Friday July 18 2014
Inzaghi’s Rossoneri revolution

With the rest of Italy focused on Juventus, Filippo Inzaghi’s Milan mission has begun in earnest. Sam Lewis has the details.

While the majority of the peninsula has their eyes fixated on the happenings in Turin following Antonio Conte’s shock departure and are now adjusting to the sight of former Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri addressing the Italian champions, a new era is beginning at Via Turati.

Pippo Inzaghi’s reign in charge of Milan officially began over a week ago, the former striker’s entrance into coaching first team professional footballers met with an array of tifosi and banners, hoping to celebrate a season that will be better than the last.

“I want a positive team who want to play from the heart in order to beat the opposition,” Inzaghi told Press as he was unveiled. “The Milan shirt must go back to mattering.”

While we’ll have to wait to see if Inzaghi’s Milan side will match the ‘heart’ of its famously enthusiastic Coach on the pitch, reports emanating from Milanello indicate that Rossoneri players will at least be expected to match SuperPippo’s discipline, a notorious element of his preparation as a player.

Former teammate Andrea Pirlo detailed Inzaghi’s attention to diet in Milan’s locker room in his autobiography, eating the same meal – salted beef with pasta and tomato sauce – over and over again.

Similarly, a strict diet has been imposed on the 40-year-old’s new charges at Milanello, as well as a mobile phone ban and an expected time of arrival at club training. For a team that lost veteran leadership in droves in 2012 and had leaked reports of in-fighting under Clarence Seedorf last season, Inzaghi’s mission to return professionalism to the squad can only be seen as a positive.

The changes haven’t stopped there. Tactically, it is thought that Milan and Inzaghi will be aiming to recreate the ‘German approach’, specifically regarding movement off the ball between the midfield and attack. The Rossoneri under both Allegri and Seedorf looked stagnant in midfield and Gazzetta dello Sport published some predictions of a Milan 2014-15 line-up that included trequartista Riccardo Saponara as part of a midfield three with Nigel De Jong and Andrea Poli.

Up front, Jeremy Menez is expected to start with the returning Stephan El Shaarawy either side of Mario Balotelli in a trident that offers the former Manchester City striker a little more assistance than he received during the frustrating 2013-14 season. Meanwhile, Adil Rami returns to the Milan defence to partner new teammate Alex, offering solidity to a shaky backline.

Robinho is set to exit the club, following fellow Brazilian Ricky Kaka, Alessandro Matri and Valter Birsa as a host of underperforming names are set to make way for new ones. A coaching change on its own is not enough to keep Milan from sinking further, and it seems that those in charge of the club have begun to recognise that.

 “The objective is to qualify for the Champions League,” Barbara Berlusconi announced alongside Inzaghi. “Therefore, this is a positive moment and an emblematic one that should be remembered.”

For that ‘positive moment’ to be followed by several positive moments throughout the season and a happy ending next May, Barbara’s father and Adriano Galliani must deliver on their end to increase the quality of the squad. Enthusiasm and words about Milan ‘mattering’ once again are fine, but they must be aligned with financial investment.

Pippo Inzaghi may be starting a revolution at Milan, but he’ll need a little more firepower for it to be successful.

