AC Milan leads Serie A. Legendary team return

Arthur Vardanian
On March 8, 2020, Stephano Pioli with AC Milan lost at home to Genoa (1:2) and Serie A took a break – a lockdown started in Italy.

The Rossoneri went into quarantine seventh in the A Serie table, with dubious tournament prospects, but a very definite future.

Milan AC

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Stefano Pioli had to give control of the team to Ralph Rangnick. There was no place for him in that future. Rangnik didn’t see Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his team, and Paolo Maldini didn’t want to share the team with the german specialist. The legendary ex-captain threatened to leave with Pioli.

However, Pioli had other plans.  Before the lockdown, AC Milan scored 36 points in 26 matches, after the lockdown – 30 points in 12 matches, beating Roma, Lazio and Juventus among others.  Rangnick left the club. Club CEO Ivan Gadzidis said that he always trusted Pioli. Moreover, Ibrahimovic extended the contract. Maldini and sports director Frederic Massara took over the transfers.

The 2020/2021 season  started three months ago.  Milan fans are still afraid that they are just dreaming about what is happening. 

Below are some statistics for the club:

  • AC Milan are the only team in the Top-5 leagues to go unbeaten since the spring quarantine.
  •  AC Milan are unbeaten in 25 league games in a row: 18 wins, 7 draws.
  • AC Milan have scored in 33 league appearances in a row (a club record).
  • AC Milan have scored at least two goals in 15 consecutive league appearances.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in 20 away games in all competitions.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in the starting 13 rounds of Serie A.
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