MILAN - Today is the 18th annual edition of A.C. Milan's posnsors day which will include the presence of club CEO Adriano Galliani and Marco Bogarelli, President of Infront Italy.
The Primavera TIM Cup gets back underway with the last 16 teams facing each other from 2 to 23 November. Dolcetti’s players will be up against Novara who got the better of Albinoleffe (1-0, 1-0) in the second round of the competition that the Rossoneri won in 2010. Milan will play the first leg away at Novarello on 2 November.
Click here for a breakdown of the team's performances so far in all competitions.
So I can sit here and rehash the same post from Palermo or Bate. Stating how well Milan held the ball, limited opponents chances, and worked the ball into the final third. Safe to say at this point, I think we get it, and the Milan from the beginning of the season is starting to really disappear. The emerging Milan, while not as defensively sound, has found a way to score goals in bunches, so let’s discuss further in some random ramblings.
-Eight goals in the last two games, and out of those eight we have 6 from midfielders, 1 from a defender and 1 from a striker. Sure enough a few posts back I read a comment that went something along the lines of, why is a defender scoring shouldn’t strikers score? Last year we got 42 goals from strikers, and what did people say? Why can’t midfielders score, this year midfielders are scoring and sure enough people want strikers to score. Moral of the story, people always have something to say, truth of the matter is I don’t care where the goals come from. Strikers may not score but they are pressuring the ball, creating space, and making passes…they will get their goals.
-Ambrosini looked to regain some form and fitness yesterday. His role is vital, rotating him with Van Bommel is crucial in protecting the defense, keep both players fit and fresh, and providing leadership in the midfield. 1 out of the 2 must be present at all times. Now that Prince and Aquilani are asserting themselves as well, it looks like Seedorf will finally get the long over due role reduction.
-Taiwo made some real progress yesterday in taking the steps needed to be the LB for this team. Some people are perpetually impatient, they want to know why he isn’t playing NOW, throwing temper tantrums about it. But like all things in life, playing time, is not something a player is entitled too, it is earned. Even Taiwo last week admitted his defensive skills needed work and he is putting in extra hours watching game footage, hard work is paying off. So when he does finally take the reins at LB he will truly be ready, not just fumbling around because someone thinks he should play.
-Nocerino, Nocerino, Nocerino. Three goals, from a guy who was an afterthought. The complaints around here were hilarious, Nocerino is small time, a bench player, but all along I felt he had the talent to be great and quietly smiled upon his arrival. A few days later I even ordered my Nocerino jersey, why not, a player I have liked since his days at Juventus, a player I felt had the potential to rival the likes of Essien, now I can wear my jersey and smile. Well done Fester, I never doubted this move for a second.
-Abbiati has had a rough season, no denying it. Last season’s GK of the Serie A is in a rough patch, and like clock work the naysayers are out claiming he is an average goalkeeper and should be replaced. I simply don’t agree, he is a leader, and like an outfield is in a run of bad form. Bad form is always magnified in keepers and what I notice is despite the occasional Dida-esque howler, he is still making class saves in matches. Thankfully the howlers aren’t all going in, when that starts happening then we can talk Amelia. Until then, have some faith in a guy who did a lot for us last season.
I want to end with two more odds and ends, back tomorrow with a little Roma preview:
-Milan are league leaders in goals scored and goals conceded. While the most recent Milan has shown it can score we are struggling in set pieces, still, and pressuring the ball after the first application of pressure. It didn’t help that Van Bommel looked like a walking zombie and Robinho was on the mend, but the end of the day this dubious record needs to change. Champions don’t rely on 4-3 victories, and if this continues a repeat will be out of the question.
-Allegri is going to wait until the end of the season to extend his deal. The doomsday crowd would have had him fired in September, but I think this is simply Allegri doing what he has done best all along. Keep his head down and do his job. The deal is rumored to be an extension with a 500K raise per year from 1.5M to 2M, deserved if you ask me, and when he is ready he will sign, in the meantime he probably feels nobody needs the distraction. As if that wasn’t enough to win you over, right after that he said he still wasn’t happy with his team despite winning 4-1! Now we are talking…I have a funny feeling Allegri doesn’t like giving up goals.
-Oh yeah in case you missed Nocerino’s second goal…here you go…bring a napkin so you can clean up the drool…
MILAN - After yesterday's brilliant win over Param at the San Siro, the team will get back to work today at the Milanello sports centre starting at 11.30 ahead of Saturday's away game against Roma kicking-off at 18.00.Check to sitelater for a break down of what the team did.
The defender feels the Rossoneri are on the right track again and is eagerly anticipating this weekend’s game against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico
The summer signing from Palermo is still coming to terms with the three-goal heroics which moved him to the top of the Scudetto holders’ scoring charts
Click here to read what the players, management and coaching staff had to say after the 4-1 win over Parma at the San Siro stadium.
Click here for the match report from Milan's 4-1 win over parma at the San Siro stadium this evening.
The 44-year-old trainer said his side still has a lot of work ahead and revealed he has still not sit down to discuss a new contract before the end of the season
Click here for the photos from Milan's 4-1 win over Parma.
