These days you’ll probably find A.C. Milan lingering somewhere in the bottom half of Serie A level on points with Livorno whose highest league table finish was back in 1943. They’ll probably be getting beat by Verona, perhaps because their defence can’t cope with a thirty-six year old striker from once upon a time ago. Kakà is definitely injured and Balotelli is missing penalties. What happened to a football club that was once one of the most feared teams in Europe?
Truth is, not a lot. They didn’t invest like other evolving teams in Serie A; Juventus transformed their midfield, Fiorentina improved their transfer strategy and Napoli moved on from Lavezzi and Cavani by rebuilding their team wisely. A.C. Milan, on the other hand, sold Andrea Pirlo to their rivals and signed Urby Emanuelson. Their whole team now reads like a revolving door of unwanted players and even more unwanted household names– where are your Paolo Maldini’s, Zvonimir Boban’s and Demetrio Albertini’s? It’s ok Rossoneri fans, Kevin Constant and Valter Birsa will win games for you.
They might not have the financial klout to match their vast and impressive history but recent unsuccessful European and domestic campaigns suggest that now is the time to invest in an A.C. Milan of the future. Not one that is reliant on suspicious penalties, Keisuke Honda and other bosman transfers, or sulking players when things don’t go their way. Pretty sure Costacurta could do a better job and he’s at least 93 years old. Bring back the professionals, reliable defenders and inject some steel (and pace) into that team. Good lord, bring back some leaders.