Friday, December 18, 2009

Beckham Set For Old Trafford Reunion As Milan Face Man U Again

It looks like a day of unique things in this year's UEFA Champions League hasn't ended yet as the latest news on the drawing sparks another romantic memory with the meeting of Milan against Man United and Chelsea versus Inter. Milan who has a good memory in their past meetings with United especially the latest on in 2007 looked set to face the English champions once again next year with a special guest, David Beckham.

It will be a special moment for Becks, who after parting ways with the Red Devils hasn't had the chance to play against them again and the reunion at Old Trafford would definitely bring some old memories. Despite all of the tactical things, lots of people would believe that the meeting against United would really something that suits Milan as not only they have a good record against them but the fact that the English giant's style of play that is comfortable for Milan players.

However, Milan must not get over carried away as this time, their condition is a bit different, although Man U technically not as strong as they used to but so does Milan, unless off course something happens in January, still is drawing against United would also helped as Milan might just step up everything before meeting them, including doing something in January. Another thing that the Rossoneri should be taking a note is that this season they will play the 2nd leg away from home, which is different from the latest two previous meetings that sees them through.

Still is the drawing looks a good and set to be another emotional and cracking fixtures waiting for every team, for Milan off course they shouldn't be afraid but still if they want to go through, despite of their good record, the Italian Devil should take respect as United is United, a very strong and compact team that are always hard to crack. For football fans, it sure is something worth watching as the two clubs always gives entertaining matches that meets the eye.

The complete Drawing for Uefa Champions League :
Milan-Manchester United,

Bayern Muenchen-Fiorentina,
Olympiacos Pireaus-Bordeaux,
Cska Moskow-Sevilla,
Lyon-Real Madrid,

credit to for the complete drawing list.

posted by Dewa Nugraha

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What Milan Needs for Christmas

The Fun fearless Milan under the new Leonardo regime, has finally put a little break in their last two games, a draw against Zurich and a shocking defeat against Palermo has really stop the Rossonerri good runs in a few months. Seeing the team play, the new formation does make Milan improves a lot, they started to entertain the crowd but there's a hint of imbalance in the squad that makes them somehow vulnerable at times.

On their day, Milan can really trashed their opponents but at times they can have lots of troubles breaking dawn defenses or defending a counter attack. Those two effect can be seen from the latest two games, against Zurich they were unable to break down Zurich's park the bus kind of defending despite the Swiss team ends the game with 10 men. Than against Palermo who was playing a similar style of Milan, not only the rossoneri failed to put one goal on the opponents net, they we caught twice on the counter.

Off course there is a reasonable arguments for those two games, in the Zurich games some of the starters were unfit, against Palermo Milan also lost Thiago Silva who is a very important player in defense this season for Milan along with Nesta. Looking at these facts it is a bit obvious that Milan is suffering when they have a key player missing in their team. It really does drives the obvious conclusion that the team is still very lack of squad depth, sadly it happens in all departments bar goal keeper.

In defense, Milan is highly dependent on Nesta and Silva playing together as the two are really completed each other, technically and mentally. Nesta is great but surely at 33 and after a season of tireless injuries he doesn't really had his usual pace, that's when Silva manage to cope with. Meanwhile, Silva who is still inexperience and made small mistakes is usually cover up by Sandro. Now if one of the two is absent, Milan looked worrying in defense, none of Kaladze or Favalli is giving a save and comforting feeling to Milan's defense if one of them do plays. The fact that Bonera is injured again really rings the bell on the Milan's management, which despite of Galliani recent statement saying only Becks (David Beckham) and Adiyiah will arrive, still doesn't make any sense regarding the fact that Diavolo Rosso does in need of depth at CB.
Aside from the CB, the question about Leonardo's request for an attacking LB still remain a mystery as despite Antonini being giving a shot but still Milan could actually get some more proper man, there are some links on the market linking the 7 time UCL champions with, however the most possible and useful one in my personal opinion would be Gareth Bale,  Felipe Luis or maybe Domenico Criscito. Still they probably need to sell someone maybe Jankulovski or Kaladze would be the appropriate choice as it would free up the space in the first team squad.

