After a tough last few months, and a coaching change that saw Vincenzo Montella fired and replaced by Primavera coach and Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso, the Rossoneri end off a tough and disappointing 2017 on a somewhat positive note, clawing back a point away to Fiorentina.
Now officially halfway through the 2017-18 Serie A season, Milan’s 1-1 draw at the Artemio Franchi in their 19th match marked something they haven’t done all season - attaining a draw or win after conceding the first goal. This is something that the Rossoneri specialised in last season, winning them crucial points in the table. It’s is also something that has to change for the next 19 matches if Gattuso’s men want to find themselves back in the swing of things with the top five Serie A teams.
Even though there have been many negative vibes around Milanello since September, the Milan players worked hard and united as a group in the last week of 2017. The Diavolo defeated Inter in an intense Coppa Italia quarter-final with a Patrick Cutrone extra time winner, and drawing away to Fiorentina, who hadn’t conceded a Serie A goal in over 400 minutes before Hakan Calhanoglu’s equaliser in the 74th minute.
Many Milanisti obviously aren’t in a joyful mood regarding this Milan side and how they’ve performed over the last few weeks, with some underwhelming results against Verona and Atalanta. However, the Milanese side can build on the last week of positive results and carry it with them in the near future. With winnable fixtures at home to Crotone and away to Cagliari before two clashes with Lazio, there are chances to move up the table in addition to the important Coppa Italia semi-finals and Round of 32 in Europa League.
The New Year has the potential to treat the Rossoneri much better, and a crucial part of that, and something the fans will be hoping for, is to score more goals.
The summer’s big attacking signings, Nikola Kalinic and André Silva have just four goals between them, and if they can start firing then Gattuso’s men will pick up more points in the second half of the season.
It’s been a frustrating first half of the 2017 season for Milan, but there’s truly all to play for in the next five months. With crucial Serie A ties, the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals, and the Europa league knockout stages to compete for, this Milan side can still potentially make the first season of the post-Berlusconi era a successful one.