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The Resurrection of the Rossoneri

Started on 29 July 2014 by Jason
Latest Reply on 30 July 2014 by Jason
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Interesting layout...I wonder what inspired it?
AndySams10: Thanks mate, I'm looking forward to the new Serie A season.

Neal: The King of Calcio, of course ;) In all seriousness though, if you'd rather me use a different layout, I don't mind buddy :)
It's fine, just generally try to ask if you're going to use someone's format :)
2014-07-30 20:44#187303 Neal : It's fine, just generally try to ask if you're going to use someone's format :)

Sorry I didn't ask, I don't want to appear ignorant!

Conte: 19th Scudetto is in reach

A.C. Milan manager Antonio Conte has claimed the club aren't as far away from their 19th Serie A title as the Italian media would have you believe. Following an 8th place finish last year, Milan have been given little chance by the media of threatening Juventus' superiority.

However, at a pre-match interview ahead of the season opener at Sassuolo, Italian manager Conte has insisted that the Rossoneri aren't far behind last years top three: Juventus, Roma and Napoli. Despite enduring an uncertain pre-season, the 44-year-old has downplayed the importance of results and instead urged the media to focus upon the improvements the club have made in the transfer market.

The poor pre-season has been disregarded by many Milanista fans as a period of tactical transition for the team. Following Clarence Seedorf's departure at the beginning of the summer and Conte's subsequent appointment, the team have had to adapt from a 4-2-3-1 formation - which was adopted by Seedorf - to Conte's successful 3-5-2 formation.

And whilst Milan were busy working on deals for their six arrivals, the Rossoneri's rivals were far less active in the transfer market. Conte's former club, Juventus, added just one player in the shape of creative Turkish midfielder Arda Turan. Roma managed to attract Arsenal attacked Joel Campbell on loan as well as the permanent signature of German international Sami Khedira. Napoli were the most active of Milan's rivals as they announced three signings: Andrea Ranocchia, Fabio Coentrao and Claudio Yacob for a combined fee of €35 million.

"We should not be overlooked for the Serie A title," demanded Conte, "As far as I'm concerned, Juve's spell of dominance is over. Despite winning the title last year by 17 points, the rest of the league is closing in. Ourselves, Napoli, Roma, Fiorentina and even Inter are ready to pounce at any opportunity we have."
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Milan win season opener

Sassuolo 0-3 A.C. Milan (Serie A)
El Shaarawy, Balotelli, Essien

A.C. Milan's Serie A season got off to a flying start under new manager Antonio Conte. Goals from Michael Essien and strike partners, Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli, sealed all three points in a comfortable encounter for the Rossoneri.

In the first 15 minutes, little was to be reported. Both teams chose to hold onto the ball for as long as possible to feel their way into the game. Soon after, a moment of brilliance separated the two sides. Some neat passing from Essien, Poli and Balotelli ended with the ball being played into El Sharaawy on the turn. The 20-year-old curled the ball from the edge of the area and into the top right-hand corner to give the visitors the lead.

The remaining minutes of the first half were spent with the Rossoneri keeping hold of possession and frustrating their hosts. At half time, Conte removed Mattia De Sciglio from the field to be replaced by fellow Italian wing-back Ignazio Abate.

Sassuolo, whom avoided relegation by two points last season, threatened twice at the beginning of the second half. Slovenian midfielder Jasmin Kurtic won the ball in the Milan half of the field and played the ball through for experienced striker Sergio Floccari whom was bearing down on goal. The 31-year-old slotted the ball under Zieler and into the back of the net - only to be ruled offside by the linesman. Just minutes later, Icelandic winger Hallfreosson's wild cross rattled the Milan woodwork after confusing Zieler.

As Milan regained their foothold in the game, wing-back Abate's long ball forward confused defender Bergonzini whom mistimed his jump - leaving striker Mario Balotelli the simple task of rounding the Sassuolo goalkeeper and adding a finish.

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