Milan sides have been absent far too long
Juventus have totally dominated Serie A for the past six seasons. The Old Lady have decimated their opponents, steam-rolling their way to title after title. Winning the Scudetto six consecutive times is a league record, and they are looking to claim lucky number seven this campaign. At the same time traditional powers such as AC Milan and Internazionale have gone missing.
Over those same six seasons, it has been down to AS Roma and Napoli to give Juventus a run for their money. Five out of the last six seasons it has either been Roma or Napoli finishing in second place. The Bionconeri, however, have always proven to be far superior. For the sake of the league’s future more teams must find a way to challenge Juventus for the title.
This is where AC Milan and Inter come into play.
Restoring the Kings of the San Siro
Each of Milan’s giants have won the Scudetto 18 times. The bitter rivals have also finished first and second place on several occasions over the years. A revival of both clubs’ winning ways would be very good for Serie A. Although both clubs recently changed owners and completely revamped their rosters a complete turnaround for either may yet take some time.
A large injection of funds has enabled both AC Milan and Inter to spend big in the latest transfer windows. They are locking down top players just like they have done in the past. Money might not buy happiness, but as Chelsea, Manchester City, and PSG have shown, it can bring you success. AC Milan and Inter are hoping to follow suit to bring a title back to Milan. Even then some soccer purists may say that spending is an ugly way to win a title. Yet such are the ways of the modern day game.
England’s Premier League is arguably the best and most competitive. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal duke it out every season for the title. Some years the title is decided in April. More often than not, the winners are not crowned until the last couple of games of the season. In contrast to Juve’s dominance of Italy’s top flight, there have been four different winners in the PL over the last six seasons.
If Serie A had five solid clubs competing for the tile, along with dark horse teams such as, Lazio and Torino, the league would give fans more of the competitiveness they crave.
Serie A now has potential to cast aside its stereotype as a “boring” league. Soccer is in the entertainment business. That’s exactly what fans want: to be entertained. For world football fans nothing is more entertaining than UEFA’s Champions League. Now that Italy’s top flight has four Champions League slots again there is more of an opportunity for Italian teams to progress further in the tournament.
In recent seasons, Juventus has been the only successful Italian team in the Champions League. AS Roma and Napoli have given respectable efforts, but have rarely progressed far. Sometimes they’ve even failed to make it out of their groups. Were AC Milan and Inter to finish towards the top of the table there would no doubt be renewed interest in the UCL.
Having Milan and Inter in the Champions League would give Serie A an opportunity to display the great talent it possesses. Milan have won the Champions League seven times, second only to Real Madrid. Ex-president, Silvio Berlusconi, once said of AC Milan that “the Champions League is in our DNA.” Though that might be an outlandish statement, such a mindset should be reestablished.
For their part, Inter became the only Italian team to ever win the Treble in 2009/10 season. That remains a rare feat. Yet Milan fans of any stripe would no doubt love for their club to at least have a chance to repeat it.