Thursday October 25 2012
Milan's never ending nightmare

Milan worked hard, defended well and created chances in Spain last night, but as Scott Fleming laments, the outcome was just the same.

The Costa del Sol. A millionaires’ playground where Ferraris roar through the streets and yachts the size of battleships lie berthed in the bay. A place where the old Milan, with all their wealth, success and superstar players, would have felt at home.

But stricken by poverty of funds off the field, and poverty of quality on it, the new Milan looked like imposters in Malaga last night. And they were treated as such by their hosts.

It's not that they were outclassed in part one of their Champions League double header with the club known as 'The Anchovies’, though.

Deployed in a bold new 3-4-3 formation, the Rossoneri actually started rather well at La Rosaleda. Once the back three of Philippe Mexes, Daniele Bonera and Francesco Acerbi had survived the first 10 minutes without conceding 10 goals – as most of us expected them to – Massimiliano Allegri's side began to make some promising excursions upfield.

Malaga were awarded a penalty shortly before half-time, but as Joaquin's spot kick soared over the bar, 'keeper Marco Amelia leapt to his feet, punching the air. It was the sort of break the Diavolo have been waiting on all season. Perhaps this is it, you dared to think, perhaps this is the moment when Allegri's Milan finally turn things around.

In the second half however, Malaga simply accelerated beyond them. It was like watching one of the aforementioned yachts going into cruise control, and leaving a rickety fishing boat in its wake.

The winning goal, scored by Joaquin after a sublime one-two with Manuel Iturra, was the Andalusians only clear cut chance, but it certainly wasn't against the run of play.

“We went a little too deep as time went on and were unable to be quite as dangerous on the counter attack,” said Bonera. “At times a three man defence becomes five.”

At full time Allegri did what he always does – put a brave face on it and went in search of positives. He didn't have to look too far, Milan had worked hard, defended well, created chances. But after six defeats in 11 competitive matches, it all begins to sound a bit hollow.

The sale of players in the summer has been a ready made excuse for the Rossoneri this season, but it wasn't available to them last night. Beset by financial problems and an irate Sheikh demanding to know where his money had gone, Malaga sold even more key players than Milan did, and at prices well below their true value.

Two clubs in very similar predicaments, but whereas the Italians have been demoralised and dysfunctional, the Spaniards’ crisis has galvanised and united them, the inspirational Manuel Pellegrini leading them to the upper echelons of La Liga and three wins from three in their debut Champions League campaign.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani continues to insist that Allegri is the man for Milan, even as rumours of Frank Rijkaard's arrival begin to swirl. The tactician's demise was foretold before the derby, the Lazio game and last night, yet still he clings to life.

Malaga's European heroics are described by Spanish paper Marca today as 'a never ending dream'. For Milan, this season is beginning to feel like a never ending nightmare. 

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Have your say...
I'm a juve van. But I was a big fan of kaka n paolo M.
So milan is also my favorite.
(But one has retired, d other one was sold).

What I'm tryin to say, slow growth n hard work regeneration is d only option for teams like Milan,Juve,or other teams in italy, except inter.
Instant growth is for rich team like inter, real M, ManCini-city,n new PSG.
Richy could easily buy players at their prime. They got d money.
Their coaches r spoiled with great options.

Just wait. Milan will get to d point where sheva turns from kiev kid to be most dangerous striker. When little paolo turns to b irreplaceable defender.
When it happens, milan will gain more respect.
on the 9th November, 2012 at 1:06am
Mustafa.. no offence but i wouldn't take advice on soccer from someone thats not even Italian let alone european.. i would recommend using different words than pathetic because thats what you sound like continuously coming back to milan pages even though you're a juventus fan. Clearly it must of taken you a couple days to come up with a response like that.. Well done, I'm starting to see some progress in your sentences although its supposed to be, "you're sad". Im off this page now TAKE CARE BUD
on the 27th October, 2012 at 3:48pm

left a remark !?

I told you, you are PATHETIC

You sound like your sad. That what is called a remark.

