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Sunday March 16 2014
It wasn't me!

Football is no longer the main sport at Milan, as Susy Campanale notes it is now Passing the Buck.

I blame President Silvio Berlusconi. He blames Massimiliano Allegri. The fans blame Adriano Galliani and Mario Balotelli. They blame injuries, for which the media blame Milan Lab. Clarence Seedorf, naturally, agrees with his President in all matters, so we’re back to Allegri again.

It’s not remotely surprising that the Seedorf bubble burst so quickly, as bringing in a Coach with no management experience midway through a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League campaign was never really going to end well. However, the way he has handled the downward trajectory is utterly disconcerting. Like the master of this mind trick Berlusconi, Seedorf has embraced every opportunity to take the credit and passed the buck of blame over to Allegri when things went sour.

“The team struggled psychologically to react, as they often do. This moment of difficulty lasted so long that it affected the team. They can react once, but after a second blow they can’t get back on their feet,” said Seedorf after the 4-1 Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid. “I am not responsible for the situation that was created. I am here to improve the situation,” added the Coach ahead of a very difficult game with sixth-placed Parma. In just over a month the Dutchman has gone from self-proclaimed ‘anti-virus’ to cup of hot tea with lemon.

Now the Curva Sud will hold a protest with banners demanding the heads of Galliani and Balotelli. Perhaps they were inspired by the Lazio ultras and their ability to make a bad situation much worse. They complain that Balotelli doesn’t give 100 per cent, that he is petulant, lazy and obsessed with off the field antics. It’s not as if any of this was news when Milan signed him. As for those still insisting he is young and needs to grow up, let’s not forget Antonio Cassano is still pulling these stunts and he’s over 30.

Milan have fundamental problems and they are not going to be fixed by changing the Coach or a couple of players. They need to plan out an actual team and not just a collection of ageing figures they managed to get cheap who then have to be shoved into a starting XI with no logical form. The club has to revamp its medical staff and fitness trainers, because it has been too many years now with endless injuries that defy explanation.

Above all, everyone must step up and take on their fair share of the responsibility rather than following Berlusconi’s lead by taking the credit when things go right and passing the buck when it turns bad. Balotelli isn’t the only one who needs to grow up.

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Have your say...
@ Zoli looks like we're still going with this! With Balo I think the problem is part racism and part his personality. I think there is an element of racism in that nothing he does will ever be good enough but he is also a bit like Ronaldo in that people just don't like his personality. When Ronaldo was struggling (he didn't score in his first 26 CL games) people were very quick to dismiss and almost revelled in it. He's had to break the record books to get recognition.
on the 20th March, 2014 at 1:01pm
to make wholesale changes with limited resources before he's inevitably sacked. The article was about the blame game and now Seedorf is well and truly at it. How does he plan on picking up any more points this season if 3/4 of the squad know they're on the way out? I was hoping that Galliani went this summer but at this rate Seedorf can join him also. We need a manager who'll take responsibility and get the best of the players not more excuses.
on the 20th March, 2014 at 12:56pm
I'm not sure if anyone is even checking this blog anymore but Seedorf is apparently saying he wants to replace 3/4 of the squad??? So from a squad of 30 players (yes we have 30 players in our first team squad) he wants to replace 21/22 players in one go? And a big chunk of this squad finished 3rd last season and picked up more points in the second half of the season than Juve? Really? It's quite simple. We just need a proper defence and to build slowly not allow a manager with zero experience...
on the 20th March, 2014 at 12:23pm
Dario you set the bar so high I get dizzy just looking at it. Obviously your are the example to follow.
on the 20th March, 2014 at 8:31am
"A striker that doesnt score is the same as a defender that doesnt defend."

