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Sunday August 25 2013
New Hellas, same Milan

Verona surprised Milan on the field and off, but everything about Massimiliano Allegri’s side was utterly predictable, argues Susy Campanale.

Has Milan’s season begun? Well, let’s look down the list. Inability to defend from set pieces? Check. Christian Abbiati batting shots away with all the power of a bored kitten? Check. Conceding headers? Double Check. Terrible start under Massimiliano Allegri? Triple Check, as they’ve amassed one point from the last three campaign openers. Fans left to mutter ‘when are they going to buy a new defender, because Cristian Zapata cannot possibly be first choice?’ Check.

It’s the same old story and now becoming painfully predictable. The problems are there for all to see and still the club scrambles around for a creative midfielder or forward while the back four languishes in a state of disrepair. Massimo Ambrosini – a midfielder, at that – used to be the only Rossoneri player who could actually defend in the air and now he’s gone too. Keisuke Honda can wait until January, what this team needs is a centre-back. Make that two, because none of the available men deserve a regular starting spot. Allegri will still get blamed and fired, of course. That never changes either.

At least Hellas Verona decided to shake things up a bit with some surprises in store. Luca Toni may be 36 and attempting to grow an Andrea Pirlo-style beard, but he’s still the biggest aerial threat in Serie A. Coach Andrea Mandorlini finally won a top flight match at his third club, while Jorginho and Martinho are names to watch this season.

The biggest surprise was in the stands, as the Stadio Bentegodi crowd shook off its appalling reputation for racism with a bit of ingenuity. Arguing their monkey noises are not inherently racist, but aimed at irritating the opponent (the less said about that theory, the better) the Hellas ultras tried to discover what would most wind up Mario Balotelli. It turns out that ironic applause is more disconcerting than straight-out abuse for someone of such an impressive ego. Verona fans might’ve changed tack for the wrong reasons, but hopefully it’ll draw out the more inventive side of the Italian ultras movement. As the banner at the Bentegodi read: ‘Why Always Him?’

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Have your say...
Milan season has NOT begun, that's the simple anwser... ..with the double of K.P Boatneg, in the 3:0 victory against PSV, Milan had only just finished their last campaign, which was poor... but still, good enough by Milan CL standards, the new season starts against Cagliari.
The New Milan will play 4-3-1-2, with the three new/old Milan players... in 9.Matri, 22.Kaka and 13.Astori comming in on the last day. This will finally be the Milan Allegri wanted to create, and it will be a succesful Milan
on the 1st September, 2013 at 10:44pm
Anonymous

Why can you not put a name up instead of hiding behind anonymous? Cowardice obviously runs through you.

It is great to see you cheering on juve, as you should be.

It's great teaching idiots like you a footballing lesson.
on the 1st September, 2013 at 9:30pm
congrats to juve and napoli great games

@boss

easy boy everything will be ok i'm here!
on the 1st September, 2013 at 12:11pm
Anonymous and Viktoria

Lol what a comeback.

It's always nice to know you've taught somebody something new about their club.

It's even better knowing the two of you have to begrudgingly accept what I say because you know it's true.

As I said though, the silver lining is that juve r back to show you how it's done.
on the 1st September, 2013 at 10:52am
@Bosszzzz

Take your pills.
on the 1st September, 2013 at 3:19am
I must confess i feel a bit sorry for this lonley little babys, nobody wants to play with. They then distract themselfes by running around and calling everybody idiots or so on.
So sry Boss life isn't really that bad. Hang on everything will be ok.
Just in case the big guys and real juve supporters don't want to play with you again, come on this page, shout out your anger on some ACM fans, we'll be here for you!
on the 31st August, 2013 at 8:15pm
Maldini's hair

Juve are in 20th place. Last season was our first 'real' participation in the cl since calciopoli. Milan are in 14th place. Look at the disparity, it's hardly a gulf. And that is after one season whereas Milan have regularly featured. That just goes 2 show u how pathetic Milan are even benfica are ranked better.

