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David Schiavone On August - 26 - 2010

AC Milan 2010-11 Club Preview: Same Old, Same Old

One year on and Milan are one year older, despite the departures of Dida and Giuseppe Favalli, the Rossoneri are more or less the same outfit as recent years. Same old, Same old I believe the saying goes, with a team full of familiar names who are not the players they used to be, referring to Pirlo, Gattuso and Ronaldinho to name a few.

The fans though go into the season with renewed hope. Leonardo did a fantastic job last year and new coach Allegri is one of the new breed of Italian tactician. He had a successful spell at Cagliari and his departure has been linked to a future move to the San Siro, one that he ultimately made.

The few signings made can be assessed as no more than squad signings, a 34 year old Yepes is not building for the future. But nonetheless, Milan have said they will focus on the successful youth players coming through their primavera set-up to add depth.

Much will however depend on the fitness of a few key individuals, Nesta, Pato and Ronaldinho. If they are struck down then the Rossoneri are a considerably weaker outfit.

The fans expect success but cost cutting has meant trophies are a little too far out of reach.

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

Last season: 3rd

Star Man: Pato

Ins: Amelia (Genoa), Diniz (Livorno), Legati (Crotone), Yepes (Chievo), Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Boateng (loan - Genoa)

Outs: Darmian (Palermo), Favalli (out of contract), Storari (Juventus), Strasser (Genoa), Zigoni (Genoa), Oduamadi (Genoa)

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One Response so far.

  1. Serie_AHH says:

    To be fair Strasser, Oduamadi, Darmian and Zigoni are all still co-owned by Milan. Strasser and Oduamadi are with Milan this season. Zigoni and Darmian are with Genoa and Palermo respectively.

    The plan is to get Milan’s finances in order which they are doing a good job of this summer. Unless of course the go and get Zlatan. The older players will see out their contracts while the younger ones gain valuable experience whether they are with Milan or Genoa or Palermo (or Parma, Alberto Paloschi).

    Hopefully once the veterans deals are up Milan’s finances will be where they should be and those on co-ownerships will be ready for the Milan first team.

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