A good start under Reagan, despite that Roma match. Next month is going to be very tough having to play three of the top six, and two of those being top four. Despite playing Juve, Lazio at home will be the big game this month in my opinion. Three points behind them and could give you a big boost to getting into Europe.
Gabriella Berardi: “Welcome back everyone to the show. We have a fantastic show coming up. Alongside me is of course Pietro Scola, and we are accompanied by his colleague Gemma Gentile and no one other than Reagan Connelly. Thank you all for being here. Reagan, of course I’d have to start with you. How have you experienced these last two months.”
Reagan Connelly: “It might be a bit of a cliché, but it has been a rollercoaster, genuinely. In two weeks my entire life got turned upside down.”
Pietro Scola: “Did you have any reservations about taking the job. Because it’s a difference from being two days a week at the club as a trainer and being there full-time as manager.”
Reagan Connelly: “Most definitely, I loved being able to spend time with my family and it’s really the big downside of taking on this challenge, but it’s a chance I couldn’t go untouched. I love this club and being able to help in such a way is fantastic.”
Gemma Gentile: “I’m sure everyone on the outside could see the changes within the squad. The team have seemed to gel so well after you took over, do you feel that way too.”
Pietro Scola: “I’m sorry to come between this, but isn’t it natural for a team to experience some sort of bounce as soon as a new manager takes over. We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again. I’m sorry Reagan, but I don’t feel like that’s because of you per se.”
Reagan Connelly: “No need to apologize, it’s been two months. Results may be positive now, but as soon as they start to go down again, people will be asking for my head. The footballing world is a fantastic one, but it’s also very reactionary, if you get what I mean. I’m not going to go to overestimate myself, it’s important to keep my feet at the ground and keep working hard.”
Gabriella Berardi: “As you’ve already mentioned it, let’s go look at the results of this month.”
Pietro Scola: “As we can see, this month was incredibly tough for us. But once again, 6 points from 3 games, still unbeaten at home under Reagan and a very important month for continental qualification. We started the game with that 1-0 victory at home to Lazio, which saw Çalhanoglu score an absolute banging goal as well as that incredible penalty save from Gianluigi.”
Gabriella Berardi: “After Lazio there was an away game at Juventus and despite that go-ahead goal from Kessié, the champions were able to come away with a victory. The final game saw us host Napoli and once again we left it late, with Piatek scoring the decisive 1-0. Gemma, what did you think of this month.”
Gemma Gentile: “Incredible really, 6 points from these 3 games is fantastic. The team played very well and the play on the pitch was incredibly satisfying to watch. A game plan was made and executed.”
Gabriella Berardi: “Naturally the people want to know, Reagan, how did you experience these last three games.”
Reagan Connelly: “We knew from the start these were going to be tough games, but if you want to push for Europe, which we do, you need to pick up points in those games. They weren’t the prettiest of victories, but they were victories nonetheless and that’s what matters.”
Pietro Scola: “At your reveal, you did say however you wanted to win with some beautiful football and there has been some criticism about those last few games.”
Reagan Connelly: “Obviously I would love to win each game with the best possible football, but that’s not always possible. I’m much happier to get 3 points on the board than none and if we get European football at the end of the run, I don’t think fans will be too disheartened by the fact we had a few ugly wins.”
Gabriella Berardi: “Moving on to the player of the month and the fans almost all agreed. Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named player of the month. Gemma and Pietro do you agree.”
Gemma Gentile: “For sure, without Donnarumma, there would’ve been fewer points, maybe 4, maybe 2, maybe none. So it’s a given that he gets it.”
Pietro Scola: “Completely agree with you Gemma, 21 saves including that penalty stop. Insane month from him and I hope that scouts weren’t paying too much attention this month.”
Gabriella Berardi: “Before we finish up here, one look at the league table which tells us that…”
Gabriella Berardi: “....we see a bit of improvement. 9th place now, tied on points with Fiorentina in 7th. 7th place would mean a potential Europa League place. AC Milan seem to be certainly looking upwards not downwards. We’ll catch you all next month to discuss the games against Parma, Bologna, Sassuolo and most-importantly the derby against Atalanta. Ciao.”
_______________________________________________________________________________ TheLFCFan:Beating Lazio (and Napoli) does give us a great boost in momentum for Europe, let's hope we can keep that going. Scott:Definitely, away from home as well. 6 points from those 3 games is a great start. Jack:Consistency is key, but the quality of clubs around us may it make it very tough to keep that consistency
A very tricky set of fixtures on paper, but Reagan and his team have certainly produced the goods to gain a respectable six points from a possible nine. The signs of improvement are certainly there, but as noted by Reagan, it needs to be maintained. Supporters can be incredibly rash and reactionary should there be a downfall in results and a passionate fan-base like Milan are likely to get on top of the team should this occur.
An great month really. Juventus are miles ahead at the moment and it isn't expected that you'd be getting anything from them away from home. Wins against Lazio and Napoli is massive and now those European places look a lot more likely.
Probably one of the hardest months you're going to have opposition-wise but you did magnificently well. It seems Juve are running away with it this time but your focus should be on getting into Europe.