By Andy BarghFollow @JfGpodcasts
Massimiliano Allegri will be reading the morning papers from behind his hands tomorrow as he faces the aftermath of a defeat in the Derby della Madonnina. Despite his Milan side dominating most of the match, an early header from Walter Samuel condemned the Rossoneri to yet another defeat, their 4th of the season already.
Milan created chance after chance but couldn’t find the cutting edge in front of goal. Bojan and Boateng were particularly culpable for missing chances in a second half which saw Inter’s Yuto Nagatomo dismissed for two very soft bookable offences.
Bojan and Boateng; think about that for a moment.
Ok, it’s not a forward pairing that strikes fear into the eyes of the opponent, is it? Compare this to names such as Ibrahimovic, Inzaghi and – to an extent – Cassano, it is clear that Milan need to sort out their attacking problems soon or they will face a season in obscurity, watching their rivals battle for the Scudetto.
Take nothing away from Inter; they defended resolutely with 10 men and held on for a massive 3 points, but Milan will be hugely disappointed that they didn’t trouble Handanovic. Even Milan’s diamond in the rough Stephan El Shaarawy – who I hyped up to the high heavens before this game – couldn’t find a route to goal. Cheers, Stephan.
Milan will feel that they would have come out the game with at least a point had the official not been an ‘Inter fan’, or in reality, given most of the big calls against them. Montolivo had a stunning 30 yard strike disallowed for an innocuous foul on Handanovic, and Robinho felt he should have had a penalty after the gravity surrounding Walter Samuel seemed to become a lot stronger.
But all in all, looking at the Milan side, there just isn’t enough goals in the team for them to even warrant a win. They’ve had to rely on a teenager to drag them through the early part of the season, and lack exactly what their rivals have – a goalscorer in the form of Diego Milito (tonight’s glaring miss aside).
Robinho brought a spark to the game when he came off the bench, seeing plenty of the ball and creating chances for Pazzini and Bojan; both of which they missed. But after Nagatomo’s sending off, Stramaccioni got Inter’s tactics spot on. A more defensive approach was adopted by bringing on Pereira and Guarin, along with Palacio who sat deeper to aid the protection of the lead.
It’s all starting to look a bit rosier for the Nerazzurri though, they are now sitting in 4th place, level on points with Lazio.
Stramaccioni’s passion at the final whistle shows just how much this result means to him and his side, their 3rd derby win in a row. If Samuel and Rannochia can remain solid at the back and if Cassano and Milito can find the net consistently then Inter should be odds on for at least a top 3 finish, – it’s a big ‘if’ though. They will be delighted with the 3 points, and bragging rights, despite not playing to their full potential.
Allegri on the other hand will be hoping that his strikers start finding the net, after a shocking display from his front men tonight who, against a 10 man Inter, didn’t look particularly interested and barely registered a shot on target.
By the time these two next meet, it will be interesting if Allegri is still in the Milan hotseat.