Monday, January 19, 2009

Gilardino's Statement of Milan is Stupid

Milan is known as a club that always give fair chances and amazing treatment to their players, those things that makes them one of the destination for many top soccer players. Even until these days, many ex-players loves the club for all the magnificent treatment they have had. Unfortunately a few days ago the pride of Milan have been injured by one of their ex-player, Alberto Gilardino, who said that the years he had in Milan was the worse years. It is a truly painful and disrespectful words for Milan especially to the fans that has been supporting him throughout those years. Why i considered Gila's words was inappropriate? Simple, what he considered as the worse years wast not all Milan's fault but most of it was his!!!! The club has payed a lot of money to take him Parma, they hope a lot of him, the club has given all the chances in the world, but he waste a lot of them. It is very obvious that his poor mentality was the main key for all the problems he had in Milan, he just crumbled to the pressure and not prepared yet playing in a big club.
Not only that, i also think Gila's statement was stupid than anything because although he already scored quite a lot of goals this season, it is more of a personal achievement rather than his team's. In Milan despite failing to score regularly, he had the experience to win lots of trophies, playing in the Champions League and practicing in a fantastic environment with great players around him. It is an experience that he would probably won't be having in his current club for a long time!!!! Great players cherish and learn from each moments on their live, no matter how sweet or sour it is. For Me, Gila's recent statement is proves that he is still immature and he might not be heading nowhere with Fiorentina, with that stupid statement! Milan is a great club with fantastic players and environment, its a privilege to join the family, denying the fantastic conditions the Rossoneri has, Gila should really explain the meaning of his statement, especially to Milanisti. As he knows there are some fans that supported him throughout his tough years, and certainly his recent statement would shattered their heart. If he feel his feeling better on his new club, there is no need to say bad words to the club that has also given him a lot. My suggestion if he considered himself as a good player, he should Apologize!!!! but if he won't i can say that he is a disrespectful lad that doesn't need to be respected.

The Importance of Milan's Dubai TC

The Serie A competition is having a break and will resume next year starting on January, all teams are set to prepare their squad right after the Christmas holiday with different purposes. The big three, Inter, Juve and Milan are definitely preparing themselves to win the Scudetto, while others are aiming for Champions League zone, UEFA spot and escaping relegation battle.

Concerning the race for the Scudetto, though some pundits claim that the battle will only be between Inter and Juve, but never loose eyes on Milan as the Rossoneri would give a Shockwave for the two teams above them. Despite trailing 9 points behind Inter, Milan are only 3 points away from Juve and with many games still left to play, don't back them out as just yet.

However, it won't be an easy ride for the 7 times Champions League winner to catch Inter as they will face a tough schedule after the break, which is playing Roma and Fiorentina. That's why, the Red and Black squad must do very well on their preparation in Dubai, that will start on December 29. As many may know, one of the reasons that put Milan 9 points away from Inter is their poor Pre-season prep. Without managing to field in most of their squad in last summer pre-season, the team have to work extra hard in getting the players to gel this season, not to mention the poor physical conditions that led to many injuries. So in order to step up their performance after the Holiday, Milan needs to nail their Dubai training.

The Rossoneri would certainly have some of their injured list back on Dubai though some may still be missing,but the likes of Flamini, Ambrosini, Borrielo and maybe Bonera could be there. With the addition of David Beckham, their winter camp would be sparkling as ever but more than that the Italian giant would certainly hopes that they won't be loosing anymore players. Why is this winter camp important for Milan's season? Well it's an easy answer since the team fail to practice together last summer, the upcoming training camp would be the perfect tools in gelling the squad and making any new tactical variations , especially preparing the squad if they should play without their key players gattuso and maybe Kaka. If it goes well, this will definitely make Milan more solid in facing the obstacles ahead of them as in technical aspects no one would doubt that the Red and Black are on top of the table in Serie A this season.

