Are AC Milan now Serie A favourites?

September 3, 2010

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.


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Can’t give them the favorites tag yet. Inter return a world-beating squad and have another year or two at the top (before the inevitable decline — see: gravity, laws of).

I still have serious questions about Milan’s defense. Nesta and Zambrotta aside, there is not a single top player in the group. Thiago Silva may become one in the future, but he’s not at that level now.

Posted by mkomard | Report as abusive

if ibra were to get injured, pato would slide to striker robinho would play where pato did last week and dinho would stay wide left. If allegri plays all 4 it woul have to be like the U.S. formation for world cup

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Oh yes, it’s very premature especially as Milan’s new frontline havent played a match together yet. They also always say “dont go back” and second comings never work. Ibra hasnt gone back to the same club but it’s the same country and stadium and you wonder if he can shine again. Mind you, he won 5 straight scudettos before while at Juve and Inter… Fun pontificating though

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