AC Milan: Preview of 2010-2011 Season

Ivan SoldoCorrespondent IIAugust 18, 2010

AC Milan: Preview Of 2010-2011 Season

0 of 11

    CHICAGO - MAY 30:  Clarence Seedorf #10 and Ronaldinho #80 of AC Milan greet each other as Ronaldinho is taken out of the match in the second half while taking on the Chicago Fire during an international friendly at Toyota Park on May 30, 2010 in Chicago,
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    AC Milan is getting ready for the new football season.

    Expectations are really high despite not having major signings this summer.

    Allegri is optimistic, but everybody are wondering what will happen with him if he won't play like President Berlusconi want's.

    Berlusconi is still in his own world because he keeps saying how Milan can win the  Serie A title easily under his management. This comment brought a lot of laugh to everybody.

    No major departs were happening in Milan however Storari went to Juventus for 4.5 million €. Dida and Favalli retired while Beckham and Mancini ended their loan spell in Milan.

    Major signing should be Kevin Prince Boateng, the guy that must bring something new in Milan.

    Also Yepes, Amelia and Papastathopoulos. Nothing special but at least something.


1 of 11

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Ederson of Lyon hits the bar as Marco Amelia of AC Milan dives during the Emirates Cup match between AC Milan and Lyon at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Marco Amelia

    - Brought on loan from Genoa. He will probably be the starting GK after great performances in pre-season matches. He had some amazing saves and it could be the main factor to put him on a goal as the first choice.

    Christian Abbiati

    - Abbiati is also a candidate for first team but I think after injury he should wait a little bit. Amelia should take the first place and Abbiati will wait for his chance.

    Flavio Roma

    - Everybody knows that Flavio is the reserve in AC Milan

    - It's a little weird that AC Milan didn't have any goalkeepers from their youth academy.

    Does that mean they don't work good enough with goalkeepers? Definitely in the near future they should promote at least one goalkeeper.


2 of 11

    CHICAGO - MAY 30:  Alessandro Nesta #13 of AC Milan kicks the ball while taking on the Chicago Fire during an international friendly at Toyota Park on May 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Alessandro Nesta

    - Most experienced defender in Milan squad. It is expected from him to have a great season. We just hope that he will avoid injuries, especially his back problems. He had a lot of problems with that.

    Thiago Silva

    - Great Brazilian defender will once again have a great partnership with Nesta. You got to love when Thiago starts going forwards with the ball and manage to be a threat to opponents.

    Gianluca Zambrotta

    - Amazing fullback that can play on both sides. He played really well in preseason matches and he will be great part of the team. He can still play on great level.

    Mario Yepes

    - After a great season in Chievo Verona, he should be a good addition to Milan defense despite being 34 years old. His experience should be great for Milan defense.  

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    - Great addition to Milan defense. Very smart and aggressive player. He will help a lot in Milan defense. The best thing is that he is a young player.

    Luca Antonini

    - Luca had really good season last year and he should keep up with good work this season. He is really decent player. 

    The rest of the defenders:

    Kakha Khaladze, Oguchi Onyewu, Massimo Oddo, Marek Jankulovski, Daniele Bonera.

    - All of these players will be reserves. I just can't see these players being part of the starting 11.


3 of 11

    ROME - ITALY- MARCH 06: Andrea Pirlo of Milan during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico on March 6, 2010 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
    Michael Steele/Getty Images

    Andrea Pirlo

    - The brain of AC Milan. This wizard will have to do great work. We all saw how he was missed at the World Cup for Italy. When he came back everything looked much better on the field. Pirlo should have a great season ahead of him.


    - Brazilian should be a key player of AC Milan once again. Just remember his amazing assists and goals. He brought a lot to the Milan game. Without Ronaldinho, Milan will miss a lot. Ronaldinho should probably act more as a leader of this team just like he was in Barcelona.

    Massimo Ambrosini

    - Captain played really well last season. He should play like that this season and he will be part of a starting lineup without problems. There are many people who are questioning his abilities but I think that he improved greatly.  

    Clarence Seedorf

    - This Dutch maestro had some decisive goals for Milan in Serie A. He is not good as he was before but I think he can still play on big level. Definitely could surprise everybody.

    Mathieu Flamini

    - Flamini needs to show us his performances from Arsenal days. He can be really good if he wants to. Great talent that still didn't show excellent matches in Milan shirt.  

