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AC Milan - The Revival

Started on 29 December 2014 by OllieGrocott
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AC Milan have announced the appointment of 32 year old, Oliver Grocott as manager. This will be Grocott's first major managerial position having previously been coach of the AC Milan u16 squad. The appointment has come as quite a shock after many believed AC Milan favourite Filippo Inzaghi would take over, however in a recent interview Inzaghi stated that he would like to apply his trade elsewhere before potentially returning to his beloved club.

Current AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has stated that the appointment of Oliver Grocott was based around the success he has had at AC Milan's youth squads, and the fresh ideas that a young manager can bring. Berlusconi also stated that he see's Grocott being at AC Milan for the foreseeable future.
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AC Milan - Season 2014/15

New manager Oliver Grocott will have a tough task on his hands this season after Milan's dreadful performance last season where the club finished 8th in the league, and also missed out on European football. During the summer transfer window Milan saw some key players leave the club. Club favorite Kaka left the club to join Sao Paulo on loan before joining new MLS franchise Orlando City. Also leaving the club was controversial stirker Mario Balotelli who joined Liverpool for £16 million. AC Milan did however see new arrivals at the club, with the likes of defender Alex and stiker Jeremy Menez joining the club on free transfers. Also Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel joined on loan spells from Chelsea. The remaining transfers saw goalkeeper Diego Lopez join from Real Madrid, defender Pablo Armero join on loan from Udinese and finally midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura join from fellow Serie A side Atalanta

Key Players

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Riccardo Montolivo is the current AC Milan captain, and they will be looking for key performances from his this season. Riccardo has many qualities that make a great central midfielder, however he has yet to fully show these qualities, somewhat down to injuries which also ruled him out of the Italy squad for the world cup. He will be looking for consistent performances this season to help Milan push for European football.

Mattia De Sciglio was a member of the Italian world cup squad, however he was only able to make one appearance due to Italy's poor showing, which resulted in them finishing third in their group. Mattia possesses all the attributes to become a world class Full Back. and with the right mentality and training he could very well become the best Full Back in the world.

Stephan El Shaarawy is a player with bags of potential. He joined Milan in 2011 from Genoa, and has gone on to show why he is one of the most promising talents in football. His wide range of skills, dribbling ability and footwork is a joy to watch. However last season was a particularly bad one for him due to injury which kept him out of the world cup team. He will be looking to bounce back this season and regain his national team place.
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Pre-Season

AC Milan begin their pre-season with a tour of Norway where they will play; Start, Bryne, Skeid, Lillestrom. Milan then have three home fixtures against Swiss club Breitenrain and Bulgarian clubs Levski and CSKA Sofia. Then finally they play against Serie A Champions Juventus in their final friendly.

Start 1-1 AC Milan
Lars-Jorgen Salvasen (35)
Cristian Zapata (57)

AC Milan's first friendly of the season ended in a 1-1 draw against a very composed Start side. In the early openings of the game Start showed they were no push overs as they controlled the majority of the play, and ended up taking the lead with a close range finish by Lars-Jorgen Salvasen. Into the second half Milan began to get a hold of the game and started to create some good chances. Milan's breakthrough came in the 57th minute after Cristian Zapata managed to leap above everyone else to score with his head. Milan had the better chances to win the game but were unable to find that winning goal.

Bryne 0-4 AC Milan
Jeremy Menez (8)
Jeremy Menez (16)
Marco van Ginkel (81)
Jeremy Menez (90+1)

This was a very one sided contest as AC Milan dominated proceedings against Bryne. Jeremy Menez put in a man of the match performance and bagged himself a hat-trick in the process. Milan took an early lead through a Menez free-kick from 27 yards out that flew into the top right hand corner. Menez grabbed his second not long after with a calm finish from inside the penalty area into the corner of the net. Marco van Ginkel then scored his first goal of pre-season with a rocket into the bottom left corner from outside the box. Menez then completed his hat-trick with a header from a Keisuke Honda cross.

Skeid 0-2 AC Milan
Fernando Torres (26)
Fernando Torres (35)

A relatively comfortable victory for Milan against Skeid, which saw Fernando Torres make his first appearance of pre-season and bag himself a brace. Torres was able to latch onto a through ball from Stephan El Shaarawy and slot it through the goalkeepers legs. Not long after the same combination of El Shaarawy and Torres linked up to score Milan's second. Skeid were limited to very few chances in a game where Milan feel they should have score more.

