2021 DISASTROUS NUMBERS – One more defeat. Another clear defeat, especially for the result. The news is that Milan lose their fifth game in these first two months of 2021, after a year of records and important numbers. Today’s defeat hurts because with a win the Rossoneri would have regained first place. Conceding three goals in the derby always hurts: especially in this way.Not only the results: not even the transfer market makes Milan smile. Manduzkic is always stopped in the pits. Meité has collected several errors. As for Tomori, he is out because the couple Kjaer Romagnoli, for now, are untouchable. The situations of the Donnarumma and Calhanoglu renewals do not help either.
IBRA IS NOT ENOUGH – Ibrahimovic proved to be the only player who can be a dangerous opponent for the defense. However the Swede alone played against the defensive trio Bastoni, De Vrij and Skriniar. Rebic and Saelemaekers did not exploit the spaces created by Zlatan. Calhanoglu still seemed disoriented. The midfield, once again, seemed the most vulnerable area of the field with the purchase of Meité which proved to be wrong.
Calhanoglu seems to suffer from the renewal situation: when the Turkish player does not play well, Milan collapses. Milan have conceded seven goals in their last three games between the Serie A and Europa League. Too many for a team that was used to scoring at least two goals per game in Serie A, where, for two games in Serie A, they haven’t scored.
NOTHING IS LOST – We look at the numbers, 2021 is disastrous for Milan. Better to look at the table then because Milan are still in the running for their primary goal: to return to the Champions League. Milan have a six-point lead from fifth place. However, Napoli, currently in seventh place with one game less, have only 9 points less. The ranking is close and Milan can no longer afford missteps, starting with the next match against Roma. Small consolation: Inter are out of the European Cups once again. Milan, on the other hand, will face the return match with Red Star with the advantage of having scored two away goals. Conte was able to prepare for the match having one week available. Pioli had only two days available, with an inferior squad. Now you have to get up. Qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League is at stake on Thursday. Then the match against Roma: a victory would change everything, once again.