Timing has never been Philippe Mexes’ forte, but the Milan centre-back went beyond even his own standards of loose-cannonry this weekend. Milan had blown a half-time lead at the Stadio Olimpico following Lazio’s incessant attacking pressure and resulted in a 3-1 win for the Biancoceleste.
With minutes left on the clock on Saturday evening, the big blonde Frenchman decided the time was right to attack Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, before going back for more after being sent off, to get the Lazio man in a chokehold. This was perhaps the most unfortunate timing for Mexes, as with WWE’s annual Royal Rumble taking place the following day, his bizarre behaviour sparked a host of memes of Mexes the wrestler.
Although this embarrassing episode personified perfectly the club’s rudderless decline – Milan have picked up one point from four matches in 2015 – it is only the latest in a string of badly timed, badly considered reactions from the defender.
“I have no excuses, as it’s a football match and you cannot behave like that. I take responsibility and promise it won’t happen again,&rdqubbin真人视讯平台o; said Mexes after the match.
Sound familiar? Well it should, because this was his 16th red card in all competitions and therefore not the 32-year-old’s first humble apology to the public. Milan must have recognised the risks when they signed him from Roma, where he had seen red 11 times, but the hot-headed moment which will result in another long ban will be a cause of huge frustration for club’s players, staff and fans.
It wasn’t too long ago in October 2013 that he was caught punching Giorgio Chiellini during a League defeat to Juventus, an assault that led to a four-match ban. You have to feel a certain amount of sympathy for Pippo Inzaghi, who has enough problems already without one of his most senior players losing his head in such spectacular365bet线上攻略 fashion.
The defeat to Lazio has led to rumours that another loss to the Aquile in Tuesday night’s Coppa Italia quarter-final would lead to his dismissal. Of all Mexes’ pointless red cards, this was possibly the least forgivable, given his position as a senior member of the squad and the injuries to Daniele Bonera and Cristian Zapata that leave them short-staffed at the back.
While the New Year has failed to bring any second wind for the Rossoneri, their fans can at least take solace from the fact that their city neighbours continue to frustrate as well.
Inter were defeated at home by Torino for the first time since 1994 thanks to a last-gasp winner from Emiliano Moretti. While Roberto Mancini lamented that the result was cruel on his team, the truth was his side continue to suffer from a lack of creativity and chances were few and far between in a dull encounter.
Results had undoubtedly begun to improve recently as the Nerazzurri had gone unbeaten in their previous five matches, but defeats like this mean that the former Manchester City Coach’s ambition of finishing in the top three will require a minor miracle at this stage.
The current battle for the top three continues to be very tight as Lazio’s impressive win and Sampdoria’s 1-1 draw with Palermo put the two clubs level on points, giving Napoli the chance to go clear again with a win at home to Genoa on Monday night.
A 1-1 draw in the weekend’s showpiece fixture between Fiorentina and Roma en永利官网sures that the Giallorosso title challenge continues to fade, as Rudi Garcia’s men are now seven points off the pace after a Paul Pogba-inspired 2-0 win for Juventus against Chievo.
Meanwhile, it was a vital weekend at the foot of the table as Parma suffered their most humiliating defeat yet as they were beaten 2-1 at home by relegation rivals Cesena, a result which suggests Serie B football will be on the calendar for the Ducali next year. However, Gianfranco Zola continues to forge a Sardinian recovery as a 2-1 win for Cagliari over Sassuolo lifted the Isolani out of the relegation zone for the first time since November.