Juventus vs. Milan: Post Match Thoughts of This Serie A Match

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IApril 21, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 21:  Giampaolo Pazzini of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match Juventus FC v AC Milan at Juventus Arena on April 21, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Juventus managed to squeak a 1-0 win against an apathetic Milan side that lacked the hunger and clarity to deserve anything more than one point.

Essentially, this was the last chance saloon for the Rossoneri to make a valiant push for second place in the Serie A standings. A different story unfolded, as Allegri's men didn't really have a clear chance on goal the entire match and will now have to fend off a Fiorentina side that's one point behind.

The first match between the two gave us a high octane 1-1 tie. This snooze-fest between the two was capped off by a terrible defensive error by Ignazio Abate, who let Kwadwo Asamoah breeze by him and ultimately get obliterated by an onrushing Marco Amelia.

My main gripe was Allegri yet again. The polarizing Milan coach got it wrong all over again, taking us back to the days early in the season when we wondered how many more matchdays management would give him.

Not starting the young starlet Mattia De Sciglio ahead of Kevin Inconstant is not only inexcusable but insensible considering De Sciglio's brilliant performance against the Bianconeri in the first half of the season.

Aside from this, an out-of-form Robinho was thrust into the formation yet again and was anonymous just like he had been against Napoli.

The only formation change that could be supported was slotting Kevin-Prince Boateng back into the midfield as a "mezz'ala." Even then, this isn't the Prince we grew to love in the past two seasons but a depleted one who was made to look better than he actually was by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The same theory goes towards Antonio Nocerino. 

It's becoming clearer that this Milan team has another gear when Mario Balotelli spearheads the attack. Even though he can be limited by decreasing bouts of petulance, Super Mario gives the element of unexpectedness that can change the course of a match with one touch of absolute genius.

The last five matchdays will be a telling test of the true mental fortitude of this Rossoneri squad, as they desperately need to clinch results to fend off Fiorentina and maintain their position in the Champions League for next season.