Anonymous said: so here it goes... 1. do you agree that almost every time, if not all, pre season games say a lot of whats coming? 2. will Cerci be coming ( will robinho ever leave? ) and do you think Inzagi will make it, top 3 or at least EL positions, counting that Roma, Juve and Napoli reinforce very well during this market.
I do believe that preseason matches can somewhat show what the upcoming season will be like, or at least the beginning of the season. But also we must keep in mind that it’s a chance for trying out players and formations and whatever else. (I had to keep telling myself this during yesterday’s match.) Olympiacos had more regular players on the pitch than Milan for the most part and Milan also played many younger, less first team experienced players as well.
I really don’t know how to comment on whether or not Cerci will be coming. I would like him to, honestly. I am a fan of Cerci and I like to think he could be valuable to Milan if they decide to make a move for him. And as far as Robinho goes, he has been here too long! He’s basically been useless the past few seasons unfortunately. I feel as though there’s been more talk of him leaving during this summer market than any other time, so he may just make a move to Brazil (if a team will take him) and then off to Orlando he will go.
I think it’d be a miracle if we make the top 3 this season. Maybe Europa League…maybe. Although we’re not in Europe this season so we might just have a slightly better chance to make it near the top of the table and find ourselves a place in a European tournament. Guess we’ll just have to see.
I will be highly disappointed once again.
thebarcalife said: your thoughts on Hachim Mastour?
I think he’s fantastic! But I’m not sure he’ll get very much playing time this season though.
I think he definitely has a the potential to become a great footballer for Milan.
But noooo. He wanted to stay to try and impress Inzaghi.
Well, you’re not doing too great in this preseason match against Olympiacos.
New AC Milan 2014/2015 Away Kit
HERE is the squad of Milan for the 2014 edition of the Guinness International Champions Cup (USA Tour).
Milan will take part in this year’s edition of the GICC and they have matches against Olympiakos, Man City and Liverpool. The winner of this Group will face the winner of the other group (Real Madrid, Man United, Roma, Inter) in the final.
The first match against Olympiakos takes place on July 24th at 8 pm local time at the BMO Field Stadium in Toronto. Milan then play City on July 27th in Pittsburg, 4 pm local time, at the HEINZ Field Stadium. The 3rd match, a classic, Milan-Liverpool: August 2nd in Charlotte, 6.30 pm local time, at the Bank of America Stadium. The final is on August 4th in Miami.
The only first team players that are set to miss the tour are Didac Vila and Robinho, whose futures need resolving, and Riccardo Montolivo. Mario Piccinocchi was expected to be part of the squad, but got injured. Nigel De Jong is on vacation.
AC Milan Squad:
Filippo Inzaghi has admitted that a replacement would need to be signed if Mario Balotelli leaves AC Milan, but he expects the striker to stay.
Balotelli’s future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, with reports suggesting that he could be set to return to the Premier League following an eventful two-and-a-half-year spell with Manchester City earlier in his career.
However, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has denied receiving any bid from Arsenal and head coach Inzaghi is staying relaxed about the situation.
He wants the 23-year-old to regard this season as a fresh start and find his best form, although he accepts that it is up to the club to decide on what happens.
"I am calm, Mario is an important player and I will try to help him improve," Inzaghi said at a press conference.
"I will reset everything that has been said about him, I have no problem with him. I have to make the most of his ability.
"Will he leave? The club will decide. If he leaves then we will need a replacement because the centre-forwards are him and (Giampaolo) Pazzini. However, I believe that he will remain here."
Inzaghi joined Galliani and club president Silvio Berlusconi for a meeting on Sunday about the club’s transfer plans.
He said: “The club knows my priorities. We are missing something to get to the level of Juve, Roma and Napoli.”
MILAN HAVE presented their initial offer to Zenit through Domenico Criscito’s agent and the Russian club rejected it.
Criscito admitted that he wants to return to Italy and is even willing to reduce his salary in order to do so and his agent confirmed that talks with Milan have started. It appears that yesterday Milan made their first formal offer for the 27-year-old.
Zenit are believed to be valuating the player at around €12 million but that’s too much money for a club with the financial strength of Milan these days and the Rossoneri are looking to insert players in the deal to reduce the cost of the operation.
According to Sky Italia‘s Gianluca Di Marzio, the agent of Criscito, Andrea D’Amico, met Zenit’s leaders yesterday and informed them of what Milan are offering. It’s said that il Diavolo have offered a clean exchange (player for player, no cash) – an exchange between Criscito and one of Cristian Zapata & Philippe Mexes, who won’t be the starting CB’s next season.
Zenit expectedly rejected that as the value of Zapata or Mexes does not match the one of Criscito in their eyes. Adriano Galliani will have to think about the next stage of the deal: it’s clear that he will have to throw in some cash to get it done.