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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The reason you are here because I called you out ! HAHAHA
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 9:47pm

You know very little bout fotboll if you think the solution for Milan is a foregein investor. A LoT of teams manage without. We're not using our resources the right away as allegri is not simple capable of it. We have a lot not talent that needs to be nursed and treated right. Out with old players muntari should not be used use De jong, monti, poli, ses, kaka, balo, de scigilio, abate and then unfortunately mexes and then rami
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 7:04pm
This is a very difficult time to be a Milan fan. Everyone except the management seems to know what the problem is and how to fix it. Just take a look at Allegri's performance in the past season and you would realise that he is not what Milan needs right now. I can't even watch our matches anymore because its heart breaking!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 5:38pm
allegri OUT u are not a milanista!!
we need a defender to partner with mexes,just look at the team is boring we need players to realise,players like,niang constant,zacardo,and we need to used some of our young tallents lie saponara and poli.
and the midfielder the coach use and the plan is wrong,we milan are used to 4 3 1 2 and montolivo and muntari play like full backs while they left only de jong in the middle which is very poor
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 5:08pm
Milan have been riding their luck for years now even the 2011 Scudetto only came about because of Inters 3 month injury crisis under Benitez proven by the fact that at xmas they were 16 points behind & ended at -4..Milan need a Thohir to invest, build & reinvigurate but its getting too late as Juve, Inter, Roma & Napoli are 10 steps ahead in that department. Forza Inter!!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 4:38pm
Why does nobody seem to notice that these blogs on Milan epically failing have been ongoing for a few years. Don't just blame allegri, the same thing happened under ancellotti and Leonardo. It happened as Milan's transfer policy is poor. You have a president obsessed with ronaldhino, Ibra, then balo. All that time neglecting the midfield and defence, only buying silva to then sell him. Look beneath the surface folks, it isn't allegri, it's the stuff going on backstage.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 3:52pm
no one should say milan's problem isn't Allegri doesn't know football. what does Jose say and do to his players to make them always wanting to kill themselves for him? the best Berlusconi and Galliani can do for we the fans now is to sack Allegri. he kills talent and makes football unattractive. for the squad we have a good and a competitive one that any good coach can make the best out of them .
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 2:57pm
How can you blame allergri?? How is that even possible. Look at the players we have. Lets weigh it up. Do we have a single player in our team that can make a diffrence? Allegri has a bag of crap to pick from so all he can put out is crap. Matri? Pazzini? Zapata? Mexes? Monti? Niang? All but to name just afew of the crap allegri can choose from. Balo who from day 1 iv said hes a massive hype and now many are realising hes a waste of space. Kaka is passed and should have stayed away.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 2:27pm
Words cannot describe my feelings towards this Milan I am seeing now. Allegri, the board, and a lot of the players must go!!! Disgraceful!!!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 1:53pm
I am not entirely sure what your article was about. saying that the team is only in 1st gear is true, but then you lost me. To say another coach wouldn't do better with the squad is completely nonsensical. If the argument is the squad isnt good enough to compete with the viola then you dont really know about football. If your point is the team is in 1st gear then that insinuates the team is capable of more and are a decent squad that should be doing better, and isnt that the coach's fault?
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 1:10pm
allegri needs to b sacked...
they should bench birsa muntari nd constant...caz they r crap player..average players .. they need poli instead of muntari, de sciglio/emanualson istead of constant nd saponara/niang instead of birsa... till el92 recovers..
Allegrii is making milan like cagliari ..
he should go for 4-3-1-2
Abate zapata mexes/zaccardo Desciglio/emanualson
Poli dejong Montolivo
balotelli matri
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 1:01pm
@ milan fan I agree that allegri has to go sooner or later but that petitions page is for slightly more serious issues like ending the death sentence in the US and sending burlosconi to prison not changing a football coach!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 12:07pm
Avram grant or di Matteo have done it at Chelsea. We need to steady the ship or else there'll be lots of genuine talent lost. Football is about confidence that's why Gervinho is suddenly amazing. SES, balo, niang, Saponara and Gabriel have big careers ahead of them but if things continue like this they'll be finished. Even kaka s comeback depends on milan turning things round. That's all for now. We ll see how things go against barca. I'm worried
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 12:02pm
The set play thing is a disgrace. It points to a lack of preparation. And for me it points to tassotti. As long as he's been a coach (which I think goes back zach) milan have conceded from set plays. We need a new coach. When we do eventually get rid of allegri then Tassotti also needs to go. I'd like to see allegri get us out of our CL group and then see where we're at in the league. If things haven't improved he has to go and we need to replace him with a 'fixer'.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:58am
Now as for Allegri as I said last time the squad is not great but it's better 12th place. It's better than Parma. Allegri blames luck but in truth we've been lucky. We were lucky against Torino and other teams we came back against. So he's not doing the best with what he's got. He also specifically asked for a striker over a defender. If you look at who milan kept and let go this summer: they offered bonera a new contract and let ambro go; they took back emanuelson and let antonini go. Bad calls
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:51am
Wow two pages of comments already! I'd just like to point out the following: 1. Balo was not great but he had zero service 2. We have no ideas in attack 3. Muntari and de Jong shouldn't play together 4. Poli s been our best player this season 5. Monty is not playing well 6. Our defence is obviously our biggest failing which means we were all right and allegri/Galliani were wrong. We did not need one goal matri.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:45am
Like nearly all Milanista's I want Allegri out ASAP. He is the root cause of the many problems. But the squad definitely isn't up to scratch. The defence is awful, midfield except NDJ is the same, Kaka is doing well so far, and the strikers are poor 90% of the time. Balotelli is a GOOD player but not GREAT yet. He's too lazy and needs to realise he will end up playing non league football with the amount of effort he puts in. Maybe a new, young boss like Inzaghi, Seedorf etc can sort this mess.FM
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:38am
I have to say as a Mario Balotelli admirer, have to agree with the negative bloggs about him. I am a Napoli fan of heart and background but also love AC Milan....But they are playing abysmal at the moment including Mario Balotelli.......Mario has to be careful because with the form of Giuseppe Rossi (and his excellent composure), Prandelli may be brave enough to leave Mario out of Brazil...and this hurts me to say it!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:38am
Based on the article, the actual problem of Milan is Allegri. It takes a good coach to have an organised team and since Milan is not organised it simply means Allegri is the culprit. Since his arrival Milan has been going from bad to worse despite some good players arriving.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 11:31am

