Leaving the Rossoneri wasn’t on Ibra’s mind, however now we take a look at what Milan are missing so bad…
Milan’s decision to cash in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks like a bad one, after the Rossoneri once again failed to score in the San Siro this week.
Up against an Anderlecht side 32 places below them in the UEFA club coefficient, and a good 18 places adrift in the Champions League betting, Milan put on a dispirited display to draw 0-0 in their opening Group C game of the Champions League.
Already six points behind leaders Juventus in Serie A, Massimiliano Allegri was no doubt hoping a European rout would inspire his men back to winning ways this season, yet it appears that the Rossoneri fans will have to wait a while longer before all the pieces fall into place.
Milan staged their usual three-man attack, yet could not force through Anderlecht’s back line. They were languid from the start and did not seem prepared to face the Belgian champions, yet an Allegri second-half dressing down clearly got through to the players and they came out after the break a different team.
Despite Milan’s improved attacking credentials, they failed to produce much in front of goal. Stephan El Shaarway’s introduction helped Milan retain possession and, were it not for Belgium giant’s responsive goalkeeper, the Italian would have earned his side a narrow late win. But it was clear what Milan lacked was a top quality goalscorer; someone to stick the ball in the net and not mess around in the process.
They benefited greatly off Ibrahimovic’s forward instincts last season and, with replacement, Giampaolo Pazzini, netting a hat trick against Bologna, it appeared that Milan had resolved their striking deficiencies. Yet Champions League football is a step up from Serie A, and Anderlecht proved that Milan tactician still needs a spearhead striker to lead the team this season.
Neither Pazzini nor Kevin-Prince Boateng are capable of holding the ball up like Ibra and, if Allegri does not bring in a new forward this January, the Milanese giant risk dropping out of the Champions League places, come April.
The draw with Anderlecht will not have helped Allegri’s standing with the club’s board, who are reportedly concerned with Milan’s recent run of results in Serie A: Max Allegri, a man under-pressure?