Thursday, March 25, 2010

home sickness

Walter Mazzari

AC Milan 1 Napoli 1

Gone are the days when teams used to tremble as they walked the tunnel of the San Siro. When they faced the crowds shouting down at them. When they shook hands with the players dressed in red and black. Now, teams come home, outplay us and walk with their heads held high.

Napoli completely played us off the park in the first half. Starting from making a mockery of our defense for the first goal to Flamini providing a world class sliding tackle to keep the game alive, Napoli were taking the game to us. Lavezzi was running riot. Inzaghi somehow managed to get on the end of Ronaldinho's cross to head home the equalizer. Gargano, Maggio, Quagliarella,Hamsik and Lavezzi had their efforts denied by Abbiati. Milan on the other hand barely threatened. But when they did, they disappointed. Mancini had a splendid chance to win the game but shot right at the keeper from point blank range. Reason why Inter have kept him warming the bench since his arrival to the fashion capital.

Question is, is this a team that is fighting for the title? Napoli aren't an easy team to play, but then when you are playing at home and when you are Milan, you simply have to be the better team. Period. Yes, injuries have decimated the team, but these excuses aren't justified at this level, not anymore. Inzaghi scored the goal, but I still cringe when I see him on the pitch playing for us when we have Huntelaar on the bench, fit and raring to go. I still think he is the best of the bunch. Even if his records don't support my view.

AC Milan - Inzaghi 26'
Napoli - Campagnaro 13'

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