A.C. Milan

  • ‘AC Milan need Higuain mentality’ - Fran...

    Gonzalo Higuain's winning mentality can help AC Milan, says midfielder Franck Kessie. After last week’s draw at Cagliari, the Rossoneri are looking to return to winning ways against Atalanta in Sunday’s Serie A clash. And the Cote d'Ivoire international believes there is much i...

    ‘AC Milan need Higuain mentality’ - Franck Kessie

    Gonzalo Higuain's winning mentality can help AC Milan, says midfielder Franck Kessie. After last week’s draw at Cagliari, the Rossoneri are looking to return to winning ways against Atalanta in Sunday’s Serie A clash. And the Cote d'Ivoire international believes there is much inspiration in their ranks in the mould of the Juventus loanee. “He’s a great player who scores 20-25 goals every season,” Kessié told Sky per Football Italia. “That’s what we need, he gives a lot to the team and it does so much knowing we can rely on giving him the ball. It’s normal for a team like Milan to have that kind of striker. “His mentality is to win every time, and he can help the squad in that way too. We must always go onto the pitch with that mentality, like him.”

  • Gattuso warns match-winner Higuain: Don'...

    Gennaro Gattuso has advised Gonzalo Higuain to be less predictable with his movements despite scoring the winner in AC Milan's unconvincing 1-0 win over Dudelange in the Europa League. Milan were a major disappointment on Thursday and only scraped victory against the side from L...

    Gattuso warns match-winner Higuain: Don't become predictable

    Gennaro Gattuso has advised Gonzalo Higuain to be less predictable with his movements despite scoring the winner in AC Milan's unconvincing 1-0 win over Dudelange in the Europa League. Milan were a major disappointment on Thursday and only scraped victory against the side from Luxembourg, who actually posed the visitors a few problems in the first half. Gattuso's men were also somewhat lucky to take all three points, as Higuain's winner - a shot from the edge of the box - took a hefty deflection off a defender. Although he proved decisive, Gattuso still felt it was necessary to give Higuain some advice about his positioning in the penalty area. "We're all happy when we win, not just Gonzalo," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia. "Today he did well. "He could also have scored more goals, but it's important for us to get and bring many men into the area. "Lately he tends to peel away towards the penalty spot, but I would also like him to go to front and back posts. "With Napoli he did that. He must change a bit, otherwise the other teams will notice him." Despite the narrow win, Gattuso was pleased with some aspects of his side's performance. "I expected to bring the three points home," he added. "it's no coincidence that Dudelange are in the group stage of the Europa League: they did not get here by luck. “I liked the attitude of the team. We could’ve killed it off earlier and it was more of a struggle than I’d have liked, but we got minutes in the legs of many players and we got the result."

  • Dudelange 0 AC Milan 1: Deflected Higuai...

    AC Milan got away with producing an underwhelming performance as Gonzalo Higuain's deflected second-half goal secured them a 1-0 win over Luxembourg's Dudelange in their Europa League opener. Gennaro Gattuso named a strong side that, for most of the first hour, looked incapable ...

    Dudelange 0 AC Milan 1: Deflected Higuain goal spares Gattuso's blushes

    AC Milan got away with producing an underwhelming performance as Gonzalo Higuain's deflected second-half goal secured them a 1-0 win over Luxembourg's Dudelange in their Europa League opener. Gennaro Gattuso named a strong side that, for most of the first hour, looked incapable of breaking down theoretically hugely inferior opposition, and in the end their winning goal proved highly fortunate. Milan were especially poor in the first half, hardly causing their modest opposition any problems at all at the back, with Dudelange arguably crafting the better opportunities. But Gattuso's men stepped things up a notch after the break, finding the net - with a little help of a deflection - through Higuain in the 59th minute and that proved to be enough to open their Group F account. Despite Milan's superior quality on paper, Dudelange actually crafted the better chances in the first half. David Turpel fired over from Kevin Malget's cut-back in the 32nd minute, before Dominik Stolz followed suit from a tight angle after being released into the left side of the box soon after. Milan eventually went close just before the break, but Mattia Caldara's header went well over despite being unmarked at a corner. The visitors began the second half with renewed purpose and quickly went close - Joe Frising denying Higuain, who had met Diego Laxalt's cut-back. But Higuain got lucky just before the hour, receiving Samu Castillejo's pass on the edge of the area and finding the net via a hefty deflection. A Castillejo cross shortly after found Fabio Borini, who hit the post from close range, but it mattered little as Milan comfortably held on.   What it means: Milan some way off being considered a genuine contender Milan are certainly - historically - one of the biggest clubs in this year's competition, but they showed no signs on Thursday that they are going to go the distance. Aside from Castillejo, there was very little creativity on display, while at the back they appeared susceptible, as Dudelange caused them more issues than perhaps would have been expected. Rest assured, Olympiacos and Real Betis will give them a real examination. Pat on the back: Castillejo with the craft While he was by no means outstanding, Castillejo was Milan's standout player in attack. His final pass was disappointing in the first half, but he persisted with attacking in his usual direct manner and eventually set up Higuain's goal. He almost got a second assist, but Borini was thwarted by the frame of the goal. Boot up the backside: Caldara fails to convince Milan were better defensively after the break, but beforehand they were caused issues and Caldara was particularly unconvincing, letting Stolz escape him for the hosts' best chance, while also wasting a good opportunity at the other end. What's next? Dudelange return to domestic action at the weekend and have three matches before their next Europa League clash, which is a trip to Real Betis on October 4. Milan, on the other hand, host Atalanta looking to claim their second Serie A win of the season.

