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Frank Tigani On February - 18 - 2011

Milan Are Not Ready To Compete With Europe’s Best

During the nineties it would have been unthinkable that Tottenham would come to the San Siro and defeated the mighty Milan. Back then, Milan were one of the greatest teams in the world and Italian football was number one in the world.

Times have changed dramatically since. Today, the tables have completely been reversed. Now, it is the Italian teams that struggle against their English counterparts and it is English football teams that dominate the continent.

Against Tottenham on Tuesday night, the once mighty Milan succumbed to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Harry Redknapp’s Spurs. Whilst it may not have been an entirely deserving loss, it was a loss nonetheless and one that highlighted one thing about the current Milan side; they are simply not good enough to compete with Europe’s best.

This season has seen a number of new faces arrive at the Milanello. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho were signed during the summer transfer campaign whilst this past January the spending continued. Mark van Bommel, Nicola Legrottaglie, Didac Vila, Urby Emmanuelson and Antonio Cassano were the newcomers during a hectic mid season transfer campaign for Milan.

Yet, the arrival of so many new players has still not been enough to make Milan a force to be reckoned with on the European stage. And there are reasons for this.

Whilst Antonio Cassano, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho are three signings that have no doubt increased the level of competitiveness of the Rossoneri, the likes of Mark van Bommel and Nicola Legrottaglie are nothing but short team leases who will leave the club at the season’s end.

As for Didac Vila, he is a young and promising player and for this reason he will probably see little playing time and therefore will not have the chance to make an impact. So far, the Spanish starlet has not seen one minute of playing time.

Urby Emmanuelson will prove a useful signing in the long run. A versatile player, the Dutchman possesses enough quality to be of benefit to Milan, though he does not possess the star quality that will help elevate the side to another level.

For the reasons just mentioned, this is why Milan are still not ready for Europe’s best. Admittedly, matters may have been different had Mark van Bommel and Antonio Cassano had been available for Tuesday’s clash. But, to make this the reason for Milan’s downfall would only be making an excuse.

If Milan are to regain their place amongst the continent’s best, then the rebuilding must continue in next summer’s transfer campaign where particular attention needs to be given to midfield and defence.

The club not only needs to make further additions to the squad, but a number of players should be allowed to leave. Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso, Mario Yepes and Massimo Oddo should all be let go along with Mark van Bommel and Nicola Legrottaglie. Indeed, many of these players will leave as their contracts are due to expire at the end of the current season.

Their departure will leave significant gaps to be filled by new arrivals and this is where the club needs to get things right. The club need to invest heavily in young quality stars if the club even wants to even entertain the thought of European success in the near future.

Many will agree, but it was a long time ago that Milan needed to rebuild their squad. Since the club has held off doing this for so long, nothing short of a revolution is what is needed and indeed this may occur come this summer.

If the club gets it right during what is set to be a major reshuffling of the side, then the club can start to dream again of European success. But the club needs to get it right, otherwise, it may be a long and winding road before Milan claim their place back amongst the best of Europe.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Yidango says:

    Why didn’t you write this article when Arsenal beat them at The San Siro a couple of years ago? Strange because at the time they were in 4th place 17 points behind eventual Serie A winners Inter. Then it was a magnificent win for Arsenal nobody pointed out how awful Milan were then. Milan are now, (is it 7 points) in front of reigning European Champions Inter who were also spanked 3-1 by Spurs so what does that say about Inter?! Instead of trying to undermine Tottenham’s great victory how about giving them some respect and credit. There was a similar article by Steven Howard in The Sun Wednesday. In the whole article he only afforded 2 lines of begrudging praise to Spurs’ performance though the next day after Arsenal beat Barca after Barca had taken they’re foot of the pedal, took of David Villa let Arsenal back in the game, nothing but praise for Arsenal.. How about writing an article on how good Spurs were Tuesday night!

    • John says:

      Yidango, they couldn’t possibly do that, they’ve spent so long taking the p*ss out of the Mighty Spurs. Now the sleeping Giant is awake & about to kick their ar**s they don’t like it. Well all you doubters are about to get a valuable lesson. What goes round most certainly comes round, it,s our turn now.

    • Frank Tigani says:

      The simple answer is that I was not writing for Serie A Weekly then. But, I see your point. They should have started investing the side back then.

      I am not discrediting Tottenham’s victory. I am just talking from a Milan perspective. Before that loss to Arsenal, the club had not lost to English opponents for fifty years at the San Siro, this is the history behind the Milan perspective on things.

      For Spurs they earned a great victory. Well done to them.

  2. Ted says:

    Milan are in for a beating at WHL!

    • Frank Tigani says:

      I hope not but I admit I am anxious about the game. Whatever occurs, I just hope they put in a good performance and that there are no more crazy antics from any player on the field.

  3. Ted says:

    The club not only needs to make further additions to the squad, but a number of players should be allowed to leave. Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso, Mario Yepes and Massimo Oddo should all be let go along with Mark van Bommel and Nicola Legrottaglie. Indeed, many of these players will leave as their contracts are due to expire at the end of the current season.
    Their departure will leave significant gaps to be filled by new arrivals and this is where the club needs to get things right. The club need to invest heavily in young quality stars if the club even wants to even entertain the thought of European success in the near future.

    Completely agree!

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