Another win for AC Milan puts them at the top of the table as far as points go. As tale of the tape showed the club played perhaps did not deserve the victory save for Suso and his brilliance in the final minutes of the game. They did lose the possession battle (51-49) and barely nudged one more shot than the rival (15-14), but when one player steps up like Suso did it restored faith in the fans that this could be a special season (WhoScored). Indeed, they did win and have started off the new league year like many expect them to.
So off we go...
Patrick Cutrone is the Answer
The Italian wunderkid as the papers all over the world call him, did his part and scored a tap in for the first goal of the game. There had been much talk of bringing in a foreign forward of world class and who would have thought Milan had one at the academy. Obviously it is still too early to see how he will pan out in the long run, but his play has certainly impressed and has merited himself a spot on the first team for the time being. Cutrone could benefit from a more involved midfield and fullbacks which would make his play that much better.
The midfield will take time
It is no secret of the expectations held for a team that spent over 200 million euros and its midfield has to respond. New boys, Franck Kessie and Hakan Çalhanoğlu really struggled this game and if that's the case, how will they fare against the top teams in Italy? Vincenzo Montella has opted for a 4-3-3 and that could be impacting the team negatively because a team with this talent could merit a switch to a 3 man back with either a 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2. Whatever Montella decides on, it should be given a nice run and the fans must understand that chemistry takes time, especially in the midfield. That being said it can not come at the expense of giving up points so Montella will have to see what works on the fly and adjust accordingly because it is doubtful those at top like Inter, Juventus or Napoli will give up points that frequently.
Ricardo Rodriguez can be special at Milan
Ricardo Rodriguez is a man of many talents, but it will do him no good if he is stuck at the back acting like a third center back. He could be another player who, like the midfield, could benefit to a switch in formations where he plays higher up the field. His attacking prowess on the counter is special and has the chance to change games rather quickly. He is a great dribbler, crosser and free kick taker and all those would surge if he is attacking instead of staying stagnate in the back. He is a player that has the chance to be great at Milan and Montella should do what is needed to truly unleash him.
That's all folks! Let me know what you guys saw down in the comments and stay here for coverage for the next game away at Lazio after the international break.