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Milan Insider Nov 2012 - Part One

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Anto and Matteo are back with the biggest Milan show yet, taking only your questions on the biggest talking points for Milanisti on the subject of where this team appears headed as it heads into its toughest stretch yet. This is the episode where we look at the full range of the Max Allegri tenure at AC Milan, through the Scudetto year, into a second season where the wheels came off at the end and what some of the diagnostics seem to suggest once you pull back the layers on the performances to date. The key question we attempt to answer here is from you, the supporters, who are now openly wondering is it the manager or the squad that has brought about this dramatic fall early in the 2012-13 season. We take a look who exactly could come in if Allegri was to be replaced even on an interim basis and why simply replacing the manager could further complicate decisions downstream - we consider Mauro Tassotti, why Pep Guardiola is a total fairy tale in January and whether Milan should perhaps make a move for Frank Rijkaard given the dynamic at work. We examine the upcoming schedule to determine why events may gather quickly and force this change as AC Milan with six losses already on the season and facing a Champions League meltdown would equate to a completely lost season in the first week of December. We also look at the emergence of Stephan El Shaarawy and how his emergence is more than a silver lining on an otherwise terrible season by Milan standards, a season in which supporters continue to redefine their expectations lower given some of the transitional players brought in to fill the clear holes in the roster. We also look back at seasons one and two with Max Allegri to examine the even bigger regrets that AC Milan supporters should have beyond the season when a Scudetto was left on the shelf chasing a Coppa Italia and even perhaps an opening with against Barcelona who ultimately proved beatable at the hands of Chelsea FC. This includes the shortcomings in tactics and decisions and how the full range of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was never deployed and why that, too, may have cost Milan in those two seasons. We take another look at Pato, consider what a potential SuperMario move would mean to a future that has unraveled even further since his last big miss from the penalty spot. We also review how moving Kevin Constant to left back is a bigger problem than just his performance, how the player rotation at times seems to lack vision and logic and why exactly Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani continue to hold late night meetings on the future of their manager.

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