2009/2010 Season Review

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ROSSONERIBLOG.COM’s Meytar Zeevi reexamines the past season.

What a strange season it had been. So many ups and downs in one term. From month to month the momentum was different. And now, when it’s finally over, the fans feel a bitter-sweet taste left, and don’t know why.

Milan objective was very simple. They wanted a place in the Champions League for the next season, but it seemed for a month, that this is all they wanted, and were not capable of dreaming of a bigger thing, like the Scudetto.

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To understand this season, we need to go to the last summer, right in the beginning of it. Carlo Ancelotti and Kaka left Milan for the bigger money, after felt (justifiably) that they have done, and won everything in Italy. Each turned to his way (Carlo to Chelsea and Ricky to R. Madrid), and already then it was quite obvious that Milan have gone weaker. With aging players and lack of investment (add this two notable like Ancelotti and Kaka), the Italian press has “crown” the Rossoneri as a poor side, which will achieve nothing.

So, Milan tried to get of out of the mud, and signed Leonardo as their coach. The Brazilian has learned throughout the summer, what being a coach means, because he never coached before, and his pre-season was a big disaster. Milan won only two out of 12 friendly matches in two months, and it felt that they had done a huge mistake by getting the 40-year-old. So, they tried again to find comfort within their fans, which were upset with the sell of Kaka, and signed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman was a great flop at Real Madrid, and for €15mil. The Trofeo Berlusconi was his debut, and there you could see he’s just not fit.

And then, the season started. Milan had beaten Siena 2-1. Adriano Galliani hailed Leonardo and said it was the smartest move he could have done. Afterwards, the humiliation arrived. A derby in the second weekend is never good. Four goals to one net, Milan net. Vice President Galliani said before the game that Milan would win for 99 per cent, but this one percent left, was worthy of 4 goals. Milan found it hard to get out of that horrible match, and the results showed it: nil-nil draw against Livorno, difficult 1-0 victory over Bologna, 1-0 loss against Udinese, another nil-nil, this time against Bari and one-one versus Atalanta.

But, right when it seemed that this season is going to be one of the worst in the history of AC Milan, one week changed everything for il Diavolo. In league, it was A.S. Roma to come across at San Siro. Roma got the lead first, but then, Milan changed the system into 4-3-3 with Pato-Borriello-Ronaldinho attack and got back to this game with a surprising 2-1 victory. At that time, Milan were also fighting in the Champions League, and after a victory over Olympique de Marseille and a draw with FC Zurich, Real Madrid arrived. It looked like Milan are going to be humiliated yet again and it started out like this with goal for Real Madrid, but Alexandre Pato, the hero of that match, scored a brace, and helped Andrea Pirlo, who scored the equalizer, and his team-mates, to seal the most memorable moment of this season. The great 3-2 victory.

A wonderful period followed this amazing victory. Nine matches without a defeat then arrived, both in Champions League and Serie A. Milan proceeded in the standing up to the third spot, behind Inter and Juventus. But again, in the second round of the league, against Inter, Milan suffered yet another defeat, 2-0, despite the Nerazzurri were with 10-men already from an early stage of the first half. Three matches without a victory followed this defeat, including an early exit from the Coppa Italia against Udinese Calcio. Milan got out of this time, as well, coming on another wave of good results, and at some point, against Napoli, they could get the first place for the first time since December 2008. But Milan, like characterized with this season, failed in the big matches, and only got a draw from the Neapolitans.

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20 win
10 draws
8 losses

Dark times came after this draw as only three victories in the last nine matches were achieved. Also the CL, Manchester United eliminated Milan already in the eight-finals. Two-three defeat at Stadio San Siro, and then four-nil loss at Old Trafford got Milan out of the race for the desirable cup. But, at least Milan finished the season on a high, with a victory over Juventus. The Rossoneri completed 6-0 in two matches with the Old Lady. Three-nil at Stadio Olimpico di Turin and three-nil at San Siro, as Ronaldinho is the hero in both matches with a brace in each game. At the end, Milan said good-bye to Leonardo, who left.

So, was this season a good or a bad one? Milan have reached their objectives, so I must say, this season, has been above any press-men expectations. Of course, for Milan scales this has been a poor one, but I think Milan got used for third spot.

Best Starting XI
—————-Dida————-
—-Zambrotta—–Nesta——Silva———-Antonini—-
————–Pirlo———Ambrosini———-
———————Seedorf—————–
————-Pato———–Borriello——–Ronaldinho——-

GOALKEEPING: Once Milan sent Marco Storari to loan at Sampdoria, Christian Abbiati and Nelson Dida started to pick up injuries. Every time one of the two was not available, but Milan managed alright, despite few slip-ups. In a scale from 1 to 10, the goalkeeping position gets 6.

DEFENSE: Alessandro Nesta’s injury was a huge blow for Milan. But an amazing form of Thiago Silva saved Milan sometimes. In the bottom line, Milan ended this season when they are the second-rated least conceded team. Defense gets 7.

MIDFIELD: It has been a season for the Rossoneri midfield. Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf all seemed to lose their feet. Captain Massimo Ambrosini had a good season while Mathieu Flamini didn’t get enough time on the pitch. Midfield gets 4.

ATTACK: Ronaldinho has had a great season and with Alexandre Pato helping him from the right wing made a dangerous combination. Pato picked up too many injuries, but Marco Borriello, with a stunning form, sometimes made the difference for Milan. Bad term for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Attack gets 8.

COACH: For freshman year, Leonardo has done an amazing job. He leaves, and that’s too bad. Coach gets 7.

Tactics: The 4-3-1-2 used in the first month was not good for Milan. From the minute Milan changed into 4-3-3, Ronaldinho got the game better and Milan improved. This tactic shows Milan can play also happy football. Tactics gets 6.

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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Gaga

This season has been above expectations really. I never thought we would win anything, and we reached what we wanted. Forza Milan!

Bas

FORZA MILAN! This season had been very strange indeed. The top moment is really the 3-2 victory over Real Madrid. I love you Milan and I hope we can win something next season!

rafid

Ronaldinho has been the best. No doubt! Forza Milan!!

TAY

Good review man…
Forza Milannnnn!!

yohav

It was a tough season, but we got third spot and this is what important…FORZA MILAN!

Forza

I think Abate is better than Zambro on the right…
Good review…

xas

Milan per sempre. Average season really.

revital

Poor season!!!!!! NO TITLE…AGAIN

ola

Milan should sign a World Class player next season…

Lopez

MILAN PER SEMPRE

popalina

Get Storari back. Nice season it had been. Broke my heark couple of times but we managed alright

yona

OKAY SEASON…

juan

Forzaaaa!!!

da

Forza Milan!!!!!!!!!!

mohamed

—————-abbiati————-
—-papa—–Nesta——Silva———-Antonini—-
————–pirlo———Ambrosini———-
———————honda—————–
————-Pato———–dzeko——–Ronaldinho——-