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Sassuolo vs. Milan: 5 Things We Learned

Matteo BonettiContributor IJanuary 13, 2014

Sassuolo vs. Milan: 5 Things We Learned

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    Domenico Berardi scored an incredible poker against Milan, including a world class show on the half volley while Daniele Bonera tried to stay in front of him.

    The 19-year-old has scored 11 goals in 15 Serie A matches at the halfway point in the season.

    His positioning, flair and personality far eclipse that of the typical teenage striker, and he has instantly gained star attraction with a display that transcends common belief.

    He is now tied for second on the Capocannoniere list for top scorer in Serie A, and will head back to Juventus over the Summer where he can show his skills at an elite club.

New Coach for Milan

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    As reported on Twitter, Massimiliano Allegri should be fired on Monday from the head coaching position at Milan, and Milan youth coach Filippo Inzaghi will be appointed as the new caretaker manager to steer the club in the right direction.

    The news came from inside sources in Milan, and was later reported by RAI International journalist Ivan Zazzaroni.

    Allegri would leave Milan under much criticism, as the team has played uninspired football this season and are once again in the bottom half of the Serie A table.

    Apart from this, the team has had no unity or cohesion, with different tactical setups and lineups being used on a weekly basis.

Other Sassuolo Players Shine

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    Even though Domenico Berardi stole the show with his four goals against Milan, there were a few other players who shined for the minnows of Sassuolo.

    Midfielder Yussif Chibsah was excellent in the center of the park, pressing the opposition and always looking tidy in possession. The 20-year-old will undoubtedly join a bigger club over the summer.

    Other than these two, the No. 9 Simone Zaza did the dirty work up front, pressing Milan defenders and always showing the type of aggressiveness that coaches love.

     

Coppa Italia Last Resort for Milan?

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    Now that reaching the top five in Serie A seems like a sequel to Mission Impossible, it's worth looking ahead to Milan's midweek clash against lowly Spezia as they look to advance in the Coppa Italia.

    While this competition isn't the most prestigious, it does warrant a place in the Europa League if you win it, meaning that Milan should put all their eggs in that proverbial basket.

    Of course, this is said with the assumption that the Rossoneri will not win the Champions League, a competition they are still a part of.

Mass Overhaul Expected This Week

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    With the strong possibility of a new coach and philosophy taking over, expect Milan to look very different against Spezia in the Coppa Italia as well as next week in Serie A.

    Massive changes are needed. The 4-3-2-1 does make sense, but Keisuke Honda should be starting from the first minute going forward, with Adil Rami taking a spot in the center of defense.

    It's still unclear who the best two central defenders for the Rossoneri are, as it has been a revolving door at the back ever since Sandro Nesta and Thiago Silva moved on to greener pastures.

Superstar in the Making

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    The 19-year-old Domenico Berardi has been a stunning revelation. The following statistics will do the talking:

    • Berardi became the first player in history to score four goals against Milan.
    • He now has 11 goals in Serie A at the halfway point, an incredible tally for anyone, much less a teenager with no experience in the top flight.
    • Berardi is the second youngest player to ever score four goals in Italy.

    These numbers don't even do the player justice, as he showed poise and positioning far beyond his years. The youngster took advantage of Milan's maligned defensive unit and managed to sneak in between Urby Emanuelson and Daniele Bonera on several occasions, emasculating the latter with the second goal.

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