Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Milan Beaten By Club America 2-1

Milan takes a bad trend as the team lost out on their third friendly game this summer against CF America in Atlanta, USA. I'll rossoneri which is involved in this year's World Club Football Challenge in the states, fail to register a win in their first game as the Mexican club, takes them down in an pretty interesting and rough game.

The first half, was started in a nice tempo, with the Mexican has more of the attacking intentions despite not making many clear cut chances except for one shoot from Cabanas that was easily pick up by the goal keeper. Nevertheless, Club America managed to test out Milan's defense that stud out pretty well with Allesandro Nesta seems set for this season. Despite not making lots of shots on goal, Milan had the better chances from the two in the first half with Antonini's shot which ballooned over after his nice run spotted by Ronaldinho, another best chance for the I'll Diavollo Rosso comes from Dinho's free kick which hits the bar.

The second half, Milan actually played much better, they created more chances and manage to create some openings. However, their defense without Nesta, who was replaced by Onyewu right at the start of the half, remains a questions as they conceded two cheap goals, that comes from their own making. America took the lead through esqueda who somehow manage to escape Milan's defender attention, in this part Onyewu, as he slot in an easy goal in the 55 minute. However Milan strikes back with a lovely taken goal by Inzaghi from an impressive assist by Mathieu Flamini, providing an Pirlo like ball to the 35 years old goal poacher, who finished with a flourished.

As the game seems heading to a penalty shoot out, once again Milan's defense reveals it's prone through crosses, from the same left area of Milan's field a decent cross was headed by marquez who out jumped Zambrotta to put the ball, in the corner pass Storari who can't do anything about it. Milan tried to react after the goal, as they missed out on few chances notably young Gianmarco Zigoni's shot in the penalty area that was unfortunately wide, the 18 year's old seems to be having a bad day as earlier he also missed a great opportunity as his header hit the upright. One last try comes from Italian u-21 starlet Ignazio Abate who saw his shoot fist away by the CF America's keeper.

Milan would need to fix more of their performance as they will be facing more difficult opponents in the next couple of days, starting from Chelsea on Friday (local time) and Inter on Sunday. However, Milan might be able to field in a better squad with Pato, Pirlo, Borriello, Ambrosini and Thiago Silva, who were absent in today's match, could return to the squad.

written by Dewa Nugraha

Friday, July 17, 2009

Milan Tracking Amantino Mancini and Trezeguet?

The rumor mill about Milan's transfer is going stronger and wider each time as the latest news from the media suggested that the Rossoneri are planning to take either or maybe both Amantino Mancini or David Trezeguet. There are reports that Mancini could be brought as a loan deal with a buy out option as for Trezegol the media suggested that he could be swapped with Massimo Oddo.

However both of the news remains uncertain as there are no official statement from Milan or either Inter and Juve as the two players current club. However, both Mancini and Trezeguet are being touted as the players that will leave their teams before the serie A resume in August.

This rumors about the Italian most successful club in Europe keeps on emerging as the team is being considered not to buy a decent replacement yet for the departure of their talisman Ricky Kaka. Up till now, Milan has only bought Onyewu on a free transfer deal and getting back some of their loaned out talent such as Abate and Di Gennaro ad also getting young Primavera talents such as Giacomo Beretta and Gianmarco Zigoni.

Beside Mancini and Trezeguet, Milan are also linked with Edin Dzeko and Luis Fabiano, whose transfer plan are still in doubt due to disagreement in transfer fees. Another striker that reportedly is also under Ill Diavolo Rosso's radar is former Inter Milan's goal pucher Adriano, who spent his last days playing in Brazil.

written by Dewa Nugraha

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ignazio Abate Ready For Milan

Arriving back to the Milan camp after an extra holiday given due to his participation for the Italian U-21 at the latest European U-21 championship, Ignazio Abate talked to Milan channel, revealing his excitement to play for Milan after series on loan experiences. Speaking about returning to Milan, Abate stated that "I've come here with great humility, I'll try to take my chances and put the coach in difficulty. I only have to think about working and being ready."

Moreover Abate also added that he is confident that he will fit properly in Milan's new system as he claimed that Leo's new tactics is suitable to his playing characteristic. "The coach and my team mates know my characteristics, I'll try to use them to the fullest. Concerning the system, I think it's right for my characteristics, so I'll have more chances compared to previous years and as I said I have to be ready, " Abate said.

Beside talking about his preparation, the 23 your old Italian international also speak about other players such as Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo. About dinho, Abate believes that the Brazillian super star would be back at his best next season adding that he also hopes Pirlo will stay at Milan regardind the rumors that the Italian superstar is set to leave the club for Chelsea.

On the latter note, Abate also said his opinion about the future of Milan without Kaka on the squad saying that despite the Brazilian Ace's important contribution to the Italian giants, he believes the team will still be competitive. "He's certainly a very important player, but this is a year of renewal, many things have changed, the system and we will use other characteristics," said Abate.

Milan are preparing for their trip to US where they will play some games including heavy matches against Chelsea and Inter. The boys are scheduled to take off on Saturday, July 18 from Milanello.

Video of Abate's Interview:

written by Dewa Nugraha