Milanello has once again enveloped into ground hog day. While under-fire coach FIlippo Inzaghi decides whether to play Alessio Cerci or Keisuke Honda, 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 it appears that Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi are deciding whether to sack the former striker now or at the end of the week.
Inzaghi’s struggling Rossoneri meet Fiorentina this weekend in a rather appropriate match-up; Viola coach Vincenzo Montella has been heavily rumoured as the first-choice replacement for Pippo when the maligned manager inevitably gets the sack. That the rookie Coach’s stint at the Diavolo could be ended directly at the hands of a potential successor is sadly fitting.
Fiorentina also represent much of what Milan had hoped this season would be – Montella’s side competing for a Champions League position while playing vibrant, attack-minded football. That Montella has genuine midfielders to call up rather than the rag-tag bunch Inzaghi watches train weekly is apparently irrelevant.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has denied rumours that it will be him who takes charge of Milan next season, the vitriol in which the former Juventus man dismissed the links is rather chastising for Milanisti.
Whoever is in charge of Milan next season – or next week for that matter – it appears almost certain that it won’t be Inzaghi. The first-time Coach has looked out of his depth, displaying that all the goodwill and popularity in the world can’t save you if it’s clear you’re not cut-out for the job, at least not yet.
Inzaghi’s effort cannot be questioned, but his tactical decisions have been baffling and the same can be said of some of his team selections. An appreciation for having options on the bench is one thing, but dropping Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro without a better option available is futile. The choice of formation, a 4-4-2/4-3-3 depending on Inzaghi’s muse doesn’t offer the consistency needed to improve Milan’s fortunes, something badly needed in a side so fractured from consistent chopping and changing enforced by Adriano Galliani’s loans and swaps.
Despite the arrivals of Salvatore Bocchetti and Gabriel Palletta, the defence has maintained its comedic level of incompetence, a continuing problem from Massimiliano Allegri’s days at Milan as the fallout from losing Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva sent ripples through the squad.
What Milan need is an experienced hand, a Coach able to win a locker room over, break the run of apathetic performances and inspire some cohesion out of the dazed Diavolo. Replacing a rookie coach with another one while stripping the side of all continuity doesn’t leave much room for continual progress, displaying the futility of any “plan” the club seems to have.
Antonio Conte would be the ideal choice, a man who would take the Full Metal Jacket approach and shout at the Milan players until they improved – but his Azzurri commitments make a marriage seem unlikely. Montella has been discussed but is in a nurturing position in Florence - leaving Tuscany for the situation at Milan would be unwise for the former Roma man.
Meanwhile, Christian Brocchi – another rookie, is nervously waiting for his phone to ring.
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