Hoping to restart their season in the same style as they had signed off the last year against Udinese, Milan travelled to Rome. But the Rossonerri had to be satisfied with a 2-2 draw, leaving them nine points behind the League leaders Inter.
The game was an engaging affair, and the home side taking the lead in the 22nd minute meant that Milan once again were under presure. They came alive in the second half, as Pato got the equalizer early in the second half, and even put Milan ahead just minutes later. But Vucinic bagging a second for himself meant that Ancelotti had to suffice on just a point, on this much talked about trip to the Olympico.
After the game, Ancelotti said that he was only partly satisfied with his team's performance, but looked ahead with a smile. Resonating his words, Pato said that it was a nice game and he really felt Milan should have won it. Both made it a point to stay positive and concentrate on their next fixture in five days time—a home game against Fiorentina.
Roma meanwhile gave a spirited performance, despite the absence of their talisman Totti. Even though they lie in the middle of the table, with a game in hand against Sampdoria on the 14th, deriving a point out of their encounter with the mighty Milan side has given them hope to still fight for the European places.
Milan fans were once again left disappointed with the draw. And with good reason as well, since Inter a day ago had slipped up against Cagliari, and a win for Milan would have stepped up the pressure on their city rivals.
At the end of the day, there were some positives to be drawn nonetheless. Pato's brace proved once again why he is so popular with the fans, as it was his 49th minute goal that sparked life into the game and gave hope for Milan. A lot of hype prior to the game was about Beckham and whether he would feature in the starting 11. Well, he did.
Hungry as he is for European action, he had a decent performance with a few good moments. He has adjusted well in the team. And in matches to come, he is sure to display the old flair and class that is associated with him. And all title hopes aren't lost just yet, they never are, for a team which boasts the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho, Pato and Beckham.
For now though, they have to concentrate on the Fiorentina game, and look to win it. And with the Rossonerri superman Gattusso out injured & recovering from a knee surgery, their midfield will need to step up even more.
But leaving the disappointment of yesterday behind them, Milan look towards the tough and yet thrilling road ahead to the title with optimism.