Additionally, the Tevez goal was one of three in a clear-cut victory where the gap between the two was evident throughout. In fact, had Claudio Marchisio’s effort off the post snuck in, a 4-1 win would have been more reflective of the difference in the two sides’ performances than the disallowing of Tevez’s goal to make it 2-1.
Instead of verbalising his aggression over the apparent pursuit of justice, Galliani should give a fair hearing to some undeniable truths. Sulley Muntari was captain against Juventus, a player whose quality is so bereft of the history and gravity of the fixture that 10 years ago it’s hard to see the Ghanaian reach the pitch as anything other than a ball 银河棋牌boy. Instead, the former Portsmouth man leads out one of Europe’s biggest names in what was once one of Europe’s biggest fixtures. His showing on the night in question was indicative of his misplacement.
Another figure to consider? Three – the amount of goals conceded by Milan. And 24 – the amount of points that separate the two once title rivals. Then 12th – Milan’s place in the Serie A table. One – the amount of victories in the last eight games, as well as the number of wins had 现场骰宝in 2015. No 81 – on the back of defender Cristian Zaccardo, the man who forgot how a high defensive line works, allowing Tevez to slip free and score. No 13 – for Adil Rami, the defender brought on by Filippo Inzaghi while 3-1 down with 12 minutes left to play.
Clearly, to be embarrassed on the pitch wasn’t enough for Adriano Galliani. After Juventus confirmed that the 24-point gap between the two sides was as obvious on the field of play as it is on the Serie A table, the Milan CEO raged that Juventus ‘control the replays’, after a marginal officiating decision allowed Carlos Tevez to run free and score.
The battle over what appears to be mere feet is quite representative of a deeper issue with Milan. Tevez may or may not have been onside – the call is difficult to make when the striker and defender are almost parallel with each other. However, what was clear to see was the difference between a well-coached side with identity, discipline and talent – and one without.
Instead, it’s a discussion of parallel lines on social media, an irony considering the connection between quality and results appears to be lost on the people for whom it should be most plain. Adriano Galliani seems as analytical and calculated as ever, but he’s just looking at the wrong picture. Or at least, the wrong table.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. Unlike the ‘gol di Muntari’ scandal that Galliani claims an image of is still on his phone, Milan-Juve doesn’t mean a great deal for the top of the Italian League table when one side is over 20 points behind with just under half the season’s fixture schedule still remaining. Sadly, the Rossoneri are closer to a mid-table clash with Udinese than a title decider with Juventus.
Another fact was that Juventus beat Milan for the fifth consecutive time, a feat not achieved since 1984 – before Silvio Berlusconi’s takeover as President. It seems Milan have come back full circle. Something to ponder.
The back and forth followed, escalating beyond the Rossonero official’s vitriol &ndas赌场注册h; a collection of tweets shot between the two clubs began before an official statement from Juventus branded the losing Milan as ‘trying to mask the result’ with a ‘farcical’ claim.