Huge top of the table clash to come from the international break from. It’s the Derby de la Madonnina. Inter come into the match in one of their championship winning forms. Milan had started to falter in December but showed signs of revival late Jan. Brozovic the Inter midfielder is one of those players that I like but doesn’t get credit which is due. Not flashy but does the box to box job well. His shot deflected onto the path of Milan goalkeeper Maignan was the best chance for the Rossonerri before the goal. In fact both keepers were busy in the half, Handanovic’s save off Tonali’s shot keeping scores at 0-0. Milan’s weakness is on corner kick marking. Check out the goal by Perisic. The Croatian had eyes on the ball and his low rasping shot beat Maignan hands down. Another player would have assumed the header by the Milan player but Perisic held his position. One thing I love about the two Milan teams is that there is no huge animosity between them such that players routinely move either way often. The corner kick taker Hakan is one example.
Alexis Sanchez was Giroud’s teammate Arsenal. It was great to see the two battle it out on opposite sides. You wouldn’t have picked Milan as the winner of the match looking at the first 20 minutes of the second half. But with 15 minutes to go Giroud was stronger than Alexis in midfield won the ball, Brahim Diaz combining with Tonali, with the Frenchman finishing off a move he started. The high press working for Pioli’s side, it’s making breakthroughs in Italian soccer too you know. A few minutes later it was 2-1 Milan. Giroud turning De Vrij into knots creating a small gap for the shot to fire Rossonerri into ecstasy. Giroud needs love from the fans and coach of France national team, hope he gets it. It is due to him. Theo, another Frenchman got his marching orders with a cynical foul on Denzel Dumfries deep into injury time. Unnecessary and puts his team under disadvantage for the next game. Inter still have an advantage of a point off their City rivals and a game in hand to boot.