Carlo Ancelotti finally ended Real Madrid’s agonising 12 year wait for La Decima – a tenth Champions League title – this weeknd in yet another reminder as to how much he is missed by former club AC Milan.
The Rosseneri, who finished eighth in Serie A this campaign, have found life difficult ever since the Italian left in 2009, winning just one league title back in 2011.
Contrastingly, Ancelotti has scooped league titles at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in addition to the Copa Del Rey and Champions League titles won during his maiden campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In spite of Clarence Seedorf’s obvious popularity at the San Siro, there can be no denying just how much Milan miss the Madrid manager’s tactical nous and footballing experience.
He was the man who produced their last great team, the team that, with the likes of Kaka, Filippo Inzaghi and Paolo Maldini, won the European crown in 2003 and 2007 as well as the Scudetto in 2004.
With Milan missing out on European football, like Manchester United in England they may find it difficult to lure the biggest names on the planet despite a major overhaul of the squad.
They have already swooped for goalkeeper Michael Agazzi on a free transfer to provide competition for veteran Christian Abbiati, but the Italian is hardly the marquee signing the fans crave.
To make things worse, rumours have been rife that star forward and last season’s leading goalscorer Mario Balotelli could be set to turn his back on the club and return to England, having enjoyed a spell at Manchester City between 2010 and 2013. Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked with the mercurial centre-forward.
Whilst Seedorf is a respected figure in the game and enjoyed a successful playing career, that he is such a novice to the managerial world does not send out the right signals.
Ancelotti’s prestige helped the Spanish club secure the transfers of the likes of Gareth Bale, Asier Illarramendi and Isco in the summer, while also helping to justify the sales of popular figures Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain to Arsenal and Napoli.
The Dutchman is not yet at that stage but is expected to be given another year in order to transform the club's fortunes. With Juventus so dominant, it seems an unenviable task.
Seedorf is not expected to last too much longer at the San Siro. Milan fans can only hope one day, when the success of La Decima is forgotten, Ancelotti may consider a stunning return.
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