Following a strong start to the season so far, Juventus are top of Serie A with 37 points, and the Milan duo of both AC Milan and Inter Milan are both left once again trailing in the wake of the defending Champions, not to mention a fair few other sides.
Without winning a major title in recent years, are AC Milan and Inter Milan losing their streak and being pushed aside?
It seems that they have left room for teams such Juventus, Roma and even Napoli to take centre stage in Italy.
After under-performing in transfer market in recent seasons, leading to an inevitable under achievement, AC Milan Vice-President, Adriano Galliani, has stepped down from his role.
It is believed (and largely publicised) that his influence in the club is not as it once was and the Italian side, now more than ever, need a strong and influential character at the helm.
Needing a vital win last weekend AC Milan finally came through after Mario Balotelli delivered a goal to beat Catania and then followed up with a 2-2 draw against Livorno, there is room for improvement.
However, all is not lost, with the club still in the UEFA Champions League (unlike Inter) and still managing to equalise against the likes of components such as Barcelona, shows AC Milan still have something to show for themselves in Europe.
AC Milan finished second the group stages and just two points of leaders Barcelona which, admittedly, shows they are still a force to be reckoned with when fellow Italian side Juventus failed to qualify all together and Napoli also finished third in their respective groups.
Perhaps the Italian giant has just had a bad few seasons, but their game play and performance doesn’t match up to those of Inter or even Roma and Juventus. Even Napoli has had an impressive breakthrough in the League, earning a well deserves third ranking so far.
Inter Milan are yet to impress their new owner, Erick Thohir, and their league results are just as dubious.
With high expectations, Thohir wants Inter to become the same strong force that they once were – the treble winning side of the Jose Mourinho days is long gone at the minute.
Inter appear to be taking the slowly but surely (very slowly!) approach to their games as they still lack a cutting edge.
Their next game is with growing team Napoli, who of course have Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain, both of whome are making the team better and stronger, with Pipa scoring two goals with a 4-2 victory over Roma.
Pushing the Milan giants aside, Italy now has stronger, more successful teams emerging from the shadows, making Italian football all the more interesting.
Top of Serie A, Juventus, have started strongly, with Fernando Llorente scoring to give Inter the 1-0 lead last week and again earning three points with a 2-0 victory over Bologne.
Llorente has been the main competitor for the club as Higuain has been for Napoli, and even though Milan has a revived Kaka, the same cannot be said for them.
It appears the Milan giants are no longer the best Italy have to offer and, if the situation remains, we will be welcoming new Italian clubs to the list of top teams.
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9 years ago
At the moment both are just average teams with a few top players. They have however their names and histories…. all they need is cash to buy and both would prosper.