Two sides of Milan
Milan in Serie A and the Champions League are two opposite faces: a fast-paced supercar in the European Cup, contrasting with the image of a sluggish car in Serie A. The fall before Udinese was not an accident when right away. Before that, there were 2 other “turns around”: losing to Fiorentina 1-2, drawing Salernitana 1-1, meaning Milan only earned 1 point in the last 3 matches in the domestic league. That is the usual performance of a team that is in the group holding a red light waiting to die, not a club that is thirsty for points in the fierce race for a place in the Top 4, where the name of Milan will no longer be seen. Also, if Roma has a point in the Rome derby tomorrow morning.
Milan entered the match against Udinese with their minds strongly distracted by the Champions League draw. The Rossoneri will meet their compatriot Napoli in the quarter-finals, and if they go to the semi-finals, they will meet the winner of the Benfica-Inter pair, which opens the door for Milan to have the opportunity to go deep in the Champions League in the draw that DNA Champions. Theirs ate up the rest.
As a result, Milan’s defense played superficially, lacked concentration and made serious mistakes in all three goals that were completely avoidable. Milan’s equalizer also only came from an undeserved penalty (the ball hit the foot and then slapped defender Udinese in the box) and it took a replay for Ibra to score – making him a bridge The oldest player to score in Serie A – the only bright spot in the disappointing evening of the red and black striped team.
Pioloi has so much to do
Milan can justify the defeat that they lack these three pillars of the match for different reasons: captain Theo has the flu at home, Messias is injured and owner Giroud is suspended. But to be fair, the whole team did not play very well, including the scorer, Ibra, and the brightest star Leao – who brought home the 11m penalty. The Portugal international has fallen a lot, especially compared to the form that made him Serie A Player of the Year last season.
The away form is weak (have drawn 4 and lost 5 matches this season), the first team is tired (as a result of Pioli’s little rotation of the squad), the alternatives are not as expected (Ballo-Toure, De Ketelaer…), the defense was holed up again (the shields trusted Tomori, Thiaw kept making mistakes, got the lowest score from Gazzetta, Magnan was no longer a god to save)… those were just easy problems. pointed out.
Coach Piloli needs to quickly have new plans to improve the situation to bring Milan back to the winning track. They’ve just gone astray but things don’t change anytime soon, and the Rossoneri will lose everything. It should be understood that winning the Champions League is a frivolous dream, the most important thing is still the Top 4 race, ensuring they still participate in the most prestigious tournament on the continent next season.
Milan’s sinusoidal form
After a series of 6 unbeaten matches (3 wins, 3 draws) lasting from November 5 to January 14, Milan lost 3 matches in a row. Pioli made a revolution in the defense to bring success in February with a series of 3 victories. But the crisis is returning with a 3-match no-win (2 losses, 1 draw) at this time.