AC Milan's signings, expectations force adjustments for Vincenzo Montella
The joke doing the rounds is that Leonardo Bonucci's move from Juventus to AC Milan managed to make both teams' defending worse. It's harsh, but it's also not a million miles removed from reality.
Bonucci's arrival forced Milan manager Vincenzo Montella to disassemble his scheme and switch to a back three. At this stage last year, they were third; currently, they're 11th. Meanwhile, Juve have dropped from first to fourth but, more worryingly, have conceded more than twice as many goals -- 13 to six -- in 11 Serie A and Champions League games.
Milan's scoreless home draw against Genoa only turns the screws on Montella, following the summer spending spree and the "Champions League-or-bust" diktat issued by the club (a necessity, given the massive loans the owners have taken on to acquire Milan).
It's perhaps telling that, of the 10 fancy new signings secured in the most recent window, just four were still on the pitch at the final whistle on Sunday. If Montella is going to go down, he's going to do it his way and not as a facilitator of someone else's Panini sticker fantasy game.
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