Rossoneri revival on course following San Siro triumph over Roma
Italian giants AC Milan have endured a stunning fall from grace over the course of two stuttering Serie A campaigns, with a second successive mid-table finish seemingly likely this season, but a recent return to winning ways against rivals Roma could be a potential platform to build upon.
Under-fire San Siro boss Filippo Inzaghi was dismissed to the stands in a heated encounter with second-spot hopefuls Roma, as Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel sent the Rossoneri on their way towards a jubilant 2-1 triumph on home soil.
Giallorossi skipper Francesco Totti equalled Robert Baggio’s all-time Serie A penalty record by concerting his 68th spot-kick late on, but it was, ironically, on-loan Mattia Destro’s second-half goal against his parent club which earned three points and dealt a minor set-back to Roma’s hopes of finishing second.
Milan’s narrow victory ended a hapless run of five Italian league games without a win and three consecutive defeats, including a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Rafael Bentiez’s Napoli, who are enjoying a successful Europa League run (7/4 with Coral to win). With only three fixtures remaining this term, though, the Rossoneri have the chance to boost morale ahead of a potentially encouraging summer.
The seven-time European Cup winners will need to revamp their current ranks in the coming months in order to lodge an attempted return to past glories, following another stuttering season which has seen Inzaghi’s men plummet into mid-table obscurity, a campaign which has come under severe scrutiny.
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Current coach Inzaghi’s former Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso has never been one to hold back, on or off the pitch, and the retired club legend recently blasted the current crop of ill-disciplined San Siro stars.
“It’s important to speak clearly with the fans. They talk about youngsters but then the youngsters are loaned or sold. Also, in our dressing room at Milan we respected the rules. The current Milan lack that,” stated Gattuso.
In particular, the two-time Champions League winner with Milan was highly critical of French international frontman Jeremy Menez, who has been the stumbling Serie A side’s key source of goals this current campaign.
“Menez has scored many goals but on a leadership level, he’s not done enough. Always defending him if you are the coach is not good. Milan must try first of all to find men,” continued the Italian.
In order for the 18-time Italian champions to return to being a true force domestically and in Europe, new signings will be crucial, and a huge boost in securing new acquisitions could be the possible takeover bid, which is being backed heavily by other club heroes.
The sale of the Rossoneri seems to imminent, despite a recent stalling, with foreign investors continuously meeting with current club owner Silvio Berlusconi, who is reported to be keen to stay on as president. Such a sale would bring an end to 29 years of successful Berlusconi control, but Andriy Shevchenko believes it must be done.
“I’m a Milan fan and whatever happens, I just hope it’s positive,” said the club’s second-highest ever goalscorer. “I hope that the president remains and that he can lead Milan back to the top.”
Milan could possibly finish with their lowest ever league standing of 11th under their current owner this term, and they have never won fewer than 20 games in a single season, but have only managed half of that at present.
The current state of the club does not live up to such high standards set throughout their incredible history but, with a recent return to victory on the pitch and a takeover looking likely, there is hope for a Rossoneri revival.
While Milan falter, Serie A champions Juventus are flying high in Europe and are 6/1 to lift the Champions League in Berlin this year.