Juventus beat AC Milan 5-4 on penalties last night to clinch their first Berlusconi Torphy in 5 years. The Bianconeri were not impressive and neither were Milan however, they now lay claim to some silverware and a tinge of confidence ahead of their trip to Bari next weekend for their maiden 2010/2011 Serie A match.
I will not review the match, however, i want to touch on an aspect that will definitely be a talking point for most of the season if the Rossoneri do not address it immediately.
Milan are in precarious position just like last season. Having been somewhat lukewarm in the transfer window, the Rossoneri will face an even greater task trying to cement a top four spot this season.
AC Milan are known to be slow starters in the league and it only takes one match to point the direction that the club will follow for the next couple of matches. When they are hot, they are hot and when they are cold, they are colder than ice. Even teams that normally do not stand a chance against them can shocking surprises.
As much as it has been said, the age factor will remain the main talking point until the club owners realise that in order to win trophies, they will have to invest in some good quality young players.
Speaking after the match, Allegri still oozed confidence saying that the club is on the right track.
“We had a good match, we have to work on our speed but we are on the right road. We are around 70% in terms of shape.”
Now, i know Allegri does not want to cause any panic in the camp, however, his record is already at stake and the season has not yet even begun! One week is definitely enough to get his side ready for their opening league match against Lecce at the San Siro next Sunday.
“Ronaldinho’s technical qualities are beyond discussion, he is 30 years of age and is still looking good.”
I do however agree with that statement. Dinho seems to have shed that excess weight just in time for the start of the season. That said, Allegri should be given enough time to fashion a squad that can challenge Inter, Roma and Juventus for the scudetto.