SERIE A

The rise of AC Milan at the top of Serie A

Luis Enrique

Following the departure of Marco Giampaolo after just seven Serie A games in charge, back in 2019, Stefano Pioli took charge as an interim manager and surprised all by rejuvenating a struggling AC Milan side. And following a flurry of great results, the Italian was given a permanent managerial role. 

Having endured a torrid time since winning the league back in 2011 due to financial difficulties, Pioli’s side is showing promise to become a title contender in Serie A with a young talented core group of players. 

The Rossoneri have decided to go with young talents who will develop and blossom at the San Siro stadium. The Serie A side has bought players who are under 25-year-old and haven’t reached their full potential. So, there is optimism in Milan that going with this plan will bring success to Giuseppe Meazza. 

However, disappointingly after managing to qualify for Champions League for the first time since the 13/14 season, the Rossoneri are on the verge of elimination from Europe’s elite club competition, having lost the first three games in their group and sitting at the bottom without a point. 

Therefore, although Pioli’s side is having a good run in the domestic competitions. The recent performances in Europe are showing that they are a long way away from being a real title contender in Europe. 

Can Milan win the Serie A any time soon? 

Stefano Pioli’s side started the last season brilliantly, remaining unbeaten in the first 15 league matches before losing to Juventus by 3-1. Despite making a great start to the season. The Rossoneri lost their way a bit during the midseason and in the end, managed to finish in second place after beating Atalanta on the final day. 

Meanwhile, the Serie A giants have started the new campaign excellently as well. Winning eight games and remaining unbeaten in the first nine matches. Pioli’s side is currently 2nd in the table in goal difference. 

With the fiercest rival Inter Milan winning the league last term. While accumulating 19th Serie A triumphs, the Rossoneri are now desperate to match that tally, having won 18 titles. So, there is even more urgency for the Milan fans to win a Scudetto after more than a decade. 

Despite producing eye-catching performances. It will not be easy for the Rossoneri to win the league among the other ‘seven sisters’. After bringing back Massimiliano Allegri at the helm. Juventus are looking solid and are currently unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions. 

Napoli is also having a great start to the season under the new manager Luciano Spalletti. Looking to mount a title challenge for the first time in 30 years. Roma has also appointed one of the world’s best José Mourinho. They will also be eyeing for a Scudetto and break his trophy drought. 

So, among these world-class managers, winning the Scudetto might be tough for Stefano Pioli who hasn’t had any success during his managerial tenure. So, it will be interesting to see how the Rossoneri boss copes against his competitors this term. 

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