The big story was the return to health of Cassano, and for fleeting moments in this match we as Milan fans got to see what could have been all season long. Instead of the inconsistent Robinho and often injured Pato, we could have been treated to Cassano and Zlatan, mixed with a bit of El Sharaawi. A promising though for next season, even though we may not have the same man at the helm or the same players in the mix. A difficult thing to discuss now, but one that we will have to tackle. Instead I would rather enjoy the win and the return of Fantonio who was dazzling for 90 minutes. The movement, the quick passing, the combination play, all the little things that Antonio Cassano brings and Milan has been missing. Some say injuries shouldn't matter, then you see matches like today.
Could have been a ten goal win and it wouldn't have mattered because the result was still three points, and with Juventus earning the same the window continues to close on Milan's scudetto hopes. You assume teams will fade late in the season, and with Juventus playing at the tempo they have, it seemed inevitable, but it seems without the rigors of the CL the lull never came and Milan were the ones left wondering. Allegri was cautious with the midweek fixture, rightfully so, but despite the performance the lead at the top remains the same.
The second choice defense couldn't keep a clean sheet, but they didn't really need to, because Milan put on a late show to take a 2-1 match out of reach. Nocerino scored his 10th of the season, the first non-striker in Serie A to score double digits in a long time, and truly cementing his place as Milan's unsung hero. Nocerino and Urby have been excellent this season and if we can begin to build around those two adding in the right CDM/CAM is a great step forward, but one that management will inevitably flub and lead us back to the doldrums, but again, a topic for another day.
With a match only a few days away, enjoy the victory, and the return of Antonio Cassano, there will be plenty of time to discuss the chopping block and the future, we have only a few must wins left in the season to enjoy.