It was another season of chaos at Milan, writes Vijay Rahaman, with coaches, players, systems and directors coming and going, but might’ve finally settled on some consistency.
Milan’s long road to normality
Milan entered the 2019-2020 season with one objective and one objective only, to return to the Champions League. Following the failure to do so by just a solitary point last campaign, they sacked Gennaro Gattuso and brought in Marco Giampaolo. Another revolution.
The Swiss-born manager said all the right things at his presentation, with his statement of ‘heads up and play football’ drawing particular praise and interest. However, his tenure really never got going. Declaring after one game that he’d have to completely transform the tactics used through pre-season was a bad sign. A reported lack of communication with the players and a failure to implement his version of football ultimately proved his downfall.
He was sacked after just seven matches, ironically after securing just his third win of the campaign versus Genoa. He claimed that was the performance he was waiting to see from the team, but it came too little too late, and we would never know how his influence with a full season with the club would have ended.