Category Archives: Post-match Comments

Milan v Atalanta Post-Match Comments

It’s been a few weeks since my last recap, so I’ll begin with the match. The more finesse based players were the more successful ones in this match for Milan. Except Robinho, who shows up when it’s not today. Tactically this was a fairly simple match, Raimondi dropped back from his position on the right wing to add to the center of defense as Milan pressed further up the pitch. This meant Raimondi was often trying to chase Milan’s two players behind the striker and his constant fouls eventually resulted in a card after cynically chopping down Balotelli. Atalanta’s 4-4-2  meant that they were repeatedly trying to have two players wide on both sides of the pitch to allow option. What this meant centrally was that De Jong dropped to mark the speedy Moralez, Mexes/Zapata dealt 2v1 with Denis, Emanuelson and De Sciglio dealt with Bonaventura and Raimondi’s width. As mentioned before, Raimondi was dropping centrally defensively, which left Emanuelson free to rampage down the left flank, which he did throughout the match. De Sciglio had no problem coming down the right flank as well, so long as he kept a mental tab on Bonaventura he was free to attack as well since De Jong, Mexes and Zapata had the Atalanta attack under relative control.

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Milan v Genoa Post-Match Comment

Oh God…

Milan-Barcelona A Few Thoughts:

 

  • Only one Milan player was rated above a 7 on WhoScored.com.

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Milan v Barcelona Post-Match Comments

Milan survived Barcelona on Tuesday night. I say survived, but some would point out that both sides had gold-edged opportunities to put bag the winner, but to be honest, neither side put forth a performance worthy of three points. A draw is the right result, and it’s to be expected in the umpteenth meeting of these two storied clubs in the 3rd year running of sharing a group pot.

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Ajax v Milan Post-Match Comments

I’m not interested in the events that happened during the Milan v Ajax match. In fact, the on-field performance can be understood more by an investigation of the post-match quotes and surrounding context than it can by X’s and O’s on a chalkboard and simple statistical measures. Of course, statistical measures and tactical breakdowns are useful in context, however, in this situation, to focus on them is to miss the larger point. To use the parable of the blind man and the elephant, this method is the blind man estimating the problem from touching the elephant – it is much larger than he can possibly know.

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Milan v Sampdoria Post-Match Comments

I can’t talk about this match with much substance because in all honesty, this is one of the worst Serie A matches I’ve seen in my lifetime. Nonetheless, it does provide an interesting opportunity to express my thoughts free of the filter of quality, so without further ado here are my opinions as they unfolded:

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Milan v Napoli Post-Match Comments

“Other than the opening 10 minutes, it was the best game of the season for us.” – Max Allegri

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Torino v Milan Post-Match Comments

I think it’s fair to day that coming into season four under Allegri, certain things are a given. One is that his contract is going to expire at the end of the season, and barring Max turning water into wine, he will depart Milan. Reports have confirmed that Clarence Seedorf was lined up to be the man to replace Allegri, but that the total operation was deemed too costly by management.

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Milan v PSV Post-Match Comments

Normal service resumes. After two underwhelming matches to begin the season, Massimilliano Allegri and his side finally brought the right attitude to the €30 million match, although there were more than a few opportunities for PSV.

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Verona v Milan Post-Match Comments

Verona started their Serie A campaign the right way by taking advantage of another halfway-baked performance from the Rossoneri. One goal never seems to be enough, and yet for the second consecutive match, Milan took their foot off the accelerator after scoring the first and were made to suffer, this time from Luca Toni, who showed Milanisti just what they were missing with the absence of Giampolo Pazzini. Toni had 2 goals on 4 shots, all of which were on target. He touched the ball 31 times in the match – less than his own goalkeeper Rafael.

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