Tuesday October 9 2018
Milan finding form at right time

The Rossoneri are hitting form just in time for the derby against Inter, writes Richard Gyasi.

For the first time this season, Milan have made it three wins on the spin. While performances can improve, there are clear signs of progress on the results front. While the narrative hasn’t changed defensively - Gennaro Gattuso’s side still can’t keep a clean sheet - the pressure has lifted on the Rossoneri somewhat.

The 3-1 victory against poor Chievo takes Milan into 10th with 12 points, one behind, Fiorentina, Sassuolo and Parma. There were so many ifs in Milan’s campaign last season and fans will be pointing to a few in the current campaign. If Milan had taken advantage of their leads against Napoli, Atalanta and Empoli, they would probably be in second place with 19 points. They’d have been three points behind Juventus with a game in hand, if they had also buried Cagliari. When you look at their defensive record though, it’s hard to argue that the Diavolo are not exactly where they deserve to be.

The chief importance of Sunday’s victory is the psychological boost it gives the squad ahead of another significant fixture of the season, the Derby Della Madonnina. Milan play ‘away’ to Inter at San Siro on October 21 after the international break, with the best betting offers already available, and Ladbrokes are offering 3/1 on the game to be a draw.

Luciano Spalletti’s side is beginning to look the sum of their parts now, showing the dominant form that many expected this season. After struggling to find the right mix earlier in the league, it’s fair to say that the new players have now bedded into the Coach’s system and assimilated his ideas. The Nerrazuris are oozing with a lot of confidence after a run of six games without defeat in all competitions. They’ve made a significant step into third place in the league after beating Spal on Sunday at the Stadio Paolo Mazza

One player that has been key to Inter’s upsurge in recent performances has been former Roma midfielder Radja Nianggolan, who has given the Beneamata a more competitive edge in the middle of the pitch, whilst providing a threat from outside the box with his long range shots. The 30-year-old has scored two goals in seven appearances for the San Siro outfit, while Mauro Icardi is still scoring and assisting.

While their city rivals may be in great form though, Milan have nothing to fear in the Derby della Madonnina.

Suso finally has a top quality striker in Gonzalo Higuain who can make his assists count. The Spaniard tops the league in the assist chart with six and has found the net on two occasions. The Rossoneri still need Bonaventura and Kessie in particular, to improve on their goalscoring in the opponents half though, as both players are capable of giving more in attack than their statistics suggest. Bonaventura has three goals with Kessie scoring two. The Ivorian international has had a more clear cut goal scoring opportunities that any of the Milan players this season.

Winning breeds confidence and securing three consecutive victories means the Rossoneri will be full of confidence when they play Inter.

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Have your say...
Lmaooo @intee you are delusional. Icardi better than higuain? Please, Icardi just sits infront of net while higuain has a much cleaner approach to a game. He can pick it up at half and create something. Inters defence is better than milans? In what world? Rodriguez calabria have been great and wait for Conti to return. Romagnoli is solid and the future of Italy and once caldara isnt injured he'll show that too. Stop trolling, inter finally is decent but they aren't miles ahead of milan
on the 11th October, 2018 at 2:38pm
On paper Inter has a deeper side with more quality but to say twice as good as Milan is a joke.

"...far better attack."? on paper maybe. But so far
Inter 8 games 12 goals, Milan 7 games 15 goals.
Higuain and Icardi are both world class.

Also Musacchio was captain at Villarreal and is a fine defender, while "Grandpa Biglia" is averaging 4.7 tackles a game, the most in Serie A.

If Milan has a 7/10 team Inter has an 8/10 team.
Let the best team win come derby day.
on the 10th October, 2018 at 5:05pm
No one is saying Milan is better than Inter. We are saying they are just as good. So far Milan have played against Roma, and Napoli, and still have a game in hand. So could be 2 points behind Inter. Inter on the other hand has played Fiorentina, and Sampdoria as their hardest opponents, and Inter is playing Milan, Lazio, Roma, and Juventus in the next 2 months so lets see after that, as so far Inter have only played lesser opponents.

Forza Juve
on the 10th October, 2018 at 3:47pm
Don't forget that Milan has a game in hand
on the 10th October, 2018 at 9:37am
Don't forget Milan has a game in hand.
on the 10th October, 2018 at 9:36am
why compare inter and milan? It isn't fair, inter started their rebuild before milan, of course they are going to be ahead. Milan's main concern is if the new owners decide to sell their players to make money rather than build up the brand to sell. Inter is the favourite on all sports betting websites too although in a derby anything can happen!
on the 10th October, 2018 at 2:03am
anyone who thinks milan is better than inter is just being biased. Icardi, Nainggolan, perisic, brozovic, de vrij, skriniar, handanovic, vrsaljko would all start for milan. bench players like Keita, politano, martinez are all exciting and show the difference in depth. Inter still need a couple of big signings. But they are much more likely to come to us than milan. Milan have done well to get higuain and players like suso and kessie are good on their day, but arguable that they are better.
on the 10th October, 2018 at 1:58am
Enough with comparisons.

From Milan team only Kessie would make it into Inter's lineup in place of Vecino. Inter's GK, backline, and fullbacks are MILES better than Milan's. I'd pick De Verji over inexperienced Romagnoli any day of the week. And Milan's other starter CB is Mussachio for laughing out loud.

