What went wrong at AC Milan?
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This was always going to be a transition year for AC Milan. The start they made to the season, though, was worse than anything anyone expected. At the mid-way point through the season, let’s look at what happened and see if we can make sense of it.
There’s no denying that Milan were an old men’s team and that some serious rebuilding needed to happen for them to return to the glory days of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Out went established but aging superstars like Alessandro Nesta, Mark van Bommel, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso. Milan also showed it still had the financial acumen for getting rid of players at a profit, too, as it sold Zlatan ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to the newly wealthy and glory-hungry PSG.
With the money made on those two deals, Milan brought in strikers Giampaolo Pazzini from city rivals Inter, Bojan Krkic (on loan from Barcelona), and youngster M’Baye Niang from Caen. The squad was further strengthened by bringing in the likes of Nigel de Jong from Manchester City and Sulley Muntari from Inter.
The team looked good on paper and you’d have found short odds on any online betting site for the Rossoneri to make a strong run for the Scudetto. Yet the miserable start they made to the campaign was shocking. The team didn’t gel; often it seemed they didn’t even want to be playing. What went wrong?
The answer is straightforward. Milan chopped and changed the team too much, too quickly. They paid the price for hanging on to the oldsters too long and had to find replacement all at once instead of bringing in new faces over a few seasons.
In addition, you can’t simply replace strikers of Ibrahimovic’s and Cassano’s talents with the likes of Krkic and Pazzini and expect to get the same goal returns. Add to that the fact that Muntari has seen more time on the treatment table than the pitch and you’ve got the recipe for disaster that the first half of the season has been.
There’s hope for the Rossoneri, though. They’ve made huge improvements in the past few weeks, sparked by the draw with Napoli and the win against Juventus. If I were to lay odds at an online betting site, I’d say the chances are good they’ll push for a top four finish. They’re also through to the next phase of the Champions League, and I wouldn’t bet against them going far in that competition, either.
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