Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Anto and Matteo are back for a very important Milan Insider for a very frank discussion into all the factors surrounding the moves this off-season, beginning with many past legends being allowed to leave and culminating with the sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG by the Rossoneri. We evaluate the decisions with perspective into the sporting, financial and holistic landscapes as not one of these issues have been handled in a vacuum - beginning with the serious sporting aspect which seems unprecedented on the surface, the financial aspect which is in part being directed by UEFA Financial Fair Play and a market correction after years of deficit football bankrolled by Silvio Berlusconi, and emerging recognition that these recent editions of the squad have not necessarily reflected the culture and expectations of an AC Milan team. We look at where the biggest mistakes were made in 2008 and how the club did ignore some warning signs and responded more to political pressures than sound business in its transfer strategy and how the new financial reality in Europe has now forced the board and ownership group to fully address what is now a clear need - the serious need to rebuild the club from its foundation with the goal of turning a page from a generation that was holding more onto its history over the past decade with little innovation and revitalization, clear hallmarks of the most successful club in the world when the Rossoneri dominated football. We also examine the competitive record against the top five clubs in Serie A, team performance over the last two years in the Champions League in relationship to the finances and how a club that was paying the fifth highest averages wages with a bloated roster was clearly underperforming. Clear accountability for this result can be traced back to the onset of Calciopoli and falling out of Champions League football a year after winning the Champions League and how the inevitable was ignored for far too long. In that sense the Silva and Zlatan sales are a reflection of the neglect and how the club has finally awakened to the financial challenges that await the club in the coming years. We take loads of yours questions, break down the key financial talking points and lay out where we believe the club should move next and what they should avoid. This includes reflecting on how leadership at Milan in the figures of Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani have been warning its club supporters, dissect the key declarations that were largely overlooked and ignored, and why the scenario for AC Milan is not nearly as bleak as it is being portrayed once performing the analysis on the club itself, its competitors in Serie A, future management direction and what it will take to move ahead in Europe again.
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