March 25, 2010
Milan failed to capitalize on Inter's recent struggles by tying 1-1 against Napoli over the weekend, and losing 1-0 against Parma yesterday. Instead of surpassing Inter and leading the table for the first time this year, we are now tied with Roma for second place (-4 behind Inter). So what went wrong? Why does Milan seem to have such a difficult time against small provincial sides?
A part of it has to do with the Serie A being the toughest league to play in. Now before all you EPL supporters have a heart attack, let me rephrase myself. I'm not saying that it's the BEST league, but definitely the one with the most parity. Results from this year have shown us that any side can defeat another on any given day. We witnessed the relegation all-stars of Catania dominate an Inter side 3-1 (which subsequently went on to defeat Chelsea in the Champions League.) Milan on the other hand, has struggled against nearly every side from the bottom half of the table.
March 10, 2010
The most important game of the year produced the most disheartening result. A 4-0 loss to Manchester United highlighted our main weakness. While we came away unlucky in the first leg, today's game was a cruel reminder of the Rossoneri's lack of depth. While Inter seems to have 2-3 quality players at every position, Milan take a significant nosedive in quality when one of the usual starters goes down with injury.
Being realistic. Did we ever truly think Milan were going to win the Champions League? It's nice to dream, but this vision will remain in fantasy land for at least another season. Simply put: too many holes in this squad, not enough depth, and too many aging players on their last foot. A team too reliant on a handful of players, that opted to pick up Real Madrid's waste instead of investing the money from Kaka on a world class talent. By saving around $5 million, they went from Luis Fabiano to Huntelaar. That's the equivalent of spending $5 less for a big whopper instead of opting for the filet mignon.