AC Milan vs. Chievo Verona: 5 Things We Learned
After one of the darkest seasons in Milan's history, fans will be able to take a temporary breath of fresh air as the Rossoneri dominated Chievo Verona and took all three points with a convincing 3-0 win.
Clarence Seedorf's men recorded their second consecutive domestic win with the help of a Mario Balotelli strike in the early minutes and a brace from Kaka, who notched his 300th career appearance with the club.
The win helps Milan move closer to a possible European spot as they look to make a late-season surge up the table.
Here are five things we learned from this Serie A match:
Milan Mounting a Streak Under Their Captain
Kaka had a match that was fitting for a historical night that would mark his 300th match with the club.
The Milan captain scored a brace and was a presence throughout the pitch, linking well with teammates and always leading through example as he wore his heart on his sleeve.
Milan are now mounting a comeback of their own, as they've picked up seven points from their last three Serie A matches—a successful figure when you take a look at their track record this season.
Chievo Will Be Desperate to Get out of Drop Zone
As it stands, Chievo Verona are only three points above the relegation zone.
Chievo has played some of the least inspiring football in Serie A, as their five-man defensive back line and lack of a creative presence has kept them stiff in open play.
Balotelli Adding a Different Repertoire
Mario Balotelli's first goal was unlike most he has scored this season.
It was a true poacher's goal inside the box, rather than a thundering free-kick or a penalty. Balotelli received the cross from Adil Rami and struck a lovely volley into the back of the net from close range.
For a player who has scored basically half of his goals from the set piece or penalty spot, it's refreshing to see him get a type of goal that would make Filippo Inzaghi proud.
Europe a Possibility
Wait a second, Milan isn't officially out of Europe even though many have written off this possibility.
Currently at 42 points in the Serie A table, Milan are only five points behind Parma for a spot that would guarantee them Europa League action next season.
Whether or not this competition is good for them—as it has been known to drain teams and keep them from performing well domestically without reaping the same lucrative benefits of the Champions League—remains to be seen.
Next Few Months Will Decide Future of Loanees
The future of some of the Milan players who are there through loan will be decided by these last few matches.
The most notable are Adil Rami and Adel Taarabt, who both left sour situations with their old clubs to seek greener pastures with Milan.
Taarabt joined from Fulham as he couldn't get on the field with a team trying to get out of the English relegation zone, while Rami was shunned by Valencia after fighting with the coach Miroslav Djukic.
Both had great performances against Chievo Verona and have been some of the most consistent performers since they joined in January.