The immediate venom will go directly at Daniele Bonera who has having a solid match prior to the Red Card, but the real issue on this day was not Bonera but a general lack of chemistry. Under Leonardo a few years back the team always seemed like ten outfield players pulling in different directions, this appeared to be the case on this day.
Yes, some new changes needed to be made with Micheal Esssien, Daniele Bonera, and Phillipe Mexes coming into the fold. Giacomo Bonaventura was also being using in a deeper roll and while he is far from the problem. Since I praised Fillippo Inzaghi for what i called "consistency' in formation and personnel he has made significant changes every week and hasn't earned a victory since!
First and foremost credit has to be given to Sampdoria and there solid defense. I have always been a fan of Daniel Gastaldello and Lorenze De Silvestri and for those who have been around long enough the latter was a player I always thought would be excellent. The pitfalls or promising youth, but the 26 year old has found a home and is a leader in the Sampdoria defense and presented quite a challenge for Milan. It was SES that got Milan off the mark early with a classic goal from the wing, but it only last 35 minutes as the Stefano Okaka equalized at half time mark and gave all the momentum to Sampdoria. Obiang dropped a perfect ball into Eder's path and the game was now Sampdoria's to lose. Milan did not come strong out of the gate and the false nine continued to frustrate both the fans and players on the pitch as the disconnect between Honda and Menez was palpable.
Our old friend Djamal Messiah helped Bonaventura earn the penalty kick that ultimately equalized but like Bonara's yellow cards the call was soft and Milan got away with a point in enemy territory and absolutely zero momentum before the Derby in two weeks time. A small positive SES with his first Milan goal in nearly two years, but even that is stretching it!