Milan beat Juventus 4-2 to capture their fourth win in five games after the lock-down as the Bianconeri experienced an authentic blackout and gave away a two-goal lead. It was Milan’s first Serie A win over the black-and-whites since four years. Far from saying that Juventus’ claim on the Scudetto is at risk, but Maurizio Sarri’s band suddenly found themselves fragile.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with Milan will end once the season is finished. What he will do next remains uncertain as Zlatan apparently had a heated discussion with CEO Ivan Gazidis over his running of the club last week. With the big Swede possibly leaving, here are four names that Milan could be looking at to replace him at the San Siro.
Serie A is back again after months of inactivity and we can expect a lot to go down over the next few weeks. The season is set to be completed properly and following that, the transfer window will be wide open. Some stories have been growing already so let’s take a look at the recent top transfer rumors, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gonzalo Higuain’s future.
With a stunning second-half comeback, Antonio Conte’s Inter won 4-2 a thrlling Derby della Madonnina, likely the most exciting seen in years. The Nerazzurri thus managed to gain three points versus Scudetto-contenders Juventus. It was a real battle at the San Siro Stadium as Milan finally managed to measure up to the cross-town task despite wasting a two-goal lead.
Milan won 1-0 in at the Mario Rigamonti Stadium in Brescia on Friday to extend their winning streak to three games and continue their climb back up the Serie A table. However, it took a string of saves by goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ante Rebic’s third goal in a row to pull the Rossoneri’s chestnuts out of the fire in a game which the Rondinelle played better.
Perhaps Stefano Pioli has found the magic formula. His brand-new attacking couple made of Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Milan return to victory after three games without goals as the Rossoneri made full score in Cagliari on Saturday. Ibra scored his goal number 57 in red-and-black after Rafael Leao, with a bit of luck, had put Milan in the driving seat.
A goalless draw at San Siro, with Sampdoria snatching an important away point in view of their battle to remain in Serie A. Milan were held onto a nil-nil home tie for the second time in a row, after Sassuolo had ruined their 120th birthday before Christmas. The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sent in by Stefano Pioli in the second half, didn’t help the Rossoneri.
And so, Milan it is. Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to continue his seemingly-endless career with another stop in the red-and-black side of Milano. But while Ibra’s Second Coming is surely a hit for Serie A, the signing of a 38-year-old looks more like a temporary Band-Aid than the fruit of some calculated planning on the part of the Rossoneri management.
The year is 1999. In the South of Sweden, Malmo FF prepare for a new season, and looking to bring more firepower to their attack they choose to give a chance to a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fast forward 20 years, and the same man is still making headlines: After terminating his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy, Zlatan seems to be looking for a new challenge.
The 2005-2006 season was the last for Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Juventus. Ibra had moved to the Bianconeri one year earlier, and even if his second season in Turin was far less impressive than the debut one, he still found the way to show dazzling glimpses of his talent – like the magic trick that helped Juventus trample Roma 4-1.
Sometimes people just lose it. All actors in the football circus – players, coaches, presidents – are human after all. Now and then, it happens that they just lose their grip. Words escalate, hands touch, and the fight is on. So put your boxing gloves on, and follow us in a journey across the Top 5 “losing grip” moments in the recent history of Italian football.