Former AC Milan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni has accused the current side of being too ‘predictable’ which has led to their struggles in scoring.
Some have drawn comparisons between the current Milan side and the one that won the Scudetto in the 1998-99 season as they were also underdogs heading into the campaign but found a winning formula.
Interviewed by the online edition of il Giornale, Zaccheroni spoke of the title battle that sees the Rossoneri fighting against their city rivals Inter this season, revealing that he has seen some concerning signs in recent weeks.
“I have always said that I like how Milan play but in the last period, which has been going on for a month and a half now, I liked it less and in fact it has achieved fewer results, it has been more difficult to score. It seems to me to be a fact, it is not just my feeling that the goal comes with greater difficulty,” he said (via SempreMilan.it).
Zaccheroni explained what, in his opinion, are the reasons why Milan are struggling to score goals regularly like they were able to do in the first half of the season.
“I have been the coach for many years and I am noticing that Milan are more predictable for the opponents at the moment because it does not respect a principle of fundamental attack phase: the breadth to widen the opponent’s defences,” he added.
“It becomes more difficult to score, Milan always tries to penetrate through the central areas. The crosses from the sides have totally disappeared because they all go in and no one on the flanks. Giroud and Ibra prefer high balls and they do not arrive.
“Speaking of the Scudetto, Milan obviously have the chance of a lifetime, because almost the entire squad has an empty stomach, they have not won anything.
“Now Inter can do only one thing: win all games and hope that the Milan players, especially the younger ones, will experience the fear of winning. Maldini, however, has lived through all the emotions in his career and will be very vigilant in this respect.”