Fabio Capello analyses Milan's moment of difficulty: 'The simultaneous departure of their leading players was the cause'.
The reasons behind the Rossoneri crisis is one of the hot topics of debate in Serie A at the moment, and the former player and Coach added his opinion for La Gazzetta.
“It's a problem that didn't start this year,” he said. “You can tell there's an ongoing trend that the club isn't used to.
“When they had leaders on the pitch and in the changing room these things didn't happen.
“Those consecutive farewells from the most charismatic players under the curva, a few years ago, were extremely heavy,” he said, referring to the sequential departures of Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi.
“When you change so much, starting again becomes complicated.
“Look at [Coach Roberto] Mancini. His Inter went ahead with a lot of 1-0 scores, but they can breathe. Milan are not breathing and they're having trouble.
“Lack of self-belief promotes more lack of self-belief, and this is when the character of the player emerges. But right now, as I said, Milan have no leaders.
“But the fundamental truth is another one, that you can't flip over a situation in one year if you've had many problems in the years before.
“They have to aim for two important signings per season, there's no point in getting five or six good ones that aren't first class.
“Bacca and Luiz Adriano are two excellent signings, which I back completely.
“[Alessio] Romagnoli is a brilliant player, but they need someone experienced next to him.
“[Mario] Balotelli? I won't make a statement, I'd rather not make comments about him.”