Monthly Archives: February 2013
Massimiliano Allegri was right. The Italian manager set up his team in the most Italian of fashions. No, not catennacio, but the reason behind it. Defensive solidity, mixed with attacking efficiency. Through it, AC Milan was able to perform on Barcelona, to use the most overused of clichés, the Italian job.
It was Allegri who had been displeased in the pre-match press conference. He had stated how angry he was that for the past 10 days leading up to his side’s Round of 16 first leg Champions League home tie, all the talk was of how once again, Milan would be victims of the all conquering Catalans. Certainly, there was something almost bitter about how he stated that come match day, the rules would not change and the game would, like any other game, still start at 0-0.
But rather than look like a man with a rant, he actually was a man with a plan. Read the rest of this entry
The noise was deafening as the crowd was silenced. Cheers turned into jeers as the boos filled the air.
Toni Kroos struck, Thomas Muller pounced and Mario Mandzukic, rather fortuitously, looped it in. Not even the head of Lukas Podolski could save face for a team that for most of the 90 minutes looked to have lost its head. It meant that the only ones flying at The Emirates were the Bavarians.
In his match programme notes prior to Arsenal’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie against Bayern Munchen, Arsene Wenger called for Read the rest of this entry