Enough is enough. For years AC Milan has followed the same mantra:
And, to be fair, for a long time it worked. Even as Milan failed to seriously compete for the Serie A title in the last five seasons (except for 2005-06, which, of course, was wiped away by the Calciopoli scandal), it still managed to reach two Champions League finals (winning one) and one semifinal.
But that was smoke-and-mirrors stuff. The true strength of a team is measured in league competitions, not in cups, where luck and happenstance play a disproportionate role. Milan had hung in there thanks to the drive of an incredible generation of players who persevered well into their 30s and thanks to a genuine superstar
Age finally caught up to the former, and the latter was sold to Real Madrid. Game. Set. Match.
Truth be told, Milan wasn't as far from winning as Wednesday's 4-0 score at Manchester United indicated. Imagine
But even if Milan had advanced, it would likely only have prolonged the agony and offered false hope. This is a team that ought to be blown up and rebuilt. In fact, last summer would have been a good time to do it, given the $100-odd million raised from the sale of Kaká.
Instead, most of the money went unspent (or, more likely, was used to address the profligacy of earlier seasons). The only meaningful signing was Huntelaar, who has turned out to be a bust. Which maybe, given his difficulties at Real Madrid, should not have come as such a surprise.
It's not as if coach
Look at the rest of Milan's defenders, the veterans, the guys who should have made a difference.
The fact that Milan's two most consistent fullbacks have been
But major interventions are required around him.
Even Ronaldino, who at 29 has shown he can regain his mojo, can only do it for a few minutes at a time. He's like those superstars who lose their powers but can summon their greatness for short stretches. If -- and it's a big if -- Milan freshens up the side and fills it with guys who can both run
Elsewhere up front, Huntelaar and
And that leaves "Super"
Blow up the team. It's time. Abbiati,
The time has come to move on and make the kind of investment that has been long overdue.