AC Milan were very convincing in their first game of 2023 and this has silenced some of the recent critics. The way the mood has completely changed is not surprising at all, as highlighted by the pundit Luca Serafini.
The Rossoneri could have scored four-five goals against Salernitana but due to a lack of composure, and some heroics from Guillermo Ochoa, the game ended 2-1. Nevertheless, it was a perfect start to 2023 as Napoli also lost against Inter.
Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have received quite a lot of criticism this season for their work in the mercato and while everyone is allowed to have an opinion, the team is performing on the pitch. This is something that Luca Serafini highlighted in his latest column for MilanNews.
“The team that won the Scudetto played at Arechi, apart from Maignan and Kessie. Fatally, a couple of fans used this to somehow point out that the summer mercato was a failure. However, it’s been like this for four years, since 2019 when the likes of Leao, Bennacer, Rebic and Tonali were ruled out by the fans (and more examples). Yet, Milan have been on the podium for three years, the most continuous among the strongest in the league,” he wrote.
Milan will face Roma this Sunday and it will be yet another important game in the Scudetto race. There’s understandably a lot of optimism, given the defeat of Napoli, but the work still needs to be put in.