Gennaro Gattuso could guide AC Milan back to the Champions League 1.3 ||webmaster
AC Milan looked destined to endure yet another disastrous season when they began disappointingly last year, picking up many underwhelming results in Serie A.
Following such a poor run of form throughout their early domestic outings, AC Milan looked set to struggle in 2018, and it was Vincenzo Montella that faced the consequences as the former Fiorentina striker was sacked as manager by the fallen Milan giants.
The now 40-year-old Italian coach had previously delved into Milan management with the youth side but had other minor roles in the managerial aspect of the game beforehand. Nevertheless, he's a club legend and one that the hierarchy believed could finally overturn their form and fortunes in the short and long term.
Under the guidance of their former midfield enforcer, AC Milan aiming to finish in the top four places and secure their return to the Champions League for next season. They will have to get past bitter San Siro rivals Inter Milan in their latest domestic outing in order to continue their run, though, and they are 11/8 with bet365 in the Serie A betting to exactly that.
The Rossoneri are now on the trail of a return to Europe's elite club competition and Gattuso is one of the key reasons for this. Many of the previously underperforming stars of the side are now putting in great showings in Serie A and the Europa League, while others have emerged as pivotal players.
AC Milan have been on a great surge of form of late, having so far gone unbeaten in 2018 and are now just seven points adrift of fourth spot in the division table, which is currently occupied by derby rivals Inter Milan.
Another boost for the black and red club is the fact their neighbours Inter have been struggling badly, coinciding with their own purple patch throughout the year to date.
With only 12 games remaining in the race for the Serie A title and the European positions, a lot could come down to the upcoming derby clash between the two Milan sides at the San Siro Stadium. But prospects are looking very promising for a derby day success after Gattuso has instilled a revived sense of unity and pride to wear their club colours during each and every match day.
AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone is confident they can rally to success and eventually finish in the top four this current campaign.
"We've got to believe in it," he stated. "You can never say never in football and these gaps have been reduced.
"The lads believe in it and [Gattuso] has the desire, so let's look forward, and why not?"
A win on derby day would be a huge boost for AC Milan's hopes of achieving a Champions League spot and it's looking more and more likely they can do exactly that.
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