In Midfield Before January, the midfield probably still in some scarce as Leo loves to play the same formation all the times with Ambrosini-Pirlo and Seedorf, not that anything wrong as the three on their day arguably will put any midfield under lots of stress, but the fact that all three's age is 30 plus kind of making Milan's centrocampista's form is such a roller-coaster as they can be amazing in 1-2 games but went bent on the next consecutive match. However with the arrival of Becks it should cover the team from January to June off course it should also be noted that Leo must make more use of Flamini and the young talented Davide Di Gennaro as if not having one man (Becks) to rotate with Pirlo and Seedorf would still be hard with their upcoming schedule in 2010. Flamini at the moment is only being considered to replace Ambro, but with a bit adjustment on his 4-3-3 formation, Leo can actually use Flam to rotate with Pirlo or even Seedorf.

In the Attacking Department Milan's attacking has improves a lot, but in the recent two games it is obvious at times that the squad could really use alternatives as too people that can really replace the front three of Ronaldinho-Borriello-Pato, tactically and technically. Maybe Borrie's post is a bit covered, although Leo still being criticized for not using Huntelaar more often than he probably should, however two wide forwards of Dinho and Pato are still uncovered, some said Adiyiah could help out, but it is still remain a question not to mention the fact that the young Ghanian will be representing his country in January at the African Cup, would mean Milan is still being left with depth problems too up front. Taking aside from Galliani's inconsistent words, it looks like the rumors on Milan eying Lazio's Goran Pandev might be the perfect solution for the Rossoneri, the Macedonian striker is known as a versatile forward that can play wide in any position as he got the skill and pace to do so. The problem about Pandev, probably only occurs on how match fit could be as Lazio never played him after the dispute he has with the Roman based club's owner.
But as I said, taking away the concern about his match fitness, personally Pandev would be a great solution for Milan, and even if Milan do take the rumored players like Krasic and Dzeko in the summer, that wouldn't really troubles Pandev as he is as I said a very versatile player and still only 26. Another rumor also linking Milan with the possibility of loaning Di Natale, that would also do good for the Rossoneri, but I don't really think that is a possible thing to do, plus if Milan can snatch Pandev, it would probably a better investment as he is also a perfect player for Leonardo's tactic.

With this facts, surely the decision is now at Milan's management as the fans are now beginning to have high hopes for the new era Milan under Leo especially with their current achievement. However if they don't really uses this Christmas time to write something for Santa, it would be very curious to see how would Milan do with those missing links and depth that the squad currently has. Anyway Happy Birthday Milan!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all the clubs staff, players, management team and surely fans!!!
Lets just see does Santa has something special for Milan fans in January!!!

posted and written by Dewa Nugraha

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Milan's Winter Transfer Rumors

 January is about to come and the winter break is probably what Ac Milan needs at the moment to save up their energy, regroup and get new reinforcement as they will be facing difficult and tighter games in 2010. Especially with the current problems in their defense and rotation system, Milan looks that they should do something this January, aside from two confirmed transfers (David Beckham and Dominic Adiyiah), I round up some other names that are currently possible enough to come this winter.
 Here are some Winter transfer rumors for Milan:
  • Cedric Mongoungu (As Monaco): 20 years old and highly rated French defender, that currently playing at AS Monaco, Cedric has been approached by Milan's management because of his versatility in defense as he can play as wing back and also at CB. The young player has expressed that he won't reject the chance in playing for the Rossonerri, however no official news regarding any deal has surfaced yet.
  • Davide Astori (Cagliari): The 22 years old CB, is a Milan youth product and is currently co-owned by Cagliari and Ac Milan. With the injury numbers on the CB area, Astori's return that was previously rumored will be done on June next year could be likely moved up this January. The young defender recent performance reportedly has convinced Leonardo, that the 22-years-old lad is ready for first team action in Milan
  • Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs) : the rumors regarding the young talented Welsh wing back actually emerged last summer, stating that Milan will be adding him this winter to fill in the LB area and really puts in what Leonardo's idea of an good attacking Wing Back. The 20 years-old is being told to be exchanged with Milan's Marek Jankulovski who has been criticized lately by the fans due to his poor performance defensively. Having already get into action, it remains to be see whether the rumors about Bale turn out to be true or just a media hoax.
Those are some current transfer rumors that are possible enough to happen this winter as Milan doesn't look like strengthening much in other department, as they already have new signings in David Beckham and Dominic Adiyiah, however there are some conditions that may make Milan add one attacking player, to rotate with Ronaldinho and Pato or another Midfielder incase Gattusso decided to leave in January. However there are no possible targets as just yet that I can really find for those areas, as all of Milan's likely target would not be available on the market this winter. FYI: the targets that I referred are Edin Dzeko and Milos Krasic.

written by Dewa Nugraha

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Video: FC Zurich v Ac Milan 1-1 (1-0)

Milan goes through from Uefa Champions League group stage with a minus note as they only got a draw against Zurich. The Rossoneri needs a bit of aid from rival Real Madrid which in the other game manage to beat Marseille 3-1 to give Milan a path to the next round.

