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For the second consecutive week Milan failed to claim all three points. An absolute wonder strike by Zlatan Ibrahimovic that was deserving of a match winner was cancelled out late in the game by a Ruben Olivera equaliser.

In truth, Max Allegri’s side did not deserve victory. The Rossoneri lacked imagination in the final third and only recorded three strikes on goal in the whole match.

Milan dominated possession but this came as little surprise with a midfield comprised of ball winners Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Mathieu Flamini. Despite all the possession, however, Milan failed to create chances. This came as a consequence of Max Allegri’s decision to field such a defensive midfield, a clear reaction to last week’s match where the Rossoneri conceded four goals at home.

The frustrating presence of Clarence Seedorf playing in behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pato did not help Milan’s cause in the final third. The Milan number ten was for the umpteenth time atrociously poor. The Dutchman has had a great career but his time as a footballer is clearly over and he should no longer command a starting berth.

Inexplicably, for a side struggling to create chances Max Allegri only brought Antonio Cassano on for the last twenty minutes of the game. Just before Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder strike on fifty minutes that put Milan in the lead, perhaps undeservedly, Cassano was readying himself to be brought on as Allegri recognised that more creativity was needed.

But Allegri changed his mind to bring his new signing on after his side took the lead, instead opting to keep the same defensive formation on the field in an attempt protect his side’s slender advantage.

However, this was a decision Allegri would come to rue. With forty minutes of the match still remaining after Ibra put Milan ahead, his decision to try and protect such a slender advantage was always a dangerous one.

Rather, to make sure of the points, Milan should have pushed for a second goal that would have likely put the inferior Southern outfit out of the contest. For this reason, Cassano should have still been brought on at this point in place of the completely ineffective Seedorf.

Had this occurred, with Pato and Ibrahimovic aided by Cassano playing in behind them, chances would have been created and possibly Milan would have come away with all three points. Cassano showed this when after his introduction he created a number of chances that could have seen Milan find a second goal.

In a round that saw Inter claim another comprehensive victory, their third win already this year, along with Roma, Juventus and Lazio all claiming wins, Milan stuttered again.

Milan’s next match is at home against Cesena, the side that shocked them earlier in the season when the Serie A newcomers humbled them two goals to nil. The Rossoneri will need to reverse this result in order to put their title challenge back on track.

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