Milan v Inter Post-Match Comments

Mazzarri didn’t want to give anything away in his press conference. He wouldn’t give a probable lineup, in part he says, because Seedorf didn’t give anything away the day before.  But Seedorf did give out some information, and it actually turned out to be a key piece – Andrea Poli was looking likely to start.

Poli has started before, even played a variety of roles (he’s become the team’s Urby Emanuelson – who was first relegated back to LB, and now to “guy behind Kevin Constant”). Poli is the utility man, capable of playing both in the holding 2 in Seedorf’s 5-man midfield and in the advanced 3 as well.  The formation came out as a 4-2-3-1 on paper, with Taarabt on the right wing, Kaka centrally and Poli on the left, which lasted a couple of minutes before the shift became apparent, and by the end of the first half, the 4-3-1-2 was back in Milano.

Put simply, Taarabt marked Cambiasso and these two players cancelled out really, Cambiasso completely about 60% of his season average in passing while Taarabt didn’t particularly impress outside of his delightfully weighted through ball to De Sciglio (but again, players such as Taarabt only need to provide one moment of brilliance to offset their ‘lazy’ work so long as the chance is buried). Taarabt lost the ball 4 times (3 dispossession 1 Turnover), and from my point of view wasn’t particularly effective in his role, which I feel may have been better interpreted by Honda. However, this was a new role for Taarabt on this side, and expecting him to do it perfectly is absurd – he did his defensive duty for the most part offset his attacking importance in this situation (still several occasions you can see him walking when he needs to be tracking back).

Kaka finally was moved to a second striker role, as he even played back for Ancelotti’s Milan in the mid-2000s. Kaka has always been a second striker in an attacking midfield mould as opposed to everyone’s favorite buzz-word ‘trequartista’. Kaka may play in Seedorf’s “three trequartista” formation but he’s never been a player of that mold. This has been mentioned on several occasions before though so I won’t expand any further.

As a part of a larger trend Seedorf continues to rage against the machine. Voices in the press continue to say it won’t be enough to save his job. But at a certain point, the goodwill of the fans for management is gone. A coach who’s achieved all you can ask of him given no transfer window, Michael Essien and the freebies in the winter window, and the remnants of Allegri’s psychologically and physically battered sides.

The fans love Seedorf. He’s winning matches. But as Nigel De Jong put it, “there’s a lot of shit going on above Seedorf for the last two weeks”. De Jong’s goal was dedicated to his manager. Speaking of De Jong, it was our old friend Esteban Cambiasso who lost the halfway to 6’ De Jong and left him wide open for the game-winning goal. Moments define football; Inter lost in that one second. And Milan didn’t concede like they normally do.

Granted, Inter had 3 shots all night, none of which were on target, and looked as likely to score as Palacio was to shave his braid. Cambiasso and Palacio didn’t complete a single pass, something Seedorf said they were trying to shut down. Typically attacking the space behind wing-backs is the way to exploit a 3-man back line, but in a way this was a classic Allegri-performance – 4-3-1-2, sit centrally, and looked to break up the opposition’s plan rather than focus on building something for your own side. Derbys can be rough affairs, sometimes but not-exclusively they are terrible football. But Milan, amazingly, kept their individual error tally down, and they waited for Inter to make a mistake, which came in the form of Cambiasso not marking De Jong.


Now the waiting game continues – should Seedorf continue this run of form, it’s going to be near-impossible for the management to spin his sacking.

One final point – Forza Javier Zanetti – a true legend of the blue and black, we appreciate your commitment to your side and your spirit and wish you the very best in your retirement.


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One Thought on “Milan v Inter Post-Match Comments

  1. RossoneriFido on May 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM said:

    Thanks Pete.
    It will be hard for the management to explain why Seedorf is gone should he be sacked. He already achieved more than was expected. If he was Milan will probably do a PR move that will keep the fans busy talking and caring about. Who knows what B&G think!!!
    Still Forza Milan.

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