Juventus in recent years has taught fans to live a short life of intrigue during the season. Starting from 2011/12, the “old lady” took all the scudetto's possible. The last champion before the hegemony of Turin was “Milan” ten years ago.
In the current Serie A draw, the Rossoneri have been in first place for ten match days in a row. The last time the Rossoneri led the championship for so long was nine years ago, a year after their victory. Milan's stats after the spring lockdown are impressive. The Red-Blacks are the only club in the top 5 European leagues to have not lost a match since the tournament was suspended in February, with a 25-game unbeaten streak.
Pioli came to Milan in the fall of 2019, when the management finally lost faith in Marco Giampaolo, Gattuso's successor. Frankly speaking, at first, Stefano's appointment did not cause any delight among the Rossoneri fans. Only extreme optimists believed in Stefano, but he tuned the gears of the Milanese mechanism in a short time.
In the winter, the club got rid of Higuain, rented young Saalemakers in the attack zone and blew up the football market with Ibrahimovic's transfer. Few believed that the Swedish pensioner would be a hit in the young team. Perhaps the Coronavirus break-even helped the “red devils” as the players had some time to recover from their injuries which also helped them to become more united.
In the summer transfer window, the Rossoneri carried out another squad filtering. As a result, Packeta, Rodriguez, Laxalt, Billia and Bonaventura left the club. Milan bought Saalemakers, who had proved himself, from Anderlecht, and Sandro Tonali joined Milan and soon was labeled by journalists as a new version of Andrea Pirlo.
However, Pioli made the main deal at the training base when he persuaded Zlatan to stay for another season.The 39-year-old goal-machine has already scored 10 goals this season. He is currently in the list of top 3 leading goalscorers (only behind Lukaku and Ronaldo with 11 and 12 goals, respectively).
Given their ambitions, Milan does not have to take everyone to the Europa League playoffs. It is more rational to fly out in order to focus efforts mainly on Serie A.
It won’t really change anything if Pioli's team takes the title for the first time in ten years - even though it would be beautiful. It is much better to make sure that Milan maintains its title as a great team, capable of imposing competition on the leaders at a distance.