Once again Milan’s amazing Brazilian duo of Ronaldinho and Pato were on the score sheet on Sunday as the rossoneri beat a determined Cagliari 4-3 at the San Siro to ensure that they keep the pressure on their arch rivals Inter.
If any of you still have doubts as to whether Gaucho is improving then last evening’s game must have erased them. It is almost becoming a formality nowadays that a game without Pato and Ronaldinho on the score sheet is simply not a game well played for Milan. On Sunday, it was yet another case of Ronaldinho’s eagle eyes finding out his attack partner Pato for Milan’s third goal.
Ronaldinho himself got on the score sheet in the 62nd minute courtesy of a penalty but nonetheless thats a goal good to his name. This win still leaves Milan in third place as their other two main challengers Juventus and Inter Milan also won in their weekend fixtures to keep the title race wide open.
These must be good times for Milan’s fans after their very bad start to the season. Ronaldinho is indeed making good on his promise of stepping in to fill the shoes left by his compatriot Kaka. When Kaka left for Madrid in the summer it was a very big blow to the club. Many people thought that this was the beginning of the end of the Italian giants. In fact, things at the Guiseppe Meazza stadium were so bad that their fan base reduced by a massive 16,000 people!
This coupled with the constant fan protests and their bad start to the season had pundits calling on club president Silvio Berlusconi to take immediate action and show their rookie coach Leonardo the door. However, the club seemed to have kept faith with Leonardo and its not hard to see why. In only a few weeks time, Leonardo has managed to drastically improve Milan’s standings from mid table to third.
Wednesday is yet another big day for the rossoneri. They entertain Marseille in a must win Champions League group stage game. Leonardo’s 4-3-3 system should be in full effect as Milan look to make it to the knock-out stages. Again, Milan will heavily rely on both their Brazilian imports to get the job done.