Saturday November 2 2013
Milan are AWOL

The worst thing about the Rossoneri right now is not the results, but the performances and mentality, argues Susy Campanale.

There’s no point denying that Milan are in absolute crisis now and facing Barcelona on Wednesday it’s not likely to get any better. A weakened Fiorentina without Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Mario Gomez and David Pizarro didn’t have to get out of second gear to win 2-0 at San Siro, mainly because the Rossoneri are reduced to either first gear or reverse. They trundle along for 90 minutes and fans wait for the moment they step up the pace to change things around. If it does happen, it is rapidly followed by a defensive disaster.

The calls are out for Massimiliano Allegri to be fired, though I’m not sure what good it would do with the options available. It is true that the team is playing absolutely terrible football and the squad don’t appear to know what they’re supposed to be doing. With Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina and Inter you get the sense these players have a specific plan they worked out in training and know where they are supposed to be at any given moment. Milan’s plan seems to be ‘give the ball to Kaka and Mario Balotelli, then hope for the best.’ It worked in the second half of last season, but SuperMario is now in a permanent sulk between pointless bookings and increasingly embarrassing attempts to win a penalty. Mollycoddling him is just encouraging this self-destructive petulance.

Not only are the Rossoneri not organised, but they have no spark either. Taking the initiative should mean more than running aimlessly at a wall of players or shooting from midfield. Someone also needs to appoint themselves Wall Monitor, because it’s ridiculous that a top flight team doesn’t know how to stand in a line properly. Milan were always bad at defending from set plays, but this isn’t marking we’re talking about – it’s the ability to stand in a spot and not move. Instead of releasing statements on how a free kick was not in the right position or telling Riccardo Montolivo he should argue with the referee more, how about focusing on some of the football school basics?

The real issue with Milan seems to be psychological, as they suffer from crippling arrogance. Have you noticed the only decent performances they have put in this season were when the Rossoneri were considered underdogs? Started strong against Juventus only to fall away, held Barcelona to a draw and attacked Udinese despite an injury crisis. When on paper the stronger team, they just assume they’ll score at some point and don’t push the issue until time is running out.

Allegri said this week Milan “can’t rest on our laurels,” but that’s precisely the problem. They have no laurels. What this team is resting on is a cold, hard floor with the shrivelled remains of laurels. The sooner they get that into their heads, the better, because time is running out.

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Have your say...

If you watched the game you would have known 1. The penalty was a dive 2. The second goal was offside 3. The ref barely booked any barca players even though the chopped down milan players all over the field 4. We ALWAYS do better then Juve in CL so keep to facts and not bs.

And another fact remain the same we dont LABEL our selfs one of the most successful clubs in the world WE ARE up there.

You didn't bring up my guess bout your age. Guess I was right.
on the 7th November, 2013 at 4:44pm
Berlusconi should splash out cash

1.Buy Candreva (as soon as possible)

2.Get rid of mexes and zapata (To be replaced by Rami and a world class centre back

3.Milan should have faith in cristante and vergara

4.Get rid of Nocerino,bonera,silvestre

5.We should get prandelli after the world cup


Gabriel,Abate,Rami, Excellent CB,De sciglio

De Jong,Cristante

Candreva,Honda,El Shaarawy


on the 7th November, 2013 at 4:32pm

As this is an area for discussing Milan I shall be brief - you say Juve have made Serie A more interesting - they certainly did the other week - losing 4-2 from 2-0 up - now that brightens up any Italian football fans afternoon!!

Forza Viola!
on the 7th November, 2013 at 3:13pm

Are you aware Milan WERE a great club. Now they are a JOKE. No respect given to such a slack arrogant team that label themselves as the most sucessful club.


Hate to be the first to break it to you but milan also got done for match fixing idiot.

