Under the command of Stefano Pioli, Milan were able to reverse their fortunes of the last few seasons with a strong second-placed finish in the 2020-21 season.
Last season’s title challenge saw Milan’s hopes fade in February as they came undone against bitter rivals Inter, despite going up 2-0 before halftime. Inter would go on to be crowned champions, and while Milan fans are happy to be back in the Champion’s League, they will no doubt be disappointed to finish in second place.
Could the upcoming season see Milan finally returning to glory and winning the Scudetto, or will it be back to performances of old as the team struggles to compete against the rejuvenated top sides?
On paper, Milan definitely have a team that can compete with the best of Serie A, and according to Zlatan, they would have won the Scudetto if he had arrived at the start of the season. Still, the issues of fixture congestion, not having a prime goalscorer and having to replace the massively talented Donnarumma are all challenges that Pioli will need to solve if Milan are to win the title this season.
In this article, we take a look at Milan’s current team, their key players and their chances for the 2021-22 season. Bonusfinder Canada explained in their review what they think of Milan’s chances for the upcoming season and whether they have what it takes to lift the Coppa Campioni d’Italia after eleven years.
Milan’s last Scudetto
Milan came runners up last season in their highest finish since the 2011-12 season, and the Rossoneri haven’t won the championship since 2010-11. Since then, the team has struggled for form and have gone through nine different managers in eleven years. When Milan last won the title, they had legendary players such as Thiago Silva, Clarence Seedorf, Alexandre Pato, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Milan will be going into this season without the talents of Giovanni Donnarumma for the first time since his debut back in 2015. He has been a superb player for Milan, preventing many goals and giving confidence to his defence. He was integral to the team’s form last season, keeping 13 clean sheets in the league and was also a key player in Italy’s success at the 2020 Euros.
In his place, Milan have signed Mike Maigan, a French goalkeeper who played for Lille in their title-winning season. Last year Maigan kept 21 clean sheets in Ligue 1 and had an excellent save percentage. If he can continue his form, Milan could potentially have an excellent replacement.
Theo Hernandez is one of the standout performers for Milan, and last season the 23-year-old left back got seven goals and six assists in the league while also helping his team defensively. He’ll need to continue his excellent form if Milan are to have a chance of succeeding, and his partnership with Fikayo Tomori is definitely one to watch. Tomori just made a permanent switch from Chelsea, and the 23 year old centreback is already showing he has talent as well as loads of potential.
Despite the fact that he’s now ageing and not as effective as he once was, Zlatan is also sure to be a key player for Milan this season. As part of the Rossoneri’s title-winning squad in 2010/11, Zlatan has plenty of experience winning titles, and he scored 15 goals last season despite joining in January.
There was some initial scepticism from Milan fans when Stefano Pioli was appointed the new manager in October 2019 following Giampaolo’s sacking. However, the experienced Italian coach has helped turn a weakened Milan side into serious title challengers.
This season he’ll have to contend with greater fixture congestion as well as a powerful Inter side and a rejuvenated Juventus. However, he now has the backing of the players and the fans, who are all excited to see what he can do.