Sunday, May 1, 2016

Milan 3, Frosinone 3: Sucking Less Isn’t Success

In addition to the 6am time for this match for me, I was not looking forward to it. Nor was I looking forward to writing about it. So instead, I offer you my notes from the match and will let you draw your own conclusions as to how I felt about it.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again... like the 24 shots, 11 on goal Milan took against the 19th place team

Milan vs. Frosinone: Mayday!

The disaster is only beginning

Friday, April 29, 2016

Milan-Frosinone Preview: Like Canaries in a Coal Mine

Miners used to carry caged canaries down into the mines with them to help warn them of carbon monoxide or other gasses. If the canary died, the miners would know to exit the mine before they, too, were fatally poisoned. Frosinone are called the Canaries, and they are likely taking their last breaths in Serie A at this point. The question is, will Milan heed their warning? Our team gifted our fans a 4-2 win over Frosinone for a Christmas present, but are now more like canaries than miners themselves. Maybe we can pull off a win vs. the 19th place team, maybe not. Given the current overwhelmingly toxic climate at Milan, I’d say both teams are like canaries in a coal mine right now.

It may be too much to hope that Abate could score again against Frosinone

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hope and Alcohol

With all of the tumult and fans almost unanimously agreeing that selling the club is the only thing that will bring change to Milan, we are clinging to the hope that comes from news reports that a sale is imminent. Putting our faith in the great unknown, and having been relentlessly abused by current ownership, there is a belief that anything could be better than this. Which may not be true, but at least we have hope. And as so many Milan fans have discovered, when hope fails, there is always alcohol. This is what it has come to: hope and alcohol.

Champagne football... even in the good times, Milan and alcohol were intertwined

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Verona 2, Milan 1: Never Say Never

Mihajlovic said that he would never coach Milan. And then he did. And every game since he left, Milan fans grow more grateful. Berlusconi said that he had never seen Milan play worse football. And then he fired Mihajlovic, Milan fans have never been more hateful. There is a lesson here, or maybe more than one. Berlusconi has been wrong about a lot of things, but perhaps never more wrong than on this one. Oops, I shouldn’t have said never. Because the first lesson here is never say never.

He's too young to know how to suck that bad

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Podcast: Make Milan Great Again

Everyone was stunned when Mihajlovic was sacked and replaced with the promoted Brocchi with only six games and a Coppa final left. After seemingly finally doing some of the right things to actually rebuild after almost four years, this took us spiraling straight down to that horrible limbo between the champions of yesteryear and the success of the future. So while we wait to see what becomes of our beloved club, all we can do is talk about what can be done to make Milan great again.

Looks can be decieving

Friday, April 22, 2016

Milan 0, Carpi 0: U-turn

Berlusconi sacked Mihajlovic because he didn’t like the quality of football. Just think about that for a minute. Quality of football. If you saw this match, you’d know there was neither quality nor football. In 10 short days, Brocchi has had more influence on this side than I could have ever imagined, completely ridding the club of its new coach smell. He took a team that was playing some pretty good football and turned them completely around. Whereas under Mihajlovic, they would start well and end better, now they do neither. Last night, they started poor and ended just astonishingly badly. It was a complete u-turn.

Mauri didn't need such a poor performance from his teammates to stand out, he needed them to step up

Monday, April 18, 2016

Milan-Carpi Preview: New Coach Smell

After inexplicably downgrading coaches from a nearly 10 year Serie A coaching veteran to a coach with zero Serie A experiences last week, Milan got a lucky win away to Sampdoria. Ironically, the day before, Carpi capitalized on their cross-town rivals, Genoa, going down to ten men at the half. What resulted was a 4-1 win, their best win ever in Serie A, with the most goals ever scored by Carpi in the league, too. So while Milan are stumbling around the pitch trying to give Brocchi/Silvio their wannabe tiki-taka diamond midfield nightmare, Zaccardo is tweeting the victory stats, pics, and congratulations from the captain’s newly found spot on the bench. After holding the old Milan to a 0-0 draw in their house earlier this season, I’m pretty sure Carpi are finding their groove now. And nothing washes away that new coach smell like the 17th place team finding their groove on your team with only five games left to avoid relegation. Even worse when they can pull it off without their World Cup Winning captain, who is also your team’s ex-World Cup Winning benchwarmer.

"You've got a Poli and a Romagnoli? Well so do I. And I'm teaching mine to play tiki-taka football!"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sampdoria 0, Milan 1: Naiveté

It was beyond naïve for Berlusconi to think that changing a coach at this point in the season could significantly change our fortunes. But the scoreline proves him right, doesn’t it? No, no it doesn't. Not for anyone who watched Milan take on Juve last week. Mihajlovic’s Milan would have likely had a bigger goal differential today, for example. Berlusconi insists that Milan were playing so badly under Mihajlovic. Does he really believe that this team played better today? In fact, with his tactics and lineups that he fed to the obedient Brocchi, Milan played worse today, even if it was obvious they haven’t forgotten everything Mihajlovic taught them just yet. But at this point in the season, for Berlusconi or Brocchi to take credit for anything is simply naïve.

Finally a goal, even if it was also controversial