AC Milan's Grit Enough Against Hellas Verona

By Aydin Reyhan
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The first time AC Milan and Hellas Verona met was way back in August of 2013, with the latter smiling after an impressive 2-1 victory. On that day, they had veteran striker Luca Toni who headed home both of their goals. Today however, he was unable to take part in their second and final league meeting of the season.

Therefore, we witnessed an AC Milan side who passed the ball, tricked opponents and tried attacking them on all cylinders, but the visitors stood tall and strong as it took an 82nd-minute penalty kick courtesy of Mario Balotelli to earn all three points for the Rossoneri.

The lacking aspect of Milan’s game is a daring attitude. We compare them to Juventus which is a team full of players who constantly take chances since they are not afraid of missing the frame. Coach Clarence Seedorf was always a player who liked to keep possession and create chances when they were there — he knew that if he forced a chance that was not going to come, a costly error would be made. Therefore, judging by their game, he asked them to keep the ball and attack when the defense exposed holes and defend as a team when the opponents began building.

Seedorf is known as one of the very best midfielders of his generation. He has been asked to coach AC Milan as his first ever gig at the level is due to what he brought to the club as a player. With that experience, he is expected to instill the same mentality into the players’ minds so that they could begin riding on some much-needed success.

The team is decently solid, but if they are to play against a faster and more technically gifted team, they will be unable to defeat them with this style. Therefore, they need to begin taking more chances and Seedorf has to let them do so.

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