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Milan fans desperate for second star, but fourth place would be enough for owners

Although Milan fans and the media have high ambitions regarding the team and goals for this season, the ownership is being much more cautious.

Calciomercato.com writes about the two ways of reading Milan’s situation at the moment, the first being the one that sees Napoli fleeing and wonders if a player or two will arrive or not in January to strengthen the squad, if the difference will be eroded , if Leão and Bennacer will renew and if De Ketelaere come back stronger from his World Cup experience.

However, the owners celebrate the advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League as a victory because of the revenue it brings, and they also confidently look forward to the maturing of the summer signings, even if so far they have not been useful to the cause of Pioli.

Paolo Scaroni has said several times – even during the Scudetto battle last season – that staying in the top four is the club’s true objective, to continue playing in the Champions League and to remain in the virtuous and rich circle of European football.

The last 10 games have not been good for Milan, who have won four points in their last three games against Torino, Spezia and Cremonese, five points less than Napoli and Juventus have done in the last 10, and one less than Inter, who also lost. for the Bianconeri.

The article poses some interesting questions: do we mean that Milan are also doing less than they could and should, as the reigning Italian champions? Do we mean that the qualification for the second round of the Champions League was expected, given the level of the group, certainly the simplest among the four Italian teams? Do we mean that today the team is less strong, less beautiful, less everything compared to what flew to the Scudetto?

There are other factors to consider, such as the injury crisis that has plagued the squad, as two months with a backup goalkeeper isn’t easy for any team, just as it hasn’t been ideal to rely so heavily on a 36-year-old Giroud in his absence. of an alternative (Origi’s struggles are another mark against the market).

From 5 December Milan will have a new CEO as Giorgio Furlani will take the helm, but not much is expected to change with the club’s move from Elliott Management to RedBird Capital, with Paolo Scaroni remaining as chairman.

Although the operation totaled 1.2 billion euros, the objectives do not change. Even if Milan fans immediately want the second star, the new owners that patience is needed for investments start to pay off and the Champions League is the competition that keeps the virtuous cycle going.

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