Having ruled the footballing fraternity in the early 1990s, and then again in the first half of the last decade, the AC Milan team has undergone a surgical makeover following a few low-key years in which they’ve seen both Juventus and Inter enjoy their moments as Italian champions. They now, however, look to be back with a vengeance, led by an ambitious managerial brain in the form of Massimiliano Allegri, and are expected to face minimal difficulties in winning their second Scudetto in a row (also partly due to Juventus’ self-inflicted disintegration).
While their push for domestic honours looks to be on track, they also hold the distinction of being Italy’s only representative left with a chance of European glory. Having won the Champions League twice in the last decade, the Rossoneri have a well-documented connection with the tournament, and they’re dreaming once again of becoming the toast of Europe.
However, there’s just one major problem that haunts this AC Milan side – their ‘split personality’.
There’s one Milan that comes out all guns blazing and looks likely to topple any and everyone, while another is lackadaisical and could triumph over an amateur high-school side at best. They’re both so contrasting in nature that it’s frustratingly difficult to believe they could possibly be the same side. Let’s take the much-talked-about Arsenal tie as an example. After putting on a near-perfect performance in their 4-0 drubbing of the Gunners in the first leg at the San Siro, they followed it up with an abysmal first half in the return leg, and made it through to the CL quarters by the skin of their teeth.
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