Milan 4-2 Juventus: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Visitors Collapse at San Siro

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Milan stunned Juventus to win 4-2 on Tuesday night | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

A dramatic second half collapse from Juventus allowed Milan to come back from two goals down to seal a stunning 4-2 win at San Siro.

There was little to note during the first-half, with Zlatan Ibrahimović’s disallowed goal for offside the only bit of action worth jotting down on the notepad.

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Adrien Rabiot is mobbed after scoring his first Juventus goal. | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Moments after the restart, Juventus hit the front through Adrien Rabiot’s first goal for the club before Cristiano Ronaldo steered home his 26th Serie A goal of the season. With La Vecchia Signora 2-0 up, you’d have backed the Old Lady to extend their lead atop Serie A to ten points after Lazio’s shock defeat at Lecce.

Not long after, Ronaldo took advantage of a defensive mix-up to steer in his 26th league goal for the season and double his team’s advantage. But after a long VAR check, Leonardo Bonucci was penalised for handball, giving Milan a penalty and a chance to come back into the game. Step forward Ibrahimović, who slotted the ball past Szczesny to give the Rossoneri renewed hope.

But after Leonardo Bonucci was penalised for handball, Milan turned the game on its head. Ibrahimović slotted the resulting penalty past Wojciech Szczesny before Franck Kessie finished off a wonderful team move to draw the scores level.

A minute later, Rafael Leão’s right-foot finish put Stefano Pioli’s side in front before more slack defending from the visitors alloed Ante Rebić to net a fourth in the space of 20 stunning second half minutes.

Here’s 90min‘s breakdown of the game.

Key Talking Point

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Leão lifted his side with the attacking spark they needed | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

After defending well in the first half, all Stefano Pioli’s side were lacking was creativity. So inevitably after that bright showing, Milan promptly fell two goals behind – staring down the barrel of an 11th defeat of the season.

But after Ibrahimović’s successful spot kick, Milan suddenly clicked back into gear. The introduction of the pacy Leão allowed for more fluidity in transition, and suddenly the hosts looked like a side brimming with confidence.

Juve didn’t help themselves with lapses in concentration at the back, but Pioli will have been delighted with the impetus and drive shown by his team – which saw Milan press home their advantage and take the game to Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The improvement in their play was evident in Kessie’s equalising goal, a tremendous team move capped by a smart finish from the Ivorian.

Milan Player Ratings

Starting XI: Donnarumma (6); Conti (6), Kjær (7), Romagnoli (6), Hernández (7); Kessié (8*), Bennacer (7); Saelemaekers (6), Paquetá (5), Rebić (7); Ibrahimović (7)

Substitutes: Çalhanoğlu (7), Leão (7), Bonaventura (7), Krunić (N/A), Calabria (N/A)

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Kessié was terrific in Milan’s midfield | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Terrific in the second-half, Franck Kessié was the driving force in Milan’s midfield.

The 23-year-old didn’t allow Juventus any time on the ball, and his positive all-energy display was too much for the visitors to handle. Those who doubted his ability for the big occasion will think again, with Kessié’s display showing he’s capable of mixing it with the very best.

Key Talking Point

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Sarri will have plenty to ponder after his side’s disappointing outing | MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

It was a slow start to the game for Juventus, who appeared to be sorely missing Paulo Dybala’s spark in attack. The Argentine was suspended and his replacement, Gonzalo Higuaín, was largely ineffective after being starved of any kind of service.

Things improved going forward in the second half, but Juventus were a shambles defensively. Daniele Rugani was poor and question marks must be raised against Szczesny’s positioning for Milan’s third goal.

Juventus’ mental implosion will be a huge worry for Sarri, particularly with a clash against in-form Atalanta coming up. Still, with Lazio also losing, I Bianconeri will feel they’ve got away with one as they remain seven points clear.

