What was left of Milan’s optimism for the season has now been crushed after an embarrassing display at the San Siro this Sunday evening, a half empty San Siro witnessed a shocking Milan display.
AC Milan‘s XI vs Palermo: Diego Lopez; Abate, Alex, Rami, De Sciglio; Poli, De Jong, Saponara; Honda, Torres, Menez
Palermo’s XI: Sorrentino; Munoz Gonzalez Andelkovic; Morganella Bolzoni Maresca Barreto Lazaar; Dybala Vazquez
It was clear from the start it would not be Milan’s day, as Brazilian defender, Alex, came off with an injury after just 3 minutes, adding to Milan’s injury woes. It would be the Colombian defender, Zapata, who would take his place, which would prove to be a critical substitution in retrospect.
Milan did not start with a high tempo as they usually have this season, as Palermo eased into the game, they started challenging Diego Lopez, who returned from injury to play for the first time since matchday 2, Milan’s defence looked shaky ever since Alex came off and when Palermo won a corner in the 22nd minute, it would be whipped in and met by the head of Milan defender Zapata, who scored the 3rd OG for Milan this season, the highest in Serie A.
Milan 0 – Palermo 1, Zapata OG
The match would go from bad to worse for Milan, as just three minutes later, Palermo striker Dybala outmuscled Zapata to go ahead into the penalty box and score past a helpless Diego Lopez. The match wasn’t even half an hour in and Milan looked like they’d already given up.
Milan 0 – Palermo 2, Zapata OG 23′, Dybala 25′
The rest of the match was poor, even Milan’s dangerman Keisuke Honda seemed like he’d run out of ideas before HT, Inzaghi’s substitutes didn’t inspire this Milan side, with El Shaarawy looking like he was lacking confidence and Pazzini offered little, even after his wife’s twitter rant regarding Pippo Inzaghi.
What we learnt from Milan – Palermo
From this match we learnt that Milan’s defence is still as awful as ever, and is showing no signs of improving anytime soon. We’re awaiting news on Alex’s injury, if Zapata or even Bonera has to start for a few weeks, Milan could be in major trouble.
Saponara is not Milan’s midfield saviour, the 22 year old offered little but did show glimpses of the talent he displayed at Empoli, he may not be the answer right now, but Inzaghi should give him more chances in the future.
Fernando Torres is not very good. Milan have NOT received the Liverpool Torres that scored goals for fun, Milan have in fact received the Chelsea Torres that looks lost on a football pitch at times.
Palermo are not to be underestimated. Giuseppe Iachini’s men looked defensively solid and incredibly organised, they counterattacked well and were not afraid of Milan, they should be fine in avoiding relegation to Serie B this season.
Pippo Inzaghi, AC Milan manager
“I said yesterday that Palermo were tough, having done very well at Napoli. We hadn’t started that badly with Poli and Torres going close, so if those chances had gone in it would’ve been a different game, but Palermo broke the deadlock and deserved the victory. We tip our hat to them”.
“Milan have done some very positive things. We didn’t tonight, but I knew there were going to be troughs as well as peaks. Perhaps some people got ahead of themselves. It is a shame that we played like this at San Siro in front of the home fans. It was a bad performance and Palermo deserved the points”.
“We have players who can almost always find a goal, so the defensive movements are more important for me. When you suffer at the back, it means the whole team hasn’t worked well. Then Alex went off straight away, Zapata had to go on without a warm-up and he immediately felt some pain too. It was just one of those nights”.