The last thing any under fire manager wants when the going gets tough is a game against their fierce rivals. While this presents an opportunity for redemption and a shot at salvation should they win, it can also spell disaster as fans and, worst of all, a club’s board tend to lose patience when a bad run culminates in a derby defeat. For Gennaro Gattuso, the Italian tried to roll a double six on Sunday evening but ended up nowhere close as Inter snatched a late goal to claim all the spoils in the Milan derby.
The loss to Inter means that Milan have now only won twice in their last six league games. The Rossoneri currently sit in 12th position in the Serie A table but they do have a game in hand and, in defence of Gattuso, his team could be a mere three points off fourth should they win it.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) October 21, 2018
As things stand, it doesn’t feel like a run of form that should be praised or looked at optimistically. If you’ve been watching the Rossoneri in action this season, you can’t help but come away thinking that they look awfully brittle and one dimensional. On the one hand, Gattuso’s gung-ho approach to attacking seems to have made an impression on the players, who perhaps, going forward, can catch the eye. But at the other end of the field, there are serious question marks over the goings-on.
Any ball whipped into the Milan box looks like it could end up in a goal being scored. That’s what happened against Inter, as Icardi stole a march on a naive and sluggish Milan defence to net a 92nd-minute winner with his head. It’s always a concern when – especially at the back – such mistakes seem to be still occurring after the generally accepted period of time within which they should have been addressed or fixed.
92nd minute winner wins the Milan derby! ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/hq8LTbbNuC
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) October 21, 2018
After having spent £143m on new players during the summer, a top-four finish is an absolute must for AC Milan. That is a task that already looks far from easy. In fact, punters visiting https://www.paddypower.com/bet will see Milan have been priced at 9/5 to secure a finish in the top four. From whatever angle you look at it, Milan have their backs to the wall and far too early in the season.
In a perfect world, Gattuso would be given more time to find a solution to his creaking defence. But we all know that that isn’t how the modern day chairmen conduct themselves and with Ivan Gazidis having now left Arsenal, as reported at https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football, his imminent arrival at the San Siro could mean change is just around the corner.
You can’t help but admit that despite Milan’s struggles, Gattuso in all likelihood does have a future in management and a successful one at that too. The Milan job has come slightly too soon in his career and the 40-year-old will likely fall victim to Milan’s past failures and their current need to turbo-boost their return to the summit of Italian football.