MILAN – As were Milan until yesterday, Napoli are focused on their European adventure. In his press conference this afternoon Walter Mazzarri presented the Sky Blues’ match against Liverpool, the one before Milan’s visit to Naples next Monday: ’We want to qualify from the group’, said the tactician.
MILAN – Away Sector tickets for the Napoli-Milan match (to be played at the San Paolo Stadium at 20.45 CET on Monday, October 25) are already on sale at the official selling points. Note that the Cuore Rossonero Card is required for ticket purchase. Tickets are €22. Click here to find out more!
MILAN – Click here to read what Clarence Seedorf had to say this morning at the international airport in Madrid!
I am still in a state of disbelief, before the match I simply called for some balance. I even suggested that maybe, just maybe, Allegri played with 8 or 9 men behind the ball that this team may have a fighting chance or lose two nothing, and here we are. Uncle Fester wants to remind us so often that Milan is inferior to know one with the attacking prowess of “great champions” like Ronaldinho, Robinho, Zlatan and Pato; the problem is, it has become increasingly evident that playing all those champions is nearly impossible, and playing three of them in matches like this one is virtually suicide.
It is rather befuddling to me that Allegri would not swallow his pride and put out a team capable of defending, but unless Robinho or Zlatan were willing to play RB and CB there was little to nothing he can do to solidify the back. Sokratis? Yepes? Gooch? Janks? Oddo? Thanks but no thanks, two out of the five have never even seen a CL match, let alone one at the Bernabeu, while the other two make Zambrotta look like a God. All and all, the lack of defensive depth is evident. I have to admit his choice to play both Dinho and Seedorf, when it should have been one or the other is just as bad, especially with a Boateng on the bench, but even then you are fighting an uphill battle trying to defend an attacking team with only seven players behind the ball. This match called for five midfielders and limiting Madrid possession, instead it was the same old spread out awful deployment that has become a characteristic of AC Milan this season and last.
As if the lineup was not foolish enough, the execution of the players was just as bad. As soon as I saw the wall open in fear of a CRON blast, it was evident that the players on this team are not playing for the team or willing to do what it takes to win and if that is not a sure fire sign that it is time to rebuild, than I don’t know what is…
With that said, the individual performances were all lacking, in 2007 Rino Gattuso made CRON look like a child, on this day CRON returned the favor and with the help of his teammates gave Milan a sound beating on par with the defeats to Arsenal in 2008 and Manchester United last season. Madrid dominated possession and had close to 25 shots on goal, while Milan chased the ball, rarely pressured high up the pitch, and couldn’t string together more than five possession passes at any given point. Credit has to be given to the opponent on this day but more importantly to Jose Mourinho for proving that even a team with an attacking presence can be balanced and capable of winning possession and keeping it, granted Milan did little to prevent this domination in the 1 v 1 battles of the match, but take note Allegri and the three attacking players who seem completely unwilling to pressure the ball even a few feet away from them.
As I watched the match, listened to the commentary, and paid close attention to Real Madrid, it is starting to look like Mourinho’s self declared “work in progress” is going to be his third successful team, if not this season, but very soon thereafter. As a fan of the game I would get used to seeing images like this in Europe, and hope that the rest of the World takes notice as well because it will only be a matter of time before these two flaunt their skills at the World Cup.
I want to end with another image, and this one says a lot. I want to share a tweet from the folks at BeyondthePitch and ESPN analyst Janusz Michallik:
“It ‘s over for Dinho in Europe. Can’t compete any longer and if you watched TSOs (The Special One: Jose Mourinho’s) classy move when he was subbed, said it all. Grazie Ronnie.”
The question is will Allegri be able to see what Jose Mourinho and much of the footballing World has already seen…but not just for Ronaldinho but for the rest of this squad? Allegri can’t do it alone, a lot of this has to come from management as well, but I fear that our summer of strikers will set us back a few more years to come…unless a fundamental mentality change is made by each and every player, this team will be inconsistent…play within their means both physically and tactically and hope that something breaks through as a bright spot for the future.
