A.C. Milan

  • Montella reveals reason behind poor AC M...

    AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella blamed his side's packed schedule for their sluggish performance in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Serie A newcomers SPAL. Milan relied on penalties in either half from recruits Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie to see off a stubborn SPAL side, ...

    Montella reveals reason behind poor AC Milan performance

    AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella blamed his side's packed schedule for their sluggish performance in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Serie A newcomers SPAL. Milan relied on penalties in either half from recruits Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie to see off a stubborn SPAL side, who offered next to no attacking threat of their own at San Siro midweek. Montella, however, was quick to point out that Milan have played four games in 10 days, and recognises that performances like this can happen when players are tired.  "A mature team understands that we are at the fourth game in a few days and was to be treated differently by the players," he told Milan TV.  "It is a precious and well-deserved victory, but we have to play with more continuity for the 90 minutes.  "It was not easy as SPAL played with great order, but the team were always in the game and know what to do, even in defence."

  • AC Milan 2 SPAL 0: Penalty double seals ...

    Penalties from Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie were enough to help AC Milan ease past SPAL 2-0 at San Siro. Milan were scarcely tested by their visitors and will be disappointed that their dominance was not rewarded with a more flattering scoreline.   Rodriguez scored hi...

    AC Milan 2 SPAL 0: Penalty double seals comfortable win for Montella's side

    Penalties from Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie were enough to help AC Milan ease past SPAL 2-0 at San Siro. Milan were scarcely tested by their visitors and will be disappointed that their dominance was not rewarded with a more flattering scoreline.   Rodriguez scored his first goal for the club after Nikola Kalinic had been hauled down in the box in the first half, while Kessie converted from the spot after he'd been felled by Felipe in the 61st minute.  Vincenzo Montella's side have now won three straight games in all competitions following their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Lazio, and will be full of confidence ahead of this weekend's trip to Sampdoria.  SPAL, meanwhile, will need to put in a much improved performance if they are to get anything out of in-form Napoli's visit to the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Saturday. SPAL looked bright in the early stages, but Milan soon found their stride. The first opening went to Rodriguez, who skewed his half-volley from the edge of the area over the crossbar, before Andre Silva had his goal-bound shot blocked after impressive work down the right by Kessie. Kalinic, fresh from his brace against Udinese at the weekend, then had a long-range drive deflected into the hands of SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis. Gomis was called into action again in the 19th minute to push over Ignazio Abate's strike from inside the area. Cristian Zapata did well to meet the resulting corner, but his header flashed narrowly over the bar. The hosts’ breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Gomis clipped the ankle of Kalinic after he had spilled Rodriguez's shot. Rodriguez drilled the penalty into the bottom corner to register his first goal for the club following his move from Wolfsburg.  Silva then had a whipped shot from distance well kept out by the overworked Gomis. Milan started the second period with the same verve that characterised their play in the opening 45 minutes and they nearly doubled their advantage four minutes after the restart.  Rodriguez's teasing cross from the left was met by the desperate lunge of SPAL defender Bartosz Salamon, whose interception arrowed into the side netting.  SPAL then had their first sight of goal just a minute later when Federico Mattiello met Manuel Lazzari's cross, but Leonardo Bonucci was able to hack his header away as it flashed across the face of Gianluigi Donnarumma's goal.  Normal service was resumed shortly after, though, as yet another Milan attack resulted in a second penalty. Kessie this time was brought down by Felipe in the area, and the Ivorian slotted the spot-kick past Gomis.  The second goal killed the game as a contest, with Milan content to see out the final 30 minutes at a pedestrian pace.  Key Opta stats: - AC Milan have gained 12+ points from the first five Serie A games for the first time since 2003/04, when they lifted the trophy. - SPAL have lost their last three Serie A games 2-0. - SPAL have failed to score in six of their last seven league appearances. - Milan have found the net in 21 consecutive Serie A meetings for the first time since March 2009. - Milan scored two penalties in the same Serie A game for the first time since January 2010, against Genoa.  

  • Rashford, Mbappe and Dembele among nomin...

    Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe are among the contenders for the Golden Boy award. Italian newspaper Tuttosport have released a 24-man shortlist of candidates for the prestigious prize. The best players on the planet un...

