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Tuesday January 19 2021
Media watch: Ibra on top, Saelemaekers flops

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is crowned MVP of Cagliari-Milan by Italian sports papers, while Alexis Saelemaekers is being criticised for picking up two yellow cards in less than ten minutes.

The Swede started his first Serie A game since November and his brace allowed Milan to take all three points at the Sardegna Arena on Monday.

“He earned and converted the penalty kick that gave Milan the lead,” writes Il Corriere dello Sport.

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Tuesday January 19 2021
Milan in Junior Firpo talks

According to several reports in Italy Milan are in talks with Barcelona over the signing of Junior Firpo as the Rossoneri want to sign a back-up for Theo Hernandez.

The French defender tested positive for COVID and Milan don’t have another left-back in their team.

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Tuesday January 19 2021
Ref watch: Cagliari not awarded penalty

Il Corriere dello Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport hit out at Cagliari-Milan referee Rosario Abisso as the Sardinians should have been awarded a penalty kick against the Rossoneri.

Milan broke the deadlock after seven minutes in the first half for a Charalampos Lykogiannis foul on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Abisso’s decision to award Milan a spot-kick was correct, but Italian papers point out the match official should have done the same after 83 minutes when Brahim Diaz pushed Riccardo Sottil inside Milan’s box.

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Monday January 18 2021
EDF: 'Ibrahimovc was decisive again'

Cagliari coach Eusebio Di Francesco praised ‘decisive’ Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said the Rossoblu must learn how to suffer.

The Casteddu are left at 17th in Serie A after 18 games, as the Rossoneri return to the fashion capital with a 2-0 win from the Sardegna Arena.

“Too bad for the second goal, arriving from a ball that’s not easy to read,” Di Francesco told Sky Sport Italia. “Too bad for the penalty we didn’t get, but when times are difficult, everything doesn’t go your way.”

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Monday January 18 2021
Pioli: 'Saelemaekers apologised'

Stefano Pioli said Milan winger Alexis Saelemaekers ‘apologised to the whole team’ after the sending off against Cagliari on Monday.

The Belgian youngster was brought on after 66 minutes to replace Jens Petter Hauge, but only eight minutes later he was sent down the tunnel with a second yellow.

Cagliari pushed for a comeback but Milan held out and secured a 2-0 win thanks to two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pioli said Saelemaekers ‘was heartbroken’.

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Monday January 18 2021
Nainggolan: 'Cagliari concede naive goals'

Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan said ‘strong players on paper are not enough’, as the Rossoblu ‘concede naïve goals’ in the 2-0 defeat to Milan.

Nainggolan stressed the Casteddu ‘didn’t have a bad game’ against the League leaders but admitted the position might make them ‘a bit tense’.

“We all have to give more, today we didn’t have a bad game. We concede naïve goals, then it’s difficult to score points against teams like this,” Nainggolan told Sky Sport Italia.

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Monday January 18 2021
Zlatan 'happy' to see Mandzukic arrive

Milan hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he’s ‘happy’ about Mario Mandzukic’s arrival and admitted the youngsters ‘motivate’ him after another brace against Cagliari.

The Swede scored twice to give the Rossoneri a 2-0 win in Sardinia, and after the match he revealed to Sky Sport Italia that it was a difficult game.

“I had to do another one,” he said. “It took two to win. It was a difficult game.

“I didn’t play for 57 days, I’m sorry. It can happen.”

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Monday January 18 2021
Pioli: 'Milan deservedly won'

Milan coach Stefano Pioli said the Rososneri ‘deservedly won’ against Cagliari and confirmed he brought Simon Kjaer off to not risk anything.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace secured a 2-0 win over the Casteddu in Sardinia, when Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off for two bookable offences and Alessio Romagnoli picked up his fifth yellow to further the concerns ahead of Atalanta.

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Monday January 18 2021
Mandzukic has chosen No9

Mario Mandzukic has reportedly chosen to wear shirt No9 for Milan.

Mandzukic is only formalities away from signing with the Rossoneri and the historic No9 jersey was left available after Krzysztof Piatek.

Sky Sport Italia reports Mandzukic has decided to take on the challenge and will play with the jersey at least for the remainder of the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to the line-up tonight and helped Milan win 2-0 over Cagliari with a brace in Sardinia.

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Monday January 18 2021
Cag 0-2 Mil: Zlatan brace seals win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace gave Milan a 2-0 win against Cagliari in Sardinia, but they lost both Alexis Saelemaekers and Alessio Romagnoli through suspensions.

Zlatan opened the scoring from the penalty spot after seven minutes and gave the visitors a fast start at the Sardegna Arena.

Hen doubled the lead after 52 minutes, but substitute Saelemaekers was sent off only eight minutes into his return to the pictch and the Rossoblu were given an opportunity to play against 10 men for the last quarter of an hour.

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