Milan is wasting in 2021 the extraordinary 2020 in which they excited their fans with the possibility of winning a ‘scudetto’ that has resisted them since 2011. After Sunday’s defeat against Inter (0-3), the fourth since At the beginning of the year, the team led by Stefano Pioli has gone from losing the leadership of Serie A to being 4 points behind its eternal rival citizen in just two days.
From January to December 2020, Milan only lost three games in all competitions: two in Serie A (4-2 against Inter in February and 0-2 against Genoa in March) and one in the European group stage. League (0-3 against Lille in November).
Well, in less than two months since the beginning of this 2021, Milan has five defeats. Juventus (1-3), Atalanta (0-3), Spezia (2-0) and Inter (2-1) have been his executioners in Serie A, while Inter itself once again eliminated him in the quarterfinals final of Coppa (2-1).
His best eleven returns and the results get worse
The paradox of the case is that the two consecutive defeats in Serie A, against Spezia and Inter, have come with practically their eleven reference starter in the field after the numerous casualties that Pioli has accumulated in recent weeks due to Covid-19 already the lesions. This is the case of Ibrahimovic, Kessié, Bennacer, Çalhanoglu, Kjaer, Saelemaekers …
Curiously in emergency situations, with the team in the draw, Milan managed to maintain the lead, but inactivity is taking its toll now that their best players have returned.
Spezia, the most painful defeat
Pioli admitted on Sunday, after losing the derby, that the team has been playing poorly for three games in a row (on Thursday they were drawn 2-2 in Belgrade in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 against an outnumbered Red Star), but the The most painful defeat was against Spezia (2-0).
End to 27 days undefeated
Milan then gave up the leadership they held for 18 consecutive days, but in the previous weeks it already showed signs of weakness. The bad results began on January 6 with the hit against Juventus (1-3). It was the first defeat in the league championship after remaining undefeated in 27 games (the last 12 of last seasons and the initial 15 of this one).
End of 38 days marking
Another turning point in the extraordinary trajectory of Milan since the ‘calcium’ resumed in June after the break due to the Covid-19 pandemic occurred on January 23 with another unmitigated blow against Atalanta (0-3) and also in San Siro. That day the best streak in his history of consecutive league matches was cut short by scoring at least one goal (38).
Now Milan has not seen the door for two. Accustomed to achieving two goals per game, the decrease in the efficiency of the team, despite having Zlatan Ibrahimovic, explains that he has had 4 defeats in the last 8 days of Serie A and has compromised the illusions of his fans to conquer that longed-for ‘scudetto ‘.