Rather than being the perfect tonic to a moment of difficulty, last night’s match against Red Star confirmed even more that Milan are going through a very complicated period.
As il Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) writes this morning, the Rossoneri are seemingly no longer able to play as they did up until a few weeks ago when they seemed unbeatable. Milan could not put their Serbian opponents away, relying on two penalties across the two legs and an away goals aggregate win to reach the last 16.
Milan move forward in the competition and will continue fighting in the league for the top positions, but a change will certainly be needed otherwise it will be very tough. Despite going through, the Diavolo have not yet found their old form, and have not scored a goal from open play in four games.
Stefano Pioli breathed a big sigh of relief at the end of the game, but he certainly cannot be satisfied with the performance of his players. Franck Kessie’s penalty seemed to put Milan on the right track, but Red Star did not give up and equalised before fighting until the last minute even with ten men. They hit the post and Donnarumma made an amazing save to ultimately seal progression, further signs that Milan need to find a new gear.