The real secret of AC Milan’s 21-game unbeaten run lies in the newfound cohesion within the club. Certainly, things are looking good for the Rossoneri and the start of the season has only enforced this.
As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, Stefano Pioli was able to transform the club’s trust into a credible project shared by the entire squad. Meanwhile, Paolo Maldini and Ivan Gazidis now know each other well, getting along after previous tension.
Of course, by their own admission, the views remain very different at times. However, the common will to bring back the club to where it belongs has eliminated the tension that characterized the last two years.
Milan have an English structure, as the report continues: at the top of the pyramid is the Elliott board, immediately below is Gazidis with his side-kick Hendrik Almstadt, then comes the technical are with the successful Maldini/Ricky Massara duo.
Then, of course, we have the scouting network which is led by Geoffrey Moncada. All working on various things to meet the demands of Stefano Pioli, who has gained more decision-making power after the renewal and the subsequent success.
Even if, by nature, he remains a ‘corporate’ manager. Milan aren’t be the fastest club on the market, rather they are very careful about all operations. This in order to avoid making mistakes like with Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara and Lucas Paqueta.
Although you can say that Elliott were ready for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s renewal and the signing of Sandro Tonali, you can’t exactly say that an extraordinary amount was allocated on the market.
The COVID situation certainly influenced this, but the feeling is that the strategy of the club has changed. Maldini and Massara, even without loads of money, can make the best decisions for the team and yield results at a minimum cost.
Faced with an investment of only €14.5m (10 for the loan of Tonali and 4.5 for Hauge), excluding the redemptions of Simon Kjaer and Alexis Saelemaekers, Milan find themselves in first place with eight consecutive wins (all comps) since the season began.
Of course, we are only at the beginning and moments of difficulty will come, but this Milan dreams of the Scudetto despite having spent less than half of Juventus, Inter and Napoli.