It wasn’t always pretty, but on Friday AC Milan overcame a scrappy Genoa side to close the gap on second-place Napoli to just two points.
We learned a bit about both teams over the 90 minutes, and much of it was good.
Milan, who held on to a two-goal lead with 10 men, can pat themselves on the back for grinding out a result ahead of the biggest game of their season to date—next Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Barcelona.
And Genoa, despite losing, can be heartened by the way in which they were often able to frustrate Milan—especially physically—and can take the self-identity they’ve been developing under new manager Davide Ballardini into the stretch run, in which they’ll be looking to stay ahead of the relegation places.
We learned a few other things as well, and they’re revealed in the following slides.