GdS: Goals are not everything – data shows a strong defence can win titles

By Oliver Fisher -

If AC Milan do go on and win the title this season, it will not be a team remembered for being free-scoring and putting opponents to the sword.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport report, Stefano Pioli’s side are the fifth-best attack this season in Serie A with 61 goals scored in total. Atalanta (62), Napoli (67), Lazio (70) and Inter (74) are all ahead, Milan have scored just 11 goals in their last 12 games, and yet the Rossoneri are top of the league.

In that same ten-game stretched the Nerazzurri and Biancocelesti got 18 goals, Spalletti’s side even hit 21 (thanks in large part to putting six past Sassuolo), yet thanks to an iron defense and a super Mike Maignan, they have just 4 goals conceded in the last 10 matches.

The Rossoneri could become the team with the fewest goals scored to have won a Scudetto since the league returned to 20 teams (2004-05). Back in 2010-11 with Allegri as the manager, Milan won the league by scoring 65 goals.

The following season Milan would finish second with the best attack in the league, netting 74 goals but finishing behind Conte’s Juve who got 68. In short, you don’t need to be free scoring to be crowned champions.

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      1. And Lautaro’s second. Funny how both Lautaro goals came after a clear foul on Empoli players but the ref didn’t want to ruin it for the Serie A’s favourites.

        1. yeah bb i did notice that and one of them had to get substituted afterwards even if it was more bad luck than intended, anyways empoli should also be more than happy that they have vicario in goal who was a wall even if the 4 goals scored against him would suggest otherwise.

  1. Let’s just enjoy ourselves in our match against Hellas Verona…. inter Milan is surely losing against Empoli

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