CorSport: Milan medical staff may not risk Maignan against Monza – the latest

By Oliver Fisher -

Mike Maignan may not make his return against Monza on Saturday as the medical staff do not want to take any risks, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) talks about the return of Maignan  who has been out for about a month due to sustaining a muscle injury in his left calf, which forced the club to call Ciprian Tătărușanu up to the UEFA squad list.

The main target for the Rossoneri staff is to have Maignan available for the trip to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb in the fifth matchday of Group E in the Champions League, which feels like a must-win to stand a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

However, the paper adds that this does not automatically mean he will not be available for the game on Saturday 22 October at 18:00 against Monza. The Frenchman even felt ready to play in Verona last Sunday but – in agreement with the medical staff – he preferred not to risk a relapse.

With Tătărușanu in goal, Milan have conceded an average of one goal every 64 minutes of play (the Romanian has played five games so far) whereas with Maignan at the beginning of the season it was one every 81 minutes.

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  1. Playing at home vs a tired Monza (who’ll play today vs Udinese, hoping they have to go to extra time) with a rested and restored Milan team, there’s minimal risk of putting Tata in goal (on paper of course).

    Ill trust Tata with a defense of Kalulu, Gabbia, Tomori, Theo especially if Rebic and CDK also start to press our attack.

    Only hesitation would be if Pioli rotates heavily our midfield and defense.

    Should be an easy win even without a cleansheet.

    Just my opinion

    1. Should be. Depends mostly on the attitude/motivation of the players though. They did show careless attitude against Verona too but got a somewhat lucky win (lucky because Verona could/should have scored a more goals).

      These “easy” games do seem to be the hardest for Milan.

        1. True. And that’s due to the right attitude and preparations for the match. They should approach every match like it’s against Juve/Inter.

  2. I still don’t understand why Pioli doesn’t choose Mirante. I mean, ofc, I trust Pioli’s decisions as he sees the boys in training everyday; but it’s hard for me to believe that Mirante couldn’t be better than Tata at coming off his line and grabbing aerial balls on crosses/corner kicks. He’s awful. Glued to the line. He was glued to the line on that Reece James goal too whereas you know Maignan would’ve been more aggressive and cut off James’ angle more than Tata did probably preventing that goal.

    But worst of all, Tata’s distribution is HORRIBLE. Over and over and over again, when he has WIDE OPEN Kalulu or Tomori or Theo or Bennacer which would be an easy pass, he just f’kin launches the ball to the midfield stripe and almost every time straight to opposing team, not anyone in Red & Black. It’s terrible and hurts our offensive output when he just gives away possession in situations Maignan NEVER would (and, again, I imagine Mirante would be better).

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