Three takeaways from PSG 3-0 AC Milan: Another big-game defeat, poor Rossoneri reaction after Kolo Muani goal

AC Milan showed little reaction when PSG doubled their lead in the Champions League, and it goes down as another defeat in a big game for the Rossoneri.


AC Milan are going to have a really hard time getting out of their Champions League group after they were beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain on Matchday 3 at the Parc des Princes.

The Rossoneri knew that it would be a really tough night against the French champions, and it was Kylian Mbappe who opened the scoring in the first half with a smart finish after beating Fikayo Tomori in the box.

The second half began with Randal Kolo Muani slotting in a rebound after a Mike Maignan save, and Milan showed little sign of launching a fightback. Lee Kang-in netted a third for PSG at the end of the game, his first for the club.

AC Milan’s big game woes continue

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates as AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori watches on. [@PSG_Inside]

There have been many positives for Milan this season, primarily the quick integration of some of their summer signings like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tijjani Reijnders, and Christian Pulisic.

One clear negative has developed, though, and that is their performances in big games. They did manage to beat Roma early in the season, but they have since been beaten 5-1 by Inter, drawn with both Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund, lost to Juventus and have now been beaten by PSG.

Given they have got Napoli next, the current Serie A champions may feel that they have got a psychological advantage over their rivals.

Lack of reaction will concern Stefano Pioli

AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez alongside PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League. [@acmilan]

There is not necessarily much shame in losing to this PSG team when it comes to technical quality. Players like Kylian Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele and Achraf Hakimi have immense quality.

One real issue for Stefano Pioli is that his team showed almost no reaction to going 2-0 down early in the second half. There was plenty of the game left and PSG historically have a Champions League collapse in their system, but it took until the final 15 minutes for there to be any real reaction from Milan.

Even that was a string of half-chances before Lee Kang-in came off the bench and PSG became a real threat again, scoring the goal that clinched the win.

Not all hope is lost for AC Milan

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe holds off AC Milan’s Pierre Kalulu in the Champions League. [@PSG_English]

The only benefit from Wednesday evening for Milan is that Borussia Dortmund did them a favour in the North East of England. They managed to beat Newcastle 1-0, clinging on for dear life at the end.

That result meant that only PSG have broken away slightly at the top, rather than Newcastle and PSG. The Rossoneri are bottom of Group A and are outsiders to qualify, but they are only two points behind Dortmund and Newcastle with nine points still to play for.

The odds are stacked against Pioli’s side, but Dortmund‘s win keeps them in the picture. Realistically, though, they must win the next two games at home to PSG and Dortmund.


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