Loved how Barca tortured your crap team. Barca are so bored of thrashing milan every year that yesterday they started to score own goals to help milan. Even the linesman ruling out a clear goal 4 barca was trying to help milan.
on the 7th November, 2013 at 1:26pm
@dominator b ro u have to be joking, juventus is the reason y italian football is looked at crooked, juventus have cheated many times and got caught, conte got caught cheating before he csme to juve and they still hired him!! Ac milan always hold italy up in champs. When juve get 7 champions league ill shut up
on the 6th November, 2013 at 10:16pm
the problem starts at the top. the claim of focusing on a new, youth-oriented side is clearly a farce when they turn around and start inviting January bids for SES, after blowing €12mil on a useless player like Matri. sub-par as Allegri may be, he's been supplied with mostly abysmal signings and expected to work magic; removing him won't solve a thing until the entire hierarchy is overhauled.
on the 6th November, 2013 at 8:41pm

You need to learn a few things about the football. Are you aware that Milan is one of the most successful clubs in the world? Are you aware that every year, compared to juve Milan is in CL carrying the torch( well not next year but still)Not juve. The history behind Milan and even though the current pathetic curve is still Milan. If you like football treat clubs with history with respect. I'm willing to bet money that your not a day over 20. Not that it's something wrong with that
on the 6th November, 2013 at 1:49pm
you don't need millions to have good players. Look at Juve.
For me a coach and sporting director who let Pirlo go is insane so both of them out (Alegri and Galiani. A lot of players needs replacing. You know what Solivio!!!if you are no longer interested in football and instead only in 17 years old girls let the club being taken over by some quatari billionaires so we can enjoy some football in red and black.
on the 5th November, 2013 at 10:15pm
@ viktor I do not have a huge issue with De Jong. I mentioned we could've gone for Pogba or De Jong. I know which I'd prefer. The bigger issue for me is Allegri insists on playing De Jong and Muntari together (at the expense of our best player this season who is Poli). Neither are particularly mobile or good on the ball. For me it is one of the main issues with the team this season. In fact its these little (or glaringly obvious) details where Allegri's tactics seem to fall down.
on the 5th November, 2013 at 5:39pm
im very disappointed.

Im disappointed that in this day and age we still have to waste precious blogging space on ac milan. This team went extinct in 2007. Shall we all start talking about jurassic park as well?

This team, once interesting, is now a twitching corpse.

so lets have more blogs on juventus and how juventus have single handedly saved serie a from becoming a bigger joke then it already is.
on the 5th November, 2013 at 1:30pm
allegri needs to b sacked. though milan lack the high quality players they used to have, buh the resources he has should be enough for him to challenge fo scudetto. he lacks tactic and motivation.
on the 5th November, 2013 at 11:35am
@Maldini's Heir

I usually agree with you but I dont agree with you on the view of De Jong.. he's been one of our better players. He's not a pretty footballer but hes work rate is great, and he intercepts often very dangerous counter attacks.. I think him monti, poli and kaka would be great. If only SES and Balo could get some time together.

Then abate, rami, (someone), De scgilio. That team looks good, I dont care what haters says.
on the 5th November, 2013 at 12:24am
you underline my point without even knowing that your doing it.. Balo penalties, thats all he brings for us a dive a penalty but the rest of the time we sit wondering what card he'l recieve this time! pazzini is useless, matri is even worse, niang maybe 18 but early signs from where im sat is hes useless. kaka may have started well but we need fresh talent in that role not a step bacwards. balo unbalances the team ses suffers with balo on the field. we need a help and fast
on the 4th November, 2013 at 11:13pm
Milan will play a great game against Barcelona, they will start picking up points soon. This team might not make it to third third place but is not as bad as people claim. There is quality in this team.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 8:45pm
And do you want to know the real kicker? Milan could have torpoed Roma's title chances if they'd let them have Allegri. Roma would've had Allegri! They'd be relegation fodder. No we kept Allegri and Roma got Garcia. Ah well hindsight and wonderful thing and all that now bring on Barcelona (with their one quality signing a summer policy). Imagine if Galliani focused all his effort on signing one quality player? Maybe a defender. Maybe Ogbonna or Astori?
on the 4th November, 2013 at 6:56pm
Mexes is one of our highest paid players and gets suspended about 10 times a season. If you look at what Juve spent in the same period: well other than the first year where they spent £88m in 11/12 since they've spent £28m in 13/14 and £60m in 12/13. The difference is Juve got Pogba for FREE and we paid £3m for De Jong to clogg up our midfield. We GAVE Pirlo to Juve for...FREE! Why? Because Allegri couldn't fit into his tactics. We effectively handed Juve 2 league titles.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 6:53pm
Barbara does seem to be talking some sense. If you look at our last few transfer campagins then (according to Milan have spent sums of over ST£23m in 13/14, an incredible £48m in 12/13 and another £47m in 11/12. That's well over ST£100m! And look who we've signed: in 13/14 Silvestre, Brsa, Matri, in 12/13 Salamon, Constant, Zaccardo, Traore, De Jong and in 11/12 Muntari, Mexes, Taiwo, Onyewu. All a complete waste of money. If the free ones (Mexes) has to be paid salary.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 6:47pm
Love the way Milan are playing!
on the 4th November, 2013 at 6:30pm
One thing that bothers me is the CLEAR penalties Balo should have had in last 3 games (against fiorentina clearly one). Just cause he's been diving easily lately (not in these games) shouldn't prevent from giving him obvious ones. That's just bad refereeing
on the 4th November, 2013 at 5:55pm

