GdS: Milan’s title credentials put to the test – comparing key stats from 2020-21 vs. 2021-22

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have taken the Scudetto race right down to the wire already which is something they failed to do last season, but are they a better team than 2020-21?

La Gazzetta dello Sport begin a comparison with the most obvious one: Milan are currently on course to get more than the 79 they got in 38 games last season, as they are currently on 74 with four games still on the calendar.

On the 34th matchday of 2020-21, Milan had scored 2 more goals (62 against 60) compared to this season, but had conceded 11 more. This much better goal difference has translated into points, also thanks to some precious 1-0 wins such as against Napoli, Empoli and Cagliari.

The Rossoneri are having some problems with final product because they have had less shots on target (168 in 2021-22 versus 189 in 2020-21), while the overall shots taken (218 against 185) and those blocked (153 against 134) have increased.

Looking at the pitch as an overview, Milan on average win the ball back a couple of metres higher up the field compared to last year. The average position (centre of gravity) of the team and the offside line are also slightly higher.

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  1. Big difference to last year is penalty kicks which has a lot to do with a change in handball rules.
    Milan got a lot of goals through penalty kicks last year. This year not so much.

  2. Big difference Giroud is having a great season ,just look at the stats of the wins when he starts in a match HE is a much better player than given credit for ,,it is often overlooked ,the sheer strength of the man ..No team likes to defend against him ..He holds the ball up so well ,that it gives other team mates time to find good positions on the field ,added to that he has incredible technical ability to find space in the 18 yard box ,and of course score vital goals ,which he will also do .
    I said this a long time ago and I will say it again ,,this Ac Milan team are very exciting to watch ,and added to that the experience of both Giroud and ibramavic will I believe win the scuddeto this season .
    Love this team ,great enthusiastic players ,and amazing management.poli is the best .

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