  • Milan must respect opponents – Gattuso n...

    Gennaro Gattuso insisted AC Milan will not be taking Dudelange lightly as they prepare to kick off their Europa League campaign against the Luxembourgish minnows. Dudelange will become the first team from Luxembourg to feature in the Europa League group stage when they host Ital...

    Milan must respect opponents – Gattuso not underestimating Dudelange

    Gennaro Gattuso insisted AC Milan will not be taking Dudelange lightly as they prepare to kick off their Europa League campaign against the Luxembourgish minnows. Dudelange will become the first team from Luxembourg to feature in the Europa League group stage when they host Italian giants Milan on Thursday. The club's stadium holds less than 10,000 fans as Dudelange – led by German boss Dino Toppmoller – continue their European odyssey. Gattuso, however, is not underestimating Dudelange, who upstaged CFR Cluj and Legia Warsaw en route to the group stage. "They deserved to make it to the group stages having beaten CFR Cluj and Legia Warsaw," Gattuso said as he previewed the match. "On paper, we are surely the stronger side, but the match starts from 0-0. They play in a 4-4-2 and have players who can trouble us, [Daniel] Sinani to name one. They are a solid group and their coach is well-prepared. "The impossible can become possible, we know what we are facing. We respect them a lot and may the best team win. We are used to playing in bigger stadiums but it doesn't mean that playing in smaller ones is not fascinating. "AC Milan are a glorious club and we know we have everything to lose by playing against Dudelange. We must be prepared and respect our opponents. It's a matter of mentality and desire to win." Milan – coming off a disappointing draw against Cagliari in Serie A – will make a number of changes for the Europa League trip. Pepe Reina will come in for number one goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Patrick Cutrone has remained in Milan due to injury. "Pepe will play, he is giving the team so much and not just in football terms," Gattuso said. "He is giving the team leadership and charisma. We are learning that we can't gift 20-30 minutes to any opponent in a match, we've got to be focused throughout." With Cutrone absent, Gonzalo Higuain is set to lead the line after opening his account for Milan last week and Gattuso added: "Gonzalo is a great champion and trains every day with enthusiasm. All strikers live for goals, he broke his duck and will have another 90 minutes tomorrow to score more."

  • Atalanta boss Gasperini handed ban for b...

    Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be forced to watch his side’s forthcoming Serie A clash against AC Milan on Sunday from the stands, having been found guilty of blasphemy. The former Inter boss has endured a difficult start to the season with Atalanta, who find themselve...

    Atalanta boss Gasperini handed ban for blasphemy

    Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be forced to watch his side’s forthcoming Serie A clash against AC Milan on Sunday from the stands, having been found guilty of blasphemy. The former Inter boss has endured a difficult start to the season with Atalanta, who find themselves 14th in Serie A after four matches. Additionally, they were knocked out of the Europa League in surprising circumstances by Copenhagen, going down 4-3 on penalties after two scoreless matches. Monday’s 2-0 loss to SPAL, however, dropped the coach in hot water as he was caught mouthing the blasphemous phrase “God is a pig” by television cameras in the aftermath of the hosts’ opening goal. The Italian League has announced that as a consequence of his actions, he will be banned for one match. “Considering that Mr. Gian Piero Gasperini, coach of Atalanta, after the scoring of a goal by the opposition team, turning in an agitated manner towards his bench, was, however, clearly caught on camera uttering a blasphemous expression, identifiable from lip-reading without any reasonable doubt, and that such behaviour must be sanctioned ... with a one-match disqualification (from the touchline),” a statement reads Gasperini, however, is not the first high-profile figure in the Italian league to fall foul of this law this season. Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora was caught on television cameras shouting “Porca Madonna - Dio Cane”, which translates in English to an insult to the Virgin Mary, while also referring to God as a “dog”. In Italy, blaspheming is regarded as one of the worst types of swearing, and the Italian FA subsequently treat all such cases with a hard-line policy. The rules were introduced in 2010, with then-Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo the first to be punished. Parma player Davide Lanzafame was also punished on the first weekend of the rule change. Gasperini is one of Serie A’s most experienced coaches, having taken charge of the likes of Genoa, Inter and Palermo after graduating from a long stint overseeing Juventus’ youth teams. He has been in charge of Atalanta since 2016 and has led them into Europe in each of the last two seasons, even qualifying for the Europa League knockout phase last term, in which they were edged out 4-3 by Borussia Dortmund in the round of 32.

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