Now! That’s more like it. After a 4-1 blasting against Lazio, Milan left Austria Wien fans with a bitter taste in their mouth in a 1-5 win for the Rossoneri. It all started early in the game when Kalinic’s pressure forced an error from the Wien defense that started a break for Milan. Calhanoglu took it down the line, laid it off, and smashed the return ball into the roof of the net some 18-20 yards out on the angle for his first red and black goal. What followed was more Calhanoglu magic, when he put pressure to force an error and weighted a perfect ball that new boy Andre Silva slotted home comfortably.
Before the clock hit the 20’, Silva struck again after Kalinic’s decoy run allowed Calhanoglu to play a sublime no look pass that Silva took down and again put into the home side’s net. At the half, Calhanoglu had 2 assists, a goal, and 88% passing accuracy, a true showing from the Turkish wizard. Following the intermission, a corner kick found the head of 18-year-old substitute Alexander Borkovic and the home side had pulled one back 1-3. A comeback was not on the cards for the home team as Silva netted his first hat trick for the red and blacks, though he was slightly offside (oh well, Kessie could use the confidence with the assist). To top it all off, upon coming into the game, Suso hit an absolute thunderbolt from 25+ yards out to finalize the 1-5 score for AC Milan.
I’m not the greatest at gambling, but I’d say the odds of Calhanoglu and Silva finding their way into the starting lineup the 17th against Udinese are pretty good. The two could be on their way to forming a masterclass partnership, and it was truly on display today. This is a real refresher to see after we were battered last Sunday, and hopefully going forward we’ll see more of these showings.