AC Milan are plagued by instability both on and off the field which is harming their chances of returning to becoming one of Europe’s elite, according to club legend Mauro Tassotti.
Tassotti joined Milan from Lazio back in 1980 and went on to spend 17 years with the Rossoneri, winning 17 major titles with including five Scudetti and three UEFA Champions Leagues reaching five finals in total.
He had the pleasure of playing alongside such players as Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Filippo Galli and Christian Panucci in the Milan backline under managers like Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, meaning he was a staple of one of the best club sides in football history.
According to Tassotti, planning and stability are what is missing from the current Milan side and these are the key words to relaunch a club in difficulty. The former defender believes the club have had enough of continuous changes in the face of difficult and there have been too many revolutions.
He has hit out at owners Elliott Management before, and in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport he has criticised the running of Milan again.
“It is logical to say that a great Milan is needed. Also for the other clubs, for Italian football in general. But until ownership settles down it’s hard. There is a lack of continuity,” he said (via MilanNews).
“First Leo who leaves, with Gattuso coach, then Boban, now Paolo Maldini who seems to have one foot out of the door. Things are constantly changing and so it is difficult. You have never seen a coach win alone, only with a team of men.”
From there, at present, there are two unique solutions: either a lot of money should be spent on the market, or brilliant and unique ideas of how to get the team competitive again in a different way.
“Maybe Rangnick has them,” Tassotti responds. “The problem is not Rangnick. The problem is that Milan must be able to fight for the Champions League. Besides, there are not many competitors in this period.”
With regards the dispute between the German coach and his friends Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini, Tassotti replied as follows: “I am too biased. Ancelotti said it right: the important thing is that the coach is good, but a foreigner in Italy has a few more problems.
“AC Milan fans have always been there and have always filled the stadium. It is their nature. It takes very little for them to rekindle. They are the true treasure of the club.”