I recommend a strawberry flavoured lollipop.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 11:09pm
I am convinced that Berlusconi orchestrated this situation in order to get rid of the deadwood. Milan will go through a lean season, where only the strong will stay. And then they will rebuild and once more challenge for glory.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 8:08pm
Does everyone remember when Milan used to spend money like a sailor on shore leave? £13 million on Lentini. Papin on the bench. At that time Napoli had to sell the likes of Zola, Ferrara, Fonseca and Cannavaro because of crippling debts. How the tables have turned. When UEFAs financial fair play really takes hold Milan will be in even more trouble, remember they still have the biggest wage bill in Serie A by some distance.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 12:58pm do u figure he has "lost" the dressing room? are you in the dressing room? do you have a contact in the team who told you that? no player has come out in the press saying that allegri is to blame in fact it has been the opposite, SES said in the gazzetta today that the team is behid max allegri and believe in him. Just bc players have a dip in form doesnt mean the coach has "lost" them. Lets not forget that max has not had a full squad in a very long time.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 12:20pm
Times like this, I wish it could go back to when we had Pirlo, Maldini, Kaka, Inzaghi, Seedorf, Gattuso all in their prime lol.

I don't know who is to blame for this joke of a Milan team this season but we need it fixed...SOON! I know we need a new manager because Max isn't getting the best of the team and it clearly obvious to see this but we also have no money so we're going to have to make so with what we have!

on the 26th October, 2012 at 12:17pm
Allegri should've been sacked about 3 games ago. He picks Bonera and Antonini over anyone else. His formations / tactics suck. He can't motivate the players -- Pato, Abate, Nocerino, Boateng... He treated Pirlo, Nesta, Gattuso, Inzaghi like crap. He can never beat the big teams -- Inter, Juve, or even Lazio, Napoli. B&G need to wake up and sack this guy before we end up in the relegation zone. Bring in Tassotti or even better, Rijkaard.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 10:59am
milan's problem can be summed up as follows: garbage in, garbage out.or, you reap what you sow.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 10:59am
Allegri must go... Milan need a change and a quick one. Allegri is obviously out of tricks to try. Yes we lost many champions but even this squad can do better than what they're doing now.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 9:26am
Sam De Martini, I too am extremely disappointed with our, Italy's, showing in Europe this week. I kind of expected Milan & Udinese to lose: because of the formers abysmal form, and the latter's loss of key players each summer. But Juve with their average strike force, Lazio with their complacency-even when they are only 1 goal up?!: and Napoli, with Mazzarri's poor tactics, poor squad rotation, poor attitude towards the Europa league frustrated the hell out of me.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 8:55am
Max has got to go. He's lost the dressing room. Even guys like Abate, Monti and Nocerino that play well for the Azzuri are sucking for Milan. The players have no fire in the belly and don't seem to respond to the coach. Sack him and give Tassoti a try. Can't get any worse.
on the 26th October, 2012 at 5:01am
Interesting comments.
So Guardiola would need funds to invest in new players right? Why not give Allegri the same shot? Let's just say for the sake of hmmm ... what's the word I'm looking for? Oh yes, fairness.
A coach is the 12th player and every player is an assistant coach. They win and lose together. In some cases blame can be placed more or less on either but that is not befitting here as there are lots of irons in the fire.
Patience and compassion my red & black friends :)
on the 26th October, 2012 at 1:59am
...and Milan Fan it is a.c. milan not f.c. milan, i shouldnt even have acknowledged your post after you wrote that one, and MK Milan Fan "Milan are a provincial team and play for ties?" are u mad, do you even watch milan? if anything allegri's insistance on not playing catenaccio and like a "provincial" team is why they are losing...and allegri has ammassed the most points in the last three seasons than any other manager in that same time frame, more than conte or anyone else...
on the 26th October, 2012 at 12:58am
I think Allegri is being thrown under the bus here. He had his team sold out from under him.The mass exodus was too much for one season and is something that should have been done over time.Unfortunaely this is a rebuilding year and we just need to be patient.Milan went through this in the mid/late 90s and within a few years they were top of the world.To say you would support teams who are playing against milan you need your head checked!I hate fareweaher fans! I support milan no matter what!
on the 26th October, 2012 at 12:48am
@ Anonymous

