For a big club like AC Milan to go through the worst start to a campaign since they were promoted is absolutely horrendous.
After bringing in big names like Kaka, and Mario Balotelli, much more was and still is expected from the Italian club.
In order to overcome the difficulties that they are experiencing, they must get the following things done correctly.
1. Rotate the players
Massimiliano Allegri seems to be using a similar starting 11 repeatedly. This can cause complacency amongst the players, something that can deteriorate any team.
If a player feels he has a starting spot spot secured, he will not give it the 100 per cent that AC Milan so desperately need right now.
Rotating the squad will keep all players on their toes, and help with injuries as well.
2. Select a long-term formation
Playing around with different formations has not been helping Milan. Sometimes a 4-3-3 or sometimes a 4-3-1-2, Allegri needs to select one and build on it.
When he has used a 4-3-3, he throws Kaka out wide, and everyone knows that Kaka has lost his speed and skill that enabled him to occasionally play on the wings. He is clearly a more central player, and Milan is missing wingers to even think about that formation.
With the wingless 4-3-1-2, Allegri can use more of his key players at once. With Kaka in the "10" position, Balotelli up front, and Montolivo securing the midfield. This formation seems ideal for Milan, and Allegri should build on it.
3. Control Mario Balotelli
An undoubtedly good player, Mario Balotelli has been the subject of many rumours in recent weeks. When in form, Balotelli can give the heebie-jeebies to any defender, but his attitude is his main fault.
At only 23 years of age, Mario has a very long career ahead of him. If he can control himself, his future will become a lot brighter.
His attitude affects the whole team, because he turns on his teammates. When he does this, he breaks the bond and unity that should hold a team together.
If Allegri can get Mario to realize that he does not rule the club, everyone will benefit. And if he can get back to goal-scoring form and control himself, the entire club will experience a lightened atmosphere.
With all these factors in place, Milan might just go back to being the club that ruled Italy and Europe.
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