Featured Matches
Previous
Manchester City
AC Milan
5
1
FT
Game Details
Liverpool
Olympiakos
1
0
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Everton
1
0
FT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
FC Dallas
2
2
FT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Portland Timbers
2
3
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Everton
1
0
FT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday
2
2
FT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Nottingham Forest
1
0
FT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Cardiff City
1
4
FT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
0
4
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
AC Milan
5
1
FT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Liverpool
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KV Mechelen
Racing Genk
3
1
FT
Game Details
Anderlecht
Mouscron-Peruwelz
3
1
FT
Game Details
Zulte-Waregem
KV Kortrijk
2
0
FT
Game Details
SV Grodig
SK Sturm Graz
2
1
FT
Game Details
Randers FC
Hobro IK
2
1
FT
Game Details
Esbjerg
Sonderjyske
1
1
FT
Game Details
Brommapojkarna
Atvidabergs FF
2
2
FT
Game Details
Mjallby
IFK
3
0
FT
Game Details
Elfsborg
IFK Norrkoping
3
0
FT
Game Details
Helsingborg
Orebro SK
1
1
FT
Game Details
Haugesund
IK Start
5
1
FT
Game Details
Bodo/Glimt
Sarpsborg FK
3
4
FT
Game Details
Molde
Rosenborg
3
1
FT
Game Details
Sogndal
Odd Grenland
1
3
FT
Game Details
SK Brann
Viking FK
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Vaduz
FC Zürich
1
4
FT
Game Details
Young Boys
FC Aarau
1
1
FT
Game Details
FC Basel
Lucerne
3
0
FT
Game Details
UCD
Derry City
1
6
FT
Game Details
Dundalk
Bray
5
1
FT
Game Details
Sligo
Limerick FC
2
0
FT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
FC Dallas
2
2
FT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Portland Timbers
2
3
FT
Game Details
UNAM
Guadalajara
0
1
FT
Game Details
U. de G.
Queretaro
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Edmonton
Indy Eleven
0
1
FT
Game Details
Lanús
Colón de Santa Fe
0
1
FT
Game Details
Racing Club
San Martín de San Juan
1
0
FT
Game Details
River Plate
Ferro Carril Oeste
(6) 0
(5) 0
FT-Pens
Game Details
Atletico Paranaense
Fluminense FC
0
3
FT
Game Details
Corinthians
Palmeiras
2
0
FT
Game Details
Goiás EC
São Paulo
2
1
FT
Game Details
Sport
Atlético MG
2
1
FT
Game Details
Flamengo
Botafogo
1
0
FT
Game Details
Gremio
Coritiba FBC
2
3
FT
Game Details
Cobreloa
Santiago Wanderers
1
2
FT
Game Details
Ñublense
Arica
2
1
FT
Game Details
Cobresal
Palestino
0
1
FT
Game Details
Colo Colo
Municipal Iquique
2
0
FT
Game Details
Once Caldas
Patriotas F.C.
2
0
FT
Game Details
Boyacá Chicó FC
Alianza Petrolera
1
0
FT
Game Details
Independiente Santa Fe
Fortaleza CE
2
0
FT
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Deportivo Cali
2
2
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
AC Milan
5
1
FT
Game Details
Liverpool
Olympiakos
1
0
FT
Game Details
San Simón
Los Caimanes
2
4
FT
Game Details
Inti Gas Deportes
Universitario de Deportes
2
0
FT
Game Details
12 de Octubre
Guaraní
1
1
FT
Game Details
3 de Febrero
Olimpia
1
3
FT
Game Details
General Díaz
Cerro Porteño
3
2
FT
Game Details
Shimizu S-Pulse
Kashiwa Reysol
3
0
FT
Game Details
Urawa Red Diamonds
Kashima Antlers
1
1
FT
Game Details
FC Tokyo
Vegalta Sendai
3
0
FT
Game Details
Cerezo Osaka
Sagan Tosu
0
1
FT
Game Details
Kawasaki Frontale
Albirex Niigata
1
0
FT
Game Details
Nagoya Grampus Eight
Yokohama F. Marinos
1
1
FT
Game Details
Omiya Ardija
Tokushima Vortis
1
3
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Vantforet Kofu
1
1
FT
Game Details
Vissel Kobe
Gamba Osaka
1
5
FT
Game Details
Malacateco
Petapa
2
0
FT
Game Details
Guastatoya
Universidad de San Carlos
3
2
FT
Game Details
FC Kansas City
Sky Blue FC
2
1
FT
Game Details
Seattle Reign FC
Portland Thorns FC
5
0
FT
Game Details
Next

No recent activity

Feb 23, 2014

Away day clinic as Milan seal victory

Despite the fiery atmosphere created by the hosts after what they perceived as several harsh decisions given against them, Milan remained professional throughout as they secured a 2-0 win at Sampdoria. Adel Taarabt continues to win the hearts of the Rossoneri faithful, but perhaps more impressive was the organisation and solidity displayed by the team.

While the performance wasn’t perfect, it was perhaps the most impressive since Clarence Seedorf took charge, particularly when considering the absentees on Sunday afternoon.

Marco Amelia and Cristian Zaccardo stepped in admirably as Christian Abbiati and Daniele Bonera were ruled out with illness, while Riccardo Saponara and Giampaolo Pazzini were promoted to the starting line-up and played their part in the victory.

However, perhaps most impressive of all was Taarabt, with the 24-year-old continuing to prove his critics wrong as he relishes the opportunity that Milan have handed him.

As suggested when the Moroccan joined the club, he has provided a sense of excitement with his trickery, vision and eye for goal. Those facets of his game have never been in doubt as he is undoubtedly a talented player, but his work-rate and defensive coverage have been a pleasant surprise.

Seedorf has shown a great deal of faith in Taarabt, and he appears to be working hard to repay him with complete performances whilst growing into a real team player. Milan required both elements at the Marassi, as they did well to negotiate what could have been a tricky road trip.

While there was no room for controversy with the first goal, Sampdoria undoubtedly felt aggrieved that Junior Da Costa wasn’t provided with more protection with the second. Their frustration led to a lack of discipline in the closing stages, as Milan were afforded the luxury of merely seeing the game out against ten men.

Ultimately, in many ways it was an ideal performance away from home as the Rossoneri looked to make things happen prior to taking the lead, before staying compact and allowing little hope for their opponents to get back into the game.

Seedorf will perhaps still insist that he wants his players to be more aggressive off the ball as they continue to display a habit of standing off and inviting pressure, while he was visibly annoyed at various points in the game with the lack of composure on the ball.

Victories breed confidence, and as Milan continue to restore their confidence the more progressive style of football will hopefully come to the fore as they are seemingly set to put pressure on those above for a place in Europe next season.

While there is an argument to suggest that the Europa League will merely act as a distraction next season were the Rossoneri to achieve a top six finish this year, much would depend on how seriously Seedorf took the competition as it could be seen as opportunity to hone his skills on the European stage with less pressure.

Nevertheless, the mere fact that Milan are now back in the conversation regarding potentially representing Serie A in Europe is a positive sign, and one that gives the impression of progress under the Dutchman.

There was a noticeable improvement defensively on Sunday while Milan were largely clinical at the other end. If Seedorf can ensure his players maintain that level of performance, then the question of Europe could become a more pressing issue in the coming weeks.

What were your impressions of the win over Sampdoria?

For all the latest Milan and Serie A news, you can follow me on Twitter @italiafooty

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.