Tuesday March 15 2016
Milan in a positive slump

Despite now going two games without a win, the fixture list should give new found hope to Milan, states George Rinaldi.

It hasn't been the best of times for the Diavolo recently. There was a poor performance leading to a loss to Sassuolo, who seem to always be the side to wreck a good vibe going around Milan. Then it was the Flying Donkeys of Chievo who revealed a team that aren't at their absolute best of late.

Christian Abbiati, a rare showing for the goalkeeper due to the injured Gianluigi Donnarumma, slated his side's uninspiring showing.

He wasn't wrong, with a few names being mentioned a couple of times not bringing the right attitude to the field. The back-line didn't seem to click has they had done, and the movement going forward appeared rather lethargic.

Of course, due to the wonderful past two months experienced by Milan, these cracks were even more blatantly obvious, as fans hadn't been accustomed to such showings of late.

However, these results shouldn't be a sign of things to come, but more of a way to show their progress. Earlier this season, results like this were happening more often than not. Losses to Genoa and Napoli showcased a Milan side devoid of ideas, including poor draws to both Verona and Carpi.

So now, instead of getting worked up that things aren't working, realistically this feels like a natural drop in form.

One man, a former Rossoneri Coach in the shape of Giovanni Trapattoni, believes the recent fall in positive results isn't something that should hinder their progress.

"Milan have fallen into a tricky situation," Trapattoni told Mediaset Premium. "They are just struggling lately to find that winning goal and therefore lost some enthusiasm. I think [Sinisa] Mihajlovic has the ability to guide them into the Europa League."

Trapattoni is right, it is just a slight obstacle they need to navigate to get back on form. This supposed drop in form has only occurred over the last two matches, with the loss to Sassuolo and the aforementioned bore draw versus Chievo.

What makes for kinder reading is Milan's final set of fixtures. Other than Lazio, Juventus and Roma, Mihajlovic has a kind run-in with struggling teams. On paper at least, they should be hoping to bag a good 12-15 points in these remaining games.

Even with a rejuvenated Sampdoria and a plucky Bologna to visit, those three tough games already mentioned are all hosted at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

So let this be a time not to worry Milanisti, but a time to rejoice that things are definitely moving forward for them. The losses are no longer expected, and this spells progress.

Europe is more than on the cards should they want it, especially if it means toppling Inter in the process.

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Have your say...
@maldini heir
Well your back so it's the return of the character limits isn't it?!? Making Viktor look stupid isn't as much fun as choping your useless nonesence down. So i welcome you 'characterless expertise' with open arms!
on the 17th March, 2016 at 7:54pm
Milan have unfortunately already qualified for EL through Coppa Italia win or lose as Rubentus will go to CL. They are useless and awful to watch and will not last long in Europe either next season unless of course they buy a few games!
on the 17th March, 2016 at 11:43am
I hate how ppl are acting like the season is going well enough.This is a top 3 squad and missing out its minimum target of CL football(for 3 seasons now).Even when results were good,performances rarely were.Not enough chances are created,overall play is disjointed,chances given to lost causes Balo & Prince instead of Mauri.Only positives are defensive improvement,great youngsters coming through,chance to win the cup.I give Miha credit for those but overall I've been disappointed with him.
on the 17th March, 2016 at 9:48am
Obviously Milan aren't where we want them to be but atleast this season is an improvement. There are still many issues but we're in a better position this year than last. The rebuild was always going to take time but this year is progress atleast - we have some good young players now and are playing more like a team, Europa would be a success
on the 16th March, 2016 at 9:47pm
I think the problem with Milan is nothing but strong and quality players, if they are to challenge for the European competition. the last two games shows that milan have improve in terms of holding the ball and dominating some level of possession, but being clinical in front of goal is a hiccups, there is need to bring in a good attacking midfielder and may be one added striker who can be the last game changer.
on the 16th March, 2016 at 9:42am
On paper things look easy but Milan notoriously struggle against bottom dwellers... We tied Verona and Carpi - VERONA AND CARPI!!! (WHO?!) So even though on paper the fixtures look "easy", in this Milan's reality, it could be anything but. Hopefully Miha can light some fire under the players' you know whats....
on the 16th March, 2016 at 6:19am
While on paper there might be some easier games in the run in, these are precisely the games Milan struggle in. I think we should wait to see where things are at the end of the season. If Milan fail to qualify for the Europa League then I think it's only right that Miha is removed. I don't believe he's got the most out of the players at his disposal given this side has shown it is capable of competing with the best teams not with the weaker sides.
on the 16th March, 2016 at 1:38am
How's things? It's been a while. I assume we still have the character limits on here which is one of the reasons I haven't been positing in while. It messes with my rants. The results against Chievo and Sassuolo were coming for a long time. As good as the results were during the 2 month run the actual team play was pretty poor. Miha's Milan struggle to control games and that's why I don't think he's the long term solution for Milan.
on the 16th March, 2016 at 1:35am

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