Milan – On the road to redemption?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, was the idiom AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani used in running the Milanese club till their cousins (Internazionale) won a treble last season. Power appeared to have changed hands from Milan to Inter on all fronts.

Milan have struggled in recent times since their 2007 World Club Championship triumph and UEFA Champions League success. The team was aging. Carlo Ancelotti left for greener pastures in England while Kaka’ was sold to Real Madrid to help ease financial stress.

Former player and coach Leonardo fell out with Berlusconi at the end of last season and paid the ultimate price for it with his job. Massimiliano Allegri’s appointment as Milan’s coach looked a bit awkward considering his low profile – having managed only one Serie A club (Cagliari) in his relatively short managerial career. His brilliant efforts at turning the fortunes of the Rossoblus did not go unnoticed as he won the Panchina d’Oro award (Golden bench) ahead of Jose Mourinho in his two consecutive season at the Sardinia club. I believe this must have convinced Galliani to go for the Livorno born tactician.

It appeared like the Diavolos were going to have a quiet summer transfer with no particular big name signing until the last 48 hours when transfer guru Adriano Galliani convinced Barcelona and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to part ways with the big Swede joining Milan on loan. Manchester City outcast, Robinho also joined a day later to fortify an average Milan attack that was over reliant on inconsistent Ronaldinho, injury prone Pato and old war-horse Filippo Inzaghi. Kevin Prince Boateng and Marco Amelia were acquired from Genoa earlier.

In Allegri's safe hands?

With the last set of transfers, Allegri was armed with tools to wrestle the dominance of the Serie A with Inter and runners up Roma. Milan started slowly –  Allegri was robbed off a good pre-season as he tried to find the right balance and shape for his team of numerous stars. They relied heavily on a Ibrahimovic for inspiration during the first half of the season where the likes of Ronaldinho, Robinho and Pato suffered inconsistent form, adaptability time and injury. Galliani swung into action early enough for the winter transfer by snapping up bad boy Antonio Cassano who was released by his former club Sampdoria, Dutch veteran Mark Van Bommel join on a free from Bayern Munich to add steel to the midfield.

With Inter’s incoherent display in the first  half of the season under Rafa Benitez, Roma’s eccentric form, dark horses Napoli, Udinese and Lazio’s pretentious claims have allowed the Rosonneris to dominate the Serie A.
It hasn’t been smooth for Max Allegri all through. Debutant Tottenham Hotspur knocked the Seven times champions out of the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16, goal drought, loss of form and surprising red cards for Zlatan allowed the chasing pack to close in on them in March.

Milan’s dark cloud appears to be over as they switched to the next gear in April while others have fallen by the way side. A double is achievable for the Diavolos this term. The semi-final second leg of the Coppa Italia is all that stands between Milan and a cup final. Max Allegri and his team needs just four points from their last four league games to lift the Scudetto title for the first time since 2004. Their 18th Serie A title will put them at par with their cousins and could signal the return of power baton back to AC Milan.

Milan have Massimo Moratti and Jose Mourinho to thank for making them realize they were in a deep slumber.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tome on April 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    After years of budget buying Berlu finally opens his wallet and we’re charging to number 18.Simple really.


  2. Posted by tunde on May 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Italian teams are still struggling in europe (save last year’s CL victory).. Maybe Ac milan can change their fortunes..


    • I agree with you, Tunde. Some many factors can be contributing to it. A dearth of upcoming talents, lack of investment and poor organization of their league. Hopefully, a turn around can change the fortunes overall.
      Thanks for your comment, Tunde.


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