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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...
Allegri's Scudetto winners were sold out from under him. Away went Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Pirlo, Ambrossini, Cassano, and more. Initially, Milan only replaced that all-star lineup with Montolivo (a good player, but still only one good player). What did Milan really expect from Allegri? All the money from selling players did not go toward new purchases, but to pay off Burlusca's fines and penalties.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 7:13pm
@ mm I don't necessary like Balo I just don't there's much point discussing when we've conceded 42 goals this season in the league. It distracts from the real problems which is our defence. Lets talk about Balo when we have defence
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:59pm
We cannot depend on our Academy now. Barbara Berlu cited B.Munich as a model, which is foolish. In Germany, they had revamped the entire infrastructure & the whole country's policy shifted towards youth development at the same time, with the government's help. Also, their reserve team plays against Pros, so kids are ready for the 1st team when they turn 22. Youth in Italy are farmed out & are never given real chances. All of Italy has to focus on Youth, if not Milan will loose out.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:54pm
Anyone asking for Seedorf's or Balo's head is not qualified to pass judgment, to put it very mildly. To have the second most illustrious club in the world reduced and humiliated to the wreckage of today points to a systematic and broad-range gradual failure on all levels. The finger has to be pointed to just about everybody and chopping a head here and there will not produce a miracle overnight. Nor will throwing more money at it. This will take years so let's hold on to our seat-belts.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:40pm
It extends far beyond the medical staff. The players Milan bought had a history of injuries before their arrivals. Teams were willing to sell them for a reason, they weren't playing regularly before for a reason. The lack of consistency, fitness and fluidity has more to do with recent transfer policy then anything else. Because if they invested in healthy players, we wouldn't have started both of our last seasons with our b-teams. Our coaches were put are being put in a position to fail.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:26pm
Maldini heir
We get it you like balo. Unfortunately the rest of milan are realising (better late than never) that the hype is very very very wrong. He scored 22 goals, wow most of them are penalties. No1 is putting the blame on him, but they are acknowledging that hes ethics are not what they should be! Against juve a prime example juve had 2 chances and scored them both! Balo had 5 chance messed em up and blamed the service. Hes useless. Yes our whole defence is a mess n midfield is worse!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:18pm
It's hard to find logic in their plan.A horrible defense yet they keep them and offload Salamon and Vergara.Signing Matri when they had Niang and Petagna and could've brought back Paloschi.And now Essien and Taarabt.I know some will defend Taarabt but he is no better than Robinho and it will soon show.Seedorf is making it harder by playing Binho and Essien instead of bringing the best out of youngsters and Honda who is a great talent and a great marketing tool should he succeed.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:15pm
@Maldini,s Heir...more important than that, we are all grieving again this sunday.
have a good sunday, if it's still possible after that 2-4 defeat
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:11pm
@ Maldini's Heir. great to see you back on the topic.
u think it's not Seedorf's right to say that's this is a situation he herited and it must be left to others to say that.
i think given the time spent and the attack already pouring it, he is fully right to point that out politely as he did it.
just difference of opinion that's all
about the example i used, namely "drills". you ought to read others carefully before commenting.
seem you're trying to respond to everybody, so it's hard to keep up
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:08pm
Berlusconi wanted a puppet, seedorf was just the man, weak, inexperienced, n willing to sell the propaganda to the fans. Unfortunately the fans are now starting to see through it. Seedorf disappointed me when he started blaming allergri, shows exactly how weak he is! Show me any manager that could make this group do anything, sold ibra, boatang, silva and replace them with nothing but half wits of course allergri was going to fail! We were better with allergri atleast hes a manager not a puppet
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:07pm
Seedorf,like Allegri,loves to play ppl out of position.The players also seem uncomfortable with his formation.Honda is a great player but hasn't even played 3 games in a row in his real position.Balo is not to blame as he needs another striker beside him to play well.A 4-3-1-2 with Honda,Poli,Cristante,and Monti vs Spezia was the most beautiful football we played in 2 years.Kaka,as great as he's been and as hard as he tries,can't perform for over 50 min and needs to make room for Saponara
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:04pm
Balotelli may have a good goal scoring record for Milan but factor in how many have been penalties and it doesn't look so good anymore.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 5:22pm
A new 55.000 stadium is in the horizon
on the 16th March, 2014 at 5:19pm
42 goals conceded in 28 games. Guess what's wrong?
on the 16th March, 2014 at 4:59pm
@ Rosso7 the article's about taking responsibility. Let everyone else say that Seedorf inherited problems but Seedorf shouldn't blaming other people. It permeates into the squad. As for his training methods maybe when he takes his coaching badges he'll learn drills.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 3:59pm
Half time comments. Mexes is an absolute disgrace. I wish he'd been sent off so finally it would spell the end of his career at Milan. Bonera is a disaster. Balo is the only reason to watch Milan at the moment so we better sell him quick!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 3:54pm
@Maldini's heir. ...(Cont)To move and free yourself or make run when your teammate has the ball. But unfortunately that's the case. And as said by Seedorf "The team is damaged" .
Everything needs fixing...and it will take months.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 3:14pm
@ Maldini heir. You are all over the place. This article is about the "blame game" going on.
What I'm saying next season Seedorf (if still here) would be fully responsible for the state of the team. But after 2 months I cannot blame him for the players self esteem, approach, bad fitness yet.
The ball control is a perfect example. They have been doing it just to do it for so long that when someone tells them . Pro footballers shouldnt have to be told how to form a wall to defend freekicks.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 3:11pm
Solo Inter!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 2:19pm
@ Rosso7 I'm amazed that professional footballers are learning how to receive a ball??? Surely they should be working on moves. Well first they should be working on defence. Then defending set pieces. And then surely they should be working on moves not teaching professional footballers how to control a ball??? Also our attacking set pieces are a total non-event. It's quite basic. You can jump higher if run onto the ball. Therefore our starting position shouldn't be the 6 yard box!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 12:58pm
Susi you've touched upon the problems with MilanLab. I would like to see an article on how it went from being one of the most celebrated medical teams to what is now a farce. Milan had something like 3 muscular injuries in the 03/04 season now we can't move for all of the thigh strains! It's not luck if it's the same injuries!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 12:54pm
@ Anonymous well Balo's signing worked out quite well for Milan in that they qualified for the CL.Do you ever think that the media's image of Balo might be different to the reality?This website was reporting he was training alone and dropped from the squad this weekend after he was responsible for the 4 goals Milan conceded against Atletico (he should've done better on those 4 goals don't you think?).Anyway it turned out to be BS. And now we have the Ultras saying he should be more like Bonera!!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 12:51pm
@ FERBAN again I like the look of the team but you're starting to get jumpy about our attack. There's no reason why we need to sign Cerci in my view. We need to focus on the defence. Our attackers have not yet been given time to gel. We've got enough attackers for 3 teams. Try Honda, SES and Balo; Kaka, Niang/Tarabat, Pazzin; Honda, Robinho, Petagna! Clearly Robinho needs to do one but we certainly don't lack attackers. WE NEED DEFENDERS. I'll say it all day. DEFENCE DEFENCE DEFENCE.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 12:46pm
Forza Inter!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 12:46pm
Guys, there was a reason if anyone wanted to see it that Inter and Man City didnt want ballotelli. Now I am sure Milan would love to have the EUR 20m they spent on him to spend on someone they can rely on. And his goals last season that got Milan CL qualification were mainly dodgy penalties, but we wont go into that again.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 11:54am
Realistically, without spending a fortune :

