Preview - AC Milan vs Udinese 17 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 17, 2017, 01:49 PM

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AC Milan vs Udinese
Milan got back on track in the Europa League and now have to prove the Lazio defeat was a blip as they host Udinese. After a breath-taking summer transfer campaign in which they signed a host of stars such as Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie, Lucas Biglia, Nikola Kalinic and Leonardo Bonucci, Milan came crashing back to earth last weekend against Lazio in a crushing 4-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

Fortunately, head coach Vincenzo Montella managed to rebuild confidence and improve the understanding between his newly assembled squad with Thursday's 5-1 demolition of Austria Vienna in the Europa League, Andre Silva bagging a hat-trick and Kalinic getting his first start.

The key appears to be giving Hakan Calhanoglu a free role to drift behind the strikers, where he excelled in Vienna, providing goals and assists. If he is rested in favour of Jack Bonaventura, then it remains to be seen how the same system works without him.

As for Udinese, they will be far from satisfied with their stuttering start to the campaign. Coach Luigi Del Neri saw his side begin with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Chievo followed up by a 3-2 reverse away to newly promoted Spal. They eventually registered a welcome if unconvincing 1-0 win over Genoa at the Dacia Arena.
Udinese have a surprisingly good record against Milan at San Siro in recent times. They have won three and drawn three of their last 10 visits, admittedly two of the victories being in Coppa Italia ties in 2009-10 and 2013-14.


Match Stats:

  • AC Milan 2-1 Udinese
  • Shots: 17-4
  • Possession: 59%-41%
  • Corner kicks: 10-3

Nikola Kalinic was denied a hat trick on review as AC Milan beat Udinese 2-1 to bounce back from last weekend's 4-1 mauling by Lazio.

Kalinic thought he had scored a third goal eight minutes from time but it was ruled out for offside through VAR.

Udinese also had a goal for Kevin Lasagna ruled out by the video assistant referee early on.

Lasagna did eventually get on the scoresheet, with the equaliser, between Kalinic's goals, his first for Milan since joining from Fiorentina.

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