AC Milan have faced so many problems over the last five years that former coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that it will be tough for the team to think about immediate success even after the appointment of SinisaMihajlovic.
A number of coaches have come and gone in recent times, but they have been unable to get the club even back into the top four. Milan have been slowly slipping down the table. There has been some improvement under the new manager, but they still remain a long way away from reclaiming titles. Ancelotti won the league title with Milan and he also led the club to Champions League success.
The former Milan manager has been out of work recently amidst speculation that he would once again take over at the San Siro. However, it now looks like an improbable proposition given that Ancelotti has been experiencing huge successes over the last five years. He is unlikely to take over at a club that is struggling to hit its glory days due to a combination of factors. Milan have cut their investments significantly under Silvio Berlusconi amidst rumours about an ownership change. It remains to be seen if this will be the impetus that the club needs to get back to the former level.
“Mihajlovic is a good choice. He has character, ability and knowledge to bring to the Rossoneri, but to achieve things at the top level, then ideas are not enough. Milan also need investment and revenue. I was very close to re-joining after considerable pressure by Galliani, but I felt comfortable and my will prevailed so I reluctantly said no,” said Ancelotti. Milan have suffered only one defeat in the last five matches, but they have still fallen to eighth in the table following the recent 0-0 draw with Carpi.
AC Milan have confirmed through a statement that midfielder Nigel de Jong will not be available for the match against Juventus on Saturday. This will be one of the crucial matches for Milan in their attempts to recover from a deep well.
After several years of sliding down the table, the team has been able to put together some sort of consistency in the league. They are undefeated in the last four games and the match against Juventus will probably represent the most immediate threat to this record. Milan have the opportunity to overtake Juventus and this will see them move into the sixth spot.
Nigel de Jong was one of the top midfielders when it comes to defending a situation, but the Netherlands midfielder has found little game time at the San Siro. He has been complaining about the fact that he has featured in only five matches of all this season.
This injury is likely to keep him out for much longer. It is understood that the player has an injury in his left thigh that will see him remain on the sidelines for around a couple of weeks. Juventus started the season very poorly but they have regained their former strength in recent weeks.
The narrow 1-0 defeat against Sassuolo apart, they have looked brilliant. This was their only defeat in the last two months of football and it speaks volumes about the improvements made under Massimiliano Allegri. The latest betting on Serie A from StanJames suggests AC Milan are in the running.
Juventus certainly struggled initially to cope without the likes of Andrea Pirlo but Allegri appears to have come up with a solution in brilliant fashion.
“AC Milan communicates that Nigel de Jong has picked up an injury to his left thigh and will have to undergo further tests at the start of next week,” read a statement on the Milan website.