Serie A preview – AC Milan will need to fight
AC Milan didn’t exactly have a disappointing season, they just didn’t achieve much. And while the team is full of very old players (remember Oddo?), there is a project in place, this project starts with Allegri, a new, relatively young, and attacking coach. While maybe this upcoming season might not be the best for the rossoneri, the seasons to follow could be more successful. And the reason for this success is that AC Milan has some promising youngsters which will eventually come through. Youngsters which will replace Ronaldinho and play alongside Pato, ones which are considered the next Gattuso, and others the next Drogba, but right now, AC Milan will need to fight.
AC Milan can’t boast about many new signings, their best signing has to be Kevin-Prince Boateng, on loan from Genoa who bought him from Portsmouth. Boateng at 23 years-old is a very promising midfielder, and he will give plenty of movement and some goals for Milan, but he’ll need some support. His support is Papastathopoulos, bought from Genoa, and Yepes, bought from Chievo. Two defenders who will be useful, but aren’t going to last very long, especially Yepes who is only 34 years-old. The other player which AC Milan got this transfer market is Amelia on loan from Genoa, and hopefully the Italian keeper can finally solve the problem of who will play between the posts for Milan.
Strangely enough, AC Milan look relatively prepared for this upcoming season, while there’s plenty of old players which will need to think about retiring, the team is prepared. Boateng will provide a dynamic impact which was missing, and “Papa” along with Yepes will secure the defense in case any injuries occur. Maybe another young but experienced midfielder could be used, but there’s no urgency for AC Milan in the transfer market.
With AC Milan, Allegri will probably try a 4-3-3, starting with Amelia in goal, a defense made up of “Papa”, Nesta, Thiago Silva, and Antonini; a midfield three of Flamini, Pirlo, and either Boateng or Ambrosini; and an attack with Ronaldinho on the left, Pato on the right, and Borriello as a center-forward. It’s known that Allegri has been making the team do lots of heavy fitness work, mostly in hope of a team which will be able to run around and play well for full 90 minutes.
As for AC Milan’s future, here are 5 names which will probably one day become part of the AC Milan starting 11; Giacomo Beretta, a Drogba like center-forward; Rodney Strasser, the next Gattuso with plenty of strength; Mitja Novinic, a midfielder who has great tactical gifts; Nnamdi Oduamadi, extremely fast Robinho like forward, a creative presence with deadly finishing; and Alexander Merkel, very similar to Fabregas and very good even without the ball. These five names may seem meaningless now, but they’ve already become part of the AC Milan project. They are the future, they will be the names which one day will inspire children to wear the rossoneri shirt, but for now, AC Milan will have to fight.
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