Wasteful Milan spurn another chance

Posted by Sumeet Paul

Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesKaka's fourth minute goal served as the lone highlight for Milan in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Genoa.

With time away from the domestic crisis during the international break, several Milan players had labelled the Genoa game as fundamental for the Rossoneri in turning their season around. However, having been held to a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Saturday night, it appears that opportunity has been wasted and now the criticism grows even more.

- Match report: Milan 1-1 Genoa

The wrath of the Curva Sud was solely directed at the players during the disappointing draw, with some, perhaps harsh, banners specifically picking out players who have frustrated and contributed to the downfall this season.

"From the golden years of the great Milan to the years of Zapata and Constant," was a visible message during the game, while things turned slightly more sinister with another reading, "Let's meet by the exit you unworthy lot".

While the latter forced the police into action in the event of protests stepping over the mark, it is clear where the blame was placed for the disappointing performance which ultimately resulted in another missed opportunity. Critics can say what they like about Massimiliano Allegri, but the Milan players did themselves no favours on Saturday night.

Nevertheless, the game began on a bright note with a piece of magic from Kaka. The Brazilian ace has undoubtedly dismissed any fears as to whether or not he had anything left to offer, but unfortunately for him and the Rossoneri things went downhill thereafter.

With disappointment at either end from the penalty spot, Milan wasted countless chances to secure all three points as Alessandro Matri, Mario Balotelli and Valter Birsa were all guilty of missing golden opportunities and Allegri's wry smile at the full-time whistle spoke for itself.

The Milan coach has arguably been used as a scapegoat in recent times but has rightfully received his fair share of the criticism. However, there was little he could have done in determining his players keeping their composure in front of goal.

However, perhaps one area where he will face questions is his insistence on using Matri to lead the line with Balotelli playing off of Matri between the lines. While the latter was largely disappointing and looked disinterested at times, there is an argument to suggest that he isn't being deployed in his ideal position.

Whether it is now a question of trying to save face and continuing with Matri in the hope that he will eventually consistently score goals, it is visible that it is now affecting Milan's biggest star who again failed from the penalty spot as his goal-drought goes on.

Naturally, his recent form and Milan's decline has led to questions about his future, and while he maintains that he isn't thinking about the transfer market, nights like Saturday will do little to silence the growing speculation.

With Napoli's defeat at home to Parma, there was a window of opportunity for Milan to take some sort of step forward in their pursuit of a top-three finish. Having spurned their latest chance against 10-men Genoa for over an hour at San Siro on Saturday night, the hope now is that the Champions League somehow inspires them to produce results.

What did you make of the performance against Genoa, and what is your view on Balotelli's positioning on the pitch?

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