Spurs 0 – 0 Milan

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THE ROSSONERI are out of the champions league. Despite totally outplaying Spurs at White Hart Lane, and having the ball cleared off the line by William Gallas, Milan failed to win on the night, and Spurs managed to park the bus in the closing stages to secure the win – sadly knocking the Rossoneri out despite a vintage performance from Clarence Seedorf.

The injuries had definitely taken their toll on Allegri’s squad, so in his 4-3-1-2  formation, Abbiati started in goal behind Abate, Nesta Thiago Silva and Jankulovski Whilst Boateng, Seedorf and Flamini formed the midfield 3. In attack, Robinho returned to the side, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Alexandre Pato (who returned after missing the Juve game with the flu)

The match started wih Milan determined to show the game was not over yet. With a fairly attack minded lineup, Milan may have been vulnerable, as Spurs threatened through Van der Vaart just a minute in, though his long range effort sailed wide. The best move early on came as Seedorf (playing the deepest role of the midfield 3) won a tackle and got the ball back before playing in Ibrahimovic with a 30 yard long ball! The Swede took it well, but Dawson did well to knock it out for a corner before Ibra could strike.

Seedorf to captain Milan tonight
Tottenham-AC Milan: The Rossoneri squad

The game was end to end, Milan seemed much more in it than the first leg, but Spurs had started just as well as last time, the game was frantic, but Milan looked like a constant threat early on. Spurs came close to taking the lead after a Peter Crouch knockdown in to the box, but Abbiati did just enough despite taking a hit to the head. The difference between this game and the last game against spurs for Milan was absolutely staggering early on.

Milan were beginning to look like the better side with around quarter of an hour gone, and they began to pressurise Spurs. Ibrahimovic had a free kick from a tight angle around 30 yards out, however, his thumping effort was parried well wide by Heurelho Gomes for a corner. Finally the Rossoneri were beginning to look like themselves!

Spurs were playing a dangerous game, and after some poor communication between Spurs center back William Gallas, and his goalkeeper Heurhelo Gomes, Pato found himself with the ball out wide and Gomes in no man’s land! He just about managed to pull it back for Robinho, but Robinho’s shot was blocked! Nonetheless, it was heading towards the empty net, but William Gallas pulled off a stunning volley to clear it off the line.

Pato was the next to test Heurelho Gomes with around half an hour gone! After yet another interception from Clarence Seedorf, Ibrahimovic managed to play a through ball for Pato, who’d made an intelligent run in to the box to the left. The Brazilian got on the ball and struck it goalwards, but this time Gomes looked assure as he parried it clear.

Abate and Jankulovski’s pressing meant that Spurs’ wingers were forced to track back and minimised their threat, an ingenious decision by Allegri to push them higher up, Abate’s delivery had been excellent, and almost proved fruitful 5 minutes before the break, but as Gomes punched the ball, Boateng’s shot (following Ibrahimovic’s pass) was blocked by Modric as it sailed goalwards! Spurs were getting anxious.

The half ended with Milan on top but the scores remained level. Allegri’s tactics were spot on in the first half and the only thing missing was a Milan goal!

For the opening 10 minutes of the second half, the game remained the same. Spurs did look slightly more dangerous and energetic in the first, but it was still Milan in control, even though Tottenham seemed more likely to do something on the counter than they did in the first. This could partly be attributed to Boateng providing a bit less cover, meaning Lennon was 1 on 1 with Jankulovski much more often, but the game was still in the balance.

After a scramble in the box, Milan almost take the lead, but the spurs defenders and Heurelho Gomes did just enough to force the ball out. Milan still looked dangerous, but still hadn’t scored. At this point, Gareth Bale came off the bench to replace Rafael Van der Vaart for Spurs. Shortly after, Jermaine Jenas joined Bale on the field for Spurs (instead of Pienaar) whilst Allegri brought on Antonini to freshen up the defence (in place of Jankulovski)

Despite being the better side overall in the tie, time was running out, and the Rossoneri had only around 15 minutes left to find the goal. Massimiliano Allegri decided another change was needed, to bring the flow of the game back, so he brought on Alexander Merkel for Boateng. It almost paid dividens instantly! As the youngster played a superb reverse pass for Pato, but Pato’s shot went just wide much to Gomes’ relief as the ‘keeper had no chance of stopping it had it been on target.

With less than 5 minutes left Spurs had parked the bus. Milan had a corner and every single spurs player was behind the ball, frustratingly so. With time running out, Milan needed to get forward, but Spurs’ tactics were almost preventing them. As a last bid to get some energy and freshness in the middle, Allegri brought on Rodney Strasser for Mathieu Flamini (who had been booked) – but Spurs had pretty much shut down Milan’s system just to prevent them scoring at this point, you couldn’t blame them but it was very frustrating.

