Is Massimiliano Allegri the right man for Milan?

November 13, 2013 in Serie A by Ballsy Banter

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In the current events of the notorious Italian league, there are some interesting points taking place that are sure to catch your attention. Roma are leading the pack with an unbeaten run and Verona are placed in sixth, only two points behind a Europa League spot. But that’s not all. Halfway down the table, slumped in 10th position are AC Milan. It may only be just 12 games played so far, but the fact is that AC Milan are 10th and I’d be a little worried if I donned the famous black and red jersey.

 

Questions need to be answered and solutions need to be found because something is going wrong in the red side of the San Siro camp. As always in situations like this the media will only focus on one person: Massimiliano Allegri, the manager of AC Milan. Allegri has recently come under scrutiny for Milan’s performances in their last six games in the league. They have won only one game, drawn twice and lost three times. Quite a dip for a club of Milan’s stature. Chasing the title seems an unreachable goal now because of the 19 point difference to Roma’s league leading tally.

This dreadful form has cast fresh doubts over Allegri’s position at Milan, as stories of him searching for answers after agonising losses and brushing off speculation of his future with the club seem to be on the rise. He has gone on to publicly say that he has the backing of Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and controversial club president Silvio Berlusconi, and that his side play well and create chances to win matches. Nonetheless, it can be assumed that time seems to be running out for Allegri’s tenure as the aforementioned leader’s patience can only run so long before Milan is out of contention for everything this season.

 

Although he may think his job is safe, Allegri must dig deep and grind out a series of results as his team have not  experienced a win in all competitions since October 19th. Astonishing that is. Milan may not have enough talent to become champions but they sure do have players that can win them important games which are coming up. It is the manager’s job to raise confidence and boost morale amongst the team if this is something they lack. Work on the defence is needed too as Milan’s goal difference of -2 demonstrates a real case of uneasiness at the back. All in all I think that Allegri has the ability to make it happen and start a revival in the next league game against 7th placed Genoa.

Interestingly with the winter transfer window in January coming up, Milan are knowingly the only team who have tied up a couple of deals. Providing Allegri is still employed by then, he will enjoy some solidarity added to his defence in the form of troublesome French centre back Adil Rami and the attacking flair of Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda, a long-term target of the club. These signings strengthen Milan in their respective areas but the work is down to Allegri and his tactical ability to use the new players along with the current ones effectively for the rest of the season. However, things could go bad for Allegri if the club decide to cash in star strikers Mario Balotelli and Stephan El-Shaarawy, as both are linked with moves to the Premier League. In my eyes, they are still suffering from the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic so losing one of them could be detrimental.

 

In my opinion, Allegri has been very unlucky with the run of results and the 2010/11 champion is entitled to some time to fix these errors. The team has showed good performances, most notably the one against Barcelona in the Champions League. However improvements are needed thick and fast, and Allegri will feel that this season is make or break for him.

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