The question would be what Milan should do to play more consistent and get lots of points especially against weaker teams, beside luck that is. On the technical aspect, the Rossoneri only need an intensive work to gel the team and get the players to know each others game more. Aside from that, Ancelotti should also build other combinations and tactics especially in attacking and defending. This would really help them if they should loose one or two important players in the remaining games (other than Rhino).

Another important discussion that rings on the Milan camp is whether they should buy a new DM in replace of Gattuso or not. Loosing Rhino for predictably until the end of the season would definitely troubles the Rossoneri, however they actually still have other players on the squad that can cover Rhino, such as Flamini and Ambrosini not to mention other players like Seedorf, Jankulovski and new boy David Beckham that can be shifted as Pirlo's partner in the heart of Milan's play. If those players are fit for the remaining matches, then a new midfielder won't be much of a use unless he is a very-very good player and will remain for a long time at the club. Some fans even suggested that rather than purchasing a replacement for Gattuso, Milan should rather get a new CB that can directly play from January (Milan already bought Thiago Silva, but he will be eligible next season). With the unlikely recovery of Alessandro Nesta and the shaky performance of the Ill Capitano and Kaladze, it would be wiser if Adriano Galliani cash out on someone like Santacroce or even Mexes to fill in the hole on the defense. Certainly with a better defense, the Rossoneri's striking force can fully concentrate on scoring goals and not only that, a strong back line would really lift the players confidence and mentality especially in big games.

Preview Milan v Catania

This weekend would be another important week for the Rosoneri as they hope that their recent negative results would finally end certainly by beating Catania at San Siro. The red and black squad would definetely won't want to lose more ground on the title race, specially knowing that they are now 6 points away from league leader Inter. However many would predict that it won't be an easy job for Milan knowing that ahead of the clash against Catania, the Rossoneri are in the bak of two loses against Palermo (Last Week in Serie A) and agaist Lazio (Wednesday on Italian Cup), mentally it won't be easy for Milan players to bounce back immideately. Fortunately, for the 7 times Champions League Winner, aside from the negative aspect, preparing for the game, they also have some positive boost that could help them grab the three point on Sunday.
Sheva's Return
The first aspect would be their will to win,the fact that Milan have fail to win on their last four games in all competition would definetely boost them to give everything on Sunday. Beside that the team would probably have some of their injured and suspended players like gattuso and Pirlo back for that game, as for Pirlo though he is still feeling his game after injury, the match against Catania could be the perfect time that Tinkerbell shows his magical touch in midfield. Another important aspect that could also help Milan's road to victory this weekend is Sheva's confidence which is at a high level after scoring a classic goal agaist Lazio.
Although he missed some chances before scoring, but after the goal it looks like he has found the confidence he needed to score goals, specially in Serie A. Certainly with this factor and the injury of their first choices striker such as Pato and Borriello, Ancelotti seems ready to give the Ukrainian another shot to start the serie game. With a different mentality, certainly the tifosi could expect Sheva to score his first and maybe second in Seria again on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the away team would definetely hoped that they could reply last season's result which is a (1-1) draw. With their recent unconvinving form, Gli Elephanty would cherish a draw against a technically more superior Milan than last season.
Key actor: Ronaldinho, Shevchenko, Pirlo and Kaka (this four players would be the main key for Milan to grab 3 points at San Siro, specially for Shechenko, the fans are keen to see whether he has really find his confidence back or not)' Mascara ( the playmaker usually plays well against big teams, moreover in the past he often troubles Milan, though this season his form decreased quite a lot)
Probable formation:
Milan
Abbiati (g); Zambrotta, bonera, kaladze, jankulovski; gattuso, Pirlo, flamini; kaka,ronaldinho/ seedorf; Shevchenko/PAto (he is in doubt for the match)

Catania
Bizzarri (g); Sardo, Stovini, Silvestri, Alvarez; Ledesma, Carboni, Biagianti; Mascara; Paolucci, Plasmati

