AC Milan is alive again. The Rossoneri have flushed their seven-game winless streak with two wins in a row. Last Friday in the league against Torino, Tuesday evening in the 1/8th finals of the Champions League against Tottenham. Each time 1-0, each time with Alexis Saelemaekers as the only Belgian in the base. Fifteen minutes before the end, Charles De Ketelaere was also allowed to come in, but he immediately missed a gigantic header opportunity.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli had been trying out different systems and lineups for weeks, but for the game against Tottenham he finally opted for the same eleven who won again on Friday for the first time in seven league games. With Alexis Saelemaekers as the only Belgian, on the right wingback.
A position that should suit the Red Devil, but he still disappointed against Tottenham. Offensively, Anderlecht’s youth product brought almost nothing and he too often lost the ball after failed dribbles. His best play of the game was a defensive one, as he squeezed in well just before half-time to prevent Heung-min Son from scoring.
Fortunately for Saelemaekers, he didn’t even have to play a good match. Milan had already taken the lead after seven minutes after a great action by Theo Hernández, the Frenchman who was still the best left back at the World Cup but had to swallow a lot of criticism in recent weeks. Brahim Diaz – Charles De Ketelaere’s competitor – rebounded on Hernández’s shot in two times.
De Ketelaere mist
Speaking of De Ketelaere: our compatriot was allowed to come in again fifteen minutes before the end, but almost immediately he missed a huge header. Still no first goal for CDK, but a hard-fought victory where the Rossoneri be able to pull up. Tottenham was not good enough and has to put a serious tooth in the second leg.