AC Milan’s lethargy and lack of any kind of end product in front of goal continued even after Christmas as they could only manage a 0-0 draw against relegation-threatened Frosinone.
Their lack of goals and the fact that even the chances have now dried up for the Diavolo is now a source of real concern for Gennaro Gattuso, as he watched his side draw a blank for the fourth straight Serie A game.
However, Frosinone may still have been feeling the ill effects of their Christmas dinner and were slower out of the starting blocks than the visitors, who had half-chances in the opening 10 minutes for both Patrick Cutrone and Samu Castillejo.
The Spaniard came in for Suso and did well, appearing keen to impress, but the same could not be said for enough of his teammates and after those early openings, the return to frustrating overuse of the ball kicked in for them, save for an attempt from the ex-Villarreal man which clipped the post.
At the other end, Genoa loanee Paolo Ghiglione came close to a dream goal when he met a volley inside the area sweetly but Gianluigi Donnarumma got down well to keep it out, before he was beaten just ahead of the half-time whistle in controversial fashion.
When Hakan Calhanoglu was fouled in midfield, Milan appealed furiously for a foul and with none forthcoming, the Canarini swept forward and took the lead when Camillo Ciano found the net from close range.
However, their joy was short lived as after a consultation with VAR, the referee saw fit to award the foul on Calhanoglu in midfield, although not without confusing the situation further when he pointed towards the position on the park where the Milan man was fouled – so close to the centre spot that the home support believed he was signalling a goal!
That did spice things up somewhat for the second half but the quality was still lacking as both teams struggled with their final ball too often, with some overhit crosses and a Davide Calabria deflected attempt being essentially as good as it got.
Sportiello saved a header from Alessio Romagnoli comfortably as the clock ticked down before Gonzalo Higuain blazed over from nine yards under no pressure as the barren spell continued for the Rossoneri.
WHERE IS THE URGENCY?
Something really needs to be done at the Diavolo in relation to their sleep-inducing build-up. If you could even call it that, as often it isn’t really building up to anything and is possession for the sake of possession. There is no sense of urgency from the Diavolo in terms of getting the ball forward and without Suso, it was all the more glaring how few players they have who will take the game by the scruff of the neck in a bid to deliver.
MORE IMPORTANTLY… WHERE ARE THE GOALS?
On December 2, Franck Kessie scored a penalty on 71 minutes to help the Rossoneri beat Parma 2-1 at the San Siro – the last time they found the net in Serie A. Such a run, particularly against Torino, Bologna, Fiorentina and Frosinone as opposition, is quite simply unacceptable for a side desperately chasing Champions League football. The most galling thing for Gattuso will be that if they had just managed a few goals here and there in those fixtures, they really could have strengthened a grip on fourth place, given the struggles of Lazio of late.