2013 is a year fans of Milan will hope to quickly forget, bringing as it did one of the worst periods in the history of their club. That Mario Balotelli somehow managed to lift the ailing giant into a Champions League berth last season was perhaps the only bright spot during that tumultuous 12 months.
The former Manchester City star netted 12 goals in 13 appearances to clinch the third and final qualifying slot, but it still took some controversial refereeing on the last day to seal their place. Those heroics masked some deep flaws in the playing squad and the management of Milan, both of which have undergone major transformations this term.
Clarence Seedorf’s arrival in January appears to have drawn a line under that tough year, the transformation in attitude and approach evident every time the team takes to the field under the new coach. It was certainly visible this past weekend as, despite losing 2-0 to Juventus, there were many positives for the men in red and black.
Those will certainly be needed as they move forward, seeking solutions to the problems which have already seen them lose nine times this season, once more than in the whole of 2012-13. That form has led to a 17-point gap between them and third-placed Napoli, meaning Milan’s chances of returning to Europe’s elite competition next term are all but over.
Over the following pages we rank the club’s top-five regrets over the past year, so please let us know if you agree or disagree with the choices.