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Milan Insider Nov 2012 - Part Two

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Anto and Matteo in the second part of the biggest Milan Insider yet, take on the other questions that were overwhelming from the last session where we discuss the Mexes and Robinho situation, whether certain players are of a necessary standard to rebuild this squad into a capable unit that can challenge on all fronts in the near to short term. Of particular note we gauge this exhaustive talking point about whether Silvio Berlusconi has the interest and the resources to rebuild this team, what are the key factors driving this scaling back in attention and expenditure and whether the climb back to the top of Serie A is as long as some would suggest given the current standard within the league. We examine what the young superstar Stephan El Sharaawy really means to the future for AC Milan, his impact and what his arrival on the scene now suggests for a club in need of its next figure around which to build its future. We also do a bit of comparative analysis between the 2012-13 version of Serie A versus its version of ten years ago where three Italian clubs reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and how this recent Juventus emergence is in part due to all of the powers within Serie A forced to make simultaneous transitions due to evolving economic realities and how the concept of a youth strategy needs further clarity from the club in order to give supporters a cleaner picture of what a youth strategy in a Rassoneri context will play out in the next several years. At the crux of this is an organization that needs some new ideas in its player development brain trust and in its organization as the dual battle of commercial revenue and player acquisition are changing the landscape for elite clubs now battling for global relevance. We close on the matter of Guardiola, why the youth strategy will not be enough alone to persuade him to arrive and why the very idea why Silvio Berlusconi must rebuild this club whether he decides to be its patron or whether he decides to sell off an asset that was last measured in the top ten of world football. Loads of questions from our listeners make this the biggest Milan Insider yet, a serious supershow that looks deeper into Milan than we have ever looked before.

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