Rami strike earns Milan a point

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Marco Luzzani/Getty ImagesGiampaolo Pazzini and AC Milan battled back to earn a 1-1 draw versus Torino.

Endless crosses failing to find a target, the threat of the counter attack and questionable decisions in the starting line-up, it was all too familiar at times during Milan's 1-1 draw with Torino at San Siro on Saturday night. However, another characteristic of this team is its ability to show the right spirit and desire to fight back, and they did so again to share the spoils.

- Report: Milan 1-1 Torino

Having fallen behind to Ciro Immobile's first-half effort, Adil Rami scored his first goal for the club which settled the growing frustration. The Rossoneri appear to have finally found a dependable presence in the heart of the defence, something which his defensive partner unfortunately can’t provide.

Critics have long pinpointed Daniele Bonera as a weakness in this team, as ultimately whenever he is selected he is either exploited, indirectly at fault for goals conceded or generally gives the opposition confidence that they will have opportunities.

Clarence Seedorf appears to have faith in the Italian, but with his recent performances, there is clearly no room for him in this team moving forward. While he may be capable of "doing a job", if Milan want to progress and win games, Bonera is a weakness that they can ill-afford to have.

In contrast, Rami was assured on the ball, looks solid and capped off his performance with a goal, and so perhaps it is time to rekindle the partnership he has with fellow Frenchman, Philippe Mexes, in the coming weeks.

Given the system that Seedorf has adopted and the general threat of the counter-attack which has plagued Milan for some time, they require a dependable defensive line that will provide the appropriate protection.

As a result, it will be a boost to have Ignazio Abate back at full fitness in order to allow Mattia De Sciglio to return to left-back where both can provide the defensive stability and pace to attack down the flanks.

While supporters will continue to give Seedorf the benefit of the doubt for now, these are fundamental decisions that critics slammed former coach Massimiliano Allegri for. The Dutchman was appointed to breathe fresh life into the players, not make the same mistakes.

Nevertheless, the 37-year-old was pleased with the approach from the players, although he conceded that they must continue to work hard to reach peak condition.

There is still a willingness to see Seedorf take more risks with his first six months in charge, as ultimately there is an argument to suggest that we won't see the players implement his ideas perfectly until they've had a pre-season schedule together.

From the initial signs of his first game in charge, Seedorf was looking for a more progressive and high-tempo approach, and at this point the players are still looking to sustain that across an entire game.

However, it was another point gained for the Dutchman who tactically doesn't look out of his depth and has the full support of the players. Having shown an ability to adapt to the threat of the opposition, it will take time to demonstrate the full skill-set, as Adriano Galliani insisted that it is a case of the glass being half full instead of half empty.

Is it time for Bonera to go? Has Seedorf impressed you tactically?

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