Don't worry, silver lining is that juve are back to save serie a you little rat. Oh and Milan just sold boating LOL wth goes on at that mad deluded club.
on the 31st August, 2013 at 5:10pm
Maldini's hair

Firstly, I like how you said you wouldn't respond 2 my post previously, yet here you are responding, muppet.

Now, did you think you were smart with co efficients? Allow me to make you look more stupid then you already do. The coefficient is based on the last 5 seasons of the cl. Juve have barely featured because of calciopoli. You think 7th and 14th is an accomplishment? It just goes to show how truly crap inter and Milan have been. Watch juve surpass the Milanese

Now hush boy
on the 31st August, 2013 at 5:01pm
@ Boss According to the official UEFA website the club coefficient rankings for 2012/2013 Inter are the highest ranked Italian team (ranked 7th) with 105.829 coefficient points and MIlan are ranked 14th with 93.829. Juventus are ranked 20th with 70.829 coefficient points. Therefore by your rationale you should probably stop supporting Juventus since they've done more damage to Serie A's coefficient ranking than MIlan or Inter. Now please stop commenting on this site.
on the 31st August, 2013 at 10:39am
Anonymous

Juve didn't choose to play in serie b they were forced to play there. Whilst the other cheating teams only got points reductions. In that time Italian football has been a let down.

Now look at the example juve have set, starting from scratch and climbing on top of the pathetic Italian league. You should all bow down to juve if it wasn't for us nobody outside of Italy would even remember serie a.

You should be thanking juve u idiot
on the 30th August, 2013 at 6:47pm
@ boss

The reason why we lost the 4th Spot is one of our big Clubs playing Seria B and behind the european spots for several years. think about that you stubborn Idiot. You are not better than these suckers from udinese and together with them the real reason for the Lost spot.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 10:47pm
Maldini's heir

Did Milan do the most for co efficient? Do u recall inter winning the champs league last u idiot.

Milan have been battered by teams since winning a cl they should not have had in 07.

The point is Milan are allegedly a big team. When r they going to start acting like one. When our best teams r being beaten by teams like Tottenham, Man U and barca with ease, yes ur dam rut I hold those teams accountable you mug.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 7:00pm
Viktoria

Firstly, the currency is euros not pounds. The figure is far less.

Juve had high offers for Vidal. But guess what, we hung on to him. Also had high offers for pogba. You have that pathetic Milan mentality of selling. Milan would sell balo for three magic beans.

It defeats your argument, your apparently building, but every time you build you sell the brick to make the building.

Can you comprehend that you fool.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 6:55pm
@ Boss not that I'm to respond to your other rubbish but its clearly ridiculous to suggest that Milan are responsible for Italy losing its 4th spot when Milan are the team which did the most to help with Serie A's coefficient. The fact that you don't get this simple point just shows how utterly misguided the rest of your posts are. Now that is the last time I will respond to your posts. Can someone not just block this guy he ruins this forum.
on the 29th August, 2013 at 12:48pm
@boss

If someone would offer 45 millions for chilini you do t think juve would sell?? And thiago is way better, you know it, I know it everyone knows it. That's why we sold thiago and ibra 70 mill euros. That's a lot of money. Keep up withy the economics son.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 10:31pm
Viktoria's secret

I also support Italian teams. Ironically it is the support for Italian teams which makes me dislike Milan. I hold Milan and inter accountable for losing the fourth spot and lacking any ambition.

Have your cl trophies, we have more scudettos son. Also, juve r still a relevant team. Milan aren't. Outside of Italy nobody fears Milan anymore.

R u that dumb you seriously think Milan are 'building' a team? Y sell thiago silva then? Your president is so shady but u can't see it
on the 28th August, 2013 at 8:43pm
the past is the past ppl and juve have the most titles .
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:10pm
btw please stop boating about past glories in europe . juventus are the kings of italy and will always be .
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:09pm
Oh, and for the record, I think Milan will do well in attack, but be let down by their defense and probably won't win the Scudetto. Same for Napoli. I'm most concerned by Fiorentina. All of that will probably be proven wrong!

