Serafini explains why the Scudetto-winning Milan have ‘disappeared’: “They will come back”

By Oliver Fisher -

Journalist Luca Serafini has given his thoughts on why AC Milan’s form has taken such a drastic downturn so far in 2023, with injuries being the main factor.

Milan have had an awful start to 2023 and January saw them eliminated in the Coppa Italia by the Granata, lose the Supercoppa final to Inter and drop from second in the table to sixth amid a run of seven games without a win.

A number of different factors have been pointed at by fans and the media as being the main cause for the near vertical drop off, such as Stefano Pioli’s tactical approach, a bad 2022 summer window and even the idea that the players are simply no longer meshing as they did.

Serafini spoke in his weekly column for MilanNews and penned some thoughts on why Milan’s struggles have been so profound, believing that a recovery will come at some point.

“The derby loss, the second in two weeks, was the last sentence of the most difficult chapter from 2019 to today,” he began.

“We have talked a lot in this period about a market that has given little or nothing at the moment, the injuries that have been an atavistic problem for several seasons, the recoveries that have biblical times, the devastating condition of those who for better or worse are forced to play even without petrol, that couple of signings that in January (perhaps) could have given a hand.

“The fact is that the long list of problems has affected Maignan, Florenzi, Kjaer, Touré, Tomori, Bennacer, Krunic, Calabria, Saelemakers, Messias, Rebic, Origi and that Ibra who is now thundering back.

“Fatigue has accumulated in the legs and in the head of Theo, Tonali, Leao, Giroud. The Milan of the Scudetto has disappeared because protagonists and substitutes have disappeared. They will come back, I am sure they will.”

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