Twenty days after the last victory, Milan finds itself in the midst of a crisis. Pioli’s team played one of the worst matches under Pioli’s management tonight at the Olimpico, confirming the trend of a very black January: 3 defeats and two draws in the last five games, the Super Cup handed over to the cousins and the Italian Cup greeted already in January . Ideas and notes on which Pioli must reflect because today Milan, rather than looking at Naples, must look behind them. He is still second in the standings, but after tonight’s defeat fifth place is just a point away. The tussle is full for the Champions League and in this tussle there is also Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio: beautiful, winning and convincing, even without its most important player, without the captain Ciro Immobile.
The game finished 4-0. Lazio routed it already in the first half and then closed it from the penalty spot shortly after the hour of play, after the only real Rossoneri opportunity signed by Rafael Leao. One-way game, unlocked already in the fifth minute thanks to a good speed action triggered by Felipe Anderson, finished by Zaccagni and concluded by Milinkovic-Savic only after a splendid veil from Luis Alberto which allowed the Serbian to kick undisturbed.
There was no reaction from Milan, there has practically never been. And the doubling goal also arrived in the 38th minute. This time it was Pedro who launched his teammates, triggering Marusic who left Dest on the spot and hit the post. Ball then reaffirmed in the net by Zaccagni with the next tap-in.
The second half was staged almost for the record. To reiterate the concept. Timid reaction from Pioli’s team especially after the triple substitution, but after Bennacer’s free-kick and the opportunity on the Saelemaekers-Rafael Leao axis, Lazio orchestrated yet another lethal restart: Kalulu’s foul intervention on Pedro, penalty kicked in perfect way from a find Luis Alberto. Game over? Not yet, because a quarter of an hour from the end there was glory for Felipe Anderson: it was the Brazilian who dropped poker in a one-sided match and highlighted all the Rossoneri’s difficulties.
The standings at the end of the first round read as follows: Naples 50; Milan 38; Inter, Rome and Lazio 37, Atalanta 35. Not even the most optimistic Napoli fan could imagine such a scenario in July.