Really mm? I wouldn't choose the latter that's for sure. The closer you are to the goal-line the more costly your mistakes are right? Balo doesn't score, he'll probably get another chance. Bonera screws up it's a penalty or a red card or both.
I don't get a warm and fuzzy feeling about any area of this team but if our defense would perform it's duties half as good as our offence we'd be in much better shape.
on the 20th March, 2014 at 8:26am
Emmanuelson has been very good so I don't see a problem with him. I prefer De Sciglio on the left but he can play the right so I'd usually go with him there and Emmanuelson on the left. But you could just keep the two plus Abate and you have a solid trio you can rotate.
on the 19th March, 2014 at 11:45pm
@mm i hate milan with a passion alongside rubentus and inter! the only pain i feel for milan is the stitches i have from laughing from happiness that they are so awful. h high the mighty have fallen!
on the 19th March, 2014 at 7:13pm
@dario
I sense you feel my pain! hiding behind the truth is the only way to keep some ppl happy!!! So for the so called real fans- Perfect team all round. I dont know about you but I hope we really go all out to find a "balotelli" for every role! Bonera gets my vote! all those ppl who say milan are a mess and balo is crap are just big fat "haters".... hahahahhaahha
on the 19th March, 2014 at 4:13pm
hahaha.. nice to see milan had their share of balo. Inter was right to get rid of that troubled kid, as with overrated cassano..
on the 19th March, 2014 at 8:03am
Milan do not need to change anything.....everything is perfect! Thank you Silvio for hiring Seedoff and not changing the defence. Balo is excellent too, his work rate is incredible. I love the way he helps the team and is so well disciplined. What a great character to have on the pitch. Bonera for defender of the season too! Keep it up for all Milan haters!
on the 18th March, 2014 at 10:32pm
@Maldini heir...
I give up! Balo and pazzini are the greatest.
Change your name, maldini talks sense, your deluded!
on the 18th March, 2014 at 6:44pm
They have got to sort out the huge mess at the top. They need to sort out their fitness lab as the likes of SES is of no use being injured. Looking for free transfers has got to stop. In fact the whole transfer policy is an absolute shambles. Scouting team needs to be sacked as they are just lazy. If Essien and Taarabt are what they can come with then shame on them. Baresi, Maldini, Costacurta, Rikjaard, Simone, Massaro need to be asked to help the club not talking about Davids, Stam etc.
on the 18th March, 2014 at 2:54pm
I cannot believe that they are giving Seedorf an ultimatum already. Like Maldini said u need champions and Milan do not have them. Kaka and Balotelli are the only ones that you can say need tweaking to make them great. Robinho perhaps but he has been missing for years so I am not so sure. De Sciglio is potential 4 now. Then there is a long list of lost causes in the squad so what can a manager do with that? Pep at Barca was different cos he just had to tweak a few things. Milan has real problems
on the 18th March, 2014 at 2:49pm
@ mm I get it you don't like Balo (and also apparently Pazzo) but can you put your subjective views aside for 1 minute. I don't care how Balo scores the fact is he's doing his job. There are only 2 players in the world that have more than 100% strike rate: Messi and Ronaldo. Balo and Pazzo's strike rates used to be considered more than acceptable. But nowadays they're compared to Messi and Ronaldo. I'm sure you'll now say that the goal against Bologna was a fluke so shouldn't count.
on the 18th March, 2014 at 1:02pm
The great man has commented. Difficult to disagree with what Maldini is saying (I promise I'm not him!). The thing about Pirlo just adds insult to injury. We gave him away for free to our biggest revival and he's been instrumental in their 3 Scudetti. It actually makes me sick at the thought. For that decision alone anyone connected should be fired. Allegri's gone. Galliani will you be joining him?
on the 18th March, 2014 at 11:26am
@nicola, of course a manager can make a difference! Conte, Garcia, Petkovic (last season).....You cannot just cite Seeedorf as evidence. Anyway, Milan, as a club, have so many problems. The club is like a rudderless ship-it has no clear direction, indecision is everywhere.
on the 18th March, 2014 at 10:37am
@maldini heir
Focus on the defence. Iv said it for years that our defence is shocking, countless times I was told on these very blogs that times have changed, defensive play is no longer the way to win. You can give me all the stats you like about balo and pazzini. The defence is horrendous, our midfield is terrible n our strikers are poor at best. Our top scorer' goals have all been penalties. If mexes had taken the penalties hed be top scorer. If you have 4 flat tyres you dont change 3, do u??
on the 18th March, 2014 at 1:10am
For the past couple of years, my opinion was to sack Allegri and bring a manager with experience and charisma, in other words: a great manager. And I still insist on it. But what Berlusconi did? bring a manager who has no experience whatsoever. A great manager can make something out of this trash team of players, but will not be for the long-term.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 11:34pm
@ Viktor You just proved what I was pointing out in my post by saying "This is a topic about my team NOT YOURS". I really don't know what to do, feel sorry for you, or feel sorry for Milan? Your life must be so miserable that you always claim everybody hates and trash talk Milan while they just expressing their opinion. Once again, zip it and stop embarrassing yourself.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 11:23pm
@ mm so you want to 25 players this summer and get rid of our leading goalscorer. Not sure I'm with you on that one. Can we just focus on the defence because Galliani doesn't need any temptation to sign another striker. If we keep going at this rate we'll have Adebayor up front. Plus Balo's goal record is 2/3 and Pazzo's nearly 1/2 so I'm not sure what your complaint is.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 10:27pm
The real problem is all of those names you name and balo. We have goalie problems, defence problems, over packed midfield with players all over the place, and strikers that dont score! So the problem is all of them. A striker that doesnt score is the same as a defender that doesnt defend. Pazzini and balo miss so many chances in every single game! Look at the chances missed against parma/juve/athletico... all those chances and no goals. wrapping him in cotton wall wont make him a goal scorer!
on the 17th March, 2014 at 8:25pm
@ mm not player manager just not the focus of our attention. Who makes you more annoyed: Bonera or Balo? Mexes or Balo? Emanuelson or Balo? Is it not more important to focus on our real problems?
on the 17th March, 2014 at 7:07pm
But so far there are concerns. 1) with his lack of experience; 2) with his player choices e.g. Emanuelson over De Sciglio and picking Bonera or Mexes 3) with his formations where he plays players in the wrong positions and 4) his defensive line is embarrassing (see penalty on Sunday) 5) blaming others. On the plus side he seems to have good people skills and he did get Milan playing again but that wasn't really hard and sort of happens anyway when a new manager comes in. So not many plus sides..
on the 17th March, 2014 at 7:05pm
@ Dennis I used Mourinho as an example. I wouldn't want him anywhere near Milan nor would he come near Milan with what's going on. The point is the right manager CAN make a difference. Donadoni (a more realistic option) shows that you can turn so-called mediocre players into decent players. But I agree first Galliani needs to go as a minimum because it does not matter whose in charge with the chaos he's causing with his mental transfers. Personally I'm happy to see how Seedorf does.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 7:01pm
We are so far behind that talking of rebuilding over 3 years is simply not long enough. For us to have had a competitive team this year we should have integrated younger players before the massive clearout 2 years ago. Instead we cleared out and didnt really replace anyone. The problem we have no is that we have so many below average players the cristante/saponara etc etc just dont get the time needed to develop. No european footy hopefully means balo and the rest of these half wits will leave.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 4:54pm
@mustafaaa

