According to former Milan defender Paolo Maldini, AC Milan are a pale shadow of themselves. The retired Skipper believes that the current form the team is exhibiting is poor and he believes that Milan’s arch rivals Inter have a more “appropriate” squad to win the scudetto.
I have to agree with Maldini and say that although Milan are getting the results, there is something missing. They are no longer the team that took Europe by storm 6 years ago. Maldini believes that Milan’s 2007 success is to blame for the clubs indifferent form over the past 2 years.
2007 was a fantastic year for the rossoneri. They won the Uefa Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup and the FIFA world club cup, only missing out on the scudetto. Maldini claims that Milan’s worst mistake was not investing in newer, younger players. Again, i totally agree with him. I mean, for how long can Milan continue to depend on its aging stars?
Players like Seedorf, Inzaghi, Kaladze, Ambrossini and the like are getting a little bit too old to keep on competing with younger, more energetic players. You only have to watch them play to understand that their days are indeed numbered. Leonardo has the chance this winter to reverse the tide. If reports coming out of Italy are anything to go by then i believe Milan are on course for brighter days.
Reports suggest that Leonardo is waiting on confirmation from the club to sign on Wolfsburg Edin Dzeko and Udinese’s Gokhan Inler. These are young talented players who will be instrumental to Milan’s title hopes. With Pato firing on all cylinders, i cannot wait to see just how his partnership with dzeko will work out.
Milan are in a good position to end their 5 year scudetto drought this season. Their Brazilian star Ronaldinho is slowly getting back to form and their on loan signing David Beckham is eager to win a major trophy in Europe. If Leonardo can balance the youth and experince in his squad then you can be sure that Milan will end the season with some silverware.