The lack of sports projects, coupled with other factors, have made the 'rossoneros' not to give joy to their fans
AC Milan has experienced an immense sports crisis in recent years that has not allowed it to be the powerful club that it once was. Now, the team is in the seventh position of the Serie A, with 57 points, and is 14 units away from the Champions League places.
Leer en español: Conozca las 4 razones que han llevado al A.C. Milán a su decadencia
Since the 2010-2011 season, Milan has not won an Italian tournament title and its last participation in the Champions League was in 2013-2014.
LatinAmerican Post presents four reasons that have made a team as big as Milan have fallen into decline in recent years.
- Lack of consolidation of a sports project: Several coaches have not been able to consolidate a style and a philosophy of play. Filippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Cristian Brocchi, and Vincenzo Montella join the list of technicians who have been in the club. The results did not accompany them and they went out the back door. They have not had the right work time to achieve positive results. This has meant that the team does not have an identity or that a stable payroll is consolidated to face the league championships.
- Millions of investments without a world star: Although millions of dollars have been invested, it has not brought a big star. In the 'Rossoneri' cast, no elite additions have been made as they were in previous times when Kaka and Shevchenko arrived. They have given opportunity to players of the quarry as Gianluigi Donarumma, but have lacked a leader to guide them on the court.
- Economic losses due to bad results: Milan's last participation in the Champions League was in the 2013-2014 season. After their bad campaigns in Serie A, the team has not been able to return to this prestigious continental tournament and this has generated debts and losses.
For this reason, Adidas broke its relationship with the club, and decided not to sponsor more the clothing that was guaranteed at 19 million euros a year. The lack of sporting achievements has caused the institution to have millionaire losses valued at 90 million euros.
- Absence of a true sports director: In the 'rossonero' team, there has been lacking a sporting director who structures the club at managerial level. There has been no organizational coherence in these four seasons, in which the club has occupied uncomfortable positions in the Italian League.
Currently, the person in charge of the sports side is Massimiliano Mirabelli, but his work has been criticized and, apparently, he is looking for a replacement.
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What examples should Milan follow to recover its greatness?
The three clear examples are those of Juventus of Turin, Napoli, and Rome, teams that achieved the consolidation to succeed.
Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri gave titles of Serie A to Juventus of Turin thanks to the continuity they were given. Moreover, Napoli believed in the continuity of its technicians, Walter Mazzarri (2009-2013), Rafael Benítez (2013-2015), and Mauricio Sarri (2015-present). With this, and the implementation of a style of play, Napoli achieved two Italian Cups (2011-2012 and 2013-2014) plus the Supercopa (2014).
In Rome, long-term projects have been implemented that caused the sub-championships in the seasons (2013-2014), (2014-2015), and (2016-2017). With the arrival of Eusebio Di Francesco to the technical direction, the Roman table advanced to the semifinals of the European Champions League.
Then, AC Milan should bet on a continuity project with a technician that allows it to consolidate a base of players and a style of play.
Latin American Post | Daniel Cuevas
Translated from “ Conozca las 4 razones que han llevado al A.C. Milán a su decadencia”