A loss against Inter and a draw against Juventus at home, Milan played two major games in a single week in which they proved to be a team fighting for a Champions league spot performance-wise but the results say otherwise. Here’s what went down
“Yes, be afraid”
Milan started the match in the exact same tactics played against Inter, high pressure with very dangerous attempts. Unfortunately, conversion rate did not improve. Bennacer and Kessie are getting better in positioning especially for Bennacer who is slowly becoming irreplaceable to Milan. Having a coach who has clear plans and a leader in the field like Ibrahimovic made Milan really dangerous.
Breaking the deadlock
Milan started the second half with the same style but Juventus were focusing on holding possession which resulted in winning many fouls which lead to many yellow cards. In the 61st minute, the hard work of Milan paid off as Rebic managed to put an unexpected ball in the back of the net to give Milan the lead.
Game changer, unfortunately.
After Rebic’s goal, Milan kept the same strategy with high pressure and quick interceptions. In the 71st minute, Theo Hernandez misjudged one the balls which results in a second yellow which left Milan with 10 players. Pioli made changes which indicate that the tactics will be changed to counter attacks but what was questionable is keeping Ibrahimovic and changing Paqueta for Hakan instead of Leao for Ibrahimovic. As expected, it was not enough to make any dangerous attempts. However, Milan’s defense was solid but in the 90th minute a questionable penalty was awarded to Juve for a handball. Ronaldo stepped up and scored the equalizer to give Juventus a big advantage in the second game which will be played in their stadium.
Milan was not solid when Kajer, Bennacer, and Ibrahimovic were missing against Verona. In the upcoming Juve game, Castillejo, Theo, and Ibrahimovic will be missing. Can Milan manage to win a such difficult game?