Murphy’s Law states, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” On Sunday afternoon, AC Milan felt the full effect of Murphy’s Law. Things went from bad to worse, and the situation was exacerbated by the atrocious performance by Milan. From all of the players down to coach Vincenzo Montella, it was a complete debacle.
On the other hand, Lazio played a fantastic match. Coach Simone Inzaghi and his men were fully prepared, and from the first whistle, they knew exactly what they wanted. They were superior in every aspect of the game. Up until this match, Milan’s schedule had been fairly easy given the teams they had played. Against Lazio, it was a totally different story. Milan struggled to find any foothold on the game, and before long, it started to slip away.
Milan’s defense was in total disarray. The marking was awful. They were sending long balls to no one. The midfielders could not hold onto possession. Patrick Cutrone and Suso, who both scored two goals in the first two games, were shut down. Milan barely even had any goal-scoring opportunities. Montella took too long to make changes, and it looked like they had no game plan. In Milan’s second game of the season, they struggled to beat Cagliari, and a much stronger Lazio team put them to the sword.
Milan had no answer to Lazio’s attack. Ciro Immobile had a brilliant game, and the Lazio striker showcased his goal scoring abilities with a hat-trick within 10 minutes. Luis Alberto added one more to make it 4-0. Although Riccardo Montolivo prevented a shutout when he scored in the 56th minute, Lazio could have easily scored two or three more goals. The Biancocelesti have what it takes to hang with the Serie A giants, and it won’t be a surprise if they are in the race for a Champions League spot at the end of the season.
Let’s not forget this Lazio side beat Juventus 3-2 back in August to win the Italian Super Cup. They are well coached and not scared to play anyone. On any given day, Lazio has a good chance of beating any of the other top teams in Serie A. They have proved it with two big wins against Juventus and Milan.
This was a slap in the face Milan needed, and Lazio took pleasure in delivering it. After beating some less-skilled opponents, Milan’s confidence was running high, but they needed this game to keep their feet on the ground. Thankfully, for Milan, it was only the third game of the season. It was a disaster, but there is no need to panic. The entire back line is playing together for the first time. They barely even know each other.
Milan needs to remember this match. They need to see what their weaknesses are and tighten up those areas. One positive from this game is that they now know they are nowhere where they need to be. Sometimes large defeats make teams huddle around each other and think about what they need to do to grow. The Rossoneri‘s response to this loss will be critical. They need to prove to themselves and to all the other teams in Serie A that this loss will not knock them down, but only make them stronger.