Serie A: Bad times at Milan after dismal derby defeat

Massimiliano Allegri is feeling the heat after Milan's derby loss

These are worrying times for Milan fans after another defeat in Serie A, this time to their biggest rivals Inter...

"Just to rub it in for Rossoneri fans Ibrahimovic was busy bagging himself a brace for Paris St Germain in their biggest league game of the season."

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri is under increasing pressure after the Rossoneri succumbed to a frustrating 1-0 defeat in the 161st Milan derby despite playing the majority of the second half with a man advantage.

His Milan side have now recorded just two wins from seven games and sit 11th in the Serie A table, 12 points adrift of leaders Juventus and only two points clear of the drop zone.

That's now three home losses out of four for Allegri's men in a campaign which has so far lacked cohesion.

Some would say this is not surprisingly after a summer of upheaval at the San Siro in which star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was let go alongside their best defender in Thiago Motta.

The Rossoneri's goal-scoring deficiencies in the Swede's absence have been an overwhelming factor in a catalogue of troubles and these shortcomings were bitterly exposed once again yesterday.

Milan controlled the game with vast amounts of possession but could not convert their dominance into goals and chances created were spurned.

Teenager Stephan El Shaarawy has scored four of Milan's seven Serie A goals to date though he was deployed in a wide role and unable to have the kind of impact he has enjoyed in recent times.

Giampaolo Pazzini is the only other contributor to Milan's Serie A scoring charts this season which tell its own story.

Just to rub it in for Rossoneri fans Ibrahimovic was busy bagging himself a brace for Paris St Germain in their biggest league game of the season against Marseille this weekend.

It's clear Allegri has had the rug pulled out from under him in terms of player sales this summer, though reserves of sympathy for his bringing Milan a first title in seven years in 2010/11 are certainly on the wane.

Allegri has changed the formation around several times as he searches for answers, though the latest 4-2-3-1 incarnation has lacked fluency in attack.

With the international break now in effect the owners at Milan may not have a better time to make a change, although fans' opinions remain divided.

Whatever happens at the San Siro, Milan will have their work cut out to make one of the top three Champions League places and are therefore rated at 5.24/1 to achieve this.

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