    Rashford, Mbappe and Dembele among nominees for Golden Boy award

    Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Paris Saint-Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe are among the contenders for the Golden Boy award. Italian newspaper Tuttosport have released a 24-man shortlist of candidates for the prestigious prize. The best players on the planet under the age of 21 will battle it out to take the title, with the winner determined by a panel of 30 journalists. Rashford finished as runner-up to Renato Sanches in 2016, with the now Swansea City loanee taking the prize on the back of his efforts in a successful European Championship campaign. The United frontman is considered to be a serious challenger to the crown once again, but Mbappe is the strong favourite after bursting onto the scene at Monaco and earning a switch to PSG which will eventually cost them €180 million. One man who has already completed a big-money switch is Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, although the Frenchman has picked up an untimely knock after moving to Camp Nou for €105m. Other notable contenders include Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, who has impressed since arriving in English football in January. Gianluigi Donnarumma remains a key figure at AC Milan despite being just 18 years of age, while Christian Pulisic and Kasper Dolberg are catching the eye at the highest level with Borussia Dortmund and Ajax respectively. The nominees in full: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan; Alban Lafont, Toulouse; Adrian Marin, Villarreal; Pol Lirola, Sassuolo; Malang Sarr, Nice; Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax; Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzing; Theo Hernandez, Real Madrid; Amadou Diawara, Napoli; Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina; Youri Tielemans, Anderlecht; Benjamin Henrichs, Bayer Leverkusen; Ruben Neves, Porto; Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen; Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad; Javier Ontiiveros, Malaga; Tom Davies, Everton; Nicolo Barella, Cagliari; Marcus Rashford, Manchester United; Kasper Dolberg, Ajax; Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona; Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund; Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City; Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain. The winner of the 2017 award will be announced in October. Whoever takes the title will add their name to a roll of honour which already includes the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

  • Bonucci's wife: Allegri not the reason f...

    Leonardo Bonucci's decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife. Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back ...

    Bonucci's wife: Allegri not the reason for defender's Juve exit

    Leonardo Bonucci's decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife. Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back joining Milan in a €42 million deal. Milan 11/1 to win Serie A The 30-year-old's departure from Turin, shortly after Juve lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, sparked speculation of a row with Allegri. Those claims, however, were dismissed by Bonucci's wife, Martina Maccari. "His decision wasn't due to an argument with Max Allegri," Maccari told Rai Radio 1. "In a professional setting, I think balance between all parties is fundamental. Leonardo chose to leave because of the vicissitudes within the environment, but now he's calm and giving his all for this new adventure." Bonucci's switch to San Siro has reinvigorated Milan — a sleeping giant in Italian football following years of mediocrity. The veteran defender has been handed the captain's armband and great responsibility at Milan, who have not won the Scudetto since 2010-2011. "I won't hide it, I'm not used to it yet and maybe he isn't either. He chose to come to Milan completely autonomously though, I just stood by him as a good wife has to do," she added. Milan have won three of their opening four matches this season to sit fifth in the Serie A standings.

  • Montella breathes sigh of relief after n...

    AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella was not impressed by his side's lack of concentration in their 2-1 Serie A win over Udinese at San Siro.  Nikola Kalinic scored his first goals for the Rossoneri either side of Kevin Lasagna's strike for Udinese to get Montella's side back to w...

    Montella breathes sigh of relief after narrow Milan win

    AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella was not impressed by his side's lack of concentration in their 2-1 Serie A win over Udinese at San Siro.  Nikola Kalinic scored his first goals for the Rossoneri either side of Kevin Lasagna's strike for Udinese to get Montella's side back to winning ways in the league after last weekend's 4-1 thumping by Lazio. It could have been a very different story, though, if Lasagna's effort at 0-0 had not been ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee system. Montella was critical of his side's reaction to that disallowed goal, and their inability to kill the game off after they had taken the lead. Milan -2 6/4 v Spal "I liked the performance, but not so much the slip in concentration after the Udinese goal was disallowed, as that could've been costly," he told Mediaset Premium. "Overall, it was a step forward in various different ways, including the attitude. We could've finished it off earlier and must always remain concentrated. "This is an important win, and a few weeks ago we probably wouldn't have won it. We are getting used to playing matches like this." Montella believes that last weekend's humbling to Lazio could be the best thing to happen to his side this season, and is excited for what the long-term benefits might be. "I have no regrets over the defeat to Lazio, because I think it helped us," he added.  "It was a slap in the face that did us good. This team has character, but I am convinced it'll improve further." Udinese boss Luigi Delneri, meanwhile, was left to lament his side's defending for Milan's winner.  Kalinic shrugged off the attentions of his marker to latch onto a Franck Kessie header and prod home from close range to grab his second of the game.  He said: "It was a shame about the second goal we conceded. It came from a situation we could have dealt with. "We stayed in the game until the end and missed the chance right at the end to draw through [Rijad] Bajic."

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