Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Anderlecht aims to end Italian jinx at troubled Milan
Reuters, September 17th, 2012 1:47AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  belgium, italy, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

Anderlecht's return to the UEFA Champions League group stage after a six-year absence could not begin with a more difficult trip.

The Belgian champions, featuring American Sacha Kljestan in midfield, have never won in 14 games in Italy dating back to 1964, and they open at AC Milan, a team desperate to get on the winning track after a disastrous start to its domestic campaign. For the first time since 1930, the Rossoneri lost their first two home matches, both by shutouts to Sampdoria and Atalanta.

"At the moment," said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Atalanta, "we're doing good things for certain stretches of the games but then we look as if we're nervous to go and score. On Tuesday, the team will definitely do better. I didn't even imagine that we could have lost two home games and this really hurts. We have to be more careful at both ends of the field, but the team has all the right ingredients to get better."

Milan's housecleaning gutted Allegri's team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were sold to Paris St. Germain for big money, Antonio Cassano was traded to Inter Milan, and a slew of veterans were allowed to leave.

After losing Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea in 2011, Anderlecht managed to keep a corps of its current team together for its Champions League run. It won the old Cup Winners' Cup once and UEFA Cup twice and reached the quarterfinals of the European Cup four times. But it hasn't advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League since 2001.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
Prosecutor Calls for End to FIFA's Secrecy     
FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia on Friday said he wants more details published about corruption cases in ...
Pellegrini Defends Toure, Lampard     
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini defended Yaya Toure's performance against Bayern Munich during City's UEFA Champions ...
Mourinho Was 'Not Expecting' Lampard to Join Man City     
Jose Mourinho says he still has respect for Chelsea legend Frank Lampard even though he could ...
Mourinho: Relationship with Ronaldo 'Does Not Exist'    
Jose Mourinho says he no longer has any relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo now that he has ...
Arrests Mar Roma's UCL Win     
Police arrested three fans prior to AS Roma's UEFA Champions League opener against Russian side CSKA ...
Roma Players Warn City, Bayern Following Rout     
AS Roma's players said they are full of confidence following their 5-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow ...
Di Maria: "I Needed to Change My Life"    
In an interview with Perform, Manchester United forward Angel Di Maria says that he left Real ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives