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Rossoneri Round-up for 17 April: Perspective on the form against the top teams in Serie A

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AC Milan v SSC Napoli - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

After the draw against Napoli that felt sort of like a loss, it’s important to keep everything that has happened this season in perspective.

The club’s official website did a decent job of summing it up. In the first half of the season, the team was terrible, getting no points off of what was then the top six teams: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Lazio, Inter Milan and Sampdoria. The second half of the season has seen Milan grab 11 points from the same six matches and with only one defeat. The hole that was dug in the first half of the season was massive, and the fact that we’re all disappointed with a draw speaks volumes on how far this club has come.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Mediapro has had their winning bid for Serie A TV rights “suspended” after a complaint from Sky over the bidding process. [Football-Italia.net]

Would Mario Balotelli be a good fit for AS Roma if Edin Dzeko moves on? [Chiesa di Totti]

Milan will be facing an uphill battle to keep Suso at the club, as reportedly both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are interested in the player. [AC Milan Offside]

Milan have been fined €10,000 for anti-Neapolitan chants during the match against Napoli at the San Siro. [Football-Italia.net]

World Football Links

Leeds United have put 5 year-old cancer patient Toby Nye up for “Player of the Year” in a fan vote. However, cancer is an issue that transcends football, and this smacks of a PR stunt gone awry rather than an effort to recognize the young fan. [Through It All Together]

Andy Carroll’s late, late goal helped West Ham United snatch a 1-1 draw the Stoke City. [Brace The Hammer]

The Premier League isn’t the “best” league in the world, it’s just the richest. [Roker Report]

Wait, what? VAR made both Freiburg and Mainz 05 come back out during half-time to take a penalty. [Sky Sports]