Massimiliano Allegri has actually won a Scudetto before, although you wouldn't know it by the lack of respect he garners from the Milan hierarchy, who failed to support their coach on numerous occasions over the last season.
The former Cagliari tactician is capable of putting together a title-winning side, and with support finally arriving from above, Milan can get on with their work knowing their manager will be safe for the foreseeable future.
That title-winning side has some striking similarities to the squad that he has at his disposal this season too.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic—a talismanic centre-forward to lead the team—is replaced by Mario Balotelli, who can certainly match Ibra's 14 goals in 29 matches of that season.
Ibra's partner was Alexandre Pato, who also chipped in with 14 goals. Stephan El Shaarawy will easily be able to manage that, with 16 goals last season despite suffering from fatigue towards the end of the campaign.
A solid third option in attack was Robinho—who also scored 14 times that year—and his place as the first reserve will be occupied by Giampaolo Pazzini, who offers a great option off the bench.
Pazzo was on the scoresheet 15 times in 30 appearances last season, proving that he will help the side whenever called upon.
Allegri looked for a midfield to include a deep-lying playmaker (Andrea Pirlo), a tenacious tackler (Gennaro Gattuso) and a second, more advanced creative force (Clarence Seedorf) to act as the team's engine room.
While Riccardo Montolivo, Sulley Muntari and Andrea Poli are not yet of their calibre, they at least possess similar characteristics that Allegri can use to mould a title-winning side.
The quality in the defence is something missing to repeat the triumph of 2011, as Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta were world-class stoppers, but Allegri trusts Philippe Mexes and Cristian Zapata was solid during his first season back in Italian football since his spell at Udinese.
Milan might not be favourites for the Scudetto, but they are much closer than many would believe and a 15-point difference will be closed considerably to give the Rossoneri a chance of a winning a 19th title.