AC Milan 0-0 Juventus: Rossoneri and Bianconeri play out boring stalemate

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and Juventus served up anything but a classic as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw under the floodlights of San Siro on Sunday night.

The theme of the game was a lack of quality all over the park as both sides got themselves into promising positions but lacked the killer pass at the right moment or the courage to shoot in the correct situations, with a goalless stalemate far from an unfair result.

Stefano Pioli made four changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that lost against Spezia on Monday night, with Davide Calabria and Alessio Romagnoli coming back into the defence, Sandro Tonali rejoining the double pivot and Junior Messias taking up a spot on the right flank.

Juventus were the team who applied the pressure inside the opening two minutes, with Morata seeing a near post effort deflect behind for a corner that Mike Maignan had to backpedal and palm away.

There was an early half shout for a penalty when Calabria latched onto a ball inside the Juve box and went down under a challenge from Alex Sandro and he seemed to have a real shout for a spot kick, yet the incident was never properly reviewed.

The Rossoneri’s early pressure continued as they had a couple of threatening moments inside the eighth minute. The first came from a corner that was taken short and a Tonali cross fizzed past the far post via a deflection, and then Leao fired over from a smart routine. Moments later, Locatelli was the first name into the book for a strong challenge on Tonali.

The Bianconeri had a big chance to open the scoring in what was a frantic start to the game as Cuadrado drifted inside and was allowed space to shoot from the edge of the box but the winger dragged his effort wide.

Milan fashioned themselves a big opening in the 20th minute through some neat combination play through the centre as Leao received a pass from Messias and fired at Szczesny, who saved well low down to his right.

Pioli was forced into his first change in the 28th minute as Ibrahimovic requested to come off with what looked like some discomfort in his thigh, and Olivier Giroud came on for him in a straight swap.

Calabria wasn’t far away from scoring yet another wonderstrike against Juve after his goal at San Siro against them last season as he let fly from about 20 yards out with his weaker left foot and the ball shaped just over the left upright.

The theme of the early exchanges in the second half was Milan squandering multiple chances to generate some pressure on the Juve box with Giroud guilty of not trapping the ball effectively and Brahim Diaz giving the ball away too.

The away side had a big chance to make it 1-0 five minutes after the break when De Sciglio picked out Morata which a peach of a delivery from the right wing, though the Spaniard diverted his header down and wide of the far post when he should have done better.

Szczesny was tested for the first time by Leao as the Portuguese winger managed to find some space to let fly from just outside the box and would have backed himself to produce a more dangerous shot than the one that rolled off his right foot.

Just before the hour mark Milan had another chance as a deep cross from Calabria to the far post found Giroud, who instead of trying to send a header on target tried to knock it back into a dangerous area off balance, but it was cleared.

Moments after a double change saw Ismael Bennacer and Alexis Saelemaekers come on for Brahim Diaz and Messias, Theo went on a driving run down the middle of the pitch and fired low on an angle from the edge of the box, but Szczesny did well to save and not spill a rebound.

After missing the earlier chance Giroud did go for goal when Saelemaekers hung up an excellent cross to the far post that he connected with cleanly but Szczesny read well.

Heading into the final quarter of an hour two more substitutions were made by Milan as Leao and Calabria came off, with Ante Rebic and Alessandro Florenzi the men to come on and replace them.

The game began to drift out towards the goalless draw that both sides probably feared from the first whistle, with Juventus having a half chance with five minutes remaining as Alex Sandro crossed to McKennie who had cut in from a wide position but his header was superbly blocked.

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  1. We can forget about Scudetto I guess. Very poor performance in the attacking phase. Messias needs to be dropped for next game; he is too predictable and one-dimensional.

  2. Not sure what to make of this game. Not necessarily a bad performance from Milan. We desperately need a better forward. No clue WTF Giroud was doing not trying to score. I was happy to see a solid defense but tbh Juve was terrible. Tonali is a God. Leao lost energy in the second half. Hoping Ibra wont stay out too long.

