Feb 132021

An almost complete starting 11 made for a rare sight.
Uneventful and poor start had Spezia with more chances or half chances including a Riccardo Saponara shot saved by Donnarumma. Once again a former player coming close to causing problems for Milan.
The team seemed off the pace with little created except from (sometimes poor) free kicks.
Spezia’s high press would normally invite fast counters but Milan were mostly inviting the press instead of countering with speed.
Spezia roamed and pressed well without dangering Milan too much however Milan did less and the half ended on a tame note with a misplaced Leao ball.
The second started arguably even worse and at times Milan’s were blocking shots in a row and Milan’s only chances were via free kicks.
Spezia deservedly opened the scoring. Giulio Maggiore took advantage of the superiority and Milan’s very much day off to score. Shortly after a triple sub taking out Leao, Bennacer and Kjaer for Mandzukic, Meite and Tomori the lead doubled. Simone Bastoni scored a highlight goal after a free kick awarded to Spezia right out side the box on Milan’s right side.
The struggles continued as the game entered into the ’embarrassing’ territory with virtually all of the 11 poor and Ivan Provedel barely tested in Spezia’s goal. Hauge and Castillejo were further subs but little changed.
Plenty of questions and concerns with such a poor game. Spezia thoroughly deserved to win this one.

 Posted by on February 13, 2021

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