Milan v Anderlecht Post-Match Comments [Sep 18 2012]

Milan: 4-3-2-1 – Abbiati, De Sciglio, Bonera, Mexes, Antonini, Nocerino, De Jong, Flamini, Emanuelson, Boateng, Pazzini

Anderlecht: 4-4-1-1 – Proto, Wasilewski, Kouyaté, Nuytinck, Deschacht, Biglia, Kljestan, Gillet, Kanu, Bruno, Mbokani


The statistics for this game really don’t add anything substantive. Milan played uninspired football for the 4th straight game this season (and continuing from the end of the summer campaign). Apologies for the brevity.


The Good: 

  • De Sciglio’s involvement created space and opened up play. He created two of the best chances of the match. When he’s given the right flank to roam on, he often finds a lot of space, especially in the workman midfield system in place at Milan, where there are no “torqueros” on the squad. Give him the ball more.
  • Allegri’s tactical idea here worked only when Emanuelson recovered the ball in the attacking half with time to turn. This happened very rarely. When it did though, Boateng and Pazzini were pushing vertically forward, and Emanuelson did well to create from this space.
  • Milan didn’t lose.

The Bad:

  • Lateral Movement. There was none from t he forwards. They left the midfielders with no options, and didn’t make any useful runs.
  • Urgency. I would elaborate but I just can’t find the motivation.
  • The Shape – What was it? 4-3-2-1? When El Shaarawy came for Boateng he sort of replaced Emanuelson as a wide-forward / run-back-to-defend-at-right-back-player. It was hardly defined, and Flamini sat very deep next to De Jong. Pazzini was often 20 yards away from another Milan player.
  • Boateng has been the biggest disappointment of the season so far. He’s shot more than any other player in Serie A and is yet to net a goal with over 25 attempts in all competitions so far. His passing is also slack of late, and he doesn’t have the sharpness that he had last season. His heading is also poor. He’s not a very useful aerial threat if he gets on the end of a lot of balls but sends them all 10 meters off target.
  • Allegri’s starting lineup – Awful. Team selection is poor here. The midfield is overly clogged, Pazzini isn’t a mobile enough target man, and the forward two behind him had no idea what they were doing tactically.
  • 4 games 3 goals (all in one game). Problem.
  • Milan’s team today could have easily put in a shift at the steel mill. 4 working midfielders, 3 of those 4 box-to-box and the other defensive. Then one “drifting” Urby Emanuelson. The defense turned out just as brutish as the midfield, committing foul after foul.

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Final Point:

This wasn’t good enough. Allegri is certainly on the hot seat if he wasn’t already before this. He was not given very much to work with this season, but today he got his team selection wrong, his tactics backwards, and continued his abysmal form in the Champions League for Milan.


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