The Rossonerri were playing below par, arguably with some important players such as Ronaldinho, Ambrosini and Thiago Silva were not actually match fit yet. The latter even had to leave the field early, however Milan that played poorly in the first half and were a goal down, managed to shape up a bit in the second half to equalize via Dinho's penalty after Marco Borriello was hacked down in the penalty box.
The Brazilian superstar doesn't make any mistake in converting the penalty and made the scoreline 1-1, however with a man advantage (as Zurich player who gave away the penalty been send off) Milan still unable to take advantage and missed out on few chances to win the game.

Here is the highlights of the game:

Dewa Nugraha

Monday, December 7, 2009

Milan Called Up Players against Zurich

Ac Milan has announced Leonardo's called up players for the upcoming final Uefa Champions League game against FC Zurich in Swiss
here are the names as written at Ac
Here are the 23 called up Rossoneri players by coach Leonardo for Zurich-Milan:
Dida, Storari, Roma, Antonini, De Vito (n°56), Jankulovski, Kaladze, Nesta, Pasini (n°57), Thiago Silva, Abate, Ambrosini, Flamini, Novinic (n°55), Pirlo, Seedorf, Borriello, Di Gennaro, Huntelaar, Inzaghi, Pato, Ronaldinho, Verdi (n°58)

Unavailable players: Oddo, Onyewu, Gattuso.

Suspended players: Zambrotta

Video: Milan V Sampdoria 3-0

Here is the Highlights of Milan v Samdoria last saturday!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bonera and Jankulovski to Join Team Soon

Just heard and exciting news from, stating that two currently injured Milan defenders Daniele Bonera and Marek Jankulovski are set to join the team as soon as possible. Both players that have been missing for sometime, reportedly have been doing well on their recovery program and it won't take a long time before the two can finally play again.

Regarding Bonera, who has been absent from the latter part of last season, the news revealed that he already managed to follow all the training session with the team. Which surely means that he will be at Leonardo's disposal as soon as possible, maybe even in the near serie A game against Sampdoria, Bonera will be filling the bench.

Meanwhile as for Janku, it might take a little bit longer as he is currently still undergoing a special program to recover his fitness after the removal of a plat on his left ankle. However, it is still a question mark about Janku's future in Milan as previous rumors stated that he will be traded with Spurs' young wing back, Gareth Bale, in the next January transfer market.

Nevertheless, the news is surely a pleasing one for Milan, especially with the fact that their defense has been questionable in recent games, the over dependent on Nesta and Silva's form is one problem that could be solved by Bonera's return. With the form of Kaladze that's keep on degrading, Bonera who is still considered one of Milan's young and promising defenders would help add depth for Milan's backline.
Now the question is not only when will Bonera is fit enough to play but also how will he ever get back to his best form on the Milan's shirt with his previous long injury? We shall see soon!

written by Dewa Nugraha

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Huntelaar Refuses Van Basten Comparation

Many words are swerving on Milan's camp and media commenting Klaas Jan Huntelaar latest goals for the team against Catania, some people are finally suggesting that the Hunter could be compared with Milan's previous legend Marco Van Basten. However, understanding the legendary status of his senior, Huntelaar calmly denied the news about his being compare to Van Basten by stating that he is just a player that only scored two goals and not yet on the level of the legendary Milan bomber.

Speaking to the press, Huntelaar stated his few about people's comparing him to Van Basten, "Don't make comparisons between myself and Van Basten. He is part of the history of Milan, I just scored a nice goal," Huntelaar said. The Hunter also said that he loved the appreciation and support that his teammates gives him after scoring against Catania, stating, "The embrace from my team-mates was both exciting and beautiful.

However it remains a question as would the Hunter starts Milan's next game against Samdoria ahead of the also in-form Marco Borriello, the latter has been performing like his Genoa form and looks very strong. But if Leonardo wanted to keep a fresh line up before the deciding Champions League match against Zurich few days after the serie A game, than rotating the front players would be a good option as Milan's minuses in their current good form is a proper rotation that made their players easily gets tired.

written by Dewa Nugraha