10 Men Milan Beaten By Lazio

Well it was another negative episode for Milan as for the second time in a row they faces defeat. After being humiliated by Palermo last weekend, this time it's LAzio's turn to put dirt on Milan's face as the Biancoceleste defeated the Italian giants 2-1 after extra time at the quarter final of Copa Italia last night at San Siro, Milan. It was Goran Pandev, who scored the ultimate blow for Milan, on the 93rd minutes.
It was once again a weird match for the Rossoneri, who has to play without lots of their main man such as Pirlo, Gatusso, Pato, Borrielo and Ambrosini, as they was force to left the field empty handed despite not playing that bad. On the contrary Milan could have win the match, if not for some miss chances in the first half and also Emerson's sending off on the second half. Despite the missed chances and the sending off, Milan did manage to score first through Andry Shvechenko's amazing strike, unfortunately just minutes from taking the victory, Favalli's clumsy defending allow Lazio to get level through Zarate's penalty, after Milan's veteran defender committed a foul inside the box. With Shevchenko out of the field, Milan who doesn't have any more option upfront find it hard to hit back at Lazio, specially after the Biancoceleste finally took the lead thrugh Pandev on the extra time.
Commenting about the lose, Milan's coach Ancelotti claimed that the defeat was disappointing but he still sees a positive aspect on the game which is Sheva's goal. "This is not a difficult time for us, It’s a defeat, but it isn’t too painful. We can already get back on track against Catania on Sunday. The important thing tonight was that Shevchenko was able to find the net again," Carletto said.


Milan 1-2 Lazio
Scorers: Shevchenko 76 (M), Zarate pen 87 (L), Pandev 92 (L)
Sent off: Emerson 66 (M)
Milan: Dida; Antonini (Jankulovski 76), Senderos, Kaladze, Favalli; Flamini, Emerson, Seedorf (Zambrotta 73), Kaka, Ronaldinho; Shevchenko (Cardacio 85)
Lazio: Muslera; Lichtsteiner (Meghni 42), Rozehnal, Diakitè, Kolarov; Dabo (Mauri 85), Ledesma, De Silvestri; Foggia; Rocchi (Zarate 72), Pandev
Ref: Ayroldi

Analyzing Milan's Resent Poor Result

Many fans maybe wondering, what happened to Milan in these past few weeks as they went front 1 point above Inter and suddenly ends up 6 point a drift in less than a month. Well my analyzes for the cause it's all about mentality, not that Milan doesn't have a strong character but obviously the team is having trouble in determining their focus and concentration in the title race.
If you guys realize, Milan's recent negative result emerged right after they take the Serie A table (after defeating Napoli), the next weekend they have to loose their top spot after only drawing against Lecce and from then on Milan's form started to decrease and reach its peak on last Sunday's game against Palermo, which ends their 11 match unbeaten record, after two horrible defeat at the start of serie A.
This fact shows that after more than 2 years absence in the title chase, it seems Milan players are still feeling the chill (just like a mediocre team that have just lead the table) as they began to feel the pressure and taking it as a burden rather than motivation. After leading the table for a week, the players looked so tense as they take on the field looking like they want to end the game as soon as possible. Another aspect that cause the Rossoneri's nervousness is the fact that in all the recent matches that they played, the team have to play after their rivals (specially Inter) played, it is definitely a mentally tough and difficult for the Rossoneri playing the away games knowing the facts that they could loose more ground if they can't win.
Those problems are the things that i considered as the main causes for the recent lack of form from Milan. The solution that the coaches and players should do, is to stay calm and react just like after they had their first two defeats in Serie A, which is playing to win each games without concerning the table as just yet, with the quality that Milan have, i do believe they can do it despite that the team do need a little more time to completely gel as they do have a terrible pre-season.
The winter break would definitely make things better for them, but just before doing it just like i wrote before, i do hope Milan will play for each games ant forget the table for a while, they've done it before why can't they do it again??
Forza Milan

