AC Milan traveled to Stadio Is Arenas to face Cagliari and ended up with just a point. The hosts took the lead just at the stroke of half time as Cagliari’s forward Victor Ibarbo scored his first goal of the season. AC Milan chased the game all the way until the final minutes of the game and thanks to Mario Balotelli’s penalty Milan managed to return home with a point.
Milan, who had 17 shots on goal couldn’t find the decisive goal and lost their grip over rivals Inter as the Nerazzurri now lead them by 2 points standing at 4th place.
3 Things we learned from the 1-1 draw:
- Balotelli is the real deal – A sulking headcase, or just an immature player ready to take the next step? Balotelli netted his third goal in two Serie A matches with Milan, and was close to a hat trick. A fantastic half volley which was ruled off thanks to Abate’s out of bounds cross, and then a header which forced Cagliari GK Michael Agazzi to make a spectacular save. Looks like he is already settled in Milan Colors
- Milan’s defense will be cracked into pieces when they face in the Champions league. Phillippe Mexes and Christian Zapata are Milan’s two best options. Cagliari striker Victor Ibarbo took both on a leash, as they showed exactly how “NOT” to man mark your opponent.
- Ignazio Abate is a serious liability to Milan. Now you see why Milan wanted to sell him to Zenit St. Petersburg during the January window. The only plus about Abate is his pace, which will never be enough if there is no end product.
In other news, youngster El Shaarawy has claimed he needs a little time to settle down with his new strike partner Mario Balotelli and has hit out against Italian Media who have claimed they cannot operate as a unit given their style of play is relatively similar.
“The criticism we are getting seems a bit too much,” El Shaarawy told Milan Channel.
“We’ve only played two games together and we need time to settle. I know that we need to improve in some areas of our game, but it is not true that we can’t work together.”