Saturday October 27 2012
Is that all Allegri's got?

Massimiliano Allegri said Milan’s win was a response to critics. In that case, argues Susy Campanale, it’s more a whimper than a roar.

So thanks to birthday boy Stephan El Shaarawy, Max Allegri’s Milan get to fight another day. Football is about results and perhaps this can build some confidence to lift the team out of its deadly funk. However, my sympathy with the Coach fell apart when he declared: “This was a response to the critics.” If that performance was your show-stopping comeback, then you’d be better off keeping your mouth shut.

It was a terrible game against Genoa. The Rossoneri created even fewer opportunities than in recent defeats to Malaga and Lazio, when at least they looked to have some ideas, albeit ones that petered out as soon as they got near the opposition goal. Alexandre Pato seemed to realise he had more chance of falling over than actually beating defenders, while El Shaarawy was a lone desperate figure working harder than the other 10 players combined. How lacking in character and determination is this team when a boy who turned 20 this weekend shows more maturity and leadership than anyone else?

There was a moment on Saturday night that represented Milan’s campaign in a nutshell. Urby Emanuelson cut in from the flank with a deft first touch on the outside of his boot, dribbled past a defender to get the crowd on their feet... and then shanked it into Row Z. Watching the Diavolo this season is like being in a kinetic motion desk toy, except the little silver ball on either side is a perpetual clang of disappointment.

Only three players have scored in Serie A for Milan this season. Of those three, only El Shaarawy has found the net in more than a single game. It’s entirely evident where the problems lie and it feels as if they never found a Plan B after two years of just giving it to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Where are the goals from midfield? Antonio Nocerino is constantly on the bench, Riccardo Montolivo plays too deep to threaten and Nigel De Jong only goes up for set pieces. Allegri said the 3-4-3 system was meant to put more crosses into the box, but repeatedly against Genoa nobody was there to get on the end of them.

I realise this is a new system and will take time to gel, but Allegri is doing nobody any favours by puffing out his chest and insisting this performance was “a response to the critics.” A lucky win at the end of a toothless performance is hardly going to convince doubters they were wrong about this shambles of a Milan side.

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Have your say...
he dont know how play to players ability.not a pazzini fan,but pazzini needs support/crosses.4-3-1-2 ,wich has been milans best formation does not include a pazzini as its best with fast/technical well as a unserviced pazzini what i have seen to be the problem is players out of posision and rotating to much deniying players stability to grow relatations.if pazzini has to play 3-4-3 may be best.
on the 28th October, 2012 at 1:22am
against palermo: Amelia
Zapata Bonera Acerbi
Abate De Jong Montolivo Emanuelson
Pato El Sharaawy
on the 28th October, 2012 at 1:04am
It was a really dull match. Allegri is still out of ideas and he still needs to be sacked. But, there were some positives. The defense performed much better. El Shaarawy and Montolivo were outstanding. Thats about it.
on the 27th October, 2012 at 11:37pm
I'm glad we won but we were very lucky.Allegri needs to go.Whether he plays a 4-3-1-2,a 4-3-3,or a 3-4-3 half the players are playing out of position (Prince,Emanuelson,Constant).Also his excuse for losing is that we are a young team yet all I see is Yepes,Mexes,Bonera,Antonini & I rarely/never see Didac,Acerbi,Zapata,De Sciglio,Carmona,Niang,Bojan.Also,having a captain that doesnt play is disheartening.Only recent +ve from Allegri was benching Prince & Binho who stopped caring bout football.
on the 27th October, 2012 at 11:19pm
Now's the time to get David Villa on loan or offload Pazzini to raise cash for Llorente.
on the 27th October, 2012 at 11:13pm
Great article.For me a 4-3-3 the way to go but Allegri keeps playing the wrong people.Shaarawy,Bojan,Niang,Pato can all play as wide forwards yet Emanuelson is up there instead of his best position which is at left-back.Zapata & Acerbi have not had a good run of games to fix small flaws in their game while Yepes,Bonera,Mexes are allowed to display incompetence week in week out.The only thing Allegri is doing right is axing Binho & Prince who think they are above Milan.I hope they're sold in Jan.
on the 27th October, 2012 at 11:09pm
I'm a Juventus fan and it kills me to be honest to see Ac Milan in such a position even though they got the win today. Most of all, as everyone knows, it is disappointing for Italian football the most. I really hope somehow they can get back to their former selfs, but cannot see this happening anytime soon. Really hope Pato can stay fit this season too as he has been very unfortunate and really is a top class player. But then again, if he does stay fit, he will end up getting sold by Milan!
on the 27th October, 2012 at 11:01pm

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