No way through for Milan in Verona

Posted by Sumeet Paul

KakaAPKaka could not break through for Milan.

While Milan's away form has been dire so far this season, Massimiliano Allegri and the club as a whole perhaps couldn’t have picked a better fixture than visiting a Chievo side rooted to the bottom of the table. Nevertheless, for all their possession they were unable to break the deadlock in Sunday's 0-0 draw.

The performance was much improved in terms of the Rossoneri maintaining control the majority of the game, and keeping the threat of the counter-attack restricted to just a few opportunities.

However, for all Milan's endeavour, there was a distinct lack of a clinical end to their play which ultimately resulted in the disappointing draw.

Having questioned the players and their desire, urgency and determination last time out, there was a reaction for Allegri on Sunday afternoon, as they pressed and pushed forward well. In that sense, there has been some progress, and it was reassuring to see, but it was not enough to silence the critics and bring an end to the crisis.

The Milan coach was visibly animated on the sidelines throughout the game, furiously encouraging his players to increase the tempo and push forward for a winning goal that failed to arrive. A loss would have possibly been terminal for his tenure, but a draw will not be seen as much of an achievement either.

As expected, after a week filled with speculation over the future of team vice president Adriano Galliani, the Italian broadcasters were increasingly vigilant of him as he sat in attendance in Verona. At a time when he is under much scrutiny, it was another disappointing afternoon for one of the summer recruits in Alessandro Matri.

In his defence, the service wasn’t of a high enough standard on a consistent basis, which made life much more difficult for him. But with Giampaolo Pazzini supposedly set to return after the international break, Milan’s investment in the former Juventus star will come under a more intense spotlight in the coming weeks.

The Rossoneri, particularly Andrea Poli, had their chances, but were disappointingly wasteful. While Robinho’s introduction did create more spark in their play, the Brazilian perhaps missed their best chance of the game.

Excuses will inevitably be made in that Mario Balotelli’s absence was felt, but given his current wayward form there was enough talent at the Bentegodi to collect three valuable points without him.

Looking ahead, Serie A will reconvene in two weeks time after the international break and the fixture list would suggest that despite Milan’s form away from home, that ultimately there are several winnable games on paper that you feel have to be converted into three points on the pitch.

Inter and Roma round off the year at the end of December, but sandwiched in between the Champions League fixtures are Genoa at the San Siro with Catania and Torino away.

However, taking the positives away from Sunday, it looked as if the players were again playing for their coach and put in a much more intense performance than that against Fiorentina last week. While the management looks set for a revamp next summer, the upcoming fixtures will tell us more about the coach’s more immediate future.

Were there signs of improvement despite the disappointing draw at Chievo?

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