Straight from the dark heart of Italy
There is a danger that AC Milan will finish second in the league this season and continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that everything is fine.
Sunday’s fortuitous win at Chievo leaves the Rossoneri just two points behind Juventus. And if they overtake the Bianconeri it will only reinforce the delusory state of affairs that has clouded the club’s judgement in the last few years.
The sight of Adriano Galliani hugging Carlo Ancelotti in the stands at Verona – the coach having been sent there for “protesting” a free-kick decision too fervently – summed it all up.
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It wasn’t a Champions League final, it wasn’t a Serie A title, but a 1-0 win over a run-of-the-mill side where the real hero had been Nelson Dida.
And how often do you see the name Dida and hero in the same sentence?
When you are opened up time and time again by Chievo and have to rely on someone possessing, at times, the same mental fortitude as Adriano then what hope is there of returning to the summit of the domestic and European game.
The Serie A title was there for the taking this season with no Champions League to stretch the squad.
And granted, injuries to Rino Gattuso and Ricky Kaka have hindered their challenge, but Ancelotti never grabbed the bull by the horns as he used to and instead attempted to protect fragile leads on too many occasions.
Lecce, Reggina and Genoa are three cases in point where valuable points were dropped, and what a difference wins would have made to mounting some sort of viable title bid.
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No wonder Carlo has got cuddlier as the years go by, resting on the laurels of reaching the Champions League final and winning two, all to the detriment of everything that Milan used to stand for.
Silvio Berlusconi calls his club a “family” where everyone sticks together. Wonderful sentiments they may be, but when he took over the running of Milan back in 1986 his first task was to look outside the confines of Milanello for a new coach.
Now is the time to find another Arrigo Sacchi - a man hungry for success and someone with a new mindset, ready to sweep away the overfed prima-donnas living off past glories and integrate some new faces into the first team.
Massimiliano Allegri shares a similar background to Sacchi although he actually played the game in Serie A: earning his coaching spurs in the lower leagues and this season turning Cagliari from relegation certainties into UEFA Cup candidates.
It's no wonder the Sardinian club have extended his contract for another two years, even if we all know that when it comes to employment stability a coach’s contract means little.
Massimiliano Allegri: The man to save Milan?
What it does mean is that Cagliari can expect a hefty compensation pay-off if Milan do move to take Allegri away from his island, but then it cannot be anything compared to the salaries meted out to some back on the mainland.
Dida reportedly earns 8million euro a year, Andriy Shevchenko the same, Emerson 7m, Giuseppe Favalli 4m and Zeljko Kalac 3m.
Imagine using that near 30m plus the six million freed up when Paolo Maldini retires, not to mention the four million odd Ancelotti earns as part of a rebuilding strategy, under a highly-motivated new man in the shape of Allegri.
It may be a gamble but then that’s how Berlusconi started out with Milan in the first place.
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Well said Riccardo.Milan seem to be going down the Real Madrid circus road at the moment. This is a huge club with a great history and its sad to see them like this. The likes of Ronaldinho and Beckham should have been left to Man.City and Hollywood respectively. And the less said about signing Senderos and Shevchenko the better. Here's my cure below
OUT; dida f,kalac f,favalli f,maldini ret,senderos lo,oddo f,kaladze 4m,emerson f,seedorf f,ronaldinho 12m,shevchenko lo.
IN; frey 9m,storari lo,mattioni -,silva -,zapata 10m,
cigarini 7m,sammarco 4m,gourcuff lo,di natale 3m,abate lo paloschi lo
I agree and this is all to prevalent in the decayed and backward team at ac Milan under Ancelotti. The success of the Champions League seems to have blinded the fossilsed stature of Milan. A club showered with historical success is now a mere haven for the elderly and decrepit wanting their famous name being chanted 'one more time'
I am a Manchester Unitd fan so my fascination with Milan has topical due to Utd's elimination to Milan in various european campaigns. That time the sense of experience blended with youthful vigour seemed truly admirable like an effervescent experiment providing great results, all at the hands of its creator Ancelotti. Now they are just backward crumbling. The fact that Pato has his own subtle and engineered celebration braced from the habitual tendancies of the celebrities around him is testament of how archaic Milan is becoming.
They need reform and big style, for the expiry date has truly run out.
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