Gennaro Gattuso faces another tough test with his Milan side on Friday evening, when the Rossoneri host last season’s third-placed team Roma. The Rossoneri endured a disaster of a Serie A season opener last Saturday night, a nervous performance seeing them throw away a 2-0 lead to Napoli and they ended up losing 3-2.
His squad looked uncomfortable with instructions to play the ball out from the back, and rumours persist that an out-of-form Gianluigi Donnarumma will be dropped for former Napoli stopper Pepe Reina - the latter much more experienced and comfortable with that kind of style.
What is for certain is that Gattuso must seek to involve new striker Gonzalo Higuain much much more, the new signing often looking isolated and uninvolved in the play versus the Partenopei.
Meanwhile Roma have struggles of their own, the Giallorossi having won a narrowly-fought contest versus Torino 1-0 on opening day, and eventually mounting a comeback versus Atalanta on Monday after La Dea had taken a 3-1 lead at Stadio Olimpico. Goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas rescued the 3-3, however Coach Eusebio Di Francesco was absolutely furious with his players during and immediately after the match.
"I go crazy because at times I’d like a little more focus,” fumed the former Sassuolo boss in his post-match interview after he clearly lost his head in the dugout. “I wanted balance in the last 10 minutes, yet it looked like amateur hour out there with 11 attacking against 11 defending. It’s no way to play.”
Such an angry reaction from Di Francesco implies that a lack of discipline from his players will be worked upon in training, whereas issues displayed in Milan’s first match revealed problems that look more difficult to work out with a Friday evening kick-off looming.
“After their first goal we simply left the field and that is the biggest regret,” admitted Gattuso after defeat to his former mentor Carlo Ancelotti. “We have to work on our mentality, interpreting the game as a squad. We are strong, we just need to correct a few mistakes, but it takes time and I know we don’t have much of that at our disposal.”
Previous results point to this outcome too with the Rossoneri having triumphed over the capital club just once in the last six outings, with four of those occasions resulting in a win for Roma. 888 Sport offer decent odds of 7/2 here, an outcome that you should certainly consider backing.
As we saw in a famous example last season versus Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final, Roma are kings of the comeback under their current boss. At 4-2 down from their first leg at Camp Nou, no-one was willing to give the comparatively inexperienced side a hope, however the Giallorossi stunned the world by pulling off a 3-0 victory to advance to the semi.
They would do the same on Monday evening in the aforementioned match versus Atalanta when they looked dead and buried at 3-1 down, and a repeat would seem likely and therefore worth betting on considering this team is not yet the finished article.
Karamba features a great price on the Giallorossi to win from behind at 31/4, something you should definitely think about, especially given that Milan lost from 2-0 down last week. The same site also offers 11/1 on both teams to score in both halves, a great prospect given that Serie A is delivering goals left, right and centre at the moment, last weekend alone seeing the net bulge 33 times.
Gattuso’s men scored no less than 10 of their 59 total goals in the first 15 minutes of matches last term, the Coach’s gritty determination clearly evident as – transmitting his obvious energy to the players – his side go all-out from the get-go. This was evident yet again in their opening match of the new campaign as Giacomo Bonaventura found the net versus Napoli after just a quarter of an hour last Saturday evening.
Bet365 pay 100/30 for a goal inside the opening 10 minutes, a great option considering a clear tactic from the former Rossoneri midfielder to hit the opposition hard from the first minute, even if they ultimately run out of steam as we saw in Naples.
This bet is further bolstered by Roma’s approach on Monday, new signing Javier Pastore netting with a cheeky back-heel just two minutes into the encounter.