Milan show 45 minutes of Fight and Grinta, but Football matches are full 90!
MIlan started brightly enough, but the simple small task of not conceding goals continues to be a massive issue. For Allegri he is in a perpetual Catch 22, play youth and the pitfalls that goes with it, and deal with the dropped points. Play experience, hoping for a result, and still lose!? You simply can't win, and fans with hindsight bias will kick you in the teeth either way. The same fans that felt that need to kick me in the teeth, for posting the obvious, Allegri's choice to play Pato in the second half dropped Milan to ten-men. El Sharaawy didn't need a Duck, he need help and neither Pato or Bojan provided that. Yes, Pato came back after injury, but history says while he gets hurt often, he usually comes back with a knockout punch, not this case on Sunday despite hitting Lazio where it hurt.
Last year, on this same day Milan came back to take points from Lecce, but this game showed the difference. It showed the lack of fight, passion, and hearth. Boateng was absymal, Nocerino continues to struggle, and the defense lacks any semblance of cohesion and chemistry. Allegri's contuing rotatin of players will not help this, but as I said earlier, what other choice does he have? Fans want youth but can't stomach the loss, they want wins but then can't stomach the experienced line-up, how do you recover from this?
There is not rest now, a trip to Malaga tomorrow with the potential for a new line-up, new formation, and new tactics. What is Allegri to do? Nothing has tried has even remotely worked. He has the personnel for one formation and that doesn't work, he deploys what he has in a 4-2-3-1 and balance goes down the toilet! I would preview tomorrow but at this point your guess is as good mine...3-5-2, 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3...nothing has given us any sort of comfort, then again what do you do with this band of misfits:
Goalkeepers: Amelia, Gabriel, Narduzzo.
Defenders: Acerbi, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Zapata.
Midfielders: Ambrosini, Boateng, Constant, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino.
Forwards: Bojan, El Shaarawy, Pato, Pazzini.