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Whoever triumphs in that battle will have some important decisions to make to restore Milan to the lofty heights it had become accustomed to.

Started by qaz123, 2014/08/05 10:36PM
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Whoever triumphs in that battle will have some important decisions to ...
#1   2014/08/05 10:36PM
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For Manchester City it seemed like a pre-season stroll against a lower division minnow.

The English champion was four goals ahead before the half-hour mark and looked almost certain to score every time it went forward.

But this Women Jordans For Sale was no third-tier battler it was playing against, this was AC Milan.

This inept first-half performance from Inzaghi’s side invoked memories of Brazil's nightmare in Belo Horizonte.

Mercifully for Milan, City took its foot off the pedal after the interval, although it still finished a 5-1 winner.
performance against Olympiacos.
The Rossoneri may have hoped the striker "who was born offside" could revitalise the Serie A giant's dwindling fortunes, but what many may be realising now is that Milan needs far more than a simple coaching change.

When Silvio Berlusconi took charge of the club in the 1980's the strategy was simple, buy the best in the world, give them the best training facilities, then sit back and enjoy the success.

At a time when Serie A was the pinnacle of club football that is exactly what happened.

That blueprint continued to bear fruit right up until 2007 when Milan won the UEFA Champions League for a fifth time in twenty years.

Even then the football landscape was altering significantly, yet Berlusconi and the Rossoneri management was failing to adapt.

All the major teams have similar, if not superior, training facilities to the once innovative 'Milan Lab'.

The drastic change in football economics means the Italian giants no longer have the ability to attract the world's very Air Jordans For Women best talents.

Juventus and Milan are still in the top 10 of the latest Deloitte Money League but are well behind the front runners.

Without its own stadium and UEFA Champions League money this season, the San Siro club is certain to drop further down the list this year.

For Milan to stay competitive it now has to be smarter with the resources it does have, in economic terms - more efficient.

Its neighbour Inter realised this after winning the 2010 Champions League and recently began to release its more expensive and ageing stars, while bringing in emerging talents.

There is some evidence that the Rossoneri is trying to do the same, with the departure of Kaka and possibly top earner Mario Balotelli and Robinho.

Yet the replacements are Barcelona jersey 2014 hardly the young and determined talents of tomorrow that Inter has invested in.

Instead Milan is trying to fill the void by bringing in equally expensive and only slightly younger players, like Adil Rami, Alex and Jeremy Menez.

The club is obviously frightened of missing out on the UCL again, but it is taking a pricey gamble on players that have undoubted ability but questionable mentality - which is why few other top clubs considered them despite the low transfer fees.

Even with its stretched finances it still appears as though Berlusconi's club will still have one of the highest wage budgets in Serie A.

In the meantime, AS Roma and Napoli are outperforming Milan with much stricter budget controls.

The Rossoneri is now at a crossroads with a fight for control of the club taking place behind the scenes between Berlusconi's daughter, Barbara, and long time CEO Adriano Galliani.

Whoever triumphs in that battle will have some important decisions to make to restore Milan to the lofty heights it had become accustomed to.

If the club's current strategy of paying low transfers and high wages for established players fails once more, things are going to get much worse before they get better.


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