Can Milan finally break the dominance of Juventus?
By Anthony Kendrick - Follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/Ant_Kendrick
AC Milan in the early 2000s were one of the biggest and best clubs in Europe, with huge players at the club including Kaka, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the legendary figure of Paolo Maldini. Juventus have dominated Serie A, finishing top for the last five seasons. The last season that Milan had that could be considered anywhere near successful was under Allegri in 2012-13, where they finished third in the league. Those times have gone, with Allegri joining Juventus and after various other managers, Milan under the leadership of Vincenzo Montella.
New Chinese owners have come in, which have allowed serious money to spent, estimated at around €170 million. Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu are both young exciting attackers, in addition to full backs Ricardo Rodriguez and Andrea Conti. There was talk of their star young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma leaving the club, but he has been tied down to a new contract.
But the main signing this summer which truly lays down the marker is Leonardo Bonucci. The centre back is possibly the best in the world, and the most pivotal part of the Juventus backline which including Chiellini and Barzagli. They have signed him for around €40m, and as much as anything is a psychological blow over their rivals.
Juventus have to move on themselves, with many signings including Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa, which will add excitement to their attack alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, who looks to be staying at Juventus. Inter Milan are also a team on the rise, and with Napoli and Roma also expected to challenge, it will certainly be a big season for Milan.
My personal prediction is that they will just come up short against Juventus, but will finish in second place this season.