AC Milan vs. Sassuolo: 5 Things We Learned

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IApril 10, 2017

AC Milan vs. Sassuolo: 5 Things We Learned

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    Milan's 2-1 win against lowly Sassuolo didn't amount to much in the end, as Parma's victory against Livorno meant that the Crociati would be the team to represent Serie A in that sixth and final Europa League spot.

    Goals from Sulley Muntari and Nigel De Jong were the silver lining in an overall sloppy game where a few bright spots shined through.

    Stephan El Shaarawy's second-half introduction was met with plenty of success, while 15-year-old Hachim Mastour wasn't subbed in despite being called up to the first team for the first time in his young career.

    Here are five things we learned from this pivotal Serie A match.

Milan Must Buy out Adel and Adil

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    Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami both started for Milan in their match against Sassuolo, and both have been integral parts of the rise of the Rossoneri since they joined from their respective teams in the January transfer window.

    As it stands, Adriano Galliani is trying to get a discount from both Valencia and QPR for the two players, as he's not keen to pay their full market price.

    Taarabt has offered a variety of tricks up front, whether it was scoring from spectacular solo efforts or setting up teammates. Rami, on the other hand, emerged as Milan's top defender in a porous back line.

    Both will be needed to help with Milan's growth next season as they focus solely on their domestic campaign. 

Sassuolo Celebrate Successful Season

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    No matter the result for Sassuolo against Milan, they had a massively successful season after being promoted to the Serie A for the first time in their history.

    Sassuolo were helped by a vast January transfer window, which saw them add an entire new defensive line. However, they had a few difference-makers up front in the shape of Domenico Berardi and Simone Zaza, who carried the load and scored the crucial goals to give the minnows a fighting chance.

El Shaarawy Is Milan's True Summer Signing

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    Stephan El Shaarawy made only his sixth appearance of the season after coming in during the second half for Milan.

    The striker affectionately known as Il Faraone has been nursing a foot injury that he had surgery on at the end of last year.

    The youngster is only one year removed from that fantastic teenage season when he scored 16 goals total, 14 of them coming in the first half of the season.

    With a healthy El Shaarawy, Milan will have a complete new dimension up front, as the striker has an excellent workrate, great finishing technique and the ability to constantly beat defenders off the dribble with raw speed.

Hachim Mastour Doesn't Make Debut...Yet

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    Fifteen-year-old Hachim Mastour didn't make his debut with Milan despite getting the call-up to the first team last week.

    He would have been the youngest player in Rossoneri history to play for the senior side, and the fifth-youngest player in Serie A had he gotten the nod.

    Mastour has created a marketable personality with his incredible footwork, which has led to commercials alongside Neymar. He currently plays for Milan's youth team under Filippo Inzaghi.

Time to Look Ahead for Milan

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    It's time to wrap up an abysmal season for Milan after they finished eighth in Serie A and failed to reach Europe for the first time in 15 years. 

    Milan will now look forward to the summer, where plenty of changes are expected. The most highly anticipated ones will revolve around the future of coach Clarence Seedorf and their mercurial striker, Mario Balotelli.

    Both could leave the club as the board looks to refurbish a side that desperately wants to return to its glory days.