Juventus Player Ratings

Starting XI: Szczesny (5); Cuadrado (6), Rugani (4), Bonucci (5), Danilo (5); Bentancur (7), Pjanić (6), Rabiot (6); Bernardeschi (5), Higuaín (5), Ronaldo (6)

Substitutes: Matuidi (6), Ramsey (6), Costa (6), Sandro (N/A), Muratore (N/A)

On a disappointing evening for Juventus, Rodrigo Bentancur was one of the few players to emerge from the game with any credit.

The midfielder was tenacious in the tackle, full of running and up until Juventus’ collapse, looked to have things under control in the centre of the park. The Uruguayan can’t do it all though, and will eagerly be anticipating the arrival of Arthur Melo next season.

Milan have the opportunity to show what they’re made once more, when they take on Napoli this weekend. Juventus, meanwhile, have a heavyweight clash of their own, as they take on free-scoring Atalanta in what could be one another crackerjack of a game.

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Jorginho Linked With Juventus as Chelsea Look to Raise Funds for New Signings

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Jorginho could join Juventus after falling out of favour at Chelsea | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been linked with a move to Juventus and a reunion with former coach Maurizio Sarri that could help the Stamford Bridge club fund an approach for Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz and others.

Chelsea have already spent the best part of £90m ahead of next season to secure deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. The club has also raised additional funds through sales since last summer, but the ongoing squad rebuild is far from complete and other positions are still being targeted.

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Chelsea have already signed Timo Werner | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Jorginho could be seen as a saleable asset as the Italy international has surprisingly fallen badly out of favour since the season restarted last month.

Prior to the campaign being put on hold he was a regular starter and was even named captain against West Ham in November. But a 10-minute cameo in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace was his first appearance of the restart, having only been an unused substitute in the three previous Premier League games and the FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester.

The Daily Mirror writes that Juventus are ‘expressing interest’ in Jorginho. That would mean playing under Sarri at a third different club after already doing so at both Napoli and Chelsea.

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos revealed to 90min in April that a new contract at Chelsea was actually being discussed. However, he added that there were offers from two other un-named clubs on the table, but admitted he had not so far had any contact with Juventus at that time.

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Jorginho has long been a favourite of Maurizio Sarri | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

“I have received official offers from two top clubs,” Santos said. “At the moment I haven’t talked to anyone at Juventus. We all know how highly Sarri thinks of him, but I can’t say if it is part of the Juventus technical project because, I don’t know what their plans are for next season.”

The Mirror also notes that N’Golo Kante is among those who could be sold to raise funds and make way for the future, something 90min revealed in May. Real Madrid are interested in the 29-year-old Frenchman, while Paris Saint-Germain are expected to make an approach if they believe he is available. Chelsea are happy with Kante but will consider selling if an acceptable comes in.

The Mirror goes on to suggest that Chelsea are eyeing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who was formerly a youth player with the Blues and remains close friends with Mason Mount.

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N’Golo Kante could be sold for the right price | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea also still want a new left-back and new centre-back this summer, with Ben Chilwell the player primarily linked with the former role. 90min was informed by a source in March that the club would prefer to spend big on a striker (which they have done to get Werner) and centre-back, potentially finding a cheaper alternative at left-back to stretch their budget further.

Kalidou Koulibaly is on the radar, although it is understood signing the Senegalese star from Napoli would potentially cost a club-record fee. Dayot Upamencano at RB Leipzig and Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes are other options being monitored. At left-back, Porto’s Alex Telles, Basel’s Blas Riveros and even Aston Villa’s Matt Targett are being considered.

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Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo Is Scoring for Fun – But His Goals Paper Over Glaring Deficiencies

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

If you’re the kind of person who tends to watch Italian football via your Twitter timeline, you may be in awe of what appears to be just another mesmeric season from one of the greatest to ever do it.

However, the vintage moments – whether it be the Superman leap to nod home at Sampdoria, the thunderbastard at Genoa or the set-piece magic in the recent Derby della Mole – that gain miilons of views and thousands of retweets mean that Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2019/20 campaign is easily misinterpreted by the average Joe.

And when you see that he became the first Juventus player since Omar Sivori in 1960/61 to score at least 25 goals in a single Serie A campaign, it may be difficult to understand why.

