25 Feb 2022 | 15:25
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AC Milan under Stefano Pioli has become the top team in Italy. They played beautifully dedicated football and had pretty consistent results throughout the season. The Rossoneri are currently top of the Serie A table, two points ahead of Inter and they have a real incentive to win their first Scudetto in a decade.
Last year, Milan also proved solid in the title race before facing pressure, allowing the Nerazzurri to rise to the top. It’s not hard to imagine some concern about a repeat of the same scenario. For this reason, the Coppa Italia may be the best chance for the San Siro team to claim a comeback to the top with a title.
After the glory of winning the 2010/11 Scudetto, Milan entered a recession. Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf have all left the club on free transfers. Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were sold to Paris Saint-Germain and Filippo Inzaghi retired, causing them to lose their core framework.
In the years that followed, Milan invested a lot in trying to build a squad as excellent as the past. However, some large contracts have not been able to prove their value. Examples of this include Leonardo Bonucci, who joined the club for a record fee in 2017 before leaving a year later. Also featured are Lucas Paqueta, Andre Silva and Mattia Caldara. These four players made Milan pay 155 million euros and this money fell into a river.
Poor management also played a major role in Milan’s decline in 2010. The Rossoneri have gone through three different owners since their last taste of Scudetto success, from Silvio Berlusconi to the dim businessman. Haunting Chinese Li Yonghong and now American hedge fund Elliott, the group has partially restored the superstructure at the club. Thanks to that, Milan stood before the opportunity to touch the title after a long period of not being able to add any trophies to the traditional room.
However, Milan do not have a good history at the Coppa Italia and they have only won these five titles. Their most recent cup success came in the 2002/03 season when they beat AS Roma. Before they can lift the championship trophy, Pioli’s men will have to perform well in two Derby della Madonnina clashes in the semi-finals.
The first leg will take place on March 1 and April 20 will host a rematch.