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Storari – AC Milan's New Hero!

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Storari – AC Milan's New Hero!
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I never thought I would be saying these words but thank God for Storari! If it wasn’t for him, Milan would have not just lost Sunday’s game but it would have been an outright thrashing!

He made two or three clear saves to keep the score even, not to mention the two clear opportunities that Rivas missed on his own.

Storari, thank you!

What went wrong? I’m no expert but let me take a stab at it.

1. Defense. Well in short, Nesta can’t do it all by himself.  Zambrotta had his hands full with Alvarez. Thiago Silva was sorely missed in the back four.

2. Midfield. While they enjoyed much of the possession of the ball they did little with it. Pirlo is playing too far back to make a difference and Seedorf is not a creative player. While I enjoy watching Gattuso snarl and fight for every ball, he is not playing well. He has been reduced to the role of an enforcer. The problem is that he is not fulfilling that role well either. I thought Abate turned in a solid performance.

3. Forwards. Well Huntelaar is going to be waiting a long time for his first Serie A goal playing like that! He would have played better on the bench. At least he would not have been in the way. As for Ronaldinho I don’t even know where to begin. Terrible performance. No wonder even the fans are beginning to turn on him. I thought once Pato came in for Seedorf that things would change. Pato did bring some much needed energy and speed into the game but Ronaldinho did not use it at all. I do not believe that it is all his fault. There is no continuity in Leonardo’s plan. One week Ronaldinho plays the role of a No. 10 (attacking midfielder), then as a striker, but wait that is not working so let’s bring him back to midfield. There needs to be continuity for the players to start to gel together.

Well my friends and fellow Rossoneri fans…It is going to be a long season. I am preparing my heart for it to be broken yet again. See you next week.

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