After a surprising defeat against Cesena last week, today the Red and Black squad were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home against another mediocre side, Catania.
Almost similar to the game against Cesena, Milan conceded a goal first from Ciro Capuano long range shot, which despite being an awesome shot, questioned mark could still be raised against Christian Abbiati’s positioning on the Rossoneri’s goal. Fortunately, the scenario was not totally the same as last weekend’s game as the home team did manage to equalize just before half time through veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi who managed to break from Catania’s offside trap.
Controlling the game in the second half, the Rossoneri’s impatience again cost them two points as the team looked to rush their every attack making it easier for their opponents in defending Milan’s attack. Catania’s tactics of playing a super defensive football and relying only on the counter, it is very hard for the tired legs of Andrea Pirlo and co to break down the away team’s defense that were filled with nine to ten players in front of goal.
However, just like their coach said last weekend, Milan players impatience was pretty much the key that caused their failure tonight as it was seen how they often opted to play a direct ball in the penalty area instead of trying short passing combination. It’s probably understandable considering the tiredness that the home team’s having after playing a tough game against Auxerre in the Champions’s league last Wednesday.
The injuries of Alexandre Pato, Mathieu Flamini, Massimo Ambrosini and also Robinho’s unfit condition making it harder for Milan as they have limited resources on the bench that can help them turn things around. Surely after this disappointing draw, the Rossoneri will have to work harder as next midweek they will face a tougher opponent, Lazio away at Olympico. Allegri might also hope that at least Robinho could be fit for that match as his team would need every help that they can get to win that game.
Milan v Catania 1-1
Goals: Inzaghi (Milan); Capuano (Catania)
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Boateng, Pirlo, Seedorf (Gattuso 90); Ronaldinho, Inzaghi (Oduamadi 85), Ibrahimovic
Catania: Andujar; Potenza (Alvarez 82), Silvestre, Spolli, Capuano; Carboni (Delvecchio 75); Mascara, Izco, Biagianti, Ricchiuti (Ledesma 60); Maxi Lopez