Udinese v Milan Post-Match Comments [Sep 23 2012]

Milan – 4-3-3 – Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Mesbah; Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino; El Shaarawy, Pazzini, Emanuelson

Udinese – 3-5-1-1 – Brkic; Benatia, Danilo, Coda; Faraoni Allan, Pinzi, Pereyra, Pasquale; Ranegie; Di Natale.

I really don’t even know how to begin here. Positives and Negatives format again. If you guys have any suggestions on how I structure these, leave them in the comments.



Boateng Substitution – It was the most positive substitution Allegri has made in a long time. It paid off immediately as Boateng was a positive influence in the center of the park and took control of the space that Ambrosini struggled to dictate during his time.  The goal was a direct result of his vertical play and driving runs.

Nocerino’s Movement in the First Half – Excellent, incisive, and yet no one to distribute the ball to him. No one to distribute the ball. Distribute.

Vertical Runs Early in the Match – They were effective, and Udinese made the same types of runs on their most dangerous attacks. When Milan moved laterally (which they didn’t do often due to their lack of width) they were less effective. These became less and less frequent.

Zapata’s First Half – Swept up at the back, and covered for Mexes on several occasions. As he gained in confidence, and Mesbah regressed, he became more forward thinking and looked to break into attack. This was good when he made a Thiago Silva-esque run into the midfield and then distributed, but when he made it too far he often was out of his depth.

Service to Pazzini – Not good. But better than before. At least today the formation was based around him.

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Average Position – Udinese left, Milan right – Via WhoScored.com

Shape – The team had excellent shape as can be seen in the above diagram



Zapata’s Second half – Woof

Boateng’s Temper – Could have seen red for the first challenge he made, so all arguments that the second yellow was soft fall short for me.

Mexes Brain Farts – Nearly cost a goal, and several other chances.

Pazzini’s Overall Fitness – Not good. His movement also needs to be addressed because if he’s not making a run to get on the end of a ball, he’s not providing anything else.

Set Piece Defense – How many goals this season have come from set pieces? This is something you can work on in training. This is on the coach.

Allegri’s Response to Guidolin’s Tactical Shift – There was none. It led to an Udinese goal. We know Allegri rarely makes tactical shift in game and today was no different until the red cards forced his hand.

Bojan Desperation – Can the kid get some real minutes in a non desperate situation?

Mesbah – I love him but, my word, that was awful. Left Ambrosini to dry on several occasions, one causing a yellow card for Ambro and which led to the first Udinese goal. All over the place, except where he was needed to be. 0/8 crossing.

Final Thought –

Can’t be surprised by this, as long as Allegri is in charge, I expect to lose every game this season. Not enough signs of turning that around, yet he slowly has the squad improving (by glacial shifts and tectonic standards) Allegri lives to fight another day. If he doesn’t beat Cagliari at home, then he may as well go back to coaching their side.

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