Are AC Milan now Serie A favourites?
As the dust settles after the end of the transfer window, Italian soccer fans are gradually coming to terms with a possible shift in power at the top.
No one is outwardly saying it, but whispers and hints abound. AC Milan may finally have a squad capable off wrestling the title off Inter Milan after five long years.
Owner Silvio Berlusconi decided to loosen the purse strings and recruiting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho has seriously spiced up Milan’s front line, at a time when Inter decided not to invest at all and rely on last term’s treble winners minus Mario Balotelli.
It is easy to see former Inter man Ibra fitting straight into Milan’s system in the middle of a front three also containing Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato. I reckon Robinho has been bought from Manchester City to be a reserve for either Ronaldinho or Pato, who’ve had their injury problems of late.
Besides Robinho’s troubles at City, the only downside to Milan’s transfer business which I can see is that the decision to let strikers Marco Borriello and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar leave for AS Roma and Schalke means there is only 37-year-old Filippo Inzaghi remaining as a substitute target man in case anything happens to Ibrahimovic.
Inter are probably in a similar situation though with only Samuel Eto’o, Diego Milito and Goran Pandev recognised as established forwards in their squad and if they all start then what options are there for the bench?
It is an interesting dilemma when you are at your zenith. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it but then again you can’t rest on your laurels.
Rafa Benitez is also not Jose Mourinho while the years are catching up on many of Inter’s 200910 heroes. After winning everything in one season, you wonder too about the hunger for the next campaign especially after an opening 0-0 Serie A draw at Bologna.
Milan hammered Lecce 4-0 without Ibra or Robinho.
Most pundits in Italy believe Roma can’t spring a surprise like they did last term despite getting Borriello and Adriano while Juventus have bought almost an entire new team after May’s woeful seventh place finish and it will take time for the squad to gel.
There are also question marks about the quality of some of their buys.
Milan have shown you only need to make two strategic signings to potentially alter the balance the power.