A report from the Daily Mail has analysed AC Milan’s poor form since the World Cup, and suggests now is as good a time as any for Tottenham Hotspur to face the Serie A side as the two prepare to do battle in the Champions League later this month.
Tottenham will travel to the San Siro on February 14 for the first leg of the second-round tie, with AC Milan making the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium three weeks later on March 8 for the decisive second leg.
Although AC Milan have a great pedigree in European football, the Italian giants are not enjoying the best of seasons right now.
Indeed, the Serie A table does not make pleasant reading for AC fans as they sit in sixth place, five points behind city rivals Inter, and a huge 18 points behind league leaders Napoli.
A poor run of form since the turn of the year has seen AC Milan drop ten points. This inconsistency was compounded last weekend with an embarrassing 5-2 defeat at home to struggling Sassuolo, and was made even worse with a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan yesterday.
According to the Daily Mail, the club’s “period in the sun seems to be over,” and it appears many of their big players are “struggling to perform to their own previous high standards.”
Manager Stefano Pioli and his staff are criticised too for letting key players like Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu go for free and not replacing these with new signings. The fitness of the squad has been questioned also, with a “dramatic increase in injuries” in recent years.
It is suggested one of the major problems lies in technical director and club legend Paolo Maldini, who has made “poor decisions in the transfer market” of late. All of this is reinforced by Gazzetta dello Sport‘s claims that there is a growing tension within the club.
With problems all over the pitch and behind the scenes, the Daily Mail asserts that Tottenham Hotspur may enjoy playing AC Milan in the near future and should come away from the Champions League clash the happier side.
AC Milan results in 2023:
Beat Salernitana 2-1 away from home
Drew to Roma 2-2 at home
Lost 1-0 at home to Torino in the Coppa Italia quarter-final
Drew 2-2 away to Lecce
Lost 3-0 to Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiano Final
Lost 4-0 away to Lazio
Lost 5-2 at home to Sassuolo
Lost 1-0 away to Inter Milan
Spurs Web Opinion
It’s never wise to write off any team, especially one of AC Milan’s heritage and undeniable quality. They may be in bad form and have some issues off the pitch, but Spurs still need to be at their absolute best if they want to get through to the next round of the Champions League.
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