Juventus vs. AC Milan: 5 Things We Learned
Milan nearly pulled off another miracle comeback when they lost away 2-3 to Juventus, but it was once again a tale of the Rossoneri doing too little too late, and failing to get themselves out of their mid-table position.
Here are five things we learned from this pivotal Italian match between Juventus and Milan:
Andrea Pirlo Making Milan Pay for Their Decision
Many thought Andrea Pirlo was at the twilight of his career three years ago when Milan let him go, but he has been the catalyst behind Juventus' success since he joined the Turin outfit.
Against Milan, Pirlo scored a signature free-kick goal, and was the genesis behind another goal, when Giorgio Chiellini picked up the scraps after the midfield maestro hit the post on another set piece.
Alessandro Matri Continues Being Woeful
Even though Alessandro Matri proved to be a decent Serie A goalscorer earlier in his career, he has been absolutely useless since joining Milan from Juventus.
Still goalless, the most expensive Summer signing for Milan has looked out-of-sync and out-of-touch with the rest of his teammates.
Milanisti expected a better effort from Matri as he squared up against the team that had just recently deemed him surplus.
It'll be interesting to see how many chances Matri gets now that fellow strikers Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy, and Giampaolo pazzini have come back from either injury or suspension.
Carlos Tevez's Slyness Helps Plenty
Carlos Tevez has had a great rejuvenation since joining Juventus from Manchester City in the Summer.
The cast-off Argentine striker has not only scored in nearly every game he has played, but displayed Filippo Inzaghi-like movements up front and even helped pick up a few fouls to give his team dangerous set-piece positions.
The only question that remains now is which striker is the best partner for Carlitos.
Massimiliano Allegri Has to Go
Massimiliano Allegri tinkered with the formation once again as he went ultra-defensive by playing Riccardo Montolivo as a more traditional No. 10 right in-front of Sulley Muntari, Antonio Nocerino, and Nigel De Jong.
The lack of creativity was evident throughout the match, as plenty of running replaced fluid passes to the attackers. While Matri and Robinho are to blame, it's still possible to play devil's advocate and say that having such a brute midfield cancels out opportunities for them.
With Milan in the second half of the table, it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be the first coach fired mid-season by Milan since the early 2000s.
Milan Most Likely Won't Be in Europe Next Season
It's a sad realization for many fans who grew up watching the second most successful side in football history, but the truth is that it'll be hard for the Rossoneri to get themselves back in the Champions League barring a miraculous win this season in that competition.
Currently 13-points behind first place Roma, Milan will struggle to get into the top five as the best sides in Italy all improved in the Summer.