Monthly Archive: August 2022

Notes On A Season Opener 4-2 Win vs Udinese

2′ Udinese open the scoring via a corner, Rodrigo Becao heads in with Rebic and Leao defending the same space and missing the ball.

7′ Calabria attempts to shoot from close range but defender makes contact. A lengthy VAR check awards deems the contact strong enough with the defender’s trailing leg doing most of the damage a penalty to Milan. Theo converts the penalty.

15′ Good play by Diaz and good cross cross by Calabria find Rebic in a sea of defenders, the Croatian manages to shoot in and give Milan the lead.

25′ A cooling break, a first for the new season.

33′ Kalulu shines in central defense

45’+4 with the last action of the half a long Roberto Pereyra cross is met with Adam Masina’s head with only Messias close to attempt to cover.

It is 2-2 at the half.

47′ Diaz gives Milan the lead again with close range goal.

68′ Rebic scores again and Diaz has his second assist of the game. Good work in the build up by Messias as well.

71′ Charles De Ketelaere makes his Milan debut coming on for Diaz. Saelemaekers replaces Messias and Giroud comes on Rebic at the same time.

84′ Origi makes his Milan debut as well, coming on for Leao. Popbega comes on for Krunic at the same time.

Game ends 4-2 with pace not much action in the final minutes.

Season Opener: Milan – Udinese

Milan celebrated its 19th Scudetto and the summer started with a big dose of optimism and some questions with an, still in process, ownership change. As always there is lots to be said about how the summer has gone and there is still more than two weeks left in the transfer window but suffice to say not much has happened yet and a chunk of that optimism and celebration has gone.

The season starts with little questions about who will be on the pitch to defend the title. Origi, all but signed before last season concluded, returned to training very recently and is unlikely to be 100 percent. Adli, signed last season and loaned back to Bordeaux, has been one of the best in preseason but may not start. De Ketelaere, signed after one of the longest and almost surreal transfer sagas, will get his chance but it may not be week one either. This all means the starting 11 could be all familiar faces. Maignan in goal, Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, and Theo at the back. Tonali sustained an injury in preseason and won’t be ready for another week or so. Krunic is likely to claim his spot and start with Bennacer. With Kessie gone the midfield options are Bakayoko and Pobega, for now. Messias, Diaz and Leao look to be starters behind Rebic, with Giroud starting on the bench. Diaz in particular, has more competition in the squad with Adli and De Ketelaere capable of claiming the attacking midfield place. Ibra is of course still out following knee surgery and is not expected to be back until January.

Udinese did not make big news this summer and lost Nahuel Molina Atletico Madrid as the only main departure. The team does have a new coach in Andrea Sottil. The Italian has a decade of Serie B and lower leagues coaching experience and was most recently in charge of Ascoli.

There is always more about this and all Milan matches on the forums.

Charles De Ketelaere

Charles De Ketelaere is finally a Milan player. The attacking midfielder, perhaps second striker and winger too?, has been on the cusp of signing for Milan for weeks and even months.

His name came to the fore while Leeds United were said to have bid €40 million for him. Milan offered many millions less but the player was set on joining Milan. After many “CDK soon” rumours and news and questions about Milan’s transfer budget he is now a Milan player with Club Brugge, with a nudge by the player himself, agreeing to the transfer.

The 21 year old joins Milan for a reported €36 million (32 + 4 bonuses) until 2027. The player has seemingly agreed on a €2.2 million salary – lower than first reported €2.5 million – to push through his Milan transfer. He will wear the same number 90 jersey as he did at Brugge.

His biggest strengths are ball control, composure on it and his vision in spaces.

Player Summary
Name:
Charles De Ketelaere
Date of Birth:
Mar 10, 2001
Age:
21
Height:
1.92 m
Citizenship:
Belgium
Position:
Attacking midfielder
Foot:
Left
Agency:
None
Ownership:
AC Milan
Contract Expires:
Jun 30, 2027
Current Club:
AC Milan
Joined:
Aug 2, 2022