GdS: Pioli’s target and Kalulu’s first – the promising stats in Milan’s favour

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are top of the table and they lead Inter by four points meaning their game in hand has now become irrelevant to the current standings, with regards to who is the league leader.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports how Stefano Pioli continues not to utter the word Scudetto and instead, every time he is asked a question about it, he replies that Milan’s goal is to improve the points tally in the last Serie A campaign (79).

Whether it is a precise psychological choice so as not to add pressure to the dressing room or a simple superstition, so far the team are in line to achieve the goal. They have 63 points after 29 games at an average of 2.172 points per game, against 2.079 in 2020-21.

In the last 15 years, the Rossoneri have never collected more than 63 points in their first 29 league games and only in the 2011-12 season did they match it.

Continuing with the other data, Pierre Kalulu’s goal is Milan’s 10th scored from outside the box in Serie A this season, something no other team in the ‘top five’ European leagues has been able to match. It is the double dimension in attack that Pioli wants, because if on the one hand the centre-forward (Giroud or Ibrahimovic) create danger the penalty area, there are other players also able to contribute.

In addition, Kalulu’s first goal in the league extends the list of different goalscorers for the Rossoneri to 16 this term. Only Atalanta and Fiorentina have more (17), but the list is as follows: Romagnoli, Hernandez, Kalulu, Florenzi, Tomori, Bennacer, Tonali, Diaz, Maldini, Saelemaekers, Kessie, Giroud, Ibrahimovic, Rebic, Leao and Messias.

More than half the squad have scored a goal this season, showing that there is a spread attacking threat who are all capable of making decisive contributions.

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