Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini; Nocerino, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho, Ibrahimovic
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Daniel Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Puyol; Xavi Hernandez, Busquets, Keita, Iniesta; Messi; Alexis Sanchez
The good news is that for the Rossoneri strikers Maxi Lopez and Robinho are back and ready to face Barcelona. Allegri is going to start with Zlatan - Robinho upfront, while Boateng is fit to start as a trequartista.
Milan squad : Abbiati, Amelia, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mesbah, Mexes, Nesta, Zambrotta, Yepes, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Maxi Lopez, Robinho
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Milan are facing a tough injury cricis before arguably the most important game of the season. The coach Allegri is planning start with Mexes - Nesta against Barcelona, while he's likely to start with Bonera or Zambrotta as a right-back due to absence of Abate.
Midfielder Mark Van Bommel, striker Robinho are doubtful against Barcelona. So, Milan will have only two strikers available against Barcelona, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and El Shaarawy.
Milan fought back and won 2-1 against Roma with Zlatan's two goals and his great effort. The Rossoneri achieved a very important victory and kept the four points gap between Juventus. But the coach Allegri's choises were crucial, as he lost his best defender Silva to injury.
Palermo drew 1-1 Udinese in Sicily undeservedly, as the refrees made decisive errors. Gabriel Torje answered to Fabricio Miccoli's opener and Udinese grabbed a point from Sicily. But if Guidolin did not field a ''wrong lineup'' , which is not extremely defensive, maybe they could have won and keep themselves in UEFA Champions League spots race.
Napoli threw away a 2-0 lead against Montella's impressive Catania. The coach Mazzarri thought the game is already over, as the team is conceded two late goals from set pieces, and they lost a big advantage against Lazio for the first three spots race before the upcoming Juventus game.
Novara and Lecce drew in a six points relegation dog fight game, which is a bad result for the two teams.
Parma, Fiorentina , Siena , Genoa and Cagliari are feeling the relegation danger.
Atalanta achieved a very important win, and the team has climbed to a much safer place at the table, althought they played without their best two strikers.
Lazio expectedly had difficulties of scoring with Klose's absence against Cagliari. Thanks to Diakite's late header which is gave a three points advantage to Lazio for the first three spots against Napoli and Udinese.
Juventus deservedly won the Derby d'Italia, and kept chasing Milan from four points behind, and put the struggling Inter into more troubles.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
JUVENTUS: Storari, De Ceglie, Chiellini, Bonucci, Lichsteiner, Pirlo, Vidal, Giaccherini, Vucinic, Del Piero, Pepe.
MILAN: Abbiati, Mesbah, Thiago Silva, Mexes, Antonini, Seedorf, Muntari, Aquilani, Emanuelson, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic
Two title candidates will face eachothers in the semi-final game of Coppa Italia. At the first leg Juventus won 2-1 against Milan in San Siro.
Coppa Italia is a target for the two teams.
Juventus will miss Buffon, Barzagli and Matri.
Milan will miss Mark Van Bommel, Boateng and Robinho. Seedorf and Maxi Lopez are back from the injuries, while Mexes is back from the suspension.
The leader Milan won 2-0 against Parma without having much problems, despite the team is in an injury cricis once again. The new trequartista Emanuelson showed an excellent performance, and definitely was the best player on the pitch.
After having a winless streak, The Old Lady deservedly won 5-0 against Fiorentina in the derby game. Striker Cerci's early sent off affected the game.
Siena put themselves in the trouble,as they lost 0-2 to Novara at home. Siena had a great opportunity to climb to the a safer place at the table, but they have wasted it.
Despite an early lead, Lecce threw away a big advantage, as they missed a lot of chances against Palermo. Lecce started to game with an impressive display and passion. The score could have been 3-0 at 10th minute. Palermo tied to score with Munoz's goal from the corner kick. Oddo's foolish mistake costed the team a three points.
Inter played bad once again, as they have no motivation anymore since they are out of all competitions. It seems the team won't be even able to fight for the top three spots.
Udinese drew 2-2 Napoli at home. Two teams were in need a three points for the UEFA Champions League spot. Napoli were slightly better team,but Udinese took advantage of Napoli's defensive errors and absence of Lavezzi.
