AC Milan are going through tough times at the moment. Fans of the San Siro club have been used to years of success in Serie A and Europe, but have had to get used to more modest ambitions these last couple of seasons.
A severe reduction in funds being supplied by Silvio Berlusconi saw them fall out the Champions League places by finishing eighth last season under Clarence Seedorf, which cost the great Dutchman his job.
His successor, Pippo Inzaghi, isn’t faring a great deal better this season though, and after losing 0-1 at home to Atalanta on Sunday, they are in that exact same position in the Serie A table. Perhaps the pursuit of more humble targets has got the team feeling a little funny.
It must be something like that, because it’s difficult to explain why the Milan players did what they did after winning a free-kick in a dangerous area outside the box in the match. Jeremy Menez was the man standing over the ball and instructions came from somewhere, who knows where, to set up two walls.
That’s right, AC Milan set up two walls on their own free-kick. It was almost certainly some novel attempt to affect the Atalanta goalkeeper’s sight of the ball, but the ball was nearly 30 yards out and would have to be a special effort to score.
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As it was, Marco Sportiello need not have worried much, as the two walls broke (pointlessly early, to our eye) Menez powered a low shot at the corner nearest to the ‘keeper but it went wide. After all that, you can’t even hit the target? Good grief.