AC Milan Are Struggling To Start The Season

Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports

Once a powerhouse team around the world, AC Milan have had a fair share of issues in the last years as they’ve been unable to win the Serie A championship or a European Cup since 2007, when Kaka led them to a notorious Champions League win against Juventus.

This time, however, it seems like the struggles will last longer than expected.

The rossoneri are sitting in a very poor 12th place after seven league matches so far where they have won two, lost three and drawn the other two. Things become even darker for the San Siro outfit when things are looked with a deeper focus.

Out of their three losses, two have been against title contenders (Napoli and Juventus, both matches away from home) and one was the season opener against newly-promoted Hellas Verona playing at San Siro. Their only victories have been against Sampdoria and Cagliari, but those are matches that they are expected to win nonetheless.

Their Champions League campaign hasn’t started much better as they have four points in two games, but when their two next fixtures are against Barcelona, the best case would’ve been to win those two games as they’re the underdogs against a very solid Catalan side.

The signings made in the summer haven’t been able to create a difference either. Kaka got injured in his first match, Andrea Poli hasn’t been the same decisive player he was at Sampdoria and Alessandro Matri isn’t a Milan-calibre player. The team clearly was hit hard by the transfer that sent Kevin Prince Boateng to Schalke 04 and they haven’t been able to replace the Ghanian yet.

The reality is quite simple, and Milan will need to improve drastically if they want to turn their season around. They still have time to do it, but if they don’t wake up soon, it might be too late.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google