FAN ARTICLE by Kay Delaverro.
I decided not to visit the San Siro last night. I preferred to stay in Firenze (Florence) and watch the game between Fiorentina and Napoli. As a Milan fan, I can say the Rossoneri must be happy the referee quite stupidly dismissed Juan Cuadrado in the 91st minute, making him ineligible to play against Milan over the weekend. Milan’s draw to Lazio was much expected.
There is no point overstating Milan’s problems anymore; however one thing that I have noticed the excuses given by Allegri after every defeat. Those statements are enough to suggest that Milan are indeed not going anywhere. Read the statements below to make your own assertions.
Allegri comments after Hellas Verona Defeat
“We played bad football and should’ve controlled the ball better. We reanimated Verona, who had until then been struggling. We played badly and Verona simply deserved the victory, so this has to make us reflect. We must play with more determination to bring results. I am not so much worried as angry, because we made life difficult for ourselves, were soft and were bad on a technical level too. Luca Toni set the example for Verona and fought like a lion, which ought to be our spirit. In order to get results, we need a different attitude. When your legs give in, you have to defend with 10 men and that didn’t happen. We only played as a team for the first 13 minutes.”
Allegri comments after Torino draw
“Four minutes from the end we lost this, but the lads did well to believe. Torino played well, caused us a lot of problems and we left ourselves too open to their counter-attack. At the moment we are too soft in defence by which I mean the whole team is not effective enough when defending. It’s not good enough. I am not pessimistic or worried. We have to sort a few things out.”
Allegri comments after Napoli defeat
“Tonight the team put in a decent performance in technical terms, though we were naive in the first 10 minutes and conceded that avoidable goal. We were lucky to get back the 2-2 draw at Torino so we paid for that good fortune this time around. If we were going to play badly and earn a result, I preferred to play well and lose. We could’ve done better in the box, but apart from the opening 10 minutes it was our best performance of the season. We must try to pick up as many points as possible now. I already have ideas on how to fix things.”
Allegri comments after Bologna draw
“It was a good game for the group as a whole but we missed a lot of chances. We played well and we have to continue down this road. I can’t criticize the team in terms of game play. Both against Napoli and again here tonight we had a lot of chances. We have to be more careful and work hard. The important thing is to keep on getting into the adversary’s penalty area as we’re doing. If we keep on creating these situations, it means we’re creating problems for the defence. A single point from these two games given how we’ve played means that we have to work more as in these moments, we’re paying for every mistake.”
Allegri comments after Juventus loss
“It was a good performance, though we made a few mistakes and allowed Juventus too many chances, Both sides did well, but we made more errors than they did. On the first goal, we lost the ball in our own half and sparked a counter (and were) forced to give the free kick. It’s normal between two quality sides that a mistake will be paid for. I’d say overall in terms of performance that the team allowed little to Juventus, although we should have closed down their long-range shooters earlier. It’s a long season, there is time to recover and we will do everything possible to achieve that. We’ll see before the Christmas break where we are.”
Allegri comments after Caen loss
“I’m not singling anybody out, but you can’t go asking the coach to play more often if then you go and play like this. To play football, you need more than skill; you need effort too. This was anything but a good game. You need to take to the field always looking to obtain the best result, no matter what game it is.”
Allegri comments after Parma loss
“We have yet to find balance in our performances. The defeat at Parma is painful because it leaves us further away from the top six positions. Now our task becomes more difficult. We must believe in ourselves and take it one step at a time. It’s clear that things are not falling into place when playing on the road; we certainly need to improve our performances away from home if we are to have any hope of climbing up the standings.”
Allegri comments after Lazio draw
“We have to keep working and putting in this sort of performance. The side played well in terms of technique and defending, but we lost our unity a little after the equalizer and allowed a couple of dangerous counter-attacks. After going 1-0 up we didn’t take some more chances, but then with this goal we were caught out after a corner and got punished. Once again, the only mistake we make in a match leads to a goal. How we get out of this situation is to keep working. We’re far away from third place, so we have to get back to winning ways and have a difficult game with Fiorentina coming up. We cannot let our heads drop, as if we keep playing like this then I’m sure the team will get some good results.”