Milan roll on in chase for Europe

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GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty ImagesRiccardo Montolivo's first half goal was enough to earn Milan all three points against Catania.

With Milan CEO Adriano Galliani revealing this week that Milan would discuss their objectives over Easter weekend, he was keen to stress the importance of remaining focused on the next two home games. The Rossoneri successfully overcame Catania in a 1-0 win on Sunday night, and with four consecutive victories behind them, confidence is undoubtedly building.

- Report: Milan 1-0 Catania

Understandably, there are still those who question the benefit of qualifying for the Europa League, particularly given that manager Clarence Seedorf could arguably profit from being able to solely focus on domestic matters in his first full season in charge next year. Continue Reading...

Milan prepare to fight for Europe

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Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesManager Clarence Seedorf is leading Milan's charge for a berth in next season's Europa League.

Following Milan's win over Genoa on Monday night, there was conflicting opinion over whether or not the manner in which the result arrived was something to be celebrated. Despite being under pressure for significant periods through the game, Milan battled through and held onto their lead to secure another vital three points.

- Report: El Shaarawy closing in on return

Admittedly, personal reaction to the game was that it wasn't enough to merely be clinging onto a result and being fortunate, but in the context of the season so far, perhaps the players deserved more credit for their togetherness and fight. Continue Reading...

Analysing Keisuke Honda’s impact at Milan

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Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesKeisuke Honda scored his first Serie A goal in Milan's 2-1 win at Genoa.

Having arrived in Milan to much fanfare in January, Keisuke Honda vented three months of frustration with his eventual winner against Genoa on Monday night. The Japanese international will hope that is a breakthrough and will look for a strong finish to the season ahead of his World Cup campaign in Brazil this summer.

The protracted transfer saga surrounding Honda's exit from CSKA Moscow arguably added to the pressure he would have felt in making the step up to Italian football. Continue Reading...

Milan survive scare to edge closer to Europe

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Claudio Villa/Getty ImagesKeisuke Honda scored his first Serie A goal in Milan's 2-1 win at Genoa.

Inevitably, all the post-game talk will surround the fact that Milan have won three consecutive games in Serie A for the first time this season, and all that matters at this stage of the campaign is the three points. While it was another battling performance to secure a 2-1 win over Genoa, the Rossoneri came under far too much pressure throughout.

- Report: Genoa 1-2 AC Milan

The objective is set and it is to ensure that there is European football next season, and with this latest victory Milan moved to within five points of both Inter and Parma. Continue Reading...

Has Taarabt done enough to secure Milan future?

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Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesWill Adel Taarabt's impressive stint at Milan lead to a longer stay?

It’s been a busy week in Milan, as the Rossoneri not only announced plans to build a new club headquarters, "Casa Milan," but speculation suggests that Barbara Berlusconi will meet with potential investors in the coming days to discuss a reported 250 million euros investment for a 30 percent share in the club.

While it is clear that there is a genuine effort off the pitch to increase revenue and improve the financial state of the business, a particular piece of transfer news caught the eye over the last few days which concerned Adel Taarabt’s future. Continue Reading...

Promise of a vision of youth returns for Milan

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AllsportIt remains to be seen if Adriano Galliani will follow through on Barbara Berlusconi's commitment to younger players.

Just over a year ago, the Milan hierarchy sold us their vision of the direction in which the club would go. With the likes of Mattia De Sciglio being promoted to the senior squad, coupled with the signing of Mario Balotelli to complement the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy, it appeared as though youth was the answer to the Rossoneri's problem.

Gradually, that vision has regressed and in its place the club decided to acquire proven, arguably reliable and experienced talent that has only further decreased the opportunities that some of the younger members of the squad would have otherwise had. Continue Reading...

Kaka double leads Milan to win

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Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesKaka celebrated his 300th match with Milan by scoring a brace in the Rossoneri's 3-0 win over Chievo.

After re-joining the club back in September, questions were asked over whether or not Kaka would be able to make a significant impact in his second spell at the club. Making his 300th appearance for Milan in the 3-0 win over Chievo on Saturday, the Brazilian ace scored twice as the Rossoneri continue to show improvement and manager Clarence Seedorf believes that they are starting to "find the balance".

- Report: Milan 3-0 Chievo
- Report: Kaka interested in MLS move

Following the victory in Florence on Wednesday, it was important that Milan were able to build momentum as Seedorf conceded that Europe is still an objective. Continue Reading...

Battling Milan conquer Florence

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Gabriele Maltinti/Getty ImagesPressure on Clarence Seedorf should ease a bit after Milan's 2-0 win over Fiorentina.

If the Italian media were to be believed, Clarence Seedorf had two games to save his position as Milan coach. The Dutchman secured a point at Lazio on Sunday before the Rossoneri departed the Artemio Franchi with all three points on Wednesday night, and, ultimately, this week can be considered a success given the recent troubles, while his position should be safe for now.

In his postmatch interview, Mario Balotelli insisted that there are no problems within the squad and that the players along with their coach are united in ensuring that Milan end the season on a high. Continue Reading...

Players who provide foundations for Milan rebuild

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AllsportMattia De Sciglio is a club icon in the making at just 21 years old.

As Milan head to Florence on Wednesday night hoping to build on their draw at the weekend, questions are beginning to be asked about what will be done with the squad this summer. Putting aside the speculation over Clarence Seedorf’s future, the Dutchman along with the club hierarchy must start planning how to rebuild the Rossoneri.

While analysis of the squad has generally focused on players who should be sold this summer, it is important to consider which individuals are an integral part of the club’s plans moving forward. Continue Reading...

Milan stop the rot, but is it enough?

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Speculation prior to Sunday night's 1-1 draw with Lazio suggested that Clarence Seedorf essentially had two games to save his job. While the Dutchman dismissed those reports and was able to avoid a fifth consecutive loss in all competitions, the performance did little to silence the growing criticism of how Milan are performing under his stewardship.

- Report: Lazio 1-1 Milan

The Rossoneri were arguably fortunate to lead at the interval, with Kaka's deflected cross finding its way into the net as the visitors struggled to control the game. Continue Reading...

Milan reach defining moment as their future plans remain uncertain

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Only a few months ago, the discussion arose over what direction Milan would go, with not only Massimiliano Allegri’s future uncertain but also that of Adriano Galliani. While the coach has since departed, Galliani remains but the same questions are being asked over whether or not the Rossoneri are in the right hands.

Clarence Seedorf has failed to escape the speculation, with reports that owner Silvio Berlusconi is already considering his future as the criticism surrounding Galliani’s work intensifies. Continue Reading...

Ten-man Milan suffer deflating loss to Parma

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Mario Balotelli and AC Milan endured more disappointment as they lost 4-2 at home to Parma.GettyImagesMario Balotelli and AC Milan endured more disappointment as they lost 4-2 at home to Parma.

In what was already a tense atmosphere, given the pre-game protests from the Curva Sud, Christian Abbiati's dismissal less than five minutes into the game undoubtedly did little to help the situation. Despite a commendable attempt at a comeback, Milan were ultimately undone 4-2 by Parma at San Siro on Sunday afternoon.

The current tone around the Rossoneri is not one conducive to helping instil confidence in the players, with certain individuals receiving jeers and whistles with every touch of the ball. Continue Reading...