Many teams are interested in Monza goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio.
Di Gregorio, 26, is a Milan-born goalkeeper who spent three seasons with Monza, helping the Lombardy-based club gain promotion to Serie A last season. In 31 starts in Serie A in his first season, Di Gregorio saved 71% of shots while keeping 9 clean sheets. Those stats don’t necessarily overwhelm you, but when you consider that Di Gregorio has faced the fourth-most shots on target in the league, those numbers become all the more impressive.
Recently, Monza had a match against Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma. Both teams have shown resilience this season. AS Roma’s formidable attacking squad has been bolstered by the significant contributions of Romelu Lukaku and Andrea Belotti. But their opponents have a really impressive defense, especially in the goalkeeper position.
Michele Di Gregorio continues to show commendable qualities this season. Keeping 4 clean sheets in the first 7 matches of the season has proven his current form. With a record of 26 saves, Di Gregorio often becomes the decisive factor in preserving match results for Monza. His analysis of the game, combined with his agility, is instrumental in neutralizing the attacking power of his opponents.
Before the match against Roma, Monza have not conceded a goal in 348 minutes: this is the longest clean sheet streak by a team this season, not only in Serie A but also in the top 5 European leagues. Credit for this record also belongs to Michele Di Gregorio. The Monza goalkeeper boasts an 83% save rate this season. Again this is a season record. None of the goalkeepers who have played at least 2 matches in Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga, Premier League and Serie A have a higher rate.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Roma, despite playing at home, dominating the attack and having an advantage right from the first half, still struggled to find goals. Monza was close to keeping four clean sheets in a row for the first time in its history in Serie A, but Stephan El Shaarawy’s 90th-minute goal made that statistic impossible. Of course Di Gregorio did his best, scoring 7.1 points despite the loss. He made 3 important saves and increased his total clean sheet minutes to 438 minutes, a truly respectable number.
That performance made this goalkeeper attract the attention of many teams. His agent, Carlo Alberto Belloni, said the highly rated goalkeeper will remain in Serie A despite attracting many admiring glances. Forest and Inter Milan were said to have intended to recruit Di Gregorio in the summer but failed.
Thanh Vu | 16:27 October 24, 2023