Ac Milan temporarily regain control of the top spot in Serie A after battling a hard fought victory over Chievo this midweek, putting them two points ahead of their rival, Juventus, who will be playing on Wednesday.
The Rossoneri must be thanking Sulley Muntari as it was his goal that made the difference in a rare event that saw Massimiliano Allegri’s team failed to gain more possession of the ball along with shooting on goal against their opponent.
Eying to immediately bounce back after their weekend defeat against Fiorentina, Milan were on a high spirit ahead of the match, but was simply left in a big mess with addition minor injuries hitting some of their players. This situation eventually forced Allegri to field a combination of tired legs and unfit players especially in the midfield, with Clarence Seedorf and Rino Gattuso playing right from the start despite only just returned from injuries themselves.
In a difficult situation, Milan got a major boost with a quick goal scored by Muntari after only eight minutes of play, as the Ghanaian struck an unstoppable long range screamer. The goal woken up the home team, who were more hungrier in attacking while the Rossoneri looked really out of sort, failing to connect their passes right especially in the final third despite creating several interesting openings.
Chievo themselves were very unlucky at times as their poor finishing were simply the thing that failed them on the night as their strikers forgot to wear their scoring boots. Going into the second half with a goal lead, the Rossoneri’s lack of fitness can’t be fooled as the rest didn’t really recharged them. Even some of the substitutions were not that influential as the tiredness can’t be lifted by the new bloods especially since only Stephan El Shaarawy, who are not as tired as the others.
Couple of correct offside calls helped Milan hold on until the final whistle despite the worry over Cristian Abbiati and also Mario Yepes’ condition, who were looking to pick up injuries during the match. Overall, it was probably one of the Rossoneri’s worst performance this season, but getting all three points were simply all that mattered for them to continue giving pressure towards Juventus.
Chievo v Milan 0-1
Goal: Muntari 8 (Milan)
Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo (Cesar 74), Dainelli, Acerbi, Frey; Sammarco (Luciano 65), Bradley, Rigoni; Thereau; Pellissier, Paloschi (Cruzado 69)
Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Nesta, Yepes, Zambrotta; Gattuso (El Shaarawy 62), Muntari, Nocerino; Seedorf (Strasser 87); Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Emanuelson 68)