Week 33: Milan - Genoa (Wednesday, April 29 - 20:45 CET)
Midweek fixtures! Amidst all the chaos at the club with players and coach exchanging heated words on our (last remaining) bus and with questions over the ownership, I'm sure clubs are licking their lips over the prospect of facing Milan right now. We host Genoa then we're away to Napoli followed by Roma at the San Siro. We may not see a W for a while...
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(04-28-2015, 03:20 PM)Mystik Wrote: Midweek fixtures! Amidst all the chaos at the club with players and coach exchanging heated words on our (last remaining) bus and with questions over the ownership, I'm sure clubs are licking their lips over the prospect of facing Milan right now. We host Genoa then we're away to Napoli followed by Roma at the San Siro. We may not see a W for a while...


I believe that we have historically had good performance against Genoa at San Siro. I don't have the data (anyone does?), but that's just my memory. I am just hoping that Inzaghi won't ruin yet another good record. By the way, the other day I saw someone on a different forum changed INzaghi's name to OUTzaghi. Sad and funny at the same time.
Quote:AC Milan fans to protest against running of club at next home game

AC Milan fans are planning further protests prior to and during Wednesday night's clash against Genoa with their club continuing to deliver their worst season since 1997-98.

Milan sit in 10th place in the Serie A table with six games of the campaign remaining following a 2-1 loss at Udinese on Saturday.

That defeat prompted coach Filippo Inzaghi to order his team to take part in a training camp, but the players can expect worse when they meet their frustrated fans at the San Siro on Wednesday.

"Wednesday night for Milan-Genoa, we'd like to ask you to enter the stadium before 20:00 so we can launch another initiative of protest," read a statement on the website of the fans who occupy the San Siro's Curva Sud.

It is the third home game in a row in which the Curva Sud fans plan to protest against the running of the club. General manager Adriano Galliani and club president Silvio Berlusconi have been targeted by previous protests, while it may now be the turn of Inzaghi and his players to bear the brunt of their anger.

Not only are Milan likely to miss out on a place in Europe for the second year running, they also risk finishing lower than the 10th-place finish in 1998, when the club at least reached the Coppa Italia final. In 1997, Milan finished 11th -- their worst position in the near 30-year era of Berlusconi's ownership.

Torino ended a 20-year derby drought with a 2-1 victory over Juventus, while AS Roma suffered another defeat in Serie A with a 2-1 loss at Inter Milan.
That ownership appears to be drawing to a close following the arrival of Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol in Milan on Sunday. Taechaubol is reported to have already agreed on a price with Berlusconi for the club.

Elsewhere, the owners of the area of land upon which Milan intend to build a new stadium have chosen their project as their preferred bidder for the area's redevelopment.

"AC Milan are satisfied with the Fondazione Fiera's consideration of our project and are open to any of the further examinations Fondazione Fiera will like to ask before making their final decision because AC Milan are convinced about the quality and uniqueness of their proposal and of the importance it has for the city of Milan," read a statement on the club's official website.

"As stated when presenting the offer, Milan are aiming at [building] a sustainable stadium, easily accessible by public transport, non-invasive on the urban landscape and which can offer the city educational, recreational and social services seven days a week.

"Ours is a cultural challenge. Just as is the case abroad, the construction of a stadium in the city should boost the development of the area in which it is located. Finally, it contributes to creating a more responsible fans' experience, guaranteeing more security inside and outside the stadium."

Quote:After abject performances against Inter and Udinese, Milan will be looking to end the season on a high note, but face a tricky test against Europa League chasing Genoa.

When Rossoneri legend Pippo Inzaghi was confirmed as the club's new Coach in the summer there was a sense of excitement among the Diavolo faithful, and with the promising signings of Jeremy Menez and Giacomo Bonaventura, it seemed European qualification was again within their grasp. But fast forward to April and there is now a different kind of optimism, an 'at least it can't get any worse' attitude. The days of Carlo Ancelotti now seem long ago.

Although Menez is chasing Carlos Tevez for the golden boot, it has been the only bright spot in a hugely negative season. The draw against Inter was fortunate, but their luck ran out against an Udinese side who were in a crisis of their own.

Meanwhile Genoa have been experiencing one of their most fruitful campaigns of the past decade. Back in with a shout of European qualification, the Grifone have been reinvigorated by former Sevilla man Diego Perotti, who will go down as one of the signings of the season, while new boys Tomas Rincon and Tino Costa have also impressed. Unfortunately for Gian Piero Gasperini, Perotti is likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

The 3-1 victory over Cesena last week has kept them hot on the tail of fifth placed Sampdoria as they and Torino remain locked on 47 points in what is becoming an epic battle for a place in next season's Europa League.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side will be confident about leaving San Siro with all three points, but will likely be without Luca Antonini and Lorenzo Ariaudo, while Tino Costa and Marco Borriello have been ruled out until mid-May.

Milan on the other hand are close to welcoming back Stephan El Shaarawy, Ricardo Montolivo and Alex as their injury crisis starts to end.

Keep an eye on: Andrea Bertolacci (Genoa) - The former Roma man has recently become a full Italy international. A man of the match performance against Cesena last week will keep his international status a bit longer, but the same showing against Milan at the San Siro will attract glances from Serie A's giants.

Form Guide: Milan (L D D W W) Genoa: (W L W W D)

Last season: Milan 1-1 Genoa

Stat Fact: In 17 attempts Genoa have only managed to beat Milan at San Siro twice.

Milan (probable): Diego Lopez; Mexes, Abate, Rami, Antonelli; Poli, De Jong, Bonaventura; Suso, Menez, Cerci

Suspended: None

Genoa (probable): Perin; De Maio, Burdisso, Roncaglia; Marchese, Kucka, Rincon, Bertolacci; Lestienne, Pavoletti, Iago Falque

Suspended: None

Words: Samuel Bridges

Quote:Milan squad for Genoa: Abbiati, Diego Lopez, Donnarumma; Abate, Albertazzi, Bocchetti, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata; Bonaventura, De Jong, Muntari, Poli, Van Ginkel; Cerci, Destro, Di Molfetta, Honda, Menez, Pazzini

Xu, you were right about our record at the San Siro. Hopefully it gives us good luck for tomorrow!

Meanwhile..look who is back amongst the called up players :|
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Antonelli and Suso?!
Good question..maybe injured?
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(04-28-2015, 08:44 PM)reza Wrote: Antonelli and Suso?!

Both injured, unfortunately.
I read Suso is apparently out for fatigue. Yes, that's right....fatigue.
Lol, what would happened if this squad had to play in Europe as well Smile