AC Milan achieved what many believed to be unlikely at the start of the season as they won the Scudetto for the 19th time in their history.
The Rossoneri’s 3-0 victory at Sassuolo on Sunday completed what has been a remarkable journey under head coach Stefano Pioli and ended an 11-year wait to be crowned champions of Italy again. If you were feeling confident about Milan you could have made money via a bet, with some sites offer great features and a good selection.
Carlo Pellegatti is a well-known Milan fan and journalist who has been covering the club for many years now, and he has provided a recollection of being at the Mapei Stadium on Sunday and on the season as a whole in a column for MilanNews.
“Milan performed the miracle. For the first time in my life I sang without being out of tune. How could I be out of tune, shouting my joy from that unforgettable Mapei stand in Reggio Emilia! Another beautiful page of a wonderful season. Another epic page of fantastic fans. In perfect symbiosis from the first to the last day. Now I already suffer from nostalgia and melancholy, thinking of a Sunday without these strong emotions, without the thrills of our Italian champions,” he said.
“Certainly I will never forget the feats of Leao, fundamental protagonist of the Scudetto, especially in the last days, the hottest. A season enriched by the heavy goals of ‘Bagliore di Fiamma’ Tonali. With a defence that has uncovered an insurmountable bulwark, with the Tomori-Kalulu duo, which soon became the most special surprise of the season.
“Behind them, Maignan today among the three strongest goalkeepers in Europe. And the ‘Lock’ Tatarusanu? How can we forget his save from Lautaro’s penalty, which later proved decisive in the final sprint. On the bands the continuity of ‘Frisbee’ Calabria. The education with the feet of Florenzi, called precisely ‘Monsignor Della Casa’.
“The roar of ‘Fumante Wheel’ Theo Hernandez, with Ballo Tourè in support. Gabbia flies when needed, but to raise the cup was the ‘solar storm’ Romagnoli, the captain. In midfield, ‘The White Sheikh’ Bennacer waves the cloak of his class, with ‘Ago e Filo Krunic’ who, as he sews, there is no one.
“Bakayoko played little, struggling to find the best condition, but also applause to the French. How I love the god of football when he is so kind to Milan. Giving the joy of the last goal to the ‘President’ Franck Kessie, at his farewell step, was a magnanimous and right gesture. To think that some wanted him in the stands, mah!
“I certainly do not forget Diaz, the Andalusian elf, then Messias, the intellectual author of Leao’s goal against Atalanta and inspired by heavy, very heavy goals. What a good ‘Salamandra’ Saelemaekers who would throw himself into the fire for Milan. Daniel Maldini has signed a third generation Scudetto, signed by a beautiful and overbearing goal in Spezia.
“On the left, Ante Rebic, who snatched that ball like a weed from a wheat field in Rome for the goal then by Tonali. Drum roll, ladies and gentlemen, for Giroud, the Sparrowhawk who descended on the Italian league with his class, with his nose for goals, with his decisive goals that gave precious points, like a Karl Fabergé egg.
“Double drum roll, triple for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Big Bang which sparked the Scudetto. This title number nineteen will always be remembered for the intelligent guide of Pioli, now a legend not only for his preparation, his knowledge, the management of the group, the innovative ideas, but also for the soundtrack dedicated to him that accompanied the splendid winning adventure of his boys.
“I will never forget a single moment of this unique and special season, which some have compared in intensity and joy to the victory in Manchester. Above all, the last days will remain in my mind, full of fears, hopes, esoteric fears, so much enthusiasm.
“The Milan-Atalanta scenography, that total and moving cheering have entered the history of Milan. I lived wonderful days with the fans who were often my joyful companions in the Curva of many stadiums in Italy. I hugged, with each goal, many ‘brothers’ that I have only seen once and that perhaps I will never see again.
“Many accents of Italy but never, as in those moments, united by the same passion for that team that held our fathers by the hand, now us and our children. Making this life unique and beautiful, always together with our dear Milan!”