Milan’s midfield lacking creative spark

The departure of Andrea Pirlo in the summer was an attempt by AC Milan to turn themselves from an ageing side into a fit and capable outfit proficient enough to compete in the long term against some its European opponents. It was also because Adriano Galliani, director at the club, and manager Massimiliano Allegri were both confident of the current clutch of midfielders of being able enough to do the role which Pirlo managed during his legendary spell at the club.
The midfielders at Allegri’s disposal possess a wide range of qualities, necessary for a squad looking to challenge on several fronts. Yet Allegri seems to not want to unleash his creative talent at the same time. The air of caution, at times, perhaps illustrates either naivety on behalf of the manager in believing some of his players can carry the can for the attack or the manager doesn’t believe his defence is watertight enough to stave off the opposition.
Allegri’s preference in midfield is to have three midfielders with an advanced midfielder playing off two strikers. The onus has been placed on the advanced midfielder to shuttle and carry the spark to force the initiative on the opposing defence whilst the three in midfield are seen as the pivots, maintaining some sense of equilibrium within the team.
Milan’s start to the season shows how much they have been struggling for goals. Certainly, there has to be a level of defensive responsibility but for a side which has experienced defenders and seasoned defensive midfielders, Allegri needs to redress the balance to ensure the team is multi-faceted and somewhat unpredictable to try and unlock tight defences.
Aesthetically, the midfielders Allegri possesses could make them an incredibly attractive side to watch. Alberto Aquilani, injury permitting, is one of the imaginative midfielders in Italy, possessing both a very good first touch and an eye for a pass. Stephan El Shaarawy may be somewhat raw in his talent but offers pace, trickery and quick passing, much like Aquilani. With Clarence Seedorf, who has a good experienced head to change the tempo of his side, the midfield would boast artists illuminating the league and dazzling the opposition.
Against Juventus on Sunday, Milan were subdued. Devoid of any attacking intent and nullified throughout, Juventus rightfully gained the three points and are continuing their early season form. Conversely, Milan seem to be in tactical purgatory. For Milan to return to the heavenly heights of winning the title again, the Coach has to intervene and show what made him Panchina d’Oro last season.

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