Once again you make no sense. This is a topic about my team NOT YOURS so if anyone should "zip it" it's you. And yes since my father and mother have had season tickets to ACM for years, yeah they(my family)owns an incredible tiny but yes existing part of it. Now please let the grown up talk. I don't even get why you're still here insisting on trash talking and spread your hate week after week. What a depressing life.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 4:48pm
@Maldinis Heir if managers made the difference for Milan why are they back to post Allegri style of play with Seedorf." I mean", I hope, please are we going to have a Palermo style of team where 3 or 4 coaches per season can save a team. Its just not plausible........look at where Palermo is in seria B for pete's sake. Managers only make a small difference.
on the 17th March, 2014 at 4:16pm
Maldini heir
No1 could sort this team. I struggle to understand what it is you see when you see this lot play. Based on your expert analysis, balo should be play manager! Conte is in the position hes in bcoz hes had a good inveatment policy and lets be honest, he isnt exactly challenged rite now is he?
More to the point as many I think seem to understand that no real manager would accept the terms of the modern milan, no investment, selling without reinvesting. Its shocking. Protest we correct!
on the 17th March, 2014 at 3:59pm
MILAN TU SEI TUTTE LA MIA VITA!!!
on the 17th March, 2014 at 1:52pm
well. Mourinho is better suited at teams looking to get results and fighting for championships. He is not 1 to be entrusted with starting from scratch. Milan's problems are too much seeing that there is no leadership. Whats d point in Barbara and Galliani if not a compromise by a president who, wants his daughter in there and doesn't want to sack his buddy? Neither should be there in my view. As for Moyes a) he is not good enuff and b) unlucky that Liverpool n Arsenal are more solid this season
on the 17th March, 2014 at 1:48pm

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