One has to cast their mind many years back to remember when the two Milan teams had both conceded the Serie A title so limply.
Ahead of this Sunday's Derby della Madonnina, when the two Milanese titans go head-to-head, a battle befitting behemoths will play out.
But unlike recent years, it won't be a "title decider": with neither team exuding control over the league, this is purely for kudos.
With Juventus sitting pretty at the top of the pile, it's looking as if the league title will not be heading to Milan for a second consecutive season.
It's by no means a foregone conclusion that the title is Turin-bound: last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Roma shows that the Old Lady is vulnerable. However, now is not a good time to herald from Milan.
Both residents of the San Siro have been reduced to scrapping away for a European qualification place. In third and fifth respectively, AC Milan and Inter are looking like sorry shadows of their former selves.
They used to rule the roost: Inter enjoyed four consecutive title wins from 2005-06 until 2009-10. Even after they'd been gazumped, it was AC Milan who usurped them in the 2010-11 season.
But since their domineering campaign last season, when they remained unbeaten throughout, Juventus have proved themselves a real tour de force in Italy.
And the evidence seems to suggest that this year, bragging rights will go to those in black and red.