Lillestrom 0-3 AC Milan
Fernando Torres (46)
Fernando Torres (61)
Jeremy Menez (67)

Milan's final game of the tour saw them play against Lillestrom. Milan opened the scoring just after the half-time break thorugh a Torres header, as he was able to leap above his defender and head the ball into the far corner. Milan were then awarded a penalty in the 61st minute after a handball in the penalty area, Torres stepped up to slot the ball past the goalkeeper who dived the wrong way. ilan's final goal of the game, came from Jeremy Menez who latched onto a mistake from the Lillestrom defence to chip the ball over the goalkeeper.

AC Milan 6-1 Breitenrain
Jeremy Menez (6)
Sully Muntari (36)
Jeremy Menez (51)
Sully Muntari (58)
Ramon Egli (62)
Jeremy Menez (68)
Stephan El Shaarawy (77)

In a one-sided contest which saw AC Milan defeat Swiss side Breitenrain by 6 goals to 1, was somewhat overshadowed by a wonder goal from Stephan El Shaarawy. The Milan breakthrough came in the 6th minute as Jeremy Menez was able to get a toe on the end of a Ignazio abate cross. Sully Muntari then doubled Milan's lead with a curling effort from just outside the box which flew into the top corner. Menez then added his second of the game from a free-kick which took a deflection of the wall. Muntari added the fourth with a header after making a darting run into the box to get on the end of a Pablo Armero cross. Breitenrain did manage to pull a goal back through Ramon Egli who struck a sweet volley in to the bottom right hand corner from 14 yards out. Menez then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after a late challenge on Nigel De Jong in the box. Then came the goal of the game, where Stephan El Shaarawy picked the ball up inside his own half, and went onto beat 4 players before looping the ball over the goalkeeper.

AC Milan 3-0 Levski
Fernando Torres (9)
Jeremy Menez (31)
Keisuke Honda (89)

A comfortable 3-0 victory for Milan against Bulgarian side Levski who finished runners up in their league last season. Fernando Torres opened the scoring with a deft finish with his head from a Keisuke Honda cross. Jeremy Menez then added a second for Milan with a powerful drive from inside the box into the left of the goal. Keisuke Hinda then completed the scoring with a trademark free-kick into the top right hand corner from 25 yards out.

AC Milan 7-2 CSKA Sofia
M'Baye Niang (3)
Marco van Ginkel (16)
Hachim Mastour (29)
Alex (46)
Martin Petrov (52)
M'Baye Niang (53)
Martin Petrov (64)
M'Baye Niang (68)
Stephan El Shaarawy (76)

AC Milan put in a dominant display against Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia to come away with a 7-2 victory. M'Baye Niang opened the scoring with a low drive into the bottom right corner of the goal. Marco van Ginkel then doubled Milan's lead with a curling effort from just inside the penalty area. Wonderkid Hachim Mastour then socred to make it 3-0, with a clam finish into the middle of the goal, after a through ball from Andrea Poli. Defender Alex then got on the score sheet with a powerful header from a Keisuke Honda corner. Martin Petrov then pulled one back the visitors with a powerful free-kick from 23 yards out. M'Baye Niang then added his second of the game when he was able to latch onto a Mattia De Sciglio corss and place the ball just above the keeper. Martin Petrov again pulled one back from the penalty sport after Alex made a clumsy tackle. Milan's sixth goal came from Niang who completed his hat-trick, after a mazy run saw him beat two players before slotting the ball under the goalkeepers body. The final goal of the game came from Stephan El Shaarawy who got on the end of chipped ball from Niang toslot home past the keeper.

AC Milan 0-4 Juventus
Fernando Llorente (13)
Fernando Llorente (35)
Philippe Mexes (71)
Carlos Tevez (77)

Milan's final pre-season game saw them play current Serie A champions Juventus. Things did not get off to a good start for Milan, as after 13 minutes they found themselves behind to a Fernando Llorente header from a Andrea Pirlo free-kick. Llorente then added his second of the game after a quick one-two with Carlos Tevez, he slotted the ball past Michael Agazzi in goal. Juventus's third came from a mix up at the back which saw Philippe Mexes loop a header over his own goalkeeper due to miss communication. Carlos Tevez completed the scoring with a low drive into the bottom left hand corner.

Manager's Thoughts:
I feel we had a very positive pre-season with some good results. I am pleased that we were able to score plenty of goals as i feel that was a problem with the team last season, not being able to score enough goals. The Juventus result was disappointing and the score line was fully deserved. We need to mske sure we don't take the negatives from our final pre-season game into the first league game against Fiorentina.