With only 3 minutes added time left, Milan were trying their hardest, but Spurs were running down the clock. Seedorf won the ball back in his own half, used some skill to beat a player and played in Ibrahimovic with minutes left. As Ibra layed it off, Robinho took aim and fired it goalwards, but one of the countless white shirts keep the ball out and nothing comes from the corner.

Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. Spurs’ frustrating (but understandable) tactics at the end were enough to make time run out, and so Spurs went through winning the tie 1-0 overall thanks to the first leg win at the San Siro. Despite being the better team on the night, Milan couldn’t take advantage, and so, the champions league chase is over for another year.

Best Moment: When Gomes missed the ball (only for Robinho’s deflected effort to be cleared off the line)

Man of the Match: Clarence Seedorf – he was magnificent, he rolled back the years and his performance deserved so much more than to go out after a 0-0 draw

By Hefin Davies, Rossoneri Blog

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G
G
9 years ago

Congratz for Spurs.. they weren’t spectacular but they managed to hold on & qualify. We didn’t lose & honestly Milan played better than my expectation. We’re obviously lacking CREATIVITY. I couldn’t agree more with Kaka-fans (e.g: Shervin), that we’re really missing his presence. Still, he’s part of the past & let’s hope that next summer we’d get another talent like him.

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago

Can somebody please tell me what robinho is? A Playmaker? A trequartista? Or a striker? I havnt seen any of these things in him at all. Not only because of his major super miss in this match, nut overall. Im getting sick of robinho His finishes are not anywhere topclass or even acceptable. Hes not making any super passes and when when he gets a super pass he blows it away. Robinho is like flamini, they move alot, they try so hard, they do their best, but not enough. Not enough for a club like AC Milan. Im looking forward… Read more »

fyah-mayne
fyah-mayne
9 years ago

What all you guys are saying is somewhat true about Ibra being a league player…..i agree that we should not purchase him for 24m +9mill wages each year, and bhino can stay jus needs to work on his finsihing(Y)…seadorf,legrotalli,janko,oddo,zambro,seadorf,ambro,vanbomel,amelia,roma,ibra should all leave….bring in astori (5m),cissokho (15m),isla (co-own 5mill),poli (loan),gago(10m), taiwo(free), sirgu or marchetti (6m), Davide Di Fabio (from U21 GK), merkel, strasser and a decent striker Llorente or Kevin Gremio probably much cheaper and better than ibra (Y)….and as much i want to see itialians playin for ac milan criscito is over-rated (Y) the best possible 5 is sirigu,marchetti,astori,poli n… Read more »

nick
nick
9 years ago

@Shervin… I understand the nostalgia for Kaka. I am a fan of him too but he is injury prone and will not provide much of a help to our team if he cannot stay fit consistently. Kaka is a lame duck at the moment just ask Real Madrid who spent all that money for a player that has barely played the entire season. Just in case you havent heard Kaka just returned from injury and he is out injured again and will be out for about four weeks. Now you tell me what good is it to have a player… Read more »

tcl_00
tcl_00
9 years ago

Somebody was saying we are Ibra Hater .. on the contrary we are not.. he is good for the Serie A and leagues where you have 35+ matches to perform and a long season . But in knockout tournaments he chokes or just doesn’t deliver … ok he scored 4 goals in CL thats alright .. we had him on loan thats fine … we can make a good farewell for him with scudetto but 24 M euro for him and 10M yearly just too much and hes going to be 30 next year .. time for him to part… Read more »

Student
Student
9 years ago

@ GIANCARLO I took all your bull $h!% for sometime now.You act like you are a Football pundit. all you do is read that stupid Goal.com and come spread the post like its your own. Everybody watched the same game as you did, It was very clear that Ibra is no Champions league player, He is the broken link in the forward line, Yes Seedorf played excellent football so did Silva Abate Nesta Boateng Abbiatti Pato etc. You are talking about Ibra’s stats in Serie A and comparing it to that of other forwards ,who really cares about that. Allegri… Read more »

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

Our 07 run was heavily influenced by one player. But, we also had the best midfield in the world. Pirlo,Gattuso,Ambrosinim and Seedorf in their respective primes.

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

You guys are Ibrahimovic haters. You blame him for everything, yet completely disregard his production for Milan.The next time, Ibra or Robinho score a goal, don’t celebrate it’s that simple.

Support Milan, the name on the front of the shirt, no matter who’s name is on the back..

Ronnie2009
Ronnie2009
9 years ago

Ronaldinho won his first trophy with Flamengo and he has to thank Milan for making it possible.

