Just one year after Inter’s historic treble, Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri is on the brink of bringing the glory days back to the Rossoneri. His team are shaping up for a domestic double and are also looking to next season with one eye fixed solely on the Champions League.
Allegri has distanced himself all season from talk that his team are in pole position to win the Scudetto. Now as May approaches and Milan sit eight points clear of Inter with four games to go, the ex-Cagliari boss has finally spoken out. Talking to Sky Italia he said: “Maybe a win on Sunday won’t be enough, but we should be thinking only of getting these four points and winning the title.”
Over recent years the Rossoneri have had to live in the shadows of their fierce city rivals. As Inter have picked up Scudetto after Scudetto along with numerous Coppa Italias, a UEFA Champions League and a FIFA World Club Championship, Milan have had to pine for the glory years of their not too distant past. At the start of the season 43-year old Massimiliano Allegri was drafted in from Cagliari with the hope that he may develop the team over a period of time. Thanks to some shrewd work in the transfer market by the powers that be and Allegri’s fresh coaching abilities Milan have found themselves in a much more prominent position that they could have hoped for at the start of the season.
Allegri is certainly a man who is hungry for success, in his interview he not only acknowledged the Scudetto hopes but also explained that his team were still fighting on two fronts: “There’s also an Italian Cup semi-final to play so we’ll try to achieve these two objectives which are the most important things.” Milan drew their Coppa Italia semi-final 2-1 with Palermo and will be looking top claim a domestic double. This could set up an intriguing final with Inter who are in pole position to win in their semi final after beating Roma 1-0 away.
Although the Milan Coach gives little away, his ambition has now started to seep out especially since the finishing line has come in sight, he recently also told Gazzetta dello Sport: “The team is ready to confirm next season what we have done this and obviously do better in Europe. Next year, the Champions League will be the most important goal.” Milan were disappointed and somewhat unfortunate to exit the Champions League at the hands of Tottenham this year, however, the plan that has been formulated in the Rossoneri camp is to win the World Club Cup in 2012.
These could be the start of exciting times for Milan, they have a talented young coach who is at a club that will match his ambition. Should there be big movements in the transfer market this summer, then the Rossoneri may truly be on the road back to where they believe they truly belong.