    Kevin Prince Boateng

    - Great addition to Milan squad. After excellent performance on last World Cup in South Africa, he is ready to try his luck in one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    The Rest of Midfielders:  

    Genaro Gattuso, Ignazio Abate, Rodney Strasser, Alexander Merkel, Simone Verdi

    - Gattuso probably past his best. But these youngsters should get their chance in Milan first team. Milan should start putting young players in fire.


4 of 11

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Pato of AC Milan in action during the Emirates Cup match between AC Milan and Lyon at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    Alexandre Pato

    - He is going to be one of the key players in AC Milan for this season. Pato just needs to avoid the injuries, and he will soon be called the best forward in the world. Amazing speed and great finishing.

    Marco Borrielo

    - Marco had pretty good 14 goals last season, but the main problem is that you can't see him against big teams. Sure he scored nice goals but that is not enough.

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    - Very sad story right here. We all know ex Milan coach Leonardo didn't want him in Milan. Because of that Huntelaar didn't get any good chances to prove himself. Hopefully under Allegri's command he will get the right chance. 

    Filipo Inzaghi

    - Pipo definitely knows that his time has past and that he will get some chances from the bench but who knows, maybe he will surprise us all and still score many goals. 

    Dominic Adiyiah

    - Young Ghana player should get some chances from the bench. I just hope he won't be part of co-ownership or being loaned.

Star Players

5 of 11

    Definitely  Pato & Ronaldinho. 

    We expect to see great things from this Brazilian duo. Amazing assists from Ronaldinho and great finishing by Pato.

    They will be a major threat for every opponent.

    They just need to avoid to injuries and everything should be alright.

Players Who Will Improve

6 of 11

    Huntelaar & Flamini

    First, both of these guys should get a first team chance to prove they are worth of having Milan shirt.  

    Flaimini should repeat his awesome performance from Arsenal days and he can be very useful and Milan would benefit a lot.

    Huntelaar can be a deadly finisher. Not from the bench, actually from the start.

    Hopefully Allegri will consider giving them a lot of minutes in this season.

Players Who Will Have Big Season

7 of 11

    Pirlo & Seedorf

    This duo will manage to reunite their awesome duo from past few years.

    Pirlo will shine and be the brain again.

    While Seedorf, will again decide few games for Milan and score crazy goals.

Young Promotions

8 of 11

    Rodney Strasser, Alexander Merkel & Simone Verdi

    These three players should be promoted and start practicing with the AC Milan first team.

    Lately, Milan didn't promote anybody. They only use these youngsters for friendly matches and maybe for Coppa italia, the competition that AC Milan doesn't take seriously.

    It is time to promote these youngsters and help them to develop into great players.

    Also, AC Milan should stop doing those stupid co-ownership deals and loans. because it doesn't really make sense to give away your great talents in such a stupid way.

Expectations In Serie A

9 of 11

    MILAN, ITALY - MAY 15: Alexandre Pato of AC Milan battles for the ball against Giorgio Chiellini and Fabio Cannavaro of Juventus FC during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 15, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Phot
    Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images

    Galiani, the vice president said that he expects AC Milan to be 3rd in Serie A.

    But, can Milan seriously manage to be 3rd in Serie A?

    Transfer Campaign was once again poor and nobody understands how can Galiani expect such a high position in Serie A.

    AC Milan has the quality to be in 3rd place, but when they keep having bad results against small teams everything will go wrong.

    Allegri should try to motivate every player to do great in every game, even against small teams.

    Because you win the league by defeating small teams.

    AC Milan will probably end up somewhere around 4th-6th place.

Expectations In Champions League

10 of 11

    MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 16:  Ji-Sung Park (R) of Manchester United contests with Pato of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between AC Milan and Manchester United at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 16, 2010 in Milan,
    Hamish Blair/Getty Images

    Last season AC Milan was destroyed by Manchester United.

    They had some good matches like, beating Real Madrid 3-2 and Marseille 2-1.

    But that wasn't enough as they finished second in the group stage and they got Manchester United.

    In new champions league season AC Milan got lucky. They are in first place, which means that they will have easier opponents but they might get Real Madrid once again.

    It is expected to get to quarter finals at least for this new season. They might do that but only if they finish first in their group.

    We all know that AC Milan is one of the best teams in champions league history. You never know with AC Milan in Europe. They are capable of doing a miracle.


11 of 11

    TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 11:  Cagliari Calcio head coach Massimiliano Allegri issues instructions during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on April 11, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
    Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

    AC Milan will have one of the hardest seasons in the past few years.

    Without money AC Milan, just can't compete with other giants that spend big money on new players.

    In Serie A they might end up in 4th place.

    In Champions League I expect them at least to be in the quarter finals and of course to win their group stage and keep improving their coefficient.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.