The struggles of Milan this season have been well documented, and to simplify them one only needs to glance at the Serie A table. With one match remaining, the once-great Rossoneri sit in a lowly eighth place, an incredible 45 points behind league leaders and three-time champions Juventus.
Closing that gap and mounting a serious title challenge in 2014-15 is almost unthinkable and even the 21-point lead to third place would require an almost unprecedented turnaround from the San Siro club.
However, given their rich history and their dire financial status, they must look to do just that, for another season outside the Champions League could spell disaster for the ailing Italian giants. With players like Mario Balotelli and Mattia De Sciglio wanting to test themselves against the continent’s best, a prolonged absence could see these hugely talented stars seeking the exit door in a hurry.
Yet things are far from being as bad as they first appear and scratching the surface in analysing Milan reveals many incredible positives to be found within the club. There are signs that they have already taken numerous steps on the road to recovery and some of their unresolved issues have some simplistic solutions.
Over the following pages is a list of what the Rossoneri need to do to avoid a repeat of the annus horribilis the current campaign has proven to be.