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Sunday December 31 2017
Milan reasons for optimism

The Rossoneri haven’t started the season as they’d have hoped, but Luca LaPorta sees reason for optimism heading into 2018.

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.

Have your say...
@olahide lol what kind of drugs are you on i would sure like to try some.
on the 5th January, 2018 at 3:26pm
Why is everyone so mad about Milan? It's crystal clear that there are 2 clubs in Seria A. Milan and others. If you are doubting me, let others go and win CL. Juve is tryin but only a underdog and local champion dominating italy while MIlan thinks out of box by conquering the world. We've done it before and we are coming to do it again. Juve, Napoli and others can be busy dancing around CL group or QF, SF but when we (MILAN) come, we come for business to WIN. We don't mark register we come to WIN
on the 5th January, 2018 at 8:00am
The thing that has been missing is consistency. Montella kept changing his formations and his starters and that made things worse as the team obviously never got in any kind of rhythm. I'd hoped Gattuso would pick his team and stick with it but he has made the same mistakes Montella made - namely sticking with Kalinic and Borini for some inexplicable reason. Why spend 38 million on a budding superstar like Silva if you're not going to play him?!
on the 4th January, 2018 at 10:06am
Yup the 5th most successful team in the world is overrated. What an idiot lol
on the 4th January, 2018 at 12:53am
When was the last time milan or inter won anything i mean come on man lol dont talk about the cl like its something you guys have won more than 20 times. Everyones cl wins are in the past now and none of you are in a position to even think about winning it so whats the big deal. You dont hear juve fans saying we have almost 40 serie a titles and we win it almost every year . Jeez lighten up guys nobody cares about your mediocre past or dull future .
on the 4th January, 2018 at 12:51am
I would like to see juve win the cl . But i like to laugh even more at teams like inter who struggle to win anything at all. If we dont win the cl at least we get to beat on you sorry losers and watch you whine and cry every year. Its not like they have never won it and only one team wins it every yr. How many trophies does inter have. Not as much as arsenal lolololol. Bye bye little teams
on the 4th January, 2018 at 12:45am
Even if Milan (which I'm not a fan of, I'm an Inter fan) are in a rough streak right now, they'll evenutally get better and sooner than later, they will win a CL again. Same can't be said with that overrated club in Turin that wins numerous scudetti but falls flat every time they are in a CL final.
on the 4th January, 2018 at 12:24am
@Anonymous

Lol...again with your nonsense....@Suso, romagnoli and bonaventura

You do realize that none of them are going nowhere.

They will sell kallinic to China and prob Hakan. You keep going back and posting a new post as anonymous every other day and still claim yourself to be a milan fan. You have some great issues my friend, it quiet obvious that there is nothing red and black in you and trolling the internet is your thing.
on the 3rd January, 2018 at 7:46am
Funny that everyone called for Montella's head. Hope he does well in La Liga.
on the 3rd January, 2018 at 12:06am
i really don't see it getting better to be honest gattuso isn't really managerial material still if he is able to keep a consistent lineup that player relatively well it is something to build upon. Milan in any case need a new manager and a new owner.

If i was to be optimistic i would point to milan youth academy producing the likes of calabria locatelli donnarumma and cutrone finally a academy which can produce quality players.
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 10:54pm
Suso, romagnoli and bonaventura. Rest of milan players are average or below.
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 9:25pm
Milan are closer to Benevento (arguably the worst side ever in A) on points than 2nd placed Juve. Luca - amico - c'mon man. Can't wait to steamroll them in the championship and coppa (I am Laziale) this month. Agreed that ODDO is performing miracles in Friuli. Not happy that we have a re-scheduled Week 12 fixture with them now:(
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 6:47pm
@juvenitini86

I have zero faith in gattuso, but I have faith in many of the players, I actually think they can perform fairly well even WITH gattuso.

It's a joke that we have him on the beach.

I want to get rid of both hakan and kallinic, sell both and hopefully get 40?

Keep rest (except for some dead wood)
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 3:49pm
As a huge milan fan I find this article funny. How can there be optimism for us? What have we done up until now to get that? We have played one good game all year for 120'that was consistent. Every single game we play we can't keep the tempo for 90 minutes. Gattuso isn't a world class coach tk get these good players back on track. When Montolivo borini and kalinic start we aren't dangerous.Milan missed out huge in the summer on aubemayangand if they don't get attacking players inJanuary thats it
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 3:37pm
@Obama's Smart Brother
I hope all 3 get sold.
Silva is terrible and the other 2 are worse!
we are a laughing stock, with fans like Viktor and players like these our destiny is Serie B!
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 3:20pm
@viktor
*shrug* Got free time. And you have to admit such a complaint is ridiculous in the first place. With Juve, at least it's because they're the only team left in Europe. With Milan, I'd feel sorry for the semi-curious neutral who'd see FI concerned so much with a team that won 1/5 Serie A matches and yet call it optimism.

Coppa win is something, but it doesn't change that Milan are actually worse than previous years. Get rid of Gattuso now and the season is salvageable.
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 12:24pm
@bama's Smart Brother

Def not Silva.
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 11:37am
@juvenitini86

Yet you are here writting, even tho you dont care.
on the 2nd January, 2018 at 10:03am
@Beppe Rossi
Agreed. It is surprising how Milan get articles of optimism after that derby victory (which, IMO, I wouldn't be too proud since both sides played poorly) while Atalanta at least didn't slow down significantly as they're also juggling Europa league, unlike Sassuolo before them.

Copying how someone once complained about Juve articles, 5 of the last 10 written were about Milan, 2 about Borini and Montolivo!

Tbh, I actually don't care. The results tell a different story anyway.
on the 1st January, 2018 at 11:32pm
Enough with the pathetic, reaching Milan articles. There are other teams in Lega Calcio to talk about. Like Udinese's run of form since Oddo took over, or Atalanta's first half including their Europa League run. Milan is a dumpster fire, and it's time to move on.
on the 1st January, 2018 at 8:00pm
So who's getting sold/loaned first this winter? Kalinic?Silva? Hakan?
on the 31st December, 2017 at 10:12pm
So who's getting sold/loaned first this winter? Kalinic?Silva? Hakan?
on the 31st December, 2017 at 10:11pm
It’s also seen us faff about with a silly mazzella position in midfield where Biglia and one of Monty or Locatelli cancel each other out or we’re forced to play Borini in the front 3 where is mid table/relegation fighting lack of talent is most exposed. For so long as Gattuso is manager I’ve very little faith in milan’s ability to turn things around.
on the 31st December, 2017 at 4:43pm
We scraped a 1:1 draw v Fiorentina by putting 11 players behind the ball and relying on luck. Gattuso has won just 1/5 Serie A fixtures in what should have been our easiest run of the season. The only highlight is the Inter game. There’s a good chance that was a one off where milan benefited from a deflated inter, luck and that extra hunger and drive and randomness that comes with derbies. The move to 4-3-3 has predictably seen us rotate our CBs further undermining stability.
on the 31st December, 2017 at 4:02pm
I find it hilarious how this website constantly takes dumps on Juventus with titles like "Juventus struggle to beat Verona" but then write pieces like this congratulating Milan on coming back from a goal down to tie a game. Simply incredible.
on the 31st December, 2017 at 3:50pm

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