January 19, 2010
It's that time of the year again. The day where my high blood pressure peaks to historic levels. The day several remotes will be smashed against hard, unforgiving surfaces. This Sunday marks the most anticipated match of the Serie A.
Milan vs. Intergentina. Round #2.
As you may recall, the first encounter ended in an embarrassing 4-0 defeat, with things spiraling out of control after the snarling dog Gattuso was sent off with a rugged tackle. But then again that was a completely different Milan team. Comparing it to this current squad seems like night and day. Leonardo was still tinkering his formation back then, trying to figure out what puzzle pieces fit in his master scheme.
January 13, 2010
Has anyone noticed the absence of Pato? If your answer was "not quite", then you're not alone. David Beckham's arrival has finally provided us much needed depth on the wing of Leonardo's favorite 4-3-3 formation. The Juventus match showed the grit and character that has come to characterize our team in recent months.
The first half was more painful to watch than Gattuso's D&G underwear ad (a disturbing image that has unfortunately ingrained itself into my long term memory forever.) The match was a summary of everything wrong with the Serie A: too many fouls and whistle-happy referees not allowing the game to flow naturally. With aggressive midfielders like Felipe Melo, Poulsen, Salihamidzic, Gattuso, and Ambrosini, the match was starting to look more like an English rugby competition instead of a technical battle between two Italian soccer giants.
January 7, 2010
What a great way to start off a promising new year of soccer. Milan retain their second spot in the standings but still need to play the Fiorentina game which was rescheduled due to snowstorms. The return of David Beckham and a 5-2 thrashing of a talented Genoa side at the San Siro. Could things have gone any better for us today? Despite surrendering an early goal, Milan bounced back immediately thanks to some porous Genoa defending. A total of three penalty kicks were awarded, two of which went in.
Ronaldinho's cheeky first attempt was saved, but he redeemed himself on the second effort by firing a rocket into the bottom left corner. Overall, Leonardo tried a few new tactics, some which I deem to be failures, and others a touch of his managerial wisdom.