For months AC Milan found themselves in an unlikely Scudetto race but now the target has gone back to what it was: to win a place in the Champions League.
However, as il Corriere della Sera writes this morning (via MilanNews), to do this it will be essential to immediately change pace in a 2021 that has so far been rather disappointing in terms of results, compared to the post-lockdown stretch of 2020 at least.
This year Stefano Pioli’s side are obtaining 1.76 points per game average, which is sixth-best in the league. Atalanta (2.36), Inter (2.3), Juve (2.27), Lazio (2.2) and Roma (1.81) are all ahead in that regard. The victory against the Giallorossi seemed to have brought calmness to the whole environment, but Wednesday’s draw against Udinese showed thatthe difficult moment has not yet been overcome.
The teams behind Milan in the table are getting closer and closer meaning that rather than looking at Inter – who are now 6 points ahead – Pioli and his boys have to watch their backs. At the start of the season top four was the goal, and that must remain.