First half went by just as predicted, actually. Milan started strong(ish), and then tapered off. We really need to find a way to link defence with attack. Our midfield, Monto aside, SUCKS. Muntari is such a waste of space, even though I know he was only played because Allegri wants to rest Flamini for Barça. I sincerely hope that he gets Traoré on in the second half. There really is no point whatsoever in playing Muntari. Keep him fit in training, and sell him off in the summer, that’s what I say.
Anyway, whenever Niang and Balotelli DO get the ball at their feet, they do something brilliant. That pass to Boateng by Balotelli was absolutely sublime. And Niang was up to his usual tricks. I think he really needs to work on peeling away from defenders, the kind of runs that made Pato and El Sharaawy such frightening prospects for defenders. That’s what’s needed from him. However, what impressed me the most about him was his intent. He REALLY wanted to take that free kick, and even though Balotelli scored, I wouldn’t be too harsh on the kid. He WANTS to score for Milan. He wants to prove himself. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a checkmark in his favour. Good thing he and Mario resolved that spat immediately. And it certainly was very nice to see Balo smile. It’s been a while for the poor guy. Also, 4 goals in 3 games. DAI, RAGAZZI!
A couple of things to point out – Firstly, Milan’s defence is still very shaky. I think our best CB pairing is Zapata and Mexes, but Yepes can be handy sometimes. Zapata loses concentration sometimes as well, which makes it ever more frustrating. I think Sansone’s goal was Zapata’s fault… He just overshot the path of the ball…
Secondly, Milan desperately need someone to back Montolivo. I think the IDEAL Milan formation is – Abbiati, De Sciglio, Zapata, Mexes, Constant, Flamini, Montolivo, Bojan, Niang, Balotelli, El Sharaawy in a 4-2-1-3. This allows for Flamini to patrol the midfield, and snap up loose balls, allowing Monty freedom to operate the midfield, and Bojan to link up play with the front three. This, in my opinion, offers the most fluidity. Look, we have nothing to lose against Barça. If we lie back and defend, we’ll lose 2-0. If we go for it, we might win or lose 5-0. So what?
I will say this, though… I think Mario would be salivating at the prospect of facing Barça’s defence. He’ll be unplayable. All we need to do is to MAKE SURE HE GETS THE BLOODY BALL, and let him do his thing.
Barça next, then Inter and then Lazio. I have a feeling third place is ours. Don’t think anything good will happen in the Champions League, but then again, stranger things have happened. Either way, the only thing one can say is FORZA MILAN!