I'm right here standing with Milan til I die. As a true fan do. Not as some fake fan switching team wherever the next 100 million player goes too. The people who claims Milan needs a investor like thorin that's definitely not the solution. Allegri IS the problem. Milan current squad was good enough to end up top 3 with exception of mexes and Zapata. They should be held accountable for 90 % of our conceded goals from set pieces. Disastrous.

What matters is sticking to your team.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:55am
The balotelli 'hate' you speak of is not hate its clear observation of ppl who clearly understand football. He brings unrest and ruins the general flow of the team- he does it for italy and milan. Kaka was another mistake, bring back a 31 year old who once controlled a game and expecting him to come and do it all over again is a huge mistake. Defence is shocking. Infact all of the youth we have in the team are rubbish. Ses didnt play when he was fit so saying his absence doesnt help is BS.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:53am
You can blame players, performances, effort etc but it's got to the point now where allegri has lost the changing room completely. The man is absolutely clueless. A small team minded manager. Great at playing barca etc because the emphasize isn't on winning, but when milan play against teams where they should be winning, absolutely no idea what to do. People will go on about injuries and the transfer strategy, but take a step back, milan have a much better squad than the majority of the league.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:53am
Change Allegri, even if it's a temporary solution. They would do better for a little while unless they find a solution to replace their crappy squad.

Milan had been playing randomly (tactically) for the past couple of years and they struggled almost in every single match. I'm not saying it's all Allegri's fault, but the team clearly plays as if every player plays as he wants. however, good luck finding a new coach.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:35am
Who cares about Milan? They are an average midtable team now. Fiorentina were superb! Why didn't you write an article about them? They've had a not bad run of important victories later.

The level of biased articles on this site is unbelievable. There are 19 other teams in the league that almost half of them are more important than Milan this season and you still write most of your articles about Milan. Hilarious stuff.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:22am
I like Allegri as a coach and wanted him to stay last season amid rumours of him getting sacked, my view is that he lacks a spine at present, Balotelli's diving was frustrating last season and has only gotten worse, the constant injury crisis has to be looked into, Pato the glass striker has been a player reborn since leaving and his pointing the blame at the medical staff could have some truth to it. Milan need calm, unity and discipline, and I'm not sure the coach can deliver the latter.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:18am
This is embarrasing!!what else can I say. We all know where the problem lies and still Galliani & Co. doesn't try to fix it. His solution is to have a retreat!! I just hope berlusconi would fire this Allegri guy and bring someone who really cares and loves milan.this is the first thing to do. Seedorf, Inzaghi or Devis Mangia (Arrigo Sacchi friend and student) are great options.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 10:05am
Too much Balotelli hate, there is a certain innate niavete to his play that the average person overlooks as simple arrogance. A rare and abstract quality to his spatial improvisation. That being said he is also a fool lacking common sense and the team around him is not helping the situation. Allegri is also mildly an idiot with no creativity but even a idiot has convinced the team of a game plan that has tied and beat Barcelona.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 9:44am
Every problem with Milan mentioned are all the responsibility of the coach. The first step for us to get out of this disaster is to get rid of the one who is responsible for putting us in that very disaster! ALLEGRI HAS TO GO, enough is enough! Here's a link to change, all Milan fans plz sign and share thank you.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 9:42am
Whilst I could sympathize with a team going thru difficult moments, what I can't forgive is the schoolboy errors. The wall or the lack of it on the 1st goal was a disgrace. Just like vs Parolo, the arrogant Milan players somehow thought...nah it won't go in. This team is desperately lacking in every area. Last season they got lucky. This year, a top 8 finish would be a miracle. Not Allegri's fault. But the fault of a 4th consecutive poor transfer window! buying mediocre players in the last days!
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 9:39am
Allegri needs to be shown the door.This performance on the pitch is pathetic.He is also very poor in managing the players.
on the 3rd November, 2013 at 9:26am

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