++ [ originally posted by desireless ] ++
I think the differents between Milan and juve is only at Pirlo.
I was hoping that someone would bring up Pirlo and Gattuso. IMO those two guys are the two best defensive midfielders with an exceptional attacking flair. They are the back bones of Milans mifield and attack. They control the game possession and the flow of milans attack. The defensive midfield is the MOST essential part of any team. We lost Davids and look at what happened to us. Some might argue this point, but a vast majority of our failures thiis season are due to the loss of Davids. Im not saying Davids as a person, but the player he was, was fundamental to Juves attacks, defensive moves and overall mentality. Im not gonna start a whole new Davids saga talk, but what im trying to say is that the defensive midfield is the biggest thing that has seperated us from Milan this year. Some might argue the defense, but I believe its the dm.
Look at who we have right: Tacchi, and Appiah. Tacchi is a rusty, clumsy player who does useless tackles sometimes. He hasnt got that hard grut energy that Gattuso has. Appiah has lots of energy, but he hasnt got that creative flair that Pirlo has in the defensive midfield. Not to say that the DM is fundamental to any teams defense. Remember last season when we played RM in the first leg of semis and Davids was suspened? Our defense was very exposed in that game and we had trouble containing the RM forwards. But in the 2nd leg when Davids came back from suspension, he helped out the defense big time. Biridellis job was cut in half.
So if you ask me, DM is what truly seperates this years Juve from Milan. Our forwards are just as great as milans. DP has Shevs flair (not whens hes off form - which is most of the time) and Trez has the same aerial and finishing capacity of Inaghi. Di Vaio and Tomasson are both capable subs.
However, the attacking midfield of Milan is a little more creative and they have quite a bit more options, but our midfield isnt that bad. Milan have Kaka, Rui Costa, Serginho, Seedorf and we have Nedved, Camo, Miccoli. THere is a difference in quality, but Nedved and Camo can be quite the midfielders on their days.
Our defense this term has been bad, but it is a result of a lack of concentration and understanding. Our defenders are ALMOST as capable as MIlans defenders but they are not 'clicking'. ALso Milan have more depth in their defense as they have more options on the wings and in the centre.
All in all, the fact of the matter is that Ancelloti has made the right move and decided to make milan an attacking team. While lippi has not converted fully to the attacking mode which Juve need to adopt soon. I give props to Ancelloti for contiually fielding and strong line-up and using great tactics. ONe thing about milan also is their team unity. If any of you reconized last year in the final, all the milan palyers were together during the penalties, while the juve players were just sitting around. TThis might sound kindergartenish, but team unity does truly affect a teams performance. And form what ive seen, Mlian have a greater team unity and understanding.
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