Italy: Milanese tide turns as Rossoneri seal 18th title
After watching local rivals Internazionale dominate the Italian game over the last five years, AC Milan finally won the Scudetto for the first time since 2003-04 following their goalless draw away at AS Roma on Saturday night. The Rossoneri now join their arch-rivals on 18 league titles and still have the chance to win the Italian league and cup double.
Despite a lack of goals in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico the title celebrations could begin in earnest for AC Milan upon the sounding of the final whistle. Although Internazionale could have, in theory, ended up on equal points as their local rivals, Serie A is using head-to-head records to decide the destination of the trophy. Following AC Milan’s victories in the league over Inter this season that meant that the former knew before Saturday’s game that a point in the Italian capital would be enough.
For the title win much praise will be heaped on AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri who has risen from relative obscurity to become a title winning coach. Following spells at some lower league clubs Allegri got his break in 2008 when he took on the role at Cagliari Calcio whom he led to ninth place in 2008-09 but struggled the following season with the Islanders avoiding relegation by seven points. Because of his previous struggles there were many people who doubted Milan’s choice following his appointment at the San Siro but he has won many critics round. His team is defensively solid having let in the fewest number of goals (23 to date) whilst, at the other end of the pitch, the goals have been shared around his team with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Alexandre Pato and Robinho all featuring at the top of the Italian goalscoring charts.
AC Milan’s season still has the potential to get better as the club remain in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia in which they must play a tough away fixture at Palermo on Tuesday (the clubs drew 2-2 in the first leg). Should the Rossoneri negotiate their way through that they will meet either record cup winners AS Roma or local rivals Internazionale in the final on May 29th.
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