Catania were impressive once again. Montella created a great team,as his Catania are the 2nd most successful team of Serie A since the winter break (according to form)after Milan.
Cagliari won 3-0 against the relegation battlers Cesena with Pinilla's hat-trick, and achieved a very important victory before the Lazio match on the new coach Ficcadenti's debut.
Roma won 1-0 against Genoa, but the team did not impress at all. Luis Enrique's team took the early lead with Osvaldo's goal. The team has no consistency, as they played 15 minutes great and the rest of the game pathetic.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Udinese couldn't use advantage of an early 2-0 lead against the 10 men AZ Alkmaar. The Friulani made a lot of defensive errors after losing Benatia to injury during the game. The team is tried everything to open AZ Alkmaar defense but Di Natale's two goals were not enough to achieve qualification.
Napoli lost 1-4 to Chelsea after played extra time in London, and couldn't reach to last 8. Napoli showed a great fighting spirit against the English giants, and every player worked hard for Italy and Napoli's success. Mazzarri is right to say that ''My team was fantastic.''
Chelsea ''unexpectedly'' showed a great performance after Villas Boas departure. They were hungry for a goal from the first minute of the game. Napoli had 3-4 clear chances but Partenopei was unlucky.
Chelsea is the only team which is left to last 8 from England this season in UEFA Champions League.
The Nerazzurri again conceded in stoppages and crash out of UEFA Champions League to Marseille.
Diego Milito opened the scoring for the Nerazzurri in the 75th minute, but Brandao's 92th minute equaliser shocked Inter. Pazzini's late strike did not help to Inter to go through.
Ranieri's future remained doubtful, since Inter have no title chances, they are out of Italian Cup and Uefa Champions League.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Inter will host Marseille in San Siro for the 2nd leg game of UEFA Champions League.
Inter are expecting to start with 4-3-1-2 formation against Marseille.
Ricky Alvarez is still injured, and Brazilian full-back Maicon is doubtful against Marseille.
Inter squad : 1 Julio Cesar, 12 Luca Castellazzi, 21 Paolo Orlandoni ; 4 Javier Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 13 Maicon, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 25 Walter Samuel, 37 Davide Faraoni, 55 Yuto Nagatomo ; 5 Dejan Stankovic, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 17 Angelo Palombo, 18 Andrea Poli, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 20 Joel Obi, 48 Lorenzo Crisetig ; 7 Giampaolo Pazzini, 9 Diego Forlan, 22 Diego Milito, 28 Mauro Zarate.
Milan remained leader, and achieved an easy win against the relegation battlers Lecce, despite a bad performance.
Juventus drew once again, and started to feel pressure.
Injury crisis Lazio and out-fit Udinese lost their games, and wasted a great opportunity for the 3rd spot. Especially Lazio, as they are 9 points behind the leader Milan now, and only 3 points above of Napoli.
Siena achieved a very important victory against Cesena before the Novara game, and had an advantage against the relegation battlers.
Fiorentina, Cagliari and Parma are feeling the relegation danger after following bad results.
Cagliari recalled Ficcadenti, and sacked Ballardini after 6-3 Napoli defeat.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Napoli continued to their amazing winning streak against the relegation worried Cagliari and stayed in the race for the top three spots. It was a very important win before the upcoming historical Chelsea game. The team is showed a great display and scored 6 goals.
Inter were in a big cricis with their 9 games winless streak in all competitions. The team is ended cricis in Verona today, as they won 2-0. Inter were definitely the better side, and had plenty of chances. They missed a penalty kick with Diego Milito, but thanks to Samuel's late goal which is gave to Inter a very important victory and morale boost before the Marseille game.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has decided not to risk his star forward Di Natale against AZ Alkmaar in UEFA Europa League game, as the player cannot handle with playing every three days, and the team is giving more importance to Serie A, since they are fighting for the 3rd spot, and a small chance to win the league.
Also midfielders Badu,Isla and defender Basta will miss AZ Alkmaar game due to injuries.