PERIN (14m)
ABATE - ASTORI (10m) - MUSACCHIO (bosman) - DE SCIGLIO
CRISTANTE - MONTOLIVO - DE JONG
HONDA or RAKITIC (12m) or CERCI (10m)
EL SHAARAWY - BALOTELLI

If Balo is sold, then Hernandez of United could be a good signing)

And please stop buying garbage like Essien/Robinho etc.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 11:31am
Milan should get rid of seedorf. It's not because the bad results recently, but his comment for blaming allegri that makes me so disappointed. Perhaps it's correct that allegri had fault at milan's current mentality, but hey.. seedorf was brought to fix that, correct?? Why did he take that position if he was not sure how to fix the problem??

Milan need someone who's willing to take any responsibilities for whatever results they get.. not someone who only knows to blame others!!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 9:47am
I blame Berlusconi, as he is the president. The management is utter crap. It is all about proper management with good plan. A team like AC Milano deteriorate in such bad situation something unacceptable. For the better of Italian football Milan has to find a solution and a brilliant one for sure.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:23am
Good post
on the 16th March, 2014 at 6:20am
...Nocerino looking annoyed as if "doing it properly" was too much to ask.
And that's the state of mind they have been drowned Into... Their approach to training, to game, their ability to react, to work as a team... and to add to all that their poor physical condition.
And I think 2 months are not enough to tell Seedorf "this is your problem now", especially not on the psychological issues. That time will come when/if he starts next season...of course progress is expect from now to then.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 5:31am

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