Genoa vs. AC Milan: 5 Things We Learned
The Rossoneri's 2-1 victory over Genoa means they are now five points away from a Europa League spot that stretches all the way to sixth on the table.
On the other hand, Genoa's 39 points mean that they are comfortably far from the relegation battle but not realistically close enough to any meaningful European position.
Here are five things we learned from this Serie A match between Genoa and Milan.
Genoa Have Great Platform to Build On
If it weren't for Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi swapping a dozen players every transfer session, then this team could actually build something meaningful.
The Grifoni have plenty of quality and showed just how dangerous they could be in front of their home crowd at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
With the likes of Alberto Gilardino leading the front line and experienced defenders like Nicolas Burdisso, the team should get better next season and hopefully mount a charge for a European position.
Keisuke Honda Finally Shows Worth
After being criticized since joining Milan from CSKA Moscow in January, Keisuke Honda's class finally came through when he scored a beautiful chip over Mattia Perin in the second half.
Honda played an entire Russian season, so it's not surprising that he's still feeling the effects of it.
An even better moment came shortly after the goal, when all of his teammates came to congratulate him. It was a genuine gesture that showed he has already become a beloved figure whom his teammates support.
Milan Getting into Europe a Bad Omen?
Milan are now five points away from the Europa League, since it stretches all the way to sixth place in the table due to results in the Coppa Italia.
However, would the Rossoneri getting into a Europa League position actually benefit the team?
The Europa League is played on Thursdays and has been a nuisance to teams not deep enough to compete in multiple competitions.
Next season, the Rossoneri have to focus all of their efforts on getting back into the Champions League, so perhaps the extra games could hurt them domestically.
Adel Taarabt Must Be Bought Out
It would be an outrage if Adel Taarabt isn't bought out from Fulham at the end of the season. Milan has the option to take on the Moroccan playmaker full-time in a few months, and judging by the way he has played, it would be scandalous if they didn't pull the trigger.
Taarabt's fantastic strike opened the scoring against Genoa and was his third of the season in Serie A. It was another beautiful run followed by a clinical finish into the bottom corner.
Simply put, Taarabt should be a pivotal focus for Milan going forward.
Seedorf Set to Stay
According to a report from the Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), there was a rumor swirling around that manager Clarence Seedorf would get the sack if he didn't keep Milan in Europe.
Since then, those rumors seem to have been rubbished, as Milan is on a three-match win streak in Serie A during which they have kept two clean sheets and have played vibrant football.
With the summer coming up, expect any whispers of Seedorf's sacking to be silenced, as he will have a few months to finally mold the squad in his image rather than using players from the previous regime.