Having stabilised after the Chinese ownership of 2017-18, AC Milan are hoping to move into phase two of their project under Elliott Management.
As MilanNews writes, qualification for the Champions League was the first major objective for Milan and there is a clear change in the club’s fortunes when looking at the pre and post-lockdown era. A fantastic second place finish followed last season and it has reignited a lot of interest among the fan base after some difficult years, but the ownership and management know that things are far from complete.
Elliott Management through CEO Ivan Gazidis and the trusted leadership including Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have faced up to the problems that the club have had to battle and have continued with their own strategy.
A new phase of the technical project begun a year ago, as during October 2020 Milan had the youngest team in the top five European leagues, then Simon Kjaer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived to mark the beginning of phase two, i.e. the insertion of experience pieces within the very young group.
Olivier Giroud has arrived already and, shortly, Alessndro Florenzi should too, an experienced duo given that the former is 34 years old and the latter 30. The objectives are clear, but perhaps more complicated than last year, given that expectations have now been created for Pioli’s team: a Champions League place must be confirmed.
Once the next season is over, the club will have the burden of choosing what to do: either to delay for another season or to start aiming high and for the biggest trophies.