Less than a decade ago AC Milan won their seventh UEFA Champions League trophy against Liverpool in Athens.

Six and a half years later, the huge names have left the San Siro, and AC Milan are struggling in the bottom half of the Serie A. Combined with the recent sacking of coach Massimiliano Allegri things don't look great for the Italian Outfit.

After recent defeat to minnows Sassuolo, Milan sit 11th in the league, unlikely to qualify for next seasons Champions League, which could cause even more problems later on.

With star players like Mario Balotelli linked with a move to Chelsea and Stephan El Shaarawy rumoured to be on his way to Arsenal before his lengthly ten week injury, things seem as though they could get worse before they get better for the red half of the San Siro. 

The last few years have seen the departure of some of their biggest stars, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva moving to French Champions Paris Saint Germain, and Ronaldinho and Clarence Seedorf moving to Brazil to prolong their illustrious careers.

Milan's squad has become increasing stretched, with top quality players few and far between. When so many of the Rossoneri's top players have left, it is unsurprising that they are in such a tough situation. 

However, it is not all bad for AC Milan, with the return of Kaka from Real Madrid who recently scored his 100th goal for the club, and new January signings Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda, there is some hope.

Champions League is not worth even thinking about now, the main aim would be to finish the season well and prepare for next year. 

I have no doubt that Milan can get into the Champions League next year if they keep hold of their prized assets Mario Balotelli, and Stephan El Shaarawy.

With a few new faces next summer, and the added bonus from not being in the Champions League, the Rossoneri will be in a great position to regain some of their former glory, and maybe maintain their status as European powerhouses so long as they can rectify their problems.

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