Monthly Archive: February 2024

Week 24: Milan – Napoli

Milan – Napoli Sunday February 11 2024 20:45CET

Milan fell behind but with Jovic’s help won at Frosinone. The hold on the top three spot is stronger and with it assurances of Champions League money, with a new expended and confusing format and all. Milan continue to not struggle in the goal scoring aspect despite the need for offence being on top of most minds and rumours. The summer will bring more changes in that and other departments and hopefully a more solid defensive record for next season. Rumours of ownership, management and a coaching change swirl around too.

Napoli are not the Napoli of last season and on their second coach of the season are closer to midtable than the top of the Serie A standing. Walter Mazzarri didn’t start well after Rudy Garcia’s brief time at the helm but more recent results might be promising. Milan host Gli Azzurri on an undefeated run and along with the injury absences this has pushed Pioli to use the same line up. One forced change will see Bennacer start in place of Reijnders because of the latter’s yellow cards suspension. Thiaw, Tomori and Kalulu are getting closer to returns but remain out and this means Kjaer and Gabbia will be the starting central defenders. Calabria and Theo are the full backs. Adli will line up beside the aforementioned Algerian. Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek and Leao will try to keep the run going with Giroud in front of them.

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Week 23: Frosinone – Milan

Frosinone – Milan Saturday February 3 2024 18:00CET

Two missed penalties by Giroud and Theo threw away two points versus Bologna. Joshua Zirkzee’s almost audition like setting was deemed a success but it is not going to be easy to get the striker in the summer as Bayern Munich have some (buy back) control over the Bologna player.

The January window highlighted Milan’s limited hand in transfers. Whether it be a pure money issue or otherwise the window was very quiet and it also hinted that Pioli might be gone in the summer. The coach got very little in reinforcements with Filippo Terracciano the sole arrival. Rumours of Ibra contact with Antonio Conte may or may not be true or based in reality but the team seems to be gearing up with another summer of change that may include changes at management and even ownership level as well. More on this later.

Milan hold on to a relatively comfortable third spot in the Serie A and can solidify it even further. The recent undefeated streak is helping Pioli keep a constant starting 11. Maignan will line up behind Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia and Theo. Adli and Reijnders have managed to make the pivot positions work for now. Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek and Leao have formed a solid line behind Giroud. Each of the aforementioned can and should contribute more offense and goal with only Loftus-Cheek able to claim to be doing enough. Any possible summer change could mean the 4-2-3-1 is either gone or drastically different next season. Leao has to be more involved and it is not impossible that he is sold to a PSG for example.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s Frosinone attempting to save their season and distance themselves from the relegation zone will provide another test for a Milan that can slip up at the wrong time and against the wrong teams.

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