Chievo Verona vs. AC Milan: 5 Things We Learned
It was yet another tragic scoreline in what has been the most tumultuous season for Milan since 1981. A 0-0 draw with bottom of the table Chievo Verona means Milan have failed to get out of their mid-table anonymity.
Even though Milan had possession and decent link-up play in the midfield, they failed to break through the highly defensive Chievo formation, as their only striker Alessandro Matri was often on an island, unable to break through and get a precious goal.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the five things we learned from this pivotal Serie A encounter:
Alessandro Matri Not the Right Man to Lead Milan
Alessandro Matri once more led the front-line for Milan and was disappointing again, failing to recreate any semblance of the form that made him a Juventus signing to begin with.
The Milan striker was used as a classic No.9 who can hold up play with his back to the goal, even though that's not really his style.
Giampaolo Pazzini is much more suited for that type of role, as he's more physical than Matri and also a much better aerial threat.
This leaves the question as to how Matri will be used once Il Pazzo comes back to action after a serious injury.
Galliani Ending a Legendary Partnership
According to a report from SKY Italia, Milan's legendary vice-president Adriano Galliani will step down from the club at the end of the season, ending a marriage that has lasted for 27-years.
Milan have won five Champions League titles with Galliani in charge, and five players he signed went on to with the Ballon D'or, an incredible statistic that is rare to see in this day in age.
Galliani was often pictured in the stadium with a signature frown which has plagued viewers this entire season. The signs of utter disappointment strewn across his facial expression.
Allegri Surely Cannot Continue for Much Longer
Enough is enough.
How much longer will this disastrous spell under Massimiliano Allegri go on? You'd have to go back to 1981 to find a season where Milan started so poorly, and they ended up being relegated to Serie B that season.
Allegri's tactics make little sense, as his formation has seemingly changed from week-to-week, resulting in a discombobulated side that lacks any semblance of an identity or a plan that would make fans more optimistic going forward.
Formation Change Fails to Ignite Offense
Allegri continued to use the 4-4-1-1 formation which was used against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Unfortunately, a more defensive formation of this sort is hardly the answer against a provincial squad that loves to defend with eight men.
Andrea Poli is hardly a right winger, and Sulley Muntari has no experience playing as a left-sided midfielder who should give width to the formation.
The tactics from the start showed a team that has no clue about who their best starting XI is.
Riccardo Montolivo Needs to Wake Up
This isn't the Riccardo Montolivo Milan thought they were getting when they signed him from Fiorentina two years ago. Milan's captain and leader of the midfield hasn't been able to assert his strength going forward, and his usual crisp long passes have looked a shade off from what we've come to expect from the Italian international.
It's hard to put much blame on him as the entire team has been underwhelming, but the Rossoneri will need him to be one of the catalysts that sparks the comeback.