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Can AC Milan Win the Serie A Title This Year?

Can AC Milan win the Serie A title this year? The short answer to this question is yes, but the long answer is a little bit more complicated. Today we’ll be taking a look at AC Milan in order to answer the question of whether they can realistically win the title this season.

Defense

When taking a look at Milan’s defense, it’s clear to see they are much improved from years past. The resurgence of both Simon Kjaer and Davide Calabria is a big part of that improvement. It also seems Milan have found a solid defensive partnership with Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli. Alongside goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma, this is a very sturdy back line. Theo Hernandez is one of the better attacking fullbacks in Serie A. He should provide additional help both in defense and the attack. But the main weakness for Milan’s defense comes with their depth. At center back they currently have Matteo Gabbia and Mateo Mussachio, neither of which brings a whole lot of confidence. At fullback their main depth is Diogo Dalot who joined on loan from Manchester United. While he’s been playing very well so far there really isn’t too much behind him. Overall, it’s a very solid starting group but the lack of depth could end up hurting Milan.

Midfield

The midfield may be the current strength of this Milan team. In Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer, Milan has one of the strongest midfield partnerships in the league. Recent signing Sandro Tonali has loads of talent and should receive consistent playing time behind the starters. In the attacking midfield positions, Hakan Calhanoglu and Brahim Diaz have both shown the ability to create chances and score goals. This will be vital for Milan moving forward as they try to compete with teams that have more attacking firepower.

Forwards

The most important player currently at AC Milan is also their oldest. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gotten off to a roaring start this season, showing that he can compete at any team in the world at the age of 39. Behind him Rafael Leao has shown a lot of promise and will look to improve throughout the season as he learns from Zlatan himself. Ante Rebic is another forward who has shown tons of quality but unfortunately found himself injured for the beginning of the season. He will be very important for Milan as they don’t have a ton of quality depth in attack. On the wings Samu Castillejo and Alexis Saelemaekers are the main players. This is probably Milan’s greatest area of need in the January transfer window as they will need to improve in both quality and depth.

January Transfer Window

In the transfer window there a few clear areas of need for AC Milan. In central defense they need to bring in someone who can be a strong third option. They will also probably look to move on from one of their options, either Mateo Mussachio or Leo Duarte. Milan could also potentially use another fullback on the left side who can give Theo Hernandez a rest every now and then. Finally, AC Milan will need to strengthen in attack. They will likely need another striker for depth behind Zlatan and Rafael Leao, as well as another winger. They did bring in Jens Petter Hauge at the end of the summer window, so if he can become a focal point on the wing then it may not be a huge need.

Conclusion

At the start of the season, AC Milan looked like a team that would compete for a Champions league spot. The narrative has changed as they find themselves at the top of the league through games. AC Milan can definitely compete for the title this season, but it will depend on how well the starters can continue to play. With a lack of depth at a few positions, it’s important for them to fill in some gaps in the January transfer window. But overall I think Milan look like a team that is ready to compete right now.

Here is a quick link to the updated Serie A table where you can track AC Milan’s progress: https://www.skysports.com/serie-a-table

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