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Where is gattuso and van bommel when you need them ? The young czech scumbag Kozak elbowed and head butted his way through the match and could’ve used a slap or two by gattuso.
Even more surprising is that after sending Bonera and legrottaglie out of the game, kozak was still on field with only a single yellow card to his name, maybe coz he is a well known interista ? Milan fans will no doubt feel hard done by the referee but there is not such a need to be depressed fellow Milanistas.
Lazio are 3rd in the league and not some relegation team, yet we shut them down, hit the post twice, had a shot cleared off the line, missed a few easy chances and had to sub 2 CB’s, all while most of out starting 11 were out injured.
Inter with injury’s were a joke, Milan with injury’s just dominated a 3rd place Team. On another day it would have been 3-0 easily. So even though we may have dropped 2 points, we never lost and did not look like losing. Milan- Lazio was one of those unlucky games which have to end 0-0. To dominate like we did without a crop of midfielders and defenders against a good Lazio side was really impressive. Milan were simply unlucky today.
We had a make shift, patch work team, missed so many chances and for once in a long time, really dominated a decent side in terms of possession and efforts of goals, so lets not get too disheartened even though there is the fear that all these draws will come back to haunt us as we let our grip on Serie A slip.
Muscle VS Brain
I can’t remember the last time Milan played in such a high tempo. We had aggression, we had pace and we had offensive presence in numbers. Players running to attack the final third with direct and fast passes. But, on the other side, there was also no clear organization in the attack, the touching/passing were poor most of the time. To sum it up, we had a lot of muscles, but we lacked brain.
Lazio did not impress at all. While they were busy throwing elbows, they barely touched the ball all game and did not have one decent chance to score. Milan simply showed how much more quality we had.
However it has to be said that “pass ball to Ibra and he will do the rest” strategy doesn’t work anymore. Teams know this and put enough defenders on Ibrahimovic. If we are going to rely on Ibrahimovic like we currently are then lets not rely on him for goals.We should lets rely on him for his creativity, which he is brilliant at. We need a proper striker to play with Ibra, and that player is none other than Alexandre Pato.
Ibra and Robinho showed a fight tonight. We have not seen a Milan side show such a fight in a league game for the longest time. Ibra fights to the 90th, and in my opinion, thats the ultimate respect to the fans. Robinho does this too. There is no quitting and losing is not ok. You don’t win every match, but you put forth the 100% effort.
Milanista’s have only seen that kind of fight out of Milan in Champions league games or Vs. Inter/Juve in last few years. Last year how many games did Milan look dead ? Remember the helpless Man utd loss ? In league games Milan just coasted around with no passion, even though we were only 6 points out of the title race.
Fans must remember that This milan team has major flaws in midfield and lots of injuries and brand new players, hence set backs are inevitable.
How often is Zlatan offside? Not very much.
But today he was quite a number of times. Why ?
Because Lazio’s back four actually defended as all fours and not 2 center-backs and 2 wing-backs, but as 4 defenders in sync who knew how to run an offside trap. There’s a reason Lazio are 3rd and have 9 clean sheets and 3rd lowest ‘goals against’ in Serie A. They Defend excellently as a unit.Furthermore, there midfield is excellent. Aside from Hernanes there is also Ledesma who is a Proper CM,a good tackler and excellent in possession.
Finally, everyone is concerned with the little kid Pato however at this stage nothing is better for him than this competition. He’s a precocious talent, but really aside from a few sparks he hasn’t shown that competitive fighting spirit.
He could learn a lot from Zlatan and Robinho and Cassano. Zlatan and Robinho are proven winners and champions, Something Pato is not yet and He has to learn to play tougher and with more heart. If he cribs about being subbed or not being started then he simply isn’t mentally strong.
So yeah, Milan drew to a 3rd place side. Even if we failed to win, we fought till the 90th. Not packing it in in the 70th and deciding ‘eh not our day’ like we saw so much in the last few years.