AC Milan: 7 Reasons Why the Rossoneri Are Performing Better Than Expected
The moment that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva were sold this summer to Paris Saint Germain the worry that AC Milan had thrown away the chance at a true fightback to the top of the Italian Serie A was in full swing.
Without the central rock of the their defense and the all around dynamo of their attack, the outlook has appeared bleak.
However, there is much to hope for with a talented young attack mixed with youthful but experienced midfielders and defenders who are continuing to look better and better as a unit each week.
Despite a record of two wins and three losses and a current 10th place position in the table, the coming months only look like an opportunity for the club to prove themselves as good as the statistics, and not as their results have proven.
All statistics thanks to espnsoccernet.com.
Since his move across enemy lines at the San Siro, striker Giampaolo Pazzini has added the experience and scoring touch back to his game that had disappeared with Inter Milan.
Three goals and one assist so far in five league matches has already seen him nearly meet the entire production tally of last season with Inter.
Stephan El Shaarawy
Young Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy may be only 19, but he certainly is impressing his talents on AC Milan already this season. WIth three goals in five games from 16 shots, the talented forward has given the club the much needed reassurance that the future is already in the process of happening.
Possession Possession Possession
Despite the frustrating record to the start of the season, Milan have proved that their playing style is working, it just isn't yet seeing balls in the back of the net.
In four of their five matches thus far this season the Milanese club have held 60 percent or more of the possession and controlled the game.
It is only a matter of time before it all comes together.
The sales of Zlatan Ibvrahimovic and Thiago Silva have indeed been a blow to the club. But they also have taken the shackles off a number of impressive youth figures who are being instrumental in the clubs current playing system.
Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino and Stephan El Shaarawy are three of the players who are considered to be the future of the club and their promise this season has already been seen, it is still just a matter of putting all the pieces together.
Although the results have not gone their way, it is not for lack of chances for Milan. The club have made 87 attempts on goal in only five games. That number of shots is most definitely impressive.
Their issue is getting them on target, which will come with time and patience. Unfortunately, shots on target are in short supply at the moment.
Trial by Fire
If there was a time yet for the players to come together, their coming October schedule will certainly prove their ability to come together and get it all right. Their next six games in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League are likely to see them finally pull together completely.
In many ways AC Milan resemble the current situation on Merseyside with the Reds at the moment. While their possession and shots have been stat-sheet winners all season, they still are getting beaten purely by bad luck.
The good news is that the signs of progress are there. Dominating possession, the shot count and the amount of corner kicks and set pieces can only eventually lead to one thing—success.