Sunday, December 04, 2005

Rui Costa unhappy on AC Milan bench

AC Milan playmaker and Portuguese international Rui Costa has hit out as his treatment since joining the Serie A giants by refusing to celebrate a goal in the teams 3-1 Italian Cup win over Brescia.

Instead of celebrating Costa decided to trot back to the center circle without making any gesture of happiness. No jersey kissing here, the man is unhappy.

In my view Rui Costa should leave. AC Milan are thoroughly in love with Brazilian Kaka and because of this Costa’s chances have been few and will continue to be. At 33 he’s not young but could provide a host of clubs with a few seasons of pinpoint passing and midfield general-ship. If you recall in his hay-day at Fiorentina, Gabriel Batistuta considered him indispensable.

"I have thought about moving elsewhere. Everybody who doesn't play too often thinks about it."

In addition to scoring, he set up another in the game, but lets face it, the Italian Cup is generally where you rest a few guys for the Champions League and Serie A clashes. Apparently Carlo Ancelotti is playing politics with the player as he was quoted after the match as saying:

"Rui Costa has been unlucky in several games, including the last match against Lecce. This time he managed to score and I think he is happy about that."

I’d suggest a player that doesn’t celebrate a goal is not happy about it, as he feels he’d be able to contribute more elsewhere.


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Anonymous Calcio Moderno said...

Rui Costa isn't a good player anymore. His "era" is simply finished.
Every time he played he can't improve the ACMilan game neither can't be decisive with his presence.

He should move to a less big team, such as Sampdoria ro Udinese, for examle, where there will be less pressure.

12/04/2005 4:29 PM  
Blogger tbh said...

Nope, I think he's a wonderful footballer. He's always has been and still is. Very inconsistent, yes, and only occasionally decisive, but I don't consider him 'finished'. I'd buy Rui Costa if I were Rafael Benítez because Steven Gerrard can't cut it as a playmaker.

The problem, I think, is more of politics at Milan than anything else – the best football I've seen Milan play in the last two seasons have been with Shevchenko out injured, will you believe it, a change which got Milan to play a Christmas tree formation with Rui and Kaká behind Hernan Crespo. It gives Milan the same coherence and fluidity in the final third that they've long been famed for in midfield, rather than the dash-and-dash policy supplemented occasionally by a brilliant 60 yard Pirlo pass.

Ancelotti, unsurprisingly, is said to prefer the 4-3-2-1 formation, but it is rumoured Silvio Berlusconi is behind Milan's decision to play 4-4-2 diamond instead.

12/06/2005 6:28 AM  

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