Tuesday, March 9, 2010

give me more

Mathieu Flamini

AS Roma 0 AC Milan 0

I watched on as Milan put in one of the best attacking displays I have seen this season. Flamini ran the show for the Rossoneri. One of his finest performances since his move to Italy. I was left craving for more. A feeling similar to that of Flamini's, who would be itching to become a starting figure for AC Milan.

Roma haven't been beaten since late last year. They have shot up the table to every one's surprise. A few months ago, I would have been amazed if Roma found themselves challenging for European spots. Now they are in with a realistic shout for the title!

They started with a clear intent as they bossed Milan for the first 15 minutes. De Rossi and Baptista went close. They used the length and breadth of the pitch to come at AC Milan. But the visitors started to find their way into the game, albeit their finishing letting them down consistently. Ronaldinho was largely anonymous during the first 45 minutes, but even considering his poor showing, Milan should have been ahead at the break.

We created enough chances in the game to win the Scudetto. But our incapacity to finish was alarming. Huntelaar was being played in Pato's position. The Dutchman wasn't coping with the demands of beings a flank forward. Pato was sorely missed. Borriello saw the board and walked after a horrendous outing. As my friend said, he is Gilardino's heir at Milan. The Italian hitmen constantly go on a holiday when the situation gets a bit tense. Borriello had enough chances to score a hatrick. But he chose to make a mess of every opportunity that came his way. AS Roma started getting desperate as they resorted to long range shooting in the hope of some luck. Ronaldinho had a free header from a Beckham delivery, but he nodded it wide. Huntelaar also missed a free header which would haunt him for a few nights. Many things in the world will not be proven even if there was abundant proof to prove it. Pirlo stinks at taking free-kicks, but still finds himself lining up to take them. Many fans would like to know why he is still being employed to perform a task he clearly isn't good at.

We played a superb game in front of a packed audience away from home. That can be taken as promise. I am not going to lash out at this team and brutalize them with abuse for not having won the game. I am going to congratulate them on showing Italy why they are still AC Milan. Why with a bunch of washed out players, we can outplay the team that has been on the ascendancy for the last few months. Winning titles remains an unrealistic objective. Then why frown over dropped points? Yes, Totti and Mexes weren't playing. De Rossi wasn't a 100%. There were favorable factors. But looking beyond excuses, this game has prepared us well to face the mighty Manchester United. Confidence would surely be high. Just this time, give me more.


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