I think you may have heard about Pirlo.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 11:35pm
Ok mustafa.. Keep trolling on milan pages. It shows how pathetic you really are. Get a life man. Your comments clearly show that my remark which is true really got to you. Enjoy the rest of the thread:) .. Leave a comment
on the 25th October, 2012 at 10:18pm
this team is straight up crap! mexes, emanuelson, robinho and bojan are just the start some of you claim to be so great! let's go further: Pato I mean come on people a striker that for 5 years has been labelled the player to be as great as kaka, joke! he runs 15mins of 1 game and then he's injured for 6 months but as soon as Brazil call him he can run for 90 mins! and then they gave use pazzini: we gave Cassano and cash for a sack of potatoes! thanks Berlusconi
on the 25th October, 2012 at 9:19pm
What a load of crap. Udinese and Napoli should be ashamed with their pathetic performances, both looking like going out now especially napoli. This is why we have lost the 4th champions league spot. A rubbish week for us. In both competitions only 1 win, 2 draws and 3 defeats. Its not good enough and is very embarassing. Every year its the same. DEPRESSING.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 8:57pm
If Muntari's goal wasn't disallowed, Milan would beat Malaga, and now on rank 1 in SERIE A !
on the 25th October, 2012 at 7:50pm
Hah! This the best milan season yet on my book. Now even fans turn their backs on their team coach.. Go on cheer up milan.. Inter all the way! :)
on the 25th October, 2012 at 7:47pm

What a pathetic response from a pathetic guy !

Go play with a lollipop or something.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 5:30pm

It's better to avoid long sentences so you don't emabarrass yourself with your English :). Yet, you still make no sense with short sentences.

So, as always, stai zitto.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 5:28pm
Everyone, just scroll down to Maldini's Heirs comments! They are bang on the money! Allegri & Mancini are really not helping their causes with their constant tinkering of line-ups and systems. Changing your system, so drastically, and away to a strong team, was just crazy, and reeks of desperation. Allegri should have blooded some of the younger players, (Esp Cristante), earlier in the season and just persevere with them. Bonera, after Klose-gate, how?
on the 25th October, 2012 at 4:43pm
Marc F... the best midfielder on the planet given away on a free? Whose that?!

Its dissappointing yes... that milan aren't doing well but they really are underperforming badly.

Don't know what the answer is... lets wait and see :) Stay optimistic!!
on the 25th October, 2012 at 4:33pm
Im not a Milan fan (supporter of another serieA team) but ive always enjoyed watching the great Milan teams of the past representing Italy.
I must say though that this Milan side is rotting at the core.I dont think Allegri is at fault here,selling your best players is obviously showing a club with finicial difficulties or even not willing to splash out.
Clearly there are few injuries but currently this is bad business and success will only be a dream.Ambro/Bonera garbage. Mexes awful and risky
on the 25th October, 2012 at 4:29pm
Oh I forgot mustafa.. I'd definitely take juventus strikers over milans. SES has more goals than all your strikers combined haha
on the 25th October, 2012 at 3:55pm
Lets not forget people, the best midfielder on the planet was given away (FOR FREE) because he didn't fit into Allegri's plans!!!
on the 25th October, 2012 at 3:40pm
I'm of the view that only a miracle will see a coach turn around a team with players way below Milan's standard. Its a bit of Allegri's fault for not finding the right balance but its down to the management for not making proper arrangement for the rainy day. A lot of players were aging while Milan continue to look at it as an advantage cos of experience. Now they all wave goodbye and its a whole lot of mess for the club as they refuse to make room for replacement at the best time possible.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 3:22pm

"No actual coach, no actual players, epecially in attack.

El Shaarawy, Pazzini, Pato, Bojan, no no no"

Hahah, you would give your left arm for SES so don't come here with your weak lies.
on the 25th October, 2012 at 3:06pm

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