CorSera: Errors, World Cup effect and low confidence – Milan’s certainties have vanished in 2023

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s last ten days have been truly terrible from a sporting point of view, a report claims, and now the responsibility is on everyone to recover.

Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) recall how the Rossoneri saw two seasonal objectives vanish in the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana and saw another one move even further away in the Scudetto all in the space of a few days.

The match in Saudi Arabia against Inter not only marked the defeat in another trophy that was within Milan’s reach but above all it certified that the stars of Milan – who were bright for all the magical 2022 – are currently not illuminated at all.

The defence that was centred around the Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu pairing has become the weak point of this team. The two centre-backs must rediscover their focus but above all their calmness, which has been lacking since Mike Maignan got injured.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez had been among the best players in the first part of the season, but they are now paying for the hardships of a World Cup played at 100 miles per hour and up to the last second.

Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer are up and down, likely because they don’t have adequate substitutes that can make them breathe. Rafael Leao has made progress but when Milan go behind he must know how to take the team on his shoulders as he has shown he can do in the past.

Milan seem to have dissolved compared to the side that took to the field before the World Cup and they have not been the same since. The certainties that characterised Pioli’s team seem to have disappeared, with no real style of play on show, no harmony between the players and above all a lack of confidence.

For this reason, the Rossoneri coach – even before getting to tactics – wants to intervene mentally to give his players a push and get them back on the right path. Two trophies have gone, the Scudetto is a mirage today but the season cannot be thrown away in January.

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