Udinese squad : Handanovic, Padelli, Romo; Neuton, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Ekstrand, Ferronetti, Armero , Pasquale; Asamoah, Battocchio, Bedin, Pazienza, Pinzi; Di Natale, Mansura, Floro Flores
Conte's Juventus drew 1-1 Bologna, after another disappointing display,as the team's offense struggled once again. Juventus managed to win only one game in their 6 Serie A games and lost a bid advantage on the title race, as they were leaders with a 4 points difference in front of the Milan. After the Bologna match, the Old Lady remained 2nd and only two points behind the leader Milan.
Also Juventus lost defender Bonucci, as the player sent off during the game, and will be without Barzagli,Chiellini and Bonucci against Genoa.
Milan almost threw away a 4-0 first leg lead, as the team started to game unmotivated. Arsenal showed a brilliant performance at the first half and took the 3-0 lead. At the first half Milan defense made chaotic errors which are unacceptable in a high-level game. At the 2nd half Milan showed some signs of motivation and went through of UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Milan are going to face Arsenal in London for the 2nd game,as Milan are 4-0 up from the first leg of the last 16 tie.
Milan will miss Pato, Boateng, Nesta and Seedorf due to injuries.
List of Milan group : Abbiati, Amelia, Roma; Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Mesbah, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes; Aquilani, Calvano, Emanuelson, Innocenti, Nocerino, Van Bommel; El Shaarawy, Ganz, Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
The Old Lady disappointed with their performance against Chievo, and bad news arrived that the team is going to miss both centre-backs Chiellini and Barzagli. Barzagli will be out for a three weeks,while Chiellini is out for 10 days. Two defenders will not play against Bologna on Wednesday.
Milan on the top after the 26th round.
The Rossoneri achieved a great victory in Palermo with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's amazing performance and hat-trick. It was not an easy game, as Palermo are a great home team, but Milan won 0-4 with ease, since they showed a great display.
Juventus disappointed against Chievo. The Old Lady drew 1-1 Chievo at home, and lost a big opportunity to take 1st spot on the table. Juventus will play against Bologna on Wednesday, in Bologna.
Napoli were lucky to win against Parma, as Parma dominated the game but they could not stop Napoli's high quality strikers. Mazzarri's team are in a great form, and the team is fighting for the top three.
Derby della Capitale was a great game to watch with a lot of actions and emotions. The score could have been different if game played 11 vs 11, but Lazio had big advantage after Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg received a red card. Lazio's confidence were low two weeks ago, a victory in the Derby gave them morale boost.
Siena showed an excellent performance against Cagliari,as they were in a must win situation, since the team is feeling the relegation danger, and they won 3-0 against Cagliari.
Lecce fought well against Marino's struggling Genoa,as they took the lead at the 2nd half but Sculli's goal tied the game. Lecce were not satisfied with a point, but the result of Lecce game was positive for the Genoa coach Marino, who's job isn't secure.
Inter ended their losing streak. Inter drew 2-2 Catania in Milano, but Catania were unlucky to win against Inter,as they threw away 2-0 lead,and missed plenty of chances.
Bologna played an intelligent game against Novara, and won 1-0. But the team deserved more. Bologna dominated the game whole 90 minutes,and missed a penalty kick. The team showed an impressive performance.
Udinese stopped by Atalanta goalkeeper Consigli's amazing performance. Atalanta held Udinese in a scoreless draw. Udinese were in need for 3 points more than Atalanta for the first 3 spots, but the team couldn't open the lock.
Fiorentina finally won a game and ended their terrible run against Cesena. The team didn't show a great performance, as Cesena's own goal helped them to win. Cesena are hopeless, as the team rock bottom at the table.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Milan defender Mexes has recieved a three matches ban after he punched Marco Borriello last weekend.
Milan are having another injury cricis once again, while Nesta, Boateng, Pato, Seedorf, Aquilani are all out, while Maxi Lopez is doubtful against Palermo.
Bonera likely to replace Mexes.
Lazio are struggling due to numerous injuries, and the team will play against Roma on Sunday in the Derby della Capitale.
Lazio will miss defenders Radu, Stankevicius, Zauri, midfielders Cana, Lulic, Brocchi and striker Tommaso Rocchi due to injuries, while full-back Konko and striker Klose are doubtful.