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Rossoneri Round-up for 30 November: Calhanoglu claimed Milan ‘respected’ Dudelange. Really?

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AC Milan v F91 Dudelange - UEFA Europa League - Group F Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Hakan Calhanoglu said that Milan respected Dudelange, although the team looked asleep for about the first 50 minutes of the match.

Calhanoglu told Sky Sport Italia:

We respect Dudelange and they played well today, especially in the first half. It wasn’t easy, because they came here to put in a great performance at San Siro.

I think we had a decent second half and that kind of spirit is how we must win. Finally my foot doesn’t hurt any more and I’m in good shape. The most important thing isn’t who scores, but the team victory. A goal is just a bonus.

Yeah, it’s nice for him to say these things now after the win, but if Milan hadn’t pulled out of their funk and had to rely on Suso’s coming into the match to bail them out, then these words would have rung fairly hollow, as until Dudelange took the lead, there wasn’t really any sense of urgency from Milan. Maybe the visitors going ahead was the best thing for Milan, as they finally looked like they took the match seriously in the last 30 minutes or so.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Dudelange made more interesting than it should have been, but in the end Milan beat them 5-2. [AC Milan Offside]

The Philadelphia Union are reportedly in talks to bring Italy striker Mario Balotelli to MLS. [Brotherly Game]

AS Roma’s injury woes are making Eusebio Di Francesco’s position at the club even more tenuous. [Chiesa di Totti]

World Football Links

You will probably go your entire life and not see a 5-5 draw in a football match outside of a video game, yet Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest did just that. How do you make sense of it? You don’t. [7500 to Holte]

Atlanta United lost the second leg of their playoff match 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls, but won 3-1 on aggregate and will now play in their first MLS Cup Final. [Dirty South Soccer]

Portland Timbers won 3-2 over Sporting Kansas City and will be Atlanta’s opposition in the final. [Stumptown Footy]

Arsenal played the kids and won 3-0 in Ukraine over Vorskla Poltava. [The Short Fuse]

In Mexico, Deportivo Toluca drew 2-2 at home with Club América in the Liga MX Liguilla. [FMF State of Mind]