Player of Pre-Season:
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Jeremy Menez was named player of pre-season after some fine displays saw him score 7 goals in the 6 games he played. However it wasn't just his goal scoring ability that was on show, he showed excellent all round play. He was able to link up well with his new team-mates and didn't look out of sorts one bit. Milan will be hoping he is able to continue his performances from pre-season into the league campaign this season.


Transfer News: Milan Swoop For Palermo Duo

AC Milan manager Oliver Grocott has stated that he wants to bring some fresh faces to the club, also to help with the squad size required to compete in the Serie A. Milan have reportedly completed the signings of Palermo duo Andrea Belotti and Davide Monteleone. However both players loaned back to Palermo in order to gain some valuable first team football.

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Andrea Belotti is a striker who began his career at Serie C side AlbinoLeffe where he went onto make 37 appearances scoring 14 goals. Belotti gained a lot of interest from clubs after his impressive displays for AlbinoLeffe, this lead to Palermo signing the young striker on a one year loan deal. He went onto make 24 appearances for Palermo scoring 10 goals in the process. After an impressive season in the Serie B with Palermo, they decided to make the deal permanent. Belotti has also played for Italy at various youth levels including the u19's, u20's and the u21's where he has gone on to make 13 appearances scoring an impressive 8 goals. Belotti joins Milan for a fee believed to be around £2.2 million.

Davide Monteleone is a defender who began his career with Palermo, playing in the youth teams before being brought up to the first team squad this season. However Milan were quick to swoop and completed a deal believed to be around £1.2 million. It was rumored that the player would be sent back on loan to Palermo, however manager Oliver Grocott has stated that he would like to send the young defender to affiliate club Benevento. Davide has also managed to to represent Italy at u18 and u19 level, where he has gone on to make 8 appearances.

Manager's Thoughts:
I am very pleased with the signings, it shows that we are looking to bring in some younger faces with a desire to do well. In Andrea we have signed a player who is very good in the air, but can also play with the ball at his feet, also his fantastic goal scoring record is something to be desired for someone of such a young age. Davide is a defender who likes to play out from the back and is very calm on the ball which is something i look for in a defender. Of course i feel they need first team football, so sending them out on loan is the best option i believe.
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Press Conference: Grocott To Face Media

New AC Milan manager Oliver Grocott will get his first taste of the media as a press conference has been called at the club. It is thought that Grocott will be joined by current Milan captain Ricardo Montolivo. It's important for Grocott to make a good early impression, as reporters can be tough work and many managers have cracked under the pressure from the media.



Reporter: Good morning Oliver! How do you feel your pre-season went?
Grocott: Good morning! Erm.. I feel our pre-season went well we played some tough teams and I feel we played very well overall. We scored plenty of goals which is positive and i also got chance to see how some players that I've not seen before play. Overall i am very happy.

Reporter: You've just announced the signings of Andrea Belotti and Davide Monteleone. Can we expect more signings?
Grocott: I think due to the demands of Serie A.. having of course 22 players selected per game it means squads will need to be bigger, as injuries may occur also suspensions.. So maybe more signings but at the moment i have nothing to add regarding any new arrivals.

Reporter: You have current club captain Riccardo next to you. Will you be looking to name a new club captain after the news that Riccardo will miss the first few months of the season?
Grocott: No. Riccardo will be club captain.

Reporter: Riccardo, how long are you expected to out for and how much does this injury affect you mentally?
Riccardo: Early indications are that it will be 3-4 months. Erm.. Mentally, i feel great. Of course missing out on the world cup squad was a disappointment but I'm just looking forward to getting back fit and putting on the Milan jersey again.

Reporter: Oliver, what are your expectations of the season?
Grocott: I believe a top 4 finish is my main target this season. Champions league football is what the players and the fans want so hopefully we can live up to that. Of course we also have the TIM Cup but im hoping we don't have to rely on a good cup run to qualify for European football.

Reporter: You're first league game of the season is against Fiorentina at home. What do you make of their team and also does it help being at home first game of the season?
Grocott: Fiorentina have a good group of players, and they also have some tricky players who could cause us problems like, Cuadrado and Valero. I feel we have a very good chance of winning the game if we stick to our game plan and we prepare well for the game, and of course being at it's nice to play your fist league game at home, but i don't think it matters, all that matters is the result at the end.

Reporter: Thank you, for answering our questions, and we wish you well for the season.
Grocott: Thank you, and good night.
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