Inter run away and Milan are unable to keep up with them. The defeat with Napoli confirm theallergy of the Rossoneri to direct clashes and the discomfort of playing a San Siro. The Pioli away band is exalted and collapses in his kingdom. He has not won at home since February 7 against Crotone and in the last three league games he has collected only one point. 2021 is cursed: after losing to Juventus, Atalanta and Inter, the Devil also falls against Napoli. The decisive goal was signed by Politano, formerly of Inter, who gives a gift to his old teammates, but also helps Gattuso in the run-up to the Champions League.
AC Milan wakes up late. Against Udinese and Manchester United he had drawn in the recovery, this time he is close, but it is not enough. In the latest attack on the white weapon he calls for a penalty for a contact between Bakayoko and Theo Hernandez. The Var Mazzoleni calls the Easter referee to the monitor who, after reviewing the images, confirms his decision. The ending is pyrotechnic: Rebic is expelled for protests and Donnarumma argues with one of the Napoli staff.
But beyond the episodes, Milan seems to have lost the main road. Kessie is the image of the Rossoneri’s defeat: gigantic in Verona and Old Trafford, he turns in vain against the Gattuso gang and from his empty pass the perfect counter-attack is born that determines the defeat. Pioli also suffers from the usual emergency, which gives no respite and is betrayed by two stars upon returning: Theo Hernadez never inserts the turbo and Calhanoglu no longer marks the difference with its quality between the lines. The championship is now 9 points away. Juve, with the game to recover, could steal second place from the Rossoneri. Now we need to recover the injured and change pace, starting on Thursday against Manchester.
The game is very tactical and not very spectacular. Napoli, who hadn’t won away from home since January 10, attack more. Milan relies on restarts. Pioli is without Calabria, Romagnoli, Bennacer, Ibrahimovic and Mandzukic, to which must be added the bruised Kjaer, who sits on the bench. Napoli also has its troubles, but they are not seen on the pitch.
The first half ends without scoring chances, but at the beginning of the second half Gattuso’s team hits hard with a fast action: Hysaj steals Kessie’s time, Zielinski takes advantage of the hole left by Theo Hernandez and Politano strikes Donnarumma with a diagonal. Milan shakes up with the changes. Saelemaekers brings dynamism, Diaz broadens the game, above all Rebic hurts the Napoli defense: first he invents a wasted assist by Leao with a weak and central shot, then with a header he engages Ospina. The finish is electric. But this time it is not enough.
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