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Have your say...
SERIE A IS ITALIAN...we like leading and not following other clubs. Last year we gave aletico a good go with no Balo cause of injury and no SES, we might of lost but we played good soccer..and thats whithout spending 100s of mills. I rather see investment in good youth then buying a name! if you want to see a Paolo Maldini heir again or a Pirlo or a super Pippo then youth is where to go and train them hard. but if you want to be a sheep, then go buy a messi then. done! ciao!
on the 1st August, 2014 at 10:14pm
No im against Gallani and want him to retire, so maybe my boy Paolo Maldini can take over #1!! #2 monty needs to go back to florence and Honda can go back to Japan!! thats why we need another CM cause they suck. Now for international players on your team, it doesnt count pal. Some players just dont get called up. for italy example..your telling me Poli, Florenzi,destro, Guiseppe Rossi arent good?? instead of being sheep and buying a trophy, lets finally make another decade of success.
on the 1st August, 2014 at 10:08pm
Meanwhile Zapata is our only international CB. All our other CBs are at an age where they should be established internationals but they're not good enough. Alex couldn't make THAT Brazilian squad. Rami and Mexes don't get near the French team and I think if any Italy manager picked Bonera they might be sacked. Yes Bonera got to play with some of the greats but he seems to have learned nothing. It seems like you and Galliani (if you are two different people) are the only ones who don't see this.
on the 24th July, 2014 at 8:47am
@ IL CAPITANO Are you Galliani's spokesperson? Why do we need another midfielder when we've got De Jong, Monty, Poli, Muntari and Cristante and Honda and Saponara? If you look at the squad and the potential starting 11 rightly or wrongly we have internationals in most positions except at CB. We've 2 international FBs (although Abate is obviously a weakness), internationals in midfield in De Jong and Monty and internationals or potential up front in Balo and SES
on the 24th July, 2014 at 8:42am
I believe in Bryan Cristante, Saponara, Poli, El Sharawaay, de sciglio and Super Mario are going to have a fantastic season..remember though injuries kill us and terrible coaching also did too. Only Pippo gives me the complete feeling like ancelotti did. Berlousconi is 77 years old, before his life is done I bet he wants to see his Milan team to be talked about all over the world once again as the best there is the best there was and the best that ever will be. forza Milan Ciao tutti.
on the 23rd July, 2014 at 10:34pm
Truefully I believe everyone needs to relax about our Milan. If you want to go to CL or win the CL in the future you bring Mr. Champions League Pippo. Milan Youth is over average and will kill it this year. Rami and Alex are going to be a good parternership plus BONERA can use his wisdom to help these guys that he got from MALDINI and Nesta. Its actually actions this year and now its time for Milan to show whats up for Italia and for Champions League. we just need one more mid and we are set!
on the 23rd July, 2014 at 10:23pm
Just like when we loaded Abbiati to Juve in 05/06 while we kept Dida and letting Pirlo go to Juve for free. We might have been able to get decent money for Mexes last summer after he scored his overhead kick in the CL (which distracted from the general level of incompetence/indiscipline he showed last season). I'd say we'll struggle to offload him to. So many failings. So little justification for Galliani to keep his job. So its not about money its about competence.
on the 23rd July, 2014 at 9:36am
Robinho has quite frankly behaved disgracefully playing Milan and other clubs against each other to make as much money as possible for himself and his father. He's shown no interest in playing football for at least the past 2 years. We could've let Bonera go last summer when his contract expired but he was renewed and Ambrosini, our captain, was let go to a team which had just finished below us in the race for the CL. We like to sell or give away players to our main rivals.
on the 23rd July, 2014 at 9:32am
@ nicola The issue with Milan's defence and misguided transfers is not money but planning and priorities. Last summer we spent 11m on Matri instead of a defender. We didn't need him, he very quickly became surplus to requirements and now we cannot even sell him. In fact we cannot seem to sell many of the players including players who only arrived last season like Brsa. Galliani seems as incompetent at selling as he does at buying. The Robinho saga has been going on for at least 3 years.
on the 23rd July, 2014 at 9:27am
@ Viktor, I know but according to the financial status Milan's in with the rest of SERIA "A", It would not be a bad idea. BUT DO SELL MEXES BONERA AND ROBINHO PLEASE!!!!!!!....... FORZA SERIA A.
on the 22nd July, 2014 at 9:03pm

Not sure what you're trying to say but I think you want milan to look for serie b defenders and bundesliga b defender/ Lol you don't think that is a bit harsh. Granted our def is awful but there are few players that ok and promising. we just need to get rid of mexes and bonera.

Serie b defender. Buddy, it's still ACM.
on the 22nd July, 2014 at 4:56pm
WHY doesn't Milan look into the "b" Leagues like seria b or la liga b or bundesliga b......or even the MLS which have an abundance of strong defenders in their league which you can get on the cheap.
on the 21st July, 2014 at 9:25pm
YOU want to beef up your ,sell Mexes for a bucket of corn.....
on the 21st July, 2014 at 9:15pm
@maldini heir
Heres to a new found friendship??? But seriously it worries me so much that our manager, owner and 'transfer guru' do not see the defensive issue we have. I think alex and rami are a way of silencing the critics but I just cant see how we can go forward with them and worse still mexes and bonera!! It is astonishing. Its worrying that inzaghi does not see what is so obvious!
on the 21st July, 2014 at 7:38pm
On this obsession with attackers/wingers I'm a bit lost as to why Galliani (and Inzaghi?) feel the need to add to what we've already got. For a 4-3-3 we already have SES, Menez, Niang, Balotelli and Pazzini. We also have Saponara and Honda who are attacking midfielders. And then we have Petagna. We're not in the CL this season. If Mr X is another attacker then does this mean we're dropping SES or that worthwhile signing Menez? If we sell Mr B then presumably we need another CF not a winger?
on the 21st July, 2014 at 9:55am
@ mm and I agree 100% with your comment! There you go we do agree on some things! Galliani saying Milan have too many defenders is like McDonalds saying they have too many chefs!

