AC Milan are one of the most gargantuan teams in the world. They are also one of the most successful teams in the world but yet find themselves in a spot of bother.
AC Milan have invariably been title contenders in the Serie A but yet the last two years Juventus have blown them out the water and finished top comfortably.
Juventus in the 2011/2012 season finished above AC Milan by four points - a margin which was acceptable. However last season they finished a hefty 15 points behind Juventus leaving AC Milan embarrassed.
AC Milan's decline has continued this season and seven games into the season AC Milan are 13 points behind league leaders AS Roma. AC Milan's start to the season has been sluggish and no where near what was expected from the Italian giants.
Their lethargic start has had sufficient consequences as they sit 12th in the table - closer to the bottom of the league than the top. Milan have been heavily affected by the injury of starlet Stephan El Shaaraway but some would question the depth of their squad and blame that for their decline.
However Milan are not performing as poorly in the Champions League as so far they have defeated Celtic and have drawn with Ajax.
An away win in the Dutch capital on paper is an impressive result but in the circumstances, Ajax equalising in the dying moments of the game; Milan may have been disappointed.
However with the equaliser aside AC Milan have had a solid start to their Champions League campaign, however in order for Milan to get back on track domestically they may have to switch their attention to the league.
Milan still have some of the greatest players in the world such as Mario Balotelli, El Shaaraway and Kaka yet AC Milan are still struggling to find their feet again.
The summer signing of Kaka was a step in direction. Kaka departed the San Siro back in 2009 for Real Madrid. However having failed to establish himself as a first team player at Real Madrid he arrived back in Milan on a free transfer.
However Kaka has only started one game this season and in the process picked up an injury but when Kaka is back surely he will make his mark.
AC Milan also now have Balotelli out after he received a three-match ban in their game against Napoli in which he missed a penalty and Milan went on to lose the game.
Milan should soon find their feet again and climb up the table and should be lifted by the return of Balotelli, Kaka and El Shaaraway. However questions have been asked. Why are Milan so far down the table?
One answer could be their depth it is clear that they miss El Shaaraway and without him Milan are less deadly on the attack. However for a team as large as Milan this should not be a major issue.
While Milan have the likes of Robinho, Alessandro Matri and Giampaolo Pazzini in their side, these names are struggling to score the goals that Milan desire.
Another answer could be the lack of stars. Milan now only have a handful of world class players and do not have the calibre of players that they used to have.
The likes of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko were just some of their mammoth players that Milan possessed but now AC Milan do not have the same standard of players.
Milan have fallen down the European ladder and no doubt they will find their way back up, however they need to make the move as fast as possible.
Milan's defence is also far from solid. In their last five games, Milan have conceded a whopping nine goals and their defence must be questioned. It is not ideal and when Thiago Silva did leave there was a huge gap. Since then it has not properly been filled only been stitched.
Milan also require a strong powerful centre back that is very reliable and can sit next to either Philippe Mexes or Christian Zapata.
Milan's bitter rivals Inter Milan have also fallen down the European ladder of late and had a really disappointing outing last year.
But new owners are about to purchase Inter and they should be really energized providing them a platform for success next season. Now Inter Milan have a boost in funds they will surely find themselves at the top of european football again or will do given time.
At this moment in time Inter have a total of six points on AC Milan and if Milan are not winning titles fans will see it as a necessity that their club to finish above their rivals.
In order for AC Milan to rise again they need to first of all keep all of their biggest players but also they need to improve up on their current squad.
In the past Milan have added to their squad but have lost big named players and since the departure of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan have declined.
Keeping El Shaaraway has to be Milan's priority but bringing in more talent is also essential. Milan do not need to spend as big as european competitors but need to maintain their current squad while improving it bit by bit.
So if Milan tighten up their defence, add to their squad and keep up and coming stars they could be the best again. However in the short term they need to focus on the league and make sure they qualify for Champions League again.
Although it is early days in the Serie A Milan are distant from the Champions League spots and need to work their way back up there and it must be done expeditiously.
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