Journalist claims ‘astonishing’ Milan and Napoli are ahead of the rest in Serie A

By Oliver Fisher -

The well-known journalist Mario Sconcerti has praised AC Milan for their ability to put disappointment behind them and collect all three points against Atalanta.

Milan produced a fantastic performance to beat their Lombardy neighbours Atalanta 3-2 at the Gewiss Arena on Sunday night, responding well to the defeat against Atletico Madrid in midweek and also to Napoli’s win earlier in the day. Given the potency of the attack both teams have, a dabble on over 4.5 goals with site such as might have been tempting.

The tone for a dominant and clinical display was set after less than 30 seconds, when Davide Calabria went through on goal after Theo Hernandez’s pass and gathered a rebound to slot in the opening game.

The timing of the second goal was perfect as Sandro Tonali seized possession late in the first half and surged through on goal to double the advantage, and Rafael Leao stroked home a third goal late on to seal the win.

Duvan Zapata’s penalty and Mario Pasalic’s close range strike did give La Dea late hope, but the Rossoneri would hang on to claim all three points and move back second in the table behind Napoli.

Sconcerti wrote a column in il Corriere della Sera today, with his comments relayed by PianetaMilan and translated below.

“Napoli and Milan are the best teams in the league right now. I don’t know what it means, maybe they just use their characteristics better. Milan are more of a team and are the only ones to have played three direct matches (Juventus, Lazio, Atalanta), the only matches that are valid for the ranking,” he began.

“The continuous growth of players at the centre of the project is astonishing at Milan, such as Alexis Saelemaekers, Sandro Tonali himself, Davide Calabria. Having said that, Napoli are a superior team at the moment, not just good, but profoundly different. They have an overall quality that Milan touches upon and perhaps Inter no longer have a top centre-forward.

“And there is a geometry in Napoli that can only be glimpsed in Milan. Today the difference between Napoli and Milan is as clear as the difference between the two teams. This is not a prediction, it is a fact at the dawn of a Monday in October. Then football changes two or three times within the same match, it has no future in certainties.

“But today there are two teams (plus Inter) for the Scudetto, plus a season with Roma leading the way to the Champions League. The others are far away, no matter who they are or what they have been. Today they are out. Tomorrow maybe they will come back. There is no shortage of time. But hurry up.”

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