Preview Palermo v Milan

Haven't post for a few days now, so I'm happy to post again...
Today I'd like to give a preview for Milan's upcoming match, another tricky features against Palermo at Renzo Barberra. Coming there after three straight draws on their away matches (including the UEFA cup ) match, Milan would certainly hope that they would grab all three points against Palermo in order to keep their point closer to Inter.
Not only coming from not a poor away result, Milan would also miss out some players through injury and susspension, such as Nesta, Borriello and Kaka so it would probably effect them a bit, however with the amazing squad that they have this season it is actually downs to Ancelotti on how would MIlan approach the game. Palermo is a good team, but Milan usually plays pretty well against a good team this season, especially when they play an open football, it should be easier for the likes of Dinho and Pato to accelerate the gaps on Palermo defense. Without Kaka, Milan might loose some pace upfront but it should be handle by Pato, personally i hope Borriello can recover and help out the team, but if he is not available, it looks like Milan will play with the usual tree formation with Seedorf replacing Kaka.
Beside Ronaldinho and Pato the key player for Milan in this game is definitely Andrea Pirlo, though he hasn't back at his best against Torino, but i believe he will play an important role especially to control the game in the midfield which has been a problem for Milan lately. With their concentration intact in Serie A this season you can be sure that the Rossoneri won't let this one slip again, so it will be an interesting match guys!!!
Probable Formation
Palermo:Amelia; Cassani, Carrozzieri, Bovo, Balzaretti; Nocerino, Liverani, Bresciano, Simplicio; Cavani, Miccoli

Milan
Abbiati; Zambrotta, Bonera, Kaladze, Jankulovski; flamini, Pirlo, Gattuso; Ronaldinho, Seedorf/shevchenko; Pato
Milan would probably play the Christmas tree formation even with the absence of Kaka, which would let Seedorf take the BRazilian Ace's place. Though they could play with two strikers upfront, however the absence of Borrielo would certainly deny that chance. But if Ance should decide to play with two striker from the start, i would recomend Sheva first than Pippo if things didn't go well, why? honestly i think Sheve needs more playing time to get his confidence and sharpness back, it would be a useless move by bringing him back if he can't get back to his past form. plus if Sheva could get back to his old form, it would be easier for MIlan in winning the Serie A and other targets this season^^
Forza Milan

Preview Palermo v Milan

Haven't post for a few days now, so I'm happy to post again...
Today I'd like to give a preview for Milan's upcoming match, another tricky features against Palermo at Renzo Barberra. Coming there after three straight draws on their away matches (including the UEFA cup ) match, Milan would certainly hope that they would grab all three points against Palermo in order to keep their point closer to Inter.
Not only coming from not a poor away result, Milan would also miss out some players through injury and susspension, such as Nesta, Borriello and Kaka so it would probably effect them a bit, however with the amazing squad that they have this season it is actually downs to Ancelotti on how would MIlan approach the game. Palermo is a good team, but Milan usually plays pretty well against a good team this season, especially when they play an open football, it should be easier for the likes of Dinho and Pato to accelerate the gaps on Palermo defense. Without Kaka, Milan might loose some pace upfront but it should be handle by Pato, personally i hope Borriello can recover and help out the team, but if he is not available, it looks like Milan will play with the usual tree formation with Seedorf replacing Kaka.
Beside Ronaldinho and Pato the key player for Milan in this game is definitely Andrea Pirlo, though he hasn't back at his best against Torino, but i believe he will play an important role especially to control the game in the midfield which has been a problem for Milan lately. With their concentration intact in Serie A this season you can be sure that the Rossoneri won't let this one slip again, so it will be an interesting match guys!!!
Probable Formation
Palermo:Amelia; Cassani, Carrozzieri, Bovo, Balzaretti; Nocerino, Liverani, Bresciano, Simplicio; Cavani, Miccoli

