It has been a weird start to the Serie A Femminile season for AC Milan Women. They were coming off the back of a very disappointing 2021/22 campaign that saw plenty of in-fighting and a title charge that was over before it really began.
There was mixed feeling around their summer business as they signed some undoubtedly talented and exciting players, but there was little faith in Maurizio Ganz to get the best out of them.
That is how the season began, but now, the situation looks much rosier for Ganz and the watching Rossonere fans.
Asllani leads the way for AC Milan
The major signing of the summer for Milan was bringing Swedish forward Kosovare Asllani to the club from Real Madrid. She is a well-renowned name in Europe and at 33 years of age, she brings a very welcome amount of experience to the team.
Having also played for the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City as well as top Scandinavian sides, she brings a level of pedigree to the side and more importantly, she’s bringing goals now.
She scored twice againt Sampdoria in their 2-1 victory over the Blucerchiate at the weekend and both goals were natural poachers finishes. It is clear that she has already learned where she needs to be in order to get on the end of crosses from Valentina Bergamaschi and Kamila Ducova who got the two assists.
Dubcova is also worthy of a mention in the same light as Asllani given she also joined the club this summer, leaving Sassuolo in the process. She seeemed to be playing far too deep to exhibit her worth in the early stages of the season, but now she has beocme part of a very fluid front three with Asllani and Lindsey Thomas, who still has a lot more to give this season.
She played a wonderful teasing ball into the box for Asllani’s second goal of the game which proved to be the winner. She has only got one goal of her own so far at Milan but that is sure to change in the near future.
Asllani and Dubcova settling in has timed with Milan’s form improving dramatically and it is no coincidence. They lost their first two games of the season and it seemed that Ganz was on very thin ice.
They’ve now beaten Sassuolo 3-1, Parma 4-0 and Samp 2-1 to move within four points of league leaders Inter after five games.
AS Roma & Juventus win whilst Inter go top
The hierarchy is beginning to be established in Serie A Femminile after five games and there were wins for all the teams occupying the top five places.
Juventus dispatched of Pomigliano but they had not scored until the hour mark. Virginia Di Giammarino was sent off and then a few minutes later the floodgates opened. Sofia Cantore, Arianna Caruso and Annahita Zamanian got the goals.
Buoyed by their UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage qualification, Roma went and beat Parma 5-0 at the Stadio Tre Fontane.
Fiorentina beat Sassuolo 2-0 at home which leaves the Neroverdi at the bottom of the table on one point. There was also yet another win for Inter as they won 3-1 away at Como. Rita Guarino’s side now sit at the top of the table, one point ahead of Roma.
The next Serie A Femminile fixtures
There is now a weekend off for the teams after a triple-header of fixtures. The action returns on Saturday, October 15 as Pomigliano welcome Fiorentina to Campania. Como will face Parma and there will be a Milan derby to get stuck into between Inter and AC Milan.
Sunday, October 16 will see Sassuolo try and get an unlikely win over Roma whilst Juventus travel to Sampdoria.
Serie A Femminile Matchday 5 results
|Date||Serie A Femminile Results|
|Friday, September 30||Como 1-3 Inter|
|Saturday, October 1||Fiorentina 2-0 Sassuolo|
|Saturday, October 1||AC Milan 2-1 Sampdoria|
|Sunday, October 2||Juventus 3-0 Pomigliano|
|Sunday, October 2||AS Roma 5-0 Parma|
Serie A Femminile table after Matchday 5