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

I don’t agree with the people saying Ibra is doing bad in Champions League. He saved Barca last year with two goals versus Arsenal as an exampel and has scored for us this year aswell. Last night he was under constant pressure from 2 defenders almost the entire match and he still played some brillant passes to other attackers. Problem is our other attackers seem to lack the skill to find the goal and shoots it wide or on a defender 90% of the time. They seriously needs to practise more shooting under pressure. Anyways it was a good match… Read more »

Milanista
Milanista
9 years ago

Ahhh dammit. Now all the stuck up PL fans will be talking shit nonstop about how the Serie A sucks compared to the PL. That even the Spurs were able to beat a top team in the Serie A. And like always, oblivious to the real fact that the Milan out there was crippled and incomplete.

Why Milan
Why Milan
9 years ago

Flamini play like stupid person….Ac Milan did not need this kind of player.Ac Milan alson must change their tactical. Max Alergi should think and do something…

Sheva7
Sheva7
9 years ago

ibra-getting worse day by day!!Robinho-not even in empty goalposts he can’t score!!And Nesta he made a mystakes and nice performance by Abate in defence role and i miss Pipo with his passion for goal we don’t need mercenaries but players with passion for win and for our team like Prince

Milano Q8
Milano Q8
9 years ago

Hi guys we keep repeating the same topic again and again, from what I gather the majority are with Ibra staying at Milan so am I. Ibra can be more effective on goal once we acquire a creative AMD/play maker. As for Robinho the majority are against his performance he is not effective as a striker and come on how many times to we need to watch him for a judgment. It’s simple swap him for G.Rossi, Rossi is more effective on goal, fast,young, strong kick, and creative. He is Italian which means we will have a vacant place for… Read more »

Gaurav
Gaurav
9 years ago

i agree all of u..But still Milan didn’t have enough creativity…can’t blame Ibra too much..Robinho misses a sitter..Let b realistic …if milan could have qualified.they dnt have that quality at the moment to carry on in cl..Barca could have easily knock off them…Watch out for Milan in next season…with full squad

TWF
TWF
9 years ago

i agree to everyone here who said that milan don’t have a creative playmaker or AM. i am sick with long passes sent to spurs’ penalty box. i don’t think that milan will be the champion in CL if milan can beat spurs. the squad are not competitive enough for CL. imo, rather than having kaka, i prefer to sign a young, talented and not overrated player. i suggest to have eden hazard, a belgian starlet of lille. both arsenal and bayern muenchen are tracking him for the next season. after this, milan need to focus on serie A and… Read more »

vicnasmilan
vicnasmilan
9 years ago

gud game by milan.let’s c wat next season wil b like.we shd get some creative mid fielders though & get paloschi too.forza milan.

Marc
Marc
9 years ago

Giancarlo, I didn’t realize that an ultra creative midfield is the magic panacea to allowing Ibrahimovic to work! As if somehow with them, he will descend from heaven and somehow work hard both on and off of the ball. Remember when he was with Barcelona who possesses one of, if not the, best midfields ever? Oh right, he was still lazy. Now onto my “misleading stas.” How are they misleading? They are just stating simply what is; yes, Ibra has many assists, which one could argue are misleading based on his sheer ball domination. Now, on to your most egregious… Read more »

Luke
Luke
9 years ago

Robinho is going no where and neither is Ibra so stop wasting your time here. Kaka will probably come back and will be great again. Yes, he is injury prone but he also doesn’t seem happy in Madrid and maybe doesn’t put 100% in like he would at Milan. Players that Milan must get rid of immediately are Ambrosini, Antonini, Bonera, Jankulovski, Sokratis, Yepes and above all Flamini – this guy is a mad man and runs around like chicken with no head. He makes stupid tackles and I am surprised he didn’t break anyone’s leg yet. He should have… Read more »

Dejan Jovanoski
Dejan Jovanoski
9 years ago

Stop with this Ibra thing guys.Please.Can’t u see that Seedorf is dammaged goods?He was extraordinary player like 2-3 years ago,but now?He should start from the bench in games like this.And Robinho?Pure mess up.I was swearing all night @ him.What a shame.I never liked him in the first place.Because he played for madrid.
And Merkel?He should play alongside PRINCE in the first 11.Get Seedorf out.He only passes to the back,and when he passes up front it’s with long and inaccurate balls.I miss Pirlo for this role don’t u?

