A week later, from the other big championships in Europe, Serie A started. On Monday, it offers two matches, with the eyes focused on the match between Sampdoria and Milan. A year ago, the Rossoneri failed to compete for the title until the end of the campaign, but fought for second place. The Sailors campaign was neither good nor bad, with a final ninth position.
From the direct meetings then Milan was greeted with four points, and the success came out with 2: 1. This should not surprise us, as the "Black and Reds" finished with a difference as the best guest with 16 wins in 19 visits. At home, Samp suffered seven defeats. Thus, Milan is unbeaten in four consecutive matches of the rivalry in Serie A and with two consecutive successes as a guest.
Sampdoria played only two friendly matches in the summer, beating Piacenza and Verona. A week ago it was the first official match for the team in a 3: 2 victory over Alessandria in a match of the first round of the Copa Italia. In turn, Milan recorded two wins, two draws and a loss after penalties in the pre-season matches. The team performed excellently in defense with only two goals conceded and met teams such as Nice, Valencia and Real Madrid.
The new nine in Milan is called Olivier Giroud. The French striker performed excellently in friendly matches and scored all three goals for his team since arriving at the club. Mostly underestimated, Olivier is a proven goal scorer who may fit perfectly in the style of Stefano Pioli. I expect a strong first match for Milan and an excellent official debut for their new striker Olivier Giroud.
Sampdoria has been transformed
Sampdoria is one of the few teams from the last edition of Serie A, which performed above the real place they deserved in view of what was shown on the field.
Of course, this 9th position cannot be satisfactory for the club's management.
So attracting a new coach is a natural thing.
What I don't understand, though, is why it had to be Roberto D'Aversa. The former coach of the fallen Parma.
Last season, Sampdoria beat Parma twice with a total of 5-0 goals difference.
Otherwise, then Samp won at home two and lost to three of the Top 5 teams in Serie A.
The main problem was the fewer goals scored and the most goals conceded.
For the new season, mainly offensive players are attracted. And the composition is preserved as a whole.
Milan is also a mystery
Although they finished 2nd in Serie A last season, Milan should have been no more than 5th.
That is, they also have the so-called over-performance.
Should we expect a decline or not?
Some key players such as Donaruma and Chalhanoglu left the club in the summer.
And at least for now, this Rossoneri team is a mystery to me.
Forecast for Sampdoria - Milan
In the first match of the season, two transformed teams meet, who have not yet mastered the ideas of their mentors.
Probably a draw and low performance are my expectations and forecast for Sampdoria - Milan.
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Top facts and statistics for the match
- Sampdoria is in a series of 5 victories.
- Sampdoria have 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games.
- Milan is in a series of 10 games without a loss: 6-4-0.
- AC Milan have 8 clean sheets in their last 10 games.