The Champions League – AC Milan’s reclaim for glory?

by Callum Lawton

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Looking back at AC Milan’s game with Arsenal earlier this month, I was amazed how easily they managed to pick apart a team. They played like an opponent always one trick ahead.

The majority of moves Arsenal conjured together were thwarted by the AC players and left the away fans frustrated and the home crowd delighted. They were the AC Milan of old and played masterfully.

It can be argued that Arsenal’s approach play did not live up to their usual attacking style, nor Robin Van Persie’s goal threat was as strong as most weeks but the bare fact is Milan deserved all the credit they were given.

Going to the Emirates with a four goal aggregate lead is impressive for any team.

AC Milan have all the necessary qualities to win the Champions League. Sure many teams do; we can’t forget Barcelona and Napoli, who are holding a 3 – 1 aggregate over Chelsea.

In the last 10 years, AC Milan have only one the Champions League twice, once against Liverpool (2-1) and against Juventus where they won on penalties.

When they defeated Juventus for the crown in 2002, AC had an unbelievable amount of quality was in the ranks.

This time around, it looks like they have players who possess similar qualities.

One such player is Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Swedish striker, whose sublime touch and awareness created countless chances in the AC – Arsenal game (including two assists) is the Serie A top scorer with an impressive tally of 14 goals in 16 games.

Robinho is another, whose trickery, skill and dead-eye accuracy ripped Arsenal up. He too contains an impressive goal ratio having scored 23 in 54 for Milan.

Their entire squad boasts some pretty respectable faces too, i.e. midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (who scored a cracker in the Arsenal game), French international defender Philippe Mexès and the Brazilian striking sensation Alexandre Pato.

With these players and more within their ranks, Milan are a force to be reckoned with.

Of course Barcelona undoubtedly pose the biggest threat, but unless Arsenal forge the comeback of the century, I can see AC Milan reaching the final and reclaiming the crown they won ten years ago.

They have the players and with the way they battered Arsenal, they definitely give the impression of a team having the fiery passion needed to win such a prestigious tournament like the Champions League.

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