3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-2-3-1...it doesn't matter anymore does it, nothing gets us a result!
The big news, despite the pre game lineup was that Allegri deployed the team in a 3-4-3/3-5-2 hybrid. This is shocking to me because: A. we don't have proper wingbacks and B. it is a bit risky. However, the fans want formation changes on a whim and attacking football, and a shiny 1-0 zero loss is what they get for their whining!
Somewhere along the line, formations with 3 man backlines got mislabeled as attacking, this is not always the case. In fact most formations employing a 3 man backline actually have 5 defensive players instead of the standard four, if you actually want to win matches. This was true of Milan yesterday as Malaga came barreling forward the tactics went from 3-4-3 to 5-2-3 to 5-4-1. Milan absorbed pressure, held strong, but eventually Malaga came through. A missed spot kick was sign of things to come and Milan were unable to weather the storm as former Valencia hero Jaoquin made good on his earlier miss and scored.
No surprise that the Malaga's winger was so dangerous, playing in the space left by the odd deployment and cutting with venom. The pitchforks were out yet again by the hindsight bias folks who always asked Max to be less tactically rigid, but if there was a ever a reason for him not to be this was the advertisement. We don't have the players for our regular formation, let alone all these others. It is fact plain and simple.
In the second help Max figured he would throw attackers at the problem and true to form the arrival of Bojan and Pato not only did nothing to the scoreboard, it did nothing on the pitch. El Sharaawy continues to be the only bright spot for this team, and outside of this there is not much of anyhing to take from this game.
Which leads me to my inevitable conclusion, this team is simply not very good. It is not huge surprise, I tempered expecatations for myself, and it would seem only a matter of time before the "fans" and management want their pound of flesh. That scapegoat, sadly is always, the Coach. A unalienable truth that I strong disagree with, but I challenge anyone to tell me who exactly would be willing to take on this band of misfits and make any sort of progress with them!?