CM: Words of warning from Gattuso, Giampaolo and Ibrahimovic – the clash with Elliott’s vision

By Oliver Fisher -

There have been a number of different warnings that have come from figures inside AC Milan regarding a lack of experience in the squad.

There was perhaps no better indicator of this than on Sunday night, when Milan – after a perfect opening 45 minutes against Inter – let a two-goal half time lead slip to lose the game 4-2.

As Calciomercato.com notes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the stand out not only in terms of his ability but also his personality and clarity with which he highlights Milan’s problems.

After the game, the Swede remarked: “We said the first 15 [minutes of the second half] were important and they scored two goals, then everything went wrong. Experience also counts, if you win 2-0 you have to know how to manage, especially as a team like Inter.”

It is an alarm that follows previous warnings. The first was Gattuso at the end of last season: “For the type of team that it is, you need experienced players, who take responsibility.”

Giampaolo admitted after the 2-0 defeat earlier in the season: “Inter have something more in terms of experience, than what has been in the experience of important players.”

These are messages that directly clash with the strategy of Elliott Management. Club CEO Ivan Gazidis spoke during a members meeting last October and proclaimed: “We have a clear strategy, that of investing in young players who can improve over the years, who spend their best years among our ranks, becoming top players with us. We are the youngest team in Serie A.”

Youthful exuberance, yes, but also many shortcomings. After the Brozovic volley on Sunday night the team simply did not recover, and not even Ibrahimovic could stop the bleeding.

The report concludes by stating that in June another new revolution will be needed, based this time on experience and on players ready and able to immediately give character to a team that is still too young.

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