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AC Milan Headed Towards Uncertainty

Posted by Marzia Hazra Tuesday, September 29, 2021

To say that AC Milan’s performances have been below par this season is probably an understatement. The Rossoneri have all but impressed thus far - with the only exception being the opening day game against Siena - and to be honest it doesn’t look like things are going to get better anytime soon.

Whether or not Milan manages to direct themselves out of their early crisis remains to be seen. But considering the major changes that took place during the summer combined with the lack of activities on the player mercato none of us should be truly surprised at the current situation.

Milan began on a new chapter during the summer. Club legend and icon Paolo Maldini bowed out of the game after spending a quarter of a century wearing the Milan jersey. On the final match day Carlo Ancelotti officially announced that he was taking over the coaching duties at Chelsea after eight years on the Milan bench. And finally starplayer and future captain to be, Ricardo Kaká was sacrificed to Real Madrid after spending six seasons in the fashion capital in order to balance the books.

The inexperienced Leonardo was handed the task of guiding the club that had lost the important influences of both Kaká and Maldini and when you combine that with the club’s unwillingness to splash the cash on a squad that obviously lacks both strength and depth it soon adds up to mission impossible.

No replacement was brought in for Kaká, instead promises that Ronaldinho was to be handed his former team mates responsibilities was issued to the general public. Considering the Brazilian’s mediocre first season in Serie A there was some justified doubts of whether or not that would be a successful call.

The Milan-slaughter during the pre-season gave us all an indication of what was to come, but despite our better judgments we were all drawn into the hype surrounding their impressive 2-1 victory over Siena on match day 1.

Since then the team has been massacred by city rivals Inter Milan, held by the likes of Livorno and Bari. The team has only managed to score a single goal after the Siena victory as they scraped by to get a 1-0 win over relegation candidates Bologna - bringing their total goal tally to a miserable three goals.

Although Leonardo quickly declared that he wanted his side to play entertaining offensive football with quick full backs the most important component is still missing. At the moment only Gianluca Zambrotta matches the description - just barely.
Six games into the season we can confirm that Milan are having trouble on every department - with the one exception being the goalkeeper. Marco Storari has replaced the injured Christian Abbiati but after his recent heroic performances the veteran shotstopper is sure continue guarding the goal.

The team has showcased a slow and immobile game in the past few weeks. The defense has been pried open far too easily on several occasions despite Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva having performed admirably. The midfield lacks both technique and creativity with Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini and Clarence Seedorf all past their expiration dates. Despite the disappointing performances of Klass-Jan Huntelaar till date, the only part that holds up somewhat is the offense where Alexandre Pato and SuperPippo Inzaghi have looked lively - but with the lack of balls being played through to the attacking duo they’ve hardly had anything to work with.

Milan is under construction and although Leonardo was given anything but ideal conditions to work with as he took over the post, the new tactician is under fire. Eight points in six games and 11th place in the table is simply not acceptable for a club of Milan’s caliber. Although patience is required at times like these it remains to be seen just how much of it Adriano Galliani and Co are willing to give the Brazilian.

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