Milan
Abbiati; Zambrotta, Bonera, Kaladze, Jankulovski; flamini, Pirlo, Gattuso; Ronaldinho, Seedorf/shevchenko; Pato
Milan would probably play the Christmas tree formation even with the absence of Kaka, which would let Seedorf take the BRazilian Ace's place. Though they could play with two strikers upfront, however the absence of Borrielo would certainly deny that chance. But if Ance should decide to play with two striker from the start, i would recomend Sheva first than Pippo if things didn't go well, why? honestly i think Sheve needs more playing time to get his confidence and sharpness back, it would be a useless move by bringing him back if he can't get back to his past form. plus if Sheva could get back to his old form, it would be easier for MIlan in winning the Serie A and other targets this season^^
Forza Milan

Ac Milan v Chievo Players Rating

It might be a little late to review this match, but here is my version of Milan's player rating.
nb: my rate is around (5-9)
Abbiati (6,5): Not really troubled expect from one long range shot and some dead ball situation but he play a secure game that day
bonera (6): Not particularly a good game by Boner, as he did not help a lot in offense and wasn't convincing in defense as he really had to thanks Flamini for covering him most of the time (where is antonini???)
favalli (6,5): Favalli actually did pretty well on the game, but I'm not at all convinced by him as he almost make one or two horror mistake
Kaladze (6,5): Not a great game by Kala as he was caught in a few occasion by pellisier, but overall he play a save game for Milan
Jankulovski (8,5): My man of the match, the only Milan player that looked so lively on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes, his forward runs troubled the Chievo defense and if not for Sorrentino he could have score a hattrick on the game
Gattusso (8,5) : another MIlan player that play really well, Rhino battle really hard though he made some loss pass in some occasion but he made it up with a tough performance on the pitch
Flamini (7) : Eventhough he hasn't show his Arsenal form yet, especially at going forward, but Flamini play really well in the defense aspect, he press the chievo players to make lots of mistake and help Bonera a lot on the right side
Seedorf (6,5) : another so-so performance by the dutchman as once again he showed that he is not Andrea Pirlo, Seedorf looked so selfish in many occasion and made some awful pass when attacking
Kaka (7): Not his best game certainly, but he still has some magical moments, though he strangely looked exhausted in most part of the game
Ronaldinho (7,5) : He is getting back at his best, Ronnie showed once again that his condition is getting close to his past form, did some magic and very involve in the game, just lack a little bit sharpness
Inzaghi (5,5) : From his position and responsibility, i have to say pippo was the most disappointing player for Milan that day, he did not make a lot of contribution and barely had a sniff of the opponents goal
sub Pato (6) : Pato played a little bit better than Pippo, as he manage to create one of two chances and promising moves, unfortunately his immaturity is still shown on the game-

Analyzing Milan's Goal Drought

Milan's 1-0 victory against Chievo, last week is important indeed but it is also left lots of milanisti with huge disappointment as the team still fails to deliver the magical performance that the fans craving and has been expecting. The fans expect a hungry Milan that pour opponent's defense with lots of goals and honestly seeing Milan's roster it is not to much of an asking for. Unfortunately up till now, especially the past 3-4 games the Rossoneri cant seem to score more than 1 goal in a game though they had tons of chances on those matches.
This fact brings forward a new debate among the fans and press about Milan's forward, with a pack of world class attacker, the rossoneri seems difficult to brake the deadlock, many speculation emerged but i find some issues that causes the situation.
Rotation Policy
One of the causes that i believe became the source for Milan's goal drought is the immense rotation that Carletto do upfront, he often changes the strikers from pairing Borrielo-Pato, fielding Dinho-Kaka-Bori, Sheva-Inzaghi and just switching all of them, offcourse it would take time for this kind of policy to bring such an effective impact on Milan, not only because most of the front players are new to each other but as many of you remember Milan did have an awful preseason, without managing to field any one of their strikers on the training camp!!!! It will certainly take time, not to mention the injury problem that is still hitting them until now, Borriello that is!!!
Tactical Flaws
This might be one of the bad habit of Ancelotti in his time at Milan, Carletto as many Milanisti might know, "loves" to make the same mistake more than once... He tends to trust his 4-3-2-1 formation too much and deny the chance to play two strikers especially meeting weaker opponents, this bad judgment has cause milan to drop points in the early phase of the season. However, I do believe that Ance.s porpuse in sticking with playing kaka and dinho together recently is cause by the fanct that Dinho is getting to his best shape, so he wants to play him as much as possible. So if I'm correct it wont be long before Ance will start playing a more reasonable line-up after Dinho is really-really fit.
The Pirlo Effect
Another aspect that i also believe have a part in Milan's striking problem lately is because they start to miss Andrea Pirlo. Though Pirlo have been out for two months and during those time, Milan is still winning, on the recent games it can be seen that Pirlo's loss is becoming something bad for them. From what i saw in some games, Milan tends to rush their passes when hitting a brick wall and often make the wrong decision in passing the ball. The team sometimes just lost the creativity in the midfield that Pirlo usually offers. But thankfully the Tinker Bell won't be out for long now as he has recover from his injury and might be set to take the field next weekend
They Shall Overcome
As a final comment, for Milan fans, i can assure you that there is nothing to worry about, the Milan front will find the net sometime soon, especially after all of the strikers are fit again. Not only that, the return of Pirlo would certainly makes Milan rediscover their creativity in attacking. I know in the early part of the season with Pirlo, Milan still fails to win but that was before they find their shape and mentality now with their form is nearly perfect, Pirlo's return would certainly bring more spark in Milan games...
Forza Milan

