Gennaro Gattuso says there was a touch of inevitability about the struggles of former club Milan this season.
The Diavolo find themselves in eleventh place in the standings, having collected just 12 points from 11 games so far.
“You have to spend a lot of money to build strong sides,” the former midfielder told TV show Che Tempo Che Fa.
“This is a moment in time where little investment is being made, the opposite from what President Silvio Berlusconi has done throughout his reign.
“Today, Roma, Napoli and Juventus have something more than Milan because they have spent a lot on new players.”
Milan lost 2-0 at home to Fiorentina on Saturday. They have won just two of their last nine League games, losing three of their last five as well.
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