NEW COLUMN by Shreyas Artrya.
In this and all of my following posts you will read about how Milan are doing, how Milan can do and how Milan will do, in terms of tactics..i.e..formations and individual player roles. I would love to listen to opinions and your views.
Midway through the season, Milan have scrapped points from here and there to somehow stay fit in the Serie-A, of course, with the help of our young talisman El Sharaawy.
Allegri: “We have been playing well but have been unfortunate on the score sheet. Individual errors must be avoided”
The issue in hand: Despite our performances, which have been not so impressive as far as consistency is concerned but otherwise quite pleasing, we have failed to find the results we usually do, like a season or two back. One will not read about yet another rant on how many players Milan have lost since last season and how not-so-well Milan have done in the transfer market. Rest assured, you may be correct but Milan’s signings have been more than sufficient, at least on paper.
Considering the mentality of the squad, its not hard noticing how much Milan are concentrating on defending that the team is probably forgetting how to attack.
Most recently, the Napoli game, notice that we have a lot of players behind the ball, always. So many players, that we don’t have anyone to pass to up front if we win back possession.
More research made me conclude that this mentality is probably because we don’t have enough confidence in our defenders, mostly because an exodus of regular defenders left the club.
Essentially, Napoli is the team that should’ve been playing more defensive than Milan did, mainly because they portray a 3 man defense and Milan have a pretty scary attack up front. But what Allegri did was, put more Milan players behind the ball instead. Thus making life easy for Napoli to pick out a team mate up front and move on fluidly whenever in possession.
On paper, Milan’s attack is as effective, if not more effective than Napoli’s. The only place where Napoli were stronger, was in the league table, clearly indicating that Allegri should’ve attacked from the first minute.
Wondered why Milan play extremely well in the first and last ten minutes of the game alone? Or why Milan press so much if they’re a goal down?
The answer is obvious, these above mentioned are the times when Milan are forced to attack and get a goal or two. Considering the Palermo and Udinese games, Milan showed real grit while pressurizing the opponent, eventually grabbing a couple of well earned goals, but only after they were trailing. Same in the case of Napoli.
The solution: It’s simple, forget the past, Allegri has to show more faith in his newly acclaimed defenders to stop this whole ultra-defensive mentality of the team while on field and be more fluid in attack. One doesn’t need a team of Messi, Ronaldo and Hazard to win games.
We need players who do their roles right and contribute to every phase of the game as dictated by the tactician. Winning the league should not be what the team is looking for, taking on hand and winning every single game must be the objective.
My only hope is that, Allegri has realized this mental uphold even before I did and has fielded the required changes.
This game against Juventus is a big one and his tactics will be put to the test, maybe not his future in the San Siro, but certainly Milan’s future this season.
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