Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Milan impose 'ritiro' on under-performing players


Milan, October 22 - AC Milan's players will start a
week-long 'ritiro' training camp on Monday after their poor form
continued with a 3-2 defeat at Lazio on Saturday.
Italian clubs sometimes use 'ritiri' as a form of
punishment for poor form.
It is an unpopular practice with players, who are not
allowed to go home to their families after training.
Milan have called their first one in a number of years
after dropping to joint third-bottom in the Serie A table.
The seven-time European champions have just seven points
from eight games.
The last time they had such a bad start to the season was
in the 1981-82 season, when they ended up being relegated to
Serie B.
At the weekend the club reiterated its support for coach
Massimiliano Allegri, who has survived after losing several
matches billed by the media as his last chance to save his job.
But pundits say he is unlikely to stay on the bench if
Milan lose their Champions League clash in Malaga on Wednesday
and fail to beat Genoa in Serie A on Saturday.
Milan trail leaders Juventus by 15 points after the
reigning champions beat Napoli 2-0 on Saturday.
Milan fans' misery is compounded by city rivals Inter
recovering from their difficult start to the season.
Inter are joint-third after beating Catania 2-0 to notch
their fourth consecutive win.
A goal by in-form striker Antonio Cassano, who left Milan
in the close season, set Inter on their way to victory over the
Sicilian side.

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