The sad tale/nightmare of AC Milan rolls on...
Milan’s second home game of the season ended 0-1. A tame affair in which neither side seemed to be willing to press the defence. The loss of Niang and Kucka through red cards in the previous match against Napoli proved to be costly today.
Replacing Niang on the left wing was ‘Jack’ Bonaventura. Lacking the pace and creativity of the young Frenchman, Bonaventura was left out of sorts ad out of his depth playing outside of his favoured central midfield role. Taking Kucka’s spot in central midfield was new Beşiktaş signing José Sosa. Whilst not able to make an impact on the scoreline, the midfielder showed a pleasing level of intent and leadership, the highlight being a brilliant volleyed effort hitting the crossbar in the 32nd minute.
The most worrying sign for the match came not on the action on the field but off it, or lack there of. Whatever tactics or game plan Vincenzo Montella had laid out for his team, all seemed ineffective against a team which finished 17th last season. The first substitution came as a reactionary change replace an injured Antonelli with De Sciglio in the 53rd minute with scores still locked at 0-0. At this point you would be forgiven in assuming that an attacking change would be imminent. Unfortunately Montella had other ideas...
Finally the changes came with 11 minutes remaining, although in the form of a head scratcher replacing the lively Sosa with Honda (‘79) and before at long last adding an attacker to the lineup, replacing Poli with Lapadula (‘86).
These changes proved to be too little too late, with Udinese instead taking the lead in 88th minute via second half substitute Stipe Perica.
Unfortunately it appears that Milan is yet to reach the turning point and the so the story of the last five seasons continues; managerial incompetence, lack of squad intent and quality, as well as an ever more frustrated fanbase.
January can’t come soon enough.