As for respect - maybe it's because I grew up watching Italian football in England, and had to defend it from the haters all the time, but I think we should respect all teams, especially one with the history that Milan has. Some people need to wind their necks in!
on the 28th August, 2013 at 12:34pm
Viktor - You're right about BOSS. It is a fairly shameful attitude to suggest supporters change to support other teams when their own team is down - I certainly did not stop supporting Juve when we went to Serie B.

It's the first game of the season, and all the journalists are hyping it up because they have nothing else to write about. Start worrying after the first 5 or 6 games, when there is a clear picture of the results and they actually mean anything.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 12:30pm
Spot on realist! that's what i told victor on the other article as he is still obsessing with the no of trophies they won in europe is more than juve. To me milan and juve are the icons of italy. Milan used to have Maldini Weah Biehoff Savevic costacuta. See what you got now. Abate is on par with Lahm?!? I respect milan (not inter) but please be realistic and rational my friend.
on the 28th August, 2013 at 9:51am
I Agree that allegri and staff should be sacked,and the club sold.Even if it might mean becoming an Italian Chelsea,at least we'd bring in Top players and actually content in Europe and in our own league. I love this club to much to see it suffer and be humiliated as is. A lot of dead weight players need to sold and young,world class players purchased so Milan can actually be a threat and respected in the Football world and not always having people going back to the past about. FORZA MILAN!!
on the 28th August, 2013 at 1:36am
i am a juve fan but boss is being a bit harsh on them lol . you dont have to like a team but there are certain teams i have respect for and milan is one of them . sorry things aint workin out for yall this season vic . forza juve !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 27th August, 2013 at 9:33pm
sorry guys but milan wont be winning anything this season .
on the 27th August, 2013 at 9:32pm
@BoSzzzzz

Kiddo, do your research. I don't mind juve I support Italian football, I'm excited about all new upcoming youngsters. Clearly Milan is new team, 30 years ago I started rooting for em. Few things you have to keep in mind. Milan is building a new team more or less from scratch, that takes years( we lost so many stars) Also, Milan are WAY superior in Europe then juve I don't care if the last throphy was 6 years ago, it's still more recent then juve. Now hush.
on the 27th August, 2013 at 7:38pm
Viktoria

Seeing as I have supported juve all my life, mate you need to wash your socks more often you tramp lol.

And your so deluded you actually think Milan have a hope of winning a trophy this season. Your not getting anything I'm not even sure you can reach 3rd spot.

Your disgusted? Am I supposed to care? Mug. Of course I support juve I despise everything Milan stand for now. They beg and haggle teams, they lost serie a, along with inter, a fourth spot. Milan have been overthrown by Napoli
on the 27th August, 2013 at 7:09pm
Dino al

I made an assumption you were a Milan supporter, which is obviously wrong. However the tone of your comment does make it sound as though Milan fans have some hope. It was an optimistic comment.

Now u now as well as I do that Milan fans are extremely stupid and believe anything they are told. Just look at how Galliani and Berla string them along.

So you shouldn't tell the Milan fans the future is bright as they will believe you cuz ther r that stupid
on the 27th August, 2013 at 7:03pm
@boss

The fact you're rooting for Psv against Milan shows your lack of respect to serie a. Your nothing but a football mercenary who jumps teams like other people change socks. I'm disgusted by your approach to Italian football.
on the 27th August, 2013 at 2:25pm
@boss

Your not exactly sharp as a razor boss are you. Milan season is over after played they're first game. Hahaha stupidest thing I've read. Also, makes me ill and nauseus reading Milan's only hope is to get a foreign investor. Go support psg, Chelsea, or even Monaco I bet even juve fan dislike your mentality. It's going to be a extremely competitive season til the end believe that.

I hate to break it to you.
on the 27th August, 2013 at 2:19pm
@BOSS

I hate to break it to you, but i am no Milan supporter, i smily call it the way i see it, and while i may be naive i was one of the few who predicted Milan's top three finish last season.

Also never in my previous post have i mentioned Milan as a title contender, i simply pointed out that they are capable of finishing in the top four spots, especially if they strengthen their defense.

Which leaves me with only one questions: "Why are you so hasty to pick an argument with someone, whose previous comments you haven't carefully read?"
on the 27th August, 2013 at 1:02pm

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