A goal, a clean sheet, three points and drawing back level with Hellas Verona in sixth place. An easy night? More than anything, everything as expected.
It was not sparkling Milan that had annihilated Inter in the first half of the derby and put Juventus on the ropes in the Coppa Italia, but it was another win which achieved the target of hauling the team right back up to the Europa League levels.
As reported by Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews.it), on Monday night there was a step back on the level of play, identity and movement, but it is worth noting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his team-mates were playing their third game in nine days.
Fatigue aside, however, after the performances offered in the two previous races, it was reasonable to expect something more. However, Ante Rebic’s first half goal was enough to fire a distracted and inaccurate Rossoneri to three more points: he is the real new purchase.
The team were slow and had less fluid movement than usual, studded with a series of technical errors, meaning Milan struggled to impose their game especially in the second half.
In the end however the three points arrived, a struggle but a deserved win as Torino had only one shot on goal. Not everything went in the right direction, but Pioli can still hold on to this result and look ahead with optimism.