nick
nick
9 years ago

@Marc…I agree totally. Ibra must go. We will only win the Serie A with him. Inter realize that and got rid of him for a player who has a better work rate and plays for the team NOT the team playing for him. His name is Sammuel Eto’o. Inter dominated Serie A since the calciopoli scandal and could not win a Champions League trophy or come close to it until they got rid of Ibra. The Special One realize that Ibra had to go and pushed hard for his transfer! Barca jinx themselves last season when they got Ibra. See… Read more »

makAveli
makAveli
9 years ago

@ GIANCARLO it didn’t take long for every other person on this blog to realise how stupid you are. I like student, Nick and Shervin a lot. they tell the truth as it is. You on the other hand are so ignorant of a lot of stuff and yet think you know everthing. i suggested yesterday that it would be better we took a bold step by training with beretta and throwing him in the game at some point in time bcos 1. Ibra will likely flop and 2, We did not have a single striker on the bench. You… Read more »

afnan
afnan
9 years ago

totthem create this team 3,4 years ago. while we just start this season. n it true they are more prepared then us. but i see a good future in front of us. as so much young player espcecialy merkel has start to become a big star. now we siting 1 in seria a. that not bad. this is fes year allegri in milan. but i agree we need new left back, abate much better in every game so we dont need right back just better back up for him. and we need new CB as nesta are old now. n… Read more »

makAveli
makAveli
9 years ago

Oh yeah and marc too…you are good with your points lets face it. Ibra scored 17 league goals for barca and had like 9 assists. it wasnt bad at all for a debutant. he even scored key goals against stuttgard, arsenal, real madrid, espanyol and atletico but barca still got raid of him because he made their team one – dimensional. he may be helping us, which is so true but we become one dimensional because of him. he doesn’t ran into space, misplaces passes and was caught offside 4 times in the first 34 minutes last night…MY GOSH

blini
blini
9 years ago

Robinho – i fuckin dont wanna see u playin in milan !

Ibra – ur getting bader and bader :S

Nesta – I really love you , respect all u did , but ur 35 now !

Flamini – Ur good at runing , not football

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

Please don’t tell me, someone actually used the Castrol Rankings as part of their argument…smh.

Luke
Luke
9 years ago

Blini,

I agree with you on all but Robinho – he just needs some good training on finishing and he will be good. That’s Allegri’s job,

Shervin
Shervin
9 years ago

Robinho Robinho Robinho If I was allegri, I would seperate robinho from the squad to a personalized traning which is ONLY finishing and shots at goal. I wouldnt let robinho do anything else on the tranings. Robinho must get sharper infront of goal if he wants to play for us. Flamini must be just forgotten, i dont know where he learned football, but hes not ac milan material. Anyway we played partly fantastic football yesterday, i want to see this in seria a. Its clearly obvious milan isnt used to play so attacking like they did. Allegri must understand, its… Read more »

milan
milan
9 years ago

ibra will stay guys as will robinho and rightly so.ibra cant do anything without support and its not his fault were out.although i can say i wouldnt mind us sending him back and buying balotelli.

rossonero23
rossonero23
9 years ago

The last time Pato scored a goal in the CL, was in November of 2009….lulz..

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

Doesn’t surprise me that idiot Student is still around. He said I’m acting like a football pundit. Is the guy on drugs? He can’t even make a coherent statement without spazzing out or stuttering. He knows nothing about Allegri besides bashing him non-stop. he should disappear because he is no Milan fan. It’s funny when Milan wins he is nowhere to be found. this moron really has to go.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

And Marc… another one that is completely out of his mind. Wrong again Marc. Ibra is motivated to play for Milan. And at Barcelona he was doing quite well until they dropped him to the bench. He was the one that scored in the derby against Real Madrid. People are going to bash on Ibra because they can’t recognize his production for Milan. and people like Marc, who are completely ignorant of reality, don’t realize or don’t care how much Ibra has done for Milan. Rossi isn’t anything special, nor is he proven. I can’t stand all these idiots making… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

Student: I’m surprised no one has smacked you out of this website. YOu’re the biggest clueless idiot with no idea of reality. You don’t even know anything about football. You just come in here when Milan doesn’t get a good result. When Milan wins, you are nowhere to be found. Piss off you loser. makAveli: You’re a clueless moron too. I wonder where you get your ideas from.. Beretta ? Seriously give me a break. He’s not a big team player. He’ll probably get loaned out in a year and accomplish nothing. Not all of our primavera talents are worthy… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

And these little Pato fan boys… lol… I think Pato is the one that should go. Because when was the last time he scored in the CL? Ibra got us that far… and he was being overplayed. He needs a proper creative midfielder behind him. In reality, we shouldn’t sell either of them. But if I had to let go of one it would be Pato. And please don’t compare Pato to Messi.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

“I like student, Nick and Shervin a lot. they tell the truth as it is. You on the other hand are so ignorant of a lot of stuff and yet think you know everthing. ” They are clueless idiots who only come around when we’re losing… it says what kind of people they are… they probably showed up when Ronaldinho beacme part of this team (Shervin most likely was). Ronaldinho was completely useless for Milan. I hope one day someone talks some sense into Shervin… he’s completely ignorant of reality and needs to be taught a lesson in respecting people… Read more »

Giancarlo
Giancarlo
9 years ago

And anyone who uses Castrol ratings to prove their arguments, shows me how clueless they are.