Bonaventura not near Naingollan, nor Suso is in the class of Perisic. Comparing granpa Biglia with Brozovic is just LOL and Keita Balde is far deadlier than Calhanoglou.
on the 10th October, 2018 at 12:12am
Inter and Milan squads are on par at the moment.
Suso/Higuain/Kessie would be starters at Inter
Icardi/Naingolan/Perisic would be starters at Milan

The only difference is we have future stars in the making

Donnarumma-Romagnoli-Caldara-Conti-Cutrone Maybe Calabria

We also are a scary attacking force once we start clicking. We have scored 10 goals in 1 week (Chievo, Olympiakos, Sassuolo). Once Gattuso tighten the screws defensively we will be up there in the champions league spots.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 9:13pm
More specifically, it’s Suso who has found the form, just right before his favorite match, the derby. He led the assist chart and even broke his goal drought. Fortunately our Icardi is also getting back to his usual form as the most lethal goal scorer. He should make the most of every chance from milan’s leaky defense.
With higuain’s holdup play, milan play more attacking football. But imo, inter’s strength is more highlighted against attacking team, fast & direct wing play.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 6:12pm
inter pls give me some of your drugs or at least tell me where to buy them.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 5:41pm
Here is some stats from Serie A

Attacking Chances Created: 1st Juve 125, 2nd Napoli 114, 3rd Roma 107 4th Milan 103

Chances Conceded: 1st Juve 72, 2nd Napoli 78, 3rd Milan 80
on the 9th October, 2018 at 5:27pm
@Inter You where the one that came on to this blog saying Inter is far superior to Milan. All the rest of us are saying Milan is just as good as Inter. So this has nothing to do with you being a Inter fan an all to do with you claiming Inter is "far superior"
on the 9th October, 2018 at 5:05pm
@Inter i would love to see your reaction when this Milan team defeats Inter by atleast a 2 goal margin on 21st. This Milan team has an attack that is far superior than Inters and next only to our juve. You would be surprised my friend :)
on the 9th October, 2018 at 3:54pm
And don't even mention higuain. We have the best number 9 in the planet right now. We have an absolute gem in Lautaro and he has to sit on the bench because of Icardi. That's becuse we play with ONLY one CF. Where in the hell would Higuain play ?!! He would be a sub, nothing more. The only player i would take from their team is romagnoli. He a very talented player but he would still be a sub because as i said our team is twice as good as theirs. They are 2 years behind us in termsof team buildig
on the 9th October, 2018 at 3:44pm
You guys are crazy if you think milan's team is as good as inter's. This is some biased talk just because i'm an inter fan. This is facts.
We can compare man to man or as whole. We have a better GF. Our defense is at least 5 times better than milan's. We have a better middfield and a far better attack.
They do have some talented players BUT none of their player would be a starter at inter. NONE. This is fact.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 3:38pm
Who said i was a Milan fan? I'm a Juve fan, and yes Inter have been lucky. Give it a few months, and you can see for yourself
on the 9th October, 2018 at 2:54pm

"LOL don't make me laugh, our second team is better than Milan's first."

AHJAHHAHAHAHHAHAH....Jesus ahhahahah

without Icardi you are NOTHING. Stop trolling kiddo
on the 9th October, 2018 at 2:17pm
What a weak article. At least explain why Milan is finding form at the right time and why Inter is...not or are they? I simply dont know. IMO Inter has a better squad man for man on paper than Milan. They have also been together longer. They have also started out better in the league and has better league form than Milan. One can say Milan's form is picking up recently but not better than 4 wins on the trot like Inter. There is a saying though the team that is doing worse usually wins the derby
on the 9th October, 2018 at 2:11pm
@Inter; Do you mean Higuain and Suso won't make the Inter team? We'll see how Inter will fare against Juve and Roma.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 1:57pm
Also to add to that. How is playing barcelona will " expose " inter. LOL there is nothing to expose. Barca will beat us about 4-0 because they are stronger and we are no match for them but that's totally fine, that will prove nothing. We will still get to the next stage. Good luck in the inferior europa league lolz. Inter will beat you bad and they will beat every other team in serie A without a problem. This is the last year Juventus wins a scudetto. We are back !!
on the 9th October, 2018 at 12:56pm
Inter has been lucky ?! Fighting till the last second and actually scoring goals is being lucky ?! How so ?! It's not luck, it's not our fault other teams can not match our intensity until the last second.
Also, you really think Milan's team is as good as Inter's ?! LOL don't make me laugh, our second team is better than Milan's first. This is a fact. In every area of the team we are at least TWICE as good as milan. Your team sucks. Not one of your players would be a starter at Inter. Fact.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 12:52pm
Milan team is just as good as Inter. So far Inter have overachieved while Milan have underachieved. Inter will get exposed once they play Barcelona as you have been lucky so far with your 1 goal margin wins in the last minutes of the game.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 11:20am
Yes, they are doing quite good, which is surprising considering that their team sucks. I'm happy for them, i hope they reach that 4-th spot at the end of the season because for the sake of Serie A, Milan needs to be in Champions league.

That being said, their good form will come to an end, next week when they will meet Inter. Which let's face it, has a far superior team than Milan's. I know, it's a derby and that doesn't matter much BUT Inter is just too strong for Milan and that's a fact.
on the 9th October, 2018 at 10:00am

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