Milan Route to Be a Dream Team Again

After a disappointing season, the Italian giants looks set to start a new beginning this season as they have already prove it by taking the top spot in Serie A last weekend. Although they haven't really play with all of their potential, personally i believe that their just on their way to built a new edition of the Dream Team. Not just becauseof my background as i die hard Milanisti, the reason i said that Milan will be ruling Europe and Serie A is purely based on the facts that occurred, just as i said the team hasn't been performing magic or the kind of performance they should normally play with the quality that they had but the team still manage to earn lots of points. People may say that Milan gets lucky in some occasion, well it's true because you do need luck to win matches, but aside from it i think that the team have something more at the moment that gives them the edge, those things are spirit, psychical aspect and freshness.
Spirit
After four years wandering the league without winning the scudetto, Milan finally decided that it is time for it, and although it's probably because they missed out on the Champions League this season, the Red and Black management did a great job in the transfer market, not only getting superstar like Ronaldinho, Zambrotta and also their lost boy Shevchenko, Milan also snatch important players like Flamini, Borriello and Antonini who give a huge contribution so far and will do more surely. The spirit that I'm referring can be seen from the way the team enjoy themselves on the pitch, how they celebrated their goals and the players that i mentioned above also helped the team to fight and chase every ball on the pitch, something that has been lacking from Milan in the past two seasons.

Physical aspect
Continuing the discussion above, the spirit that the players show on the pitch can be done because the Rossoneri this season is stronger psychically than past seasons, with more ammunition the coach can rotate the player easily without afraid of loosing any quality on the pitch, moreover players like flamini and borriello definitely gives a psychical presence that helped the team in most of occasion. The rotation also allows Milan to rest some of their stars like kaka, seedorf so they can be fit in an more important matches and not only that it also made Ancelotti, manages to switch strategy and tactics easily during matches

Freshness
The third aspect is Freshness, my point about freshness here is the new players that Milan brought, give a new air to the team, especially on the age zone, honestly it surprised me when people still tag Milan as an old side this season, i mean despite that they still have 40 years old Paolo Maldini on the squad and also 30's such as Pippo, Sheva, Gattuso, Favalli, Emerson and Ambrosini (not to mention David Beckham's arrival on January) but do remember their squad this season is still younger then previous season and with more quality too, the likes of Borriello, Ronaldiho, Flamini, Antonini, Senderos are still under 30 and in a very productive age. Not to mention Milan also have Kaka, Pato, Pirlo that are also a fantastic under 30 players.

Although we would still have to wait until the end of the season to see whether Milan would fulfill their target, I am pretty sure it won't be long now before we see a true Milan, an exciting and beautiful team that plays extremely wonderfull football.