Wednesday, February 3, 2010

penalty dependence


AC Milan 1 Livorno 1

When our strikers decide to take the day off, the rest of the team goes diving in the box claiming penalties. This, even if they tripped on themselves. We were aware that after the last couple of games, we had to re-establish our repute. And therefore, we started attacking relentlessly. It was nice to see Abbiati guarding the posts. He brings a sense of security in the absence of the klutz called Nelson Dida. Even though we had a monstrous amount of possession, it was down to players like Beckham to test the keeper. Ronaldinho also found himself in the thick of the action as he hit the post from distance. Livorno finally showed why they are such a poor side when some awful keeping gifted Ambrosini the opener.

Borriello was injured and he made way for Huntelaar at the stroke of half time. I was relishing the prospect of watching him play, but was left very dejected by the Dutchman's performance. Livorno found their equalizer, as Favalli made a poor clearance, and the defense was left waiting for the flag as Lucarelli rushed past a motionless bunch of noobs to slot home the equalizer. Huntelaar used his footballing intelligence to get into positions, but just didn't have the finishing touch to him. On the basis of this game, Huntelaar isn't going to win anyone over. We persisted with the tactic of crossing the ball into the box, especially when there was only one player from Milan and the rest occupying the box were Livorno players, clearing the ball with absolute boredom.

Just to make things clear, Livorno is an ordinary Italian football club. Not good enough to draw against a global giant. So we should be dispatching them with great authority, but instead we dig a hole in the ground and hibernate there out of shame as the world watched. Complacency should be removed from our side if we need to give Mourinho food for thought. If we continue in this fashion, then we wont be looking up, but down. Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli are catching up. So our superfluous targets will come crashing down, and we might need to start working on securing the 4th position in the league. Too much ambition can lead to disaster. Therefore we need to count on the points that are available to us and grab them. Or else, Zaccheroni might be breathing down Leo's neck. The Brazilian wont be too keen on it. So Leo, wake up and smell the coffee!

Scorers -
Milan -
Ambrosini 44'
Livorno -
Lucarelli 53'

Game Highlights -

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