AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by Carpi at the San Siro on Thursday night, in arguably one of their worst performances of the season.
The Rossoneri were almost left empty-handed, but Gianluigi Donnarumma produced this stunning save late on to deny Marco Crimi as the visitors picked up a crucial point in their bid to avoid relegation.
Nevertheless, the focus will be on Milan’s display, and despite having 84 per cent of possession in the first half, their play was slow, lethargic and devoid of ideas as they struggled to create any goalscoring opportunities.
That continued in the second period and frustration grew inside the San Siro, with the home crowd greeting the full-time whistle with jeers after witnessing what was arguably an embarrassing performance all round.
Aside from an odd long-range effort, Milan never really looked like threatening to score, and in turn Cristian Brocchi will face some difficult questions in his bid to try and explain what went wrong.
Jose Mauri’s introduction in the second half injected some urgency into Milan’s play, but it wasn’t enough to find a breakthrough as the Rossoneri missed out on an ideal chance to close the gap on fifth-placed Fiorentina.
While a win in the Coppa Italia on May 21 will ensure that they go directly into the group stages of the Europa League, a defeat to Juventus coupled with a sixth-placed finish would see them start in the preliminary rounds in July.
That would naturally be a huge inconvenience to their preparations for next season, but that will be the last of their problems if Brocchi doesn’t oversee an improvement in their performances and results in the remaining four games of the current campaign.