@ viktor your optimism knows no bounds. Let's hope you're right and we're all wrong because that will mean that milan will have a decent season!
on the 21st July, 2014 at 8:55am
I agree with MILANISTA. Bar zapata I see no great defence. Even worse was hearing galliani say we have to many defenders! I mean this guys gone mad! We may have to many defenders but look at them, alex is average, rami isnt near the quality we need, bonera and mexes well they speak for them selves, our only decent defenders are zapata and de sciglio. Shocking! We are beyond help! No more 'gifts' and 'mr X' we need a new transfer policy and new owner!
on the 20th July, 2014 at 5:55pm
The club is currently rudderless. We have a farcical joint CEO system with a woman lacking experience and qualifications and an old man living on past memories. We have an owner who has brought the club to the pinnacle of the world game which every wannabe from Manchester Utd. to Paris Saint Germain emulated but who now seems to lack the precious lubricant of football - money. AC Milan is now creeping towards the status of Benfica or Ajax - the clubs the likes of Bobby Charlton deem big.
on the 20th July, 2014 at 4:37pm
Unfortunately for Italian football I don't see the situation with milan getting much better and simply can't imagine how they beat napoli, roma and juve to a champions league spot I find it hard to imagine them in the top five with fiorentina and inter ahead of them in my opinion. They need to finally stop running after attacking players and fix their horrible defence. But first and foremost get rid of the Berlusconis and galliani.
on the 20th July, 2014 at 3:11pm
I'm optimistic for various reasons. 1. Inzaghi, not that there is an direct correlation but was one of the hungriest box players I've ever seen. I think he has immense hunger for success. 2. Wether you haters like it or not, this year I think there will be more room for younger players. 3. I still believe in SES, I do not think it was a coincidence the way he played. 4. I'm not asking for top players, we got a good team we need a solid center back to guide the back 4.
on the 20th July, 2014 at 3:03pm
milan once an european powerhouse now an european flop milan once a household name in world football now a name people dont want to remember, galliani once a transfer guru now a transfer flop.......... berlusconi and galliani are too old to manage this club let them leave and make way for young managers that are ready to spend and invest in the team
on the 20th July, 2014 at 1:35pm
Lets be honest apart from Inzaghi's enthusiasm we dont have any reason to be optimistic next season. We dont have money to spend on players, No clear transfer strategy and a horrible scouting team so we shouldn't expect anything different . Galliani & Berlu have got to go.
on the 20th July, 2014 at 6:16am
You mention the reference in Pirlo's fantastic autobiography (a must read for all fans of calcio). And I'm sure you know this but Pippo will demand all Milan players eat baby biscuits before games (Leaving the last two in the packet) and sitting down for an unlimited amount of number 2's before games. It is going to stink in the Milan dressing room :-)
on the 20th July, 2014 at 12:53am
Galliani should be sacked.
Berlusconi should be shot.
on the 19th July, 2014 at 1:20pm
@ Viktor I'd be surprised if Alex will sort out our defence. Last season to win a match (which we rarely did) we would've needed to score at least 2 goals. Alex would've been a good squad player but he's not the basis on which we should build our defence. Neither is Rami. Zapata showed he can do good things in the World Cup if he has someone decent beside him. But we need a leader back there.
on the 19th July, 2014 at 12:48pm

Alex was a good signing.. weird that you don't see that.
on the 19th July, 2014 at 8:41am
Not sure why Bonera is still on the team...he is a waste...Zapata is ok, the capture of Alex made my LOL...Criscito would be nice, and De sciglio is a solid up and coming player.

Wouldn't mind seeing Astori or Ogbonna wearing the Milan jersey that would be a nice "gift"...It boggles my mind that 3 or 4 seasons ago we had Thiago Silva, Nesta and now we have Alex/Mexes LOL.
on the 19th July, 2014 at 5:27am
@Maldini's Heir as much as I agree with you, I know galliani won't sign another center back, that stingy guy, most likely our last transfer will be Lavezzi or Ljajic. Even though I have dreams of Milan acquiring the likes of Isco or Griezmann, Galliani always manages to disappoint.
on the 19th July, 2014 at 12:12am
Berlusconi beat his charge and had his lifetime ban removed. Great news for us, he will finally sanction transfers for political reasons. Kicked out of Europe, have less money available yet we are talking about Isco and Lavezzi...hum...We have been saving up our transfer funds to make that man look like a hero again...Inzaghi revolution is sponsored and brought to you by Kaka, Sheva, Ibra and Thiago Silva, but we will call them gifts from the president.
on the 18th July, 2014 at 11:23pm
We conceded 49 goals last.FORTY NINE goals.Can we put whatever money we have into signing one CB.I'd go for Astori but I'd take Paletta or Vermaelen or Ogbonna or if we could afford Godin or any other decent CB. We can sell Bonera, Mexes, Zaccardo, Essien and Robinho so surely we could buy one player. If we spend any money on an attacker when our defence is so exposed then we can forget about it. A team that shows no interest in defence will never win. Its the building block of a successful team
on the 18th July, 2014 at 5:00pm

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