Milan, storm over Stefano Pioli. Another round, another Rossoneri defeat, the list goes on: Torino (Italian Cup), Inter (Italian Super Cup), Lazio, Sassuolo and Inter (League) again. Amidst these results, the victory of Salerno and the draws with Lecce (return…) and Roma (return…). Merciless stats: 19 goals conceded, 8 made. Two goals for the season disappeared one after the other, ranking deteriorated (from second to sixth place). Milan has melted away, it no longer exists.
The Tricolor team is a distant memory. The Winter World Cup cannot be an excuse, the team was already suffering before the World Cup. In addition, only Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez made it from the starting XI. Saying Martinez goes to Inter, he too has reached the final and is the match winner last night. And the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi, Ismael Bennacer and Fikayo Tomori cannot be a valid reason, or only a partial one.
Milan, storm over Stefano Pioli: the fans leave the coach
The hashtag “pioli out” is now all the rage on social media, and the cheering has left the tricolor coach. All that was left was the support of the Curva Sud and above all (mysteriously) the club. It may seem odd that the majority of fans are calling for the sacking of a coach who brought the Scudetto back to Milanello just a few months ago. But in reality the AC Milan audience is an audience of fine palates and they smell the coaches.
Mount the feeling that Stefan Pioli was a happy general. After all, a path with five exceptions means something. The story teaches that once he loses the thread, he can’t figure it out. That’s how it was at Lazio, Inter, Fiorentina. The “piolists” are pointing the finger at the lack of a winter transfer market, at the injured, at the broken preparations for the World Cup, at this and that jersey not being fastened … Actually, we have to take care of the technical leadership. Let’s check.
Milan, storm over Stefano Pioli: All the Rossoneri coach’s management mistakes
Milan is gone. The sensitive defeat in the derby is less disturbing than the total abandonment of the game. Stefano Pioli is confused. He chose the wrong form, he made a mistake leaving Rafael Leao on the bench. The normal at the last championship he had the magic touch. What he chose worked. Now every option is a failure. And a coach in clear trouble is joined by a team poorly constructed by sporting director Maldini. It may be that the mistake of the wrong market is the result of a confirmation of the same that took place with culpable delay. But of course there is little to save and much to rebuild. A Milan defeat in the Champions League could cause the Rossoneri project to take a significant step backwards.
But beyond all that, the evil management of Stefano Pioli and his staff cannot go unnoticed. First of all, it is not possible that not even one of the new purchases is valid. The various Malick Thiaw, Yacine Adli, Charles De Ketelaere to name but a few were highly regarded on the international scene. In addition, athletic training has always left many (too many) victims, disproportionately many. Another point against this is tactical fundamentalism: the opponent has memorized the 4-2-3-1 and cannot find any countermeasures. The wrong and disavowed formations in the running game, the selective substitutions and without flashes of inspiration complete the picture.
The lead in the derby last night left us at a loss. A 3-5-2 without the right players for it. The three behind had never played together before, Messias Jr. reinvented the center wing and was eliminated after 45 minutes. Divock Origi and Olivier Giroud got up in pairs for the first time and stamped their feet into the same clods, Rafael Leao mysteriously remaining on the bench until the 55th minute. Not to mention the tenacity to insist on Davide Calabria, who is clearly out of shape and regularly replaced. The substitutions are always the same: Brahim Diaz, Davide Calabria, Alexis Saelemaekers, Messias Jr, Rade Krunic… A coach on the ball.