It is a given that football is a game of results and when those results turn sour, a quick resolution is sought out to change the fortunes of a team.
Sometimes it involves managerial changes because it is easier to blame and change one man than a group of 11. Unai Emery’s recent sack at Arsenal means the likes of Bayern, Tottenham and Milan themselves have changed coaches this season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently under pressure as well and it somewhat highlights the intolerance for failure all over Europe and in football at large as it stands.
After sacking Marco Giampaolo after just seven league games (a tenure that lasted 111 days), they hired Stefano Pioli (their ninth manager in five years) and judging by results, he hasn’t been any better in actual reality.
His return of five points from six league games means that he is currently in sacking form despite those runs of fixtures involving a visit to Turin, Rome and visits from Lazio and Napoli (Skysports).
At this point, nobody truly knows what is going on in the minds of the AC Milan hierarchy. Surely thoughts would already be playing through their minds to move on to yet another manager if results get even worse.
For now, though, we can assume that they are keeping the faith and hoping the tide will turn with Pioli at the helm, especially considering the performances Milan have displayed of late.
Already the performances are better and the board could be justified in that aspect and now you get the feeling that it is only a matter of “when” not “if” results will come. Looking at their current run of fixtures, there could truly be light at the end of the tunnel for the Rossoneri.
As per Skysports, their next eight fixtures include games against Parma this weekend, then Bologna, Sassuolo, Sampdoria, Cagliari, Udinese, Brescia and Verona. These fixtures would be no walk-over but are all winnable games – on paper at least.
Between these games lies a test for them against Atalanta, four games from now, and if all goes well, it would be interesting to see a Milan side playing with confidence against another tough opponent. If the Rossoneri can overcome their struggles in front of goal, then there is a reason to be optimistic soon enough.
Krystof Piatek and Rafael Leao have scored only four goals between them (via Whoscored) and half of those have been penalties scored by the former. It’s no surprise asides the two bottom teams in Spal and Brescia, only three sides in Udinese (9), Sampdoria (9) and Verona (11) have scored less than Milan’s tally of 12 goals so far this season (Skysports).
Definitely, there is an urgent need for an upturn in their form as soon as possible especially with Piatek who came into the team and initially had a good scoring run when he arrived in January.
The defence also needs to be shored up as well as Pioli has only kept one clean sheet in his time as Milan boss and some solidarity at the back is needed if they are to get points in this somewhat favourable run of fixtures.
Finally, it could be the time AC Milan fans get to smile and celebrate victories rather than performances. It is obvious that the Milan players have bought into the current manager’s philosophy but that is not enough in order to move closer to where they were in the past.
The future may just be bright for the Rossoneri and only time would tell.