  3. pioli really loves krunic hahahahha.. diaz cant create space and flow as no 10.. diaz out then sent krunic to be AM.. pioli out of idea to solve the no 10 role..

    1. How can you ask that Krunic be played in AM?? Bennacer has better vision and reads the game better,… He has stamina and ball control. If there’s anyone to take a risk on as a temporary playmaker, it should be Bennacer. Pioli can’t keep making the same decisions with the lineup and expecting a different outcome.

      1. i dont ask that , but pioli sent krunic to AM after diaz subs.. if milan lead by goal maybe that decision make sense.. we need a goal then pioli sent krunic be trequista, i cant except anything more

  4. Toothless attack. Only Leao being worth a damn there but no finishing touches. Ibra (while he was on), Giroud, Brahim, Messias, Saele, Krunic as trequartista, Rebic completely and utterly useless.

    Why the f*ck did Giroud take that free kick, with Tonaly and Theo on the pitch? Why, oh why FFS?!?!!?

    Theo was okay, Tonali was… well Tonali, Kalulu fantastic, Calabria, Romagnoli, Krunic in defense okay. Isma too. Florenzi didn’t do much but okay.

    1. What do you expect from your attack when the opponent neutralises your only point of reference in attack…. Our attack is not dynamic. We have go playmaker and our RW is never show up to the game

  5. Once again when you see the Milan lineup, you can immediately tell how the game is going to go…. The first 20 mins was spent playing school yard football with Milan unable to keep the ball. Juventus made sure to choke the LW to silence Leao,  once again Diaz’s position was the last felt on the pitch, with the lad always drifting to the left where he finds comfort with Leao and Theo. For the one millionth time, the RW was nonexistent. Messias offered nothing, holds on to the ball too long and make a late decision to give it away Pioli needs to make a Tactical change, Diaz for now is at best a bench player. Bennacer should be trained to fill the playmaker role, he has a better vision of the game, and has more speed and ball control… We can’t keep losing games from the beginning because of self inflicted handicaps. The defence where the better players on the pitch today. Romagnoli is the MOTM for me. Controlled his lines well, and hardly made a mistake, and tutoring Kalulu. Our attack was left dead with Leao being pocketed, I mentioned this before in previous games. Other teams are beginning to identify where our strengths lie, and we end up being neutralised. The match was played only on the left side of the pitch, this is a serious problem, we are not dynamic, WE NEED REINFORCEMENTS ON RW AND THE PLAYMAKER POSITIONS. We can’t stress this enough… Let the management stop chasing Botman and cheap unwanted defenders. This is another painful draw, because it’s a match that could have been easily won. Inter would have won this game by at least a two-goal margin.

    As for the referee, he was not generous enough with the cards on Juventus. Another loopsided refereeing.

    Well, there goes another season, as we battle for top 4 again, maybe this time will get a trophy for it.

    1. Salemeekers doesn’t fit the profile for trequartista. He doesn’t read the game well enough to control the attacking play. His final passes most times are dreadful.

      1. i’ll take that risk rather than krunic played trequista.. krunic played as double pivot for 60′ , and then pioli expect krunic more be trequista for last 30′.. really golden boy krunic is

  6. I think Milan has problem in right winger, playmaker and striker position. Messias, Diaz and old strikers are not enough for scudetto and UCL.

    1. But entire mercato we’ve been looking for a DC.

      I’ve been screaming from the top of my lungs that Ibra and Giroud are too old, Brahim is not strong enough and Saele and Messias are not good enough. But sure, lets buy another DC so we can give away more points like this.

  7. Pioli’s Milan today was so predicable. 1st half the plan was to target Leao for him to go one on ones…2nd half the plan was to feed the wingers so they can cross targeting Girouds head… Even on a counter attack the ball went to the side for a cross (!) searching for Girouds head.
    Also Milan needs quality on the bench.

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