AC Milan is one of the strongest teams – Bonucci

Juventus player Leonardo Bonucci has described AC Milan as a “prestigious team” after both teams slugged it out on Saturday.

In the fiercely contested Serie A match, Paulo Dybala (60’) and Moise Kean (84’) scored for Juventus after Krzysztof Piatek had opened the scoresheet for Rossoneri in the 39th minute.

Milan almost got an equalizer from the spot kick. Unfortunately, Piatek found the bottom corner and a disappointing VAR decision saved all three points for Juve.

Bonucci, who spent a season at Milan before returning to Juventus, expressed excitement for their win but acknowledged Rossoneri’s strength and character.

‘Milan is a prestigious team but we won…I’m excited that we are ready for the first of two finals for us…’

An Italian journalist Mario Sconcerti argued in favour of the VAR decision that denied Milan a goal.

‘There’s no need for grudges or blames,’ Sconcerti said. ‘The gap between both teams on Serie A table speaks for itself.’

Milan are about 32 points away from Juventus and 11 from second-placed Napoli.

‘The gap between Juve and Milan on the table cancels out all errors from the officiating referee…Admittedly, Fabbri [the referee] missed two or three decisions during the game but those errors were inconsequential—and he had no reason to be biased.’

Juve are top on the league table. The champions will celebrate yet another Serie A trophy for the 2018/19 season if Napoli suffers loss against Genoa in today’s encounter.

‘What do we want to discuss?’ Sconcerti continued. ‘One theory is the errors ad personam, another the quality of the whole. If it is time to take stock, it is fair to say that there is little to understand, but also little to approve, Gattuso included.’

‘I respect Gattuso and it’s clear to see that it’s not all his fault, but if he needs an idea on where to go to improve, it’s time to discuss. This is the point at which he should wonder where the error is, and what can be done to eliminate it…The Leonardo thing against Gattuso and vice versa is old, he doesn’t need Milan, he just hides. What is wrong with society and what is it for Gattuso? Is there a summary?’

AC Milan star Keisuke Honda dissects the club’s problem

Keisuke Honda, the Japan international footballer who plays for Italian club side AC Milan, has revealed that he feels unbearable pain when the team is losing.

Image shows Honda Keisuke in action for AC Milan.

The famous midfielder admits there’s a sense of abandonment within him as he sits on the sidelines watching ACM lose matches. 

Honda is accusing the highly demanding Rossoneri fans of having an obsession with results. He says this behavior takes away passion from sport.

After training with his country’s national team The Blue Samurai on Tuesday, the Japan international  told the press: “In Milan, I think there’s far too much of it. What’s really wrong in Milan is that when you’re down during a game, they just completely abandon you. I feel absolutely no love. But as soon as you start winning, they treat you like family.

“So what’s it about to them, just numbers and winning or losing? I think it’s part of the reason not only Milan but the Italian national side, too, is in the situation they’re in. They’ve been obsessed with only results and that approach might work if you have the talent and can cope with the pressure.

“But if you don’t and you’re trying to break ground, that kind of attitude won’t cut it. If that’s the attitude, then all you’re doing is waiting for the next (Paolo) Maldini or (Gennaro) Gattuso to arrive. If you’re trying to turn a corner working with what you’ve got, you can’t simply push the team away and berate the players.

“There’s no comparing the atmosphere at the stadiums in Japan and Italy; it’s night and day. The fans here are kind, and the ground isn’t filled from top to bottom with people who are absolutely dying to watch football. Many of them support the flag, the way people do for the Olympics.

“So for fans like them, it could be rugby or volleyball that they watch. What’s important to them is that Japan wins, that their team plays hard.

“So when I play in Japan, I feel like I’m playing for my country more than I am for a football side.”

Image: Honda Keisuke

Honda joined his countrymen in preparations for their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq in Saitama on Thursday. The Blue Samurai will battle Australia in Melbourne next week.

While the 30-year-old player is finding it hard to break into AC Milan’s first team under head coach Vincenzo Montella, he has played only in two Serie A matches “as a sub” since the start of 2016/17 season.

The Red And Blacks last won their Serie A title in the 2011/12 campaign, with another Supercoppa Italia added to their list of trophies in 2011.

Chelsea Will Sell Cesc Fabregas in January.

Chelsea are reportedly set to offload Cesc Fabregas once the transfer window re-opens in early January, 2017. His destination is believed to be either Juventus or AC Milan, Sunday Express confirms in an exclusive report.

Image: Cesc Fabregas

Antonio Conte is said to have shown willingness to let the Spaniard leave for another club anywhere except in the English Premier League.

Fabregas was in high demand during the just concluded summer transfer window but failed to seal a contract with either AC Milan or Juventus.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal star has hopes of securing a first team action at Stamford Bridge. However, N’Golo Kante’s arrival from Leicester City in the summer, including “old wines” Nemanja Matic and Oscar, proves Cesc may have to spend more time on the bench.

With the future looking bleak for the Spain international footballer under Italian coach Conte, a move to any of the Italian sides with keen interest may be unavoidable come January.

The report claims Fabregas, 29, is willing to fight for his place but is too lightweight for Conte, who has increased the work rate of his midfielders since taking over.

While Juventus and AC Milan are preparing some huge paychecks for the star, Sunday Express adds that some Chinese club owners are planning a surprise swoop on big names from the English Premier League in January, and Cesc Fabregas is said to be top on the list.

AC Milan’s Legend, Paulo Maldini Loves Athletic Bilbao.

Former Italian and AC Milan legend, Paolo Maldini has spoken of his ‘admiration’ for Athletic Bilbao after receiving the One Club Man award from the Basques.

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AC Milan To Be Bought By Alibaba Owner, Jack Ma.

It’s been reported that a Chinese group of wealthy business moguls led by Alibaba owner, Jack Ma are bidding €700million to purchase the Italian club.

If this transaction succeeds – which is more likely considering the current financial profile of the club – AC Milan will become the richest club in the world.

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Mario Balotelli Snubs Liverpool.

Amid rumors of a possible return to the English Premier League, AC Milan of Italy’s Mario Balotelli has refuted the idea saying he wasn’t happy at Liverpool and does not want to return.

This is the ‘always me’ striker’s second spell at the famous Italian club.

Reports say Mario could be on his way to Monaco if there’s any need for him to leave and in this regard, he has already met with Monaco’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev. The player is considering a transfer to Ligue 1 if for any reason, he fails to click on a permanent move to AC Milan.

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