But there’s no doubting his nonetheless stellar goal tally this term has papered over an underwhelming season by the Portuguese’s lofty but demising standards.

Sure, his goals may well secure Maurizio Sarri his first-ever league title in management and the Bianconeri’s ninth Scudetto on the bounce, but when you tune into your typical Juve fixture – they’ve all been pretty similar this season – one thing’s painstakingly obvious: this isn’t Ronaldo’s team, it’s Paulo Dybala’s.

La Joya’s 21 league goal contributions this term may be inferior to Ronaldo’s 31, but his impact on this Juve side is profound. He’s the heartbeat. The metronome. The key spoke in Sarri’s stop-start wheel.

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Paulo Dybala has enjoyed an exceptional campaign in Turin | Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The Argentine’s versatility has been laid bare this term, being utilised as part of a front two – often alongside Ronaldo – in an attacking midfield role or, more recently, as a false nine following Sarri’s switch back to his tried and trusty 4-3-3. Wherever he’s been utilised, though, Dybala’s excelled; his capacity to exploit space all over the pitch, receive possession in deeper areas, combine efficiently and outfox opponents with supreme balance and ball manipulation have been nothing short of spellbinding.

And while it’s the Argentine who’s so often responsible for kickstarting the short passing combinations which, I guess, is ‘Sarriball’, Ronaldo’s looked like a fish out of water when Juve attempt to build-up and break down the typically deep blocks they face.

In fairness, he wasn’t helped by Sarri’s use of a 4-3-1-2 (and an incompetent midfield) for much of the campaign which saw him shoehorned into the side as a striker. The lack of reliable width available in this system led to congested central areas and thus, less room for Ronaldo to manoeuvre.

And when the 35-year-old drifted out to the left flank for a wee bit of breathing room, Sarri’s use of favoured left-back Alex Sandro in an inverted role meant he was often isolated and tasked with beating two or more opponents when the ball arrived at his feet without the support of the overload.

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Ronaldo was anonymous amid a disjointed attacking display from Juventus in their 1-0 defeat at Lyon in the Champions League | RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images

This was a typical theme up until the break in March and although Ronaldo endured a goalless November, an imperious goalscoring run from December and February in which he scored in 11 consecutive Serie A games ensured his inability to beat a man, poor decision-making, lack of fluidity and dwindling physical attributes were all overlooked.

He was producing at a frightening rate, and that was enough for Juventini – as well as ‘@CR7GOAT’ on Twitter.

Nevertheless, recent signs suggest Ronaldo is set for a late-season resurgence ahead of a tricky domestic run-in and the finale of the Champions League next month, in which Juve will have to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Lyon in order to reach the last eight.

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I’m not necessarily referring to the vintage strike from distance at Genoa and the rare bit of set-piece magic against Torino as signs of his return to form; but instead, it’s the backheeled assists for Gonzalo Higuain, the more efficient combination play and overall inclusion in Sarriball which have been refreshing to witness as a result of the Italian’s return to a 4-3-3 – and Ronaldo moving out to the left-wing with Dybala serving as the crafty false nine.

He’s been a particular beneficiary of the return to form of x-factor talent Douglas Costa on the opposite flank – who stretches out opposing defences with his capacity to hug the touchline – and La Joya’s ingenious movement which often draws the attention of centre-backs higher up the pitch, allowing Ronaldo to exploit the space in behind.

And all of this had come after a woeful start to calcio’s resumption from the former Real Madrid man. He’d dropped an absolute disasterclass in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Milan – failing to add to his 10-goal haul from the spot this term as his penalty crashed off the inside of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s post – while his clutch gene went AWOL for the resulting final against Napoli, as the Bianconeri slumped to a penalty shootout defeat.

Between both of these ‘is Cristiano Ronaldo in decline?’-worthy showings, the 35-year-old was forced to stomach Lionel Messi’s mesmeric display in Barcelona’s first return fixture away at Mallorca, as the Argentine dazzled in a 4-1 victory with a goal and a pair of assists.