hmm... you're very wrong. kaka has been playing great since hes return. Niang is till
18, and you call him one of the worst forward you've seen? Pazzo scores well, way better then many other strikers in Seria a last season. He just happened to be injured. Abate is playing well when not injured. Milan have, and I repeat a good team except for center defenders. It's the way we set the team up and the coach fault were not doing better. Trust me.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 5:53pm
@Annonymous, Milan fans held the funeral a couple years ago. If you knew anything about the game or team, you'd know that. This team was in trouble from the moment they let one of the best players in Italian football in the past 20 years leave for free. This team needs a reboot from top to bottom!
on the 4th November, 2013 at 4:11pm
We have average players who galliani and belusconi build up to be bigger than they are. Defence is horrendous but I dont see us scoring a great deal. Balos entrance gave us nothing but unrest. Suddenly ses stoped scoring and the team changed dynamics to "give it to balo" system which many now realise doesnt work. Niang/pazzini/matri 3 of the worst 'goalscorers' wev seen. Midfield has no creativity what so ever. De sciglio is our only v. Good player. The rest are useless. Kaka is finished!
on the 4th November, 2013 at 3:31pm
Milan shouldve bought cerci and ogbonna
on the 4th November, 2013 at 2:19pm
So everyone, when is AC Milan's funeral being held and where is the venue?
on the 4th November, 2013 at 1:35pm
Would rather Allegri is replaced by pippo and costacurta (Ancelotti would be best but no chance there!). Keep Tassotti on as he is Milan through and through.

We have v. good players at Milan; Balotelli, El Sha, Poli, Mony, Kaka, Abate, De Scig but the obvious weakness & why we are doing so badly is the central defence which is awful.

In seasons past we had; Baresi, Costacurta, Galli, Stam, Nesta, Maldini, Silva. Now we have no-one. You can't win matches by letting in endless goals.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 10:00am
I love seeing milan like this :)
on the 4th November, 2013 at 8:17am
I wouldnt want to see foreign investment but I would like belusconi to listen to his daughter who based on an interview I saw she actually talks sense.
In regards to the team we have simply not good enough. I dont think any manager could help. Allegri isnt the greatest but to blame him is ridiculous based on the players we have.
on the 4th November, 2013 at 7:53am

How dumb cab someone be? I proved you wrong. I stand up for by the matter what. You should have how that works for the teams you 'support'
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:10pm
Max Allegri milan stats
1st season..finished first
2nd season..finished second
3rd season..finished third
4th season..who knws??
I cnt say how bad Allegri is,bcos this team are not the type of gladiators that fought for the diavolos in d past,too many makeshifts..but motivation from d coach can change fortune of a club,R.Garcia/roma example..Allegri shud go..he has lost it..period!
I'm glad it took us to make them realize that
Forza viola
I'd love Maldini there tho'..sentimentally speaking
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:44pm
If he's available I think Marcelo Bielsa would be a great appointment
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:15pm

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