MILAN – Milan’s adventure in Madrid has come to an end. The flight carrying the Rossoneri has just touched down at Malpensa.
Alexandre Pato has swept aside concerns after Milan’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
MILAN – Napoli, Milan’s next opponents in Serie A, are set to take on Liverpool tomorrow evening at the San Paolo Stadium. Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres haven’t been called up for the Reds' Europa League group match in Naples.
Azzurri defender Paolo Cannavaro will be absent from Napoli-Milan, scheduled for 20.45 CET on Monday, October 25, due to suspension. Meanwhile, four players are at risk of missing the next Serie A game of their respective teams in case they pick up yellow cards: Hamsik, Lavezzi and Pazienza (Napoli) as well as Gattuso (Milan).
Goal.com picks the bones from last night’s action…
The Rossoneri were deservedly beaten in Madrid last night, and they must learn at least one crucial lesson from the 2-0 loss believes Carlo Garganese…
Another man of the match performance from the world’s most expensive footballer.
Clarence Seedorf insists Milan must move forwards, not backwards after losing at Real Madrid.
MILAN - In the other Group G match yesterday, Ajax defeated Auxerre 2-1 in Amsterdam. After three rounds Real Madrid are leading the group with 9 points, followed by Milan and Ajax, with both team having 4 points. The Rossoneri have a slight advantage over the Dutch team thanks to their better goal difference. Auxerre are sitting in fourth position with 0 points.
MILAN – Wednesday, November 3: Milan-Real Madrid, Auxerre-Ajax. Tuesday, November 23: Auxerre-Milan, Ajax-Real Madrid. Wednesday, December 8: Milan-Ajax, Real Madrid-Auxerre.
MILAN - The Rossoneri’s flight to Milan is about to take off in Madrid. The team will resume training tomorrow morning.
MILAN – Before Milan’s boarding at the international airport in Madrid, Clarence Seedorf talked to the media: "I don’t want to talk about the game in general, I prefer getting to the heart of the matter. For example, I was at fault for the first goal, when our defensive wall split. We shouldn’t think about it anymore. We have to focus on the upcoming matches, first of all on our next game in the championship, against Napoli.” The entire interview with Clarence Seedorf will be published in the early afternoon on ACMilan.com.
Former Rossoneri hero Kaka paid a visit to the Milan dressing room after defeat to Real Madrid.
Inter chief Massimo Moratti hails Real Madrid after they beat Milan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic reckons that Real Madrid are stronger with Mourinho but Milan will be better with Thiago Silva back.
MILAN - Click here to view all the photos of Real Madrid-Milan!
MILAN - In Group G of the Champions League, aside from Real Madrid’s victory over Milan, Ajax beat Auxerre 2-1 in Round 3. The current standings are the following: Real Madrid 9 points, Milan and Ajax 4-4, Auxerre 0.
MILAN - The Real Madrid-Milan match in Group G of the Champions League finished 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The impressive Real Madrid took a giant step towards the knock-out stages of the Champions League after defeating AC Milan 2-0 thanks to two quickfire goals at the start of the match.
Goal.com rates the players on show as los Blancos put their Italian rivals to the sword in this Group G encounter…
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener and supplied the second goal as Real Madrid netted twice in two minutes in a 2-0 win over AC Milan.
MILAN - The first half of the Real Madrid-Milan Champions League match has finished 2-0. Cristiano Ronaldo (13') and Ozil (14') scored for the Spanish side.
Amelia is disappointed the Rossoneri were unable to snatch a positive result in Madrid…
Cristiano Ronaldo scored and set
up another goal for Mesut Ozil less than a minute later as Real
Madrid beat AC Milan 2-0 to seize control of Champions League
Group G on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho masterminds an impressive win over the Rossoneri, who were never at the races…