FAN ARTICLE by Ayodaygee.
Passion has a lot to do with the heart. It pumps and pumps, bleeding at every pulsating second you watch your team play. If they lose, fine. But you know you had a connection all through the match and you know they gave their all.
Watching Udinese and Atletico Madrid play Milan was probably the lowest point of my passionate adventure with Milan. At some points during the matches all was bland and dull. I felt I could be better off doing something else. I needed to startle myself so often that there was actually a big matchup going on. It was really hard-work watching every second accumulate into minutes. It was tough.
Bad! Your team lost and they did it with no passion and no attitude. But reading that your coach attributes it all to the fitness shape he met from a previous regime is entirely stupid and wrong. Mr. Seedorf, under Mr. Allegri, AC Milan were a fit bunch. In fact, Milan were fitter mentally and physically than they are now. I am no Allegri supporter because I really feel, tactically, he was clueless or just not up to the high standards needed.
Now that I have gotten your attention, here are a few facts to back it up:
1. A mentally fit team usually has the characteristics of scoring many late goals. Even when there were no late goals they succeeded in piling up last minute pressures on their opponents in aim to win a match or draw a match.
Under Allegri, we were the team that scored the most number of late goals in Italy. Recall, Siena (H), Napoli (H&A), Bologna, Lazio (H), Roma, Juve – all last season (2012/13). This season (2013/14) – Lazio, Roma, Cagliari, Parma. In fact, almost all matches from the first half season.
Since Seedorf took over it has been confusing. To hear that Seedorf claims that we were already weak physically and mentally-drained is probably the most hypocritical of statements. Take a look at Milan after Juve’s second goal in the San Siro. We didn’t even fight back. Take a look at Milan at Udinese. It was more like the team were glad to wind down the clock. Then against Atletico Madrid we were already dead after the second goal. The strange thing is that all through Milan showed no signs of a potential resurrection or re-awakening. If Milan had no pattern under Allegri, then under Seedorf we do not even exist.
2. Under Allegri we lost often but sparsely ever lost by a 3 goal margin. We lost 2-1, 1-0, 3-2 and once in a while by a 2 goal margin.
Let’s all take a glance back and try and recall your Milan ever losing 3-1, 2-0, 4-2 or 4-1. Milan was most of the time just a quality or a goal or a player or a tactic short of drawing with a team or winning a match. We were like the soldiers that accompanied the famous 300 Spartan warriors. We lacked a clear fighting (playing) tactic but we knew how to fight. Allegri knew how to motivate his players.
Under Seedorf, losing with a 2 goal margin is as normal as getting your ass whipped at home. Against Parma it was a shame, against Atletico Madrid it was pitiful. Really, Milan does not know how to fight under Seedorf.
Great teams are never fatigued knowing how to win a match in the dying seconds. Ferguson did it for years and years and Manchester United never got tired when the next match came knocking a few days later. In fact, this style popularized what is now referred to as “Fergie time.” Even Pep Guardiola teams pressed more at dying minutes. The statistics is out there, Milan ran more under Allegri. Milan pressed more. Milan scored more dying minutes goals, Milan created more chances, Milan fought more. Even the last fight that took off Allegri, Milan fought like never seen before in the last 20 minutes against Sassuolo. We hit the bar on a couple of occasions. We the fans that watched always were hopeful watching us lose.
If ever anyone has affected the fitness of this team, then it has got to be YOU!