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Ronaldo failed to fire in the Coppa Italia final defeat to Napoli | Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Messi would then spearhead a 2-0 victory over Leganes the day before Ronaldo’s cup final no-show and overall, it was a five-day period which perfectly encapsulated Messi’s overwhelming superiority over his longtime rival at this point in their respective careers – albeit against differing levels of opponent.

Nevertheless, despite a minor resurgence after a difficult start to the restart, there’s little doubting his 25 Serie A strikes has papered over a clearly demising footballing great.

But hey, with crunch time arriving in the race for the Scudetto and Juventus certainly being underdogs to bag their third Champions League title this August, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ronaldo further plaster over his decline by conjuring up a bit of timeless excellence once more.

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Manchester City & Juventus Join Race for Wolves Star Adama Traoré

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Adama Traore has turned heads all over Europe this season with his Wolves displays | Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traoré has garnered the attention of several European giants this season, as Manchester City and Juventus join the race for his signature.

Traoré joined Wolves after two inconsistent years at Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018, for around £18m. This season the 24-year-old has blossomed into one of the Premier League’s most exciting – and deadly – talents with four goals and nine assists in the competition.

Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo has been widely lauded for vastly improving Traoré’s end product – only two players in the English top flight can boast more assists than the Spanish Under-21 international.

In January, a 90min exclusive revealed that three clubs had registered an interest in the dynamic winger, with his former side Barcelona rivalling the Premier League’s Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, ESPN’s sources suggest that Juventus have joined the hunt for Traoré’s services. The Italian giants and Manchester City supposedly top the list of suitors while Barcelona have dropped out of contention. The Catalan club are thought to only be able to finance a move for Traoré next summer.

Although, the report claims that Traoré will remain at Wolves if Espírito Santo’s side clinch Champions League qualification. The Midlands team are sixth in the Premier League table and a flying start to football’s resumption – thanks in no small part to Traoré’s ever-increasing influence – leaves them very much in the race for the top four places.

Alternatively, Wolves could qualify for Europe’s premier competition by winning the Europa League. They face an Olympiacos side – which dumped Arsenal out of the tournament – in the second leg of their round of 16 tie after a 1-1 draw in Greece.

During the lockdown, it came to light that Wolves would demand £70m for Traoré, a sizeable fee given the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, Manchester City may be in need of reinforcements on the flanks after Leroy Sané’s move to Bayern Munich.

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Trio of European Giants Considering Summer Move for Alexandre Lacazette

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Alexandre Lacazette could soon leave Arsenal with a number of clubs interested | Michael Steele/Getty Images

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid both making initial contact with the striker regarding a move, while Inter are also keen.

The Frenchman has struggled to hold down his place in the Gunners side in 2019/20, particularly in more recent times. In fact, in his side’s last eight Premier League games, Lacazette has started just twice. However, he did come off the bench last time out against Wolves to net a crucial second goal – his tenth in all competitions this campaign.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from Arsenal for a while, even more so following his continued antics off the field. French outlet L’Equipe (via Get French Football News) now report that Juventus and Atletico Madrid have already both opened talks with the forward regarding a possible summer move.

However, Inter are also keen on his services – especially if Lautaro Martinez completes his high-profile transfer to Barcelona. As for Atletico, Lacazette reached an agreement with the club prior to his move to Arsenal, but a transfer ban left them unable to secure his services. In order, to make the deal more appealing to the Gunners, Atletico could look to include a player in the deal.

Thomas Partey has been linked with the north Londoners for some time now, and a source recently confirmed to 90min that Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of paying the midfielder’s release clause in instalments as they look to secure his services.

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Thomas Partey has been linked with Arsenal for some time | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Elsewhere, Juventus are also said to be keen on including a player in any potential deal. Adrien Rabiot has been persistently linked with a departure after a hugely disappointing first season in Turin, and the Gunners have been mentioned as an interested party in the past.

However, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Inter, or whoever else is interested, will have to wait until the 2019/20 season is over before Arsenal engage in any conversations. Boss Mikel Arteta did also recently insist that he is really happy with the forward, while further adding that the club will soon sit down with him to discuss his future.

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