Meanwhile, Inzaghi’s side looked less and less like the impassioned group that many expected the former forward to lead when he arrived in June. Taking the lead through a Mattia Destro tap-in after Giacomo Bonaventura’s sliced effort fell kindly for the former Roma man, the Rossoneri never looked like the offensive force a squad boasting Keisuke Honda, Alessio Cerci and Jeremy Menez should.
A central midfield of Marco van Ginkel and Michael Essien was never going to create many attacking opportunities and unsurprisingly it didn’t – the Diavolo relying solely on counter attacking football, amounting to a kick-and-rush stag在线棋牌rategy when space allowed. The stats back up the profligacy – Fiorentina taking 18 shots to Milan’s six, having more possession and generally looking a team with an identity going forward. Inzaghi&rs365bet线上攻略quo;s side? Less so.
A coaching change appears all the more likely as a morale boosting three points vanished, Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella’s introduction of Joaquin looking inspired as the Spanish winger set up an equaliser before heading in a second minutes later.
Ironically, passion would’ve been the first thing that comes to mind when Inzaghi’s appointment was announced in summer. A famously energetic individual, the Champions League winner’s gusto should’ve been a lightning rod for the squad. Clearly that hasn’t been the case, and once again Milan seem ready for a fresh set of ideas.
Allowances could’ve been made for Pippo’s inexperience, a first-time Coach following on from another is a situation that few clubs the size of Milan place themselves in, but a combination of Inzaghi’s tactical naivety at this juncture with the passive play on the pitch is a death knoll for the 41-year-old.
Despite the abundance of pace against a clearly vulnerable Fiorentina backline, Milan were unable to stretch the defence and play the sort of cutting football that can punish a side with the struggles that the Viola are having defensively. Honda once again looked lost and unused on the right wing, 14 months into a Milan career where it appears no Coach has worked out that his best position may not be wide.
Perhaps the key indicator between the beleaguered away side and Montella&真钱赌球rsquo;s Fiorentina was the reaction to being placed in a losing position. While the Viola rallied following Destro’s opener, Milan visibly wilted. Although given a larger portion of time in which to react, there was no urgency in the Diavolo’s response at all. Despite being 2-1 down with their Coach’s future hanging in the balance, the players didn’t press, didn’t fight for possession. It was a visible message to the decision makers at San Siro.
There was an air of resignation in Filippo Inzaghi’s post-match interview, perhaps his final one as Milan Coach. You could almost hear him shrug when he told journalists “if not, I’ll work somewhere else,” as he discussed his thinning job security.
Milan can of course still commit their future to Inzaghi – assuming that confidence is abound that Pippo will grow into his role as the seasons progress. However, despite the stagnation of the club in recent years, Milan are still a little too big to be that patient with a Coach, even if it is Filippo Inzaghi.