Journalist Giancarlo Padovan believes that AC Milan have slipped back into the crisis that they thought they were out of after January, while he also criticised the work done last summer in the transfer market.
Milan have lost four out of their last five away games in Serie A which has very much complicated their pursuit of a top four spot and it comes after the team thought they were out of a hole following a seven-game winless run.
Padovan spoke on Sky about the current difficulties that Milan are enduring for the second time this calendar year, with his comments relayed by MilanNews.
“A blackout which, being so recurring, cannot be accidental. Even those three victories weren’t healthy, nothing had changed in terms of the quality and consistency of their game. Nothing significant had happened. I think Milan paid for this lack of ideas yesterday,” he said.
“In my opinion they’re also a bit down from a physical point of view, and especially when there are no starters – I’m referring to Giroud – the back-ups aren’t up to par. In general, even Pioli’s words were self-critical. In my opinion, Milan fell back into the crisis in January, and now it’s more difficult to get out of it.”
The 2022 summer mercato continues to come under scrutiny as signing Divock Origi on a free transfer and hoping he could fix the attacking deficiencies has proven to be a mistake thus far because he has not hit double figures in goals for a few seasons now.
The decision to go all-in on Charles De Ketelaere by spending 90% of the budget has not brought the desired results so far as he is still stuck on zero goals, and Padovan spoke of the contribution (or lack thereof) given by the new signings.
“Then every now and then it has to be said, this is the failure of Maldini and Massara’s summer market, because the players who were bought they fell short. Now they are not performing, there are players who don’t understand what they do on the pitch and why they play for Milan.”