MILAN - Here are the results for the ninth round of the season: Juventus-Fiorentina 2-1 (yesterday)Atalanta-Inter 1-1Cesena-Cagliari 1-1Chievo-Bologna 0-1Genoa-Roma 2-1Lazio-Catania 1-1Milan-Parma 4-1Napoli-Udinese 2-0Novara-Siena 1-1Palermo-Lecce tomorrow
MILAN - Milan get their third consecutive win, scoring another 4 goals in the process. This time Parma was the team on the receiving end of a hat trick from Nocerino and a goal from Ibrahimovic. Giovinco managed to get a consolation for Parma.
A hugely entertaining round of midweek fixtures in Italy saw Juventus come out as the biggest winners in the race for top spot, while Cesena are still without a win in eight games
The Italian midfielder was the star of the show as he fired the Rossoneri past the visitors in a one-sided affair at San Siro
A hat trick from Nocerino and a well taken Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike secured the points for the champions at San Siro
MILAN - A double from Nocerino (30', 32') puts Milan firmly in charge at the San Siro stadium.
MILAN - Here's what the Milan shot stopper had to say ahead of the game against Parma: "It won't be easy against Parma. They're in good form and didn't deserve to lose on Sunday. We've come from the Lecce game, a disastrous first half and an amazing comeback in the second. We have to play like we did in the second half last Sunday. We'll have to be at 100%. This evening we'll meet Crespo, a great friend."
MILAN – Here's how the teams will take to the field at the San Siro stadium:MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Taiwo, Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino, Boateng, Ibrahimovic, Cassano.PARMA: Mirante, Zaccardo, Paletta, Feltscher, Gobbi, Valiani, Morrone, Nwankwo, Modesto, Giovinco, Valdes.
The director of the Serie A champions insists the club are not thinking about the Brazilian midfielder, who has long been linked with Serie A
Robinho has to settle for a place on the bench for this game, while the hero from the match against Lecce, Kevin-Prince Boateng, is in the starting line-up
MILAN - Carmine Russo from Avellino is the designated referee for this evening's match between Milan and Parma at the San Siro stadium at 20.45 . He'll be asswisted by Maurizio Liberti and Maurizio Viazzi. Antonio Giannoccaro will be fourth man.
This will be Russo's 48th time in charge of a game in the Italian top flight. His record with Milan is 2 wins and 1 draw. With Parma, 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses.
(IN THE PHOTO: The sofa to be auctioned)After the success of KARTELL LOVES MILANO, celebrating the world famous Milanese brand, this evening at Rotonda della Besana in Milan, Sotheby will auction off pieces from the project that the club was involved in.
Kartell have launched a project dedicated to the city and has come up with a project that celebrates, among other things, the 25 years of success at Milan football club. The sofa is an original mosaic dedicated to this period.
All procceds from the event will go to the UMBERTO VERONESI FOUNDATION and will finance a scholarship for medical research.
For more information, see www.kartell.it
MILAN - Based on statistics provided by Panini Gigitale for www.legasera.it, Antonio Cassano has made 21 assists to Giovinco's 11.The Parma man has had more strikes on goal however, 22 comparred to Cassano's 14.
MILAN - Thre Milan players have played more than 600 minutes of the first seven league games: Christian Abbiati 671, Mark Van Bommel 623 and Antonio Cassano 606.Five Parma players have also reached that threshold: Mirante, Zaccardo, Lucarelli and Paletta have played 670 minutes while Morrone has played 641.
Saturday 22 October 2011
Esordienti A 2000
MASSERONI M.-MILAN 0-3
2 Kyeremateng, Parisio
Esordienti B 2001
MILAN-MASSERONI MARCHESE 3-0
2 Preti, Palo
Pulcini A 2002
3 Colombo, 2 Pio Loco, Falzoni
Sunday 23 October 2011 Allievi Nazionali 95
43' Galbusera, 5' e 18' 2nd Half. Cernigoi
Allievi B 96
8' 1st Half. Modic, 29' Fabbro, 30' 2nd Half. Di Molfetta.
Giovanissimi Nazionali 97
2 Casiraghi, 2 Vido, 2 Miti, Felicioli, 2 De Santis
Giovanissimi Regionali 98
5' 1st Half., 3' 2nd Half. Modic
Giovanissimi Regionali B 99
7', 28' 1st half. Torrasi, 27' 2nd Half. Tettamanti, 29' 2nd Half. Barbaglia
MILAN - Sponsor Day will take place tomnorrow, 27 October at 14.00 at the San Siro Executive Lounge. Taking part will be the club's CEO Adriano Galliani and the President of Infront Italy Marco Bogarelli. After the event will be the delivery of the company cars from Audi for the first team, the technical staff and the management.
The Italian believes last season’s champions have a good chance of defending their crown, but feels there are other teams that are well-placed to fight for the Scudetto as well
MILAN - According to the club website, Parma coach Franco Colomba had this to say at the press conference ahead of the game against Milan: "We're on our way to meet Milan, an extraordinary collective that, as we saw against Lecce, when they really get going, no one can stand next to them. But anyway, we can't go into the game thinking that it's already lost before we take to the field."
AC Milan midfilder Rino Gattuso has insisted his career is not over despite being ruled out for up to six months with an eye injury.