europa League triumph this year. Yes, a handful of clubs are yet to drop out of the Champions League but Milan should have enough quality to defeat most of those clubs. As of November 9th, Milan are 12/1 in football betting markets to win the Europa League and punters will fancy the Italian giants to go all the way to the showpiece in Lyon.
AC Milan draw 0-0 with AEK Athens in the Europa League.
In a way, Milan should follow Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United blueprint. The Red Devils struggled to inspire confidence domestically but won two major trophies last season; victory in the Europa League final against Ajax ensured Champions League qualification. Milan should follow suit and focus primarily on Europe’s secondary club competition. The Europa League isn’t where Milan want to be but silverware is silverware and the tournament is more respected now than it was a few years ago.
Montella has a number of talented options in key areas of the pitch and you’d fancy Milan to put a run of form together at some point in the near future. Whether it takes three weeks or three months, Milan’s hierarchy must stick by their manager to avoid another setback. The San Siro giants could eventually regain their status as one of Europe’s elite clubs and winning another Champions League is the ultimate goal. Can Vincenzo Montella take Milan back to the top? Only time will tell.
Suso: 'Delicate moment for AC Milan' 5.11 ||webmaster
Suso admits “it was a delicate moment for the Coach and for us,” as Milan won 2-0 at Sassuolo to keep Vincenzo Montella on the bench.
Alessio Romagnoli’s header just before the break and a Suso trademark left-foot curler earned the victory at the Mapei Stadium.
AC Milan hold talks with Conte – report 5.11 ||webmaster
Milan are reportedly hopeful of securing the services of Antonio Conte as Head Coach from next summer.
Current Rossoneri boss Vincenzo Montella is under heavy pressure following poor recent form, with some reports suggesting he could be sacked if the San Siro side fail to win tonight’s Serie A meeting with Sassuolo.
Europa League: AEK Athens 0:0 AC Milan - match report 2.11 ||webmaster
Riccardo Montolivo hit the post, but it was the only real highlight as Milan played out another dismal 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.
The Rossoneri would qualify for the next round with a win, and take a lot of pressure off the shoulders of under-fire Coach Vincenzo Montella, but the Greek outfit was also unbeaten in the Europa League this season and a win would let them leapfrog in to top spot.
Milan director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli insists the team “is slowly proving it has an identity and we have faith.”
“The team is slowly proving it has an identity. We have a clear idea of what our journey is, we knew it wasn’t easy to get all these new players working together, but we know that we have a good group and a good Coach,” Mirabelli told Sky Sport Italia.
Montella: 'Optimistic, not naive' 1.11 ||webmaster
Vincenzo Montella is “very optimistic” about keeping his Milan job ahead of the AEK Athens game. “I know the club is supporting me, but also needs results.”
“It is going to be a difficult game against a very good side,” said the Coach in his Press conference. “The first match showed us that they are tough, but Milan are superior in terms of individuals. After that game, Milan will know better how to move both with and without the ball.”