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Thursday January 11 2018
Montolivo: ‘Didn’t expect Milan problems’

Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo admits “nobody expected so many problems” at the start of the season.

The Rossoneri spent big in the summer to sign the likes of Lucas Biglia, Leonardo Bonucci and Nikola Kalinic, but they’re currently in the bottom half of Serie A, 12 points from a Champions League place.

“Nobody expected so many problems,” Montolivo confessed, speaking to Sky.

“That’s why it was difficult to find balance, we’re working to get out of this complicated period.

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Friday December 22 2017
Milan star in anime advert

Milan’s players star in a new Japanese anime advert for tyres, taking on Gamba Osaka.

The advert features Riccardo Montolivo in a car reading a graphic novel by celebrated Japanese cartoonist Yōichi Takahashi.

The cartoon then begins to come to life, with Montolivo joined by André Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez and Hakan Calhanoglu.

The teams do battle through the streets of Osaka, encountering numerous anime tropes before Montolivo finishes the book, entitled ‘Surprising the World’.

Watch the advert for Toyo Tyres below.

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Friday December 22 2017
Montolivo rebirth at Milan

After being stripped of his captaincy and midfield role, Riccardo Montolivo has found a new lease on life at Milan, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Between sustaining serious injuries that prevented him from competing at major international tournaments with Italy to his documented struggles as captain of a fallen giant, football life hasn’t been easy for Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.

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Saturday December 2 2017
Calhanoglu out, Borini in

Hakan Calhanoglu is out of Milan’s trip to Benevento, but Fabio Borini should return as Gennaro Gattuso plans changes.

It kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

This will be the debut for new Coach Gattuso, as Vincenzo Montella was fired on Monday.

Calhanoglu has reportedly left the Milanello training ground early today, as he has been struggling with muscular problems.

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Wednesday November 29 2017
Milan try Biglia-Montolivo

Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso experimented with Lucas Biglia and Riccardo Montolivo in midfield in today’s training session.

The new boss has already confirmed that he’ll play three at the back, with four men across the midfield, but the attacking shape is up for debate.

Today, Sky reports, Gattuso experimented with a 3-4-3 with Biglia and Montolivo anchoring the central midfield and Suso, Nikola Kalinic and Giacomo Bonaventura as the trident.

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Sunday November 26 2017
Montolivo: ‘We did all we could’

Riccardo Montolivo believes Milan did everything they could to find a breakthrough against Torino, only to be denied by luck and some inspired goalkeeping.

Italy shot-stopper Salvatore Sirigu had an impressive game in the Granata goal as Vincenzo Montella’s team lost yet more ground in the race for European places.

“I think today Milan did everything possible to get a goal,” Montolivo insisted post-match.

“In our way, we found Sirigu who was great and we were lacking luck.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Unimaginative Milan

Vincenzo Montella’s adjusted midfield shape failed to threaten Napoli’s goal at the San Paolo, explains Matthew Santangelo.

In the build-up to Napoli-Milan, multiple reports out of Italy suggested Coach Vincenzo Montella was leaning towards not only fielding a few different faces, but also running out a different shape. Naturally, opinions were mixed on the many projected changes, but once official line-ups were announced, the Rossoneri’s formation and placement of certain personnel resulted in plenty of head-scratching.

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Friday November 3 2017
‘Milan don’t know how to win ugly’

Riccardo Montolivo claims Milan “lack the character and conviction needed to win ugly” after their 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.

Milan will have to wait until the next matchday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages, having failed to beat AEK a second time on Thuesday, but Montolivo felt his side were not ruthless enough in their approach.

“After a long time out, I lacked a bit of confidence, but I’m quite happy [with myself] now,” the midfielder told Milan TV.

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Thursday November 2 2017
EL: Milan bore draw in Athens

Riccardo Montolivo hit the post, but it was the only real highlight as Milan played out another dismal 0-0 draw with AEK Athens.

Follow all the action as it happens from this game, Apollon-Atalanta and Lazio-Nice on the LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday November 2 2017
Montolivo: 'Enthusiasm troubled Milan'

Riccardo Montolivo admits “enthusiasm from the outside caused extra problems, but Milan didn’t expect to be this far off” fourth place.

The Rossoneri go into the Europa League trip to AEK Athens this evening at 18.00 GMT in dire need of a boost. Click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

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