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Rosseneri are champions again!

Sassuolo vs AC Milan

AC Milan destroyed Sassuolo away from home to clinch the Serie A title after 11 years. Stefano Pioli has led AC Milan to the Scudetto  with one of the youngest squads in Serie A.

A resounding 3-0 win against Sassuolo has confirmed that they are Serie A champions while their cross city rivals just missed out on back to back title. A double from Giroud and a goal from Kessie secured a win for AC Milan against Sassuolo.

What is more commendable is that AC Milan were flawless during the final matches in Serie A. They went on an incredible unbeaten run in the last 5 matches against tough opponents such as Lazio and Atalanta.

AC Milan surrendered majority of the possession to Sassuolo in the game their game plan was clear away from home. They looked to play on the counter and did so to devastating effect. This tactic was clearly deployed by Pioli to avoid losing the game. A lesson he probably learnt earlier in the season when Sassuolo went to the San Siro and came away with a 3-1 win.

Despite Sassuolo having 55% of possession they only managed to get a solitary shot on target to AC Milan’s ridiculous 11.

Let’s look at the 3 main takeaways from the game between Sassuolo and AC Milan, that secured the title for the Rossoneri.

 

Giroud the man of the moment

Olivier Giroud handed AC Milan the lead in the 17th minute with a sublime finish on the swivel. Kaan Ayhan miscontrolled on the half way line to give the ball away to Raphael Leao. The Portuguese winger ran into the penalty area where he laid on the perfect chance with a cutback for the predatory Giroud.

The Frenchman then doubled AC Milan’s advantage with a very similar goal in the 35th minute. Ferrari lost the ball to Leao in his penalty box but was able to force the winger away from goal. But the magic of Leao was something Ferrari could do nothing about. He easily beat his man and burst into the penalty box again to cut the ball back for Giroud who was standing on the penalty spot to calmly put away the ball for his 2nd of the night.

Olivier Giroud has made it a habit to score decisive goals for his clubs in his illustrious career. He is an underrated clutch player, a man made for the big occasion.

 

Leao is a SUPERSTAR!

Raphael Leao has been one of the most impressive players in Serie A this season. After his breakout campaign last year , he has clearly taken another step in his development. His performances have made him a bona fide superstar this season.

He got 3 assists in the first half for AC Milan in this crucial match against Sassuolo. Even Franck Kessie’s goal was assisted by the Portuguese. He cut the ball back for the Ivorian who smashed the ball in with the inside of his foot in the 36th minute to give Milan a 3 goal cushion.

This also meant that Franck Kessie will be leaving Italy for Barcelona in style, with a farwell goal and the Scudetto confirmed. Sassuolo just did not know how to stop the AC Milan winger who was ripping their defence apart.

Raphael Leao ends the season with 11 goals and 10 assists in the league, his most prolific season yet. His all round attacking displays and his age makes him a future club legend for Milan fans.

 

Milan are back on top

It took 11 years and major upheaval before AC Milan could even get close to winning the Scudetto. Last year they were unlucky to miss out on the title as Conte’s Inter eventually ran away with the league.

But now AC Milan are champions of Serie A yet again! Zlatan and Maldini must be grinning right now because their return sparked the start of the revolution under Pioli at AC Milan.

We are going to see AC Milan in the Champions League next season also. Hopefully their storied history in the competition will motivate them to go deeper in the continental tournament. A Scudetto will surely boost their confidence drastically for next season.

 

 

 

Vidur Arora
A Swansea City fan, who fell in love with the game watching Joe Allen play. Usually found in the wild with headphones in his ears and bobbing his head. Love his art too.

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