AC Milan earned back-to-back victories in Serie A after defeating Frosinone 3-1 on Matchday 14.
The Rossoneri scraped a 1-0 win against Fiorentina in the previous round, but they had lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund on Champions League Matchday 5. This victory provided some much-needed confidence for the squad and some relief for Diavolo coach Stefano Pioli.
Luka Jovic played an important role, scoring the opening goal and providing an assist for Fikayo Tomori, whilst Christian Pulisic was also in fine form for the Rossoneri. Meanwhile, Marco Brescianini had pulled one back for Frosinone, but his teammate Marvin Cuni had a great chance to be a hero in the first half, which he ultimately squandered.
Jovic provides a much-improved display for Milan after plenty of lacklustre ones
Since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019, Jovic has struggled to replicate the form that made him one of the hottest prospects in European football. Spells at Real Madrid, Fiorentina, and a return to the German club have done little for him to rediscover his magic tough.
Prior to this match, he had no goal involvement in eight matches in Serie A for AC Milan and he wasted a great chance to score against the Gigliati. However, he looked galvanised against Frosinone.
After Cuni wasted a chance to give the Canarini the lead, the Rossoneri went on the attack. Pulisic found Samuel Chukwueze, who chipped the ball towards Jovic. A Ciociari defender tried to clear it out, but the ball sat perfectly for the Serbian, who executed a fine volley.
AC Milan got their third goal in the 74th minute, when a short corner from Pulisic found Theo Hernandez, and he crossed the ball for Jovic at the far post. Then, the Serbian headed the ball across goal for Tomori to finish from right in front.
Although Frosinone might not have been the strongest of opponents, Jovic needed to demonstrate that he can fill the void whenever Giroud cannot play. This was a step in the right direction for the Rossoneri striker.
Pulisic produces a polished performance for the Rossoneri
Over the last two or three seasons, it has become clear that Portuguese winger Rafael Leao has been an important source of creativity and flair for AC Milan. With the 24-year-old on the sidelines, this Rossoneri side has been struggling for some attack spark.
Pulisic has been a valuable signing, scoring four goals and supplying two assists in 11 Serie A prior to the Frosinone match. Although his natural role has been on the right wing, the American has played on the left flank in the absence of Leao and to accommodate Chukwueze.
Despite looking out of position on the left in previous games, he was definitely in the mood against Frosinone. The 25-year-old completed 86% of his passes, all three of his dribbles, won six out of eight duels, and created two chances.
Most importantly, Pulisic scored his team’s second goal. Mike Maignan took a goal-kick and the American controlled the ball delicately before beating two defenders and chipping the ball over Stefano Turati in the Canarini goal. Then, he also was involved in the Tomori goal, taking a short corner which eventually resulted in the defender scoring.
While Leao remains on the treatment table, AC Milan need the former Chelsea winger to create and score because it is clear that he is a level above most of his teammates.
Cuni experiences sliding doors moment for Frosinone
Eminem in the opening verses of his 2002 hit ‘Lose Yourself said, “Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?”
Frosinone striker Marvin Cuni has been a disappointment for the Ciociari, having scored just once in 11 games this season before tonight’s game, and he had a great chance to give his team a shock lead. The Albania Men’s National Team player was one-on-one with Maignan after dispossessing Tomori, and instead of keeping it simple, he tried to chip the ball over the AC Milan goalkeeper, who made a relatively comfortable save.
Who knows what would have happened if he scored? The Canarini could have secured a shock win, held on for a draw, or the Rossoneri could have won in a less convincing fashion. In a team that has been reliant on Matias Soule for goals, Cuni has been failing to do his share.
When the Frosinone striker should have captured that chance to score, he decided to let it slip, and the hopes of the Canarini disappeared in a flash.